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.
- Special Olympics State Softball competitions this weekend in Oregon
- Reservations can now be made for the Speakeasy Gala
- Lucas County Special Olympics has published its Winter Brochure
- You can now text 2-1-1
- Sibshops start October 26
- Why working benefits you
- ADA Seminar: Access to Buildings Under the ADA
- It’s National DSP Week
- Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
- Worth Repeating
1. Special Olympics State Softball competitions this weekend in Oregon
The Lucas County Division 3 softball team will be playing tomorrow, September 14, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Special Olympics State Softball Tournament. Some 300 athletes from across Ohio will compete at the William Coontz Recreation Complex, 5398 Seaman St., in Oregon. The Parade of Athletes and Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m.
Six athletes from Lucas County will compete in the Skills Competition. Athletes not yet ready for team play will participate in throwing, hitting, fielding, and base-running drills as part of the Individual Skills Competition.
Admission is free.
2. Reservations can now be made for the Speakeasy Gala
You may now make reservations for the Speakeasy Gala, October 5, to raise money for a future levy campaign. While we are not ready to go for a levy now, it’s necessary to make sure the levy committee has the necessary financial resources when the time comes. The Gala, to be held at Premiere Banquet Hall, will be a night of fun, music, dancing, prizes and more. You will magically be transported to a speakeasy where we can party like its 1925.
3. Lucas County Special Olympics has published its Winter Brochure
4. You can now text 2-1-1
United Way now has the capability for texting within our 2-1-1 system. To begin the process, an individual seeking assistance can text their zip code to 898-211 which will initiate the process. For more information click here.
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. Why working benefits you
Confused about keeping your SSI/SSDI while working? Keeping your Health benefits? Reporting your income? You are not alone! Meet for dinner and information on Monday evenings during October. Click here for details.
7. ADA Seminar: Access to Buildings Under the ADA
The Ability Center is hosting the seminar on Friday, September 27, from 9:00 to Noon in the Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King Plaza, 300 Martin Luther King Drive, Toledo, OH 43604.
Keynote Speaker Diane Perry Architect, Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice, will offer an overview of ADA accessibility requirements, an informative panel will discuss the intersection of the ADA and the Ohio Building Code, and Mark Achinger from Habitat for Humanity will discuss the creation of a universal design floor plan at this free seminar.
8. It’s National DSP Week
Direct Support Professionals are the backbone of the provider network. Through their dedication, creativity, advocacy and boundless energy, our DSPs ensure people with disabilities have the necessary supports to live, work, and enjoy life more as independently as possible in the community!
9. Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
September 15 – iDance Summer Vibes Music Fest
September 16 – Free Sensory Room
September 17 – Partners for Inclusion Annual Banquet
September 17 – Friend Blend
September 19 – People First
September 19-20 – Human Trafficking Conference
September 19 – Guys and Gals Group
September 22 – Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk
September 23 – Monthly Board of DD Meeting
September 26 – Voters Forum
September 26 – FANS Goodwill Donation Drive
September 28 – High Noon Showdown
September 30 – Free Sensory Room
October 1 – Double ARC Kaleidoscope Breakfast
October 2 – Ability Center Style Show
October 2-4 – Synergy Conference
October 5 – Speakeasy Gala
October 9 – Medicaid Managed Care Plan Expo
October 15 – Friend Blend
October 18 – Halloween Dinner Bash
10. Worth Repeating
“Aim for the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting… finally you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.” -Annie Oakley
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