Friday Update – June 16

  1.  Advocates worry about cuts to Medicaid
  2.  Author tells how his adventure launched the Walk for Sunshine
  3.  Preventing falls
  4.  Study suggests autism is detectable in infants
  5.  Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities accepting annual award nominations
  6.  Black Swamp Benefit supports people with disabilities and efforts for world peace
  7.  Are you ready for some flag football?
  8.  Big fundraiser planned for iDance
  9.  Job Postings
  10.  Special Olympians depart for Summer Games on June 23
  11.  Bittersweet and the Toledo Zoo partner to offer zoology to teens with autism
  12. Events for the DD Community
  13.  Worth Repeating

1. Advocates worry about cuts to Medicaid

A small committee of Senators is working on the Senate version of legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. And, things are moving fast. There could be a vote before the end of the month.

It appears that many of the cuts and caps on Medicaid that were in the House bill are going to be in the Senate bill as well. Advocates for people with disabilities fear the effect of any reduction in Medicaid benefits could be truly devastating for families. Click here for information on the impact of cuts to Medicaid.

Concerns can be voiced to Senator Rob Portman and Senator Sherrod Brown.


2.  Author tells how his adventure launched the Walk for Sunshine

A new Tedx Talk features a nearly 20-year story that began when one man hiked the Appalachian Trail in honor of his brother with disabilities. Author Jeff Alt faced skunks, blisters, and brutal cold and hunger – all because his brother, Aaron, cannot.  The quest launched a fundraiser and annual celebration at Sunshine Communities, where Aaron lives. Last year, more than 650 people joined Sunshine and the Alt family to celebrate community – walking, rolling, skipping, wagon-riding and running the section of the Wabash Cannonball near Monclova Elementary School. The walk this year will be an even more celebratory event than normal, so mark your calendars now. Register here.


3.   Preventing falls 

This alert provides critical information to caregivers about smart habits to help prevent falls and statistics about how falls have affected the developmental disability community. Read here.


4.  Study suggests autism is detectable in infants

Long before an official diagnosis, a single brain scan at 6 months of age may be able to predict with near perfect accuracy which babies will develop autism. Read more


5.  Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities accepting annual award nominations

The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) is accepting nominations for its 2017 Annual Awards. Each year, the council recognizes community leaders who help create opportunities for employment and community involvement for people with disabilities. Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse on September 29. Nominations are due July 15.

Click here for a list of awards and nomination forms.


6.   Black Swamp Benefit supports people with disabilities and efforts for world peace

A 16-year tradition featuring quilts, two wooden motorcycles, a 5K run, and fried pies returns to the Fulton County fairgrounds from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 16 and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 17.

Proceeds from the 16th Annual Black Swamp Benefit will be split between Sunshine Communities  and Goshen-based Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which is focused on responding to disasters with a focus on world peace.

As always, the event is free and open to all ages.

This year will feature at least 70 quilts, including the featured quilt, Snake River, created by Ella Bazzy of Bluffton, Ohio, a regular contributor to the Benefit. The auction begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 17. Also to be auctioned are finely-crafted woodwork, including a cherry hall table, a roll top desk and other furniture, graceful wooden birds for the yard and garden, puzzles, and even two wooden motorcycle rockers for children. Other items include several John Deere equipment models and quality garage sale items. And new this year is a Cornhole Tournament.

Additional information can be obtained at www.blackswampbenefit.org.


7.  Are you ready for some flag football?

The Lucas County Board of DD and the University of Toledo are sponsoring a unified flag football league. Players must be 18 or over and have a completed application for Lucas County Special Olympics. Read more by clicking here.


8.   Big fundraiser planned for iDance

iDance is reaching out to the community with a fundraising gala on July 6, Shine the Light. The proceeds will go to expanding space to be able to add additional programs.  The Gala includes professional vocal entertainment, food, raffle items, crafts made by iDance participants, and a special performance from iDance.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 419-787-1552 or email at idance@bex.net


9.  Job Postings

If you are a provider seeking employees, we would like to help. Send an email to FridayUpdate@lucasdd.info with the details. We’ll be happy to include the information in the next Friday Update email.

Direct Support Professional

Do you love the diversity of people and days that are never the same as the one before? Are you fueled by laughter and inspired by joyful, quiet moments too? Whether it’s creating opportunities to work and play, supporting someone in their home, or providing medical care or therapy, you’ll find a place — and feed your soul — on the Sunshine team.

