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Registration Now Open: 9th Annual Voices of Change Conference

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

DC high schools - DCPS, Charter, and Non-public - are invited to bring their students with IEPs, 504 plans, and disabilities to learn about how to successfully transition into employment, education, and independence. There will be a youth-led opening session, youth-led workshops, exhibits, and a youth-led performance! Please join us!

Please click here to register your school.
*DCPS Educators: Please contact your school's Workforce Development Coordinator.

Please click here to register to exhibit.

Do you have questions or need assistance? Contact SchoolTalk's Sarah Grime at sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org or (202) 487-1976.

This Conference is Jointly Funded By: District of Columbia Center for Independent Living; District of Columbia Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration; District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council; District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education Division of Teaching and Learning; District of Columbia Statewide Independent Living Council; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Co-sponsors: Advocates for Justice and Education, The ARC of DC, Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services, DC Appleseed, District of Columbia Association for Special Education, DC Metro ADA Coalition, District of Columbia Public Library, District of Columbia Public Schools Office of Specialized Instruction, DC Special Education COOP, DC State Advisory Panel on Special Education, DC Voices of Change Peer Network, Full Circle Employment Solutions LLC, George Washington University, I'm Determined (VA Department of Education), Inclusion Research Institute, National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, Project ACTION!, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and ReadSpeaker.

Call for Applications: John Hudson Internship Program

Friday, April 20, 2018

The John Hudson Internship Program is a paid summer internship program in Fairfax County Government for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. The internship program provides participants with on-the-job experience, professional development, and training opportunities.

Internship positions:

Alcohol Safety Action Program Intern
Information Technology Intern
Professional and Organizational Development Intern
Human Services Transportation Intern

Eligibility requirements:

Any college student, law student, graduate student, or recent graduate who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability is invited to apply. You will not be required to disclose your specific disability; however, your application for this program will signify that you consider yourself a person with a disability.

Application materials are due on: April 20, 2018

Click here for more information and to apply.

Children's National: CASD CHAT

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM

Join the conversation with C-SPAN's Washington Journal as they host CASD's Allison Ratto, PhD and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) Executive Director Julia Bascom!

Viewers may participate by calling the following phone lines:
202-748-8000 Autistic Individuals & Family Members
202-748-8001 All Others

In addition to calls, C-SPAN's host will take viewers questions and comments on Twitter @cspanwj. Don't forget to tag @childrenshealth!

Click here to view the Washington Journal program from last year.

Call for Participants: Online Research on Eating Habits of Children

Monday, April 23 -

Who can participate?
Parent of a child aged 5-15 years who is:
A) on the autism spectrum
B) typically developing
C) not taking any medication or experiencing a condition that affects appetite

What do you do?
Complete online behavioral surveys

How long does it take?
30-55 minutes, whenever you like!

Is there payment?
Yes! Participants receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

If interested, contact:
Emily Richard

Call for Participants: University of Maryland Inclusive Design Lab Smartwatch Study

Monday, April 23 -

Our research team is exploring accessible smartwatch interactions for people with upper body motor impairments. We are recruiting participants 18 years or older who have motor impairments affecting the arms or hands.

In this study, you will be asked to perform four tasks that involve tapping on the touchscreen and bezel of a commercial smartwatch device. We will also collect basic demographic information and feedback on the tasks you perform during the study.

The study will take 90 minutes and will be conducted at our lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. In rare circumstances, we may be able to conduct study sessions at a location that is more convenient to you. You will be compensated $25 in cash and an extra $30 toward transportation costs if the study session is at a location you would not normally visit.

To sign up for the study, or if you have further questions, please email meethu@cs.umd.edu.

To learn more about our research group, please visit http://inclusivedesign.umd.edu/ and http://hcil.umd.edu/.

Featured Resources

Monday, April 23 -

Autism Reading Room

Autism Reading Room gives accurate autism information without the jargon of scientific publications. We focus on facts, not opinion, to assist families in understanding their diagnosis and to promote public understanding of the brain.

The Linner Foundation

The Linner Foundation inspires foster children and parents to empower themselves for a brighter tomorrow! Our main goal is to continuously walk alongside individuals and families as we help them to improve their current circumstances by teaching them skills through our support. This includes foster care support, mental health first aid awareness, family empowerment and development support services, healthy living awareness programs and family navigator services. All these services, combined, go a long way in ensuring a happy, healthy and bright future for foster care children and parents!


