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.    Superintendent’s next Family & Advocate Forum will be June 12
  2.    Guide to DD providers in Ohio is now operational
  3.    Lucas County Special Olympics publishes summer catalog
  4.    Advocate for people with dd, Sandy Andrews, dies
  5.    Job Postings
  6.    Double ARC Center for FASD presents Triumph Today video series
  7.    Sunshine Communities presents awards
  8.   Camp Courageous and The Arc seeking nominations
  9.    State recognition for Lucas County Special Olympics leadership team
  10.    Zepf Center names new CEO
  11.    Sunshine Studios allows you to create your own piece of art
  12.    Events for the DD Community
  13.    Worth Repeating

1.    Superintendent’s next Family & Advocate Forum will be June 12

There have been some major developments at the state level regarding service delivery. Superintendent Deb Yenrick will  have updates at her next Family & Advocate Forum on June 12. The developments include:

  • Major changes to how we develop waiting lists;
  • A new webpage that allows parents to search for, and rat e, a provider; and
  • The monitoring of staff visits electronically, called Electronic Visit Verification.

There will also be reports from department directors and an update on current events and activities in the local DD community.

The forum will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane. Please join us.

2.    Guide to DD providers in Ohio is now operational

Provider Guide Plus is a new website designed to help people select a provider. People with DD and their families can use the online guide to post and read reviews about providers. Follow this link to the online guide.  This is a joint project of the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD, the Ohio Provider Resource Association,  and the Ohio Department of DD.

3.    Lucas County Special Olympics publishes summer catalog

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

4.   Advocate for people with DD, Sandy Andrews, dies

Sandy Andrews, an advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families, died Sunday at University of Toledo Medical Center. Sandy was employed for 30 years with Board of DD, was a founding partner of Triad Residential Services, and a charter member of Partners for Inclusion (formerly Maumee Valley Civitan).

Surviving are her daughters Catherine, Mary, and Shavaun Andrews and Helen Shuff; sons Timothy and Patrick Andrews; brother, Kirk Hughes; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson. Click here to read the feature story about Sandy in The Blade.

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.

Triad is seeking a residential manager. Click here for full details.

The Ability Center has openings for a Next Steps Summer Program Coordinator and for a Job Coach. Click here for details.


6.    Double ARC Center for FASD presents Triumph Today video series

This 16-segment online training series gives you the tools and techniques you need to understand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and to help create structures and strategies to bring success to your family member with FASD

Based on their previous print curriculum developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), members of the Double ARC staff and guest parents present current information as well as time-tried techniques to assist viewers in negotiating the confusing and often stressful path through FASD with success and confidence.

Topics range from a description of FASD and its impact on the brain, to characteristics and resulting behaviors, to specific techniques to deal with difficult behaviors.  Individual segments cover such topics as special education, discipline, meltdowns, technology, planning and how to deal with the many professionals that are involved in the treatment process.

Parents raising children with FASD are invited to browse the website, to view the introductory video and then to join us on the way to success by clicking here and participating in Triumph Today.

7.   Sunshine Communities presents awards

Sunshine Communities has honored eight men and women for personal achievements and for tireless work that helped Sunshine create countless opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

Three individuals in May received a 2018 Tales of Success award, which honors individual achievement:  Kendra Amborski, a crew member at Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts, Diana Rowe, an artist at Sunshine Studios, and Richard Blawat, a member of the Sunshine residential board of directors.

Five people received a 2018 Spirit of Sunshine award, which honors work that supports Sunshine’s mission of creating community. They were retiring Communities Board Chair Steve Nafziger, Chief Donor Relations Officer Douglas Siebenaler, Volunteer Services Manager Lori Richard, long-time advocate Brent Cousino, and Lucas County Board and EaRned Success (Employer Resource Network Success) Coach Faith McCreary.

The awards were handed out at Sunshine’s Annual Dinner in May – a time in which staff, consumers, families and supporters celebrate highlights of the previous year. This video highlighted events of 2017 at Sunshine.

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.   State recognition for Lucas County Special Olympics leadership team

Special Olympics of Ohio  highlighted the Lucas County Special Olympics Leadership committee in in its latest newsletter.  Click here to read the story.

10.  Zepf Center names new CEO

Deb Flores has been named the new  Chief Executive Officer of the Zepf Center. “Our team  will  continue  Creating  hope and recovery through  integrated person­ centered services, putting the community and our patients first,” she wrote in a letter to Deb Yenrick, Superintendent of the Board of DD.

11.   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.

12. Upcoming Events for the DD Community

June 13 – Rec Jam

June 15-16 – Black Swamp Benefit

June 21 – People First Summer Picnic

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

13.   Worth Repeating

“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” -Robert F. Kennedy































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