DC Transition .org
Pathways to the Future For Youth with Disabilities
Resources by Topic Success Stories News & Events Get Involved Gallery Library

Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker

News & Events

Click any event for full details.

PEAT Talks: Expanding Accessibility Awareness in Higher Ed

Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Technology companies dedicated to accessibility often face the challenge of preparing designers, engineers and researchers to think and build inclusively. Similarly, academic programs in design, engineering and HCI are seeking ways to better prepare students to address the needs of diverse populations.

In this webinar, Oath's Senior Director of Accessible Media Larry Goldberg and Facebook's Director of Accessibility Jeff Wieland will discuss how Teach Access is working with industry, academia, and advocacy groups to expand the quality and quantity of undergraduate programs that teach the fundamentals of accessibility. Participants will learn why the accessibility teams at Facebook and Yahoo (now Oath) created Teach Access, what its key goals/objectives are, and what initiatives they are currently working on.

AJE January 2018 Training and Events Calendar

Thursday, January 18 - Thursday, January 25, 2018

AJE is the federally designated Parent Training & Information Center for Washington DC. Our mission is to empower families, youth and the community to be effective advocates and ensure that children, particularly those who have special needs, receive access to appropriate services. One way we work toward that mission is though our free parent trainings.

Click here for our training and events calendar for January 2018.

Click here to RSVP to trainings.

*Please share this information with parents, professionals and other community members.

Looking to schedule a specific training? Click here to learn more and request a training. Or, contact maria.blaeuer@aje-dc.org.

DCPS OSTP Afterschool Training

Friday, January 19, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The training will cover the updated Guidelines for Out-of-School Time Programs on Serving Students with Disabilities. Presenters will give an introduction to the policy, as well as overviews of legal guidance, enrollment, inclusion, behavioral supports and expectations, and proper documentation.

Click here to register and for more information.

Call for Applications: Ivymount Outreach Therapeutic/Education Programs

Friday, January 19, 2018

Ivymount Outreach provides educational and therapeutic programs for children with Autism, ADHD, Executive Function disorders, and other developmental disabilities in the Washington, DC area. Our mission is to bring the excellence of the Ivymount School to the community; all programs have been vetted and most have been developed or piloted at Ivymount School.

Click here to register or for more details.

Call for Applications: Ivymount Outreach Recreational Programs

Friday, January 19, 2018

Ivymount Outreach Recreation Programs are designed to cultivate well-being within both students and their families.

By creating programming that targets areas such as self-awareness and expression, autonomy, emotional regulation, social relationships and community involvement, we help our students build interpersonal resources like happiness, social connectedness and community engagement.

Growing interpersonal resources increases both students’ and families’ abilities to engage in the life experiences that increase their well-being and, in turn, inspire personal and familial confidence in choosing, initiating and doing things in the world.

Click here to register or for more details.

'Embrace Our World' Autism 101 for Family Members' and Caregivers' Workshop

Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Autism 101 for Caregivers and Family members is a transparent overview of autism, its impact on the family and necessary steps that caregivers and families must take on their journey of caring for a loved one with ASD. Participants will participate in interactive learning activities and leave with a tangible guide for supporting their child and family!

Presenter: Abila Tazanu, M.D.is a pediatrician, mother of three children with autism, founder and executive director of the One World Center for Autism. She has greater than 20 years of experience caring for children with special needs.

*Child-care is available on a 1st-come, 1st-serve basis. Cost $15 for 1st child and $7 for each additional child. Please check-in 15 minutes prior to the workshop. Childcare location 7401 Forbes Blvd Suite A , 20706. Workshop is around the corner at the address above!

RSVP: Call 301-618-8395 or email to brenda@worldforautism.org or samuel@worldforautism.org.

Click here to download and print the workshop series flyer.

DFKDC Fitness & Yoga with Spirit Club 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Dreams for Kids DC has set up a fitness clinic for kids with physical and developmental disabilities. The event will be led by professional Spirit Club trainers! This clinic will focus on body awareness, balance & stability, flexibility, functional movement, strength, endurance, speed & agility, coordination and more!

*Dreams for Kids DC events are 100% free and give children with disabilities to sports and other activities, helping them realize their full potential to succeed in all walks of life.

*Parents must be present with participants; if you cannot be present, please assign a guardian to attend the clinic with your child. Siblings are invited to attend as well.

