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National Medicare Education Program (NMEP) In-Person Meeting

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The focus of the NMEP meeting is to enlist national and local organizations to support outreach and education around the Medicare program. We have expanded the focus of these meetings to reflect additional CMS programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Many national and local organizations that work on behalf of the aged, disabled, the uninsured, children, and families are involved in this public-private partnership. Together with CMS, these partners reach out to other organizations at the state and local levels that in turn work with those eligible for CMS programs to help them understand the health care options available to them.

Place: Health and Human Services - 200 Independence Ave. SW, Rm. 800

Click here to register.

EDCJCC Social Bowling Power Hour

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Please join us for our monthly night at Bowlero in Bethesda. Work on your bowling skills while enjoying pizza and social time with friends. All abilities are welcome. Individuals who need support are welcome to bring a friend who will provide support during the program. Suitable for ages 16 and up.

Place:Bowlero Bethesda - 5353 Westbard Ave., Bethesda, MD

Cost: $23 per person + $1.50 fee for 2 hours of unlimited bowling and fun with friends.

Click here to sign up!

Secondary Transition Community of Practice Meeting

Friday, January 24, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Secondary Transition Community of Practice Meeting

When: Friday, January 24, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education
1050 1st Street, NE, WDC, Eleanor Holmes Norton II (Room 109)

Conference Line Number: 1 (872) 240-3311 Passcode: 464-782-285

Topics:

1. Think College in DC, Montrel Tennesee, D.C. Department on Disability Services (DDS): The UDC Think College Program Development Team will discuss the partnership between the University District of Columbia and DC Government, non-profit organizations, and advocates to develop the district’s first Think College program for students with disabilities. This program will serve as a vehicle to assist students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to explore, pursue, and obtain a postsecondary education degree.

2. Family & Employer Engagement, Dale Verstegen, TransCen, Inc.: TransCen has over thirty years of experience providing, training and researching transition related services. In our experience, family and employer engagement continue to be key factors in the success of a transition program. This session will offer strategies, tools and a process for engaging families and employers on behalf of specific students and youth receiving transition services. There will also be a discussion on how the Secondary Transition Community of Practice and others can support Transition Professionals in the development of skills in the area of family and employer engagement.

3. MBSYEP JumpStart 2020, Chelsea Kovacs, SchoolTalk, Inc.: JumpStart, a program of SchoolTalk, is a supported employment program designed to provide youth with the individualized supports they need in order to successfully complete and learn from their Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) worksite placements. In addition to youth support, JumpStart also provides support to employers to provide meaningful internship experiences. This session will review JumpStart employer supports and inform interested organizations on how they can become a JumpStart host site this summer.

Call for Applications: SchoolTalk's DC Youth Leadership Network Work-Based Learning Experiences Program

Friday, January 24, 2020

SchoolTalk DC is now recruiting youth with disabilities (ages 14-22) to apply for DC Youth Leadership Network (DCYLN) Work-Based Learning Experiences.

Eligibility: To be eligible, youth must have an interest in one of the industries below, have an IEP, and be available to attend ALL the session dates listed on the flyer. We are asking that youth apply to ONE of the available industries only:

Custom Painting
Yoga
Event Planning

Spaces are very limited! Applications are required and due by January 24, 2020. After the application deadline closes, we will review all applications and notify youth of acceptance.

For more information: Contact Sarah Grime at (202) 487-1976 or sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org.

Morning at the Museum: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Morning at the Museum is a free sensory-friendly program for families of children with disabilities. Programs are scheduled on specific Saturday or Sunday mornings throughout the year at various Smithsonian museums. Each program consists of providing pre-registered families early entrance, facilitated activities, pre-visit materials, and a take a break space.

Note: Please register for the total number of attendees in your family.

Click here to register to join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (G St NW & 8th St NW)!

Click here for visitor resources.

For more information about the program: Please contact Ashley Grady at access@si.edu or 202.633.2921.

HSC Kids in Action's Rockville Location: Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 25 - Thursday, January 30, 2020

Bowling | Sat., Jan. 25 | 1:30pm-3:00pm | 15720 Shady Grove Rd., Gaithersburg, MD
Have nothing to do in your SPARE time? Join Kids in Action for some bowling fun! Free bowling, free shoes, free pizza, and free drinks! You don’t want to miss the fun! All abilities are welcome! Please note the address: This bowling alley is DIFFERENT from our usual one. This alley is in Montgomery County! To RSVP, email Danielle Markovitz at Dmkovitz @hschealth.org.

