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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, March 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/ . www.lakemrdd.org Deepwood News March 2009 2 More from President Obama Autism 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 Awards 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 their community. 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. Deepwood News March 2009 3 Deepwood News Page 3 Deepwood News March 2009 4 Health & Safety Alert #39-01-09 Greenhouse 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 sticking. LCARC • Bite sizes should be small, Saturday March 28th, 2009 about the size of a quarter, and Doors Open at 6:00 pm closely monitored. Each bite must be chewed well Normandy Party Center and swallowed before the next 30310 Palisades Parkway one is taken. Wickliffe, Ohio • Sips of fluid between bites will help ensure that the mouth Donation $25.00 per person. and throat are cleared of peanut butter. Dinner, Open Bar • The pace of eating should be Music By DJ Steve Seidel monitored to ensure individuals Sideboards, 50/50 Drawing are not rushing or Door Prizes putting too much in their mouth. • Teams should assess a spe- Information and or tickets cific individual's risk whenever Call Ray 440-953-9442 or Pat 440-943-3623 there are known eating All Proceeds Benefit Consumers of problems but stay alert with Deepwood Center everyone. 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 Willoughby consumers, 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 parents! 2008 July August and September:. Spreading warmth one stitch at a time….. • VGC - Jason Throckmorton • Willoughby - Lucy • CES - Ann Duncan 2008 October, November and December: • 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. Deepwood News March 2009 6 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”, Bookstore. 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 Book Club 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. Deepwood News March 2009 7 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 more requests. 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 registration 350-5208. 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…… ADULT RESIDENCE CENTER 440-918-5150 440-350-5150 Lake County Board of MR/DD Deepwood Non-Profit Org. 8121 Deepwood Blvd. U.S. Postage PAID BROADMOOR SCHOOL Mentor, Ohio 44060 MENTOR OH 440-602-1000 Permit No. 583 COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 440-918-1050 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED JACKLITZ CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT CENTER 440-918-5171 440-350-5171 SERVICE AND SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION 440-918-5145 440-350-5145 TRANSPORTATION 440-918-5296 440-350-5296 VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE CENTER 440-918-5190 440-350-5190 WILLOUGHBY WORKSHOP 440-269-2180 To report a major unusual incident: 440-918-5145 The mission of the Lake County Board of Mental Retardation and/or Developmental Dis- abilities is to advance public awareness and to assist individuals with developmental dis- abilities to become valued and contributing members of their chosen communities. We are proud to be accredited by: The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities The State of Ohio Department of MR/DD County Board Accreditation THE LAKE CO. BD. OF MR/DD MEMBERS: Come visit us! Would you like to learn more about the programs and services offered by the Board? We are happy to arrange tours of the buildings Cathy Buehner on the Deepwood Campus, at Broadmoor We would be glad to speak to your group about any of Richard Elwell School, at the Willoughby Workshop and at the programs supported by the Board of Mental Gary Humble our Community Employment Offices. Please Retardation &Developmental Disabilities. Call 440- Contact Beth Falkner-Brown at 440-918-5050 918-5100 or 440-350-5100 Linda Kast or 440-350-5050 for a tour. 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