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 You may also read the Friday Update on our website or on our mobile app.

  1.    Easy to read Bill of Rights
  2.    Resolving complaints and grievances
  3.    ADA Day at the Toledo Zoo is July 23
  4.    Tom Rich to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming Mud Hens game
  5.    Job Postings
  6.    ABLE programs in jeopardy, disability advocates warn
  7.    Public input sought on draft Vocational Rehabilitation policy
  8.    Camp Courageous and The Arc seeking nominations
  9.    You can get alert information from the Board quickly to your cell phone
  10.    Mobility impaired anglers invited to learn fly fishing
  11.    Events for the DD Community
  12.    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

Tom Rich will be singing the National Anthem at the Mud Hens game on July 17th. The game begins at noon at Fifth Third Field.  Tom calls it, “A dream come true.”

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.


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.”

You can locate a copy of the draft policy by clicking here.   Comments will be taken through July 31, 2018. Feedback should be emailed to

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 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.  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,, 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

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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