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  1.     Register now for the Money Matters class
  2.     Board of DD receives “Leader in Health” award
  3.     Parties in federal lawsuit on community integration reach tentative settlement
  4.     You can receive free text message alerts from the Board of DD
  5.     Continue the conversation online
  6.     Anne Grady Center Enchanted Evening is November 1
  7.     Job Postings
  8.    “Chuck a Puck” is back
  9.     Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  10.     Worth Repeating

 1.  Register now for the Money Matters class

The next All About Money class will be November 2 and includes lunch! You’ll learn about savings, banking, using credit, and budgeting.  Click here for full details.

2.   Board of DD receives “Leader in Health” award

Special Olympics Ohio has presented the Lucas County Board of DD one of its prestigious Golisano “Leader in Health” awards. The citation notes that over the last year, the staff at the Lucas County Board of DD “has brought important and necessary health opportunities to the Lucas/Toledo community. With the support of the Board, “Special Olympics Ohio has been been able to make health and wellness a priority for our athletes.” In the photo, Sherrie Hathaway, Community Inclusion Coordinator, receives the award from Joshua Smith, Director Health, and Amy O’Neal, Regional Health Manager.

3.    Parties in federal lawsuit on community integration reach tentative settlement

A federal judge has taken the first step toward accepting a proposed settlement agreement between plaintiffs and defendants in the lawsuit Ball v. DeWine.

Under the proposed settlement agreement, the State of Ohio has agreed to undertake the following actions within the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) to address plaintiffs’ concerns regarding access to community-integrated services:

  • Continue providing and expanding access to state-funded Individual Options (IO) waivers for people who choose a waiver after options or pre-admission counseling.
  •  Continue providing programs for integrated, affordable housing and integrated employment and day services.
  • Expand options counseling and pre-admission counseling programs.
  • Continue peer-to-peer and family-to-family programs and exploratory community visits for people who have not yet made decisions on whether to live in an ICF or a community-based service setting.
  • Continue follow-along visits for people after they have left ICFs.

A follow-up hearing is scheduled December 17.3.

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.    Continue the Conversation Online

Loop Ohio is an online forum for professionals and families to stay up to date with conversations happening around the state. Join the DODD Family Advisory Council group today.

In recognition of October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the Down Syndrome Association of Ohio will present the  acclaimed documentary Normie, which follows a young woman with Down syndrome on her pursuit to discover the meaning of “normal.”  The movie will be shown at 7:30 on October 29 at the Rave Cinemas at Levis Commons.  Read more.

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.   Job Postings

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

The Ability Center is seeking a Youth Recreation Coordinator. This is a full time position. Click here for a job description and instructions on how to apply.

Josina Lott Residential and Community Services is currently hiring 2nd and 3rd shift DSP’s (full time); 1st Shift Adult Day Service Specialist (ADSS) (full time); Recreation Specialist (full time); and Community Service Specialist (part time).  Click here to apply.

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 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 know you gotta get goin’ if you want to make a showin'” – David Barbour and Peggy Lee

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