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 and on the mobile app.

  1.     The Board’s draft 2020 Action Plan is available for download
  2.     Download the Board’s mobile app and get instant information
  3.     Special Olympics News
  4.     Flag football fans brave the cold at Toledo Unity Bowl
  5.     Work Group on Autism is conducting a survey
  6.     SALUTE group meets with Toledo city council member
  7.     Register now for the Why Work Benefits You class
  8.     Ohio DD Council Needs Your Input!
  9.     Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  10.     Worth Repeating

1.   The Board’s draft 2020 Action Plan is available for download

The draft Action Plan for the coming year, identifying goals and priorities, will be going to the Board for approval at the November 25th meeting. You can download the draft plan by clicking here. Comments may be addressed to the Office of the Superintendent, 1154 Larc Lane, Toledo, OH 43614.

2.  Download the Board’s mobile app and get instant information

On the Board’s app you’ll find our latest videos, photos, calendar of events, contact information and more. When downloading, be sure to allow your smartphone to accept push notifications from the Board. This means you will receive the latest information about delays, closings, or special events. The app is available free from Google Play and the Apple Store. Click here

3.    Special Olympics News

The annual unified flag football tournament, Toledo Unity Bowl, was played in the University of Toledo Glass Bowl this past weekend.  UT students joined the Special Olympics athletes. 


Pictured are (from left) Jon Shepherd, Dom Larde, and Tom Gordon.

 

On Saturday, November 9th, Lucas County Special Olympics athlete Dominique Larde ran his first half marathon, 13.1 miles, with Lucas County Special Olympics volunteer and coach Amber Harmon. They are now training for the Glass City Marathon that will take place on April 26th.

The Lucas County Special Olympics basketball teams are in action. Click here for the schedules.

Special Olympics still has tickets left to the Toledo Walleye game that begins at 7:15 pm on Saturday, November 23rd at the Huntington Center. Game tickets are $20 each. This is a fundraiser for our Special Olympics program. In addition to the tickets, we will also be selling the pucks that are “chucked” on the ice for prizes at the start of the third period. You may purchase these pucks at two spots in the upper corridor from  Special Olympics athletes before the game until the middle of the second period.   If you are interested in sponsoring an athlete to attend or would like tickets for yourself, please email Kelley Watson at kwatson@lucasdd.org 

4.    Flag football fans brave the cold at Toledo Unity Bowl

It was nippy at the Glass Bowl last Saturday for the Toledo Unity Bowl, but spotted in the stands braving the cold were (from left) Michele Myerholtz, Assistant Director of Service and Support Administration for the Board; Captain Tricia White of the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department; Robert Kasprzak from the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board; and Captain Matt Luettke from the Sheriff’s Department.

5.   Work Group on Autism is conducting a survey

Do you have a young adult with autism or other special health care need in your family who recently graduated high school? A survey will help the Interagency Work Group on Autism find solutions to gaps in the school transition process. Click here for the survey

6.   SALUTE self-advocacy group meets with Toledo city council member

The SALUTE self-advocacy group was invited to have its annual meeting with Toledo city council member Sandy Spang at Plate One. They discussed self-advocacy opportunities in Toledo and Lucas County.

7.   Register now for the Why Work Benefits You class

The next Why Work Benefits You class will be December 14 and includes lunch! You’ll learn, among other things, about keeping your SSI/SSDI while working and about keeping your health benefits. Click here for registration information.
 

8.  Ohio DD Council Needs Your Input!

The Ohio DD Council is seeking input from Ohioans with developmental disabilities, family members, guardians, professionals and other stakeholders for its Five-Year State Plan. The input will help to identify problems and needs that should be addressed for the disability community across the state. Please take our survey to help Council develop projects to make a better, more inclusive and integrated Ohio. No personal information to identify you is collected so your responses are confidential.  Click here to take the survey. 

9.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community  

December 10 – Friend Blend

10.   Worth Repeating “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”  Theodore Roosevelt 

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