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.
- County Commissioners issue proclamation recognizing March as DD Awareness Month
- Unified team is off to the National Championships
- Area IV Spring Meet is May 4
- The Ability Center is accepting video testimonials on public transportation
- Special Olympics spring brochure is out
- Another successful Summer Camp Inclusion Fair
- Department of Neighborhoods announces public hearings for Annual Action Plan
- TARTA/TARPS fare increases begin April 1
- Amazon yanks books touting autism cures
- Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
- Worth Repeating
1. County Commissioners issue proclamation recognizing March as DD Awareness Month
Lucas County Commissioners recognized members of the SALUTE self-advocacy group in proclaiming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In part, the Resolution states the Commissioners fully endorse and support the work of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities to empower people with disabilities to exercise their rights as citizens and expand awareness of self-determination principals, provide valuable training resources, and promote advocacy efforts. Click here to view the proclamation.
To celebrate DD Awareness month, SALUTE is selling shirts to promote their self-advocacy efforts. They cost $15; cash or checks payable to the Lucas County Board of DD. Read the t-shirt flyer by clicking here.
2. Unified team is off to the National Championships
A unified team composed of Lucas County Special Olympics athletes and students from the University of Toledo is going to the National Championships at Witchita State University in April. The team won the state championship Sunday afternoon in Columbus. The championship is sponsored by NIRSA, the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association.
3. 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.
4. The Ability Center is accepting video testimonials on public transportation
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.
5. Special Olympics spring brochure is out
6. Another successful Summer Camp Inclusion Fair
The Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair was an opportunity for families to check out the many options available for after-school and the summer. Bowsher High School was a very supportive host for the event.
7. Department of Neighborhoods announces public hearings for Annual Action Plan
The City of Toledo’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development is seeking comments on its DRAFT, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, One-Year Action Plan to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The One-Year Action Plan is based on the HUD-approved five-year (2015-2020) consolidated plan submitted by the city for housing, community, and economic development.
The DRAFT One-Year Action Plan is available for review beginning March 27, 2019 at several locations including:
- The Fair Housing Center, 432 North Superior St., Toledo, Ohio 43604
- Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 1154 Larc Lane, Toledo, Ohio 43614
- Department of Neighborhood and Business Development website: https://toledo.oh.gov/services/neighborhoods/
Public hearings on the DRAFT One-Year Action Plan are scheduled for 3 p.m., Thursday, March 28 and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 in Toledo City Council Chambers, 1st floor, One Government Center.
The City of Toledo will also receive comments in writing from the public beginning Friday, March 29 through Monday, April 29 at the following address: City of Toledo, Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, One Government Center, Suite 1800, Toledo, Ohio 43604, ATTN: One Year Action Plan.
The City of Toledo supports the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Joan Easler, ADA coordinator, at 419-245-1059.
9. TARTA/TARPS fare increases begin April 1
“Effective April 1 the cost of riding TARTA and TARPS will increase. The monthly TARTA passes will increase from $25.00 to $30.00/month and the cost of TARPS tickets will increase from $2.50/ticket to $3.00/ticket. Beginning April 1, passengers paying cash to ride TARPS will need to pay $3.00. If they are using a $2.50/ticket, TARPS will continue to accept those tickets at face value through the month of April. Effective May 1, if an individual uses a $2.50/ticket, they will need to add 50 cents cash to the ticket or place two tickets into the fare box.
Any certified TARPS rider will continue to be able to ride TARTA for free by showing the TARTA driver their TARPS ID card. The exception to this, however, will be with the TARTA suburban Call-A-Ride buses. TARPS riders will no longer be able to ride the TARTA Call-A-Ride buses for free effective April 1. The cost to ride Call-A-Ride will be $3.00 for a one-way trip.
TARTA riders can continue to utilize any TARTA bus as often as they desire with their monthly TARTA passes. Any questions, please contact Michele Shepler, the Community Travel Specialist, at (419) 380-4061.
10. Amazon yanks books touting autism cures
Amazon has removed books that advocate a cure for autism. Click here to read the article from Disability Scoop.
11. Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
March 22 – Jim Ferris Excavating Hidden History
March 23 – Pasta for Pooches
March 26 – Exploring the Future of Independence
March 26 – Friend Blend
March 26 – Parents Rights Training
March 27 – Rec Jam
March 27 – Family Advisory Council
March 30 – U.T. Songfest to benefit Zepf Center
April 5 – Girls Night Out
April 7 – Bowlympics
May 4 – Area IV Spring Games
May 11 – NAMI Walks
May 17 – Spring Fling Dinner-Dance
12. Worth Repeating
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” -Dolly Parton
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