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DDC Autism Acceptance Month Celebration

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Join the District of Columbia’s Developmental Disabilities Council to Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month!

Hear about resources and supports in the District of Columbia for autistic people and those with related disabilities!

Tell the Council about your needs so we can advocate for you!

Cleveland Park Library—1st Floor
3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Have questions or need reasonable accommodations? Contact Alison Whyte at alison.whyte@dc.gov or 202-727-8005.

Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School and Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Food Market

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 2:00 PM to

Join us for our Mobile Food Market! Bring a reusable grocery bag and walk away with fresh, seasonal food at no cost!

The mobile market is open to the public.
Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until all food has been distributed.
A Line will not be allowed to form before 1:30 pm.

Place: 2315 18th Place, NE

Questions? Please contact Krystal@aohdc.org or 202-269-6623 ext. 123

DCPL: Upcoming Events

Friday, April 26 - Saturday, April 27, 2019

NorthStar Digital Literacy Assessment & Certificate | Fri., Apr. 26 | 2:00pm | 1990 K St., NW | Photo ID & sign-in required
The NorthStar Digital Literacy Assessment and Certificate (NDLA Certificate) are respected workforce credentials that affirm your competency in basic digital literacy skills. Earn your NDLA Certificate in one or more of the following areas of basic digital literacy: Computer basics, Internet, Windows, Mac OS X, email, MS Word, social media, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and info literacy. Note: Seats are limited to 12 participants. Please arrive 30 minutes early to sign in. Learn more at https://www.dclibrary.org/digitalliteracy.

Microsoft Imagine Academy: Jasperactive™ Benchmark | Sat., Apr. 27 | 1:00pm |1990 K St., NW | Registration required
The library is offering free 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exams to people who first pass a Jasperactive™ Benchmark. Benchmarks are offered in Word Core, Word Expert, Excel Core, Excel Expert, PowerPoint Core, Access Core, and Outlook Core. Benchmarks are proctored and offered in the Computer Lab located at Library Express. Learn more and sign up at https://www.dclibrary.org/node/63331.

Check out more events at dclibrary.org/libraryexpress. Click any class title to view class description, including registration links for events requiring online registration.

KEEN Yoga for Young Adults

Saturday, April 27 - Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

KEEN Yoga for young adults with disabilities (ages 17-25) in Washington, DC, will begin in April 2019. During this instructor-led program designed for all abilities, young adults with disabilities will enjoy the benefits of this gentle yoga practice. Don’t miss this opportunity. Enroll your young adult with special needs today.

Spring 2019 dates: April 27, May 18, June 22 and 29
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Place: Fitness Snob Studio - 617 Rhode Island Ave., NE
Cost: Free
Click here to enroll your teen or young adult.
Click here to learn more about KEEN.
Questions? Contact Beth at keengrdc.beth@gmail.com.

ILO Community Group Social Sunday: ILO Self-Advocate Independent Living Panel and Spirit Club Fitness

Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Welcome ALL Parents & Family Members with Disabilities:

Please join us! ILO is hosting a panel discussion with our own self-advocates sharing their experiences on what it is like living independently with ILO supports to have a full life. The panel will be asked questions by Sherita Mason, ILO's Community Life Coordinator.

In addition, the self-advocates will share their opinions about what it is like to live on their own in an ILO pod and how ILO's Community Builders help them feel engaged with the other self-advocates and in the community.

You don't want to miss this event. Parents and your family members are welcome even if you are not part of the ILO Community Group. We will begin sharply at 3:00 pm and end the panel discussion around 3:30 pm. At 3:30 pm Spirit Club will lead an exercise class for all the young adults.

Parents will congregate in another area so they may ask questions to other ILO parents, staff and the Executive Director.

To learn more about ILO go to www.ilonow.org.

Click here to register.

BestColleges.com Student Guides

Monday, April 29 - Friday, May 3, 2019

45% of millennials say they’re stressed “all the time" and more than half of those do not believe they get stress management support from their health-care providers.* This astonishing fact may be caused by nearly 1.7 million students who still remain without health insurance coverage even after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

With so many students stressed out and unsupported by the healthcare system - BestColleges.com created a health insurance resource and stress guide to simplify the complex marketplace for students seeking health help.

