Deepwood News March 2009 1
Lake County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Upcoming from the whitehouse.gov
"We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers,
stereotypes, and discrimination ... policies must be developed,
MRDD Awareness Month and attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations
National Social Work Month must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get
2 CES Advocacy Mtg the education they need and live independently as full citizens
2 Read Across America celebration in their communities." -- President Barack Obama
at VGC and WWS
4 LCARC General Membership Mtg Barack Obama and Joe Biden have a comprehensive agenda to empower individuals with
6 Broadmoor Early Intervention and Help disabilities in order to equalize opportunities for all Americans.
Me Grow - Breakfast
10 Broadmoor Family Network Mtg In addition to reclaiming America's global leadership on this issue by becoming a
17 Willoughby Workshop Advocacy Mtg
signatory to -- and having the Senate ratify -- the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities, the plan has four parts, designed to provide lifelong support
19 VGC Idol and resources to Americans with disabilities. They are as follows:
19 JCDC and ARC Jungle Terry
20 LCARC Dance First, provide Americans with disabilities with the educational opportunities they need
24 LCBMRDD Board Meeting to succeed by funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, supporting early
intervention for children with disabilities and universal screening, improving college
24 Deepwood Industries and CES
opportunities for high school graduates with disabilities, and making college more
at Mentor Chamber meeting affordable. Obama and Biden will also authorize a comprehensive study of students with
26 Willoughby Advocacy Chili Cook off disabilities and issues relating to transition to work and higher education.
26 Deepwood Foundation Mtg
26 Deepwood Industries Mtg Second, end discrimination and promote equal opportunity by restoring the
Americans with Disabilities Act, increasing funding for enforcement, supporting the
29 Deepwood Foundation Strides of March
In support of Special Olympics Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, ensuring affordable, accessible health care
April for all and improving mental health care.
1 LCARC General Meeting
6 CES Advocacy Meeting Third, increase the employment rate of workers with disabilities by effectively
10 Good Friday Offices and Workshops closed implementing regulations that require the federal government and its contractors to
School Spring Break starts. employ people with disabilities, providing private-sector employers with resources to
13 Holiday Offices, workshops and School accommodate employees with disabilities, and encouraging those employers to use
closed existing tax benefits to hire more workers with disabilities and supporting small
17 LCARC Dance businesses owned by people with disabilities.
20 School Resumes
20 LCBMRDD Board Meeting Fourth, support independent, community-based living for Americans with disabilities
21 Willoughby Workshop Advocacy meeting by enforcing the Community Choice Act, which would allow Americans with significant
23 Deepwood Foundation ‘Bridge the Gap’ disabilities the choice of living in their community rather than having to live in a nursing
conference home or other institution, creating a voluntary, budget-neutral national insurance
23 Deepwood Industries meeting program to help adults who have or develop functional disabilities to remain independent
and in their communities, and streamline the Social Security approval process. Read
more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/disabilities/ .
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More from President Obama
for autism research, and wo rk ing with them. Screening is
President Obama and treatment, screening, Congress, parents and essential so that
Vice President Biden public awareness, support ASD experts to determine disabilities can be
are committed to sup- services. There must be how to further improve identified early enough
porting Americans with research of the treatments federal and state for those children and
Autism Spectrum Dis- for, and the causes of, programs for ASD. families to get the
orders (“ASD”), their ASD. • Fo u rth , Ob a ma/ supports and services they
families, and their com- • Second, Obama/Biden Biden support universal need.
munities. There are a support improving life- screening of all infants
few key elements to long services for people and re-screening for all
their support, which are with ASD for treatments, two-year-olds, the age at
as follows: interventions and services which some conditions,
for both children and including ASD, begin to
• First, Obama/Biden adults with ASD. appear. These screenings
support public and in- • Third, Obama/Biden will be safe and secure,
creased funding support funding the and available for every http://www.ocali.org/
Combating Autism Act American that wants
The beautiful Ohio Statewide Awareness Events Ohio Public Images
Statehouse Atrium You are invited to the communities. Our event Shannon van Huss was
will again host the annual MRDD Awareness will focus on the many selected for the Self-
Month Kickoff Event at the opportunities that are Advocacy Award. The
annual MRDD Ohio Statehouse Atrium on emerging in this spirit committee gives this
Awareness Month March 5, 2009 from 10 am throughout the state. In award to individuals who
until noon. This event is 2008 we hosted nearly 200 have had speaking
Kickoff Event in sponsored by the Ohio attendees from across engagements and
Columbus, Department of Mental Ohio. advocated for a change in
Retardation and Please join us in promoting
Developmental Disabilities positive perceptions of
March 5, 2009, Shannon will receive his
and Ohio Public Images. people with mental
Ohio’s Celebration of retardation and
award on March 9 at the
10 a.m. - noon. MRDD Awareness Month developmental disabilities. Association for
is an opportunity for No RSVP required. Superintendents of
organizations that serve County Boards luncheon.
