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.
- Director Jeff Davis comments on the Governor’s budget proposal
- Nora Riggs is presented a Special Recognition Award
- Area IV Spring Meet is May 4
- Special Olympics spring brochure is out
- Sensory Room April schedule
- Leah Pallenik honored as Staff Person of the Month
- Summer program guide released by Super Schades
- Lucas County Lightning finish 3rd in State Tournament
- TARTA/TARPS fare increases begin April 1
- The Ability Center is accepting video testimonials on public transportation
- Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
- Worth Repeating
1. Director Jeff Davis comments on the Governor’s budget proposal
(from Family Connection) This month, Director Jeff Davis gave testimony to members of the Ohio House of Representatives’ Finance Committee about Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed state biennial budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
“We will invest in Early Intervention, modernize our transportation rates to increase access to communities and employment, and work with our stakeholders to develop better ways to serve youth with complex needs,” Davis said. “This budget puts us on a pathway to achieve these priorities and initiatives.” Read the director’s full testimony here.
Watch Director Davis explain what’s in store for the developmental disabilities field.
2. Nora Riggs is presented a Special Recognition Award
Nora Riggs of the Salvation Army was honored by the Board at its March meeting for her work with PATH, Partners Against Trafficking of Humans. We cannot say enough about the compassion and commitment she shows. Read the citation presented at the Board meeting.
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. Special Olympics spring brochure is out
5. Sensory Room April schedule
Click here for the schedule of when the free sensory room is open at the Finnegan Family Autism Center.
Congratulations to Leah Pallenik, a Service and Support Specialist in the Children’s Department on her selection as the Staff Person of the Month. Please read the citation presented at the March Board meeting.
7. Summer program guide released by Super Schades
Super Schades has published its annual list of summer programs and programs for individuals with special needs. Download here.
8. Lucas County Lightning finish 3rd in State Tournament
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. 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.
11. Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
March 30 – Knowledge is Power Educational Series
April 5 – Girls Night Out
April 7 – Bowlympics
April 18 – Guys’ Group
April 18 – People First
April 23 – Friend Blend
May 4 – Area IV Spring Games
May 4 – Triad Starry Night Prom
May 11 – NAMI Walks
May 11 – Josina Lott Jog & Jaunt
May 17 – Spring Fling Dinner-Dance
12. Worth Repeating
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