Friday Update – October 5

The Friday Update is published on Friday mornings by the Public Information Office of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. You may subscribe by sending your email address to You may also read the Friday Update on our website or on our mobile app.

    1.  Disability issues discussed at Voters Forum
    2.  Self-advocates attend Synergy Conference
    3.  Partners for Inclusion hosting Dine-to-Donate at Granite City
    4.  Sunshine opens paper recycling facility
    5.  October is Disability Employment Awareness Month
    6.  Here is where you will find the Lucas County Board of DD online
    7.  Training for guardians of adults offered on Monday, October 15, 2018
    8.  Job Postings
    9.  Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community
    10.  Worth Repeating

1.  Disability issues discussed at Voters Forum

The three candidates for Lucas County Commissioner attended a voters forum to discuss issues of importance to the disabilities community. The event was sponsored by the Toledo/Lucas County Commission on Disabilities and Partners for Inclusion. Click here to view the coverage from WTOL-TV.

By the way, in Ohio, the deadline to register to vote in the November 6th General Election is Tuesday, October 9. Register to vote if you haven’t! You can even do it online! And make sure all your friends are registered, too.

2.   Self-advocates attend Synergy Conference

The SALUTE advocacy group attending the Synergy Conference… uniting PAR and OSDA. The 2018 conference brought together a cross section of all stakeholders – people with developmental disabilities, their family members, professionals and staff of county boards of DD and providers of residential and day service settings.  Attendees had opportunities to learn, socialize, network and have fun!

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.   Sunshine opens paper recycling facility

Perrysburg-area residents now have a new, affordable way to recycle paper in ways that are earth-friendly. Sunshine Communities has opened a new shredding facility in Perrysburg as part of its supported employment program. Seventeen men and women work two shifts each week day. The public can drop off papers at the site, 26963 Eckel Rd., for destruction for 10 cents a pound. Crews also can arrange pick-up. Non-confidential papers are “long-shredded” and donated to the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium for enrichment programs for the primates, which include orangutans and small primates — gibbons and lemurs, for example — and other animals. These thin strips also are recycled as packaging in gift boxes at Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts in Maumee or used as mulch in Sunshine’s greenhouse. Confidential documents are destroyed. Contact Kristina Sharp, Director of Vocational Services, for more information: 419-865-0251 or

5.   October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

Observed each October, National Employment Disabilities Awareness month is a nationwide campaign that celebrates
the contributions of workers with disabilities throughout American history, and emphasizes the importance of ensuring that all Americans have access to the services and supports to enable them to work.  U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said: “A workforce that empowers everyone is good for job seekers as well as job creators. Over the past year, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities has significantly declined. Continued steady job creation will provide even more opportunities for all Americans to get hired and provide for their families.”

Listen to the radio interview with Debi Tyree, Manager at Employment Connections.

6.    Here is where you will find the Lucas County Board of DD online



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7.    Training for guardians of adults offered on Monday, October 15, 2018

Training for guardians of adults offered on Monday, October 15, 2018

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities will again host training for guardians needing to complete their annual continuing education requirement. Guardians are required to complete a three-hour continuing education course every calendar year.

The free sessions will be held on October 15, 2018, at Larc Lane Center, 1155 Larc Lane, Toledo 43614. The course is offered via a special three-hour broadcast. Two broadcast sessions are scheduled: 8:45 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:15. Guardians may attend either of the two broadcasts to fulfill the annual continuing education requirement. But, you must attend the entire three-hour broadcast.

This training is being provided by the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College. The topic of the training is “Government Benefits”. Continuing Legal Education credits will be available for attorneys.

Registrations are being taken from now through October 9, 2018. To register you may either call Joyce Murphy at (419) 380-4052 or send an email to Select only one time slot.

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.

9.   Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community

October 7 – Autism Walk

October 11 – Guys’ Group

October 12 – Epworth United Methodist Halloween Party

October 13 – Unified Soccer

October 17 – Partners for Inclusion Dine-to-Donate

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

10.  Worth Repeating

“It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” -Sally Field

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