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HIP Kids' Educational Trip to Smithsonian National Zoo

Friday, August 23, 2019

HIP Kids in association with Mind Expansion Community Services will be taking a trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC on Friday, August the 23rd. There are 21 first come, first serve slots.

We will be participating in a 75-minute long educational program walk that has a Safari-like setting and will be hosted by zoo staff.

Entry to the zoo is free, but there is a $25 parking fee. As an alternative, you can ride the Red Line of the Metro to the Woodley Park Station and walk a few blocks to the entrance. This is not the preferred trip for people who cannot walk long distances.

We suggest you bring your lunch and/or eat before you arrive. There is food at the zoo, but it is often expensive and has limited choices.

The program cost will be covered via our group. Participants should mainly focus on costs separate from the tour.

Note: The tour start time and meeting location are still being decided.

Questions? Contact tatia.gilstrap@gmail.com.

11th Annual Olmstead Community Integration Conference

Friday, August 23, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Join the Department of Behavioral Health and the Office of Disability Rights in celebrating the 11th Annual Olmstead Community Integration Conference on August 23rd. This year's theme and focus is, "supporting community integration for justice-involved individuals."

This day-long event is free and will include a diverse group of speakers discussing their own personal experiences of moving from an institute setting into the community. Multiple exhibitors with great resources will be available. The event is free and is intended for everyone.

Accessibility: The ARC is wheelchair accessible. We ask that you refrain from wearing perfumes or colognes for those with chemical sensitivities. Lunch will be provided. For other accommodation requests please contact, Jonathan.Brooks@dc.gov or 202-299-5748.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Lifeline Partnership Movie Afternoon

Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Come spend an afternoon with us watching the original Lion King and having popcorn and a small, healthy snack.

This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP so that we have enough food and supplies.

Place: First Trinity Lutheran Church - 501 4th St., NW

Note: First Trinity Lutheran is one half-block from the Judiciary Square Metro. The parking lot at the corner of 4th and E may be used for Lifeline events.

To RSVP: Please contact Pastor Susanne Blume at (202) 628-4819 or Lifeline@FirstTrinityDC.org.

HSC Kids in Action: Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, September 22, 2019

Paint Party | Sat., Aug. 24 | 10:00am-11:30am | 14995 Shady Grove Rd., Rockville, MD
Kids in Action will be hosting a paint party at our Rockville location. It is a great opportunity to socialize with others and get the creative juices flowing. If you’re looking for something fun and creative, come join us. Space is limited, so RSVP to Robyn Winston Cohen at Rwinston@hschealth.org or Heaven Davis at Hdavis@hschealth.org to be added to the list.

Back-to-School Craft | Thurs., Aug. 29 | 5:00pm-6:00pm | 14995 Shady Grove Rd., Rockville, MD
Come join us at our Rockville location as we will be having a craft activity for the upcoming school year. We will be designing and decorating pencil cases. All ages and abilities welcome! Contact Robyn Winston Cohen at Rwinston@hschealth.org or Heaven Davis at Hdavis@hschealth.org to RSVP.

Charity Crab Feast | Sat., Sept. 7 | 1:00pm-5:00pm | 9500 MacArthur Blvd., Bethesda, MD | $5-$50 | No refunds
Beautiful Home Services' 13th Annual Charity Crab Feast benefits the HSC Pediatric Center and The Blate-Schneibolk Charitable Foundation, Inc. The HSC Pediatric Center is a rehabilitation center that provides opportunities for children and their families to enjoy sports and recreational activities within an inclusive environment. Proceeds will go to the Kids-In-Action program, which provides sporting events for children with disabilities as part of their rehabilitation.

The suggested donation for attendance is $50 ($25 for kids under 12, kids under 5 FREE) which includes all you can eat crabs (first come, first served), grilled food, drinks, and snow cones! Raffle Tickets: $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. Raffle items include FREE Interior House Painting, sporting event tickets, gift certificates, and much, much more! We will also have a silent auction. Click here to register.

