Friday Update – June 29

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 FridayUpdate@lucasdd.info. You may also read the Friday Update on our website or on our mobile app.

  1.    You can get alert information from the Board quickly to your cell phone
  2.    Board Resolution calls for member communities to approve TARTA issue for the ballot
  3.    CATR to hear presentation on TARTA plans for the future
  4.    Eighty-six Lucas County athletes compete in Summer Games
  5.    Job Postings
  6.    UT students hope to start a local RallyCap Sports Chapter
  7.    State official offers tips to stay safe this summer
  8.    Camp Courageous and The Arc seeking nominations
  9.    Lucas County Special Olympics publishes summer catalog
  10.    Bittersweet participants will show animals at two county fairs
  11.   Mobility impaired anglers invited to learn fly fishing
  12.    Events for the DD Community
  13.    Worth Repeating

1.   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 it your wish to receive push notifications.

If you wish to receive a text message to your cell phone, send this message to 40404: follow LucasDDAlert


2.    Board Resolution calls for member communities to approve TARTA issue for the ballot

There should be community discussion about the TARTA sales tax issue, and the way to assure that discussion to approve the issue for the ballot. That was essence of a Resolution endorsed by the Board of DD. “The Board did not endorse the sales tax, but felt the issue warrants strong discussion,” said Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager for the Board. ” The TARTA ballot issue would change the funding mechanism to a countywide sales tax, thus allowing TARTA to expand services to the entire county.  Read the Resolution.


3.     CATR to hear presentation on TARTA plans for the future

At its next meeting, Community Advocates for Transportation Rights (CATR) will hear a presentation from Connor Briggs, director of TARPS,  about MoveToledo, TARTA’s plan for the future, and the proposal to change funding to a countywide sales tax. The meeting will be Tuesday, July 10, 5:30pm-7:00pm, at St. Vincent’s Hospital Conference Room # 2. 


4.   Eighty-six Lucas County athletes compete in Summer Games

There were a lot of medals and ribbons presented for athletic process at the Special Olympics State Summer Games last weekend. But every athlete is deserving of a gold medal for sportsmanship. The support and fellowship shown were noteworthy! What a great example the athletes demonstrated.  Special thanks to Lisa Martin for the following photos.

Medal winning Bocce players
Rosie Osborn, Theresa Miller, Lisa Maier, Nick Carter, and Josh Carter

Kelly Wagner

Gold Medal relay team
Koby White, Matt Beard, Alan Jones and Dominique Larde

Blade photographer Lori King has many of her photos from the send-off celebration online at this link.


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.   UT students hope to start a local RallyCap Sports Chapter

Associate Professor in Early Childhood at the University of Toledo, Dawn Sandt, let’s us know that several students and parents want to bring RallyCap Sports to UT.  RallyCap Sports has developed a sports program specifically designed for people with special needs.   They are trying to raise funds by July 6th via a Go Fund Me page.  Donations will will help cover the cost of adaptive sports equipment and trophies.


7.    State official offers tips to stay safe this summer

Summer is traditionally a season of relaxation and recreation, yet it’s also a common time for injuries as people step outside to enjoy the weather, take on summer projects around the house and enjoy a road trip or two. As we officially enter the summertime season, it’s important to educate ourselves on the common injuries that occur during the summer months and how we can play a role in preventing them.

The Fifteen Tips to Stay Safe This Summer is a short article by Michelle Francisco, Safety Council Program Manager, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Division of Safety and Hygiene.


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 nicoleo@arclucas.org by July 31, 2018.

9.   Lucas County Special Olympics publishes summer catalog

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


10.  Bittersweet participants will show animals at two county fairs

The Bittersweet Animal Therapy program participants will be showing goats and miniature horses at the Wood County and Lucas County Fairs this summer.  The animal therapy program at Bittersweet Farms provides meaningful and therapeutic jobs for individuals with autism.

Bittersweet Participant Matt Pierson will be showing at the Lucas County Fair for the third year in the row.  This year he will be working with Bittersweet Volunteer Scott Mitchell to show one of Bittersweet’s goats.Mr. Pierson will be showing his goat on Wednesday, July 11.

Bittersweet Participant Beth Meyer will be showing at the Wood County Fair this year.  This will be the second consecutive year she will be showing one of Bittersweet’s miniature horses.  


11.  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, wildohio.gov, 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.


12.   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


13.   Worth Repeating

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” ―Maya Angelou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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