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Fall Trainings for Person-Centered Thinking

Monday, October 15 - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Why take Person-Centered Thinking Training?

  • Improve service delivery for people with long-term support needs,
  • Social workers can obtain 14 Continuing Education Units (CEUs),
  • Participants acquire core skills to assure that person-centered service plans focus on what is important to and for people,
  • You get to be a part of systems change in the District!


October 15 (Part I) & October 16 (Part II) from 9:00am—4:30pm
November 13 (Part I) & November 14 (Part II) from 9:00am—4:30pm
December 10 (Part I) & December 11 (Part II) from 9:00am—4:30pm


Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)
441 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001


To register, everyone should contact Lee Anne Brantley at leeanne.brantley@dc.gov.

To learn more about PCT visit www.dds.dc.gov.

Call for Participants: Research Domain Criteria Initiative (RDoC Project)

Monday, October 15 -

The Research Domain Criteria Initiative (or RDoC) project, "Executive Function Across Pediatric Psychiatric Disorders," is a collaboration between CASD and Georgetown University's Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (DCNL). RDoC is a part of a new research initiative, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, to better understand the brain science behind the varying types and degrees of behaviors we see in those with neuropsychological disorders. The project is studying executive function skills, such as attention, memory, and learning, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

If you are interested in participating in the RDoC project: Please contact Charlotte Jeppsen at 301-765-5425 or cljeppsen@childrensnational.org.

Free Guides to Earning Online Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees in Special Education from TeachingDegree.org

Monday, October 15 -

Helping youth with special needs is contingent on the highly trained academic professionals supporting them. We at TeachingDegree.org have created free guides to earning online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in special education. Our thoroughly researched resources provide an in-depth overview of the programs, scholarships, and certifications our future educators need to succeed. Take a look at our guides below:

Online Guide to a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education.

Online Guide to a Master’s Degree in Special Education.

Online Guide to a Doctorate Degree in Special Education.

They Thought It Was an Obsession: Trajectories and Perspectives of Autistic Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adolescents'

Monday, October 15 -

A new study, "They Thought It Was an Obsession": Trajectories and Perspectives of Autistic Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adolescents", featured in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, was led by Dr. John Strang, director of the Gender and Autism Program at Children's National. The study followed 22 autistic transgender teens over nearly two years. It is the first study of its kind to track and follow up with this many youth with the co-occurrence over a significant period of time.

To learn more about this work:
Read the press release.
Read the article.

Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Webinar: Sexuality on the Spectrum

Monday, October 15, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

This webinar will provide an overview of the many challenges associated with sexuality and sexuality education in ASD and offer recommendations as to the role individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them need to play in this complex and important area of adult life.

*OAR's webinar events are recorded and can be accessed at www.researchautism.org. Registrants are encouraged to participate during the live event, when the speakers will be available to answer questions.

Please click here to learn more and to register.

Questions or comments? Please contact OAR at programs@researchautism.org or call 703-243-9762.

Edlavitch DCJCC: Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 16 - Monday, November 19, 2018

Click HERE to see a short list of upcoming events at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC. 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.

Note: This September, the Edlavitch DCJCC will begin a 10-month renovation of our historic building to meet the needs of an expanding and vibrant Jewish community. We’ll continue to present our programs “around town” in cultural destinations and neighborhood venues throughout the city. Click here to learn more.

Disability Organizing (DO) Network's Breaking Barriers to Voting Webinar

Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 1:00 PM to

Join this collaborative webinar hosted by the DOnetwork and the REV UP Campaign to learn more about barriers to voting. The webinar will explore polling place accessibility, poll worker training, how to navigate voting barriers, vote by mail accessibility, and knowing your rights as a disabled voter. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions. Webinar presenters include Disability Rights DC, Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities (South Carolina), Disability Rights Oregon, and Disability Rights Iowa. The REV UP Campaign, launched by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in 2016, is a nonpartisan initiative that coordinates with national, state, and local disability organizations to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. The Campaign focuses on voter registration, education, access, and engagement. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! Click here to learn more.

