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Autism Speaks National Capital Area's Virtual Workplace Inclusion Now Event

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

National data shows that most autistic adults are unemployed or underemployed, despite having the skill sets and expertise to excel in the workplace. Autism Speaks is working together with our partners, to transform employment for those on the spectrum through Workplace Inclusion Now (WIN).

Join Autism Speaks for virtual panel discussions and a networking opportunity to connect job seekers and employees, families, caregivers, community partners and employers. Our goal is to make the greatest impact in transforming employment for people with autism and related challenges.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required.

Registration link: https://www.accelevents.com/e/nationalcapitalpathway

New Webinar & Workshop Opportunities from the Kennedy Center

Wednesday, January 26 - Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Kennedy Center School and Community Programs Department presents professional learning opportunities in teaching the arts, integrating the arts with other subject areas, and this year, including sessions on supporting arts learning for students with disabilities. Workshops and webinars align with appropriate standards, including the Common Core State Standards, the Virginia Standards of Learning, and the National Core Arts Standards.

Webinar and workshop descriptions can be found on the Cvent registration site or on the VSA International Network site under Learning at kec.memberclicks.net.

DCPS Telephone Townhall Updates/ Foros Virtuales para la Comunidad de DCPS

Wednesday, January 26 - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 5:00 PM to

Join DCPS Leadership for a Community Telephone Townhall series on the DCPS COVID-19 Protocols and other district-level priorities.

  • Wednesday, January 26, at 5pm
  • Wednesday, February 16, at 5pm
  • Wednesday, March 30, at 5pm
  • Wednesday, April 27, at 5pm
  • Wednesday, May 25, at 5pm

Register at tinyurl.com/DCPSUpdates2022.

The events can be streamed live on Channel 16, Twitter, and the Mayor's Live Event Page.

Únase al liderazgo de DCPS para una serie de reuniones telefónicas comunitarias sobre los Protocolos COVID-19 de DCPS y otras prioridades a nivel de distrito.

  • Miércoles 26 de Enero a las 5pm
  • Miércoles 16 de Febrero a las 5pm
  • Miércoles, 30 de Marzo, a las 5pm
  • Miércoles 27 de Abril, a las 5pm
  • Miércoles 25 de Mayo, a las 5pm

Registración: tinyurl.com/DCPSUpdates2022.

Los eventos se puede transmitir en vivo en el Canal 16, Twitter, and de eventos en vivo de la Alcaldesa.

DC DBH Parent Support: Wellness Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Wellness Wednesdays is an opportunity for parents to learn about how to take care of themselves and how to foster resiliency for their children in these challenging times, share experiences and ask questions of school-based clinicians and early childhood specialists.

Wellness Wednesdays Webinar Series - January Schedule (English)

Wellness Wednesdays Webinar Series - January Schedule (Spanish)

Visit https://dbh.dc.gov/service/parent-support-program for more information and resources.

Designing Value-Based Payment Innovations for Pediatric-to-Adult Transitional Care: Lessons from the Field

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health will host a webinar to: 1) discuss a step-by-step approach to designing value-based payment (VBP) innovations for pediatric-to-adult transitional care, and 2) hear directly from senior officials in two large Medicaid MCOs – Florida Sunshine Health and Texas AmeriGroup – about their own experiences with designing a transition VBP pilot. This webinar is intended to assist state Medicaid agencies, commercial insurers, health plans, and pediatric and adult practices to expand their value-based efforts around pediatric-to-adult health care transition.

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KQ-bK_P-Q9OkuNMr_a7dVg

DCPL Center for Accessibility: ASL Book Club

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The Center for Accessibility assists individuals with disabilities to access programs, services, and collections at all branches of the DC Public Library. For information about requesting accommodations, including sign language interpreters, please visit the DC Public Library Accommodation Statement.

Do you love to read and talk about books? Are you interested in participating in an online book discussion in American Sign Language? If so, this book club is for YOU!

The ASL Book Club meets Wednesday evenings on Zoom every other month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and is facilitated by Janice Rosen, a librarian at the Center for Accessibility. The book for January 26, 2022, is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It is available in the following formats:

Large Print

NOTE: Even if you do not know sign language, you are welcome to join us. Voice and automatic captioning will be provided.

To receive the link, email the Center for Accessibility at DCPLaccess@dc.gov.

Parent Child Journey Workshop: Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

In this one-night workshop for parents, Dr. Dan Shapiro will lead participants in a discussion about:

  • How to recognize anxiety in children and family systems
  • How to do child-centered exposure therapy
  • How to do parent-centered accommodation reduction

The Zoom link to the live discussion will be provided upon registration.

Registration link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eis5kyzw22401193&oseq=&c=&ch=

Co-sponsor: St. Columba’s Nursery School of Washington, DC

To learn more about Parent Child Journey:Visit http://www.parentchildjourney.com/.

