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 or on the mobile app.

  1.    Family & Advocate Forum with Superintendent Mariucci is Tuesday
  2.    Please take our short survey
  3.    TIC Coalition has a monthly blog
  4.    Have you downloaded our mobile app?
  5.    Sensory Stim Room June Schedule
  6.   “Work Benefits You” classes being offered on Mondays in June!
  7.    Job Postings
  8.    Save the date for the upcoming gala!
  9.   Time to register for the Healthy Athletes session in the Fall
  10.    Autism Society publishes summer camp guide
  11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.   Worth Repeating

1.      Family & Advocate Forum with Superintendent Mariucci is Tuesday

You are invited to join Superintendent Lori Mariucci for her next Family & Advocate Forum on Tuesday, June 11th, at 9:30 a.m. As usual, the Forum will be held at the Board of DD Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane.

Topics will include:

  • The State Budget and how it impact us;
  • What the Board might look like in the future;
  • An update on a major building project; and
  • Our new customer satisfaction survey.

We will also have an update on current events in our DD community.

These forums are opportunities to meet informally with the Superintendent to discuss current topics of importance.  Attendance is open to family members, advocates, providers, and others interested in the local DD community.


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.     TIC Coalition has a monthly blog

The Lucas County Trauma Informed Care Coalition has a monthly blog.  This month it is entitled “Investigating Behavioral Changes.”

“Throughout our work with clients, we may see sudden changes in their behaviors.  If the individual we are working with struggles to communicate, it can be difficult to determine what is causing the behavior changes. There may be an effort to quickly label the behavior and it may be blamed on multiple factors. It is important that we look into what may be causing the behavior change so that an urgent issue is not going unaddressed.  According to Dr. Julie Gentile, doctor and professor at Wright State University, the most common causes of behavioral changes are…”

Click here to read the entire post 


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.     Sensory Stim Room June Schedule

The Promedica Sensory Stimulation Room will be open as a free resource for children with special needs. Click here for the June schedule. There is no charge.


6.   “Work Benefits You” classes being offered on Mondays in June! 

Classes provide information about the work benefits available to those who work while receiving SSI/SSDI. Anyone can attend, including individuals with disabilities, families, providers, staff, etc. The classes are free to all and a meal is provided to those that register. TARPS tickets and TARTA passes provided to attend. Interpreters can be provided if necessary with notice.

To register, refer to flyer for instruction. For questions, please contact Sherrie Hathaway, Community Inclusion Coordinator, Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities at shathaway@lucasdd.org or at (419) 380-4021.


7.  Job Postings


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 first gala to support upcoming levy campaigns will be set. Click here for the Save the Date card.


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.   Autism Society publishes summer camp guide

Schools out and the youngsters are looking for things to do. The Autism Society has published a summer camp guide. Browse the guide at this link.


11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

June 12 – Rec Jam

June 13 – Arc of Ohio Golf Tournament

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 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 22 – ADA Day at the Zoo


12.  Worth Repeating 

“Adopting a really positive attitude can work wonders to adding years to your life, a spring to your step, a sparkle to your eye, and all of that.” – Christie Brinkley


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