OnlineMBA.com strives to provide students with comprehensive resources and up-to-date information on how to choose the best online MBA program to fit their needs.

M&L Presents: Understanding SSI/Medicaid & SSDI/Medicare

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Government Benefits of SSI/Medicaid (a needs-based program) & SSDI/Medicare (an entitlement program) are discussed in a language that can be understood. We go into detail with what the government benefits programs are, who is eligible, their importance, when to apply, how to apply, how much money one could receive, and much much more. We will also discuss when SSA moves an individual from SSI to SSDI and why, and how it is possible to keep Medicaid and/or Medicare without the government benefit of SSI or SSDI. Briefly we will touch on what is benefit counseling and if one goes to work how this affects the benefits and/or insurance.This complicated subject is broken down and discussed slowly so one can at least understand the basics, know where to turn for help in applying and/or there are questions on more complicated issues.

M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC helps families apply for government benefits of SSI and SSDI; in addition we have had success overturning appeals.

*There is a $25.00 registration fee. M&L Special Needs Planning reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment.

Click here to register.

Annual D.C. Board of Elections Voter Access Forum

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Voter Access Forum gives us an opportunity to engage with members of the disability rights community, discuss accessible polling sites and independent voting. The forum also creates a platform for language access advocates to discuss challenges facing voters with language barriers, proper translation procedures and practices. There will also be an interactive demonstration of our voting technology, and other auxiliary aids.

We are excited about this important event, because at the heart of any inclusive community is the active engagement of its citizens. If you are able to attend the forum please RSVP by using the eventbrite link below or emailing the ADA Coordinator, Terrica Jennings at tjennings@dcboe.org.

Evite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-board-of-elections-voter-access-forum-tickets-44224272991

Metro stop: Navy Yard - Ball Park (green-line) -200 M Street S.E., Washington, DC 20003

Parking: Various parking lots and street parking available.
Accessible parking spaces located inside our building parking lot (underground) - ($16)

To receive this information in an alternative language or format, (e.g., Braille, large print, American Sign Language, etc.): Please contact the ADA Coordinator at (202) 727-2525 or TTY: (202) 639-8916.

Please share this information with your colleagues and friends. We hope to see you there!

Application Deadline Extended: Smithsonian All Access Summer Camp 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

Express yourself at the All Access Summer Camp! This free, eight-day digital arts camp is for teens ages 14-22 with cognitive disabilities. Explore art museums and investigate your identity. You'll use the ARTLAB studio space at the Hirshhorn Museum and classroom at NPG to experiment with your own creativity. You'll also get experience using a variety of digital and traditional mediums. By camp's end, you'll have a portfolio of work to share in a showcase for family and friends. Smithsonian staff and trained volunteers will provide a safe, supportive and creative social environment.

WHEN July 23-26 and July 30 - August 2 (no camp on Fridays); 10am-2pm daily

WHERE ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn Museum and National Portrait Gallery

TO APPLY Contact Vanessa Jones at JonesVE@si.edu. Click here to download the initial application.

Lifeline Partnership Fancy Dress Up Dance

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Wear black and/or white and join us for a fun night of dancing and party snacking!

Cost: With Reservation - $7.00; At the Door - $10:00

Place: First Trinity Lutheran Church
501 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(First Trinity Lutheran is located at the corner of 4th and E Streets NW, one half block from the Judiciary Square Metro. The parking lot at the corner of 4th and E may be used for Lifeline events.)

Please let us know you are coming, so we have enough food and supplies!

To make a reservation (RSVP): Contact Pastor Susanne Blume at (202) 628-4819 or Lifeline@FirstTrinityDC.org.

2018 DFKDC Prom: Out of This World

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The fourth DFKDC PROM held by DFKDC, EDCJCC, and OTE will have a space theme - "Out of This World". The evening will be filled with dancing, entertainment, and much more! Entertainment to include: DJ ART (the original DJ from our first prom in 2015); Photo Booth; Food & Beverages; A Red Carpet; Balloon Artist; and more!

This event is open to teens and young adults with disabilities 13 years of age to 30 years of age; their siblings are welcome too! No previous experience required. Instructors and equipment will be provided for all participants. Just show up- Dreams for Kids DC will take care of the rest!

Place: Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC (EDCJCC)
1529 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
(Please use the Q Street entrance, you will see a red carpet outside and signage)

Click here for more information and to register.

DCPS Chancellor Community Engagement Forum

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Join the Chancellor and DCPS Leadership for an opportunity to provide feedback and help make critical decisions on the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives.