HSC Kids in Action: Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 27 - Monday, February 28, 2022 from 12:00 PM to

Autism & Nutrition | Thursday, January 27 | 12:00 pm (ET) | Online via Zoom
This class teaches parents about different factors that may impact feeding and nutrition in children with autism and provides guidance to help address these common concerns.

The Zoom link will be emailed to families who register. Please register by January 24 at https://tinyurl.com/hscautismnutritionjan2022.

Mindful Mondays (Yoga) | Monday, February 7, 14, 21, & 28 | 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm (ET) | Facebook Live
Chasing time? Pulled in too many directions? We’re here for you! Join us for “Mindful Mondays” and reclaim some time and space to catch up to yourself.

"Mindful Mondays" are free sessions for Parents and Caregivers! No experience or equipment is needed. Just show up, and Yoga Therapist Jeffrey Kaminski will do the rest!

Want to learn more about HSC Kids in Action? Visit https://childrensnational.org/hsc/hsc-pediatric-center/community-and-rec-therapy/kids-in-action/.

KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore: Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 27 - Thursday, February 17, 2022

KEEN has been providing a variety of fun virtual activities such as Fitness, Zumba dance, Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Music, Book Club, and social gatherings, since the beginning of COVID-19.

Based on local responses, we are implementing an in-person transition plan that will include three stages: outdoor in-person activities, continued virtual programs, and indoor in-person activities.

You need to be registered with KEEN in order to participate in in-person programs, but everyone can join us online.

Upcoming Online Sessions

Thursday, January 27
5 pm: Yoga
7 pm: Social Hour

Thursday, February 3
5 pm: Yoga
7 pm: Social Hour

Thursday, February 10
5 pm: Yoga
7 pm: Social Hour

Sunday, February 13
12 pm: Music, Zumba and Tae Kwon Do

Thursday, February 17
5 pm: Yoga
7 pm: Social Hour

Please note: During all KEEN ZOOM sessions and activities, we require that all participants are fully dressed (a full-cover top and pants/shorts). This also pertains to anyone who may be seen on camera in the background.

To register and view the entire schedule: Visit https://www.keengreaterdc.org/online-schedule-keen-athletes.

IvyMoves Community ZamDance

Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Invite your friends and family to join us for an hour of virtual music, movement, and community. Warm up your weekend with this high-energy blast of fun for all ages and abilities.

The more people turn out, the more steps we'll add to our tally as we race to the finish and try to beat the Adapted PE Team. Plus, we'll draw names for prizes!

Zoom link: https://bit.ly/IvyMovesZamDance2022

Zoom ID: 302 245 9265

Zoom passcode: IvyEvent22

DFKDC: Digital Yoga with Moya

Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Dreams For Kids DC (DFKDC) has set up an adaptive virtual yoga clinic for youth, ages 4-24, with physical and developmental disabilities. This clinic will be led by Moya, a DFKDC volunteer and past staff member, and feature valuable exercises and stretches.

No prior yoga experience is needed. Modifications will be provided for all abilities. Dress casually in athletic clothing and make sure you have water and a towel readily available.

We also invite participants' siblings, friends, and volunteers to attend as well!

To learn more and register: Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dfkdc-digital-yoga-with-moya-tickets-230907399247.

Questions? Email our Program Manager, Marissa, at marissadfkdc@gmail.com.

Apply Today: 2022 Hamilton Relay Scholarship

Monday, January 31, 2022

As the Telecommunications Relay and/or Captioned Telephone service provider for the District of Columbia, Hamilton Relay acknowledges that opportunities for higher education affect the future of the District’s high school students.

We are pleased to once again extend the Hamilton Relay Scholarship opportunity to graduating high school seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have difficulty speaking to assist in their goals of continuing their education.

We would appreciate your assistance in sharing the attached scholarship application and information with eligible students. Hamilton Relay selects one candidate from each of the states where Hamilton is the contracted service provider. All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay under the topic of communication technology and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify. The application documents can be found online at www.hamiltonrelay.com.

The scholarship deadline is January 31, 2022, and applications must be received or postmarked by that date. The scholarship is in the amount of $500 and the winner will be determined on or before March 1, 2022.

If you have any questions about Hamilton Relay or the Hamilton Relay Scholarship Program, please contact Renate Buttrum at 443-518-6949 or renate.buttrum@hamiltonrelay.com.

Hamilton Relay is excited to give back to the community by offering this scholarship opportunity to students who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have difficulty speaking. We look forward to learning more about the outstanding students in the District of Columbia.

2022 Scholarship Applicant Guidelines

2022 Scholarship Application

Call for Proposals: 2022 Virginia Volunteerism Summit

Monday, January 31, 2022

The purpose of the Virginia Volunteerism Summit is to encourage and equip organizations and individuals to make a difference in their communities. The 2022 Summit will empower stakeholders through engaging in powerful conversations about service and volunteerism. On the first day of the 2022 Virginia Volunteerism Summit, participants will hear from inspiring, nationally-known speakers about the impact and future of service and volunteerism, as well as the 2022-2024 Virginia State Service Plan.

