The Friday Update is distributed 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 to You may also read the Friday Update on the Board website or on the mobile app.

  1.  Board approves 2019 Action Plan
  2.  Mayoral proclamation recognizes career of Deb Yenrick
  3.  What’s news on the Board of DD website?
  4.  Download the Board of DD Mobile App
  5.  Calamity Day Procedures
  6.  New government report suggests 1 in 40 kids have autism
  7.  Job Postings
  8.  Free sensory room available in December
  9.  Breakfast with Santa
  10.  The Ability Center is Searching for Local High School Artists to Compete in Contest
  11.  Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.  Worth Repeating

1.  Board approves 2019 Action Plan

The annual Action Plan outlines the goals and priorities for year.   Read the entire draft Action Plan at this link.

2.  Mayoral proclamation recognizes career of Deb Yenrick

At the open house in celebration of the career of Superintendent Deb Yenrick, Board President Mark Frye read a Proclamation from Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.

Whereas, Deb is a force for good in our community who has dedicated the entirety of her professional career to ensuring individuals with disabilities have greater access to social opportunities and services; and

Whereas, Deb’s advocacy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities extends beyond her work; she is an active volunteer with Special Olympics, the Arc,  and the East Toledo Family Center, and she has maintained positive personal relationships with the people and families she has served; and

Whereas, Deb is a true public servant who has devoted her life to ensuring that our residents with developmental disabilities are recognized as viable members of our workforce and enjoy the same quality of life as their neighbors;

I, Wade Kapszukiewicz, Mayor of the City of Toledo, do hereby honor Deb Yenrick and do urge all citizens to join me in recognizing this remarkable individual’s exceptional leadership, advocacy, and work ethic which has been of benefit to all citizens and residents of Toledo.

3.  What’s news on the Board of DD website?

If it’s been a while since you wandered through the Lucas County Board of DD website, then you are bound to find new and interesting items, for example:

4.   Download the Board of DD Mobile App

Smartphone users will want to download our newly revised mobile app. 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 The Board to send you the latest information about events, delays or closings.  Download from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or click here!

5.  Calamity Day Procedures

Should it be necessary to close Board facilities due to inclement weather the announcement will be posted in several areas. You can check the Board’s Facebook Page or website. The Board will also send information via its mobile app. You can subscribe to the app through Google Play or the Apple App Store. The Board will also send closing information to the news media.

6.   New government report suggests 1 in 40 kids have autism

National survey results show as many as 1 in 40 U.S children have been diagnosed with autism, continuing an upward trend. Click here to read more.

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.

The Ability Center has a disability advocate position open. Click here to apply.

8.   Free sensory room available in December

Did you know there is a free sensory room resource for children with special needs and their siblings? It’s located at the Finnegan Family Autism Center on Central Avenue in Toledo. Click here for more information and the December schedule.

9.  Breakfast with Santa

December 15 it’s Breakfast with Santa at Applebee’s across from the Franklin Park Mall. This annual event is sponsored by Easter Seals. $8 for children and $10 for adults. Santa will be visiting along with breakfast, goodie bag, craft, and a silent auciton.  Information or reservations may be made by calling Patti at 888.710.3020 or here at EventBrite.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.

10.    The Ability Center is Searching for Local High School Artists to Compete in Contest

In celebration of The Ability Center’s Centennial year in 2020, we are announcing a contest for local high school students to create artwork that represents what a welcoming community means to them. Art pieces should include different races, ethnicities, ages, and abilities.

The Ability Center will judge submissions and announce the artists whose work will appear in a Centennial calendar and on area billboards in 2020.

Participants must be enrolled at a high school located in the counties of Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Defiance, and Williams.

  • Registration and concepts must be submitted by February 1, 2019.
  • Artwork must be finished and submitted by May 24, 2019.

Rules and a link to register can be found on

11.  Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community

December 4 – Family Organization Forum

January 31 – Empowering Parents with Students Receiving Special Education

February 2 – Prom for people with disabilities (18 and older)

February 8 – Dinner Dance (reservations due January 1)

February 24 – CommUNITY Film Fest

12. Worth Repeating

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” -Ayn Rand



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