Down Syndrome doesn't hold us back, it's old, antiquated laws that do.
- Kayla McKeon
Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, National Down Syndrome Society
First Registered Washington Lobbyist with Down Syndrome

May 2022, Volume 65


Housing Advocacy Lunch & Learn: 
"Renters' Rights and Responsibilities."

Attorney Taylor Burns will present an overview of landlord-tenant law in Ohio,
with helpful tips from move-in to move-out.

Participants will learn:
  • Rights and duties of both landlords and tenants
  • How tenants can exercise their rights through rent escrow
  • Who is subject to eviction and how the process works
  • Recent updates to Toledo law that impact tenants' housing rights
See the flyer.

1 hour of LSW/LPC and DODD continuing education credits will be offered to attendees. 

Register by emailing Sara Gardner at

Lucas County Board of DD Senior Committee Training:
"Using Sensory and Relaxation Techniques
for Individuals with IDD and Dementia"

Originally planned for April, this training has been re-scheduled.
NEW DATE: Thursday, May 26, Noon to 1 pm

Presenters Jennifer Kinney and Claire Copa will provide an introduction to sensory stimulation / relaxation techniques and discuss benefits for the aging DD population. 

The presentation will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to practice a relaxation technique along with the presenters.

Jennifer Kinney is a Provider Support Specialist with the Lucas County Board of DD.
Claire Copa is Coordinator of Education, Training, and Outreach with MemoryLane Care Services. She assists LCBDD with Dementia Grant projects.

To register for this training, please contact Sara Gardner at or by phone at (419) 380-5164. 
One hour of continuing education units for LSW/LPC, DODD SSA/AO, and Provider Training will be provided.


Meet Kayla McKeon:
First Registered Washington DC Lobbyist with Down Syndrome

Kayla McKeon, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy at the National Down Syndrome Society, is the first registered lobbyist on Capitol Hill with Down Syndrome.

Ms. McKeon has been working at NDDS, a human rights organization for individuals with Down Syndrome, since 2017, having previously volunteered with the organization and received their Self-Advocate of the Year Award, in addition to interning with Congressman John Katko of New York.

More about Kayla McKeon:

Disability Scoop article - June 2018 

CBS Evening News On The Road Story - August 2018
Thanks to Champaign Residential Services, Inc for sharing this video and making sure we knew about Kayla!

Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter Dementia Program's
Spring 2022 Webinar Series Continues

The Developmental Disabilities Supportive Services Program (DDSSP) within the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is continuing its spring series of free webinars about supporting those with developmental disabilities who have dementia or are at risk for developing it.

The series runs through June. The May sessions are:

Home Safety and Environmental Modification
for Individuals with a Developmental Disability and Dementia
Monday, May 2, 10:30 am to Noon

Activity Planning for People with DD and Dementia
Monday, May 16, 10:30 am to noon

To learn more about these and future webinars, and to register, click here.

The Developmental Disabilities Supportive Services Program is similar to our northwest Ohio Dementia Coalition: DDSSP "provides education programing and behavioral consultation to agencies and individuals caring for people with developmental disabilities and dementia or at risk of developing dementia."

If you have questions or need help registering, contact Kristi Davis at

What Should the New, Improved TARTA System Look Like?
Give Your Input

Now that a county-wide sales tax has been approved to fund transit service throughout Lucas County, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) is undertaking a comprehensive analysis and planning to completely overhaul the system.

You can share your thoughts on what Lucas County's transit system should look like in the future through the surveys, events, and comment forms on the "TARTA Next" web site. The current survey will remain available through May.

Sunday, August 14, 2022
In-Person, Maumee Indoor Theatre, Maumee, Ohio
Open for Film Submissions Now Through June 30

Web site

Facebook page



Lucas County Board of DD Senior Committee

The Lucas County Board of DD's Senior Committee offers its expertise to those who are supporting aging individuals with DD and who have concerns. 

This opportunity is open to providers, family members, and Board of DD staff who would like to consult about a case involving an individual with a developmental disability who is aging and/or who is experiencing dementia-related symptoms. The committee is available to consult regarding:
  • Behavioral and environmental issues
  • Geriatric specialists
  • Other resources in the community
Interested parties can email to make arrangements.

Information about LCBDD services, as well as community activities on the calendar and in the weekly Friday Update.


Contact the MUI Department at 419-381-5206
Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
After hours/on weekends please call
419-380-5100 to access the On-Call service.


Various resources, including virtual and in-person activities and events. Click here.


TARTA web site
MOOVIT Tool for locating bus stops near you
Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service (TARPS)
for those unable to ride regular buses due to disabilities.

TARTA Next - keep checking periodically for new feedback opportunities
Learn about the plans to re-design TARTA for the future, and contribute your own comments.

Review our index of past Aging Gracefully newsletters for more.


Photo and Information Credits For This Issue
  • Housing Advocacy Training picture is from the training flyer
  • Photo of Kayla McKeon is from the National Down Syndrome Society Staff Page
  • Photo accompanying the information about the Michigan Alzheimer's Association webinars is from their flyer
  • CommUnity Film Fest graphic is from the Film Fest Facebook page
  • TARTA, TARTA Next, and Area Office on Aging logos are from those agencies' web sites
  • Images not otherwise noted come from the Bing online database

Find Resources and Tips You Missed in Past Issues of Aging Gracefully

Each year hyperlinked below will take you to an index of newsletters from that year.
It includes a summary of topics from each month and the links to each issue.









Here is where to find some of the most commonly-needed resources:
  • Activity Tips (many with monthly or seasonal themes): Most 2017, 2019, and 2020 issues
  • How to get a consultation and support from the Benjamin Rose Institute Care Consultation (BRICC) program if you are caring for a loved one with IDD and Dementia: January 2021 and the beginning-of-2022 issue
  • Resources for help with basic needs, including utility bills, rent, food, and groceries: December 2021 issue
  • Resources for low-cost legal help and self-help with legal issues: August 2021 issue
  • TARTA's Latest Updates and Plans and How You Can Contribute Feedback: First Issue of 2022 and April 2022 issue

Copyright © May 2022 Aging Gracefully, Volume 65, All rights reserved.

Aging Gracefully is published and edited by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Contributions come from
Staff of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Families of persons served who are living with or at risk for dementia
Representatives of Provider Agencies:
Unique Healthcare Solutions
Assurance Care Systems
Conteh Home Services
Contact us at:
419-380-4000 or
1154 Larc Lane
Toledo, Ohio 43614

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