Friday Update – April 5

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.   TARPS Sunday and Holiday service restarts on April 7
  2.   Director Davis will be the keynote speaker for the Board’s Annual Meeting
  3.   Bowlympics is a Unified Event with Toledo Police and Lucas County Deputies
  4.   Courageous Acres closed this summer
  5.   Sensory Room April schedule
  6.   Board member inspires his mother to write a book
  7.   Area IV Spring Meet is May 4
  8.   Aging Gracefully April newsletter is online
  9.  Bittersweet Farms launches Multi-Sport Program
  10.  The Ability Center is accepting video testimonials on public transportation
  11.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.  Worth Repeating

1.  TARPS Sunday and Holiday service restarts on April 7

The Lucas County Board of DD joined several other social service agencies, including the Area Office on Aging and the Ability Center, to raise $146,000 to draw down matching funds from the federal government to restart the TARPS paratransit service Sunday and Holiday service. TARTA general manager Jim Gee said the service will restart on April 7. The announcement was made during a joint news conference with the Lucas County Commissioners.

“But let’s not be fooled, this is a very temporary fix,” said Commissioner Pete Gerken. “It is not sustainable the way we are fixing it today. It is only a short term solution.” Commissioner Gerken went on to say that a sales tax is the only way to fund public transportation. TARTA is the only public transit system in Ohio that is still funded by a property tax.


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.  Bowlympics is a Unified Event with Toledo Police and Lucas County Deputies

Lucas County Special Olympics athletes will be competing with officers from the Toledo Police Department and deputies from the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department in Bowlympics, a unified event on April 7 at Southwyck Lanes, 5255 Heatherdowns in Toledo. Play will begin at 1:30.

Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability.

Sponsors for the event include Feet on the Street and Southwyck Lanes.


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.   Board member inspires his mother to write a book

A recent edition of The Blade featured a story about Scott Noonan, a member of the Lucas County Board of DD and growing up with a visible disability. Read the story.


7.  Area IV Spring Meet is May 4

The Special Olympics Area IV Spring Meet will be May 4 at Sylvania Southview.  Click here for the volunteer form.


8.  Aging Gracefully April newsletter is online

Click here to read the April Aging Gracefully.


9.  Bittersweet Farms launches Multi-Sport Program

Bittersweet Farms is partnering with Total Sports in Rossford for a six (6) week Multi-Sport Program. This program is open to teens (13-22) with Autism or other special needs. You do not have to be registered with Bittersweet to sign up for this program!  Click here for more information.


10.  The Ability Center is accepting video testimonials on public transportation

Jerrell from her “Seat on the Bus” video

The Ability Center is accepting video testimonials to be shared through a project called, “I Fill a Seat on the Bus.” This project created by The Ability Center’s Advocacy Program, aims to continue momentum on the importance of public transportation and to drum up support for policy makers to take action on this issue.

The Ability Center encourages citizens who have any experience using public transportation to share how it impacts their life and daily activities. Petitions will be shared with legislators from northwest Ohio to advocate for more state funding for public transportation. Videos can be submitted from individuals with and without disabilities living in northwest Ohio.

As of 2012, Ohio spent $.63 per capita on public transit funding, 45th in the country in terms of public transit spending. [Ohio Department of Transportation]

Video testimonial submission and online petition can be found on abilitycenter.org.


11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

April 7 – Bowlympics

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 – 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


12.  Worth Repeating 

“It’s not who I am underneath – it’s what I do that defines me.” -Bruce Wayne


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