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2018-19 Preschool Calendar

The 2018-19 Preschool Calendar for the Harold Lewis Center is now available.

It can be found under the forms tab.

V.A.T. Awarded Transportation Contract

The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities is responsible for the transportation of preschoolers attending the Harold Lewis Center.  For the past ten years, the Board has contracted with First Student to provide busing for the Harold Lewis Center.  The current contract ends on June 30, 2018.  At the March Board meeting, the Board approved the recommendation of the Transportation Committee to award V.A.T. the contract to provide busing service from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023.  Two bids were submitted that were virtually identical, meeting or exceeding all Board requirements with V.A.T.'s bid being significantly lower.  V.A.T. will officially start on July 1, 2018.  Parents and students can meet bus staff and tour the school bus on Meet the Teacher Day.  

2018-19 HLC Preschool Handbook & Calendar Now Available

Are you ready for a new school year to start?  The staff at the Harold Lewis Center are getting ready
for the 2018-19 school year.  You can now access the 2018-19 Preschool Handbook and Calendar on our website or you can click below.

2018-19 HLC Preschool Handbook

2018-19 HLC Preschool Calendar

FREE LUNCH FOR KIDS!

The Marysville Public Library and Marysville Schools will again be offering free meals to youth (0-18 years old).  No income requirement is needed to participate.

Where:  Memorial Health Pavilion (corner of 6th & Main St., next to the library)

When:  June 4 -August 10, 12 noon - 12:30pm, except Wed., July 4th

Co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education and the USDA

 

2018-19 Preschool Forms Now Available!

With only a few weeks of preschool left, we are also preparing for the 2018-19 Preschool year.  If you have a child who will be attending the Harold Lewis Center Preschool we need your help to make sure we are ready for your student to attend.  All enrollment and emergency medical forms need to be filled out and turned in to the Harold Lewis Center by June 15 so we can set up the bus routes and classrooms.

To make this as easy as possible, you can fill out and submit these forms to us on our website, you can print them out from our website, fill them out, and/or drop off or mail them to us or you can fill out the forms which will be in the packet you will be receiving.  Please click here for the forms.

If you have any questions about these forms, please contact us at 937-645-6714.

We look forward to this new school year and helping your child be successful!  

What Is Fix The List?

People with developmental disabilities and their families have repeatedly told us Ohio's waiting list for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers is overly complex and in need of simplification.  The current waiting list confuses people with developmental disabilities and their families, misleads advocates, and hinders efforts by policymakers to direct resources to where they are needed most.

To better serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities, the organizations listed below have been collaborating for more than 15 months to modernize Ohio’s failed Medicaid Waiver waiting list. We believe replacing the current system will greatly improve the way Ohio’s waiting list for HCBS waivers operates.

Harold Lewis Center Receives Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award

 

The Harold Lewis Center, a program of the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities, was recently awarded a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the State of Ohio.  This is the highest award given in recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating. 

HLC Closings and Delays

Closings and Delays at the Harold Lewis Center

HLC Zoo Field Trip

HLC Preschool is going to the zoo!

Coping When Life Happens Workshop

coping when life happens workshop flyer

Transformation-at-a-Glance

Everyone:

 

March 3 - April 15, 2018, providers of day program and employment supports across Ohio -- including 20 in the Southwest Ohio region -- will be opening their doors, both in real time and online, in order to talk about how they are transforming the way they support people from a facility-based focus toward a community-based one.   

 

Transformation-at-a-Glance is a great opportunity for providers, county board staff, families, individuals, and other stakeholders, to network, ask questions, and discover great ideas on how to improve both services and lives.

 

Each presenting provider will talk about how they are making change happen around 5 key areas that matter:  Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Service Innovation.  They will be offering up real-world ideas and solutions.  

 

PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED. 

 

Here's the link to profiles, dates and times, as well as a link to RSVP, for all the Transformation-at-a-Glances happening across the state:

The "Turtle Lady" is coming to the Harold Lewis Center

Please join us Tuesday April 24th at 6pm at the Harold Lewis Center for a visit front the Turtle Lady.  Get hands on with her turtles and other reptiles.

Guardianship Seminar Cancelled

The Guardianship Seminar scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 has been cancelled due to unforeseen events.

