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  1.    OOD schedules job fair on October 17
  2.    Special honors presented by Partners for Inclusion
  3.    Job Postings
  4.    You can receive free text message alerts from Board of DD
  5.    Sibshops start October 26
  6.    Anne Grady Center Enchanted Evening is November 1
  7.    Toledo ranks in the top 25% for services to people with disabilities
  8.    Speakeasy Gala was a fun way to raise funds for a future levy campaign
  9.    Netflix Series about Teen on the Spectrum Poised for New Season
  10.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  11.    Worth Repeating

1.  OOD schedules job fair on October 17

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a campaign held every October to celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and to raise awareness regarding employment of people with disabilities. This year’s theme is The Right Talent, Right Now.

“Ohioans with disabilities offer value and talent to Ohio’s workforce and economy,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “I salute Ohio businesses committed to hiring individuals with a disability, alongside those who do not have disabilities, to create inclusive environments so that no one is left behind.”

During October, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is hosting its annual series of job fairs for OOD job seekers and employers that are specifically looking to hire individuals with disabilities. The job fair locally will be October 17 from 12:30 to 2:00 at Parkway Place, 2592 Parkway Plaza, in Maumee.

2.    Special honors presented by Partners for Inclusion

Pictured (from left) are scholarship winner Alexander Drabek, Self-Advocate of the Year John Conyers, and Special Recognition Award recipient Joe Okos.  The awards were presented by Partners for Inclusion at the service club’s annual banquet.

Sgt. Okos recognized as a person that can make things happen.  And, in our minds, there is no doubt about it.  When asked what he thought about a softball game with Toledo police officers and athletes from Special Olympics his response was, “Let’s do it!”

Within weeks, the first High Noon Showdown was scheduled.  Special Olympians joined Toledo police officers and Lucas County deputies on a diamond at the Lucas County Recreation Center.  But this was more than just a game. Everyone received team shirts, the TPD honor guard opened the game, athletes were sworn in as officers or deputies for the day and of course pizza!  Joe coordinated all of this and so much more than anyone expected.

John Conyers has been an active member in Special Olympics for about 30 years and has always a strong voice encouraging others to become involved, spreading the word of building skills, good health and relationships.

Two years ago, John joined the Lucas County Special Olympics leadership group, now called Lightning Leaders.  John had been serving as the Vice-Chairman and, as of August 12, became the Chairman of the Lightning Leaders.

Alexander Drabek planning to continue his studies in the T-2 program at the University of Toledo. Kim Mitchell, a Board of DD Community Inclusion Trainer, describes Alex as “an amazing example of hard work, dedication and determination.”

3.    Job Postings

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

Josina Lott Residential and Community Services is currently hiring DSP’s all shifts, Adult Day Specialist, Recreation Specialist, and a Human Resource Coordinator.  All are full time positions. To apply online click here.

4.   You can receive free text message alerts from Board of DD

You can sign up to receive text messages from the Lucas County Board of DD by sending this message to 40404: follow LucasDDAlert

5.    Sibshops start October 26

Sibshops, sponsored by the Autism Society, are for 8 to 16 year old brothers and sisters who have a sib with special needs. Read the flyer for more information.

6.  Anne Grady Center Enchanted Evening is November 1

The Anne Grady Foundation Enchanted Evening will be held at the Brandywine Country Club in Maumee, Ohio, on November 1st  from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Funds raised will go towards services for children, affordable housing and transportation.  The Master of Ceremony for this year’s event is Andrew Kinsey, WTOL-11. Special guest entertainment will be provided by the Toledo School for the Arts jazz band. Activities for the evening will include a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets are $100 per guest.  Tickets may be purchased online at Sponsorships are also available. Please contact Candace Bishop, Manager of Community Affairs at 419-866-6500 ex.274, for additional information.

7.   Toledo ranks in the top 25% for services to people with disabilities

In a survey of the best and worst cities for people with disabilities, Toledo ranked 37 out of 180.  The survey by Wallet Hub looked at data such as physicians per capita to rate of workers with disabilities to park accessibility. Click here for more information.

8.   Speakeasy Gala was a fun way to raise funds for a future levy campaign

A tip of the fedora to the Speakeasy Gala volunteer committee for a spectacular event on behalf of the levy committee. Lots of fun, special activities, food and dancing.








9.   Netflix Series About Teen On The Spectrum Poised For New Season

A television show centering on the coming-of-age experiences of a teenager with autism is set to return to Netflix. Read the story in Disability Scoop.

10.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

October 15 – Friend Blend

October 15 – Public Meeting on Long-Range Transportation Plan

October 17 – People First

October 18 – Halloween Dinner Bash

October 19 – Program on what a disability friendly community looks like

October 25 – Halloween Party at Josina Lott Residential

October 26 – SibShops begin

November 1 – Anne Grady Center Enchanted Evening

November 21 – People First Holiday Party

11.   Worth Repeating 

“”When I say, ‘be kind to one another,’ I don’t only mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.” –Ellen DeGeneres

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