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.    Reservations can now be made for the Speakeasy Gala
  2.    Partners for Inclusion annual banquet will be September 17
  3.    Funding available for home modifications
  4.    Job postings
  5.    Think you might want to try golf?
  6.    You can get instant text messages from the Board on your smartphone
  7.    Disability Rights Ohio is seeking input as it plans priorities for the coming year
  8.    Courageous Family Services seeking volunteers
  9.    Aging Gracefully August newsletter
  10.    Scholarship applications are being accepted by Partners for Inclusion
  11.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.    Worth Repeating

1.   Reservations can now be made for the Speakeasy Gala

You may now make reservations for the Speakeasy Gala, October 5, to raise money for the levy campaign. While we are not ready to go for a levy now, it’s necessary to make sure the levy committee has the necessary financial resources when the time comes. The Gala, to be held at Premiere Banquet Hall, will be a night of fun, music, dancing, prizes and more fun. You will magically be transported to a speakeasy where we can party like its 1925.

To find out more about the Gala click on to the website, where you can also make your reservations.


2.   Partners for Inclusion annual banquet will be September 17

The guest speaker for the annual Partners for Inclusion banquet will be local historian Tedd Long. On his well-known history blog, Tedd has updated his biography of Josina Lott. Here’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Mrs. Lott and her impact on Toledo history as well as some other fascinating accounts from our past. The banquet will be September 17 at Premiere Banquet Hall. To reserve seats send your name, phone number, and email address to Partners for Inclusion, 1154 Larc Lane, Toledo, OH 43614. Enclose payment of $35 per person attending. For more information you may contact Lon Mitchell at 419-380-4048.


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.  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.    Job postings


5.   Think you might want to try golf?

The First Tee of Lake Erie, the City of Toledo, Detwiler Park Golf Course and the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, invites anyone eligible for Lucas County Board of Developmental Disability services, of any age, to participate in a FREE Golf Clinic!  Michael Prothe, of The First Tee, will be there to help you learn the basics of golf on the Detwiler putting green and you will get to play a couple of holes of golf!

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11am – 1pm.
Where: Detwiler Park Golf Course: 4001 N Summit St.

All equipment is provided!!   Limited to 10 participants!!!

Please RSVP to Mary Beth Olender  at 419-380-5141 or molender@lucasdd.org.


6.   You can get instant text messages from the Board on your 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.   Disability Rights Ohio is seeking input as it plans priorities for the coming year

Disability Rights Ohio, in order to maximize its impact with the resources available, seeks community input every year to focus its priorities on issues where it can have the most effective impact. Take the survey. Information gathered will be used to decide work plans for the next year.  

Disability Rights Ohio is the state designated and federally mandated protection and advocacy system for the state of Ohio.  Disability Rights Ohio is a non-profit organization with the mission to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.

People with disabilities includes people with developmental disabilities, people with physical disabilities, and people with mental illness.


8.   Courageous Family Services seeking volunteers

Courageous Family Services is seeking volunteers for its annual Poker Run on August 24th. For more information, click here.


9.   Aging Gracefully August newsletter

Read the August edition at this link.


10.   Scholarship applications are 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.


11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

August 8 – Back to Basics training

August 14 – Friend Blend

August 15 – People First

August 19 – Guys & Girls Night Out

August 24 – Courageous Community Services Poker Run

August 28 – Rec Jam


12.  Worth Repeating 

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”  -Winston Churchill


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