Friday Update – November 9

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  1.  2018 marks the 80th anniversary of Josina Lott’s arrival in Toledo
  2.  2019 Action Plan outlines goals and priorities
  3.  Unity flag football final round on BCSN
  4.  Video highlights SALUTE
  5.  Meeting to discuss TARTA cutbacks is November 19
  6.  Department of DD will host free training sessions on stress management
  7.  Rollback of disability rules can make doctor visits painstaking
  8.  Job Postings
  9.  Goodwill donation drive supports FANS Network
  10.  Six-year-old with cerebral palsy gets Halloween surprise from Walleye defenseman
  11.  Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.  Worth Repeating

1.  2018 marks the 80th anniversary of Josina Lott’s arrival in Toledo

Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to reflect on where we have been and how we got to where we are. Today, thousands of people with developmental disabilities are receiving services and supports in community based settings – employment, housing, and recreation. But it was not too long ago these opportunities did not exist.

On a timeline of history, 80 years is not a long period. But in 1938 there were no services for persons with developmental disabilities. More often than not, children with developmental disabilities were excluded from public schools. Life spans were short.

Eighty years is a point to begin our reflection because that’s when Josina Lott arrived in Toledo and was surprised to find a lack of supports available for persons with developmental disabilities, especially in our schools. Her mantra was simple. “There are no uneducable children.”

Mrs. Lott proved that the efforts of one person can make difference. She began teaching children with developmental disabilities in her dining room. Word spread and before long the number of students grew and she held her classes in a church basement. As her success and reputation grew, Toledo Public Schools provided Mrs. Lott a building in  East Toledo. The Lott Day School was born.

The legacy of Mrs. Lott includes a successful summer employment program that proved individuals with developmental disabilities could be viable members of the community workforce. She also was one of the driving forces behind the first successful levy campaign in Ohio to fund the construction of a school for children with developmental disabilities. That was Larc Lane.

So, we mark the 80th anniversary of Mrs. Lott’s arrival in Toledo and salute her, the advocates, families, professionals, and legislators that have worked so hard to build the evolution that has led to the services supports we have today.

2.   2019 Action Plan outlines goals and priorities

The annual Action Plan outlines the goals and priorities for year. Click here to see the slide presentation from the public hearing on the 2019 plan and receive a quick glimpse of the Plan.   Read the entire draft Action Plan at this link.

3.  Unity flag football final round on BCSN

If you missed the Unity Bowl unified flag football tournament last Saturday at the Glass Bowl, you can still watch it online on BCSN. Log onto In the search box type in “flag football.”

4.  Video highlights SALUTE

A new video highlights the SALUTE self-advocacy group’s accomplishments during its first year, how it has adopted the STIR training, and its mission. Click here to view the video.

5. Meeting to discuss TARTA cutbacks is November 19

Concerns about proposed cutbacks by TARTA have raised concerns. Among the cutbacks would be an elimination of Sunday and holiday service. Take this link to review the proposed cuts. TARTA is taking public comment until November 12.

Meantime, there will be a forum in Sylvania to discuss the TARTA service, cuts, and problems as a result of Sylvania Township blocking the sales tax option. The meeting will be Monday, November 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the King Road branch public library.  The meeting is being organized by Pastor Cedric Brock of the Toledo Lucas County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

6.  Department of DD will host free training sessions on stress management

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities will host a series of regional, multi-day trainings to help people with developmental disabilities and their families learn stress management strategies. Each series will consist of four separate days. registrants can choose from morning and evening sessions for each day. All trainings are free, but registration is required. Click here to register for the training in Northwest Ohio in Sandusky.

7.  Rollback of disability rules can make doctor visits painstaking

Standards have been proposed to address what are often viewed as disparities in medical treatment for people with disabilities, but the Trump Administration has declined to enforce them. Read more.

8. 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.

9. Goodwill donation drive supports FANS Network

The next Goodwill collection drive to benefit the FANS Network will be November 14. The more items collected, the more vouchers will be available to persons served by the Board of DD. Click here for more information.

10.  Six-year-old with cerebral palsy gets Halloween surprise from Walleye defenseman

Here’s a real positive news story from the television news. Click here to enjoy.

11.  Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community

November 7 – Friend Blend

November 8 – Guys Group

November 10 – Area Office on Aging Caregiver Expo

November 14 – FANS Network Goodwill Drive

November 15 – People First

November 26 – Northwest Ohio Family Engagement Series

November 29 – People First Holiday Party

December 4 – Family Organization Forum

February 24 – CommUNITY Film Fest

12. Worth Repeating

“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?” –James Barrie









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