Only Make Believe | Fri., Sept. 13 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | 1731 Bunker Hill Rd., NE
Three Only Make Believe actors arrive with a trunk full of colorful costumes for the children and perform a fun-filled, interactive, sensory play. All ages and abilities welcome! To RSVP to this amazing show, email Robyn Winston at Rwinston@hschealth.org.

Adaptive Adventure Day | Sat., Sept. 14, 9:00am-3:00pm (full-day option) or 9:00am-12:00pm (half-day option) | 125 Michigan Ave., NE
Adaptive Adventure Day is an introduction to adaptive sports with resources on how you can participate in the sports that your child tries throughout the year. This year’s sports are kayaking (in the pool), boccia, lacrosse, tennis, adaptive boxing, rugby, and wheelchair basketball. There is a half-day option (9:00am-12:00pm) where you can choose two sports or a full-day option (9:00am-3:00pm) where you can choose 4 sports. This event is free and includes a t-shirt, lunch, sports instruction, and fun! Click here to register today! Be sure to register your child under the participant link! Contact Robyn Winston Cohen at Rwinston@hschealth.org or 202-557-1851 for more information! *Please note that she will do her best to accommodate your sport choices.

Horseback Riding | Sun., Sept. 22 | 10:00am-12:00pm | 1141 Sunrise Beach Rd., Crownsville, MD
Join us for therapeutic horseback riding at Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center in Anne Arundel County, MD. Kids will ride a horse and also learn about horse education. Kids must be at least 6 years old and weigh less than 200 pounds. Since space is very limited, your spot is not saved until all of the forms in the Rider Application Packet have been completed by your child's physician and submitted to Robyn Winston Cohen at Rwinston@hschealth.org. The packet is due by September 18th. Click here to download the companion Rider Manual. Please note: Your completed paperwork is good for one year.

PCSB Back-to-School Event Chart

Saturday, August 24 - Monday, September 2, 2019

The Public Charter School Board (PCSB) has a helpful chart of each charter school's start date and back-to-school events.

Click here to view the chart.

DC Public Schools 2019-2020 Calendar

Monday, August 26 - Monday, September 2, 2019

The DCPS calendar for the 2019-2020 school year is available as a one-page document and in an electronic form that you can sync to your personal calendar service.

Click here to download the PDF calendar document.

Click here for instructions on how to sync the electronic calendar.

Call for Volunteers: EDCJCC Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen

Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 8:45 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us to volunteer at DC Central Kitchen. Tasks include chopping vegetables, sorting fresh produce, mixing salads, portioning meals, preparing and cooking food.

To work in the kitchen volunteers must wear long pants, closed-toed shoes - non-slip soles recommended, shirts with sleeves (short sleeves are okay, tank tops are not), and a hat or other head covering. Hairnets are provided if you don't bring a hat. Midriff shirts are not allowed. Aprons and gloves will be provided.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to participate. No exceptions, please.

If you aren't feeling well and have any flu or cold-like symptoms, we request that you volunteer at another time for the safety of those we serve.

Place: DC Central Kitchen - 425 2nd St., NW

Click here to register.

If you have any questions concerning volunteering in a professional kitchen: Please email Josh at jsherman@edcjcc.org.

Registration is Open for Fall Outreach Programs

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Ivymount Outreach provides recreational, educational, and therapeutic programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, and other related disabilities in the Washington, DC area. Our mission is to bring the excellence of Ivymount School to the community.

Click here to view the Fall 2019 Catalog, apply to a program, or learn more.

Registration deadline: The last day to register for fall programs is Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Edlavitch DCJCC Reopening

Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Join us as we reopen the doors of the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center! Get to know the brand new, state-of-the-art center and celebrate the community who made this renovation possible.

Place: Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC - 1529 Sixteenth St., NW

Click here to follow the launch on Twitter.

Questions? Please contact emilyj@edcjcc.org.

