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A Fair Shot: African American Job + Prosperity Fair

Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Join Mayor Bowser in a live showcase of the Toolkit for African American Prosperity to help residents navigate programs and resources featuring DC government agencies, DC non-profit organizations, and local businesses at the Walter E. Washington DC Convention Center. Exhibitors will provide one-on-one guidance, resources, and host breakout sessions on jobs, entrepreneurship, homeownership, financial wellness, and small business strategies to help African Americans prosper.

Breakout Sessions:

Financially Fit DC
Jobs + Employment
Small Biz + Entrepreneurship
Black Makers Showcase + Live Demonstrations

Click here for more information and to register.

Best Colleges' Resources to Help MBAC Students Succeed

Monday, February 26 -

Medical billing and coding has become a popular degree option for students. Offering a variety of job settings, competitive salaries and a "much faster than average" employment rate, it's not a coincidence why students are choosing this profession.

Click here to see the top-ranked online medical billing and coding degrees.

Click here to see the top-five ranked online medical and billing assistants schools.

How does DCPS support students who are Homeschooled or who are enrolled in private schools by their parents?

Monday, February 26 -

Did you know that homeschooling is legal in the District of Columbia? And did you know that homeschooling families must register their intent to school their children with OSSE? Check out OSSE's page for homeschooling families for more information!

Students who are homeschooled and students who are parentally placed in private and religious schools (including those funded by the DC Opportunity Scholarship Fund, also known as the voucher program) are still covered by IDEA's Child Find mandate. This means that if your student is homeschooled or attends a private school, and you suspect they have a disability, or some other unmet need that is impacting their learning, you can contact DCPS to have them evaluated. This is true even if they are NOT a student enrolled in DCPS.

DCPS's website has more information about how DCPS supports homeschooled students via the CIEP (central individualized education plan) office and students who are parentally placed in a private school. Click here for the CIEP handout.

CLE 2018 Denver Summer Exploration Webinar

Tuesday, February 27, 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 Presents: What is ILO and the ILO Community Group?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The purpose of this presentation is an overview of the non-profit and the services that we offer, and an introduction to the ILO Community Group. Presenters will explain our definition of Community, Community Partnership, and the impact of the Community Builder. We will share how we helped families achieve independent living for their Self-Advocates as well as the benefits of joining our all ages Community Group now.

*M&L reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there is not a minimum of ten participants in attendance. We will refund the workshop fee of $25.00.

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 the Hamilton Relay Scholarship Guidelines and Application and apply today!

DC Family Gouncil lFamily Support Group Meeting

Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 3:00 PM to

DC Family Council Family Support Group

For Parents & Caregivers of Children & Teens with Learning Disabilities, Attention Issues, and/or Emotional & Behavioral Health Needs

Dorothy Height/Benning Rd. Library
3935 Benning Rd. NE, Washington, DC

For more information about our monthly family support group, call or text The DC Family Council at (240) 545-5323.

DC Family Council for the Advancement of Children in partnership with ShapingThinkers

What You Should Know About the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) in Washington DC - Parts 1 & 2

Tuesday, March 6 - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 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 the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) in Washington DC

Mar 6th 6-8pm: DDA in DC Part 1 - Learn about Medicaid waivers, eligibility and what to expect from the DDA application process in DC.
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/ycndwbue

Apr 10th 6-8pm: DDA in DC Part 2 - Learn the structure of Medicaidfunded home and community-based support services available in DC.
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/y7u8kkxz

Maryland’s DDA, home & community-based services are covered this fall.

Location: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
4301 Connecticut Ave, NW Ste 310, Washington DC

Cost: $20

Stay Tuned… for sessions that feature employment support services; decisionmaking after 18; selecting a provider; special needs trusts, ABLE accounts; SSI at age 18; DDA in Maryland and more!

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

Quality Trust's Better Together Reception 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

We hope that you will join us on Thursday, March 8th at Lucky Strike Washington DC to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at our Better Together Reception!

Early Bird rate of $35 will only be around for two weeks, until Monday, February 12th, so act fast and get your tickets now! Click here to purchase your tickets.

Tickets will increase to $45 each after the 12th.

This year we are celebrating with a different twist: we will be bowling at Lucky Strike Washington DC. Our event will include 6 bowling lanes, where you can come together with other guests to create teams and have some fun! We look forward to seeing you there to enjoy food, drinks, and bowling.