Guide to Health Insurance for Students: https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/student-healthcare-guide/

Guide to Balancing Stress: https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/balancing-stress/

Call for Applications: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Center for Accessibility Manager

Monday, April 29 - Friday, May 3, 2019

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has a vital role to play in offering services and support for the city’s residents with disabilities. That role includes maintaining a strong presence and leadership position as the source of information and innovation to help District residents live inspired, connected and enriching lives, inclusive of their disability. The Library system comprises the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (the downtown central library) and 25 neighborhood libraries. The Center for Accessibility, a public service unit, provides resources for District residents with disabilities, private and public agencies, and DC Public Library staff.

The Center for Accessibility offers audio and braille books for qualified District residents, computers with a variety of assistive technologies, assistance with obtaining sign language interpreters and other accommodations for DC Public Library events, and library service for people who are home-bound. Center for Accessibility staff provide outreach throughout the District for equivalent services and offer support on ensuring appropriate access and accommodation for all District residents with disabilities. The Library’s customers reflect a wide range of socioeconomic, cultural and religious affiliations, including people with disabilities.

The Central Library is undergoing a significant renovation, and the Center for Accessibility will be charged with developing and implementing a new vision for the provision of services for the District residents with disabilities within this dynamic new space and ensure consistent service in the neighborhood libraries. The Center for Accessibility Manager is part of the leadership team for the Central Library and works collaboratively with fellow department heads and other key staff to ensure the smooth operations and high-quality customer experiences. The Manager will also focus on how the entirety of the building can welcome and embrace the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Come work with the DC Public Library team to build a dynamic, inclusive experience throughout the library system. Our participants reflect a wide range of socioeconomic, cultural and religious affiliations within their countries, including people with disabilities, and we encourage people with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply.

Click here to see the full job listing.

M&L Workshop: Navigating the Financial World of the Family with Special Needs

Monday, April 29, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

This workshop is an overview of the journey for the family with special needs. We examine the unique process of providing and planning for the entire family. We discuss the importance of planning for the individual with special needs and how completing a comprehensive special need financial life plan will enable the family to be proactive in providing for the entire family's financial future.

We discuss the special needs timeline going into detail what these specific pressure points mean, and the difference between traditional vs. special needs planning. We address the basics of what needs to be considered now and when the parents are gone - legal & estate issues, guardianship, Special Needs Trust, funding the Special Needs Trust and the Letter of Intent. There is a concentrated concern on Lifetime Planning for the individual with special needs.

The intention of this workshop is to help families understand and effectively deal with their unique challenges and achieve their financial goals to provide for the current and future costs for the individual with special needs.

There is a $25 fee associated with this workshop. No refunds unless M&L cancels the event. M&L Special Needs Planning reserves the right to cancel the presentation if there are not enough participants.

Click here to register.

Volunteers Needed: Special Olympics District of Columbia 2019 Summer Games

Thursday, May 9 - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Summer Games will be held from May 10-21 at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. More than 800 athletes along with coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members, and spectators will attend the games. Come and join our athletes during our Summer Games as they demonstrate their courage and determination over five days of sports competition.

Over 1000 volunteers are needed to assist with the games. Volunteers will assist with set-up and cleanup, event logistics, competitions, score keeping, athlete registration, and awarding. Volunteers must be age 14+ unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone. In addition, volunteers are needed to serve on the Games Management Team and assist with competition, fundraising, logistics, media, and volunteer recruitment.

A general volunteer orientation will be held each day during the games. This orientation will also include a job-specific training session. No prior Special Olympics or sports experience is necessary as each Summer Games function will be reviewed and all questions addressed. Volunteer shifts are from 8:30am to 2:00pm.

For all returning volunteers, SODC has upgraded the volunteer registration system. Returning volunteers will be asked to create a login password before proceeding to select shifts to volunteer for the 2019 Summer Games. The email address you used last year to register will be used as your login name.


Login – Please login using the link below and request a password by clicking on ‘Need a password’ link from the homepage. Provide your email address and click on the button ‘Go’. You will receive an email shortly with details on how to set up a password.

