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Board of Developmental Disabilities

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Administrative Offices: 1154 Larc Lane, Toledo, OH 43614
Phone: 419-380-4000 • Fax: 419-380-5136
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Community employers urged to focus
on the DD employee pool

Shared Lives Recognized

for innovation and excellence
with masters of ceremony
The Toledo Community Foundation has presented the Shared Lives Studio with one of its most prestigious awards -- the Innovation Award.  Pictured above at the awards breakfast are (from left) Studio Art Director Lori Schoen, artist Kelly Brown, masters of ceremonies Sashem Brey and Jeff Smith, and artist Joe Christman.  Ms. Schoen acknowledged that winning the award was a high point, but added "every day is a high point because of our expansion, connections we are making, and the recognition our artists are receiving in the community." She said she feels Shared Lives is an accepted part of the Toledo arts community. "There is such a synergy!"

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mobile appSmartphone users will want to download our new mobile app. On the app you'll find our latest videos, photos, calendar of events, contact information and more. Plus, when downloading, be sure to allow your smartphone to accept push notifications from the Board. This will allow us to send you the latest information about transportation delays or closings.

Employment First—Everyone Has a Place
A lot is going on in Ohio and the U.S. related to employment for individuals with disabilities. A series of workshops that begins October 8 will discuss what the laws say and what area agencies are doing. Follow this link to read get more information.

Video recounts

the history in Lucas County of services for persons
with developmental disabilities 
This 12 minute video captures the history of how
parent volunteers in Lucas County helped create
schools, employment programs and camps.
It is a heritage that current supports and services
are built upon.

Read the Board's 2013 Annual Report
Follow this link.

Board approves 2014 Action Plan

Each year the Board of DD approves an Action Plan to reflect the steps to address key goals, confirm the Core Values, and commit to the tactical steps that will assure that individuals with developmental disabilities can experience the same opportunities and life experiences as all other citizens. Follow this link to read the Action Plan.

Lucas County takes a leadership position
with Employment First Initiative
John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of DD, was in Toledo for a news conference to announce a collaborative grant for Lucas County that will help more than 70 individuals find community-based employment and help create a model for success with the Employment First Initiative.
Here are excerpts from that news conference.

EduCare Center celebrates its 20th anniversary

The EduCare Center, 1932 Birchwood in Toledo, celebrated its 20th anniversary with an open house on July 24th. John Trunk, Superintendent of the Lucas County Board of DD, said, "We know that it truly takes a partnership to accomplish something as truly successful as the EduCare Center."  

Video reflects the Board's Mission Statement

It is the Mission of the Lucas County Board of DD to ensure that all individuals with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities and life experiences as all other citizens.

Proclamation endorses Employment First Initiative

Lucas County Commissioners have issued a Proclamation endorsing the Employment First Initiative to expand community employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities.
Read the Proclamation.?

Commissioners issue Proclamation 
(from left) Commissioner Pete Gerken; Kristen Helling, Employment First Project Coordinator; Commissioner Carol Contrada; employee James Hickman; employee Lorenda Hooker; Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak; and Superintendent John Trunk. 

Preferred Properties celebrates
20 years of success and making a difference

More chapters have been produced 
in the "Story Tellers" series.
People with developmental disabilities, and those who care about them, talk about their lives. View the videos in Volume 4.  

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