On the second day, there will be a full schedule of “masterclass” sessions, or workshops, to build skills, learn new ideas, and make connections with other leaders in service and volunteerism. The sessions will provide practical tools while facilitating thoughtful discussions and dialogue for the primary audiences. For more information on submitting a proposal for a session, click HERE.

To submit your proposal, complete the form HERE.

Early Bird Registration for the 2022 Volunteerism Summit is open now! Visit our event website for the latest information on registration, speaker line-up, and conference activities.

Questions? Contact us at virginiaserviceinfo@dss.virginia.gov.

My School DC SY 2022-23 Lottery

Tuesday, February 1 - Monday, May 2, 2022

My School DC is the common application and common lottery for the District’s public school options.

Key Dates:

  • February 1, 2022: Application deadline (Grades 9-12)
  • March 1, 2022: Application deadline (Grades PK3 - 8)
  • April 1, 2022: Lottery results are released
  • May 2, 2022: Enrollment deadline for matched students

Find everything you need to learn, enroll, and apply at https://www.myschooldc.org/.

Apply Today: A. G. Bell Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) Program

Friday, February 25, 2022


LOFT is a four-day sleep-away program designed for students to develop or strengthen skills in individual leadership, teamwork, group dynamics, communication, and self-advocacy.

LOFT builds connections, respect, and camaraderie among teens who share a common bond. This is a great opportunity for high school and college-bound teens interested in an enlightening and confidence-building experience away from home with their peers. Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) and a sound field system are provided during classroom sessions. LOFT counselors are AG Bell members who are adults living with hearing loss.


Session 1: July 24-28, 2022

Session 2: July 30-August 3, 2022

Applications will be accepted from December 10 to February 25.


Apply Today: VSA International Young Soloist Competition 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

Each year outstanding young musicians (ages 14-25) with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award ($2,000) and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of all genres.

Please review the full eligibility requirements and application details on our website. We look forward to receiving your application.

Entry Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Apply Now!

Apply Now: La Cocina VA Culinary Training Program

Monday, March 7 -


Our team of experts will prepare you to obtain a meaningful job in food service.


  • 12 weeks of hands-on culinary training
  • Training Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am-3pm
  • Paid internships at top companies
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Full scholarships available!


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Desire to develop a career in the culinary industry
  • Able to stand for at least 8 hours and lift up to 50 pounds
  • TANF participants are welcomed


918 S. Lincoln St. Suite 2
Arlington, VA 22204






Apply Now: VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competition 2022

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Young writers (ages 15-18) with disabilities are invited to submit a "ten-minute script" of any genre for the opportunity to participate in a virtual playwrights program. Scripts may be for plays, musicals, multimedia, video, film, TV, podcasts, or other writing for performance.

Winners will receive modest financial awards and have the opportunity to work with industry professionals to further develop their script, receive coaching/mentorship, and participate in networking opportunities.

Please review full eligibility requirements and application details on our website. We look forward to receiving your application.

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Apply Now!

Caring Communities' World of Possibilities Disabilities Expo

Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Don't miss this fun, incredible, educational experience and networking opportunity for individuals with disabilities and those who love and serve them. The Expo will include:

  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Assistive and Adaptive Devices
  • Computer Software
  • Instructional Materials
  • Mobility Products
  • Adaptive Learning Tools
  • Disability and Elder Law Resources
  • Recreation/Travel Resources
  • Adapted Bikes/Adapted Exercise Equipment
  • Personal Care Products
  • Communication Devices
  • Products for the Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals
  • Local Agencies and Support Groups
  • Product Demonstrations
  • Personal Care Attendants
  • Free Parking


Place: Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center - 5400 Holiday Dr, Frederick, MD

For updates: Visit https://expo.caringcommunities.org/?v=ba43077c0ac9.

Questions? Contact Executive Director/Founder Mona Freedman, RN, at mona@caringcommunities.org.

NAPE 2022 National (Virtual) Summit for Educational Equity

Monday, April 25 - Thursday, April 28, 2022

The National Summit for Educational Equity (NAPE Summit) brings together administrators, teachers/instructors, counselors, and educational leaders to focus on the individual, institutional, and systems-level work that are required to identify and remove barriers to access and opportunity; foster equitable learning environments; and increase and support pathways to an equitable workforce.

The NAPE Summit offers learning and community building opportunities through workshops, interactive learning sessions, and networking events to strengthen our equity lens and build our capacity to advocate and organize for change within our communities.

  • Designed to provide knowledge and tools to help you fulfill your professional mission, workshops led by nationally recognized experts address diversity and inclusion in preparing every student to be career and college ready.
  • Established to initiate inside access to policy makers, Public Policy Day encourages dialogue about relevant issues in federal education and workforce development agencies.

Organized to deliver insights into the latest research and policy considerations in achieving equitable education and accessible career pathways, sessions place best practices at your fingertips – particularly in CTE and STEM pathways.

Visit https://napesummit.org/ for more information and to register.

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