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.    SALUTE – stands for Self-Advocates LUcas TolEdo
  2.    New safety alert published on Transportation and Wheelchair Safety
  3.    Funding available for home modifications
  4.    Job postings
  5.    Using “people first language” adds value and dignity
  6.    You can get instant text messages from the Board on your smartphone
  7.    Mental Health & Recovery Services Board seeking input on survey
  8.    TARTA opens Transit Hub
  9.    Courageous Acres clean-up scheduled Saturday
  10.    Scholarship applications are being accepted by Partners for Inclusion
  11.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.    Worth Repeating

1.  SALUTE – stands for Self-Advocates LUcas TolEdo

The self-advocates in SALUTE promote advocacy, leadership, and connecting with the community. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday. Find out more about this organization and its activities at this link.


2.    New safety alert published on Transportation and Wheelchair Safety

This new alert provides critical information to caregivers about transporting people with disabilities, including wheelchair users, safely around their communities. Review proper safety precautions and learn from real-world examples. Click here.


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.    Using “people first language” adds value and dignity

Using “people first language” creates a positive impression of people with disabilities. For example, emphasize the person rather than the disability. For example, say “Mary Able, who uses a wheelchair…” instead of, “The wheelchair-bound Mary Able…” Notice that the preferred statement mentions Mary first.

Additionally, saying that a person is “confined” or “bound” to a wheelchair emphasizes limitations and is often incorrect (for example, many people who use wheelchairs sometimes use crutches, canes or walkers).

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council has published a brochure that explains “people first language.” Download it here.


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.   Mental Health & Recovery Services Board seeking input on survey

The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board (MHRSB) of Lucas County is seeking input from stakeholders to understand the function and quality of behavioral health crisis services in Lucas County, including crisis call lines, mobile crisis teams, psychiatric urgent care centers, peer respite centers, crisis stabilization units, and psychiatric hospitals. The results of the survey will help MHRSB determine its focus in the upcoming years.

Take the survey by clicking here.


8.    TARTA opens Transit Hub

TARTA is now utilizing its new, centralized downtown Transit Hub at 612 North Huron. TARTA officials say the new Hub will improve bus operations, transit connectivity, and access to downtown Toledo. Features of the Hub include:

  • Climate-controlled waiting area
  • Information booths
  • Restrooms
  • Security
  • On-site pass purchases
  • Face-to-face contact with information operators

The Hub is 100 percent accessible to people living with disabilities, say TARTA officials.


9.    Courageous Acres clean-up scheduled Saturday

Courageous Acres is currently in the process of getting ready to start construction projects for the Phase 1 renovations. Phase 1 includes the boys/girls cabins and dining halls. These renovations include insulation, heating/air ducts, and dry wall that will allow more comfort to our campers as well as a longer season that we will be able to operate.  A clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 and volunteer help is needed. For more information follow 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 

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 8 – Back to Basics training

August 14 – Friend Blend

August 19 – Guys & Girls Night Out

August 24 – Courageous Community Services Poker Run

August 28 – Rec Jam


12.  Worth Repeating 

“I often tell young kids — and particularly my grandkids — don’t ever count yourself out. You’ll never know how good you are until you try.” -Gene Cernan


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