Friday Update – October 13

  1.  Workshop scheduled on STABLE accounts
  2.  Salvation Army accepting applications for holiday assistance
  3.  Caregivers Act Clears Senate
  4.  Adult League for Challenger Baseball forming
  5.  Partners for Inclusion is again offering holiday gift boxes
  6.  Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards announced
  7.  Job postings
  8.  Download the Board of DD Mobile App
  9.  October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017
  10.  Develop a Vision for a Good Life
  11.  Family Town Hall on Technology will be live on Facebook
  12.  Events for the DD Community
  13.  Worth Repeating

1.   Workshop scheduled on STABLE accounts

You can learn more about Ohio’s STABLE Account at a workshop on October 19. STABLE is a way for people with disabilities to have more control over their money. There are options where you can save and invest without it affecting government benefits like Social Security income and Medicaid. The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Toledo College of Engineering Seminar Room, Nitschke Hall Room 1027, 1610 North Westwood.

Please RSVP to James R. Schade (419) 887-6305 or with your name and number attending.  Childcare will NOT be available.

2.   Salvation Army accepting applications for holiday assistance

The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for Holiday Assistance throughout the month of October for Lucas County residents. Applications will be accepted at The Salvation Army at 620 N. Erie St., Toledo from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Oct. 13, 23, 25-27 and on Oct. 24 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The following documentation is required for all applications:

  • Picture ID for the All Adults in Household
  • Proof of Income for the household, current within the past 30 days (Note: everyone living under the same roof in a single family home is considered a household member)
    • Pay Stub OR
    • Unemployment OR
    • SS/SSI/SSD Printout
  • Proof of address (must have the applicants name, address, and a current date within 30 days)
    • Utility bill OR
    • Mail (received in the last 30 days)
  • Birth certificates for each child in the household OR one of the following (which must include a birthdate):
    • Medical card with birthdate OR
    • Report card OR
    • Printout from Social Security OR
    • Income tax return from 2014 OR
    • Custody papers (if child is not birth child)

3.   Caregivers Act Clears Senate

Legislation to establish a federal strategy to address the needs of family caregivers — including those supporting people with developmental disabilities — is gaining steam. Read more.  

4.   Adult League for Challenger Baseball forming

The Greater Toledo Challenger Little League Baseball is holding an information meeting for the start of an ADULT baseball league for adults with physical or mental disabilities. the meeting will be Sunday, October 22, from noon to 2:00 at Maumee American Legion Hall, 204 Illinois Avenue.

5.  Partners for Inclusion is again offering holiday gift boxes

Maumee Valley Chapter Partners for Inclusion (formerly Maumee Valley Civitan) is again offering the popular meat and cheese boxes for holiday gift giving. These gift boxes create paid work for persons with developmental disabilities at Triad, Sunshine, Shared Lives Studio, and Anne Grady! For more information and an order form click here or order online.

6.  Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards announced

Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade, in partnership with The Center for Nonprofit Resources, Buckeye Broadband and WTVG-13abc, are happy to announce the seventh annual Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards, to recognize local nonprofit organizations that stand out for their contributions to our community. A panel of judges selected the following three organizations to receive recognition at this year’s ceremony. They are:

  • Innovation award: A Renewed Mind
  • Small agency Excellence award: Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism
  • Large agency Excellence award: Thomas M. Wernert Center

7.  Job Postings

The Lucas County Board of DD is recruiting for a Service and Support Specialist. Experienced human services professional to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to be a part of their community, achieve gainful employment and receive needed supports to live as independently as possible. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in a related area, one year of post-Bachelor experience, and a clean driving record. Click here to learn how to apply for a job with the Board.

If you are a provider seeking employees, we would like to help. Send an email to with the details. We’ll be happy to include the information in the next Friday Update email. The following providers are seeking employees.


8.  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!

9.  October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2017 is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

NDEAM’s roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”

10.  Develop a Vision for a Good Life

Don’t miss your chance to participate in Charting the LifeCourse – a framework developed by families to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages discover a path toward self-determination and success. Learn about proven and effective tools and techniques while you connect with other parents/professionals – and take home planning materials to help guide and support your own journey.

Charting the LifeCourse takes place 8:00 am – 12:45 pm, Friday, November 17, in conjunction with OCALICON 2017. The workshop is hosted by the Ohio Community of Practice for Supporting Families with support from OCALI and Ohio’s Interagency Workgroup on Autism.

Charting the LifeCourse is free and open to all parents/families and professionals – but registration is required.

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11.    Family Town Hall on Technology will be live on Facebook

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director John Martin will discuss the department’s efforts to expand technology across Ohio at the Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology! Hosted by DODD and ODDC, this open forum will connect people with information about assistive technology and remote support services.

The town hall takes place on Friday, Oct. 20th at Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities from 1 – 4:30 p.m. and on Facebook Live! Register today by clicking here

12.    Upcoming Events for the DD Community

October 19 – People First of Ohio

October 20 – Halloween Dinner Bash

October 21 – Fall Festival at Camp Courageous

October 28 – Josina Lott Halloween Costume Ball

November 3-4 – Ohio SIBS Conference

November 4 – Toledo Unity Bowl

November 5 – Anne Grady Center Enchanted Evening

November 14 – Project STIR Training

November 15 – Arc of Ohio Fall Conference

November 16 – Triad Residential Talent Show

November 16 – Workshop on autism and special needs scholarships

13. Worth Repeating

“As for courage and will — we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.” -Andre Norton

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