Friday Update – June 14

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.    Help requested by Arc regarding the state budget
  2.    Please take our short survey
  3.    Summer Special Olympics brochure is online
  4.    Have you downloaded our mobile app?
  5.    Staying safe in summer health alert
  6.    Courageous Services looking for award nominees
  7.    Dog safety classes begin
  8.    Save the date for the upcoming gala!
  9.   Time to register for the Healthy Athletes session in the Fall
  10.   New Aging Gracefully newsletter
  11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.   Worth Repeating

1.   Help requested by Arc regarding the state budget

Arc Ohio reports it has received word about what it describes as harmful language that has been proposed for the new state budget.  The language says that when you ask for help from your County Board of DD, the first thing the Board must offer you is a referral to a private facility instead of help in your home such as with a Waiver.

“We do not oppose being given all options but out of home placement in an Intermediate Care Facility must not be the first option vs. a Waiver, in-home supports, respite, assistive technology, even a ramp.”

Arc Ohio is requesting we call and email Ohio State Senators now. Start with the Senate President, then your Senator and then all Senators if you can.  Click Here for their contact information.


2.   Please take our short survey

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (county board) would like to assess community needs and services provided by our organization and provider agencies in Lucas County. People who receive services and their families are encouraged to complete the survey.  Your response will assist us in our efforts to improve services and better meet needs. Please click here to take the survey.


3.   Summer Special Olympics brochure is online

Lucas County Special Olympics has published its brochure outlining options for the summer. View your copy online at this link.


4.  Have you downloaded our mobile app?

A great way to keep in touch with the Board of DD and keep up-to-date on activities happening for the DD Community is with our mobile app for your smart phone. On the app you’ll find our latest videos, photos, calendar of events, contact information and more. Plus, when downloading, be sure to allow your smartphone to accept push notifications from the Board. This will allow us to send you the latest information about delays or closings. Click here to enter your phone number and receive a link to the app.


5.     Staying safe in summer health alert

This alert provides critical information to caregivers about how to help people with disabilities stay safe during the summer months and avoid health risks such as dehydration, sunburn, and water-related accidents.


6.  Courageous Services looking for award nominees

Courageous Family Services is seeking nominees for the awards that will be presented at the annual banquet, September 26. The awards are presented to those in the community that have gone “above and beyond” on behalf of people with developmental disabilities. For more information, click here.


7.  Dog safety classes begin

Travel Trainers began dog safety presentations at various adult day service locations last week, conducted by the Lucas County Pit Crew.  Pictured is the director Jean Keating, and her dog Chief.  This photo was taken at Assured Health Services.


8.    Save the date for the upcoming gala!

A recent sports magazine article painted Toledo in the early 20th century as the boom town! Where water met rails. It was a time of prize fighting, gambling and bootlegging. Nickelodeons and the Lindy Hop! It is against this backdrop, the age of the speakeasy, that we present the first gala to support upcoming levy campaigns . Click here for the Save the Date card. In the meantime, there was a pre-gala celebration… where staff and advocates could experience the speakeasy environment.


9.   Time to register for the Healthy Athletes session in the Fall

Healthy Athletes is a program designed to improve the athletes health and fitness and their ability to train and compete in Special Olympics as well as in life.

The program is 6 weeks and all sessions will be held at the University of Toledo Recreation Center.  Athletes must be at least 16 years of age to participate and a Special Olympics athlete. For more information and the application form click here.


10.    New Aging Gracefully newsletter

Click here to read the new Aging Gracefully newsletter.


11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

June 17 – PEAC summer cycling program begins

June 18 – Guys & Gals Night Out with the Mud Hens

June 19 – Friend Blend

June 22 – Easter Seals Walk With Me

June 20 – People First Summer Picnic

June 28-30 –  Special Olympics Summer Games

June 30 – Outdoor Inclusive Adventure

July 5 – Josina Lott Dance Party

July 9 – Autism Society National Conference

July 12-13 – Arc of Ohio/People First Conference

July 13 – Disc Golf

July 16 – Friend Blend

July 22 – ADA Day at the Zoo

August 1 – Family Ice Cream Social


12.  Worth Repeating 

“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” -John Wayne


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