Friday Update – July 13

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 FridayUpdate@lucasdd.info. You may also read the Friday Update on our website or on our mobile app.

  1.    Partners for Inclusion is a service club that works for community inclusion
  2.    Help solving personal issues can lead to longer employment for a DSP
  3.    ADA Day at the Toledo Zoo is July 23
  4.    Two Lucas County athletes compete in National Special Olympics
  5.    Job Postings
  6.    Summer Developmental Disability Conference
  7.    Youth with dual diagnosis is the focus of a new website
  8.    Camp Courageous and The Arc seeking nominations
  9.    You can get alert information from the Board quickly to your cell phone
  10.    Aging Gracefully newsletter for July
  11.    Events for the DD Community
  12.    Worth Repeating

1.   Partners for Inclusion is a service club that works for community inclusion

There is an organization in Lucas County dedicated to making our communities more inclusive. Partners for Inclusion is composed of advocates, parents, professionals, people receiving services, and providers.

Partners for Inclusion is a service club that is active, inviting, and inclusive. And, every member has a role to play. You are invited to the next general membership meeting on July 17, noon to 1:00, at the Lucas County Board of DD Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane.

Read the partners brochure by clicking here.


2.    Help solving personal issues can lead to longer employment for a DSP

The Blade recently published an article on EaRNed Success and how the process can help a DSP maintain employment. Click here to read the article.


3.     ADA Day at the Toledo Zoo is July 23

Celebrate and support the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during ADA Zoo Day on Monday, July 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Zoo will host an information fair with a variety of local vendors and organizations that will supply helpful information about disability-related issues. The fair offers information about benefits/insurance, caregiver support, childcare, housing/skilled care, medical equipment/adaptive devices, mental health/support services and transportation. The complete list of participating organizations can be found by clicking here.

Admission to ADA Zoo Day is free for Lucas County residents with valid proof of residency from 10 a.m. – noon.


4.   Two Lucas County athletes compete in National Special Olympics

Two athletes from Lucas County represented Ohio at the National Special Olympics Games   in Seattle, Washington.  More than 4,000 athletes and coaches representing 50 state Programs and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, competed in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports.

Golfer Chris Cash and unifed partner Tom King placed fifth in golf in their division.

Brian Mignin, powerlifter, took gold in all three of his events (bench press, deadlift and overall).

We are very proud of both athletes!!


5.  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.


6.  Summer Developmental Disability Conference

People First and The Arc of are joining together once again to host a Summer Conference, July 19 and 20!  Professionals, Ohioans with disabilities and family members are all encouraged to attend. Space is filling up fast. Follow this link for more information about registration and the agenda.


7.    Individuals with dual diagnosis is the focus of a new website

A new website is designed to be a useful resource  to access information specific for youth & adults with complex needs, involved with multiple systems. This website houses  information about, and connects  to, information and training materials on topics such as dual diagnosis of MI/ID, Trauma-Informed Care, Person-Centered Planning, and positive behavioral supports. To visit this site, click here.


8.     Camp Courageous and Arc seeking nominations

The Annual Awards Banquet and Fundraiser is Thursday, September 27.

We are asked to think about someone whom you feel is deserving of recognition for what they have done/accomplished to assist those with developmental disabilities and/or their families. For each nominee that you have, please give their full name, contact information, and a brief description of how they have helped people with developmental disabilities.  Please mail your nominations to Nicole Osstifin at Camp Courageous & the Arc of NW Ohio, 12701 Waterville Swanton Rd., Whitehouse, OH 43571, fax to 419-875-5598, or email nicoleo@arclucas.org by July 31, 2018.

9.  You can get alert information from the Board quickly to your cell phone

When the Friend Blend this past week was canceled because of the weather, we were able to get the notice out very quickly through our mobile app and the text messaging service provided by Twitter. Both are free services and it is very easy to subscribe to one or both services.

To download the mobile app to your smart phone, visit the App Store and Google Play. Search for “Lucas County Board of DD.” Remember to say “yes” when asked if you wish to receive push notifications.

If you wish to receive a text message to your cell phone, send this message to 40404: follow LucasDDAlert


10.  Aging Gracefully newsletter for July

Follow this link for the July issue.


11.   Upcoming Events for the DD Community

July 19 – Friend Blend

July 21 – Golf Clinic

July 23 – ADA Day at the Zoo

July 25 – Family Advisory Council

July 26 – Family Networking Ice Cream Social

July 28 – Shine the Light gala fundraiser for iDance

August 1 – Fundraiser for Partners for Inclusion at Panera

August 11 – Poker Run for Camp Courageous & The Arc

August 29 – Rec Jam


12.   Worth Repeating

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