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.    New state budget contains initiatives to benefit persons with DD
  2.    Partners for Inclusion has a fundraiser planned on July 24 at Granite City
  3.    Funding available for home modifications
  4.    Surge in voters with disabilities may influence 2020 election
  5.    Special Olympics posts summer softball schedules
  6.    You can get instant text messages from the Board on you smartphone
  7.    Autism Society names new Executive Director
  8.    Motorcycle Poker Run to raise money for the Down Syndrome Association
  9.    Register now for the next Family Advisory Council Meeting
  10.    Scholarship applications accepted by Partners for Inclusion
  11.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.    Worth Repeating

1.  New state budget contains initiatives to benefit persons with DD

On July 18 2019, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 166, the state’s operating budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, into law. The budget invests a historic $370 million over the next two years to support Ohioans with developmental disabilities. Read how the new state budget impacts persons with developmental disabilities by clicking here.


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.    Funding available for home modifications

The Ability Center currently has funding for homeowners living in Lucas County needing home modifications through the Community Development Block Grant. Projects may include ramps, stair lifts, and grab bars. <“underline;”>Residents must be homeowners living in Lucas County and not within the city of Toledo. Applicants must meet income requirements.

Contact The Ability Center at 419-885-5733 to request an application.


4.  Surge in voters with disabilities may influence 2020 election

Significantly more voters with disabilities voted last year. If the trend continues, voters with disabilities could have a major impact on the presidential election next year. Click here to read the story in Disability Scoop.


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.   You can get instant text messages from the Board on you smartphone

You can get text messages from the Board of DD directly to your smartphone. This way, you will receive instant information to keep you up to date. There is no charge for this service. Just text to 40404 this message: follow LucasDDAlert


7.   Autism Society names new Executive Director

The Board of Directors at The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio (ASNO) announced today, their selection of the next Executive Director for the organization, Mrs. Kate Schwartz.

Kate is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and has dedicated her life to making the road easier for families who have received an autism diagnosis. She has served as a professional volunteer over the course of more than 10 years for many organizations whose focus is championing those with disabilities, until her dream job opened at ASNO as the Program Director, last year.

Prior to her role at ASNO, Kate held the position as a program coordinator pairing parents with undergraduate and graduate students in the Consultation and Collaboration course through Bowling Green State University. This allowed students to understand the challenges that parents face parenting a child with special needs in both educational and social settings. She is also part of the Chronic Care Connection team, breaking down barriers in the medical profession between patients, parents and professionals.


8.  Motorcycle Poker Run to raise money for the Down Syndrome Association

Local parents of a child with Down syndrome are entering their fifth year of hosting the “Down for the Ride” Poker Run, presented by Maumee Valley Moving and Storage, which will take place on Saturday, July 20 throughout Northwest Ohio.  Down for the Ride will kick off with registration at Fraternal Order of Eagles Rossford 2322 on 658 Lime City Road starting at 9:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m.

The poker run will raise funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo (DSAGT), a local organization that provides support and education for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Cost per rider for the poker run is $20 and cost per passenger is $10; carloads are $35. All poker run participants who register will receive an event t-shirt, while supplies last. Contribution and registration information can be found at www.dsagt.org. For more information, call TJ Miller at 567-322-7621.


9.   Register now for the next Family Advisory Council Meeting

The Family Advisory Council provides a forum for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to hear directly from family members about the issues that affect their lives and provides the opportunity for families to learn more about the department’s current initiatives from executive staff. Register for the next FAC on Wednesday, September 25, from 10 AM to 3 PM.


10.   Scholarship applications 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.


11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

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 

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” -Mark Twain


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