Friday Update – January 4

After a break for the holidays, we have resumed our weekly schedule.
Please watch for the Friday Update every Friday morning!

The Friday Update is published on Friday mornings by Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. You may subscribe by sending your email address to FridayUpdate@lucasdd.info. You may also read the Friday Update on the Board website or on the mobile app.

  1.  An opening comment from Superintendent Mariucci
  2.  TARTA has ended Sunday and holiday service
  3.  Dates and speakers set for Special Needs Planning Series
  4.  Tech First Council report is available
  5.  Calamity Day Procedures
  6.  Wrightslaw is coming to Maumee in March
  7.  Job Postings
  8.  Time again for Unified Basketball
  9.  What Families Should Know about Ohio’s New Waiver Waiting List
  10.  Sandusky Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics
  11.  Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.  Worth Repeating

1. An opening comment from Superintendent Mariucci

With the beginning of a new year, I was honored to assume the position of Superintendent. This is a responsibility I will not take lightly and, as you can imagine, it’s a big challenge to follow the footsteps of Deb Yenrick.  That said, I am committed to our Mission Statement to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities reach their full potential.

I will not be alone in the effort. At the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities we have as professional and committed staff as you will find anywhere. This amazing staff will work closely with families, providers, and the community in addressing our LIFE core values – Living the life I desire, being Included in the community, Freedom of choice, and the Everyone has worth.

2019 will be the first full year following the transition away from providing Adult Options direct services, so we expect some unchartered waters, but, I believe, as a united community, we can navigate them in the best interest of persons served.

I will be using the Friday Update, our Board website, and other methods to stay in touch. Communication is one of my major priorities. And please accept this personal invitation to attend our next Family and Advocate Forum on March 12. I look forward to seeing you.

Happy New Year, Lori”

2.  TARTA has ended Sunday and holiday service

TARTA has imposed service cuts that include elimination of Sunday and holiday service. TARTA has cited rising costs and inadequate funding as the reasons for the cutbacks. A recent article in The Blade outlined how these cutbacks will impact people with disabilities. Read the article.


3.   Dates and speakers set for Special Needs Planning Series

The calendar for the 2019 Special Needs Planning Series has been published. Click here. These workshops will help you feel more secure about your child’s future. At each session speakers will present about a special needs planning topic. You’ll also learn about community resources. And there will be plenty of time for questions.


4.   Tech First Council report is available

When John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, was in Lucas County recently, he discussed how technology can help enhance the lives of persons with developmental disabilities. The full report from the Technology First Council, with its recommendations, is now available at this link.


5. Calamity Day Procedures

Should it be necessary to close Board facilities due to inclement weather the announcement will be posted in several areas.

  • Check the Board’s Facebook Page or website.
  • The Board will also send information via its mobile app. You can subscribe to the app through Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  • Call the Board’s Weather Hotline at 419-380-4040
  • The Board will also send closing information to the news media.

6.  Wrightslaw is coming to Maumee in March

Autism Provider Network of NWO, a program facilitated by Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, will be hosting a six hour training on special education law and advocacy will be presented by Pete Wright of Wrightslaw. For more information click here.


7.  Job Postings

If you are a provider seeking employees, we would like to help. Send an email with the details. We’ll be happy to include the information in the next Friday Update email. The following providers are currently seeking employees.

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo is seeking a Program and Volunteer Coordinator.

TLC
CRSI
Josina Lott
RMS
Epilepsy Center
Luther Home
Autism Society
ResCare
Anne Grady
Sunshine
Lott Industries
Down Syndrome Assoc.
ViaQuest
Harris
Bittersweet
TARTA
Capabilities

8.  Time again for Unified Basketball

It’s again time for Unified Basketball at the University of Toledo Recreation Center. Games start on February 3. Click here for more information and registration.


9.  What Families Should Know about Ohio’s New Waiver Waiting List

The Autism Society of Ohio reminds us that the “Four Friends” brochure from the Fix The List coalition can help people better understand the four possible outcomes of the new waiting list assessment, known as the Ohio Assessment for Immediate Need and Current Need.

To understand the four possible outcomes of the new Waiting List Assessment process we are imagining four friends—Jaime, Kim, Tracy, and Alex—who all go through the Waiting List Assessment process at the same time. These four friends each receive a different outcome and can use this information to compare why their outcomes are different.

Click here for the “Four Friends” brochure and more detailed information.

Click here for General Fix The List FAQs


10.   Sandusky Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

On January 26, 2019 people will be encouraged to do some Freezin’ for a Reason at the 14th annual Sandusky Polar Plunge. Warm-hearted participants will take a chilly dip to raise money for Special Olympics Ohio.  Read more here.


11.  Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community

January 9, 10 – Presentation on grants and other funding sources

January 22 – Friend Blend

January 31 – Empowering Parents with Students Receiving Special Education

February 2 – Prom for people with disabilities (18 and older)

February 8 – Dinner Dance

February 24 – CommUNITY Film Fest

March 19 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair


12.  Worth Repeating

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” -Oprah Winfrey

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