After you have logged in, you will see these tabs on your home page:

Home – You will have shortcuts to ‘check your schedule’, ‘check messages’, ‘to sign-up for shifts’, ‘to opt-in for text messages’ Mail – If there are any messages from the administrator, you will be able to view the message here.
My Profile – You will be able to view/edit/update your personal contact information, t-shirt size, email preferences and emergency contact information. Please update your emergency contact information if you don’t have any already.
My Schedule – You will be able to sign up for available volunteer shifts here. Please click on ‘Help wanted’ to find out more about volunteer shift details.
Account – You will be able to change your current password if needed, view/update your message preferences (email and text messages) and Terms and Conditions.

Returning volunteers: Please use this LOGIN LINK and your email address on file as a login name.

New Volunteers: If you are a new volunteer, please use this REGISTRATION FORM LINK.

Games Schedule:

Catholic University DuFour Athletic Center- 600 Taylor Street, NE Washington DC

Thursday, May 9th - Set Up - 2:00pm - 5:00pm & 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, May 10th - Opening Ceremony - 10:30am - 2:00pm
Monday, May 13th - Adult Track Events - 10:30am - 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 14th - Youth Volleyball, Bocce and Soccer Skills - 10:30am - 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 14th - Unified Adult Volleyball - 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Wednesday, May 15th - Youth Track Events/Adult Field Events (Military Day Only)
Thursday, May 16th - Youth Field Events - 10:30am - 2:00pm
Thursday, May 16th - Break-down and Clean-Up Support - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday, May 21st - Soccer Team - 10:30am - 2:00pm

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:

Marianelly Johnson - mjohnson@specialolympicsdc.org or
Preethy Janarthanan - pjanarthanan@specialolympicsdc.org

Call for Participants: Georgetown University's EI Accessibility for Parents with Low Literacy Survey

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dear EI/ECE/Advocacy Colleagues,

You are invited to participate in completing the Early Intervention Accessibility for Parents with Low Literacy Survey. This survey is being conducted as part of educational requirements for students such as myself enrolled in the Certificate in Early Intervention Program at Georgetown University.

Some family members of the children we work with have low literacy that can be a critical barrier that prevents collaboration with teams and active participation in Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) processes. As professionals practicing within the fields of early childhood education (ECE)/early intervention (EI), we request your opinion about supporting families with low literacy or intellectual disabilities. General and aggregated perspectives gained from this survey may be used to inform recommendations to early intervention and education systems in the District of Columbia.

This survey consists of fourteen (9) questions and can be completed in 5 minutes. All information provided through this survey will be kept confidential and stored on a password-protected computer. If at any time you feel uncomfortable or do not wish to proceed, you may exit the survey at any time. This survey will be available until May 10th, 2019. Only completed surveys will be used in the evaluation analysis. If you agree to participate in the survey, please click on the arrow below.

This survey is being conducted as part of the completion of the requirements for the Georgetown University Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention. We thank you for your participation. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Chioma Oruh at cmo78@georgetown.edu or Ms.Clare Williamson at cw957@georgetown.edu. You may also contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Rachel Brady at mailto:rab9@georgetown.edu.

Click here to take the survey.

2019 Imagination Stage Annual Children's Festival

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 4:00 PM to

The Children’s Festival will be a family-friendly, fun-filled afternoon, which will include a performance of Escape from Peligro Island our first production where you create your own adventure! The quest then continues after the show with rooms full of fun activities, a dance party on stage, a unique raffle, and a celebratory buffet reception. There will also be a special workshop option for our youngest guests and their caregivers!

Mystery Raffle

Win one of our exciting Mystery Boxes! Boxes contain enticing mystery items from generous, local businesses including unforgettable experiences, gift cards, and MUCH MORE! Past items have included overnight hotel stays, private, catered dinners, and Washington Nationals tickets for the family.

There will be three opportunities to win with our Mom Box, Dad Box, and Family Box.

Tickets are one for $50 or three for $100.

You don’t have to be present to win!

The drawing will be held at the Children’s Festival on May 11, 2019.

Place: 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD

Click here for tickets and sponsorship information.

