Friday Update – June 9

  1.  Superintendent’s Family and Advocate Forum canceled
  2.  Advocacy groups oppose legislation to replace Obamacare
  3.  Ohio Senate begins debate on the Ohio budget
  4.  Survey Seeks info to improve employment options
  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.  Golf lovers can help Double ARC and the Epilepsy Center
  8.  Big fundraiser planned for iDance
  9.  Job Postings
  10. Governor’s Council seeking applicants for scholarships
  11.  Looking for women with disabilities to serve on panel
  12.  Sunshine cuts the ribbon on its Life Coaching Center
  13.  Events for the DD Community
  14.  Worth Repeating

1. Superintendent’s Family and Advocate Forum canceled

The June 13 Family and Advocate Forum with Superintendent Deb Yenrick has been canceled. The next Forum will be on August 8, 9:30 a.m., at the Board Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane.


2.   Advocacy groups oppose legislation to replace Obamacare

In what was billed as a national day of action, dozens of advocacy groups cried out about proposed cuts to Medicaid, which they say will have severe consequences for people with disabilities.

At issue is the American Health Care Act, a Republican health care reform bill that was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in May.

The legislation would fundamentally alter Medicaid by shifting the program to a per capita cap system. Rather than operate as an entitlement program, the federal government would offer a fixed amount of money for each beneficiary.


3.   Ohio Senate begins debate on the Ohio budget

Here are highlights of the Department of Developmental Disabilities that was passed by the House and being considered by the Ohio Senate (details provided by Ohio Provider Resource Association):

  • Federal Medicaid Reimbursement is reduced by $34.6 million in FY19;
  • The Department of DD budget was cut $31.2 million in FY18 and $58.7 million in FY19;
  • Proposed DODD initiatives that could be eliminated or reduced as a result of these budget cuts:
    • New Waivers
    • Direct Service Provider Wage Increases
    • ICF Rate Increase
    • Complex Care Add-On Rate
    • Shared Living Waiver Service
    • Self Directed Services in IO and Level 1 Waivers

Contact your Ohio Senator website


4.  Survey Seeks info to improve employment options

Employment First is asking people with developmental disabilities, family members, guardians, providers, and county board staff to take this survey to help DODD understand and plan for increasing opportunities for employment and community engagement.  Click here for the survey. Please complete before midnight Thursday, June 22!


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.  Golf lovers can help Double ARC and the Epilepsy Center

When purchasing tickets for the Marathon Classic LPGA Tournament at Highland Meadows, mention Double ARC or the Epilepsy Center and 100% of the ticket price will be donated. Tickets can be purchased at any Kroger Store.


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.

Open positions at Josina Lott.


10.  Governor’s Council seeking applicants for scholarships

The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities is accepting applications for a chance to earn scholarships worth $250 and $1,000. College-bound students with disabilities interested in applying can submit their essays and letters of recommendation until July 15.

The council is also looking for nominations for the Ohio Employer of the Year Award and other leadership and service awards designed to recognize community leaders, organizations, and businesses.


11.  Looking for women with disabilities to serve on panel

The University of Cincinnati UCEDD is hosting the Ma-king Mammography Accessible Training Seminar for Mammography Technologists in Ohio on June 24th in Perrysburg.

They are looking for women with disabilities who can participate in a 1 hour discussion panel. The panelists will share information with the attendees (mammography technologists) about their personal experiences regarding receiving mammograms and how their disability has played a role in the process.

The panelists typically discuss the following topics:

  • Brief explanation of their disability and how it affects the mammography experience
  • Challenges they have experienced with scheduling, accessing, and/or receiving a mammogram
  • Tips and Suggestions on what works best for women with a certain disability throughout the mammography experience

Our goal is for the panelists to have an open dialogue with the attendees and answer questions and also share information to help them as we strive to make mammography accessible for women with disabilities.

Stipend and travel reimbursement will be provided.

Please contact Erica Coleman by email or call 513-803-4399 if you are located in the NW Ohio/Toledo area and interested in serving on this panel.


12.   Sunshine cuts the ribbon on its Life Coaching Center

The Blade this week featured the work of the men and women at the new Life Coaching Center as they build everyday skills to live more independently. The Blade story and pictures captured the intangible pieces of the work of people with disabilities and their advocates: friendships and choices and long-term goals. Opened quietly in December, the Life Coaching Center on Secor Road just north of Alexis runs at near-capacity each weekday and it celebrated with a public ribbon-cutting Wednesday.  It was conceived and is operated by Sunshine Communities, which since 1950 has supported people with disabilities.

13.   Upcoming Events for the DD Community

June 17 – Elvis Tribute Party at Josina Lott

June 16-17 –  Black Swamp Benefit

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 12-15 – Autism Society of America annual conference

July 16 – Family Event at Sky Zone

August 18 – Harbor Night Golf

August 19 – 5th Annual Lace It Face It Walk

September 9 – Golfing for Autism

September 17 – Autism Speaks Walk


14. Worth Repeating

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” –William Feather

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