OSSE: Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 10 - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM to

Implementing High-leverage Practices [...] Part 1 | Tues., Sept. 10 & Oct. 22 | 9:00am-12:30 pm |1050 First St. NE, First Fl., Eleanor Holmes Norton 1 (Rm. 108)
This four-part training series will provide LEAs with support to develop capacity among all educators that serve students with disabilities to implement evidence-based, high-leverage practices that correlate with improved academic and social-emotional outcomes for all learners, regardless of disability status. Click here to learn more and register.

The Nuts and Bolts of Secondary Transition | Tues., Sept. 24 | 9:00am-12:00pm | 1050 First St. NE, First Fl., Eleanor Holmes Norton Conference Room | Limited space | Registration required
Educators who understand the basics of transition planning increase their capacity to develop realistic postsecondary goals, provide individualized transition services, and maintain overall Indicator 13 compliance. This introductory training will provide a brief overview of the foundational theories that guide quality transition planning. Click here to learn more and register.

Developing High-Quality Transition Plans [...] | Tues., Sept. 24 | 12:30pm-3:30pm |1050 First St. NE, First Fl., Eleanor Holmes Norton Conference Room | Limited space | Registration required | Bring a fully-charged laptop.
This training will prepare special education teachers and leaders serving middle school students to develop high-quality, age-appropriate transition plans that meet these requirements. Click here to learn more and register.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Carpenter at Jennifer.Carpenter@dc.gov.

National Medicare Education Program (NMEP) Meeting

Monday, September 16, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The focus of the NMEP meeting is to enlist national and local organizations to support outreach and education around the Medicare program. We have expanded the focus of these meetings to reflect additional CMS programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Many national and local organizations that work on behalf of the aged, disabled, the uninsured, children, and families are involved in this public-private partnership. Together with CMS, these partners reach out to other organizations at the state and local levels that in turn work with those eligible for CMS programs to help them understand the health care options available to them.

Place: Health and Human Services - 200 Independence Ave., SW

Click here to register.

DC Sixth Annual Parent and Family Engagement Summit

Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Information provided at the Summit will engage families as partners in education and provide support and resources to ensure families have access to a high-quality education for their children, in accordance with the parental engagement provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as updated by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Breakfast and lunch will be served. The event is FREE for all DC parents to attend.

Place: Walter E. Washington Convention Center - 801 Mt. Vernon Pl., NW (Mt. Vernon Square Metro)

Click here to register.

For more information: Contact Valrie Brown at Valrie.Brown@dc.gov or at (202) 299-2093.


En la cumbre, los padres de todo el Distrito recibirán y compartirán información sobre servicios, recursos, mejores prácticas y estrategias para apoyar el aprendizaje en el hogar y la escuela.

Fecha: sábado, el 28 de septiembre de 2019
Hora: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Locación: Walter E. Washington Convention Center - 801 Mt. Vernon Pl., NW (Mt. Vernon Square Metro)
Inscripción abierta: http://bit.ly/2019ParentSummit
Para obtener más información: Valrie Brown al (202) 299-2093 o Valrie.Brown@dc.gov

Call for Participants: DRDC Public Input Survey 2020

Monday, September 30, 2019

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 complete this survey online by September 30, 2019. 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.

Click here to complete the survey online.

DDS' DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (DC SF CoP) Meeting

Friday, October 4, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

The DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (DC SF CoP) is a group of family members, advocates with disabilities, government leaders, disability advocacy and services professionals, and other interested community members committed to learning about and advocating together for policies, practices, and systems that support families with a member with an intellectual or developmental disability across the lifespan.

Place: One Judiciary Square - 441 4th St. NW, Rm. 1107

Click here to learn more and register.

2nd Annual Disability Inclusion Forum at Georgetown University

Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Join us for our Disability Inclusion Forum 2019 to find solutions to close the disability employment gap. The forum is a unique opportunity for corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders to learn best practices, develop new ways to increase employment for people with disabilities (PWDs), and network with industry leaders.

Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Bldg., Fisher Colloquium (4th Fl.)
37th and O Streets, NW

Click here to learn more and register.

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