individuals with MRDD to Shannon has been
raise public awareness of providing awareness
the many abilities that demonstrations called
people with disabilities World on Wheels to
have. students and civic groups
The 2009 theme, “Just Like throughout Lake County
You” focuses on peoples’ for over four years. His
similarities rather than demonstration includes a
differences, and brief introduction, hands
encourages everyone to on activity stations and a
welcome people with DVD showing a day in
disabilities into their his life.
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Health & Safety Alert
Peanut Butter Safety Visit Lake County's best kept secret!
The ODMRDD sent out a re-
lease to heighten the awareness We have excellent prices and a huge selection
of all readers on the potential of annuals and perennials for sun and shade.
risks when eating peanut butter. Open
A clump of peanut butter
lodged in the throat is extremely Monday- Friday
difficult to dislodge. The com- 8:30 am-3:30 pm
bination of peanut butter and And Saturdays
partially chewed bread makes
a plug which can block the air- in May
way and be fatal.
Because peanut butter offers an 440-350-5240
enjoyable source of nutrition,
here are reminders of how 8121 Deepwood Blvd.
to enjoy it safely.
• Peanut butter should be ap- Check out our seasonal items and
plied in a thin layer (1 – 1 ½
teaspoons for one slice of
houseplants throughout the year.
bread, no more than 1 table-
spoon for two slices).
• Offer fluid to drink before and
during eating to moisten the Poor Man’s Reverse Raffle
mouth and reduce
• Bite sizes should be small, Saturday March 28th, 2009
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Deepwood News March 2009 5
Steve Guard Memorial Fit Trail at Willoughby Workshop ~Ken Wiegand
The Steve Guard Memo- Deepwood Industries recognized
these outstanding employee of the
rial Walking Trail was
for the following quarters.
completed and dedicated
last summer at the Wil-
loughby Workshop. The
trail is used daily by many
who enjoy the scenic
walkway while engaging
in a daily exercise routine.
Formerly, daily walking 2008 April , May and June :
meant a trip down the sur-
rounding streets, with the • VGC - Joe Lott
traffic concerns always
present. The Walking Trail • Willoughby - Susan Guard
has received rave reviews
from staff, consumers and • CES - Carol Jamieson
2008 July August and
Spreading warmth one stitch at a time…..
• VGC - Jason Throckmorton
• Willoughby - Lucy
• CES - Ann Duncan
2008 October, November and
• VGC - Rebecca Shaw
• Willoughby - Gary Plunket
• CES - Denise Kopera
In Early December, 2008 the Deepwood Quilters, Amy Smith,
Terry Baker and Annie Harrison shared the bounty of their labor
and gave twenty-three lap quilts to the individuals in the Habilita-
tion III and the Life Enrichment Clusters at the Vocational Guid-
ance Center. Each recipient received a beautiful hand-crafted
quilt made by either Donna LeDuc, Amy Smith, Terry Baker
or Annie Harrison. The quilters commented on how mean-
ingful it is to see everyone enjoy their new quilts.
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News From Broadmoor ~AnnMahler
It has been a very busy and their new volunteer
celebrity status lately. We
exciting time at Broadmoor worksite at the Eastlake
have been showcased on
School. This year, we have Goodwill store. A
Channel 3 and Channel 8
implemented a new beautiful holiday
news, soon to be on
curriculum entitled, celebration at Grand River
Mentor Channel 12. We
UNIQUE Learning Cellars was enjoyed by our
are still undefeated in our
System, that is designed for LEEP students in This year, we
season, and we are sure
children with disabilities. appreciation for all the have
that our winning streak will
It utilizes icons and allows volunteer work that our
continue throughout the implemented a
for the instructors to adapt students do washing and
rest of the season. Perry
the lessons for different wrapping silverware for new curriculum
High School Basketball
ability levels. This has this winery.
