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Upcoming Events at the Edlavitch DCJCC

Saturday, June 23 - Sunday, July 22, 2018

CLICK HERE to view a list of upcoming events at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC.

Note:The Edlavitch DCJCC embraces inclusion in all its programs and activities. We welcome and encourage the participation of all people, regardless of their background, sexual orientation, abilities, or religion, including interfaith couples and families.

Kids in Action/SI Morning at the Museum: National Zoological Park

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Come see some bald eagles, seals, a gray wolf, a pelican, and beavers at the American Trail Area before the zoo is open to the public. Kids in Action will then continue exploring the zoo afterwards as a group.

*Space is limited and registration is required.

Click here to register.

Lifeline Partnership Field Trip

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 2:00 PM to

We are going to the Harper Macaw Chocolate Factory (3160 Bladensburg Rd., NE) for a tour and a tasting.

Note: We are only able to bring a total of 24 people.

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

2018 DFKDC Soccer with D.C. United

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Dreams For Kids DC (DFKDC) is partnering with D.C. United to hold a special soccer clinic for children with disabilities. The event will feature #DFKDC Athlete Ambassador and D.C. United Defender Kofi Opare along with other D.C. United players, D.C. United's mascot Talon, and awesome volunteers!

Click here to learn more and to register.

Autism Society of the District of Columbia (DCASA) Meeting Notice

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 11:00 AM to

You are invited to attend DCASA's upcoming support group meeting on Saturday. We hope to see you there.

Speaker: Precious Meyers-Brown, Regional Director for DC/MD at St. John's Community Services

Location: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall
728 - 23rd Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(One block south of the Foggy Bottom Metro Station)

For child/person care information, please contact:
Rhoda McLeese Smith at mcleesesmith@aol.com

NAMI DC's New Family Support Group

Monday, June 25, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Meet with family members who talk about mental health issues in an atmosphere of acceptance, respect, and mutual understanding.

Dorothy Heights / Benning Rd. Library
3935 Benning Rd. NE
Washington, DC 20019

NAMI DC (National Alliance on Mental lllness-DC Chapter) has been serving individuals with lived experience of mental illness and their families in the Nation's Capital for more than 37 years. For more information, contact NAMI DC at 202-546-0646 or namidc@namidc.org. Visit www.namidc.org for more information about NAMI DC and other programs.

Autism Speaks' 2018 National Capital Research Town Hall

Monday, June 25, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Please join us for a community science event hosted by Autism Speaks, Dean M Hartley, Ph.D, Senior Director, Genomic Discovery and Translational Science, along with an expert panel including:

Allison Jack, Ph.D., George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences - George Washington University


Margaret Daniele Fallin, Ph.D., Department of Mental Health - John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

They will explore the latest advances in autism research to support people with autism and their families.

Who should attend: Open to all, including people with autism and their families, researchers, educators, clinicians, policy makers, and members of the local community.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.

Click here to RSVP.

Form-a-Palooza 2018

Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

In April, we asked you, the public, and our government colleagues, which forms needed an overhaul. From those 60+ nominations, we picked five to work on at Form-a-Palooza:

  • DC Public School Enrollment Packet
  • Child Care Subsidy Application
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Food Truck Health Certificate Application
  • Disability Parking Space & Placard Application

At the event, you’ll choose one form to work on with a small group of fellow residents. Your goal? To produce a rough prototype of a new and improved version of your form! To help guide you, you’ll hear from the government agency who owns the form, as well as experts in user-centered design, plain language, and behavioral insights.

No experience needed. All are welcome and needed! Free child care is provided for 2-8 year-olds on a first come, first served basis. Please request a spot when you register.

Learn more at formapalooza.dc.gov.

Georgetown University Early Intervention Webinar

Monday, July 2, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Join us for a brief webinar to learn more about our Professional Certificate in Early Intervention at Georgetown University. Taught by subject matter experts from the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, the program provides training to professionals who deliver early intervention and early childhood services to infants, toddlers, and young children.

We'll provide more information about the program, including the format, requirements, and application process. There will be time for your questions after the presentation.

Please click here to register.

Restorative DC Summer Professional Development Offerings in Partnership with OSSE

Monday, July 9 - Thursday, July 26, 2018

CLICK HERE for the schedule and descriptions for RDC's summer 2018 professional development opportunities. These are available to all in the DC education community and create a space for sharing about restorative practices in education. Registration instructions will be shared in an upcoming email blast. Please email Jessica Dulay with any questions.

National Disability Voter Registration Week

Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2018

The REV UP Campaign is coordinating the third annual National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community.

Click here to learn how you can get involved.

Imagination Stage 2017-2018 Season Sensory-Friendly Performances

Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 11:00 AM to

2017-2018 Season Sensory-Friendly Performances

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown | Sunday, July 22 | 11:00 a.m.

About Sensory-Friendly Performances:

Sensory-Friendly performances are designed to be more accessible to those individuals on the autism spectrum or to anyone with sensory sensitivities. Imagination stage has been working closely with a network of theatre professionals and nationwide autism experts to help us prepare for this new series.

Come and enjoy the show with your child and relax! Our sensory-Friendly experience creates a safe space for all members of the family, parents included.

Adaptations for Sensory-Friendly performances include:

  • A pre-visit social story, video, and other preparatory materials for parents and children explaining what to expect from the performance.
  • Glow sticks raised to share when a surprise will happen on stage.
  • Reduction of the sound level and bright stage lighting.
  • Low lighting in the theatre so patrons can easily move around or exit the theatre.
  • Limited crowds and “seating holes” to allow space between families.
  • Designated spaces for those who need a quieter area to take a break.
  • Allowance for the use of tablets and smartphones for communication.