Questions? Please contact Jessica Teaford, Special Events Manager, at events@imaginationstage.org or 301-280-1626.

Tickets on Sale Now: Into the Woods Sensory-Friendly Performance

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 2:00 PM to

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim's lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine's Tony-winning book conjure a world where "giants can be good and witches can be right."

This performance is designed to welcome anyone who might benefit from an adjusted theatre environment—including those on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivities. This performance will feature adjustments to lighting and sound effects, a relaxed theatre environment that allows for movement, designated break spaces, and pre-visit materials.

Place: Ford's Theatre - 511 10th St., NW

Cost: $25-$30

Tickets and information: (202) 347-4833, option 7

Quality Trust Education Session: What you Should Know about Choosing a Service Provider

Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

There are hundreds of providers in Maryland and DC who offer home and community-based support services funded by Medicaid Waivers. How do you go about connecting with and choosing those with the capabilities to meet your family member’s needs? After an overview of the types of support services available to people with developmental disabilities, we will discuss what to look for when researching and selecting a provider. We will go over the criteria you should use to assess whether a provider is equipped to serve your family member. Don’t miss this valuable session!

Presenters: Tina Campanella, CEO and Rosalind German, Personal Support Facilitator at Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities.

Place: Quality Trust Office - 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 310
Note:The office is at the Van Ness/UDC Metro on the Red Line. There is parking adjacent to the building.

Click here to register. Or contact Phyllis Holton at pholton@dcqualitytrust.org or 202-448-1458.

Registration Now Open: Imagination Stage Summer Camps

Monday, June 10 - Friday, August 23, 2019

Get Creative in Bethesda
Imagination Stage's main location in Bethesda has a wide range of options for all interests. Develop skills as an artist of any kind in Acting & Musical Theatre, Dance, Filmmaking, and Performance camps - available for campers ages 3.5 to 18!

Shine on Stage in Rockville
Learn and work with professional directors, choreographers, and music directors from the DC theatre community while performing this summer at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

Rehearse and perform a fully produced musical or dip your toes into many Broadway favorites in Musical Theatre Showcase!

Disney's Aladdin, JR (Grades 5-9)
Once on This Island, JR (Grades 5-9)
Musical Theatre Showcase (Grades 6-10)

Learn More

Go to Boot Camp in DC
See what it's like to practice the arts on a college campus! Grades 7-10 can spend a week (or two!) getting intensive performance training in our boot camps at American University.

Acting Boot Camp (June 17-21)
Musical Theatre Boot Camp: Hamilton (June 24-28)

Act fast - camps at all three locations are filling quickly!

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development's Annual Early Intervention Conference

Friday, June 14, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is proud to announce the Early Intervention for Infants and Young Children: Bringing ABA to Home, School, and Play for Young Children with ASD annual Early Intervention conference. A one-day workshop featuring Dr. Debra Leach, Ed.D., BCBA, professor of Special Education at Winthrop University.

There is no cost for this workshop, and a certificate documenting continuing education hours will be provided. Please register early, as seats are limited.

Place: Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies, 640 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Click here to learn more and register.

Sign Up Now: STEMSkills Summer Transition Program

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 16, 2019

STEMSkills offers a community camp for young people with autism, ADHD, and LD. Each two-week program includes the following activities and skills training:

  • Visits to innovative companies
  • Career and financial coaching
  • Focus on health and fitness
  • Public transportation experience
  • Explore job opportunities in STEM
  • Organizational and relationship development

STEMSkills 2019 Summer Camp Dates: July 8-19; August 5-16
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Price: $995 per student (Grant and scholarship opportunities are available.)
Note: Students supply their own lunch. Space is limited.
Click here to learn more and to sign up.
Questions? Contact Eric Duer at eduer@stemskills.org or (202) 744-2452.

Call for Applications: Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention prepares early intervention providers to use evidence-based early intervention strategies and supports. The GU Certificate in Early Intervention (GUCEI) 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 GUCEI focusing on the needs of the early interventionist. Graduates of the GUCEI 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 2019 cohort are now available!

Click here for more information and to apply.

Questions? Please contact Toby Long at longt@georgetown.edu or 202-687-8742.

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