August 2021
Zane's Upcoming Events and News
Zane's Inc. is very pleased to announce that we are in receipt of a $3000 grant from the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust, KeyBank Trustee. This restrictive grant is for the Family Support Fund initiative which is Zane's quarterly funding program that assists children and adults with special needs with vital services and resources not covered by insurance, government agencies or another funding resource. A big THANK YOU to the Calhoun Charitable Trust for their continuing partnership with Zane's!

Zane's Board of Directors are also proud to announce awards given to seven deserving individuals in Northeast Ohio who applied for funding through our application process. The amount of awards given was $5644.25!!! Two individuals received funds for therapies, one received an adaptive tricycle and 3 received funds for summer camps! 
Congratulations to all of our recipients!  This puts the total awards for 2021 at $18,438.25!!!  KUDOS to our FSF Committee!  We couldn't run this program without your help! 

The next quarter will begin shortly with a disbursement in October 2021
Save the Date for the Fall Fundraiser and Casino Night!
September 17,2021

11th Annual Fall Fundraiser and Casino Night!


The event will still take place at
The Tangier in Akron!

Our 11th Annual Family Fun Fair & Exceptionalities Expo
AKA “Trunk or Treat” will take place during the day at:

The Church in Silver Lake
October 30, 2021!

This fun event is for the whole family!
Ohio Department of Health COVID Guidelines for Schools
The Ohio Department of Health just revised its COVID Guidance for the 2021-22 School Year. Here are some of the big-ticket items stemming from this 13-page document:
  • Vaccinations for staff and students are "strongly recommended" and should be encouraged
  • Masks (indoors) for unvaccinated staff and students are "strongly recommended"
  • Masks on buses are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status (this per CDC)
  • Continued social distancing (3 feet is ok now), hand washing, sanitizing and increased ventilation is still recommended
  • Limiting non-essential visitors is recommended
Autism Speaks Ohio: Pathways to Employment
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 am to 12 noon (EST) 
Register and learn more about Autism Speaks employment initiative, Workplace Inclusion Now™. This program is part of Autism Speaks initiative to support meaningful employment and leadership opportunities for the 1 in 45 autistic adults in the U.S.

Program Agenda
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Welcome / Keynote
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. | Breakout Sessions
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Live Panel / Networking
This virtual event will:
  • Connect Job Seekers, Community Organizations and Employers
  • Bring awareness and education about autism into the workplace
  • Educate about employing and hiring individuals with autism, providing an inclusive infrastructure, and how businesses have realized the benefits of inclusive hiring
  • Offer resources to autistic job seekers, students and employees, their caregivers, families, and other supports as needed.
P.S. If you need accommodations to participate, please email
ASPIES Ice Cream Social
CCBDD Shared Virtual Community
The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Cuyahoga DD) launched its Shared Virtual Community, a user-friendly, interactive way for people, families, and providers to better connect people with developmental disabilities to recreational activities and other desired community resources. Cuyahoga DD believes strongly that all people deserve to have equal access to and be equal participants in all aspects of community life. This includes where a person chooses to learn, work, and play.

Resources available in the Shared Virtual Community have been vetted and meet Cuyahoga DD's All Means ALL standards, ensuring that they have demonstrated commitment to welcoming all people and that they are able to support inclusion in the organization's activities, programs, and events. Additional resources and events will be identified and added to the Shared Virtual Community on a regular basis. The Shared Virtual Community will be hosted in Cuyahoga DD's website and can be accessed through any device. Each listing will include the organization's contact information, location, activities, accommodations, and events for people to explore their community in depth and at their convenience. 

Soap Box Derby- Inclusion Day
GPD Employees' Foundation
Inclusion Day! Guests, ages 5 & up, with all different abilities and their friends & family will have the opportunity to take a ride down the world-famous Derby Downs Track in a ride-along Soap Box Derby car

This family-friendly event is set for Saturday, August 7th, 2021 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Tickets are only $5 and will include a food voucher, rides down the track, activities, and more!

For more information, please contact the Soap Box Derby at 330.733.8723 x20 or or click here!
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