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.
- Special Olympics Golf Scramble is May 18
- Kaitlin Ganss receives Josina Lott Award
- Resolving complaints and grievances
- Cop on a Rooftop is May 17
- Have you downloaded our mobile app
- iDance launches new programs
- Bittersweet “Celebrates Possibilities” with Annual Spring Fundraiser
- Save the date for the upcoming gala!
- Individuals with Disabilities Celebrating 10 Years of Delivering Meals
- Are managed care providers denying services to persons with disabilities?
- Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
- Worth Repeating
1. Special Olympics Golf Scramble is May 18
The second annual Lucas County Special Olympics Golf Scramble will be Saturday, May 18, at South Toledo Golf Club.
2. Kaitlin Ganss receives Josina Lott Award
Kaitlin Ganss, Service and Support Specialist, is the recipient of the Josina Lott Award. The award is presented to staff at the Lucas County Board of DD who not only have made outstanding contributions but also remind us about the heritage upon which this program was built. Our history is linked to Mrs. Lott’s first formal program in Lucas County, started in 1938, for persons with developmental disabilities.
3. Resolving complaints and grievances
There is a formal procedure that may be used to resolve disagreements about eligibility, programs, and services. Individuals who have concerns are encouraged to attempt to resolve those differences initially on an informal basis with facility supervisors.
Individuals may also contact the Ombudsman at 419-381-5201.
A pamphlet outlining these procedures is available by clicking here or by calling the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities at 419-380-4000.
4. Cop on a Rooftop is May 17
One of the Special Olympics Ohio Cop on a Rooftop sites will be in Toledo at Dunkin’, 2709 West Central Avenue, from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event is hosted by the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run. Torch Run has grown over the years and now includes many fundraising platforms. These platforms include: Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, and more. Since the beginning, Torch Run has raised over $600 million for Special Olympics programs.
5. Have you downloaded our mobile app
A great way to keep in touch with the Board of DD and keep up-to-date on activities happening for the DD Community is with our mobile app for your smart phone. On the app you’ll find our latest videos, photos, calendar of events, contact information and more. Plus, when downloading, be sure to allow your smartphone to accept push notifications from the Board. This will allow us to send you the latest information about delays or closings. Click here to enter your phone number and receive a link to the app.
6. iDance launches new programs
Two new programs from iDance:
Register at iDance@bex.net or 419-309-1610.
iDance is seeking a Development Assistant to support the Executive Director and Development Committee to plan, develop, and maintain a comprehensive fund-raising program. The Development Assistant will provide support essential to the daily functioning and success of the development team. This is a volunteer opportunity. Please visit our website or check out our FaceBook page. You may email your cover letter and resume to: iDance@bex.net.
7. Bittersweet “Celebrates Possibilities” with Annual Spring Fundraiser
Tickets for Bittersweet’s 5th annual spring fundraiser, Celebrating Possibilities, presented by Dana Charitable Foundation and Morgan Stanley, are now available for purchase. This event, celebrating the abilities and achievements of individuals with autism, will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bittersweet Farms (12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Road, Whitehouse, OH 43571).
The rain or shine celebration will take place under the pavilion on Bittersweet’s 80-acre farm, and will include the best in local food, drinks, and music. This year, Bittersweet is proud to feature local fare catered by Te’kela Mexican Cocina and Catina, desserts by the Bittersweet culinary team, and live music by local musicians, including Nick Neenan, Chloe Wagenhauser, and Whiskey Business. Art pieces, culinary delights, and farm-fresh Bittersweet produce will be available for sale and offered in a silent auction.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at this link.
8. Save the date for the upcoming gala!
A recent sports magazine article painted Toledo in the early 20th century as the boom town! Where water met rails. It was a time of prize fighting, gambling and bootlegging. Nickelodeons and the Lindy Hop! It is against this backdrop the first gala to support upcoming levy campaigns will be set. Click here for the Save the Date card.
9. Individuals with Disabilities Celebrating 10 Years of Delivering Meals
Twice a month, for the last 10 years, Josina Lott day program participants, side-by-side with staff, have delivered meals. That’s over 200 deliveries equaling more than 400 hours of volunteer service between 2009 and 2019! This partnership has been mutually beneficial.
Community involvement and giving back are keys to programming for the adults with disabilities served by Josina Lott. Mobile Meals relies on volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to individuals who are homebound. All involved enjoy seeing each other during deliveries which have totaled more than 1,400 miles in the last 10 years.
10. Are managed care providers denying services to persons with disabilities?
As more states turn to managed care to administer Medicaid, federal investigators are set to examine whether these companies are offering people with disabilities the care they’re entitled. Read the story from Disability Scoop.11.
11. Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
May 10-11 – Ability Center Life Skills Open House
May 11 – NAMI Walks
May 11 – Josina Lott Jog & Jaunt
May 15 – Summer Transportation Help
May 16 – Guys Group
May 16 – People First
May 16 – All About Money session 2 begins
May 17 – Spring Fling Dinner-Dance
May 18 – Ability Center Hockey Fundraiser
May 20 – Friend Blend
May 22 – Girls Night Out
May 22 – Social Walking Session Begins
May 29 – Senior Health and Fitness Day
June 30 – Outdoor Inclusive Adventure
July 9 – Autism Society National Conference
July 13 – Disc Golf
12. Worth Repeating
“Shut up and say something.” -Moe Howard
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