Friday Update – April 12

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 or on the mobile app.

  1.   State budget process moves along
  2.   Director Davis will be the keynote speaker for the Board’s Annual Meeting
  3.   Another successful Healthy Athlete class
  4.   Courageous Acres closed this summer
  5.   Sensory Room April schedule
  6.   Showing our support
  7.   Sunshine offering summer art camps
  8.   Family Advisory Council focuses on family planning
  9.   May 22 is Arc of Ohio Day at Cedar Point
  10.   The Ability Center to host Flower Sale and Youth Program Open House
  11.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.  Worth Repeating

1. State budget process moves along

Franklin County Board of DD Superintendent Jed Morison, speaking on behalf of Ohio’s 88 county board of DD, testified before the Ohio House  Health and Human Services Subcommittee, expressing support for the following items in the state budget bill:

  • A wage increase for direct support professionals;
  • A $5 million investment to update Ohio’s non-medical transportation (NMT) reimbursement rate structure;
  • A process allowing DODD to summarily suspend provider certification at county boards’ request in cases where a person’s health or safety is at risk; and
  • A requirement for county boards to create five-year cash forecasts to ensure long-term financial sustainability.

The full House Finance Committee will vote on the amended bill in late April ahead of a full House vote on the budget in early May, after which the legislation will head to the Ohio Senate.

2.    Director Davis will be the keynote speaker for the Board’s Annual Meeting

Circle the date for the Board of DD’s Annual Meeting on April 22. Jeff Davis, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, will be the keynote speaker.  The Annual Meeting will be held at Larc Lane Center, 1155 Larc Lane, Toledo 43614.  The meeting will get underway at 6:00 with a provider fair. The business part of the meeting, with Director Davis, will begin promptly at 6:30.

In addition to comments by Director Davis, the Board will also present several Community Partner Awards to organizations, businesses, and individuals whose actions have supported the Board’s Mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities reach their full potential. The Board will also present its prestigious Spirit Award and announce the Self-Advocate of the Year.

Family members of persons being served by the Board, advocates, providers, Board staff, and members of the general community with an interest in persons with developmental disabilities are invited to attend.

3.  Another successful Healthy Athlete class

Healthy Athlete is a ten-week course sponsored by Special Olympics,  The University of Toledo Office of Recreational Services and the UT
School of Exercise and Rehabilitative Services.

4.  Courageous Acres closed this summer

Courageous Acres (Camp Courageous) will not be operating this summer because of required renovations. Courageous Community Services issued the following statement:

We will be utilizing the summer concentrating on upgrading the camp facilities to make Courageous Acres an even better place for our community.

“CCS will be contacting all the families that had already applied and funded their deposits which will be refunded in full.

“People 1st, Parent Support, and Life Skills Training will continue to operate as normal.”

5.  Sensory Room April schedule

Click here for the schedule of when the free sensory room is open at the Finnegan Family Autism Center.

6.   Showing our support

This past Wednesday was a day to wear blue to show support for efforts to support the fight against child abuse and neglect. Here we see staff at Employment Connections showing their support… all decked out in blue!

7.  Sunshine offering summer art camps

Sunshine Studios is offering summer camp for artists of all abilities. Campers will create fairy doors, birdhouses, garden stakes, and more at Sunshine Studios, 305 Conant St., which is part of Sunshine Communities. The $65 fee covers all supplies for the week. For busy families, there are two weeks to choose from – from 1 to 2 p.m. June 17-21 or from 1 to 2 p.m. July 22-26. Artists from kindergarten to Grade 8 are welcome. To reserve a spot, contact Art Instructor Larry Knight at 419-891-8877 or

8.  Family Advisory Council focuses on family planning

The March meeting of the Ohio Department of DD Family Advisory Council focused on financial planning and Medicaid options for families. Did you miss it? Watch the morning session on Facebook.

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.

Register for the next Family Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday, June 26, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

9.    May 22 is Arc of Ohio Day at Cedar Point

Cedar Point has once again donated a limited number of free admission tickets, free picnic lunches and a generous discount on any additional tickets and lunches. Request Tickets.

Each free admission ticket includes a free picnic lunch which typically includes a hot dog, macaroni salad, chips, a dessert and pop.  If you are purchasing a reduced rate ticket to enter the park, you can also purchase a picnic lunch for $10.35. Discounted tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the Will Call booth, picnic lunches need to be purchased through The Arc of Ohio by May 10th.  Checks can be mailed to 1335 Dublin Road STE. 100-A, Columbus, OH 43215.

Complete the registration and let the Arc know the total number of people you plan to bring to the event, including friends, family and staff. This number does not obligate you to purchase additional tickets, but it gives planners an idea of how many people to plan for. Usually they receive over 10,000 requests for a limited number of free admission tickets. No one will receive all the free tickets they request, but we make a sincere attempt to distribute the free tickets based on the number of requests.

Requests for free tickets must be in by midnight on April 27, 2019. You will be notified by email on May 1, 2019 how many free admission tickets and lunches you can expect.

For more information on The Arc of Ohio Day at Cedar Point contact: The Arc of Ohio at: (800) 875-2723 or

10.    The Ability Center to host Flower Sale and Youth Program Open House

The Ability Center will host its annual Petals for a Purpose flower sale on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 to benefit the Life Skills Program supporting youth with disabilities to learn independent living and employment skills. The classes for young adults with disabilities ages 13-26 are free of charge and hosted at The Ability Center.

Hanging baskets, patio pots, and flats can be purchased at the sale or through pre-order beginning on April 22 on The Ability Center’s website.

11.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

April 18 – Guys’ Group

April 18 – People First

April 23 – Friend Blend

April 26 – Storytime at Educare

April 29 – Pre-K Training

May 1 – Sight Center “Dining in the Dark”

May 4 – Area IV Spring Games

May 4 – Assured Health 5K

May 4 – Triad Starry Night Prom

May 5 – Autism Society Adult Game Group

May 6-10 – Partners for Inclusion clothing drive

May 6 – Sensory-Friendly Music Experience

May 11 – NAMI Walks

May 11 – Josina Lott Jog & Jaunt

May 17 – Spring Fling Dinner-Dance

May 18 – Lucas County Special Olympics Golf Outing

12.  Worth Repeating 

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill

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