HLC Plan B

The Harold Lewis Center is on Plan B Wednesday April 4 due to road conditions in the southwest part of the county. 

AM Class 10:00-12:00 
PM Class 1:30-3:30
All Day Class 10:00-2:30

Basketball Season Has Started!

Union County Special Olympics Basketball Team Season Is Here!

Practice Schedule

Mondays at the Harold Lewis Center Gym, 1280 Charles Lane, Marysville
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Wednesday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1126 North Maple St., Marysville
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Main Contact:  David Curry at 937-209-8770

Mobility Go Kart Program Gets New Space

WEST LIBERTY — The family drove up the icy, winding road to get to the top of the hill, where, for them and so many others, magic awaits.

On this sprawling and picture-perfect 42 acres in rural Logan County, Rocky Grimes is expanding his nonprofit organization that develops, modifies and specially outfits bicycles, go-karts and the like to help people of varying abilities overcome their challenges and meet both physical and quality-of-life goals.

Grimes has never had a permanent space where he could build, repair and store the go-karts and equipment for his clients — until now.

We Are Hiring

We are Hiring for the following positions:

Service Consultant

Preschool Instructor

Preschool Instructor Aide

Speech Therapist EI

Preschool Operations Coordinator

Check out the Employment tab for more Details

 

 

"Mister Pickles" Musical Magical Fun

Please join us on March 13th 2018 at 6pm at the Harold Lewis Center to enjoy "Mister Pickles" as he performs his "Jarful of Fun" variety show.

Technology rocks - Bluetooth helps a person be more independent

Nick Bowsher, Employment Specialist at the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities, offers a new way to use mainstream technology to help someone be more independent in their job.

Click on read more to watch the YouTube.

 

UCBDD Hires Special Olympics & Community Integration Coordinator

The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently hired Logan Plumb to fill the open position of Special Olympics & Community Integration Coordinator.

staff picture Logan Plumb

Congratulations Union County Cougars!

The Union County Special Olympics Cougars basketball team beat Westerville this week 42-17.  

Come cheer on the team, check out the game schedule below.

2017-18 Union County Cougars Basketball Game Schedule

WorkNet Transition

Throughout 2017, we worked to complete our federally-mandated transition out of providing direct services through our community employment division called WorkNet.  We have invited new employment service providers to Union County so individuals have many service provider choices in order to choose a provider that best meets their needs.  We have helped dozens of individuals meet new service providers that they trust and we have passed the torch of being a leader in Ohio for employing individuals in the community to our service provider partners.  Together, with our provider partners, we will collaborate and strive to support individuals in Union County with a developmental disability and will continue to be a leader, supporting individuals to work in their community.

 

The WorkNet staff will continue to support each individual’s employment journey by working with providers to coordinate jobs with people seeking employment and being an employment resource.  However, WorkNet will no longer exist as a separate program.  In the near future, information typically found through WorkNet, including employment resources and staff contact information, will be available through the Support Services division.

 

Contact community employment staff through the Support Services Staff Directory or by clicking the link below

Community employment staff

2017-18 Basketball Game Schedule

Click on the link below for the 2017-18 Cougar Basketball Game Schedule

Basketball Game Schedule

UCBDD will Host a Special Olympics Sports Banquet

UCBDD will be hosting a Special Olympics Sports Banquet for all of its 2017 Athletes and Volunteers. 

 

special olympics sports banquet flyer

HLC Closed

Harold Lewis Center Closed 

HLC Plan B

Harold Lewis Center is on Plan B due to snow covered road in the county. 

 

AM Class 10-12 (bus pick up is 1 hour and 45 minutes later, drop off is1 hour later than usual)

 

PM Class 1:30-3:30 (bus pick up is 1 hour later, drop off is 15 minutes later than usual)

 

All Day Class 10-2:30 (bus pick up is 1 hour 45 minutes later, drop off is regular time)

Playgroup Cancelled

Playgroup at Integrity Gymnastics cancelled Tuesday 1/16/18 due to weather. 

Update: HLC Closed

Update: Harold Lewis Center will be CLOSED Tuesday January 16, 2018 due to snow and ice. Be safe. 

