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The 1000 Opportunities Initiative

Sunday, August 19 - Friday, October 19, 2018

Under the leadership of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, the District of Columbia is taking bold steps to reduce unemployment in communities disproportionately impacted by violence. Through the 1000 Opportunities Initiative, we will connect at least 1000 residents with paid workforce training and subsidized and unsubsidized employment over the next 60 days.

Click here to learn more and to register.

10th Annual Olmstead Conference

Monday, August 20, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Join the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and the DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) for our 10th Annual Olmstead Community Integration Conference: Creating Wellness and Improving Quality of Life!

*Lunch will be provided to registered attendees.

Place: The ARC DC - 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE

Closest Metro: Congress Heights

Click here to learn more and to register for free.

To request a reasonable accommodation: Please contact the DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) before Monday, August 13 at 202-724-5055 or julia.wolhandler@dc.gov.

Call for Mentees: National Federation of the Blind Mentoring Program

Monday, August 20 -

When you are blind or low vision, and already face challenges that others don't seem to understand, what are the tools and strategies that can prepare you to be successful in college and in life? With so many misconceptions and negative attitudes about blindness, how will you succeed in a world where the employment market is ever changing? In a world where opportunities are all around you, but you just cannot decide which one fits your skills, interests, and abilities, how will you land your dream job? If you want answers, the National Federation of the Blind Mentoring Program is for you.

Highlights of the program include:

Mentoring: Meet and work one on one with mentors from around the country, in all professional fields who are blind or low vision. You will not only have direct access to their professional expertise but also to sources who can answer questions about how to become an engineer, lawyer or social worker as a blind person.

Career exploration: Get a chance to find out what your strengths are, and what careers are out there which best suit you. You won't just read about career options, you will be placed in internships or shadowing experiences to really know what a typical day in your chosen field is like.

Job readiness skills: You may be able to use your technology, but do you know how to write a resume that stands out from the rest? How do you land internships and summer employment opportunities in fields that will help you decide what career you want to pursue? Do you know how to prepare for an interview so thoroughly that an employee will see you as an outstanding candidate? These are just a sample of the skills we will help you develop.

Work experience: Whether you dream of becoming a corporate lawyer, a doctor or a mechanic, we will give you the skills and guidance to land the summer job or internship you've always wanted. These internships will be designed to help you define your future. We don't believe in one size fits all, rather we want you to take advantage of the knowledge and resources we offer to craft your future.

Peer to peer interaction: Ever felt like the only blind or low vision person you know? This program will introduce you to students from all around the country. You will have the opportunity to share experiences and build a professional network.

Please click here for more information.

Please click here to complete and submit a mentee application.

Call for Participants: Paid Study for Breast Cancer Survivors

Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 2018

The National Cancer Institute is looking for people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to participate in a paid study. The study is about how breast cancer survivors get the health information they need for themselves. UserWorks, Inc., a usability engineering firm in Silver Spring, MD, is assisting NCI by recruiting participants for the study.

Participation takes one hour and will be conducted at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, MD on Tuesday, August 21 through Thursday, August 23, 2018. Participants will receive a $75 cash honorarium as a thank you for participating.

Interested persons may contact: Naomi Brown at 301-431-0500 or send an email to nbrown@userworks.com and include a daytime telephone number

RCM of Washington's Next Chapter Book Club Launch

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

RCM of Washington is now an affiliate organization for Next Chapter Book Club. We are currently putting together a group of club members and facilitators in preparation for our launch. We would love to have you join us!

What is the Next Chapter Book Club?
Book clubs designed to be inclusive of people with and without disabilities, reading together, making friends, and being a part of their community.

How does it work?
Four to eight members and two volunteer club meeting facilitators meet weekly for one hour to read and discuss a book of their choosing.

Who can become a member?
Anyone age 16 and over can participate, no matter their reading or ability level.

Who leads the book clubs?
Trained volunteers facilitate each club meeting. They include students, parents, retirees, and other community members.

Why join the Next Chapter Book Club?
It’s a great opportunity to make friends, enjoy books and have fun on a regular basis!

Place: Peet's Coffee - 1275 First St., NE

To RSVP (required) or to get involved: Contact Holly Flickinger, Director of Strategic Development & Partnerships, at hflickinger@rcmofwashington.com or (202) 460-6780.

My Brother's Keeper DC Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

This one-day volunteer recruitment fair will host 60 nonprofit and government agencies that provide volunteer opportunities with young boys and men of color. This event is designed for prospective mentors, tutors, coaches, and pro-bono consultants.

