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National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

Thursday, October 1 - Saturday, October 31, 2020

This October marks the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Led by The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), NDEAM celebrates employees with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices. Visit www.dol.gov/ndeam to learn more about NDEAM and find out how you can participate.

World of Possibilities disAbilities Expo: Carroll County

Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Don't miss this fun, incredibly educational experience and great networking opportunity for individuals with disabilities and those who love and serve them.

The World of Possibilities Disabilities Expos are increasing in popularity and are now the region's most important forum for disability-related resources. Everyone within the disabilities community, including children with disabilities and their families, caregivers/service providers, veterans, and baby-boomers should all be there!

We want to assure everyone planning to attend or considering attending the World of Possibilities Expo that your health, safety and security are our top priorities. Caring Communities is taking all necessary precautions concerning COVID-19.

Place: TownMall of Westminster - 400 North Center St., Westminster, MD

For full event details and to register: Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-of-possibilities-disabilities-expo-carroll-county-2020-tickets-95421398973.

Attendees: You may also go to https://expo.caringcommunities.org/free-pass/?v=ba43077c0ac9 to download free passes to the Expo.

Prospective exhibitors: Go to https://expo.caringcommunities.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/wp_Exhibitors_Pack_2020Combined-1.pdf to download an application packet.

Interested in volunteering or have quuestions? Please contact Mona Freedman at 410-549-5707 or mona@caringcommunities.org.

Capital Area Food Bank's DC Community Marketplace

Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 9:00 AM to

The Capital Area Food Bank's DC Community Marketplace is open to all residents in need of food assistance. We will distribute pre-packed bags or boxes of fresh produce. The address is 134 L St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

For information about the Marketplace schedule or for notice of cancellation due to inclement weather, please call the information line at (202) 769-5612.

Help us keep our Community Marketplace safe:

  • Please observe social distancing and maintain 6 feet between you and other customers at all times.
  • Wearing a mask or another face-covering is required.
  • Send only one member of your household to the market if possible.
  • Do not attend if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or cough.

Please bring your Capital Area Food Bank keycard!*

For full details: Download the English/Spanish language (1M PDF) flyer at https://files.constantcontact.com/c3a7031d001/6b961f8b-f48d-4930-a43d-61d8e12db359.pdf.

*A keycard is not necessary for participation.

Lifeline Partnership's 2020 Virtual Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 3 - Saturday, October 10, 2020

Enjoy our annual Harvest Festival virtually this year. You can join us in two different ways. You can do one or both:

Harvest Festival in a box: Sign up and on the morning of either October 3 or 10, we will deliver a box full of fun things like leaves, pumpkins, bubbles, silly string, crafts, and a balloon made by our balloon artist. We will work with you to schedule a time to deliver the box in a socially-distanced, safe way.

Afternoon of fun on Zoom: We will go online on Zoom and talk about what we are thankful for, play games with each other, and enjoy being together. You can stay for all of the time or part of the time.

Note: You must sign up ahead of time. No same-day sign-ups.

Dates: Saturday, October 3 & Saturday, October 10, 2020

Time: To be determined

Places: Home; online via Zoom

For questions or to sign up: Contact Pastor Susanne Blume at Lifeline@FirstTrinityDC.org.

Running for Office with a Disability: Tips for a Successful Political Career

Monday, October 5 - Monday, October 12, 2020

By Guest Author Ed Carter, Creator of Able Futures

A diverse government is essential for effectively serving the people it represents. While all minority groups are underrepresented in politics, people with disabilities are often left out of the discussion entirely. As a result, many teens and young adults with disabilities decide to pursue careers in politics to give a louder voice to the disabled community—and you can too!

Choosing Your Path

As a young person, it’s important to start thinking about career awareness, exploration, and preparation before jumping into a career path. Even if you’re just entering high school, now is the time to begin developing career goals and considering your options. Research the paths that interest you the most! The Balance Careers explains that there are many different jobs in politics to explore beyond working on a political campaign.

