Friday Update – March 29

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  1. Director Jeff Davis comments on the Governor’s budget proposal
  2.  Nora Riggs is presented a Special Recognition Award
  3.  Area IV Spring Meet is May 4
  4.  Special Olympics spring brochure is out
  5.  Sensory Room April schedule
  6.   Leah Pallenik honored as Staff Person of the Month
  7.   Summer program guide released by Super Schades
  8.   Lucas County Lightning finish 3rd in State Tournament
  9.  TARTA/TARPS fare increases begin April 1
  10.  The Ability Center is accepting video testimonials on public transportation
  11.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.  Worth Repeating

1. Director Jeff Davis comments on the Governor’s budget proposal

(from Family Connection) This month, Director Jeff Davis gave testimony to members of the Ohio House of Representatives’ Finance Committee about Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed state biennial budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

“We will invest in Early Intervention, modernize our transportation rates to increase access to communities and employment, and work with our stakeholders to develop better ways to serve youth with complex needs,” Davis said. “This budget puts us on a pathway to achieve these priorities and initiatives.” Read the director’s full testimony here.

Watch Director Davis explain what’s in store for the developmental disabilities field.


Pat Stephens, Director of Provider Supports, with Nora Riggs

2.   Nora Riggs is presented a Special Recognition Award

Nora Riggs of the  Salvation Army was honored by the Board at its March meeting for her work with PATH, Partners Against Trafficking of Humans. We cannot say enough about the compassion and commitment she shows. Read the citation presented at the Board meeting.

 


3.  Area IV Spring Meet is May 4

The Special Olympics Area IV Spring Meet will be May 4 at Sylvania Southview.  Click here for the volunteer form.


4.  Special Olympics spring brochure is out

Lucas County Special Olympics has published its spring brochure. And don’t forget to check out the local Special Olympics web page.


5.  Sensory Room April schedule

Click here for the schedule of when the free sensory room is open at the Finnegan Family Autism Center.


6.  Leah Pallenik honored as Staff Person of the Month

Congratulations to Leah Pallenik, a Service and Support Specialist in the Children’s Department on her selection as the Staff Person of the Month. Please read the citation presented at the March Board meeting.


7.  Summer program guide released by Super Schades

Super Schades has published its annual list of summer programs and programs for individuals with special needs. Download here.


8.  Lucas County Lightning finish 3rd in State Tournament

At the Special Olympics state basketball tournament this past weekend, the Lucas County Lightning finished in third place. Congratulations, team, for a fantastic season!


9.  TARTA/TARPS fare increases begin April 1

“Effective April 1 the cost of riding TARTA and TARPS will increase.  The monthly TARTA passes will increase from $25.00 to $30.00/month and the cost of TARPS tickets will increase from $2.50/ticket to $3.00/ticket.  Beginning April 1,   passengers paying cash to ride TARPS will need to pay $3.00.  If they are using a $2.50/ticket, TARPS will continue to accept those tickets at face value through the month of April.  Effective May 1, if an individual uses a $2.50/ticket, they will need to add 50 cents cash to the ticket or place two tickets into the fare box.

Any certified TARPS rider will continue to be able to ride TARTA for free by showing the TARTA driver their TARPS ID card.  The exception to this, however, will be with the TARTA suburban Call-A-Ride buses.  TARPS riders will no longer be able to ride the TARTA Call-A-Ride buses for free effective April 1.  The cost to ride Call-A-Ride will be $3.00 for a one-way trip.

TARTA riders can continue to utilize any TARTA bus as often as they desire with their monthly TARTA passes. Any questions, please contact Michele Shepler, the Community Travel Specialist, at (419) 380-4061.


10.  The Ability Center is accepting video testimonials on public transportation

The Ability Center is accepting video testimonials to be shared through a project called, “I Fill a Seat on the Bus.” This project created by The Ability Center’s Advocacy Program, aims to continue momentum on the importance of public transportation and to drum up support for policy makers to take action on this issue.

The Ability Center encourages citizens who have any experience using public transportation to share how it impacts their life and daily activities. Petitions will be shared with legislators from northwest Ohio to advocate for more state funding for public transportation. Videos can be submitted from individuals with and without disabilities living in northwest Ohio.

As of 2012, Ohio spent $.63 per capita on public transit funding, 45th in the country in terms of public transit spending. [Ohio Department of Transportation]

Video testimonial submission and online petition can be found on abilitycenter.org.


11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

March 30 – Knowledge is Power Educational Series

April 5 – Girls Night Out

April 7 – Bowlympics

April 18 – Guys’ Group

April 18 – People First

April 23 – Friend Blend

May 4 – Area IV Spring Games

May 4 – Triad Starry Night Prom

May 6 – Sensory-Friendly Music Experience

May 11 – NAMI Walks

May 11 – Josina Lott Jog & Jaunt

May 17 – Spring Fling Dinner-Dance


12.  Worth Repeating 

“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.” -Jack Sparrow


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