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.  Next Family and Advocate Forum is March 12
  2.  March is DD Awareness Month
  3.  Yellow Team goes undefeated in Unified Playoffs
  4.  CommUNITY Film Fest is another big success
  5.  Newest Health Alert focuses on preventive care
  6.  Job Postings
  7.  Forum scheduled to discuss gasoline tax and public transit
  8.  Courageous Community Services announces programs for 2019
  9.  Calamity Day Procedures
  10.  Sensory Room February schedule is released
  11.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.  Worth Repeating

1. Next Family and Advocate Forum is March 12

The next Family and Advocate Forum with Superintendent Lori Mariucci will be Tuesday, March 12, at 9:30 a.m.  These forums, scheduled quarterly, are opportunities to meet informally with the Superintendent to discuss current topics of importance to the developmental disabilities community. Invited to attend at family members of persons served by the Board, advocates, providers, and anyone else who is interested in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. The forum will be held at the Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane, Toledo 43614.


2.   March is DD Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. It is a time to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of people who have developmental disabilities so these citizens will have increased access in our communities to employment, education, housing and social opportunities.

Self-Advocate Nate Turner will be a guest Sunday morning on 13abc’s Conklin and Company. The program airs at 11:00 a.m. Nate is the president of SALUTE. Self-Advocates LUcas and TolEdo.

The annual DD Awareness and Advocacy Day is March 5 at the Ohio Statehouse. Scheduled speakers include Governor Mike Dewine and Department of DD Director Jeff Davis. If you are not attending you can  still watch the event live on the Ohio Channel website.


3.   Yellow Team goes undefeated in Unified Playoffs


The Yellow Team was undefeated and is the intramural champs of the Unified Playoff at the University of Toledo Recreation Center. Lucas County Special Olympics athletes competed with and against students athletes from the University of Toledo in a unified basketball games. Unified sports teams are comprised of Special Olympics athletes and an equal number of athletes without intellectual disabilities but of comparable skill levels. The Yellow Team will now compete for the state championship in March at The Ohio State University against similar teams from universities across Ohio.


4.   CommUNITY Film Fest another big success

The annual CommUNITY Film Fest was another big success featuring individuals with developmental disabilities showing their success with inclusion in the community. Click here to view the story from NBC24.


5.  Newest Health Alert focuses on preventive care

Part of starting a new year is making sure the people you serve are scheduled for routine screenings and renew their commitment to healthy living. Read DODD’s latest Health Alert.


6.  Job Postings

The Ability Center wants to hire a carpenter to build ramps. Click here for more information.

Triad Residential Solutions is holding open interviews on March 8. Click here for more information.


7.  Forum scheduled to discuss gasoline tax and public transit

Could a percent of any increase in the Ohio gasoline tax be dedicated to public transit? The Ability Center and the Toledo-Lucas County Commission on Disabilities are holding a public forum on the issue March 15, 1:00 to 4:00, at the Rossford Recreation Center, 400 Dixie Highway.

Public transit advocates will discuss the opportunity to designate a portion of Ohio’s Infrastructure Funding (the Gas Tax) to public transit. There will also be a panel of professionals from throughout the community to create a dialogue about what strong public transportation would mean in the Northwest Ohio region. People from throughout Northwest Ohio who rely on public transportation encouraged to attend, as well as those who may be interested in a strong, regional public transit system in our area.

Kathryn Hunt Thomas, Disability Rights Attorney with the Ability Center, discusses with Lon Mitchell this proposal and other public transit issues facing individuals with disabilities on the Cumulus program Contact which will air March 3. You may listen to the program now online by clicking here.


8.  Courageous Community Services announces programs for 2019 

Life Skills

Relationships and Dating


9.  Calamity Day Procedures

Should it be necessary to close Board facilities due to inclement weather the announcement will be posted in several areas.

  • Check the Board’s Facebook Page or website.
  • The Board will also send information via its mobile app. You can subscribe to the app through Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  • Call the Board’s Weather Hotline at 419-380-4040
  • The Board will also send closing information to the news media.

10.  Sensory Room February schedule is released

Click here for the February schedule of the free Sensory Room Community Resource.


11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

March 3 – Acoustics for Autism

March 5 – Work Benefits You registrations due

March 15 – Forum on Gas Tax and Public Transit

March 19 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair

March 19 – Guys Group

March 20 – FANS Goodwill Donation Drive

March 21 – People First

March 22 – Storytime at Educare

March 23 – Pasta for Pooches

March 26 – Exploring the Future of Independence

March 26 – Friend Blend

March 27 – Rec Jam


12.  Worth Repeating 

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” –Mahatma Gandhi


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