If you want to run for office one day, determine what steps you need to take to set yourself up for success. For example, you may want to attend college and get a bachelor’s degree in political science, business, international relations, or another relevant field. As soon as you can, start seeking opportunities to get involved in local politics. Volunteer for a local campaign, get involved in a cause you care about, attend debates, and network with politicians at community events. While you may have to wait a couple of years before you can run for office, preparing for your campaign now will give you a head start!

Your Campaign Team

If you’re planning a political campaign in the near future, assemble your campaign team! Running for office isn’t easy, especially if you have a disability, but your campaign team will help you navigate any barriers that may be in your way.

A campaign manager typically oversees the entire campaign process, so this should be one of the first people you hire. Look for someone who is organized, strategic, and a natural leader. You will also need a financial director to raise money for your campaign. Keep in mind that you will have to build a campaign website to accept donations and communicate with voters. Consider hiring a web designer to create an attractive and intuitive site to establish your online presence! You can use job boards like Upwork to find a freelance web designer who will fit your campaign budget. Finally, you’ll need to assemble a team of canvassers to go door-to-door and persuade voters to vote for you.

Running for office is a great way to get involved in your community and improve the representation of people with disabilities in government. No one should be discouraged from becoming a political candidate because of a disability! While you may face some obstacles, you’re bound to learn many new skills and meet a lot of great people along the way.

About the Author

Ed Carter created Able Futures to help people with disabilities prepare for a secure and stable financial future. About 10 years into his career, he saw a need for financial planners who specialize in helping individuals and families living with disabilities - he has worked with clients of all ages, backgrounds and incomes.

Call for Applications: TechOWL Talking with Doctors Training Series

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Talking with Doctors is a training series that can teach you about tools to use to make your own health decisions. You will even create your personal video to get doctors to listen so they know what is important to you.

8 weekly FREE classes—lectures and discussions (plus optional social events with AAC Community meet-ups)

  • Starts October 6, 2020
  • Tuesdays (time TBA)
  • via ZOOM (technical assistance available)

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Communicate in different ways using little or no speech (devices, gestures, signs, physical movements, pictures, text, etc.)
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Live in the United States or Territories

Complete the program series and you’ll receive $250!


Visit: https://techowlpa.org/news/aces-talking-to-doctors/
Call: 800-204-7428
Email: techOWL@temple.edu

Funded by Communication First and brought to you by ACES (Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports)—a TechOWL program.

World of Possibilities disAbilities Expo: Prince George's County (Updated Location)

Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The World of Possibilities disAbilities, Healthy Aging and Independent Living Expos are designed to bring people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, service providers and supporting agencies all together in one venue. Our Expos provide an opportunity for you to enhance your knowledge and explore disability-related products, services, technology and resources available.

Who Should Attend the Disabilities Expo:

Individuals with the following and those who love and serve them: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Physical Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Limitations, Intellectual Disabilities, Vision Loss and Blindness, Mental Health Issues. The Expo is also perfect for: those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Seniors, Disabled Veterans and additionally those with Chronic Illness, Speech and Language Disorders, Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

World of Possibilities disAbilities Expos are exclusively held bi-annually in Maryland. Our Expos are FREE to attendees. Free wheelchair rental and repair are available during the Expo.

We want to assure everyone planning to attend or considering attending the World of Possibilities Expo that your health, safety and security are our top priorities. Caring Communities is taking all necessary precautions concerning COVID-19.

Place: The Mall at Prince George's - 3500 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville, MD

To learn more and register: Please visit https://expo.caringcommunities.org.

Attendees: You may also go to https://expo.caringcommunities.org/free-pass/?v=ba43077c0ac9 to download free passes to the Expo.

Prospective exhibitors: Go to https://expo.caringcommunities.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/wp_Exhibitors_Pack_2020Combined-1.pdf to download an application packet.

Interested in volunteering or have questions? Please contact Mona Freedman at 410-549-5707 or mona@caringcommunities.org.

New Date: 20th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair

Monday, November 2, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

100's of jobs and careers from over 25 major DC/Virginia employers await you at DC/Virginia's 20th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair.

The 20th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is the largest and best diversity and inclusion recruiting event in the United States! This event is FREE for candidates - must be 18 years of age and older. Multicultural/Bilingual, People with Disabilities, Women, LGBTQ, Veterans and Mature candidates are encouraged to attend.