*Volunteers aged 15 and older are needed as well to partner up with our participants for the clinic! No previous experience necessary. You will be paired up with a participant and become their buddy for that day, leading them through drills taught by the instructor - and most of all, becoming their friend.

Click here to register.

*By registering as a participant you are agreeing to the following waiver: http://dreamsforkidsdc.org/participant-waiver-form/

Register Now for Imagination Stage Winter/Spring Classes

Monday, January 22 -

5310 Access Dance: Disney on Broadway
Mondays (1/22-5/7) / 5:00-6:30 / Age 13-21* / $390

Explore the world of Disney in this high-energy movement class designed for teens with cognitive or developmental disabilities. Students dance to musical numbers from Disney’s Broadway hits such as (but not limited to) The Lion King, Mary Poppins, or Beauty and the Beast. Students develop their spatial and rhythmic awareness while learning the basics of dance. Students work together to apply these techniques to a choreographed piece while strengthening performance skills to portray Disney characters through movement. No dance experience necessary; this class is open to anyone who loves to move! Students perform their work from the semester in our annual Students on Stage Festival in our Reeve Studio Theatre.

5311 Access Improv: Flexing the Creative Brain
Tuesdays (1/23-5/1) / 5:00-6:30 / Age 13-21* / $390

Stretch your creative skills in this class designed for students with cognitive or developmental disabilities. Explore the key skills of an actor through the art of acting without a script, known as Improvisation. Through a variety of fun activities and games students learn key strategies to be spontaneous and adaptable in an ensemble while engaging their creative ideas. Students perform their work from the semester in our annual Students on Stage Festival in our Reeve Studio Theatre.

5313 Access Theatre Games
Sundays (1/21-2/25) / 11:00-12:30 / Ages 13-21* / $190

This class designed for students with cognitive or developmental disabilities of any level explores the key skills of an actor. Through a variety of fun activities and games, students learn to create original ideas while working as a part of an ensemble. Using a format of games, which address important theatre skills such as listening, confidence, believability, timing, and team-work, improvisation helps develop flexible and exciting performers. An informal sharing of their work will be performed for families on the last day of class.

5314 Access FUNdamentals of Acting
Sundays (3/18-5/6) / 11:00-12:30 / Ages 13-21* / $190

This introductory class designed for students with cognitive and developmental disabilities teaches the acting skills that are vital to performing on stage. Students build a strong and caring ensemble and create an environment of trust where they can effectively explore, make big choices, and take risks! These skills are built through theatre warm-ups, acting exercises, group improvisation, and scene-work. Utilizing the skills they have been learning throughout the semester, students will perform in an informal sharing for families on the final day of class.

*Students ages 18 – 21 must be enrolled in high school or high school equivalent program.

Spring Classes are on sale now! Make sure to register!

For more information, contact Access Coordinator, Katie Keddell, at kkeddell@imaginationstage.org.

ILO Community Group's First Family Presentation

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Our first event for the ILO Community Group is coming up in two weeks on January 23rd. It is exclusive to the Community Group, so if you have not done so go ahead and join at https://www.ilonow.org/ilo-community-group/.Our first presentation will be on the ABLE account.We will go over the basics for both Maryland and DC and you will be able to apply for it at the meeting for your family member with disabilities. Before the meeting on January 23rd, we will be sending an email on what you need bring to the meeting for the application. This is for Maryland and Washington DC ABLE programs.

After Joining ILO Community Group, click here to register or RSVP.

*Please bring your laptops.

*There are only 3 spots left!

Organizational Frameworks for Access and Inclusion Workshop

Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

This workshop designed for arts administrators will explore disability, accessibility, and inclusion; as well as provide strategies and resources that organizations can use as they strive to actively welcome, support, and include persons with disabilities within their artistic programs and communities. Topics will include the philosophy and foundations of inclusion and disability awareness, linking inclusion practice to organizational mission, creating infrastructures and accommodations that welcome persons of all abilities, and securing organizational and community “buy-in.” Participants will gain tangible strategies for their organizations to engage in the journey of inclusion no matter where they are starting from.

Facilitator: Diane Nutting

Click here to register.

Point-of-contact: David Markey (david.markey@dc.gov)

Need to Know Dinner with Tim Shriver: The Revolution Is Inclusion

Monday, January 29, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join Tim Shriver for an intimate exchange over dinner to discuss the power of including people with intellectual disabilities and other marginalized populations fully into society and the power that has to create a better world.

