Friday Update – September 14

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

  1.    Special Olympics Events – lots going on!
  2.    Annual Voters Forum will be October 3
  3.    Direct Support Professional Appreciation Week
  4.    App-y Happy Workshop Series continues into February
  5.    Congress weighs re-authorization of program that moves people out of institutions
  6.    Here’s where you will find the Board of DD online
  7.    Training for guardians of adults offered on Monday, October 15, 2018
  8.    Sunshine Bell Choir is now booking dates for performances
  9.    Job Postings
  10.    Events for the DD Community
  11.    Worth Repeating

1. Special Olympics Events- lots going on!

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Come cheer for both of our Lucas County teams as they battle for the State Championship on Saturday, September 15, at the Coontz Recreation Center, 5330 Seaman Road, in Oregon.

The game times are:
D3: 11 am and win or lose 3 pm
D4: 9 a.m. and win or lose 1 p.m.

More than 500 Athletes, Unified Partners, and Coaches from 19 Ohio counties, including Lucas, will be attending. The Parade of Athletes and Opening Ceremonies will begin at 8:45.

At the Lucas County Recreation Center on September 23, the Lucas County Sheriff will be taking on the Toledo Police Department with Lucas County Special Olympics athletes on both teams. Click here for details.

Once again, the Lucas County Board of DD and the University of Toledo are sponsoring a unified flag football league. Find out more information by taking this link. Winning teams will play in the Glass Bowl in the third annual Toledo Unity Bowl.


2.   Annual Voters Forum will be October 3

Election Day is right around the corner. And, again this year Maumee Valley Partners for Inclusion and the Toledo/Lucas County Commission on Disabilities are preventing a forum to discuss how the various levied would impact people with disabilities. And how do some of the candidates view disability related issues.

Among the issues to be discussed will be the renewal property levied for the Lucas County Children Services Board and the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

And, again, TARPS will be offering eligible riders free rides to and from the forum which will be held at the Sanger Branch Library. Follow this link for more information.


3.   Direct Support Professional Appreciation Week

Big pats-on-the-back to Direct Service Professionals during this DSP Recognition Week. And, if you would like information about becoming a DSP  please watch this short video. It will explain the job and many of the benefits, as well as how to apply. Click here to watch the video.


4.   App-y Happy Workshop Series continues into February

The App-y Happy Workshop Series is designed to shortcut the time-consuming process of finding apps for individuals with autism and other specific needs. We have found that providing app selection expertise has enabled families and teams to support individual’s progress towards reaching their goals. Whether they have a school-aged child with an Individual Education Program (IEP) or an adult needing help learning to improve specific skills, iTaalk’s education team can assist by showcasing apps for a wide range of particular needs.

These expert-led presentations will include one and a half hour sessions along with hands-on labs that describe and/or demonstrate successful applications of assistive technology for individuals with special healthcare needs. Our hope is for attendees to learn how to use mobile devices to effectively target skill development.


5.   Congress weighs re-authorization of program that moves people out of institutions

Following an initial vote in Congress, advocates are hopeful that a federal program aimed at helping people with disabilities move from institutions to community living will be renewed. Read more.


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

Instagram… http://www.instagram.com/lucascountyboardofdd

Facebook… http://www.facebook.com/lucascountydd

Website… http://www.lucasdd.org (or www.lucasdd.info)

And don’t forget to download our free mobile app for your smartphone from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Or use this address from your smart phone: https://app.appinstitute.com/lucascou


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 jmurphy@lucasdd.org. Select only one time slot.


8.   Sunshine Bell Choir is now booking dates for performances

The Sunshine Bell Choir opened business for Toledo City Council last week, an event picked up by Channel 13 here. The Bell Choir is part of Sunshine’s recreational program. Its members practice weekly and perform at local holiday parties, faith gatherings, and community events. For more information or to book a gig, contact Gayle Finch: gfinch@sunshine.org.


9.  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.


10.Upcoming Events for the DD Community

September 15 – What Next Life Skills (ages 16-26)

September 26 – Friend Blend

September 27 – Courageous Community Services banquet

September 29 – What Next Life Skills (ages 27+)

October 3 – Ability Center Auxiliary Style Show

October 7 – Autism Walk

October 11 – Guys’ Group

October 19 – Halloween Bash dinner-dance

November 2-3 – Ohio Adult Sibling Conference

November 4 – Anne Grady Center Enchanted Evening


11.   Worth Repeating

“Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.” –Diana Ross

 

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