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Call for Public Input: Metro is proposing bus changes that may impact your bus route

Monday, September 25 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dear Metrobus customer,

Metro is proposing service changes to selected bus routes based on input from you – our customer – local governments, and an analysis of route performance, ridership and efficiency. But, before making these changes Metro would like to hear what you think about the proposed changes.

Please take a moment to submit your feedback before Monday, October 2 by clicking the link below:

Start Survey

Detailed information about these proposed changes can be found at wmata.com/bus.

You can also provide feedback about the proposed changes by attending the public hearing on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Metro’s headquarters. The open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. The public hearing begins at 6:00 p.m. (Click here to learn more.)

Thank you,

Office of Customer Research
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority


Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

End of the summer got you down? Well, we've got something that will pick you up. DPR Rec Day is on September 30th with so many free activities like Kickball, Boxing, Spin Class, Video Game Competition and much more. Register today for all the fun at http://bit.ly/DPRrecday.

Interested in volunteering? Please click HERE.

Call for Participants: DRDC Public Input Survey

Saturday, September 30, 2017

As you may know, each year, University Legal Services ("ULS"), the protection and advocacy program for individuals with disabilities in the District of Columbia, solicits input from the community to help guide and shape our annual priorities and objectives for the work we do on behalf of individuals with disabilities. We hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey, which lets us know what advocacy issues are of most importance to you.

Please click here to complete the DRDC Public Input Survey for Fiscal Year 2017.

*Please complete this survey online by September 30, 2017. Alternatively, hard copy regular or large print and PDF/Word versions in both English and Spanish are available upon request, and may be mailed, emailed or faxed to Jane Brown at University Legal Services, 220 I Street, NE., Ste. 130, Washington, DC 20002, jbrown@uls-dc.org, fax: 202-547-2083.

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and helping ULS focus on the issues that matter most to the community.

M&L Understanding SSI/Medicaid & SSDI/Medicare Workshop

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Government Benefits of SSI/Medicaid & SSDI/Medicare are discussed in a language that is understandable. Details on when to apply, how to apply, how to qualify, how much will be received as well as when SSA moves an individual from SSI to SSDI and why, and how to keep Medicaid and/or Medicare without the government benefit of SSI or SSDI.

*There is a $28.00 registration fee. M&L Special Needs Planning reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment.

Click here to register.

Click here for more information.

Department on Disability Services 2017 Community Resource Fair

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Come learn about services available from various agencies and organizations across the region, including:

  • Employment Services
  • Transition Supports for Students and Youth
  • Emergency Response and Preparedness
  • Wellness Services
  • Support Services for People with Disabilities and Their Families
  • Senior Programs
  • Financial Literacy

Please click here to register.

For more information, contact Alonzo Brown at alonzo.brown@dc.gov or (202) 368-7093.

Consumer Forum and Youth Summit

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

The DC Center for Independent Living (DCCIL), the DC Statewide Independent Living Council (DCSILC) Consumer Forum: “Navigating your Independence through Community Opportunities” will examine three of the major issues that impact the lives of people with disabilities.

Forum Topics Include:

1. Housing:
a. What is the status of accessible and affordable housing for people with disabilities in the District of Columbia?
b. How can people with disabilities have a greater influence in this arena?
c. Who can people with disabilities hold accountable for building housing that is accessible and affordable?

2. Transportation:
a. What are the transportation options for people with disabilities?
b. Has WMATA been responsive to the needs of people with disabilities?
c. Has the introduction of accessible cabs ameliorated transportation matters for people with disabilities?

3. Employment/Education:
a. What is the success rate for employing people with disabilities in DC over the past 3-5 years? How does that compare with other areas?
b. Who is being hired? Indicate them by gender, disability, age, race etcetera?
c. What employers have good track records for hiring people with disabilities? Have they been recognized by the District Government for doing so?
d. What has the District Government done to promote hiring people with disabilities?

What you need to do to ensure your spot:
Fill out the participant registration form
Fax or mail back by October 3, 2017 using the information below. You may also call-in with your registration info.