Click here to register.

Kids Euro Festival KEEN Day

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

KEEN Day is a full day of activities for children with special needs and their families, featuring performances, movies, storytelling, and more! Countries represented include Bulgaria, Ireland, and the United States.

Throughout the day there will also be crafts, a caricaturist, and face painting – and you’re invited to wear your Halloween costume!

This fun-filled day is a free event for your whole family and exclusively for DC and Baltimore-area families of children with special needs.

*Registration is required.

Click here to learn more and to register.

AJE's Call to Action: Solutions Not Suspensions!

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Take Your Advocacy to the Next Level:
Testify! Truth to Power | Art as Activism | New School Discipline Law

25 E Street NW | Washington, DC 20001
(Union Station nearest Metro)


RSVP at 202-678-8060, Ext. 112

We Can End School Pushout in DC

CASD 6th Annual Race for Every Child 5K Run/Walk & 100-Yard Kids Dash

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 7:00 AM to

The CASD Cares Team will be raising funds to support the expansion of its community outreach and support services, by creating and facilitating opportunities to engage families in the local community through patient and family education.

Families are welcome to donate and/or join our team virtually or participate the day of the event.

Click here to learn how to join the "CASD Cares" Race for Every Child team.

Voting Resources for People with Disabilities

Monday, October 22 - Thursday, November 1, 2018

There are a lot of great resources and events out there as we approach the November election. As disability rights advocate Justin Dart said, “Vote as if your life depends on it – because it DOES!”

AAPD’s REV UP (Register! Educate! Vote!) Campaign has created a bunch of great resources on disability issues and the upcoming elections. Some of them require that you input your name and email in order to receive the information.
Issues Guide
Candidate Questionnaire Template
Candidate Forum Guide
Election Accessibility Toolkit

Disability Organizing (DO) Network and REV Up Webinars
There are some great webinars HERE about voting rights, breaking barriers to voting, and research on disabled voters. Disability Rights DC’s Kristina Majewski will be presenting on one of them!

ILO Community Group Parent Workshop

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Please join us for our next ILO Community Group presentation with Glen Lazovick, an ILO Board member and an expert in residential lending at a prominent mortgage brokerage firm to discuss financial options available to individuals with DD, rental vs purchase and the use of the Fannie Mae program. In addition to Glen's presentation, there will be a realtor present to share about affordable housing. Last but not least, Debbie Fickenscher (ILO Board and participating family member) will be presenting on how she used the Fannie Mae program and the HOC Voucher program to create sustainable housing for her daughter in Germantown, MD.

You must be part of the ILO Community Group to attend the presentation.

Click here to learn more about the ILO Community Group.

Click here to register.

11th Annual Mayor's Disability and Diversity Expo

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

The 11th Annual Mayor's Disability and Diversity Expo is complete with break-out informational sessions, over 30 exhibitors, free give-aways, and an accessible voting machine that you can try out. The District of Columbia is home to over 116,000 people with disabilities and this year more than 500 consumers, caregivers, advocates and students are invited to attend.

As part of this year's Expo, we have four ambassadors--all of whom are individuals with disabilities who've successfuly accessed a DC Government program. Learn more about the 2018 Ambassadors on our website.

Click here to learn more and to register.

RCM Next Chapter Book Club Meeting

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


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 1st St., NE

If you would like to get involved: Please contact Holly Flickinger, Director of Strategic Development & Partnerships, at hflickinger@rcmofwashington.com or (202) 460-6780.

Please click for more information.

FREE Preview Screening of Instant Family

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Adoptions Together, in association with Paramount Pictures and WIT PR, is pleased to invite you to an exclusive, free preview screening of Instant Family.

Hoping to start a family, Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) turn to the foster care system to make their dream come true. The couple soon learn the joys and frustrations of parenthood when they decide to adopt three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl. Foster and adoption workers and families have praised Instant Family as one of the best and most authentic movies ever made about the lives of these families and the joys and struggles of foster and adoption relationships.

