- Public meeting will discuss the Board of DD initiatives for 2018
- Lott Industries assumes operation of Shared Lives Studio
- Preferred Properties Executive Director receives “20 Under 40” honor
- Toledo ranks 23rd for people living with disabilities
- Partners for Inclusion is again offering holiday gift boxes
- Virtual monitoring becoming more apparent
- Job postings
- Special Olympics Ohio Seeking President and CEO
- October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017
- Develop a Vision for a Good Life
- Shared Living Service now in effect in Ohio
- ESC of Lake Erie named PBIS Recognition Award Winner
- Events for the DD Community
- Worth Repeating
1. Public meeting will discuss the Board of DD initiatives for 2018
The bi-monthly public forum with Superintendent Deb Yenrick on October 10 will be devoted to a discussion of the Board’s initiatives for 2018. These initiatives highlight an action plan that will include goals and objectives for the coming year. Follow this link to read the draft action plan.
2. Lott Industries assumes operation of Shared Lives Studio
In its role as a provider, Lott Industries has assumed day-to-day operation of the Shared Lives Studio. Lott Industries had already been handling the business operations of the art studio.
3. Preferred Properties Executive Director receives “20 Under 40” honor
Kendra Smith, Executive Director of Preferred Properties, was an award recipient of the “20 Under 40” Awards! Out of 120 nominees, 20 young community leaders received this prestigious award. A Leadership Recognition Program, “20 Under 40” showcases dynamic leaders from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who are under the age of 40. The program recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community. In addition to honoring the recipients, the program is intended to help motivate young people throughout our area to become community leaders.
4. Toledo ranks 23rd for people living with disabilities
If you have a disability, Toledo is not the worst place to be, in fact, it’s a pretty good place to be. A new survey of the Best and Worst Cities for People with Disabilities ranks Toledo 23 out of the 150 most populated areas in the country. The data set ranges from wheelchair-accessible facilities per capita to the rate of workers with disabilities to the quality of public hospital system. Follow this link to read the full report.
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. Virtual monitoring becoming more apparent
Using technology for remote monitoring is helping individuals with developmental disabilities live a more independent lifestyle. Click here to read the story of one young man in Erie County utilizing remote monitoring.
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 FridayUpdate@lucasdd.info with the details. We’ll be happy to include the information in the next Friday Update email. The following providers are seeking employees.
8. Special Olympics Ohio Seeking President and CEO
Special Olympics Ohio is seeking a dynamic leader for the position of President and CEO. The
President and CEO has primary responsibility for the strategic leadership, operational management,
fundraising and growth of Special Olympics Ohio (SOOH).
The President and CEO has primary responsibility for the strategic leadership, operational management, fundraising and growth of Special Olympics Ohio. The CEO is responsible for managing the organization’s day-to-day activities, overseeing staff and the annual operating budget. They are also responsible for the overall financial management and stability of the organization. In partnership with the Board of Directors, the President and CEO will execute a strategic plan to steward the organization’s future. As the CEO, his/her primary function is to guide and direct the Program in accordance with the standards, policies and procedures set forth by Special Olympics, Inc. and the SOOH Board of Directors. The CEO reports directly to the SOOH’s Board of Directors and shall maintain a close working relationship with the Chairperson.
Candidates should have a genuine passion for SOOH’s mission and the vision, skills, expertise and drive to lead the organization to the next level and expand engagement throughout the state to further the inclusion of and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. The candidate should have a strong track record of success in revenue creation and organizational management.
The CEO role is an exempt position and is based in Columbus, OH. Frequent in state and occasional out of state travel required. Those interested must apply by November 1, 2017. No résumés or applications will be accepted other than through this application site.
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.
You can help spread the word using this flyer!
11. Shared Living Service now in effect in Ohio
The new Ohio Shared Living service went into effect October 1. Shared Living replaces both Adult Family Living and Adult Foster Care at that time.
Ohio Shared Living is the service authorized by county boards of DD for people living with paid caregivers who deliver at least 20 percent of the person’s personal care and support services. Explore answers to frequently asked questions regarding this service change by clilcking here.
12. ESC of Lake Erie named PBIS Recognition Award Winner
The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West Alternate Learning Center has been recognized for their success with Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS). PBIS involves teaching students expected behaviors in a consistent and positive way, modeling and acknowledging those behaviors, and helping all students meet expectations and be successful. PBIS has been shown to improve student achievement, student behavior, and school climate. In 2015, Ohio first recognized schools who are model examples of strong PBIS. In 2017, The ESC of Lake Erie West Alternate Learning Center applied and they earned recognition at the Gold level. They are one of 7 award winning schools in Ohio to be recognized at this level of distinction and one of 110 schools to be recognized at any of the levels (Gold, Silver, or Bronze).
The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West Alternate Learning Center will be honored at the 2017 Ohio PBIS Showcase in Mansfield, Ohio on November 30, 2017.
The ALC philosophy is holistic. We address the emotional, behavioral, physical, and social growth as well as the academic attainment of every student. Students and staff work on a daily basis to achieve and emulate our building-wide expectations of BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, and BE SAFE. Our goal is to provide students with the academic and behavioral skills to become successful throughout their educational careers.
13. Upcoming Events for the DD Community
October 12 – Friend Blend Community Mixer
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
14. Worth Repeating
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.” -Steve Jobs