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Lifeline Partnership's Upcoming Online Event: The Underground Railroad

Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Come learn what the Underground Railroad was, who were its leaders, and meet some of the brave men and women who fled slavery in the American South to freedom in the North. We will also talk about other actions of civil disobedience in U.S. history.

The event will include ASL interpretation.

For Zoom meeting instructions: Visit https://www.lifelinepartnership.org/upcoming-on-line-event.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Nye, Acting Executive Director, at Director@LifelinePartnership.org.

Call for Applications: Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming

Monday, October 18 - Monday, October 25, 2021

The Edlavitch DCJCC, located in the Dupont Circle area of Downtown D.C., is seeking a 30-hour per-week Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming.

This person works closely with the Chief Operating Officer to oversee the Inclusion and Disability Program at the EDCJCC. This essential program serves young adults, ages 16-30, includes Vocational Volunteering, Educational Workshops, Social, and Fitness components.

To access the full job description and apply: Visit https://www.edcjcc.org/about/careers/.

Call for Participants: Drexel University's Team Trestle Study

Monday, October 18 - Monday, October 25, 2021

The Drexel Autism Institute is seeking youth ages 13-29on the autism spectrum who are transitioning to adulthood. They are also looking for these youths’ caregivers and providers to participate in a study about Team Trestle, an application for transition planning and coordination. This virtual tool is designed to help autistic individuals meet their life goals by engaging autistic youth/young adults, their parents/legal guardians, and providers in the collaborative process of implementing and achieving goals during the transition to adulthood. If you’re interested, fill out the Interest Form at https://tinyurl.com/TrestleInterest [tinyurl.com] or email our team at sodi@drexel.edu.

Call for Participants: Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, October 18 - Monday, October 25, 2021

The DC Developmental Disabilities Council has teamed up with the Next Chapter Book Club!


What is the Next Chapter Book Club?
Book clubs designed to be inclusive of people with and without disabilities, reading together, making friends, and being a part of their community.

How does it work?
Four to eight members and two volunteer club meeting facilitators meet weekly for one hour to read and discuss a book of their choosing.

Who can become a member?
Anyone age 16 and over can participate, no matter their reading level.

Who leads the book clubs?
Trained volunteers facilitate each club meeting. They include students, parents, retirees, and other community members.

Why join the Next Chapter Book Club?
It’s a great opportunity to make friends, enjoy books and have fun on a regular basis!

Please contact us if you would like to get involved:
Alison Whyte
Books • Friends • Community

Next Chapter Book Club Flyer for Service Providers

Best Buddies Living Inclusive Housing Opportunity

Monday, October 18 - Monday, October 25, 2021

We're looking for someone to join our community!

Join a vibrant community of people with and without disabilities.


  • Male-Identifying
  • Either Working or Going to School
    Interested in Living in a Diverse Community

The Perks:

  • Diverse & Inclusive Community
  • Classpass Membership
  • Free Weekly Meals
  • Free Monthly Events
  • 24/7 Concierge
  • 2-Minute Walk to Metro
  • Trader Joe's Downstairs
  • On-Site Gym
  • Rooftop Infinity Pool
  • In-Unit Laundry
  • All-Inclusive Rent

We are currently offering a discounted rate!

Inquire more: living@bestbuddies.org

Omnium Circus Jobs

Monday, October 18, 2021

Omnium Circus, founded in 2020, is the first fully inclusive circus performing arts company. Our mission is to unite diverse communities through shared joy, laughter and inspiration. Omnium employs a cast of extraordinary talent which is inclusive, multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-abled. We are committed to employing people of all abilities in every aspect of our company. Fully 26% of our staff are persons with disabilities! A number we choose to maintain and grow as we develop. Omnium is a 501c3 nonprofit leading a global movement toward full diversity, equity, inclusion and access.

Click here to view the job announcement.

Twisted at the Wharf Job Opening: Manager

Monday, October 18 - Monday, October 25, 2021

Twisted’s mission is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving independence through both on the job training and by providing support to local organizations with similar goals.

The manager will oversee the operation of our small pretzel/sandwich shop under the supervision of the owners. Responsibilities will include a wide range of duties such as supervising and mentoring our team of employees and interns, tracking inventory, maintaining a safe and clean work environment and serving our customers through the preparation of all Twisted’s menu items including hot pretzels, sandwiches, hot dogs, half smokes and beverages.

Experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is a plus but not required if candidate has food service experience and the desire to make a difference in this community. MUST be available to work weekends.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes to info@twistedpretzels.com.

