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.   “Work Benefits You” classes are being offered on Mondays in June
  2.    Special Recognition to CORE Success Team
  3.    Jessica Weinberg receives Josina Lott recognition
  4.    Have you downloaded our mobile app?
  5.    Mary Beth Olender honored as Staff Person of the Month
  6.    iDance launches new programs
  7.   Governor appoints ADA Director
  8.   Save the date for the upcoming gala!
  9.   Bittersweet’s Social Recreation Program ready to get underway
  10.   80 arrested in disability rights protest
  11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.   Worth Repeating

1.  “Work Benefits You” classes are being offered on Mondays in June 

  • Classes provide information about the work benefits available to those who work while receiving SSI/SSDI.
  • Anyone can attend, including individuals with disabilities, families, providers, staff, etc.  Just sign up!
  • The classes are free to all and a meal is provided to those that register.
  • TARPS tickets and TARTA  passes provided to attend
  • Interpreters can be provided if necessary with notice
  • Class size is limited so sign up now!

To register, refer to the flyer at this link for instruction.  For questions, please contact Sherrie Hathaway, Community Inclusion Coordinator, Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities at or at (419) 380-4021.

2.   Special Recognition to CORE Success Team

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities is pleased to recognize Natasha Schepflin, CEO, and the CORE Success LLC Team as a Community Partner in Lucas County.   Core Success LLC is a community program located in Toledo, Ohio that serves youth and young adults (ages 13-25).  They provide support after school, during summer and school breaks to youth and families in our community.  CORE offers unconditional support and acceptance.  They are compassionate to the needs of all.  The center is safe, clean and offers a welcoming, fun, home-like atmosphere to grow and learn social, recreational and daily living skills.

Recently CORE went above and beyond to accommodate a young lady who has significant medical and physical needs so she would be able to participate in their summer program.  Her needs were not as familiar to the staff, but that did not deter them.  Natasha and her staff became specially trained and med certified to meet her needs.  They also obtained a Hoyer Lift from the Ability Center so the young lady could be transferred safely at the center and family would feel at ease during her time at CORE.

This type of commitment and dedication is important to the success of our youth in the community and to the continued trust of our families.  We encourage all community members to see: “what can we do differently” not the “differences!”

Thank you, Natasha and the CORE Success team, for all the wonderful work you do to ensure each individual is experiencing life to its fullest! The Board is pleased to present you with the May, 2019 Special Recognition Award.

3.    Jessica Weinberg receives Josina Lott recognition

The prestigious Josina Lott Award is presented to staff at the Board of DD who exhibit the spirit of Josina Lott, whose initiative is credited with beginning programs in Lucas County for persons with developmental disabilities. The latest recipient, representing the Board’s administrative services, is Jessica Weinberg.

4.  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.

5.  Mary Beth Olender honored as Staff Person of the Month

(Mary Beth Olender with her supervisor Sherrie Hathaway)

The mission of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to improve life so individuals can reach their full potential.  And that is what Recreation Specialist Mary Beth Olender accomplishes every day on the job working with self-advocates.

She has coordinated the development of the new self-advocacy group SALUTE, Self-Advocates in Lucas County and Toledo. With her guidance the group has bonded into a focused organization that is active and effective.

Mary Beth also works closely with the athletes who compose the Special Olympics leadership team.  She is a tireless advocate for our individuals and an asset to our program.  Our self-advocates are well-served by her commitment, vision, and imagination.

Congratulations Mary Beth!  The Board is pleased to recognize you as the May 2019 Staff Person of the Month.

6.   iDance launches new programs

Two new programs from iDance:

Register at or 419-309-1610.

7.   Governor appoints ADA Director

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has appointed James Clinkscale to serve in the newly created position of state ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) coordinator to help establish Ohio as a disability inclusion state and model employer of individuals with disabilities.

The appointment follows Governor DeWine’s executive order, signed on his first day in office, designating Ohio has a disability inclusion state and model employer of individuals with disabilities.  The order called for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), in consultation with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), to appoint a state ADA coordinator. The order also called for state agencies to take numerous actions aimed at improving hiring, recruitment, and retention of individuals with disabilities, as well as creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion throughout the workplace.

Clinkscale has extensive experience working with individuals and organizations in the disability community. He is currently the manager of diversity and inclusion/ADA coordinator at OOD, where he has served since 1997.

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.   Bittersweet’s Social Recreation Program ready to get underway

Looking for summer programming that will enhance social and communication skills?

Bittersweet Farm’s Social Recreation Program (SRP) is offering a variety of programs and events to increase independence, develop social skills, provide inclusive experiences, and more.

June events include:

  • Attending a teen open mic night at the Toledo Museum of Art
  • Toledo Zoo outing
  • Mud Hens Game (tickets are free)
  • Movie Night
  • Mini Golf

In July, Bittersweet will be launching its young adult program, partnering with St. Ursula Arts and the Red Bird Arts District for an “Art Advocacy” program. See flyer for more details.

Also in July, Bittersweet will be partnering with the Toledo Metroparks for an outdoor adventure program. More details to come!

Any interested families, parents, or individuals may contact Meghan Oberle at (419) 875-6986 ext. 1209 via phone or email. Thank you!

10.   80 arrested in disability rights protest

Dozens of disability rights activists, including some in wheelchairs, were arrested near Capitol Hill while pressing for more access to community-based services. Read the story from Disability Scoop.

11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

May 29 – Senior Health and Fitness Day

June 12 – Rec Jam

June 17 – PEAC summer cycling program begins

June 19 – Friend Blend

June 20 – People First Summer Picnic

June 30 – Outdoor Inclusive Adventure

July 9 – Autism Society National Conference

July 13 – Disc Golf

July 22 – ADA Day at the Zoo

12.  Worth Repeating 

“The door available to everyone that can lead to happiness & success is the modest door of the public library.” -Herman Wouk

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