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Quality Trust's Hot Topics Webinar Series for DC Parents and Caregivers

Thursday, March 4 - Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Please join us for the 2021 “Hot Topics” series! We have set up free webinars on topics chosen by people with disabilities and their families. In this series, you will learn practical information and strategies to help people and families in the District to get the most out of available supports and services.

In this series, you will hear from Jonathan Martinis, Senior Legal Director at the Burton Blatt Institute, about the listed topics. Rhonda White, Family Ties of DC Program Coordinator, will facilitate questions & answers and a discussion to make sure you learn what you want and need.

Please register by clicking on the title for each one of the “Hot Topics” webinars below. If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda White at rwhite@dcqualitytrust.org or (202) 302-6635.

Money and Benefits Management:

Strategies for working, saving, and spending money without losing your benefits

Thursday, March 4, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Becoming a Family Caregiver Provider for DC Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA):

The rules and strategies for being paid by DDA for being a caregiver to a family member

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

DC DDA’s New Complaint Process:

Rules and strategies for accessing and using DDA’s new compliant process

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dreams For Kids DC: Upcoming Digital Events

Friday, March 5 - Saturday, March 13, 2021

Crafts with Jacqueline | Friday, March 5 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (ET) | Online via Zoom
Dreams For Kids DC invites youth with physical and developmental disabilities (ages 4-24) to join and our special guest artist Jacqueline for a creative afternoon of crafting. No previous crafting experience is necessary. Jacqueline will breakdown the steps to make it easy for a beginner! All you need is a craft or foam paper, hole punch, seeds or beads, and glue stick or glue. To learn more and register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dfkdc-digital-art-crafts-with-jacqueline-tickets-140844765485.

Karaoke | Saturday, March 13 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (ET) | Online via Zoom
Dreams For Kids DC invites youth with physical and developmental disabilities (ages 4-24) to join our Executive Director Glenda for a fun voice lesson and karaoke sing-along. We will watch music videos together while exercising our vocal cords. To learn more and register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dfkdc-digital-karaoke-tickets-140879549525.

Note: We invite family members, DFKDC volunteers and friends to attend as well!

To read about all of our new digital programming (in light of COVID-19): Please visit https://www.dreamsforkidsdc.org/programs.

DDS Joint Community and Provider Forum

Friday, March 5, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

DDS invites those that we serve, self-advocates, providers, community partners, and other stakeholders to participate in an hour-long WebEx discussion about the state of disability services during COVID-19. The conversation takes place Friday, March 5, from 12 - 1 pm.

Participants have the option of logging or calling in (details below). Due to technical limitations of not being able to open the call feature to all participants, please submit questions or comments to discuss to dds@dc.gov by 5 pm, March 3, 2021, or contact Charlisa Payne at 202-442-8411. The chat-box will also be open for comments and questions during the meeting for those participating through the WebEx platform. For those who cannot join through WebEx, please send a text message to 202.590.7618 during the forum to submit questions or comments.

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DDS Community & Provider Forum

Event address for attendees:
Click Here to Join Forum

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Audio conference:
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.

Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Access code: 160 501 4454

For ASL Interpretation Services
Please log in at 11:50 am
The video camera on your device must be on.
Look for and click on ASL.
Select Chat box or Thumbnail to lock your screen on ASL Interpretation.
If you experience problems, you can communicate through the chat box.

For Translation Services
To request spoken language interpretation, please contact dds.languageservices@dc.gov by March 3, 2021.

Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO) Parent Webinar

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Do you have a young adult loved one with any type of special needs - autism, Down syndrome, or intellectual/developmental disabilities - still living at home?

Are you interested in sustainable independent living for your loved one in a supportive community?

Are you concerned about your viability as a caregiver as you age, or in the event something happens to you?

Do you live in the DC or Montgomery County area?

Come learn how ILO helps families create peace of mind with a supportive community for self-advocates and the entire family.

Click here to register.

To learn more: Watch our From Fear to Confidence video.

Questions? Contact Maedi Tanham Carney at 202-248-7113 or info@ilonow.org.

Diamonds in the Rough Virtual Conference

Friday, March 12 - Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Diamonds Conference is a unique event at which parents, advocates, and professionals learn, connect, and share, with the goal of empowering children and ultimately launching them to becoming independent adults.

Weinfeld Education Group has invited expert speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors as part of a virtual learning community to help families navigate effectively through these major life changes.

The eleventh annual Diamonds in the Rough Conference 2021 will highlight up-to-date information about Executive Functioning and ADHD. Innovators in their fields will present essential and practical strength-based strategies for parents and educators to implement at home and at school.

For session, pricing, and registration information: Visit https://www.diamondsintheroughconference.com/.

Call for Nominations: Hamilton Relay 2021 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award

Friday, April 9, 2021

Hamilton Relay, the contracted service provider of the District of Columbia, is seeking your assistance in identifying candidates for the Hamilton Relay 2021 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award.

We are looking for individuals who are hard of hearing, late-deafened or have difficulty speaking and who have been a positive influence in the District, demonstrating commitment to volunteerism, leadership, advocacy and enhancing the lives of those around them. The award will be presented during Better Hearing and Speech Month in May.

Is there someone you wish to nominate for 2021?

A questionnaire is attached to assist in providing information about your candidate, including a brief description about the individual and what this person has done that causes you to nominate him/her. Please send your nominations directly to me by April 9th via email, fax or by mail. My contact information is included in my signature below.

Celebrating community leaders during Better Hearing and Speech Month in May is something we look forward to each year. Thank you in advance for your participation in nominating deserving individuals from your community.


Renate Buttrum

Renate Buttrum | Hamilton Relay

C: 443-518-6949 | renate.buttrum@hamiltonrelay.com | HamiltonRelay.com

2021 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award Candidate Nomination Questionnaire

Call for Applications: Kennedy Center/VSA's Emerging Young Artists Program

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

This call invites artists to consider the intersections and combinations of their creative process and disability identity. In art, the juxtaposition of ideas can blur distinctions or reveal something new. This year’s exhibit theme, Merge, explores uniting paths and asks what we can learn when it all comes together.

To learn more and about the program and apply: Visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/opportunities-for-artists/competitions-and-commissions/vsa-emerging-young-artists/.

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