Dreams For Kids DC's Discover Skateboarding Event

Tuesday, October 19 - Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 3:45 PM to 5:45 PM

Dreams For Kids DC will be partnering with The Chill Foundation to create a three-part Skateboarding event that will be socially distanced. Participants (youth and young adults from 11-19 years old with disabilities of any type) can learn and practice skateboarding skills. No experience is required! By registering you are agreeing to attend all three sessions.

Dates: Tuesday, October 19, 26, & November 2

Time: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Place: RFK Stadium's Skate Park - 1522 East Capitol St NE

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discover-skateboarding-with-dfkdc-the-chill-foundation-registration-167889525089

Read about all of our new digital programming (in light of COVID-19) here: https://www.dreamsforkidsdc.org/programs

District of Columbia Public Schools' Parent University: Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday, October 19 - Wednesday, December 8, 2021

We are beyond excited to launch our Parent University fall calendar!

Prepare Your Child for College [...] - Tues., Oct. 19th
Join families across the District and DCPS Central Office teams to learn how we can collaborate to enrich your child's education.

The DCPS Journey to Become a Whole-Child Centered, Anti-Racist District - Tues., Oct. 26th
Join families across the District and DCPS Central Office teams to learn how we can collaborate to enrich your child's education.

Building Children's Language Skills One Conversation at A Time - Wed., Nov. 3rd
Join us to learn more about simple strategies for supporting your young child's language development at home!

Check-in on Our Social-Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health - Tues., Nov. 16th
Join families across the District and DCPS Central Office teams to learn how we can collaborate to enrich your child's education.

Choosing the Right Program: Your Questions about Pre-K [...] Answered! - Wed., Dec. 1st
Thinking about the Pre-K Lottery? Join us to learn more about what makes the DCPS Pre-K program unique!

Elegir el mejor programa para su familia: Pre-Kinder en las DCPS - mié., 8 de diciembre
¡Únase a nosotros para obtener más información sobre lo que hace que el programa de prekínder de DCPS sea único!

All sessions will be held online from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (ET) using Microsoft Teams. Register for each session at bit.ly/dcpsparentursvp.

For questions or interpretation assistance, please contact parentu@k12.dc.gov.

Call for Applications: 2022 AAPD Summer Internship

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

In 2002, AAPD launched the Summer Internship Program to develop the next generation of leaders with disabilities. We place college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations within the Washington, DC area. Starting in 2022, AAPD will offer a hybrid internship program with some interns joining remotely from across the country in addition to the interns based in DC. During the summer, each intern builds their leadership and advocacy skills in our Disability Advocacy Certificate Programs and is also matched with a mentor who has similar professional goals and interests. AAPD provides interns with a living stipend and transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully accessible housing (if in person) or a technology budget (if remote). We recruit a diverse cohort of interns. As a result, we connect our host employers to talented students and recent graduates with disabilities. More information can be found at https://www.aapd.com/summer-internship-program/.

Apply for the Summer Internship Program at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2022SIPApp by Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:00pm ET.

Upcoming ABLEnow Account Webinars

Wednesday, October 20 - Thursday, October 28, 2021

Managing an ABLEnow Account | Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm (ET) | Online via GoTo Webinar
For many, saving and investing in an ABLE account is an important step in self-determination and financial independence. Join this session to learn the next steps such as logging in online, adding and withdrawing money, selecting investment options and more! Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/975005547367311628.

Introduction to ABLEnow | Thursday, October 28 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET) | Online via GoTo Webinar
More independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life – that’s the future ABLEnow is building. Join us for a free information session to discover the advantages of ABLE accounts and the national ABLEnow program. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1208579200352226060.

For more information on ABLEnow, please visit able-now.com.

World of Possibilities Disabilities Expo

Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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, children with disabilities and their families, caregivers/service providers, veterans, baby boomers should all be there!

Don't miss an incredible educational experience, great networking opportunities, entertainment, resource shopping, and FUN!

Click here for event details.

Click here for an exhibitor application.

Click here for free attendee passes.

Questions? Contact Mona Freedman, RN, CNLCP at mona@caringcommunities.org or 410-549-5707.

HSC Kids in Action's Adaptive Boccia Ball Event

Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Join Kids in Action and learn the rules of Boccia Ball and have fun with some friendly competition! The event will be held outdoors at The HSC Pediatric Center (1731 Bunker Hill Rd, NE) and is free to Kids in Action all-stars and their parents/caregivers who must remain on-site. The following safety protocols will be in place: a temperature check upon arrival, mandatory masking, social distancing, individual family areas, sanitation stations, and vaccinated HSC staff with PPE.