Place: Bethesda Row Cinema - 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814

*Tickets are first come, first served and are limited to 6 per order. You must arrive 45-30 minutes prior to the screening to claim your seats.

Please click here to register.

For more information: Please contact Ryan Parker at ryan@witpr.com.

ILO 3rd Annual 'Fun' Raiser– Wine Tasting

Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Please Join Board Members and Participating Families of Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO) at its Third Annual “FUN” Raiser – Wine Tasting.

  • Donation request $15 per person, 100% of proceeds go to ILO
  • Happy Hour pricing for the beers and wines for the Tasting Area
  • Separate raffle to win some wine and beer
  • Music
  • Light eats

Place: Beers and Cheers Too - 678 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Join the ILO Community Group to attend our exclusive events! Click here to learn more about ILO or to join the Community Group.

Please RSVP at info@ilonow.org and email with any questions.

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

Call for Participants: Lifeline Partnership's Cooking and Exercise Classes

Friday, November 2, 2018

Join Lifeline Partnership this fall for its Building a Healthy Body Cooking or Exercise classes for people with developmental disabilities.

Healthy Cooking Class (12 sessions): Students will learn about healthy eating habits, cook meals together and eat what they have made.

Healthy Exercise Class (12 sessions): Students will participate in yoga, low impact aerobics, and chair exercises and learn how to incorporate movement into their daily lives. Finish with a healthy snack.

Starting: Saturday, November 17, 2018 (All classes meet on Saturdays.)

Location: First Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Enrollment is first come, first served. Enrollment closes November 2, 2018. Classes are limited to 12 participants each..

To sign up or for additional information: Contact Susie King, 202-291-0819, teeniemommy@msn.com OR Jennifer Nye, 240-330-2250, jennifer@nyenelson.com.

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.

Main Street INTELLIGENT LIVES Film Screening

Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. The film points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.

Main Street is proud to present this film to the community, as we bring awareness to meet the urgent need for disability housing and programming with affordable, community-centered spaces and opportunities that promote inclusion, independence and quality of life in the Washington metropolitan area.

A panel discussion will follow with:

  • INTELLIGENT LIVES filmmaker Dan Habib
  • Micah Fialka-Feldman – One of the self-advocates featured in INTELLIGENT LIVES
  • Jill Ortman-Fouse – Former Montgomery County Board of Education At-Large member
  • Sara Portman Milner, LCSW-C – Co-founder and Director of Student Services at Sunflower Bakery and Café Sunflower

Place: The Bullis School - 10601 Falls Rd., Potomac, MD

Cost: $25 per person including the film, panel and light refreshments. Groups of 11 or more receive $5 off per ticket. Contact info@mainstreetconnect.org to request the group rate. Financial aid is also available.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

For more information:

Click here to download the event flyer.
Click here to watch the film trailer.
Click here to read about the film.

Capital Food Fight

Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM to

DC Central Kitchen is proud to present its signature fundraising event, the Capital Food Fight™ on November 8, 2018. The event draws over 1,000 guests to taste offerings from over 80 of DC’s best restaurants while watching four local top chefs compete in a live onstage battle hosted and judged by the biggest names in the culinary world. The brainchild of celebrity chef José Andrés (Chef/Owner of ThinkFoodGroup), the event is celebrating its fifthteenth year in 2018. 100% of event proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen.

Tickets: $275-500

Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets.

Pepco Energy Assistance Summit

Friday, November 9, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Pepco's Office of the Customer Advocate, a team focused on customer service and customer satisfaction, will host an all-day summit focused on helping customers manage their energy costs.

Place: 2nd Floor Conference Center of Peopco Holdings, Inc. - 701 9th St., NW

For more information: Contact Rachelle Nigro at (202) 872-2793 or Alberto Zegada at (202) 872-3103.

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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