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  1.     Lucas County wins state flag football championship
  2.     Public hearing scheduled on the Board’s 2020 Action Plan
  3.     Superintendent speaks to American Legion
  4.     Ohio DD Council Needs Your Input!
  5.     Free training offered to “take the sting out of behavior”
  6.     Basketball Schedules are online
  7.     Job Postings
  8.     Jodi Campbell honored as Staff Person of the Month
  9.    “Chuck a Puck” is back
  10.     Board approves 2020 calendar – identifies days program facilities will be closed
  11.     Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.     Worth Repeating

1.   Lucas County wins state flag football championship

Congratulations to the Lucas County Special Olympics flag football team, winners this past weekend of the state championship. The first game was at the University of Cincinnati and Lucas County beat Hamilton County 46-26. The team then traveled to Pail Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, and defeated Union County 38-12, in the championship game.

2.   Public hearing scheduled on the Board’s 2020 Action Plan

A public hearing on the 2020 draft Action Plan will be held November 12 at 9:30 as part of Superintendent Lori Mariucci’s Family and Advocate Forum. The hearing and forum will be held at the Board Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane in Toledo. The Action Plan outlines goals and priorities for the coming year. Click here to read the draft plan. The forums are opportunities for the Superintendent to meet with family members, advocates, and providers for an informal discussion on current issues locally, statewide, and in Washington that are relevant to the DD community.

3.  Superintendent speaks to American Legion

American Legion Post 335 welcomed Superintendent Lori Mariucci recently to discuss the Mission and activities of the Board. Pictured in the photo is Dr. Lance Talmage, 1st Vice-Commander, presenting the Superintendent with a Certificate of Appreciation.  The Post was a sponsor of the Levy Committee’s recent Speakeasy Gala.

4.    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.  

5.   Free training offered to “take the sting out of behavior”

The Educational Services Center of Lake Erie West is inviting parents and professionals to a free training on November 13 titled “Taking the Sting Out of Behavior.”  This training will address the types of inappropriate behavior, the methods you can use in working with behavioral challenges, and some techniques that may assist the child in developing the appropriate skills necessary to self-regulate behavior.  Register by calling 419-214-3066 or by email

6.   Basketball Schedules are online

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

7.   Job Postings

To stay up-to-date on job openings with the Lucas County Board of DD, follow this link.

The Ability Center is seeking a Youth Recreation Coordinator. This is a full time position. Click here for a job description and instructions on how to apply.

Manahan/Josina Lott Residential & Community Services is currently hiring 2nd and 3rd shift DSP’s (full time); 1st Shift Adult Day Service Specialist (ADSS) (full time); Recreation Specialist (full time); and Community Service Specialist (part time).  Click here to apply.

8.    Jodi Campbell honored as Staff Person of the Month

Positive attitude. Commitment to the people she serves. Leadership. These characteristics describe Jodi Campbell, our October Staff Person of the Month. Jodi has been a Service and Support Specialist for the past seven years, coming to the department from Adult Options. Her experience has been very beneficial in her current role. Noteworthy are the respectful and trusting relationships she has developed with her ISP teams. Jodi has shown the capability of bringing people together with the goal of improving lives.

Jodi is a credit to herself, the Service and Support Administration Department, and the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  The Board is pleased to recognize her as the October 2019 Staff Person of the Month.

9.   “Chuck a Puck” is back

Lucas County Special Olympics is once again selling tickets to the Toledo Walleye hockey game on November 23.  Click here to read the flyer.  Lucas County athletes and staff will be selling rubber pucks there that evening as a part of a fundraiser for our organization. Pucks sell for $1.00 apiece or 6 for $5.00 and can be thrown on the ice after the 2nd period in hopes of getting closest to the bull’s eye for a prize.  Lucas County Special Olympics will receive a percentage of the earnings from selling pucks but they also need to sell 150 tickets! Call 419-380-5109 if you are interested in purchasing tickets.

10.    Board approves 2020 calendar – identifies days program facilities will be closed

The Board of DD has identified days in 2020 when holidays will close program facilities.  Click here for a copy of the calendar.

11.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community

November 9 – Unity Bowl

November 12 – Guys and Gals Night Out

November 21 – People First Holiday Party

12.   Worth Repeating

“You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.” -Stephen Hogan

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