Cooking Simple | Thurs., Jan. 30 | 5:00pm-6:00pm | 14995 Shady Grove Rd., Ste. 200, Rockville, MD
Participants will learn how to follow a strawberry and banana fruit smoothie recipe for a yummy smoothie treat! The event will be held at the HSC Rockville Outpatient Center. All abilities are welcome! To RSVP, email Danielle Markovitz at Dmkovitz @hschealth.org.

Lifeline Partnership Movie Afternoon

Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Come enjoy a casual afternoon of watching a movie and eating popcorn.

Place: First Trinity Lutheran Church - 501 4th St., NW

Please RSVP so that we have enough food and supplies.

To RSVP: Contact Pastor Susanne Blume at (202) 628-4819 or at Lifeline@FirstTrinityDC.org.

Note: First Trinity Lutheran Church (501 4th St., NW) is located one half-block from the Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red Line). The parking lot at the corner of 4th and E Streets may be used for Lifeline events.

Project SEARCH Information Session

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Project SEARCH provides employment-readiness training for people aged 18 to 30 with intellectual and developmental disabilities through intensive internships and classroom instruction (see one-pager for details).

Parents, professionals, and potential students who are interested in applying to the Project SEARCH programs should make plans to attend.

The agenda will include:

  • Program overview with information on our host business sites at Project SEARCH NIH; Project SEARCH Montgomery; Project SEARCH Smithsonian
  • “A Day in the Life of a Project SEARCH Intern”
  • Hear from a former PS intern and parents
  • Review application process and receive application materials

Place: Ivymount School - 11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville, MD

Metro stop: Rockville (Red Line)

Bus: 47

To RSVP: Email Lu Merrick at lmerrick@ivymount.org.

Questions? Call John Eusebe at (301) 576-9000.

Call for Applications: Hamilton Relay Scholarship

Friday, January 31, 2020

The goal of the Hamilton Relay Scholarship is to support students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking in their post-secondary education. The Hamilton Relay Scholarship is extended to qualifying high school seniors living or attending school within each of the states where Hamilton Relay is the contracted Telecommunications Relay and/or Captioned Telephone service provider. Hamilton Relay selects one recipient from each state annually.

The scholarship is in the amount of $500. Applications must be received or postmarked by January 31, 2020. The winner will be determined on or before February 28, 2020.

Click here for the full guidelines.

Click here for an application.

Questions? Contact Hamilton Relay Regional Outreach Coordinator Renate Buttrum at 443-518-6949 or renate.buttrum@hamiltonrelay.com.

Project SEARCH Information Session (Updated One-Pager Link)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Project SEARCH provides employment-readiness training for people aged 18 to 30 with intellectual and developmental disabilities through intensive internships and classroom instruction (see one-pager for details).

Parents, professionals, and potential students who are interested in applying to the Project SEARCH programs should make plans to attend.

The agenda will include:

  • Program overview with information on our host business sites at Project SEARCH NIH;
  • Project SEARCH Montgomery; Project SEARCH Smithsonian
  • “A Day in the Life of a Project SEARCH Intern”
  • Hear from a former PS intern and parents
  • Review application process and receive application materials

Place: Department on Disability Services - One Independence Square, 250 E St., SW

Metro stop: Federal Center (Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines)

Bus: P6

To RSVP or for more information: Call John Eusebe at (301) 576-9000.

DCASE Edu-Tours for DC Education Professionals

Wednesday, February 12 - Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

These are geared to DC education professionals, including charter school administrators, local leaders, DC agency staff, advocates and special education attorneys (not for parents or general community) and provide an intimate visit to these nonpublic special education schools to highlight their innovative vocational programs & special education classrooms with integrated clinical services & experiential learning and how they serve DC students.

Space is limited.

Click here for tour descriptions and to RSVP.

Click here for more information.

Questions? Email Molly Whalen at mwhalen@dcase.org.

Save the Date: 8th Annual Ivymount Resource Fair

Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Ivymount's 8th Annual Resource Fair is a free, open-to-the-public informational event targeted at families of children with special needs, including autism, in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Prospective attendees: What types of resources are you looking for? Email us at outreach@ivymount.org and we will do our best to include them.

Place: Ivymount School campus - 11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville, MD

To register and check for updates: Please visit www.ivymount.org/resourcefair2020.

For questions about the Fair: Please contact outreach@ivymount.org.


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