- How you can help hurricane victims with disabilities
- Trauma Informed Care conference is October 17-18
- Voters Forum will focus on disabilities issues
- Theft allegations high in MUIs
- Best Buddies organizing at the University of Toledo
- Next Chapter Book Clubs looking for members
- Job postings
- Ability Center to Host Open House and Cookout
- Board to host training for guardians of adults
- Events for the DD Community
- Worth Repeating
1. How you can help hurricane victims with disabilities
Through various sources, we have received information on two organizations that are trustworthy and support people with disabilities who are impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston, TX area.
2. Trauma Informed Care conference is October 17-18
3. Voters Forum will focus on disabilities issues
Again this year, the Maumee Valley Chapter Partners for Inclusion and the Toledo-Lucas County Commission on Disabilities will sponsor a Voters Forum. On the program this year will be the Toledo mayoral candidates. Also on the program will be representatives from Toledo Public Schools, the Metroparks, and Lucas County Jail. All three have levies on the November ballot.
The Voters Forum will be September 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Sanger Branch Library, 3030 West Central Avenue in Toledo.
Other agencies supporting the Voters Forum are the Lucas County Board of DD, Camp Courageous and The Arc, the Ability Center, People First, and the League of Women Voters.
4. Theft allegations high in MUIs
The latest Health and Wellness Alert from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities concerns misappropriations. In 2016, there were 901 substantiated, or confirmed, theft allegations involving people with developmental disabilities in Ohio. Theft allegations made up almost 7 percent of all MUIs, with 66 percent of those cases substantiated that year. Read the alert by clicking here.
5. Best Buddies organizing at the University of Toledo
The University of Toledo Best Buddies program is ready to go! The UT Chapter had a booth at the Student Organization Fair and there was a great deal of interest among UT students. If you have anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 who you think would like to be involved in this friendship program, contact Mary Beth Olender. Read more about Best Buddies by clicking here.
6. Next Chapter Book Clubs looking for members
Three Lucas County Public Library locations, King Rd., Reynolds Corners and the Washington Branch on Harvest Lane (temporary location for Sylvania during remodeling), are offering the Next Chapter Book Club. The club is open to individuals with developmental disabilities of any reading level, ages 16 and up.
The Book Clubs meet as follows:
Washington Branch (Sylvania temp location) every other Monday at 1:00 p.m. The next session is September 11. Your contact is Heidi Yeager, 419-882-2089, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reynolds Corners Branch, every other Thursday at 4:00 p.m. The next meeting is September 21. Your contact is Steve Nichols, 419-259-5320, Steven.Nichols@toledolibrary.org
King Rd Branch meets every other Monday at 6:00 p.m. The next session September 11. Your contact is Joseph Cowley, 419-259-5380, email@example.com
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.
8. Ability Center to Host Open House and Cookout
The Ability Center will host an Open House and Cookout event open to the public to showcase successful programs supporting people with disabilities in our community. Campus tours will be given on the 17-acre campus and staff will be available to speak about programs and volunteer opportunities. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 13, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The Ability Center campus located at 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania, Ohio 43560.
Food will be provided and Steve Taylor and the n-Touch Reggae Band will be the event entertainment.
9. Board to host training for guardians of adults
Guardians are required to complete a three-hour continuing education course every calendar year. To help you meet this requirement, the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities is hosting two broadcasts provided by the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College on the subject of “Medications and Medical Advocacy” on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The course is available free of charge.
This is a three-hour continuing education course, and you may attend one of the two broadcasts of the course being held that day from 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 Noon or from 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. to fulfill your education requirements for the year. You must be in attendance for the entire three-hour broadcast.
The sessions will be held in the Board’s Training Center at Larc Lane Center, 1155 Larc Lane, Toledo, Ohio, 43614.
Registrations are being taken from now through September 26. To register you may either call (614) 387-9445 or visit www.judicialecademy.ohio.gov. Select only one time slot for this continuing education broadcast course.
10. Upcoming Events for the DD Community
September 9 – Golfing for Autism
September 9 – High Noon Showdown Unified Softball
September 9 – Sunshine Walk, Run & Roll
September 9 – Josina Lott Lawn Games
September 13 – Ability Center open house
September 14 – Friend Blend
September 15 – FASD Annual Forum
September 16 – Miracle League of Northwest Ohio Poker Run
September 16 – Canes, Brains & Automobiles at the Sight Center
September 19 – Partners for Inclusion annual awards banquet
September 19 – Shining Stars Talent Show
September 20 – FANS Goodwill donation drive
September 21 – People First
September 28 – Camp Courageous & The Arc Awards Banquet
September 30 – iDance Annual Showcase
October 20 – Halloween Dinner Bash
November 4 – Toledo Unity Bowl
11. Worth Repeating
“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.” -Joe Namath