Friday Update – May 4

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.

  1.    Register by May 11 for training for guardians of adults
  2.    Commissioners Proclamation recognizes Trauma Informed Care
  3.    Area IV Spring Meet is May 12
  4.    Sunshine taking summer camp reservations
  5.    Job Postings
  6.    Cassandra Wilson recognized as Self-Advocate of the Year
  7.    Agencies ramp up efforts to recruit direct caregivers
  8.    Bittersweet SLC expands with bowling league
  9.    Mothers’ Day Celebration at Camp Courageous
  10.    Commissioners seek applicants for Mental Health & Recovery Services Board
  11.    Events for the DD Community
  12.    Worth Repeating

1.   Register by May 11 for training for guardians of adults

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities will again host training for guardians needing to complete their annual continuing education requirement. Guardians are required to complete a three-hour continuing education course every calendar year.

The free sessions will be held on May 23 at Larc Lane Center, 1155 Larc Lane, Toledo 43614.  The course is offered via a special three-hour broadcast. Two broadcast sessions are scheduled: 8:45-12:00 and 1:00-4:15. Guardians may attend either of the two broadcasts to fulfill the annual continuing education requirement. But, you must attend the entire three hour broadcast.

This training is being provided by the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College. The topic of the training is “Introduction to the Developmental Disability System.”

Registrations are being taken from now through May 11, 2018. To register you may either call Joyce Murphy at (419) 380-4052 or send an email to jmurphy@lucasdd.org. Select only one time slot.


2.  Commissioners Proclamation recognizes Trauma Informed Care

Representing the Lucas County Board of DD in accepting a Proclamation from the County Commissioners recognizing the work of the Trauma Informed Care Coalition: Kathy Kujda, Lori Mariucci, Sharon Helle, and Jennifer Wolfe. The Commissioners noted, “Trauma Informed Care is a process that emphasizes safety for both service providers and survivors, creating opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.” Sixty-six agencies and community organizations, including the Lucas County Board of DD, have united to form the Coalition.  Read the Proclamation.


3.   Area IV Spring Meet is May 12

More than 400 Special Olympic athletes from Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Defiance, Erie, Sandusky, Henry, Ottawa, Williams and Paulding Counties will compete in the annual Area IV competition on Saturday, May 12, at Sylvania Southview High School. Admission is free.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Athletes will compete in divisions according to age, gender and ability. Track and field events range from races for wheelchair users to race-walking and running events, shot put, softball throw, and standing long jump. There will also be competition in volleyball, cycling and bocce.

This is a qualification meet for the State Summer Games in Columbus on June 22-24.

The Area IV Spring Meet volunteer information.

The new spring brochure for Lucas County Special Olympics


4.   Sunshine taking summer camp reservations

Sunshine Communities is taking reservations for its summer camps. Many campers are typically-abled but camp counselors are able to adapt to special needs as well.

Campers learn animal care and riding skills at Sunshine’s Barn Camp in Maumee. A variety of one-day sessions to mix and match: 4 -6 year olds: June 22, June 29, Aug 5, Aug 12. 2-5pm. ($35 per session). 6 years and older: July 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, & Aug 2. Noon to 4pm. ($50/session). 6 years and older: July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, & 17. 2 to 6pm. ($50/session). Contact Laurie for details at lkimura@sunshine.org or 419-779-0756.

Campers learn hand-building, extruding clay, and surface techniques at Sunshine’s Studio camp in Uptown Maumee. June 25-29 – 10 am. to 11 a.m. for K-3rd grade; 1 to 2 pm. for 4th – 6th grade. Each week session is $75. July 23-27 – 10 am. to 11 am. for  K-3rd grade; 1 to 2 pm. for 4th – 6th grade. Each week session is $75. Contact Larry at lknight@sunshine.org or 419-891-8877


5.  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.

 


6.   Cassandra Wilson recognized as Self-Advocate of the Year

Congratulations to our Self-Advocate of the Year, Cassandra Wilson. She was on the ground floor in the formation of SALUTE, Self-Advocates of Lucas County. She is also a Special Olympics athlete!  Read the citation!


7.  Agencies ramp up efforts to recruit direct caregivers

OPRA has launched the website DSPOhio with support from the state and several county boards of developmental disabilities to make people more aware of the profession and the employment available. Read the story from the Columbus Dispatch by clicking here.


8.   Bittersweet SLC expands with bowling league

Bittersweet continues to expand the Social Living Club (SLC) with a four week bowling league.  The SLC is a recreational program that provides social and community opportunities to teens with autism.

Beginning May 8, the class will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bowlero Lanes at 4398 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio.    The cost for the six week league is $35.  Scholarship opportunities from Promedica and the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism are available.   SLC participants must be able to participate in the activity independently, or with the appropriate support staff provided by the family.  For more information, contact Taylor Barndt at 419-206-7803 or tbarndt@bittersweetfarms.org.


9.   Mothers’ Day Celebration at Camp Courageous


10.  Commissioners seek applicants for Mental Health & Recovery Services Board

The Board of Lucas County Commissioners is seeking applicants who have experience as psychiatrists or psychologists, are from the faith-based community, or have expertise in equity and inclusion efforts to fill five vacancies on the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County. The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board (MHRSB) of Lucas County’s mission is to cultivate a high quality network of resources that inspires personal recovery and promotes mental wellness for Lucas County residents.  Click here for more information about the application process.

11.    Upcoming Events for the DD Community

May 9 – TLC open house

May 11 – Luther Home of Mercy 90th Anniversary Celebration

May 11-12 – Ability Center Petals for a Purpose flower sale

May 12 – Josina Lott Jog and Jaunt

May 12 – Special Olympics Area IV Spring Meet

May 12 – Triad Starry Night Prom

May 19 – Special Olympics Golf Scramble – Register now!

May 23 – Friend Blend

May 24 – Bittersweet Farms Spring Fundraiser

June 2 – Miracle League Ride & Rally Poker Run

June 15-16 – Black Swamp Benefit

July 10-12 – Autism Society National Conference


12. Worth Repeating

“I think people have always loved things that are bigger than life, things that are imaginative” -Stan Lee


 

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