team visited Broadmoor entitled,
enhanced our academic
recently and donated an UNIQUE
program and has allowed Our Early Intervention
electronic scoreboard. This
us to enhance the learning program (birth to three Learning
is quite exciting for our
of our students! The years old) continues to
team. System, that is
teachers have done a provide a variety of natural
phenomenal job using this environment opportunities designed for
It is only January and our
curriculum and the students for parents to attend with children with
LEEP (Lake Employment
really seem to their children. Some of
Experience Program) staff disabilities.
enjoy it and these included, Patterson’s
have already began prom
h a v e Fruit Farm, Kindermusik,
and graduation plans. The
progressed Lake Farm Park Christmas
theme for prom will be
academically. Experience and Borders
“Night on the Red Carpet”,
scheduled for May 2, 2009
Our basketball team has
at the Mentor Civic Center.
been at the level of
Also, LEEP is enjoying
Community Connections Noble Readers
Through the support of the
Foundation, LCARC, Doc’s
Deepwood Run, and Retired Senior
Volunteer Partnership (RSVP) we
have started a book club for
individuals with disabilities. The club
meets at Barnes and Nobles Book
Store twice a month to read, listen to
and discuss a book. The first book
they are reading is The Wind in the
Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This
exciting tale about a Rat, Mole,
Badger and Toad is entertaining the
initial six members of the Club.
This year Barnes and Nobles Booksellers selected Lake County Board of MRDD as the We look forward to adding new
recipient of their annual holiday book drive. Through the Deepwood Foundation, Lake members and new meeting times in
County Board of MRDD program areas sent wish lists of books to the bookstore. From the future.
resource texts for families and staff to beginning readers and activities for children and
adults, 1700 books were donated to Deepwood Foundation. In February 2009 the Foun-
dation distributed the books to program areas. A special thanks goes to Greg Nau, the
manager from Barnes and Nobles, who delivered the car full of books to the agency and
has been a great community partner for the agency.
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News from Deepwood Foundation
Deepwood Foundation strives to provide support and assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities. In 2008 the Foun-
dation sponsored over $67,000.00 to assist those in need. This is only possible through the generosity of our donors, community
partners and corporate funders.
The Foster a Camper Project is a wonderful example of how a family can develop or contribute to a designated fund designed to
meet the special needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Each year an increasing number of families need
help sending their son or daughter to a summer program. In 2008 we assisted more that 100 campers, this year we anticipate even
So many are in need of age and developmentally appropriate specialized and therapeutic settings during the summer months.
Summer is a particularly difficult time for children and adults with special needs. For these folks, camp is not a luxury it is a ne-
cessity. Therapeutic structure is so essential to maintain skill development and the Foster a Camper Project will ensure that
those without financial resources will have this opportunity. The program will assist children and adults who are at risk and have
been identified with handicaps and developmental delays, which range in severity from mild to profound.
Individuals interested wishing to
donate to the Mission of the Deep-
wood Foundation or in participat-
ing in one of the Deepwood Founda-
tion’s upcoming events can contact
Rikke Coach at 440/350-5208.
Deepwood Foundation Scheduled Events 2009
March 29th, Sunday, The 12th Annual Strides of March – Cost $18.00 pre-registration or $20.00 race day. The
5K Walk and Run will be held at Holden Arboretum. Sponsored by the Deepwood Foundation honoring Special
Olympians in Lake County.
April 24th and 25th, Autism – What’s New?
Featuring Key Note Speaker, Barbara Bloomfield. 2nd Annual Conference sponsored by Deepwood
Foundation in partnership with Lake Erie College and Lakeland Community College. Held at Lakeland Community
College. Continuing Education Credits Available, Care Giver Discounts available - Contact Deepwood Foundation for
April 26th, Sunday – 2nd Annual Lantern Fund Spa Day - cost varies by service – held at Wildwood Park in Mentor,
Ohio. Services include massage, Reiki, angel readings, cooking demonstrations, wine and more.
Proceeds from the days event will fund the Marcus Lantern Fund which sponsors summer camp
scholarships through the Deepwood Foundation.
November 2009 - An Evening with Deepwood - Diner, Auctions, Entertainment, Date and
Time to be determined.
November 18th 2009 – Girls Night Out - Holiday Extravaganza
Cost $20.00 – Holiday vendors, auctions wine appetizers and so much more……
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abilities to become valued and contributing members of their chosen communities.
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