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 FridayUpdate@lucasdd.info. You may also read the Friday Update on our website or on our mobile app.
- You’re invited to the next Family & Advocate Forum
- DD Awareness Day at the Statehouse
- Special Olympics publishes its spring schedule
- Lucas County athletes are headed to the state tournament
- GoalBall is returning
- Success on the job for Max at Little Caesar’s
- Job Postings
- Ability Center is taking scholarship applications
- April Showers bring…. Camp Clean Up!
- Board of DD announces new Director of Human Resources
- Families affected by FASD are hoping for more awareness
- Events for the DD Community
- Worth Repeating
1. You’re invited to the next Family & Advocate Forum
The next Family and Advocate Forum with Superintendent Deb Yenrick will be Tuesday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m. These forums are designed to be informal information sharing sessions for the families of people served by the Board of DD, advocates, professionals, providers, and anyone else interested in local programs and activities for persons with developmental disabilities.
The agenda includes an introduction of the new Assistant Superintendent, Lori Mariucci; a final report on the phase out of the Adult Options Department; program updates, and information about the SALUTE self-advocacy group.
2. DD Awareness Day at the Statehouse
Self-advocates Cassandra Wilson and Jerelle Rollins are with State Senator Edna Brown at DD Awareness Day activities at the State House. The event is designed to educate and empower people with developmental disabilities, their families, and community members. The morning program featured speeches from prominent advocates, state policymakers, and community leaders. During the afternoon advocates were able to visit their legislators to talk about issues that are important to them and their community.
3. Special Olympics publishes its spring schedule
Lucas County Special Olympics has published its spring catalog of activities and programs. Click here to read the new brochure.
4. Lucas County athletes are headed to the state tournament
Two Lucas County Teams Advance to State Basketball Tournament!!!
Congratulations to the D3 and D5 teams in winning the West Sectional Championship in Van Buren, Ohio March 3rd & 4th. Both teams will be traveling to New Philadelphia, Ohio to compete in the Ohio Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament March 23rd-24th. Best of luck to both teams and coaches!!
5. GoalBall is returning
Join the Sylvania Schools BPA students and the Lucas County Board of Development Disabilities to support disability awareness by organizing your own 3 person team and come compete! To learn more aboout GoalBall, follow this link to view a short video made after our 2014 tournament. Unified Teams are encouraged. Click here for team registration information.
6. Success on the job for Max at Little Caesar’s
Max is shown here with his direct supervisor, Sam, on the job at Little Caesar’s. Michelle Cope-Morris at Employment Connections says Sam has supported Max’s inclusion and acceptance into the company’s work culture.
Max’s mom says Sam has “taken Max under his wing to train him and support him at his new job.” She gives credit to the Langendorfer family, owners of the business, for welcoming Max to the businesses. “After years of having doors closed in our faces Little Caesars opened the door for Max and created one of the best experiences in his 18 years of life.”
7. 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.
|Sunshine||Shining Star||TARTA||Epilepsy Center||NECO||Luther Home|
8. Ability Center is taking scholarship applications
The Ability Center is currently accepting application for its college scholarships for students with disabilities. Last year, The Ability Center and its Auxiliary collaborated to give out several college scholarships totaling $20,000. To be eligible you must:
- Be an individual with a disability
- Have a permanent address in Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Defiance, Williams county in Ohio or in Monroe or Lenawee county in Michigan
- Carry at least a 3.0 GPA
- Be enrolled in a post-secondary degree program
Application Download The deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is Friday, March 30, 2018
9. April Showers bring…. Camp Clean Up!
Mark your calendar for our annual Camp Cleanup Day on Saturday April 21st! Whether you are an individual, small or large group, person with a trade skill, or someone who just wants to help; we have a project for you! If you can give one hour or a whole afternoon, we need and appreciate your willingness to help! Hotdogs and beverages will be provided throughout the day. Click here to sign up Hotdogs and beverages will be provided throughout the day.
10. Board of DD announces new Director of Human Resources
Jillian Harris returns to the Board as the new Director of Human Resources. She Bachelor’s from UT in Business Administration specializing in Human Resources and a Master’s from BGSU in Business Education. Jillian has experience in both private and public employment. Jillian succeeds Lori Mariucci who was promoted to Assistant Superintendent.
11. Families affected by FASD are hoping for more awareness
12. Upcoming Events for the DD Community
March 14 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair
March 14 – SALUTE self-advocacy meeting
March 15 – People First
March 20 – Friend Blend
March 24 – Assistance Dogs Pasta for Pooches
March 24 – Luck of the Irish Dance at Josina Lott
March 28 – Rec Jam
April 4 – Alzheimer’s Conference
June 15-16 – Black Swamp Benefit
July 10-12 – Autism Society National Conference
13. Worth Repeating
“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” –Sir Roger Bannister