The Friday Update is published on Friday mornings by Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. You may subscribe by sending your email address. You may also read the Friday Update on the Board website and on the mobile app.

  1.     Remember, voting is your right
  2.     TARPS celebrates 30th anniversary
  3.     Applications being accepted for vacancy on the Board of DD
  4.     You can receive free text message alerts from the Board of DD
  5.     Sibshops start October 26
  6.     Anne Grady Center Enchanted Evening is November 1
  7.     ASNO says the adult social group is ready to expand
  8.    “Chuck a Puck” is back
  9.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  10.    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.

Election Day is November 5, but early voting is already underway. In Lucas County the early voting center is at 1301 Monroe Street in Toledo.

2.  TARPS celebrates 30th anniversary

The TARPS paratransit service is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  It was in 1989, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,   TARPS began giving riders with disabilities a chance to connect with their communities, increasing  a person’s independence, accessibility and freedom.

TARPS averages 300,000 trips a year in Toledo,Maumee, Rossford, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, and Waterville.
For more information on TARPS click here.

3.   Applications being accepted for vacancy on the Board of DD

With the recent resignation from the Board of DD of Mrs. Anna Khouri, the Board is placing the following advertisement in The Blade.

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors to complete an unexpired term through December 31, 2022. Applicants shall be residents of Lucas County, citizens of the United States, interested and knowledgeable in the field of intellectual disabilities and other allied fields, and, to the maximum extent possible, have professional training and experience in business management, finance, law, health care practice, personnel administration, or government service.  Interested applicants shall submit a resume to Judge Jack R. Puffenberger, Lucas County Courthouse, 700 Adams Street, Suite 200, Toledo, OH 43604, by October 23, 2019.

4.   You can receive free text message alerts from the 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.   ASNO says the adult social group is ready to expand

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio is an Adult Social Group that has been in existence for more than 11 years serving more independent young adults between the ages of 20-40, including those with autism as well as other disabilities. The group is now expanding to include individuals who are 18 and 19 years of age.

The group currently sponsors 2 dances a year. In the past activities have included the Sandpiper, Mud Hens games, bowling, go kart rides, pizza and game nights, miniature golf and the UT Recreation Center to name a few.

The group is looking for new individuals who may be appropriate for this group. Please share this email with any young adults and their families who are interested in expanding social opportunities and meeting new friends.

For information about upcoming events and to be included on the email list, contact Linell Weinberg at To offer ideas for activities or for other questions you can call or text group founder, Mary Hoye, at 419-410-8088 or text Martha Kruez at 419-350-6262. Martha is chair of the dance committee.

The first time a young adult attends an event, a parent or staff person is required to attend with them to keep a watchful eye and insure a good fit for the group.

8.   “Chuck a Puck” is back

Lucas County Special Olympics is once again selling tickets to a Toledo Walleye hockey game. 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 bullseye for a prize.  Lucas County Special Olympics will receive a percentage of the earnings from selling pucks BUT we also need to sell 150 tickets! Please contact me at 419-380-5109 if you are interested in purchasing tickets.  

9.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

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 9 – Unity Bowl

November 21 – People First Holiday Party

10.   Worth Repeating 

“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” –Tom Wilson

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