The maximum capacity for this event is 20 people, including staff, kids, and parents/caregivers. Only registered and confirmed families will be allowed to attend. Liability and Media Release forms must be submitted before the event. Families may register at https://tinyurl.com/bocciaballoct21. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 20.

Note: Kids in Action will follow the CDC Considerations for Community-Based Organizations guidance and reserves the right to cancel this event without prior notice. Since the event is outdoors, we will also cancel the event due to inclement weather. For everyone's safety, please cancel your attendance if you/your child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, if you/your child is sick, or if you/your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

AJE Lunch & Learn: What Education Attorneys and Advocates Need to Know to Serve Low-Income Families Struggling with Debt

Monday, October 25, 2021 from 12:00 PM to

Join us for a conversation with Tzedek about debt and disability, covering Debt Collection, SSI/SSDI, Student Loan Relief, and more - including when to refer clients to Tzedek for additional support.

To register: Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83886288114.

Call for Applications: 2022 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is seeking to recognize emerging leaders or groups with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community through the 2022 Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards. While the Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards have previously recognized only two individuals, we are expanding the eligibility status so that groups of people working on an initiative can apply for the award. Everyone in the group applying for the award must identify as an emerging leader with a disability. Two (2) individuals or groups will each receive $7,500 to further a new or existing initiative that increases opportunities for people with disabilities and $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the disability community. The recipients of the 2022 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards will be honored among national disability leaders and activists at the 2022 AAPD Leadership Awards Gala on March 9, 2022.

Apply for the 2022 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award at https://www.aapd.com/aapd-paul-g-hearne-leadership-awards/ by Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 5:00pm ET.

2021 Mayor’s 14th Annual Disability Awareness Expo

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

You are cordially invited to join us for the 14th Annual Mayor’s Disability Awareness Expo. The Office of Disability Rights (ODR) in partnership with several District Government Agencies will host the event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library’s Great hall, in recognition of October being National Disability Awareness Month. The purpose of this free event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities, complete with information tables and over 50 exhibitors. The District of Columbia is home to over 116,000 people with disabilities and this year more than 400 consumers, caregivers, advocates and students are invited to attend.

Through a partnership with other DC Government Agencies, this Disability Awareness Expo will highlight the important initiatives and programs offered throughout the District.

The event will feature:

  • Employment Readiness
  • Housing Resources
  • Workforce Development

Note: This event is FREE to all DC residents and consumers with and without a disability to share valuable information and resources.

Place: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library's Great Hall - 901 G St, NW

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-mayors-14th-annual-disability-awareness-expo-tickets-168474438581 (Reasonable accommodations are available within the registration form.)

For further details or questions: Email Shelly.Carrbrown@dc.gov or call 202-724-5055.

Best Buddies Living Virtual Tour and Information Session

Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 7:00 PM to

The Best Buddies Living program fosters an integrated experience for people with and without IDD to become active, contributing citizens who live independently in a dynamic environment where they can learn, grow, and thrive.

Join us for a virtual tour and learn more about this one-of-a-kind program and what a day-in-the-life is like for residents at Best Buddies Living.

Registration link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HXhvS6hjTHyDex9JdfbRqQ

Can't attend? A virtual tour/info session will now be held every third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm (ET). You may use the registration link above to choose the date that best works for you.

EDCJCC Inclusion Bingo Night

Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Join your friends for Bingo Night! We will send each participant a bingo card via email. All you need are coins or other objects to cover each space. Be sure to register by 5:00 PM the day before to make sure you get a bingo card and the Zoom link.

If you have any questions: Please contact Joy Stein, Director of Inclusion & Disabilities Programming, at joys@edcjcc.org. Note: There is a $5 program fee for Bingo Night. Please reach out to Joy directly if this is cost-prohibitive.

To register for this event: Visit https://www.edcjcc.org/community/inclusion-disabilities/.

Additional News:

The Edlavitch DCJCC is making changes to its COVID-19 policies effective September 1, 2021.

Visit https://www.edcjcc.org/covid19/ for the latest health and safety updates.

Building Inclusivity Housing Conference

Tuesday, November 2 - Thursday, November 4, 2021

Inclusive Living is booming in the Washington DC metropolitan area. There are a variety of new inclusive housing options, but we need more. To learn how this can happen, explore what will be offered at the inaugural Building Inclusivity Housing Conference held at Main Street Connect in Rockville, MD, from November 2-4th, hosted by Main Street and The Kelsey.

At this one-of-a-kind conference, participants will dig into the nuts and bolts of creating, maintaining and sustaining affordable, inclusive, accessible housing. We will also spend time on advocacy and policy issues to educate our attendees how to advocate for more opportunity, more projects and more models that prove we can build new innovative solutions.


