Friday Update – June 1

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.    Summer Health Alert
  2.    Guide to DD providers in Ohio is now operational
  3.    Be the best advocate for your child
  4.    Faith McCreary honored with Spirit of Sunshine Award
  5.    Job Postings
  6.    People First Summer Picnic- June 21
  7.    Candidate Forum on Disability Issues set for Thursday, July 26
  8.    Camp Courageous and Arc seeking nominations
  9.    STABLE accounts celebrate second birthday
  10.    Aging Gracefully newsletter
  11.    Events for the DD Community
  12.    Worth Repeating

1.   Summer Health Alert

Preparation is key to summer safety for people with disabilities, so they can avoid health risks, such as dehydration and water-related accidents. Read the newest DODD Health Alert about summer safety tips.

2.    Guide to DD providers in Ohio is now operational

Provider Guide Plus is a new website designed to help people select a provider. People with DD and their families can use the online guide to post and read reviews about providers. Follow this link to the online guide.  This is a joint project of the Ohio
Association of County Boards of DD, the Ohio Provider Resource Association,  and the Ohio Department of DD.

3.    Be the best advocate for your child

The University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Disabilities is sponsoring a free one-day workshop to learn how to be the best advocate for your child. There will be two sessions, June 15 or June 18.  For more information click here.

4.   Faith McCreary honored with Spirit of Sunshine Award

Sunshine Communities recognizes partners and staff annually with the Spirit of Sunshine Award for those who embrace the mission of Sunshine, living it to the fullest in their day-to-day efforts.  On May 24th, Sunshine Communities recognized Faith McCreary, Lucas County Board and EaRned Success Employer Resource Network Success Coach. Sunshine has been a part of this project since it was formed in Summer 2016.

In its citation, Sunshine commented:

“In the summer of 2016, Sunshine Communities took a leap of faith and begun a journey that would turn out to be one of the greatest decisions we could have made. This journey has helped countless staff finding their way in life — improving their own lives, their families’ lives, and the lives of those we support.  Faith was born for this role. She not only is smart and savvy, she is kind and approachable — the characteristics needed to help people tackle the obstacles of life so they can be successful in their jobs. Warm, welcoming and strong, Faith is able to help not only our employees, but also their families. In doing so, she improves our entire community — one person, one life, at a time..”

5.  Job Postings

The Lucas County Board of DD is now taking applications for Service and Support Administrators. Click here for more information and to apply.

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.

Triad is seeking a residential manager. Click here for full details.

The Ability Center has openings for a Next Steps Summer Program Coordinator and for a Job Coach. Click here for details.


6.    People First Summer Picnic- June 21

People First of Toledo will be having its Annual Summer Picnic on June 21st.  For more information, please email Kelly Allen, People 1st Facilitator at

7.   Candidate Forum on Disability Issues set for Thursday, July 26

The Center for Disability Empowerment will host a nonpartisan forum for the Ohio candidates running for governor and U.S. senate on Thursday, July 26, in Columbus. The event will be free and open to the public. Pre-registration will be required.  Click here for more information.

Candidates will discuss their stances on disability-related issues and policies.

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.    STABLE accounts celebrate second birthday

STABLE accounts are marking a second anniversary in Ohio. A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities.  Earnings in your STABLE Account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “Qualified Disability Expenses.”

Ohio has the largest such program in the country. Find out more at this link.

10.   Aging Gracefully newsletter

Follow this link for the June edition of the Aging Gracefully newsletter.

11.   Upcoming Events for the DD Community

June 2 – Miracle League Ride & Rally Poker Run

June 13 – Rec Jam

June 15-16 – Black Swamp Benefit

June 23 – Spectrum Fest

July 10-12 – Autism Society National Conference

July 14 – Disc Golf Clinic

July 21 – Golf Clinic

12. Worth Repeating

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin Roosevelt





























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