Friday Update – September 8

  1.  How you can help hurricane victims with disabilities
  2.  Trauma Informed Care conference is October 17-18
  3.  Voters Forum will focus on disabilities issues
  4.  Theft allegations high in MUIs
  5.  Best Buddies organizing at the University of Toledo
  6.  Next Chapter Book Clubs looking for members
  7.  Job postings
  8.  Ability Center to Host Open House and Cookout
  9.  Board to host training for guardians of adults
  10.  Events for the DD Community
  11.  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.

Autism Society of Texas

Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies 

Jewish Family Service, Houston, TX

2.   Trauma Informed Care conference is October 17-18 

Cleveland abduction survivor Michelle Knight, now known as Lily Rose Lee, will share her story at a Toledo conference on trauma informed care on Tuesday, October 17 from 10:30 until noon.Knight, one of three women held captive in a Cleveland house for a decade, will be a featured speaker on the effects of trauma on behavior. Knight, who was kidnapped when she was 21, endured years of torture before she, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were rescued in May 2013.The “Trauma Care and Vulnerable Populations Conference” will be held October 17th and 18th. It is sponsored the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of how traumatic experiences impact behavior and how to become a survivor.“The Conference will be geared toward direct support professionals, families, guardians, early intervention specialists, investigative agents, lawyers, medical professionals, mental health professionals, providers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and counselors, superintendents and community members,” said Pat Stephens, Director of Providers Supports at the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.“We know traumatic experiences can impact a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors,” she said. “Obtaining a basic understanding of trauma and trauma reactions will guide professionals with their interactions with children and adults who seek our services. Our goal is to serve individuals with more compassion and understanding.”Other speakers include renowned trauma informed care experts Mary Vicario and Carol Hudgins-MitchellDr. Julie Gentile, and Dr. Adrienne Fricker-Elhai.The two-day conference, will be held at the Premier Banquet Complex, 4480 Heatherdowns Boulevard. For reservation information contact Lisha Washington at 419-381-5207 or click here.

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,

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,

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,

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 with the details. We’ll be happy to include the information in the next Friday Update email.

Josina Lott




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 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

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