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. You may also read the Friday Update on the Board website and on the mobile app.

  1.    Seeking funds? We may be able to help.
  2.    Partners for Inclusion has a fundraiser planned on July 24 at Granite City
  3.    Scholarship applications are now being accepted by Partners for Inclusion
  4.    Summary of topics from the Superintendent’s last Forum
  5.    Special Olympics posts summer softball schedules
  6.    Department of DD seeking input on two surveys
  7.    Job Postings
  8.    Legally blind artists are featured at “Eyes of Artists” exhibit
  9.    Autism Center plans an evening with the Mud Hens
  10.    Register to Vote
  11.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.    Worth Repeating

1.   Seeking funds? We may be able to help.

If you are seeking funding to help with adaptive equipment, treatments, therapies or care check out the special “Finding Funds” page on our website compiled by Parent Partner Tammy Eisenreich.  Click here.  The page has recently been updated.

2.   Partners for Inclusion has a fundraiser planned on July 24 at Granite City

Partners for Inclusion will hold a fundraiser HUMP day at Granite City Brewery on Wednesday, July 24.  Hand this coupon to your server.

  • Send coupons to everyone you know and ask that they take it to Granite City and give it to their server when they pay.
  • BE SURE they take a coupon with them or we won’t get credit.
  • Put together groups and have a great meal and support our club.
  • The club will receive 20% of the TOTAL bill, INCLUDING alcohol.
  • The donation applies to lunch, dinner and any take out orders.

3.  Scholarship applications are now being accepted by Partners for Inclusion

Each year the Maumee Valley Chapter Partner’s for Inclusion offers a scholarship to support individuals with developmental disabilities in reaching their self-advocacy & higher education goals. For more information about the scholarship and the application follow this link.  Applications must be received by August 31.

Partners for Inclusion meets monthly at noon on the third Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Lucas County Board of DD Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane. Membership is open to everyone who supports the organization’s mission – to enhance the lives of people in the greater Toledo area who have developmental disabilities.

4.  Summary of topics from the Superintendent’s last Forum

Every other month Superintendent Lori Mariucci hosts the Family and Advocate Forum, an informal discussion of the major topics of the day affecting our local DD community. Click here to read a summary of the discussion from the most recent Forum and please plan to attend the next Forum on September 10 and join the discussion.

5.  Special Olympics posts summer softball schedules

Follow the Lucas County Division 3 and 4 softball teams this summer. The schedules are now posted on the Special Olympics web page.

Lucas County Special Olympics is seeking  one more coaching helper for the Skills Softball team. They have practices on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. starting July 16 until State Games on September 14.  Interested? Send an email to Liz.

6.  Department of DD seeking input on two surveys

Ohioans receiving waiver or intermediate care facility services and their family members can help guide the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities as it moves forward with the new Individual Service Plan Workgroup.

Waiver/ICF participant survey

Family survey

7.   Job Postings

Triad Residential Services has open interviews on July 16

Courageous Community Services is seeking a Camp Director

The Lucas County Board of DD is wants to hire a Data Analyst

The Lucas County Board of DD is seeking an Early Intervention Developmental Specialist

8.  Legally blind artists are featured at “Eyes of Artists” exhibit

Motivated by a mission to empower independence and enrich the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio is pleased to announce a month-long art exhibit at American Frame in Maumee which features the paintings of three area artists, all of whom are legally blind. Beginning on Monday, July 1 and lasting through the end of July, nearly 30 paintings will be on exhibit and available for purchase in the American Frame Showroom, located at 400 Tomahawk Drive in Maumee, Ohio. Featured artists include:

  • Jeannine Dailey –Toledo resident and former University of Toledo Art Instructor whose murals grace the walls of more than a dozen buildings and whose work has been on display at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC
  • Dave Wisniewski – Toledo native known for his larger-than life western scenes and cowboy images whose award-winning work is on display locally and has been on exhibit across the country
  • Mike Sager – Third-generation artist from Napoleon whose art was featured in the 2017 and 2018 Holiday Greeting Card Collection at the Cleveland Sight Center

The idea for this month-long exhibit started last year when The Sight Center showcased the works of the three artists at its annual fundraising gala. All three have significant vision impairments, all are former Sight Center clients, all are local artists, and all have been publicly recognized for their paintings.  This combination of factors resulted in American Frame choosing them as the featured exhibit for July 2019.

According to Stacey Butts, Executive Director of The Sight Center, the goal of the exhibit is to celebrate the accomplishments of local artists who create in spite of severe vision impairments. “We want visitors to be inspired and to believe that anything is possible” said Ms. Butts, adding, “A physical limitation doesn’t limit a person’s dreams, creativity or goals if they persevere and have the right tools.”

9.    Autism Center plans an evening with the Mud Hens

The Autism Society is looking for volunteers to help sell “Hit and Miss” foam balls at the Mud Hens Game on August 10 at 7:00 pm.  Mud Hens Game Flyer  Please  call Kate if you are available to volunteer at 419-578-2766 or email

10.    Register to Vote

Be part of National Disability Voter Registration Week! From July 14 through 20, spread the word about resources that educate people with disabilities about their voting rights and how to get registered.

11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

July 16 – Friend Blend

July 18 – Guy’s Group & Girl’s Night Out

July 22 – ADA Day at the Zoo

July 27 – Autism Society Spectrum Fest

July 27 – Clean-up Day at Courageous Acres

August 1 – Family Ice Cream Social

August 2 – iDance Shine the Light on Abilities

August 14 – Friend Blend

August 24 – Courageous Community Services Poker Run

August 28 – Rec Jam

12.  Worth Repeating 

“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” Fred Allen

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