To learn more: Email Sharonc@mainstreetconnect.org.

AJE Transition-Age Parent Café

Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 6:00 PM to

Calling all parents of children ages 14-21!

Everyone needs support and reminders of their strength! Cafés are hosted by parents, for parents and are all about support, understanding, and unity.

This month's theme: What You Need to Know About Higher Education

Click here to register for the Café.

What is a Parent Café? Watch our YouTube video to find out.

If you need assistance: Contact talia.curhan@aje-dc.org or (202) 678-8060 ext. 210.

Call for Applications: The Arc Day of Service Grant

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Is your organization ready to serve your community and promote the inclusion of people with disabilities at the same time?

The Arc is teaming up with AmeriCorps once again to offer $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 grants to chapters of The Arc and other nonprofit community organizations to develop September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance projects.

Grantees will partner with local service organizations and emergency-preparedness groups or local first responders to implement volunteer events to help increase safety and resilience within the community. Volunteer events can include demonstrating appreciation for first responders, educating your community on emergency preparedness, and more.

Events should begin no later than May 2022 and build up to a keynote event on September 11, 2022.

In these uncertain times, every community is looking for ways to increase community safety and be better prepared in case of a disaster. Apply for a September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance grant today and expand emergency preparedness in your community!

Deadline to apply: Thursday, November 4

To apply: Visit https://thearc.org/dayofservicegrant.

Project SEARCH Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, November 10 - from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Project SEARCH provides employment readiness training for young adults aged 18 to 30 with intellectual and developmental disabilities through intensive internships and classroom instruction.

Parents, professionals, and applicants who are interested in applying to the Project SEARCH programs should make plans to attend.

The agenda will include:

  • Program overview information on our host businesses — Project SEARCH NIH; Project SEARCH Montgomery; Project SEARCH Smithsonian
  • “A Day in the Life of a Project SEARCH Intern”
  • Hear from a former PS intern and parents
  • Review the application process and receive the application materials

Place: Online via Zoom

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8940904816?pwd=ME5DZ2NUR1BLZ3dsVGdqZE9adkRCUT09

Meeting ID: 894 090 4816

Passcode: 436383

Questions? Contact Lu Merrick at lmerrick@ivymount.org OR Psrecruitment@seeconline.org.

DC Special Ed Cooperative's Next Steps Career Exploration Conference 2021

Monday, November 15 - Friday, November 19, 2021

Did you know that there are low-cost and free job training programs in DC for your students? Did you know that, by completing these programs, your students can earn a job certification to enter the workforce? The 6th annual DC3C Next Steps Career Exploration Conference (Next Steps) will be held virtually on Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19. Next Steps is an annual event geared towards DC high school students with disabilities who are ages 14-21. During the duration of the week, students will have the opportunity to explore career options through on-demand sessions from local educational and training vendors. On Thursday, November 18, there will be live presentations and opportunities for students to engage with panelists. We hope that all member schools serving students ages 14-21 are represented!

Students who participate have the opportunity to earn fantastic prizes (Xbox gaming systems, Apple AirPods, and Visa gift cards) throughout the week. An interactive leaderboard will track sessions attended, time engaged in sessions, and questions asked.

DC high school students with disabilities who have either an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan and their parents are welcome to attend this free, virtual conference to learn about future careers. Secure your spot today! Space is limited!

To register, please visit our DC3C SY21-21 Student Registration webpage.

For more information, contact Cotora Holland at cholland@specialedcoop.org.

(Virtual) 2021 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference

Monday, November 15 - Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The focus of the AUCD 2021 Conference will be on the connection between people with disabilities and their families, and the professionals who do disability research. The Conference will explore:

Ways to talk about research that everyone can understand;
How we can use research to make life better for people with disabilities and their families;
What we can learn from the experiences of people with disabilities and their families who have participated in research;
How we can ensure equity, and include all people with disabilities and their families in every step of the research process;
Research or experiences that can help improve the relationship between the research community and the disability community.

For event details and updates: Visit https://www.aucd.org/conference.

D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice Meeting

Friday, November 19 - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Join our D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice!

Are you an educator or service provider who serves youth ages 14-22 preparing for life after high school? Do you want opportunities to connect with others working in this area? Are you looking for specific secondary transition resources or do you have some to share? Join SchoolTalk’s D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice!

We meet virtually once a month to share ideas, resources, and strategies to improve our work and positive outcomes for D.C. transition-age students with disabilities! Upcoming topics include an introduction to the Department of Employment Services’ Office of Youth Programs, new navigational tools for youth and families, culturally responsive secondary transition programming, and more!

Our next meeting is Friday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sign up today!

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