We are currently hiring individuals for 3rd and 2nd shift full time and part time positions at our locations in Lucas and Fulton County. Starting wage is $10.00/hour with a weekend shift differential. With our full time positions we offer a host of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, paid vacation time, and a matching 401(k) as well as an active and ongoing bonus program.

Our part time positions are great for students, retirees, stay at home parents or those just wanting part time hours. Our part time positions also receive paid vacation time as well as an active and ongoing bonus program.

All direct support professionals must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license. Experience in the DD field is preferred but not required. Please visit the Sunshine website  www.sunshine.org to apply online or to learn more about the position and additional opportunities. EOE. Drug free workplace

Residential Manager

Sunshine, a non-profit organization with strong values honoring the human spirit, is looking for an experienced individual with a background in social work or experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities to work within a team of managers coordinating services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Responsibilities will include: hiring, supervising and training staff in our residential facilities in Fulton County. Also implementing Individual Service Plans and Behavior Support Plans and assisting in their development; in addition to reviewing financial/budget performance at each site to ensure that goals are met.

With our full time positions we offer a host of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, paid vacation time, and a matching 401(k) as well as an active and ongoing bonus program. As well as an ongoing training program.

Must be able to work flexible hours, have previous supervisory experience, experience with individuals with DD and also prior experience working with individuals with high medical needs.

Requires Bachelor’s Degree in relevant area (i.e. Social Work, Psychology, Special Ed, Criminal Justice, Nursing etc.) required.

Please visit the Sunshine website  www.sunshine.org to apply online or to learn more about the position and additional opportunities.  EOE. Drug free workplace


10.  Special Olympians depart for Summer Games on June 23

The Lucas County Special Olympics athletes will be departing for the State Summer Games on Friday morning, June 23, at 9:00 a.m. from the Larc Lane campus.

The 48th Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games are set for June 23-25 at The Ohio State University. During the weekend more than 2,600 athletes will compete in Athletics (track & field), Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, and Volleyball.

Athletes and coaches from all parts of Ohio will be housed in dormitories on campus and most sports will hold their competitions at OSU venues. The two exceptions: Bowling competitions will take place at Sawmill Lanes in the Dublin area and Roller Skating will be held at United Skates of America on the east side of Columbus.

Special Olympics Ohio’s 2017 State Summer Games will officially begin on Friday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. with the Opening Ceremonies in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Following the Parade of Athletes, the Summer Games Opening Ceremony will conclude with the dramatic entrance of the torch bearing the Flame of Hope into the stadium. By that point the Flame will have traveled hundreds of miles throughout the Buckeye State in the care of the dedicated officers of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ohio. Many of those law enforcement officers will be on hand to escort the torch into the stadium where it will be handed off to the Special Olympics Ohio athletes chosen to ignite the Flame of Hope cauldron, signifying the start of the State Summer Games.


11.   Bittersweet and the Toledo Zoo partner to offer zoology to teens with autism

Bittersweet’s Social Living Club (SLC) will be partnering with the Toledo Zoo to offer a zoology program to teens with autism.  Teens in the SLC will learn about animal enrichment activities, animal diet, how enclosures are set-up, and other basics of zoology.

Beginning July 19, the five week program will be on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Toledo Zoo.    The cost for the five week program is $100.  Scholarship opportunities from ProMedica and the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism are available.For more information, contact Taylor Barndt at 419.206.7803 or tbarndt@bittersweetfarms.org.

The SLC is also seeking teen mentors to volunteer and help adolescents with autism. No experience is needed.  Contact Taylor Barndt at 419.206.7803 or tbarndt@bittersweetfarms.org for more information.


12.   Upcoming Events for the DD Community

June 17 – Elvis Tribute Party at Josina Lott

June 20 – Parent-to-Parent

June 21 – Rec Jam

June 24 – Ohio SIBS gathering in Seneca County

June 29 – Self-Advocacy Focus Group

July 6 – iDance Gala

July 8 – Free Disc Golf Clinic

July 12-15 – Autism Society of America annual conference

July 13 – Roommate Mixer

July 16 – Family Event at Sky Zone

July 22 – Golf Clinic

August 18 – Harbor Night Golf

August 19 – 5th Annual Lace It Face It Walk

September 9 – Golfing for Autism

September 17 – Autism Speaks Walk


13. Worth Repeating

“You are the stars and the world is watching you. By your presence, you send a message to every village, every city, every nation. A message of hope. A message of victory.” -Eunice Kennedy Shriver

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