Please click here to register.

Lifeline Partnership Movie Afternoon

Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Come spend an afternoon with us watching a movie and having popcorn and a small, healthy snack.This event is free, but please let us know you are coming so that we have enough food.

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

Note: First Trinity Lutheran is one half block from the Judiciary Square Metro. The parking lot at the corner of 4th and E may be used for Lifeline events.

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

Upcoming Metro Accessibility Advisory Committee Meetings

Tuesday, September 4 - Thursday, September 20, 2018

Accessibility Advisory Committee – Full Committee Meeting
September 4, 2018; 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Accessibility Advisory Committee – Bus & Rail Subcommittee Meeting
September 13, 2018; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Accessibility Advisory Committee - MetroAccess Subcommittee Meeting
September 20, 2018; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

All meetings will be held at Metro’s Headquarters Building
600 Fifth Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

Note: All Accessibility AAC and subcommittee meetings are now being streamed live via BlueJeans. Please download the free Bluejeans app. Please contact our office at 202-962-1100 on or near the meeting date to obtain the meeting room number.

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.

Place:
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.

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
Please click here for more information and to register.

Call for Registrants: Access Classes at Imagination Stage this Fall

Thursday, September 20 - Sunday, December 16, 2018

Our Access classes are specifically designed to solely include students with disabilities.

A Class Looks Like:

  • 1:5 Teacher student ratios
  • Teaching staff trained in working with the disability community
  • Students making choices based on provided visuals
  • Differentiation based on a conversation with the family
  • Adapted instruction to include sensory and developmentally appropriate content

A Class Sounds Like:

  • A clear routine that everyone can follow
  • Decreased sound levels
  • Music, fun, and laughter

A Class Feels Like:

  • The tactile exploration of content
  • A community

This Fall:

MONDAYS 5:00-6:30
Access Broadway Dance Workshop (9/24-11/26)
Class 5799 | Ages 13-21* | $350

THURSDAYS 5:00-6:50
Access Improvisation: Theatre Games (9/20-11/29)
Class 5800 | Grades 4-8 | $350

SUNDAYS 3:00-4:00
Access Performers Lab (11/4-12/16)
Class 5801 | Ages 13-21* | $210

*students ages 18 – 21 must be enrolled in high school or high school equivalency program

For more information: Contact our Access Coordinator, Scott Turner at access@imaginationstage.org.

Integrated Living Opportunities Community Group: Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 25 - Sunday, September 30, 2018

Our ILO Community Group will have three wonderful adult presentations and self-advocate events. The ILO Community Group is a unique, all ages, members-only group that operates within the wider ILO community. This group was created to bring together individuals with disabilities who wish to join the ILO community, but may not be ready to participate in ILO training, or actively prepare for independent living at this time. Check out below what we have going on in the month of September!

Parent Presentation:
Panel Discussion on Understanding the Waiver Services in Maryland, DC & Virginia.
Date: September 25th

Social Sundays for Self-Advocates:
Come learn how to create vibrant conversations with your peers and than indulge in pumpkin decorating.?
Date: September 30th, 2018

Join the ILO Community Group to attend our exclusive events! To learn more about ILO or to join the Community Group click below:

Join Today!.

A Mother's Rest Respite Retreat

Sunday, September 30 - Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Mother's Rest is a non-profit which coordinates affordable respite retreats for parents and caregivers at bed and breakfast locations nationwide. These are casual and free-style, no-programming retreats designed for true, recuperative rest and fellowship with other moms who understand our life challenges.

A Mother's Rest has six rooms left at the incredible Mark Addy Inn in Nellysford, VA for both solo moms and couples at our mid-week respite retreat September 30-Oct 3.

*Moms and female caregivers of children and adults with disabilities, COUPLES, spouses of wounded veterans, special educators, and those caring for their own elderly parents are welcome to attend!

Please click here to register.

Questions? Contact Andrea Faris Roberts at innkeeper@amothersrest.org.

