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.
- Easy to read Bill of Rights
- Resolving complaints and grievances
- ADA Day at the Toledo Zoo is July 23
- Tom Rich to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming Mud Hens game
- Job Postings
- ABLE programs in jeopardy, disability advocates warn
- Public input sought on draft Vocational Rehabilitation policy
- Camp Courageous and The Arc seeking nominations
- You can get alert information from the Board quickly to your cell phone
- Mobility impaired anglers invited to learn fly fishing
- Events for the DD Community
- Worth Repeating
1. Easy to read Bill of Rights
People with developmental disabilities have many unalienable rights under Ohio law. But, the legal language in the REvised Code can make the Bill of Rights hard to read. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is distributing an easier-to-read version.
2. Resolving complaints and grievances
There is a formal procedure that may be used to resolve disagreement about eligibility, programs and services. Individuals who have concerns are encouraged to attempt to resolve those differences initially on an informal basis. Individuals may also contact the Ombudsman at 419-381-5201 or use the online contact form. A pamphlet outlining the formal procedures is available by calling the Lucas County Board of DD at 419-380-4000 or it can be downloaded at this link.
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. Tom Rich to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming Mud Hens game
Tickets for this special day can be purchased at by clicking here. Anne Grady Services is calling for a big show of support for Tom. “This is great opportunity for children and adults with developmental disabilities to see that anything is possible and dreams do come true!”
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.
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6. ABLE programs in jeopardy, disability advocates warn
Without a big change, advocates are warning that a recently-established vehicle to help people with disabilities save money without risking their government benefits could be unsustainable. Read more at this link.
7. Public input sought on draft Vocational Rehabilitation policy
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is seeking public comment on the following Vocational Rehabilitation draft policy: 80-VR-11 “Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services.”
8. Camp Courageous and Arc seeking nominations
The Annual Awards Banquet and Fundraiser is Thursday, September 27.
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. Mobility impaired anglers invited to learn fly fishing
Mobility-impaired anglers interested in learning the art of fly fishing are encouraged to enter for a chance to participate in a free beginning fly-fishing clinic at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Submissions for the lottery must be postmarked by July 30, 2018.
In addition to fly-fishing instruction by ODNR Division of Wildlife staff and volunteers, attendees will be able to test their newly acquired skills by fishing for the abundant rainbow trout found in Cold Creek. Anglers may also encounter an occasional brown trout and brook trout.
Successful applicants will receive a letter with additional details. Permits are not transferable. Successful applicants must bring a non-fishing attendant. All anglers age 16 and older are required to have a valid Ohio fishing license, however, some anglers may qualify for a free fishing license. To determine if the angler qualifies for a free license check the annual fishing regulations booklet, wildohio.gov, or call 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543).
The Castalia State Fish Hatchery is located in Erie County off State Route 269, near Castalia.
11. Upcoming Events for the DD Community
July 10-12 – Autism Society National Conference
July 14 – Disc Golf Clinic
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
August 11 – Poker Run for Camp Courageous & The Arc
August 29 – Rec Jam
12. Worth Repeating
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
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