Friday Update – October 12

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    1. Remember, voting is your right.
    2. Venture Bound to present local premier of Chris Cooper film
    3. Partners for Inclusion hosting Dine-to-Donate at Granite City
    4. Goodwill donation drive for FANS Network
    5. Air Travelers with disabilities will soon have a Bill of Rights
    6. Fortener named new executive director at Anne Grady
    7. STABLE Accounts help save
    8. Job Postings
    9. Aging Gracefully newsletter for October
    10. Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community
    11. Worth Repeating

1. Remember, voting is your right.

Ohio requires every polling location to have a voting machine that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. These machines include features like audio ballots, braille touch pads, large print, text-zoom features, and height and tilt adjustments on the screens.

Ohioans who need help to vote because of a disability may receive assistance from someone of their choice, such as family members and friends, or election precinct officials (again, one each from two political parties).

And remember, every Ohio voter must have identification to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include an Ohio driver’s license, military ID or a current utility bill with the voter’s name and address on it. The Secretary of State’s website,, lists additional forms of identification that can be used, as well as general information about the upcoming statewide election.

2.  Venture Bound to present local premier of Chris Cooper film

Venture Bound, a program under the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, will be celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a complimentary screening of the film, Intelligent Lives. The screening will take place on October 24, 2018,
at the Maumee Indoor Theatre. Doors will open at 6:00 pm, and the movie will begin at 7:00 pm. You can reserve tickets for this local movie premier here, This event is made possible through the generous support of the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association and The Creative Block.

Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge public perceptions about intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of the central characters through the emotional personal story of his son, Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the United States.

3. Partners for Inclusion hosting Dine-to-Donate at Granite City

The Maumee Valley Chapter Partners for Inclusion has another Dine-to-Donate at Granite City on October 17. Granite City is located at the Shops at Fallen Timbers. Present this coupon when ordering and 20 percent of your tab will be donated to Partners for Inclusion. This includes “to go” orders. Partners for Inclusion is a not-for-profit service organization that works to make our community more inclusive. Meetings are held at the Board of DD Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane, on the third Tuesday of each month at noon.

4. Goodwill donation drive for 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.

5.  Air Travelers with disabilities will soon have a Bill of Rights

A bill of rights for airline passengers with disabilities and enhanced disability training for TSA officers, among other changes, are on the way under a new federal law.  Read more.

6. Fortener named new executive director at Anne Grady

Dr. Roger Fortener has been named the new executive director of Anne Grady Services.

Dr. Fortener has been an employee of Anne Grady for 30 years. He has a great deal of history and knowledge about the services and programs that Anne Grady provides. His educational background includes a Bachelors of Arts from Ohio University; a Masters of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University; a Masters of Education from the University of Toledo and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Toledo. He is also a licensed Psychologist and has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1983. Dr. Fortener has been an active participant on many boards and councils in the past. He currently is a member of the Ohio Provider Resource Association Board, representing District Four in Ohio.

Dr. Fortener will use his educational background and professional career experience to guide the mission and vision of Anne Grady to greater heights. In the capacity of Executive Director, he will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the organization and leading the Anne Grady administrative team.

7.  STABLE Accounts help save

Stable Accounts are a way people with disabilities can save up to $15,000 per year of tax-free earnings while not affecting their Medicaid benefits. Learn 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 is seeking an administrative assistant. Click here for more information.

ResCare is seeking DSP’s at the following locations: 1951 Connecticut Blvd Holland OH 43528, 2550 King Rd Toledo OH 43617, and 2631 Davidson Dr Toledo OH 43560. They are also seeking a residential manager for the home on King Rd. There is more information at this link.

9.  Aging Gracefully newsletter for October

Click here to read the Aging Gracefully newsletter for October.

10.  Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community

October 13 – Unified Soccer

October 17 – Partners for Inclusion Dine-to-Donate

October 18 – People First

October 19 – Halloween Bash dinner-dance

October 20 – iDance Halloween Party

October 21 – Special Olympics 5K and Trunk or Treat

October 21 – Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk

October 23 – Friend Blend

October 24 – Family Advisory Council

October 27 – Josina Lott Halloween Party

October 27 – Rehab Dynamics Trunk or Treat

October 27 – Reverse Raffle for Assistance Dogs

November 2-3 – Ohio Adult Sibling Conference

November 3 – Unity Bowl

November 4 – Anne Grady Center Enchanted Evening

November 10 – Area Office on Aging Caregiver Expo

11. Worth Repeating

“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.” -Elmer Letterman

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