Katie's Pancakes and Santa Claus

Our Harold Lewis Center families enjoyed an evening of catching pancakes and visiting with Santa Claus

pancake fun visit with Santa

Ohio's Waiver Waiting List process is being improved!

To better serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities, we have started the process of simplifying the waiting list for home and community-based waiver services as well as improving access to resources and services for individuals and families throughout Ohio.  Together, The Arc of Ohio and stakeholders representing individuals and their family members, guardians, providers, county boards of developmental disabilities and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities are working on changes that will improve Ohio's Waiver Waiting List process.

 

Gohio - New Transportation Option for Union County and the Columbus Region

Gohio Commute is a program of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's (MORPC) that equips individuals and companies with transportation resources for commuting options that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly.  For more information on how this might benefit you or someone you know, click here for the Gohio Brochure.

Dos and Don'ts of Parent Advocacy

Wrightslaw is a great resource for anyone who needs a great resource for all things that fall under the category of Special Education.  Below is a paraphrased excerpt from an electronic article titled "Parent Advocacy:  What You Should Do . . .and Not Do" by Leslie Seid Margolis, Esq.

What Parents Should Do

1. Prepare for Meetings

2. Prioritize Your Child's Needs

3. Build Good Relationships

4. Document Issues & Concerns

Nick Bowsher and Union County Community Employers

Check out the video below of our own Nick Bowsher talking about our Union County Community Employers

https://youtu.be/nbf7WLI9uCY 

https://youtu.be/19UNItK7PAw

"Find the Joy" with Erica Carlson

Families of the Harold Lewis Center enjoyed an evening of magic with Erica Carlson

the magic wand magic egg the rain and the sun

HLC Plan B

HLC is on Plan B 12/14/2017 due to icy roads in the county.

AM Class is 10:00-12:00

PM Class is 1:30-3:30

All Day Class is 10:00-2:30 

Katie's Pancakes and Santa Claus

The Harold Lewis Center would like to invite their families to enjoy a night of pancakes and visit with Santa

visit with Santa

Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities Special Olympics Changes

The Special Olympics and Fitness Coordinator has resigned from his position at the County Board

The County Board is working on hiring someone to replace him and hope to have someone in place as soon as possible.

The County Board is committed to the Special Olympics program in Union County.

Scarecrow Making Night

Our families of the Harold Lewis Center gathered with their creativity to build their family scarecrow.  We had a great turnout, lots of fun, and saw some very festive scarecrows.

 

our scarecrow night happy scarecrow teamwork

Erica Carlson

The Harold Lewis Center is excited to have Erica Carlson perform her "Find the Joy" Magic Show on Tuesday November 14th at 6pm.  We hope to see you there.

HLC Plan B

HLC is on Plan B Friday September 15, 2017 due to fog and poor visibility in the county.

AM Class 10:00-12:00

PM Class 1:30-3:30

All Day Class 10:00-2:30

Scarecrow Making Night

The Harold Lewis Center Parent Council (PAC) would like to invite you to create a scarecrow on Tuesday October 24th from 6-7pm

 

 

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., will be held in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, October 20, 2017.  This training is top notch when it comes to focusing on:

*Special education law, rights and responsibilities

*Tests and measurements to measure progress & regression

*SMART IEPs

*Introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education.

For more information & to register click here

Town Hall Meeting on Technology

Join October’s Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology!

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council are excited to host the Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology this month to offer a forum for people with developmental disabilities and their families to discuss their personal experiences using technology to promote independence, while connecting people with information about assistive technology and remote support services.

 

The town hall is Friday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4:30 PM at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, 43035.

Join the UCBDD Team
What is Dyslexia?

Dublin City Schools Parent Mentors/SEAC and 

The International Dyslexia Association of Central Ohio

PRESENT

 

What is Dyslexia?  

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

6:30 – 8:00 pm 

Dublin Community Rec Center

5600 Post Road 

Dublin, OH 43017

Please RSVP to:  dublin_seac@yahoo.com

 

 

Ice Cream Social

Join the Harold Lewis Center for their Annual Ice Cream Social

Click here for more information

Tots in Tow Playgroup

Our Tots in Tow playgroup starts in September

click here for more information

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