Call for Participants: CASD Fall Clinical Groups

Monday, October 1 - Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) is currently recruiting for its clinical groups this fall:

Flexibility and Friendship Group
Flexibility and Friendship Group targets social skills and flexibility in young children with ASD through a play-based and story-based curriculum. Children learn how to play games and pretend together, as well as how to change their play plans when needed. Children also learn coping skills, sharing and taking turns, and early conversation skills. Parents participate in their own group that provides coaching on how to support kids in using their new skills at home, as well as parenting strategies and other topics of interest to parents of young children with ASD such as picky eating, planning playdates, and school supports.
Age Range: 4-5
Start Date: October 2018
Time & Location: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15pm, 15245 Shady Grove Rd., Ste. 350, Rockville, MD 20850
For More Information: Email aratto@childrensnational.org with the subject line "Flexibility and Friendship Group"

Unstuck and On Target Group
Unstuck and On Target teaches elementary students with ASD foundational executive function concepts and skills such as flexible planning, problem-solving and coping skills. Our intervention also adds a social skills component to support students in understanding how flexibility and compromise are expected behaviors that support more positive interactions with peers. This group is for students with average or above average cognitive abilities. The group is jointly led by a clinical psychology fellow and a speech/language pathologist with expertise in executive functioning and social communication in ASD.
Age Range: 8-10
Start Date: October 2018
Time & Location: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm, 15245 Shady Grove Rd., Ste. 350, Rockville, MD 20850
For More Information: Email mmiller4@childrensnational.org with the subject line "Unstuck and On Target Group"

On Target for Life Group
On Target for Life teaches middle school students with ASD how to to improve executive function skills such as flexible problem-solving, planning, and organization. Students are taught how flexibility and polite interaction are tied to gaining social power with others, which will in turn help them to achieve their goals. Group members work together to create a long-term plan for a group goal. This group is for middle school students with average or above average cognitive abilities. The group is led by a clinical psychology fellow with expertise in executive function and emotional issues in ASD.
Age Range: 11-13 (6th-8th grade)
Start Date: October/November 2018
Time & Location: Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm, 15245 Shady Grove Rd., Ste. 350, Rockville, MD 20850
For More Information: Email aratto@childrensnational.org with the subject line "On Target for Life Group"

Flexible Futures Group
Flexible Futures teaches high school students with ASD how to improve executive function skills such as flexible problem-solving, and independent-goal setting, planning and organization. We strongly emphasize neurodiversity, self-advocacy, sustained motivation for long-term goals, handling stress, creating a positive reputation, and compromising skills. Group members will choose a goal that is important to them and work on achieving their goal for the duration of the group. This group is for diploma-track high school students with average or above average cognitive abilities. The group is led by a clinical psychologist with expertise in adolescent and adulthood transition issues in ASD.
Age Range:15-19
Start Date: November 2018 (24 weekly sessions)
Time & Location: Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 pm, 15245 Shady Grove Rd., Ste. 350, Rockville, MD 20850
For More Information: Email ymyrick@childrensnational.org with the subject line "Flexible Futures Group"

Symposium: Confronting the Rise of Child-on-Child Harmful Sexual Behavior

Tuesday, October 9 - Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

There is growing concern among parents, educators, and child safety experts regarding children who sexually abuse other children. Typically such scenarios involve older juveniles who use their age, physical strength, or positions of status or authority, to engage children who are younger or with developmental disabilities in sexual activity. Child-on-child sexual abuse also includes a wide range of other harmful sexual behaviors such as peeping, exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, sexual harassment (including cyber-based), fondling, etc., and may occur between young children.

This convening will bring together leading experts, victim advocates, and practitioners who will share research and policy recommendations for improving ways of addressing child-on-child sexual abuse when it occurs and for prevention. Please join us as we seek to bring this issue out of the shadows and into mainstream conversations about sexual violence prevention and child protection.

*Tickets are $0-30.

Please click here to learn more and to register.

State of the Ward 4 Senior Address

Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join Councilmember Brandon Todd and seniors from across Ward 4 for a day of information and fun! Including: health screenings, speakers, music, and a host of agencies.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

RSVP to: Dolly Turner at dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052

2018 Ivymount Gala

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Jan Wintrol, former Ivymount CEO (1997-2018), will be honored at the Gala for her extraordinary contributions to the school community and to the education and well-being of the exceptional children and young adults it serves. Her dedication truly set the standard for educational innovation and leadership.

Our 2018 Fund-A-Cause will benefit The Ivymount Investing in Excellence Fund in honor of Jan Wintrol.

Please click here to learn more and to purchase tickets.

SAVE THE DATE: Ivymount Special Needs Resource Fair

Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Ivymount's Seventh Annual Resource Fair will host over 50 exhibitors whose organizations provide a variety of services to children and young adults with special needs and their families in the DC metropolitan area.

*This event is open to the public.

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


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