There will be hundreds of entry to professional-level employment opportunities available.

This is a professional-level event. Business attire and résumés are required for admission.

Avoid the line! Come during your lunch hour! Email your résumé to FastTrack@CityCareerFair.com with the subject: DC/Virginia and receive a confirmation code that allows you to skip the line!

Place: Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport - 1300 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202

Job seekers: Go to http://citycareerfair.com/2020-dc/ to register to attend.

Interested employers: Please email PreBook@CityCareerFair.com for pricing details!

For more information: Go to www.citycareerfair.com.

Call for Volunteers: DC Board of Elections Seeks ADA Compliance Assistants for Upcoming General Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The D.C. Board of Elections (BOE) is committed to ensuring that all District residents have equal access to the voting process. Accordingly, we are inviting you to join us as an accessibility volunteer during the upcoming elections. Our accessibility volunteers (Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Assistants/Voter Access Assistants) work with the ADA Coordinator to make all precincts operationally accessible on Election Day. Each volunteer is assigned four to five polling sites, to monitor and address any correctable issues that present barriers to voting for senior citizens and people with disabilities. You must be available to attend a mandatory training (date/time TBA) and have access to reliable transportation.

Volunteers are paid a stipend.

Please complete the application (link below) and return it to tjennings@dcboe.org, along with your resume (if you have one). www.dcboe.org for more information or follow us @Vote4DC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you in advance and feel free to share this information.

  • You DO NOT have to be a DC resident to apply.
  • We welcome ALL interested volunteers.
  • You must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Bilingual volunteers are highly encouraged to apply.

Click here to download the PDF application.

Updated Call for Applications: 2020 DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC TAG)

Friday, November 13, 2020

The DC Tuition Assistance Program (DCTAG) was created by Congress in 1999 by the District of Columbia College Access Act; PL 106-98 and amended by DC College Access Improvement Act 2002 and DC College Access Improvement Act 2007 for the purpose of expanding higher education choices for college-bound residents of the District of Columbia.

The DCTAG team is excited to share information with you about how you can use DCTAG to decrease the cost of college if you are an eligible DC student.

For more information and to apply (by Friday, November 13, 2020): Please visit https://osse.dc.gov/dctag.

Imagination Stage Presents Live Theatre in Your Living Room: The Snow Queen

Friday, November 27 - Sunday, February 28, 2021

Join us this winter for a new kind of theatre experience designed expressly for the current moment. A virtual show with Imagination Stage allows your family to experience the joy of live theatre safely from home.

In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous winter fairy tale written by Mike Kenny and directed by Janet Stanford, a powerful friendship is put to the test as four actors bring to life the story of Gerda and Kai, life-long best friends whose relationship is broken by the unfeeling Snow Queen. Can Gerda save Kai before his heart is frozen solid?

Imagination abounds in this magical story of courage, wit, and unshakable resilience! Best for ages 5+.

How it works:

1) Select the date and time for your live online prequel performance. Purchase by household - only one ticket per Zoom login - so your family can enjoy together.

2) Prior to your performance date, you will receive an email from the Box Office with a link to the Zoom prequel performance and a link and password to the streaming version of the full production.

3) Attend and enjoy the live prequel performance.

4) Watch the full theatre production with your family. The show is available for your family for 24 hours after the prequel performance.


$29 per household. Your ticket purchase includes a special 25-minute live interactive prequel story, where kids will be able to join characters from the story of The Snow Queen on Zoom on a pre-show journey that sets the stage for the play. Zoom prequel performances are designed to be exclusive and interactive - only 15 families are admitted at each performance. Your purchase also includes a private link and password to view a filmed professional theatre performance of The Snow Queen, to be enjoyed after the prequel workshop from the comfort of your own home!

To reserve your spot today: Go to https://patrons.imaginationstage.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=7958.

Bring The Snow Queen to Your School

Ask your teacher about attending one of our Virtual Field Trips.

If you are interested in booking for a group of 10 or more, or for virtual field trip opportunities: Please contact fieldtrips@imaginationstage.org.

To learn more: Visit https://imaginationstage.org/imagination-stage-virtual-field-trips/.

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