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.    Metroparks open accessible playground
  2.    Lucas County sending more than 80 athletes to Summer Games
  3.    Lucas County Special Olympics publishes summer catalog
  4.    Download our mobile app
  5.    Job Postings
  6.    TARTA hopes to expand service throughout the county
  7.    Need grows for Direct Support Workers
  8.    Camp Courageous and The Arc seeking nominations
  9.    The Ability Center to host ADA Zoo Day  
  10.    Sunshine Studios allows you to create your own piece of art
  11.    Events for the DD Community
  12.    Worth Repeating

1.    Metroparks open accessible playground

A new, inclusive playground has opened at Secor Metropark.

Metroparks Toledo recognized a gap in inventory of inclusive playgrounds around the county, and that a barrier-free playground was needed. According to Joe Fausnaugh, Chief of Operations, said, “Our goal for this site is to have a playground where any child in our community can come and enjoy without worrying about any limitations or whether they belong.”

The playground’s design is focused around the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®, as outlined in Me2®, a program developed in partnership with PlayCore and Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. The program provides an overview of why inclusion is so important, helpful research to help stakeholders understand diversity, inclusion, and social equity, and tips for designing inclusive play environments that benefit the whole child, whole environment, and whole community.®

-From the Central Ave. entrance to the park, turn right at the fork (Tupelo Way). The Meadowview picnic area will be on the right side of the road.

-From the Bancroft Street entrance to the park (Tupelo Way), the picnic area will on the left.

Park map

2.    Lucas County sending more than 80 athletes to Summer Games

The Lucas County Special Olympics team for the State Summer Games is scheduled to depart at 9:00, Friday, June 22, for the State Summer Games at The Ohio State University. In all, more than 2,600 athletes from 68 Ohio counties and 103 local Special Olympics organizations will participate.  Athletes will compete in state championships in 11 different sports.

The Games officially kick off on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting) with the Opening Ceremonies which will include nearly all athletes participating in a Parade of Athletes and the dramatic entrance into the stadium of the torch bearing the Flame of Hope.

A schedule of the events and venues is available by clicking here.

3.    Lucas County Special Olympics publishes summer catalog

Follow this link to browse the new summer catalog from Lucas County Special Olympics.

4.   Download the Board of DD mobile app

On the free 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 for more information.

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.   TARTA hopes to expand service throughout the county

TARTA has become the process of gaining support from its member communities for a ballot issue that would change the way the transit system is funded. Once again, TARTA wants to change its funding from a property tax in its member communities to a countywide sales tax.  That change would allow TARTA to expand service throughout all of Lucas County, providing access to areas like Spring Meadows and Oregon. To get on sales tax concept on the ballot, TARTA must first gain the endorsement from of all its member communities.

7.   Need grows for Direct Support Workers

Direct support workers in Ohio and across the country are in short supply, but the need continues. Agencies that offer supports to people with developmental disabilities say they are struggling more than ever to attract workers, forcing some to terminate services and decline new clients.  Read the story from Disability Scoop at this link.

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.   The Ability Center to host ADA Zoo Day 

The Ability Center will host its annual ADA Zoo Day event at the Toledo Zoo on Monday, July 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ADA Zoo Day is a community event and vendor fair for all to celebrate the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) along with over 60 local vendors with disability-focused resources. The purpose of the event is to educate the public on the wide range of goods and services available to people with disabilities in our community. Participating organizations will cover topics such as benefits/insurance, caregiver support, transportation, medical equipment/adaptive services, housing/skilled care, Medicaid and heath care services and mental health.

The event will take place rain or shine. The vendor fair is free with general Zoo admission. Please note admission for Lucas County residents is free until noon.

The deadline to register to become a vendor is June 27.10. 

10.   Sunshine Studios allows you to create your own piece of art

Summertime is no time to let children get restless! Sunshine Studios each Saturday helps people of all ages and abilities to unleash their inner artist. Visitors can select potter from the shelves, choose colors and design an original piece of art with stamps, sponges, brushes and other tools. The one-of-a-kind piece will be ready for pick up within a week. Prices vary by items. Reservations aren’t necessary, but helpful so that staff can make sure they have plenty of stock and supplies ready. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 305 Conant St., Maumee. Call 419-891-8877.

11. Upcoming Events for the DD Community

June 23 – Spectrum Fest

June 27 – Friend Blend

July 10-12 – Autism Society National Conference

July 14 – Disc Golf Clinic

July 21 – Golf Clinic

July 23 – ADA Day at the Zoo

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 – Poke Run for Camp Courageous & The Arc

August 29 – Rec Jam

12.   Worth Repeating

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