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Call for Participants: Lifeline Partnership's Cooking and Exercise Classes (ENROLLMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Saturday, November 17 -

Join Lifeline Partnership this fall for its Building a Healthy Body Cooking or Exercise classes for people with developmental disabilities.

Healthy Cooking Class (12 sessions): Students will learn about healthy eating habits, cook meals together and eat what they have made.

Healthy Exercise Class (12 sessions): Students will participate in yoga, low impact aerobics, and chair exercises and learn how to incorporate movement into their daily lives. Finish with a healthy snack.

Starting: Saturday, November 17, 2018 (All classes meet on Saturdays.)

Location: First Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Enrollment is first come, first served. Classes are limited to 12 participants each..

To sign up or for additional information: Contact Susie King, 202-291-0819, teeniemommy@msn.com, OR Jennifer Nye, 240-330-2250, jennifer@nyenelson.com.

Free CPR & First Aid Classes at RCCE

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

These classes will teach participants how to perform adult CPR, child CPR and first aid, how to use an automated external defibrillator, infant CPR, as well as choking relief for infants, children, and adults. All classes are taught by local certified American Red Cross Health and Safety Instructors. Classes are open to persons with developmental disabilities and/or groups. Everyone is welcome.

Renaissance Center for Culture and Education (RCCE)
6323 Georgia Ave. NW, Ste. 106
Washington, DC 20011

Space is limited. To register, contact 202-269-1351 or info@renaissance-center.org.

Intelligent Lives' Finding Your Voice Futures Planning Tool

Monday, November 19 - Monday, November 26, 2018

The recent LeDerick Horne webinar "Finding Your Voice" is now online to use as a futures planning tool in your school, family, or community. Use this webinar and the related materials to help young adults plan their future and express their life vision during IEP meetings and transition planning.

Click here to watch the video.

Click here to access related materials.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films: Upcoming Screenings

Saturday, November 24 - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing!

Upcoming Screenings:

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
AMC Theatres Nationwide
Saturday, November 24th

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
AMC Theatres Nationwide
Tuesday, November 27th

Please check your local theatre listings for specific show times. Please click here for more information.

Moving Tips for Disabled Individuals: Making the Experience a Smooth One

Monday, November 26 - Friday, November 30, 2018

by Patrick Young, Founder of Able USA

Making the decision to move means a lot of planning and preparation; there are so many details to think about that it can easily become overwhelming. When you’re living with a disability, looking for a new place, packing, and organizing the physical move can be difficult to say the least. There are several things to consider, from finding a home that will meet all your needs to making sure moving day goes smoothly, and you’ll also need to think about your safety and comfort during the process.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to make things easier on yourself. Start with a good plan that includes a way to find the right home for your needs without breaking the bank, and think about the details. Get organized, make lists, and recruit friends and family members to help make your dream into a reality.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to get started.

Downsize Smartly

If you’re looking to move into a smaller home, it’s important to make sure you go through your belongings to downsize and prevent clutter from being taken to the new place. You can sort everything into piles to stay organized: things you want to keep, things you want to sell or donate, and things that can be thrown away. For those items that you want to hold onto but don’t have room for, consider renting a self-storage unit that will keep them safe. Keep in mind that the average price for a self-storage unit in Washington, D.C., is about $109.66. If you need to rent a truck to transport these items, you could pay between $20 and $30 for eight hours, plus mileage.

Find the Right Home

The right home for you can mean any number of things; it should be personalized to your needs. You might want a house that doesn’t have stairs or one that has a small yard that won’t be hard to take care of. Look online for accessible homes, and narrow down your search by price range in your area. Keep in mind that if you decide to modify the home for accessibility after you move, you could pay upwards of $9,000, depending on what you need to be completed.

Stay Organized

Staying organized will make the job of moving much easier on you, both physically and mentally. Make lists of all the tasks you need to accomplish, and ask for help when you need it. Use apps that will help you get through the move — such as TaskRabbit, which allows you to hire an assistant for a day to run errands or put together furniture — and keep all paperwork related to your new home in a safe place.

Moving is a big job, and it can leave you feeling exhausted, both physically and emotionally, or stressed. Taking steps to ensure that you don’t become overwhelmed is important, so talk to your friends and family to garner support and get help during the process. With a good plan, you can make moving day a success.

Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment & Certificate

Friday, November 30, 2018 from 1:00 PM to

The NorthStar Digital Literacy Assessment and Certificate are respected workforce credentials that affirm your competency in basic digital literacy skills. Earn your NorthStar Digital Literacy Assessment (NDLA) Certificate in one or more of the following areas of basic digital literacy: Computer Basics, Internet, Windows, Mac OS X, Email, MS Word, Social Media, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Info Literacy. NDLA Certificates are proctored and offered in the Computer Lab located at Library Express (1990 K St., NW, Room 102). Click here to learn more.

Chuck E. Cheese's Sensory Sensitive Sundays

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Chuck E. Cheese's offers a sensory-friendly experience, two hours early, on the first Sunday of every month. The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes: less crowding and noise, dimmed lighting, show and music turned off or down, limited appearances by Chuck E., and food and games are offered for a fee. Click here for more information and for a list of participating locations.

Upcoming Holiday Access Programs at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Sunday, December 2 - Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 8:30 AM to

Join us as we celebrate the holidays and America’s railroad history. This year,All Aboard! will feature the popular model train display and welcome back some of our favorite Thomas and Friends engines as well as other trains chugging through the display of plant-based American railroad stations. Our collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials returns with a new botanical version of Washington, D.C.’s Union Station.

Program Dates
Sunday, December 2: 8:30-10 a.m. (all ages welcome)
Sunday, December 16: 8:30-10:30 a.m. (all ages welcome)

**NEW**
Sunday, December 16: 6:30-8:00 p.m. - We invite program participants 13+ years and their families to our pilot evening program and look forward to your feedback for future planning. Our goal is to offer this companion event to our morning programs moving forward.

RSVP
In order to honor the spirit and intent of this program, please indicate your preferred date in the RSVP with the names(s) and number(s) of participants. We will fill each date on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP to Maura Nelson at mnelson@aoc.gov or (202) 226-1047.

EdFEST: DC's Annual Public School Fair

Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections for your child for the 2019-20 school year. The event is free and features key services and fun activities for the whole family. Interpretation in American Sign Language, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French is available throughout the day.

Please click here to RSVP.

Please click here for more information.

Fall Trainings for Person-Centered Thinking

Monday, December 10 - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Why take Person-Centered Thinking Training?

  • Improve service delivery for people with long-term support needs,
  • Social workers can obtain 14 Continuing Education Units (CEUs),
  • Participants acquire core skills to assure that person-centered service plans focus on what is important to and for people,
  • You get to be a part of systems change in the District!

When:

December 10 (Part I) & December 11 (Part II) from 9:00am—4:30pm

Where:

Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)
441 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Registration:

To register, everyone should contact Lee Anne Brantley at leeanne.brantley@dc.gov.

To learn more about PCT visit www.dds.dc.gov.

SAVE THE DATE: Ivymount Special Needs Resource Fair

Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Ivymount's Seventh Annual Resource Fair will host over 50 exhibitors whose organizations provide a variety of services to children and young adults with special needs and their families in the DC metropolitan area.

*This event is open to the public.

Place: The Ivymount School - 11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville, MD


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