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OSSE: Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 26 - Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Nuts and Bolts of Secondary Transition | Wed., Feb. 26 | 9:00pm-12:00pm | 1050 First St. NE, First Fl., Eleanor Holmes Norton Conference Room
Educators who understand the basics of transition planning increase their capacity to develop realistic postsecondary goals, provide individualized transition services, and maintain overall Indicator 13 compliance. This introductory training will provide a brief overview of the foundational theories that guide quality transition planning. Click here to learn more and register.

Developing High Quality Transition Plans [...] | Wed., Feb. 26 | 12:30pm-3:00pm | 1050 First St. NE, First Fl., Eleanor Holmes Norton Conference Room
District regulations require that the first IEP in effect after a child with a disability reaches 14 years of age includes transition assessments and services. This training will prepare special education teachers and leaders serving middle school students to develop high-quality, age-appropriate transition plans that meet requirements. Click here to learn more and register.

Transition Planning for Dually-Identified English Learners | Thurs., Feb. 27 | 9:00am-4:00pm | 1050 First St. NE, First Fl., Rm. 108
OSSE’s Division of Teaching and Learning invites all middle and high school educators who support English learners to a new professional development session designed to deepen understanding of the unique needs of dually-identified students (those who are identified as both English learners and special needs students) within the context of secondary transition. Click to learn more and to register.

KTS February Parent Workshop: Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education Programs

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 7:00 PM to

Please join us for a presentation by Karla Nabors about the Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs and services offered through Montgomery College for students with disabilities.

Learn about how Montgomery College helps students with their initial college experiences, through participation in the Graduate Transition Program, Challenge courses, specialized Driver Education classes and much more.

Student participation is welcomed and encouraged!

Place: The Katherine Thomas School -9975 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD

RSVP by February 24, 2020.

To RSVP: Email Shelley McGinness at ktsworshops@ttlc.org.

WMATA Budget Proposals Public Hearing

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 4:30 PM to

Do you want to:

  • Pay a 25 cent surcharge for using cash instead of a SmarTrip card on the bus?
  • Have a lower cost 7-day regional bus pass?
  • Get a $2 discount instead of 50 cents when transferring between Metrobus and Metrorail?
  • Pay 25 cents more for peak fares on Metrorail?
  • Have more hours of late-night Metrorail service, but no late night and early morning trips on 12 bus routes?

If you have an opinion about any of these topics and other WMATA budget proposals that could go into effect this summer, you’re invited to express your views at the upcoming public hearing.

Place: Metro Headquarters Building - 600 5th St., NW

To learn more, take a survey, or submit written comments: Please visit https://www.wmata.com/initiatives/budget/index.cfm.

Sexuality & Developmental Disabilities: A Workshop for Parents and Guardians (Rockville, MD)

Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Talking to our teens and kids about sexuality can be a difficult conversation. This workshop for parents will help you become more comfortable discussing this difficult topic.

Place:The HSC Outpatient Center - Montgomery County - 14995 Shady Grove Rd., Rockville, MD

Parents and gardians only. RSVP is required. Space is limited to 12 people.

To RSVP or information: Contact Marsha Stepensky, M.S. Ed, BCBA at MStrepensky@HSCHealth.org or 202-461-3698.

Ivymount Outreach's Friday Morning Parenting with Acceptance and Commitment Class

Friday, February 28 - Friday, May 29, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

During this 8-week workshop series, parents will join Ivymount Program Director, Jennie Kampf and other parents of children with disabilities to learn about the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Training. Through ACT principles, parents will learn to practice courage and compassion (including self-compassion) in parenting, identify the values they have for their child and family, accept any difficult feelings and situations that stand in the way, and commit to actions that will move them closer to your values.

Please register by Monday, February 24, 2020.

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

Cost: $200 for the 8-week series.

To learn more and register: Please visit http://ivymountoutreach.ss11.sharpschool.com/programs___services/education___therapeutic_programs/parenting_with_acceptance_and_commitment.

Smithsonian's Morning at the Museum: National Zoo (Small Mammal House)

Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 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.

Place: The National Zoo's Small Mammal House - 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW

Click here to register the total number of attendees in your family!.

For more information about the program: Please contact Ashley Grady at access@si.edu or (202) 633-2921.

Call for Applications: OAR Education Grant

Sunday, March 1, 2020

We, the Organization for Autism Research, believe in the value of teaching today’s youth about autism spectrum disorders. Children who learn about the disorder develop better relationships with their peers with autism. OAR has helped educate more than 125,000 children through the Kit for Kids Peer Education Program since 2012. This year, we are expanding our commitment to educating students by awarding grants ranging from $500-$5,000. These grants will support projects that aim to promote autism awareness and acceptance among students in grades K-8 using OAR’s peer education program.

Who can apply?

Teachers, youth group organizers, parents, and autism professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants with projects that impact low-income communities are encouraged to apply. See application instructions for further details.

What does the grant cover?

OAR will support projects that use OAR’s peer education materials (Kit for Kids, Autism Tuned In) to increase autism awareness and acceptance. Example projects include awareness campaigns, workshops, and presentations. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to OAR’s peer education materials, print costs, honorariums and travel expenses for guest speakers, venue rental, and refreshments.

When are applications due?

OAR is now accepting applications. Applications must be submitted no later than March 1, 2020 for projects starting as early as April 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here to apply!

DCASE Edu-Tours for DC Education Professionals

Tuesday, March 3, 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.

11th Annual Voices of Change Conference: Registration Is Now Open for DC Schools, Parents and Caregivers

Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join the DC Youth Leadership Network to explore the theme of Living a Full Life. Participating youth will have opportunities to explore what it means to them to live a full life including how to transform a hobby into a career, engage in advocacy, pursue physical and mental health, and more.

DC schools serving youth with disabilities (ages 14-22)
District of Columbia schools (DCPS, Charter, and Non-public) are invited to bring their students with disabilities, ages 14-22. PLEASE NOTE: Lunch IS provided.

Secondary Transition For Families By Families (for parents and caregivers of students with disabilities)
How do you start preparing your youth for transition NOW – with a deep dive into how to be a good supporter, healthcare transition, assistive technology, and employment readiness. PLEASE NOTE: Lunch IS provided. Transportation and childcare are NOT provided.

Place: Walter E. Washington Convention Center - 801 Mt. Vernon Pl., NW

Schools, parents and caregivers: To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-voices-of-change-conference-tickets-88703066259.

This conference is a community-sponsored event.

Hosted by: SchoolTalk and the DC Youth Leadership Network (www.schooltalkdc.org) Jointly funded by: District of Columbia Department on Disability Services and the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education Co-sponsors: District of Columbia Association for Special Education, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, District of Columbia Public Schools, District of Columbia Special Education Cooperative, Institute for Educational Leadership, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Call for Applications: OAR Scholarship Program

Monday, May 4, 2020

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) announced its 2020 Scholarship Program, which provides $3,000 scholarships to students across the autism spectrum. OAR is pleased to invite persons with an autism diagnosis (DSM-IV or later criteria) pursuing full-time, postsecondary, undergraduate education or vocation-technical training in any of the following:

  • Four-year undergraduate college or university
  • Two-year undergraduate college
  • Trade, technical or vocation school
  • Cooperative life skills programs

To learn more: Please visit the OAR Scholarships page or the OAR Scholarship FAQ page.

Application deadline: Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on May 4, 2020.

Questions? Email scholarship@researchautism.org or call 703-243-3466.


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