Tim Shriver is Chairman of Special Olympics International, and in that capacity, he serves with over 5.6 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 172 countries. He is a social leader, an educator, activist, film producer, business entrepreneur, and author. In his New York Times bestseller, Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, Tim shares the life-changing impact people with intellectual disabilities have had on him and the Kennedy and Shriver families. It is because of his interactions with this often times marginalized population that he has been inspired to search for what matters most.


STRACCI CON SUGO DI FUNGHI - Pasta ribbons with mushrooms
MANZO MARINATO ARROSTO - Marinated Roast Beef, potatoes, cauliflower gratinato
PERE AL CHIANTI CON MASCARPONE - Poached pears in red wine, mascarpone cream

*Tickets are $107.86.

Click here to register.

CLE 2018 Denver Summer Exploration Webinar

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM

Join the CLE team for a 45-minute overview on CLE Summer Exploration and why this summer experience is one you don't want them to miss!

Click here to register.

Click here for more information.

M&L Workshop: ABLE Programs for Maryland and DC

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Please come and learn about the ABLE programs in Maryland and DC. We will go over the basics for both Maryland and DC and you will learn how to go about applying for the ABLE Program.

*There is a $25 fee and M&L reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there are not enough participants. Families will be refunded.

Click here to register.

OSSE Training: Introduction to Secondary Transition for Middle Schools

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Middle school educators, administrators, and related service providers play an important role in preparing students with disabilities to gain the skills they will need to succeed in high school and in life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires IEP teams to develop a transition plan that contains postsecondary goals in the areas of education, employment, and independent living (when appropriate) for all students with disabilities ages sixteen and older. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, IEP teams will be required to develop transition plans for students aged 14 and older based on requirements set forth by the Enhanced Special Education Services Amendment Act of 2014 passed by DC Council.

This training session will introduce practitioners to the IDEA’s secondary transition planning requirements and share ways in which middle schools can prepare students to actively engage in the transition planning process, including participation in (a) career awareness and exploration activities, (b) self-determination skill development activities, and (c) age-appropriate transition assessments that will guide IEP teams in selecting transition goals, services, and activities. There will be an emphasis on how to facilitate student-led IEPs for students in order to actively engage in the IEP process.

*Space is limited and registration is required.

Click here to register.

For more information or questions, please contact Jennifer Carpenter at Jennifer.Carpenter@dc.gov.

For Ahkeem: A screening and discussion on young women of color and the juvenile justice system

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM

Join the Urban Institute for a special screening of For Ahkeem, a documentary about 17-year-old Daje Shelton. A young mother and student at the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy, Shelton works to graduate while navigating communities, institutions, and systems that instead of supporting, appear to work against her at each turn. Following the screening, join us for an interactive discussion on the issues and themes presented in the film and how they affect our DC community.


  • Sheila Clark, Chief of Programs, Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • Jimmie Edwards, Director, Department of Public Safety, St. Louis, MO
  • K. Shakira Washington, Vice President, National Crittenton Foundation
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Director, Urban–Greater DC, Urban Institute (moderator)

*Refreshments will be available at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Click here to register.

For inquiries regarding this event, please contact events@urban.org.

Call for Applications: 2018 VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Take the Stage at the Kennedy Center!

The Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility is now accepting applications for the 2018 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. This program is open to musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25. Soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre are welcome to apply, including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more!

Each year four outstanding musicians receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, consisting of:

  • $2,000 to further your studies and career
  • A trip to Washington, DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website
  • Professional development opportunities at the Kennedy Center during your trip

Visit our website for full details! The deadline to apply is February 7, 2018.

Call for Applications: Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award

Friday, February 9, 2018

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) are sponsoring the Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award to recognize youth who demonstrate the spirit of and commitment to public service and who have faced and overcome barriers and challenges to success. The award will be presented at the Samuel Halperin Lecture on March 21, 2018, from 8:45am - 10:45am in Washington, DC. The Lecture and Youth Public Service Award serves as an ongoing tribute to Samuel Halperin, who dedicated his career to advancing education, workforce, and youth policy to improve the life outcomes for vulnerable youth, as well as personally mentoring and supporting many youth and young adults in their careers in public service. More information on Samuel Halperin's life and accomplishments can be found here.

