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.

  1.    Family & Advocate Forum with Superintendent Lori Mariucci is Tuesday
  2.    Partners for Inclusion annual banquet will be September 17
  3.    Reservations can now be made for the Speakeasy Gala
  4.    Join the conversation online
  5.    You can now text 2-1-1
  6.    Next Family Council meeting will be September 25
  7.    Why working benefits you
  8.    Special Olympics Winter Games to be held at BGSU
  9.    Aging Gracefully
  10.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  11.    Worth Repeating

1.  Family & Advocate Forum with Superintendent Lori Mariucci is Tuesday

You’re invited to attend the next Family and Advocate Forum with Superintendent Lori Mariucci on Tuesday, September 10 at 9:30 a.m. The Forum will be in the Board of DD Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane.  Among the items to discuss are:

  • Our accreditation review by the Ohio Department of DD;
  • The State Budget and its impact on us;
  • The Speakeasy Gala;
  • An update on a major building project; and
  • An update on the status of Employment Connections.

Department directors will be on hand to give updates and answer questions as well as Lon Mitchell, who will provide an update on current events in the community.

These bi-monthly forums are opportunities to meet informally with me to discuss current topics of importance with the developmental disabilities community. The invitation to attend extends to family members of persons served by the Board, advocates, providers, and anyone else who is interested in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.

2.    Partners for Inclusion annual banquet will be September 17

The guest speaker for the annual Partners for Inclusion Awards and Scholarship Banquet will be local historian Tedd Long. On his well-known history blog, Tedd has updated his biography of Josina Lott. Here’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Mrs. Lott and her impact on Toledo history as well as some other fascinating accounts from our past. The banquet will be September 17 at Premiere Banquet Hall. To reserve seats send your name, phone number, and email address to Partners for Inclusion, 1154 Larc Lane, Toledo, OH 43614. Enclose payment of $35 per person attending. For more information you may contact Lon Mitchell at 419-380-4048.

3.   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.

To find out more about the Gala click on to the website, where you can also make your reservations.  And, you can also let all your Facebook friends know you are going! Click here.

4.    Join 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.

You can also join the conversation on the Lucas County Board of DD Facebook page.

5.   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.

6.    Next Family Council meeting will be September 25

Register for the September meeting of the Family Advisory Council (FAC), which will focus on transitioning from school to adult life for people with disabilities. Join the stream on Facebook Live beginning at 10 AM.

The Family Advisory Council provides a forum for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to hear directly from family members about the issues that affect their lives and provides the opportunity to learn more about the department’s current initiatives from executive staff. Watch what this parent learned at the last FAC quarterly meeting.

If you can’t make it, plan a DODD Watch Party to participate and connect without leaving your own community.

7.  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.

8.   Special Olympics Winter Games to be held at BGSU

Special Olympics Ohio  announces a new addition to its state competition schedule: beginning in 2020, a State Winter Games competition will be held on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

Special Olympic Ohio’s 2020 State Winter Games will involve six different sports and two different competition events. The indoor sports (Basketball, Competitive Cheerleading, and Swimming) will be hosted at Bowling Green State University February 21-23, 2020. Outdoor Winter Games events (Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, and exhibition Snowshoeing) will be at Brandywine Ski Resort in Sagamore Hills, February 11-12, 2020.

“Special Olympics Ohio is committed to providing the highest quality sports training and competition opportunities for our athletes.” said Special Olympics Ohio President and CEO Jessica Stewart. “Based on what our athletes tell us, new sports like Competitive Cheer have been included in our offerings and we are thrilled to partner Bowling Green State University to provide our athletes with exceptional competition venues.”

An estimated 1,500 athletes from all parts of Ohio are expected to compete in traditional and Unified state championship events at the Bowling Green Games. Unified Sports bring together equal numbers of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, of similar age and ability, to compete against other Unified Sports teams. This program expands sports opportunities for athletes seeking new challenges and dramatically increases inclusion in the community.

9.   Aging Gracefully

The September Aging Gracefully newsletter is at this link.

10.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

September 11 – Provider Fair at NODC

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 – Guys and Gals Group

September 23 – Monthly Board of DD Meeting

September 26 – Voters Forum

September 26 – FANS Goodwill Donation Drive

September 30 – Free Sensory Room

October 1 – Double ARC Kaleidoscope Breakfast

October 5 – Speakeasy Gala

October 9 – Medicaid Managed Care Plan Expo

October 18 – Halloween Dinner Bash

11.   Worth Repeating 

“I’m talking about enjoying and finding pleasure and interest and happiness and curiosity every moment.” -Valerie Harper

Please share the Friday Update with others you know who have an interest in our DD community.

Spread the word. Share this post!