*Light refreshments, childcare and interpretation services will be provided.

Click here for more information.

The GettingHired.com Online Career Expo

Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Who should attend this event?

  • Job seekers with a disability who want to talk directly to employers nationwide about career opportunities.
  • Job seekers with disabilities, of ALL experience levels and industries across the United States.

    How will this event work?

    It's EASY! When the event is live, you will be able to "Get in Line" to chat with each employer that interests you. The chats will be text-based, (similar to IM-style chats) and you will have a 10 minute window to talk to each company No audio or video will be part of the chat. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can login to leave a note for employers attending- as long as you have registered for the event.

    Each attending company will have its own page, where you can read about their career opportunities and the company culture. You should login in advance of the event to read company information on any employers you're interested in talking to.

    Choose some open positions you're interested in, prepare some questions and talk to dozens of companies about their career opportunities from your home!

    What should I do before the Online Career Expo?

    Not sure what to expect at the Online Career Expo? Check out our simple preparation tools to find out how to prepare, make a professional impression, ensure you use your time effectively with employers and come away with genuine job prospects:

    Read our blog.
    Watch our new preparation webinar.

    Click here for more information.

    Dream & Do: A Resource Fair

    Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    The goal of Dream & Do is to bring people of all abilities together for a resource fair to network, have fun, and also provide potential job opportunities for young adults with disabilities. Furthermore, connect all of our nonprofits that work with people with disabilities to share resources, promote awareness, and encourage support among the disabled AND able-bodied community. We hope you will join us for this exciting resource fair where we connect the community to opportunities to Dream AND Do.

    *This is a FREE resource fair for all of our families in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Please come and attend as you please during the two hour time block. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Pepco Edison Place Gallery
    702 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20068
    (metro accessible, less than 5 blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Metro Center metro stations; parking garages open next to and across from the gallery)

    For more information and vendor inquiries, please contact Glenda Fu at GFu@Dreamsforkids.org.

    Presented by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, Dreams for Kids DC, and Pepco Edison Place Gallery

    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.


    Call for Applications: Community Empowerment Opportunities Scholarship

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    The Community Empowerment Opportunities Scholarship is a maximum of $3,000 one-time scholarship awarded to a student(s) with a documented Intellectual and/or Developmental (ID/D) Disability who has been accepted or is currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program, 2-year community college, or vocational/technical training program.

    Click here for more information and to apply.

    Kids in Action/SI Morning at the Museum: National Zoological Park

    Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

    Come see some bald eagles, seals, a gray wolf, a pelican, and beavers at the American Trail Area before the zoo is open to the public. Kids in Action will then continue exploring the zoo afterwards as a group.

    *Space is limited and registration is required.

    Click here to register.

    National Disability Voter Registration Week

    Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2018

    The REV UP Campaign is coordinating the third annual National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community.

    Click here to learn how you can get involved.

    3rd Annual Adaptive Sports Camp

    Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 10, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Join MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports in partnership with the HSC Pediatric Center's Kids in Action for our 3rd Annual Adaptive Sports Camp. Activities include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, adaptive fitness, cycling, wheelchair lacrosse, boccia, badminton, swimming, crafts, outings, and so much more! This camp is for kids ages 6-18 with physical disabilities (i.e., spinal cord injury, spina bifida, amputation, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, or any otherorthopedic and neuromuscular impairments).

    *Campers MUST be able to propel their own wheelchair, and do NOT need to use a chair for daily living to attend.
    *No sports experience is necessary. Equipment will be provided.
    *Camp is drop-off. Parents are NOT required to remain on-site.
    *Choose one or both weeks. NOTE: The cost is $200 for one week (9am-4pm), $375 for two weeks.
    *Bring your own lunch.
    *Space is limited!

    Dates: Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3 & Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10, 2018
    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Place: Trinity University
    125 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017

    Click here to download the REGISTRATION FORM (Word).

    For more information, contact:
    Joan Joyce at joan.p.joyce@medstar.net or (202) 877-1420
    Robyn Cohen at rwinston@hschealth.org or (202) 557-1851

    Call for Applications: Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018

    The Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention prepares early intervention providers to use evidenced-based early intervention strategies and supports. The GU Certificate in Early Intervention (GU CEI) 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 GU CEI focusing on the needs of the early interventionist. Graduates of the GU CEI 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 2018 cohort are now available!

    Click here for more information and to apply.

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