Calendar of Events

COVID-19 & Inclement Weather Policies Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most State Support Team 1 professional learning opportunities are offered online. When in-person training is necessary, proper sanitation, social distancing, and face covering protocols are utilized. We are carefully monitoring State Support Team health and will notify registrants of any event cancellations or location changes.   When we return to in-person training opportunities, please be mindful of weather conditions. If  hazardous driving conditions exist, call 800-346-8495 after 6:30 a.m. to learn if your workshop is delayed or cancelled. Should you feel conditions are too unsafe to travel, please leave a message to let us know you won’t be attending.
Moving Forward Together for Ohio’s Families, Northwest Regional Forum on FASD
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Double ARC Center for FASD, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction, and the Ohio Department of Heath are sponsoring this forum with expert, Sister Suzette Fisher. The forum is to raise awareness about the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure. Register at

* Please register no later than Friday, September 21st *

Toledo TOPSoccer
Sep 30 @ 12:45 pm – 1:50 pm

Toledo TOPSoccer is a dynamic program for any athlete facing special cognitive, physical and/or emotional challenges, allowing them to experience the game of soccer along with other players in their peer group. Participants of TOPSoccer may include but are not limited to children/adults who are blind, amputees, confined to a wheelchair, emotionally/mentally challenged, children/adults with autism, as well as children/adults with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or other conditions that impair mobility, strength, and/or comprehension.

TOPSoccer integrates its participants by using current TFA and non-TFA players, friends and family as “Teammates” to help the participants both on and off the field as needed during TOPSoccer events.

TOPSoccer participants are placed in groups, organized by size, agility, mobility, the ability to follow directions, and lastly by age. The unique benefit to TOPSoccer is no upper age limit and participants may register as young as 5 years old.

Parents who may have thought they would never see their children with different abilities playing a sport or enjoying the social opportunities created through sports, get exactly that with TOPSoccer. Parents are able to relax and enjoy watching their children/adults having fun like their siblings or other children involved in TFA and the game of soccer.

We are incredibly fortunate to have key licensed professionals in the fields of Special Education, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy to work alongside our TFA Coaches and Teammates to make this program a win-win for all involved.

2018/2019 Dates:

  • September 16 & 30, 2018
  • October 21, 2018
  • November 4 & 18, 2018
  • December 2 & 16, 2018
  • January 6 & 20, 2019
  • February 3 & 17, 2019
  • March 3 & 17, 2019
  • April 7, 2019

Although the program is free, participants must contact Elaine Stead, Club Registrar, at 419-392-4005 to register.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM
Oct 1 all-day
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2018. National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign held in October that raises awareness about employment issues for disabled people, and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

These videos from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth can be a good accompaniment to NDEAM celebrations. In addition to a video about the National Youth Action Council on Transition, there are others featuring young people tackling important issues about living with a disability. These include “411 on Disability Disclosure” and “Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services.” Both are accompanied by publications that can be downloaded from the website.

Certified OLAC Facilitator Training (Region 13)
Oct 4 all-day
Certified OLAC Facilitator Training (Region 15)
Oct 5 all-day
Bittersweet Farms Music Vine 2018
Oct 5 @ 5:10 pm – 6:10 pm

Bittersweet is teaming up with local musicians to offer Music Vine 2018, which includes live musical performances every Friday at Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse. Every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Music Vine will host different musicians who will provide live entertainment to the individuals who work at Bittersweet Farms. Music Vine is open to all community members and it is free to attend. Community members are invited to bring a lunch, a friend, and some chairs to enjoy some great, local music on Bittersweet’s beautiful 80-acre farm.

During the Friday Music Vines, Bittersweet will be hosting a vendor stand for products produced by Bittersweet Gardens, Bittersweet Creative Arts, and Bittersweet Culinary. Items for sale will include fresh vegetables from the gardens, homemade cookies, shelf stable pesto and tomato chutney, and art items – mixed media pieces, paintings, fused glass, ceramics, and woven items.

The event takes place every Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m. Music Vine will feature local musicians in Bittersweet’s pavilion. There will be live music, dancing, and singing. There will also be a Bittersweet marketplace where music goers may purchase Bittersweet products. Music Vine is free and open to community members.


Unified Flag Football
Oct 7 @ 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the University of Toledo are sponsoring a unified flag football league with the winning teams playing in the third annual TUB (Toledo Unity Bowl) on November 3, 2018, in the Glass Bowl!

Players must be 18 or over and have a completed application for Lucas County Special Olympics. Players are required to attend a pre-practice day to get them ready for screening day. The pre-practice day will be September 20, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Larc Lane. The meeting and screening/ tryout is at the University of Toledo on September 30, 2018, from 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. inside the UT Rec Center.

Games will be played on Sundays in October at the University of Toledo’s Carter Field, located off Douglas Road, on October 7, 21 and 28, from 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants must attend all sessions to stay in the league. Transportation is not provided. The deadline to register is September 7, 2018.
Contact Mary Beth Olender at 419-380-5141 for information.

Stable Accounts @ Wood County Educational Service Center
Oct 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The ST ABLE Program is just two years old and for the first time, provides tax-advantaged savings and investment opportunities to individuals with disabilities without risk of losing means-tested benefits. Individuals are able to save above their resource limit for their needs, while still keeping their benefits. Individuals are utilizing STABLE Accounts from all 50 states and have been able to save over 45 Million dollars in the process.

THis free event for parents and professionals is presented by Nicholas J. Hancart, Public Affairs Officer, STABLE Ohio Treasurer of State.

STABLE Accounts are a savings and investment opportunity for individuals with disabilities to help plan for the future, save money they have earned, use on a day to day basis, and many more uses. Additional information can be found online at

Duxbury I – Introductory Level
Oct 11 – Oct 12 all-day
Ohio Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference @ Greater Columbus Convention Center
Oct 12 – Oct 13 all-day

Register now for the 2018 Ohio TESOL Conference, “Breaking through Language Barriers: Success Across Content.” The keynote speaker is President and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Dr. Frederic Bertley.

The conference is sponsored by Ohio Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in conjunction with the Lau Resource Center at the Ohio Department of Education. Conference sessions will interest educators, administrators and curriculum specialists of K-12 schools and districts, adult education, colleges, and universities. Conference details and registration are available here.

The conference will offer more than 100 sessions addressing important issues of our profession. New features of the conference include:

  • Happy Hour Networking event on Friday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Columbus Crossing Borders Project exhibit with Breathe Free documentary on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.