Youth are asked to apply by submitting an essay describing their commitment to and involvement in public service, as well as how public service has helped them overcome barriers and challenges they may face. Youth are encouraged to describe the youth program that helped them become engaged in public service and/or has provided support to them. Youth are also asked to address how they will stay involved with public service in the future. Click here for more information on the essay requirements.

One essay will be selected by a review panel of education and youth advocates and practitioners. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and be asked to read his/her essay or make a short presentation about the essay at the Lecture event on March 21, 2018. To be eligible, youth must be between the ages of 18-24, a resident of the District of Columbia, and currently enrolled in school, postsecondary education, workforce development program, or an alternative education and training program.

The deadline for submitting an essay is 5:00pm on Friday, February 9, 2018. If you have any questions about this award, please email Christine Veney at cveney@aypf.org.

Night to Shine DC 2018 - Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, February 9, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Redeemer City Church DC is thrilled to host Night to Shine for a third year. We continue to be humbled and amazed by the way God has grown the worldwide movement of Night to Shine sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Volunteer opportunities are available to anyone who wishes to "Stand with Us" in love and support of celebrating people with special needs. We are in greatest need of Volunteers to serve as buddies to our honored guests to ensure a safe and enjoyable evening, and so no one feels excluded in any way.

Thank you, in advance for making Night to Shine so amazing and for giving so many of God's beloved children the opportunity to truly shine.

NIGHT TO SHINE is a night not only for guests to shine, but for churches to shine, for volunteers to shine, and most importantly for Christ to shine. Night To Shine is:

  • A worldwide movement sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation;
  • Changing Valentine's Day weekend from a celebration of love, to a celebration of God's love for people with special needs;
  • An unforgettable prom night experience;
  • A celebration of the value of life;
  • A night when all honorary guests are made kings and queens of the prom; and
  • Held simultaneously on one night around the world... FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2018

Upon registration, all volunteers should review the following:

1. The complete description of their role and understanding of the overall event;
2. Information on how best to interact with guest; and
3. Attend a mandatory orientation session (date/time TBD... we will provide further information regarding volunteer training via email).
4. Volunteer attire is semi-formal to formal dress wear.
5. All others volunteers should wear clothing suited to their specific role (scrubs for medical personnel, white shirt/black slacks for food services, etc.)


TRANSPORTATION ESCORTS - Assist honored guests as they arrive in their vehicles, and escort them to the red carpet area. Escorts will need to also be available as honored guests exit the event and return to their vehicles following the closing of the event.

SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHERS - Take high quality photos and short videos for social media platforms. Volunteers will follow content guidelines set by the Tim Tebow Foundation and use official #NighttoShine hashtags. Note: We may ask social media photographers to text their photos and videos to the Tim Tebow Foundation’s marketing team during the event for use in our socialmediathon.

RED CARPET PAPARAZZI - Take photographs of the honored guests and treat them like celebrities as they walk the red carpet area and make their grand entrance into the Night to Shine event.

BUDDY - Accompany the honor guests (assigned to you) throughout the evening, providing companionship and any assistance they may need during the event. You will be their dance partner and expected to sit with the honored guest during dinner and engage with them in casual conversation. We require volunteer buddies to be at least 16 years old. (OUR GREATEST NEED IS FOR BUDDIES - WE NEED 125+ PEOPLE)

SHOE SHINERS - Assist with the shoe shine area setup and provide shoe shining services to the honored guests. Chat with them while you pamper them and make them feel extra special.

TEAR DOWN TEAM - Take down decorations, tables, chairs, etc. and clean up the event space.


Quality Trust Webinar: What you should know about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at 18

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Need disability support services? Maybe we can help.

Get Educated! Find out how to help someone with a developmental disability (DD) get the supports that are essential for life after high school. What you should know ... seminars help us understand the steps necessary to get support services that enable employment, a social life, independent skill-building and community engagement. Be prepared. Learn about the government agencies, rules and providers that determine how we access vital supports.

Up Next: What you should know about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at 18 Feb 20th 10am-noon webinar Learn about Social Security disability benefits, who is eligible, how to apply, and what SSI will pay for. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/y7ay22rm

Location: online

Cost: $15.00

Stay Tuned…for sessions that feature what you should know about the Developmental Disabilities Administration - DDA (in Washington DC and in Maryland); employment supports and resources (in DC and in MD); choosing a provider; decision-making after 18; special needs trusts, ABLE accounts and more!

