Friday Update – January 5

The Friday Update is published on Friday mornings by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. You may subscribe by sending your email address to You may also read the Friday Update on our website, on our mobile app, or on Facebook.

  1.   Special Needs Planning series continues
  2.   Board calendar available online
  3.   STABLE Accounts are the 1st in the nation to accept direct employer contributions
  4.   Autism Society announces new executive director
  5.   Pottery classes offered to teens with autism
  6.   Special Olympics basketball schedules available online
  7.   Job Postings
  8.   Download the Board of DD Mobile App
  9.   Community Job Fair will be January 23
  10.   Camp Courageous opens registration for 2018 season
  11.   Call for Submissions in the CommUNITY Film Fest
  12.   Events for the DD Community
  13.   Worth Repeating

1.   Special Needs Planning series continues

The Special Needs Planning series continues on January 18 with a presentation on trusts. Trusts may be particularly helpful for a child, sibling, spouse or loved one who has a disability, and who is currently receiving government benefits or may be eligible for government benefit programs in the future. Speakers will discuss what is a special needs trust and operation of a special needs trust.  The presentation will be from 6:30 to 8:00 at the University of Toledo Nitschke Hall. Click here for the Special Needs Planning Flyer.

2.   Board calendar available online

The 2018 Board calendar is now available online. The calendar identifies major events planned by the Board in the coming year, including dinner-dances and Special Olympics tournaments. We have also identified Board meeting dates, dates for Family & Advocate forums, and major holidays. Use this link to read, print or download your calendar.

3.    STABLE Accounts are the 1st in the nation to accept direct employer contributions

An Ohio-based company, UCO Industries, and STABLE Accounts have partnered together to develop the ability for employers to directly deposit contributions into an ABLE Account. This allows STABLE Accounts to be used as an employer incentive program for long-term savings, similar to a 401(k) retirement account. Ohio was the first state in the nation to launch STABLE Accounts, and now UCO Industries becomes the first employer in the nation to offer STABLE Accounts directly to their employees as a long-term savings solution.  UCO has set the bar high as a model of creating equal employment opportunities. UCO will be contributing an additional 4% of the employees’ wages to eligible employees’ STABLE Account.

Click here to see a local news video about this story or watch an informational video.

4.   Autism Society announces new executive director

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio has selected Lori Lamb as its new executive director. Lori comes to ASNO from the non-profit world with extensive experience in fundraising and event planning.  Linell Weinberg will be staying on as Program Director, providing information and referral to clients, running educational programs, making presentations about autism and related topics, updating the Autism Society website, and sending e-newsletters.

5.   Pottery classes offered to teens with autism

Bittersweet’s Social Living Club (SLC) will be partnering with Sunshine Studios to offer a pottery class to teens with autism.  The SLC is a recreational program that provides social and community opportunities to teens with autism.  Teens in the SLC will learn the basics of ceramics and pottery.

Beginning January 9, the six week program will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sunshine Studios which is located at 305 Conant Street, Maumee, OH 43537.   The cost for the four week program is $60.  Scholarship opportunities from ProMedica and the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism are available.   SLC participants must be able to participate in the activity independently, or with the appropriate support staff provided by the family.  For more information, contact Taylor Barndt at 419.206.7803 or

6.   Special Olympics basketball schedules available online

The schedules for Lucas County Special Olympics basketball are now available online. Follow this link.



7.  Job Postings

The Board of DD is presently taking applications for Human Resources Director and Business Analyst. Click here to read the job descriptions and for information on how to apply.

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 seeking employees.


8.  Download the Board of DD Mobile App

Smartphone users will want to download our newly revised mobile app. On the app you’ll find our latest videos, photos, calendar of events, contact information and more. Plus, when downloading, be sure to allow your smartphone to accept push notifications from the Board. This will allow The Board to send you the latest information about events, delays or closings.  Download from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or click here!



9.  Community Job Fair will be held January 23

The Lucas County Board of DD is sponsoring a job fair in cooperation with Lucas County Planning and Development and the Toledo/Lucas County Commission on Disabilities. It will be January 23, from 10:00 to 4:00, at Premier Banquet hall on Heatherdowns Blvd.

The job fair will be open to everyone, with the emphasis on employment for persons with disabilities and those in our community who provide direct service to them. Read the flyer at this link

10.   Camp Courageous opens registration for 2018 season

Registration is now open for the 2018 season! New this year, Camp Courageous will be processing all applications through an online platform. Click on the link below to begin the registration process! Please contact Emily ( or 419-875-6828) with any questions!   To register click here.

11.  Call for Submissions in the CommUNITY Film Fest

The annual CommUNITY Film Festival will be March 4th. Click here for the official Call for Submissions.

12.    Upcoming Events for the DD Community

January 9 – Job Seeking & Work Readiness Classes at Employment Connections

January 9 – Unified Broomball League begins

January 12 – Dinner-Dance

January 18 – Friend Blend

January 23 –  Job Fair

January 27 – Night on Broadway Prom

January 27 – Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

January 27 – Dealin’ for Dogs

February 3 – Black Swamp Ice Frogs Spaghetti Dinner Flyer

February 7 – FANS Drive for Goodwilll

13. Worth Repeating

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





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