We hope that you are as excited as we are to kick off Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to have an opportunity to do something fun with our Quality Trust community!

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Courtney Clark at 202-459-4013 or cclark@dcqualitytrust.org for more information.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Bender Virtual Career Fair For People with Disabilities

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Are you a person with a disability looking for a career opportunity or internship?

This Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend.

Competitive opportunities for every level of candidate, from experienced professionals, recent college graduates and college students with disabilities, to meet online with employers across the nation including Epic, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, US Department of Justice, US Secret Service, & More!

Students and alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions.

Access opportunities within a wide range of careers.

  • Chat with employers across the nation
  • Public and private sector opportunities

Participate from the comfort of your home, your dorm room or your favorite coffee shop!

  • Discuss careers and internships with multiple employers
  • End-to-end accessible technology platform

Save time and money.

  • No business suit or travel required
  • No printed out resumes necessary

Register at www.careereco.com/events/disability.

For more information, contact bender@careereco.com or 770.980.0088.

Call for Applications: Smithsonian All Access Summer Camp 2018

Thursday, March 15, 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 by March 15th. Click here to download the initial application.

Arc of Northern Virginia Wings for All Air Travel Training

Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 8:00 AM to

Wings for All is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with a disability experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtain boarding passes, go through security and board a plane. Wings for All also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment.

Click here to register as a participant.

Click here to register as a volunteer.

If you have questions regarding this event or the registration form, please contact Camille Franco at cfranco@thearcofnova.org or at 703-208-1119 x112.

Register Now for Access FUNdamentals of Acting at Imagination Stage

Sunday, March 18 - Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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 a high school equivalent program.

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

Call for Participants: DC Assistive Technology Program Public Input Survey 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Assistive Technology Program for the District of the Columbia (ATPDC) solicits your input about your assistive technology needs in the District of Columbia. We hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey, which lets us know what assistive technology devices and services are of most importance to you.

Please complete this survey online by March 21, 2018. Alternatively, hard copy regular or large print and PDF/Word versions are available upon request, and may be mailed, emailed or faxed to Alicia Johns, Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia , 220 I Street, NE., Ste. 130, Washington, DC 20002, ajohns@uls-dc.org, fax: 202-547-2083.

Click here to complete the survey.

Grant Thornton's 12th Annual Washington Women Speak!

Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Join us for the 12th annual Washington Women Speak! - an inspiring and enriching event that brings women's real-word experiences to light.

A breakfast and panel discussion, Washington Women Speak! is designed to bring together professional women and men to discuss how our values and cultural experiences impact our work, our personal lives, and our communities.

Click here to register.

Save-the-Date: AJE Parent Leadership Institute

Friday, March 23 - Saturday, March 24, 2018

Save the date and get ready to be the best advocate for your children you can be. Learn how to make your IEP meetings more positive and productive, and learn how to support education city-wide! We are planning on a ½ day session on Friday, March 23rd and a full day session on Saturday, March 24th.

5th Annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit

Saturday, March 24 - Sunday, March 25, 2018

Registration is now open for The Campus Kitchens Project's annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit! This event brings together college students, young professionals, and field experts fighting food waste and hunger across the country.

Click here for more information and to register.

Call for Volunteers: DC3C Spring Break 2018

Monday, March 26 - Friday, March 30, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

DC3C Exploring Careers, Colleges, and Community, is a program of the DC Special Education Cooperative. 2018 will be our 3rd year offering our Spring Break Program sponsored by RSA, and in partnership with George Washington University and the HSC.

Spring Break is a week-long student program. Over the first two years, we have seen a dramatic increase in student interest to participate. Students who attended in the past increased their interview scores by over 20%. In 2018, our goal is to have 75% of the participants leave the program with paid internship offers. To meet this goal, participants will engage in rigorous job-readiness training to master the interview, and improve their networking skills.

In order to help our students obtain the employment, we need YOUR help. Please use the link below to sign-up if you can volunteer to:

1. Coach / Conduct mock interviews
2. Edit Resumes and Presentation Boards with students
3. Participate in Reverse Job Fair

Please click here to sign-up.

If you are in need of more information, please contact our Director of Secondary Transition, Dr. Rebecca Foster at rfoster@specialedcoop.org.

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!

lease click here to register your school.
(*DCPS educators: Please contact your school's WDC.)

Please click here to register for the Parent/Caregiver Session.

Please click here to register to exhibit.

Please click here to register to volunteer.

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.

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.


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.

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