Questions? Contact Phyllis Holton at pholton@dcqualitytrust.org or call 202-448-1458.

Deeds of Kindness Outreach Services Event

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM


FREE sit down meal,
on-site haircuts,
on-site health and wellness providers,
and more!

First Tabernacle Beth-El
401 New York Avenue, NW

*Outreach held every third Wednesday

If you know someone in need, or would like more information, please email us at deedsofkindness@yahoo.com or call 410-245-5707. We welcome donations and volunteers.

World Café: Creating Healthy Relationships for DC Youth with Disabilities

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join SchoolTalk, Edlavitch DCJCC, and DCASE for a dynamic discussion on the topic of sex education and healthy relationships for youth with disabilities. This program is open to any stakeholder, community member, self-advocate, family member, educator, and anyone ready to be "change agents."

Through a World Café-designed day, with dynamic speakers and table experts from our DC disability community, we will discuss, explore, and launch broad solutions to help these individuals develop productive, independent, and healthy lives and relationships.

Our goal is to dive into these topic areas and develop programs for our community:

Sexual Health/Physical Health & Sex Education
Online Safety
Healthy Body Image (Self Awareness and Self Esteem)
Social-Relationships-Dating and safe places for independence
Family Engagement (parents and siblings)
Workplace safety (sexual harassment)

*Check-in begins at 8:45.

*Lunch will be provided.

Click here to register.

Call for Applications: 2018 Hamilton Relay Scholarship

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Creating opportunities for higher education is a priority for Hamilton Relay. The goal of the Hamilton Relay Scholarship is to support students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking in their post-secondary education.

The Hamilton Relay Scholarship is extended to a qualifying high school student living within one of the states where Hamilton Relay is the contracted telecommunications relay and/or captioned telephone service provider. This includes California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.

In each of these states, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to one eligible applicant. All applicants must meet eligibility requirements and submit required application materials prior to the March 1, 2018 deadline.

Click here to download Hamilton Relay Scholarship Guidelines and Application and apply today!

Ivymount Special Needs Resource Fair

Sunday, March 11, 2018

We hope you will join us on Sunday, March 11, 2018 for our 6th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair.

Please save the date.

Registration details coming soon!

Imagination Stage 2017-2018 Season Sensory-Friendly Performances

Sunday, May 13 - Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 11:00 AM to

2017-2018 Season Sensory-Friendly Performances

Robin Hood | Sunday, May 13 | 11:00 a.m.

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown | Sunday, July 22 | 11:00 a.m.

About Sensory-Friendly Performances:

Sensory-Friendly performances are designed to be more accessible to those individuals on the autism spectrum or to anyone with sensory sensitivities. Imagination stage has been working closely with a network of theatre professionals and nationwide autism experts to help us prepare for this new series.

Come and enjoy the show with your child and relax! Our sensory-Friendly experience creates a safe space for all members of the family, parents included.

Adaptations for Sensory-Friendly performances include:

  • A pre-visit social story, video, and other preparatory materials for parents and children explaining what to expect from the performance.
  • Glow sticks raised to share when a surprise will happen on stage.
  • Reduction of the sound level and bright stage lighting.
  • Low lighting in the theatre so patrons can easily move around or exit the theatre.
  • Limited crowds and “seating holes” to allow space between families.
  • Designated spaces for those who need a quieter area to take a break.
  • Allowance for the use of tablets and smartphones for communication.

Tickets to Sensory-Friendly performances are $12-25, and are 100% refundable up until the show begins. Our Box Office and Front of House staff are passionate to create an accessible and welcoming experience for your child and your family. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 301-280-1660. The Box Office is open Monday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Funded in part by the MAXIMUS Foundation, Kiwanis Foundation, Mars Foundation and Nora Roberts Foundation

All Sensory-Friendly performances are in The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre.


Supported by a grant from The HSC Foundation. Developed and maintained by SchoolTalk, Inc. and Inclusion Research Institute in collaboration with DC Partners in Transition.
Copyright © 2010-2018 DC Partners in Transition. All rights reserved.   |   info@dctransition.org
Designed by skillsetonthenet.com   |   Engineered by chad-wick.com   |   Speech-enabled by Readspeaker