DC Center for Independent Living
1400 Florida Avenue, NE, Suite 3A, Washington, DC 20002
Fax: (202) 398-3018

Please contact Ms. Cathy Fleming at 202-280-6895 or Ms. Darnise Henry Bush at 202-442-8432 for additional information or to register.

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

In this workshop we discuss the special needs financial planning timeline explaining the key pressure points for the child with special needs. We discuss how the family must plan for multiple generations. We will also discuss the important factors of Transitioning Planning, and when to do what to receive adult services.

*There is a $28 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 for more information.

WMATA Fall 2017 Travel Training Workshop

Monday, October 30 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is offering a 2-Day Travel Training Workshop for professionals who provide services for people with disabilities and/or older adults in the Washington, DC area. This course provides travel trainers with the information they need to train people with disabilities and older adults to use accessible Metrobus and Metrorail successfully. It includes class work as well as orientation in the system.

Attendees will learn to: Differentiate between all Metro programs, local programs and determine which option best meets customer needs. Navigate the Metro system and partnership bus systems. Utilize accessibility features to best meet customer needs. Develop an individualized transit plan, conduct assessments, teach busy intersection crossings, evaluate the accessibility of pathways, bus stops, shelters and learn how to recommend barrier removals. Guide and instruct a customer in a wheelchair to board, position and alight bus and rail, safely and effectively.

*Learn about Metro's emergency preparedness policies. Join a local network of professionals for on-going support, information and best practices. Create a professional portfolio.

*SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so turn in your registration as soon as possible to guarantee a seat! Registrations are due by WEDNESDAY, October 25th. All attendees MUST attend both days of the workshop to receive a certificate. Attendees that arrive after 9:30 am will not be admitted.

Please contact Robin Golden at 202.962.2780 or rmgolden@wmata.com to receive a registration form.

Call for Donations: 2017 Holiday Drive for DC Foster Kids

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) currently serves nearly 1,000 young people in foster care. CFSA’s Partners for Kids in Care (PFK) works year-round to develop partnerships with caring individuals and groups willing to donate goods and services that directly benefit children and youth we serve. We are now currently coordinating our annual food basket and holiday drives. And we invite you to join this effort!

Last year, we received nearly 5,000 gifts and over 300 food baskets for our families. With your help, we can expand upon this success during the 2017 Holiday Donation Drive. There are a number of donation opportunities to suit your preference. Each giving option is detailed on the holiday sponsorship form.

Please fill-out the sponsorship form and place a check mark () by your preference(s) Email Beatrice.Williar@dc.gov before or by Friday, November 1st .

Click HERE to our year-around community-giving video that highlights the variety of ways in which our partners/donors make a positive difference in the lives of our children and youth served by CFSA.

Options Fair

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Explore postgraduate service opportunities and meet recruiters from social justice service organizations such as City Year, Public Allies, Lutheran Volunteer Service, and Alliance for Catholic Education.

*Please note that the November 7th Options Fair is open to all DC university students

*Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made five business days before each event to Whitney Maddox at optionsfair@georgetown.edu or 202.687.5330. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after those dates.

Click here for more information and to register.

If you have any questions, please contact CSJ Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership Development Whitney Maddox at optionsfair@georgetown.edu.

DC Central Kitchen Capital Food Fight

Thursday, November 16 -

DC Central Kitchen is proud to present our signature fundraising event, the Capital Food Fight on November 16, 2017. 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.

Want to be the first to hear when tickets go on sale, and get exclusive updates? Join the Food Fight Fan list.

Interested in Capital Food Fight sponsorship opportunities?  Contact Liz Reinert for more details.

Call for Exhibitors: CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine's Career Expo for People With Disabilities

Friday, November 17, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Meet qualified job candidates face-to-face at CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine's Career Expo hosted by Equal Opportunity Publications (EOP).

Click here for more information.

DC Metro Abilities Expo

Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 11:00 AM to

Imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For nearly 40 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Every event opens your eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what Abilities Expo has to offer?

Click here to register.

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