Tickets to Sensory-Friendly performances are $12-25, and are 100% refundable up until the show begins. Our Box Office and Front of House staff are passionate to create an accessible and welcoming experience for your child and your family. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 301-280-1660. The Box Office is open Monday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Funded in part by the MAXIMUS Foundation, Kiwanis Foundation, Mars Foundation and Nora Roberts Foundation

All Sensory-Friendly performances are in The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre.


Goodwill Training Program Now Enrolling: Energy and Construction

Wednesday, July 25 - from 9:00 AM to

As a participant in the 6-week Energy and Construction Program, clients receive:

  • Three Industry recognized credentials: OSHA 10, NCCER Core (National Center for Construction Education and Research) and First Aid/CPR
  • Personalized Resume & Cover Letter
  • Career Coaching & Support
  • Job Interview Preparation
  • 1:1 Job Placement Assistance

To qualify:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid government issued photo identification/Driver’s License
  • US Citizen and/or Legal Permanent Resident (Pursuant to DC and MD Code)
  • Basic computer skills
  • Meet CASAS math and reading score requirements
  • Complete background & drug screening
  • Able to attend classes Monday – Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm

*Goodwill Training Programs are provided at no cost to eligible participants. To determine eligibility, all interested clients must attend an Application/Information session, which is the first step in our enrollment process. Information Sessions are held every Tuesday from 9-11:30am and applicants are encouraged to register online. We will be conducting a special Information Session on Monday, June 25th at the American Job Center in Largo, MD located at 1801 McCormick Drive, Rm 1A, Largo, MD 20774.

*Women, Veterans and Prince Georges County Residents are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here to register for an enrollment session.

3rd Annual Adaptive Sports Camp

Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 10, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports in partnership with the HSC Pediatric Center's Kids in Action for our 3rd Annual Adaptive Sports Camp. Activities include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, adaptive fitness, cycling, wheelchair lacrosse, boccia, badminton, swimming, crafts, outings, and so much more! This camp is for kids ages 6-18 with physical disabilities (i.e., spinal cord injury, spina bifida, amputation, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, or any otherorthopedic and neuromuscular impairments).

*Campers MUST be able to propel their own wheelchair, and do NOT need to use a chair for daily living to attend.
*No sports experience is necessary. Equipment will be provided.
*Camp is drop-off. Parents are NOT required to remain on-site.
*Choose one or both weeks. NOTE: The cost is $200 for one week (9am-4pm), $375 for two weeks.
*Bring your own lunch.
*Space is limited!

Dates: Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3 & Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Trinity University
125 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017

Click here to download the REGISTRATION FORM (Word).

For more information, contact:
Joan Joyce at joan.p.joyce@medstar.net or (202) 877-1420
Robyn Cohen at rwinston@hschealth.org or (202) 557-1851

Call for Applications: Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention prepares early intervention providers to use evidenced-based early intervention strategies and supports. The GU Certificate in Early Intervention (GU CEI) will teach you the critical skills needed to:

  • Provide contemporary evidence based services and support;
  • Work collaboratively with families to design responsive functional outcomes and program plans;
  • Support team members to serve children and families in an integrated and comprehensive system of care.

The GU CEI focusing on the needs of the early interventionist. Graduates of the GU CEI are competent and confident to:

  • Create an eco-map
  • Administer a routines based interview
  • Write participation based outcomes
  • Implement coaching
  • And so much more!!

The hybrid format allows students throughout the country as well as international students to participate. Course work is offered primarily online with five on campus days scheduled throughout the program year. Applications for the September 2018 cohort are now available!

Click here for more information and to apply.

Registration Now Open: Bike to the Beach

Friday, August 3, 2018

Bike to the Beach, a 100 Mile Charity Ride for Autism (Washington, DC & Eastern Shore, MD to Dewey Beach, DE), is here to empower your community, help you achieve your goals, surpass your personal challenges, and to raise funds for autism awareness.

Everyone Finishes
From Century ride veterans to first time fitness challenge riders, over 99% of our riders finish each event and cross our beach side finishline.

Everything Is Covered
We provide EVERYTHING. We get the food, water, bathrooms, mechanical support. Everything you need.

Rest Stops to Refresh
We position rest stops ever 10-15 miles to refresh and refuel along the way. You can grab a provided snack and reconnect with your friends along the route.

Bike Rentals
Rent a bike and Ride!!! Don’t worry, we will bring it back from the beach for you.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Adaptive Adventure Day

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The HSC Health Care System, in partnership with The HSC Pediatric Center’s Kids in Action Program, is hosting a free adaptive sports day. Children and young adults with disabilities ages 4 to 22 can choose from different activities including:

  • Adaptive Fitness
  • Archery
  • Boccia
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Wheelchair Basketball

All abilities are welcome! Join us to learn more about adaptive sports available in the DC area.

Trinity University Gymnasium
125 Michigan Avenue NE,
Washington DC 20017

Note:There is a half day option available (9:00 am - noon).

Click here to register or to volunteer.

For questions: Contact Robyn Winston Cohen at rwinston@hschealth.org.

Early Bird Registration Now Open: 2018 Disability Entrepreneurship Network Convention

Thursday, September 20 - Saturday, September 22, 2018

The convention will provide a series of workshops and opportunities to network and learn from each other. In addition, the convention includes:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Exhibit opportunities for vendors, entrepreneurs and sponsors
  • Roundtables
  • Networking Reception
  • Dinner Reception

Tickets: $40 - $300
Early bird registration deadlines: July 14 & 15
Please click here for more information and to register.

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