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SF Performance: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ In Concert

Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 2:00 PM to

Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO perform John Williams's unforgettable score live to picture. Age 5+

*Ticket required ($29 - $99)

Click here for tickets and more information.

Click here for upcoming sensory-friendly event information.

Call for Testers: Office of the Chief Technology Officer

Monday, November 27 -

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) is looking to identify individuals outside of dc.gov to test software for them with JAWS and report major accessibility barriers. For more information, contact OCTO at (202) 727-6857 or octo@dc.gov.

Upcoming AJE Events

Tuesday, November 28 - Thursday, December 14, 2017

Title: Principal Chat & Chew
Topic: What should you do if you think your child might have a disability: Child Find and Initial Evaluations
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Time: 8:50 am - 9:30 am
Place: Plummer Elementary School - 4601 Texas Ave, SE
To RSVP: Call 202-678-8060 or click here.
Presented by: AJE Parent Training & Information Center

Title: Giving Tuesday
Description: Giving Tuesday is a great way to extend the joy and gratitude of your Thanksgiving holiday.
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
To donate: Click here
To share an #UnSelfie: Click here
To learn more: Click here

Title: Special Education Thursdays
Topic: Understanding Education Psychological Evaluations and Reports
Guest: Alexis A. Pittenger, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 12:30 pm
To join or learn more: Click here

Title: Lunch & Learn
Topic: Homeschooling
Guest: Sean Compagnucci, Executive Director of Early Stages
*AJE's Lunch & Learns are FREE, (bring your own lunch).
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Place: AJE Offices - 25 E Street, NW
To sign up or learn more: Email information@aje-dc.org

Title: Pizza Fundraiser
Description: Join the AJE staff, families and friends for a pizza fundraiser at the Barracks Row & Pizza. Just tell the cashier you are there to support AJE and show them this image.
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Place: Barracks Row & Pizza - 405 8th Street, SE

Title: Special Education Thursdays
Topic: Understanding Restorative Justice Practices for Students with Disabilities
Guest: Leila Peterson, Restorative DC and SchoolTalk
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time: 12:30 pm
To join or learn more: Click here

DC Metro Abilities Expo

Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 11:00 AM to

Imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For nearly 40 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Every event opens your eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what Abilities Expo has to offer?

Click here to register.

Click here for more information.

Kids in Action December Calendar

Saturday, December 2 - Saturday, December 30, 2017

Title: Only Make Believe
Description: Three Only Make Believe actors arrive with a trunk full of colorful costumes for the children and perform a fun-filled interactive play. *All ages and abilities welcome!
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
RSVP to: Jenn Preyers at jpreyers@hospsc.org

Title: Teen Night
Description: Teen night is for kids ages 11 and older. It is a chance for teens to come and hang out with their peers in a fun, safe environment. Teen Night is the second Friday of every month. The theme of this event is Holiday Hoopla!! This event will have a fun variety of games and art and craft activities.
Date: Friday, December 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
RSVP to: Robyn Winston-Cohen at rwinston@hospsc.org or 202-557-1851

Title: Frosty Night Dance
Description: Come out and get your groove on with Kids in Action! We will be celebrating the holiday season with some rocking tunes!
Date: Friday, December 15, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
RSVP to: Robyn Winston-Cohen at rwinston@hospsc.org or 202-557-1851

Title: Santa’s Secret Workshop
Description: Kids in Action will host our first Santa’s Secret Workshop! Our participants will have the opportunity to practice money management skills to purchase gifts for their friends and family. They will also have the opportunity to wrap their presents and get pictures with SANTA! Kiddos can skip the long lines at the mall to see Santa- instead they can come here for a “Sensory Friendly Santa”.
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
RSVP to: Robyn Winston-Cohen at rwinston@hospsc.org or 202-557-1851

Title: Movie Matinee with Kids in Action
Description: Come join us for a sensory-friendly movie. We will provide the popcorn, so get ready for a fun afternoon!
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RSVP to: Jenn Preyers at jpreyers@hospsc.org

Title: New Year's Eve Dance
Description: Who is ready to ring in the new year?! Join Kids in Action for a fun New Years eve party!! We will have a variety of games and crafts for friends of all ages!
Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
RSVP to: Robyn Winston-Cohen at rwinston@hospsc.org or 202-557-1851

Place: The HSC Pediatric Center
1731 Bunker Hill Road, NE
Washington, DC 20017

The ABLE Act: A Progress Report - Congressional Briefing

Monday, December 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The purpose of the briefing is to provide Members of Congress and ABLE related stakeholders with a progress report on ABLE Act implementation nationwide. The briefing will provide an in depth look at what we know to date about account owner demographics, number of accounts open, contribution levels and other significant data points. We will also highlight successes, examine implementation challenges, and look at proposed legislative recommendations to strengthen ABLE.

Click here for more information and to register.

Quality Trust Parent Workshop: Decision Making After Age 18

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Reaching the age of 18 can be an exciting time for people with disabilities and their families. It also is a time when many questions arise about what the legal responsibilities are of young adults and how they can be supported with decision-making when they face critical life choices. The intention of this workshop is to provide families with information about the full range of decision-making tools available, so they can identify and use the right tool at the right time to support people with disabilities in succeeding, thriving, and experiencing full membership in their communities.

Click here to register.

The DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (SF CoP) Meeting

Friday, December 8, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

The DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (SF CoP) is a group of diverse stakeholders who are working together to create policies, practices and systems that support families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability across the life span. We come together to learn, share information, and support each other.

At our upcoming meeting we will:

  • Discuss employment
  • Q&A with DDS Leadership
  • Have a focus group about DC schools
  • Talk about diversity and cultural and linguistic competency
  • And more!

*We will provide lunch. For people who are forfeiting wages, not working full time, or will have child care or transportation costs that would be financially burdensome, we are happy to provide a stipend.

Please RSVP to Cheryl Bolden at cheryl.bolden@dc.gov or (202) 442-8411

*Accessibility: The space and bathrooms at DDS are wheelchair accessible. To request additional accommodations, including language access, specific dietary requests, etc. please contact Cheryl Bolden at the email or phone number above.

*Metro: Federal Center SW (blue/silver/orange); Bus: P6; Parking: on street (limited) or $16/day parking garage

Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities: Findings from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2015 National Financial Capability Study

Monday, December 11, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join National Disability Institute, FINRA Investor Education Foundation, federal agency representatives and leaders in the disability community to hear what we learned, react to the report findings and share opportunities to improve the financial well-being of people with disabilities.

The event will feature Gerri Walsh, President FINRA Investor Education Foundation; Annie Donovan, Director of CDFI Fund; Dave Buchholz, Deputy Associate Director, Federal Reserve Board; Janet Gordon, Associate Director, Division of Consumer Affairs, FDIC; Judy Heumann, Senior Fellow, Ford Foundation; Anil Lewis, Director, Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind; Gary Mottola, Research Director, FINRA Investor Education Foundation; and Susan Tachau, CEO, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation.

*Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to register.

College Steps / NOVA Open Houses

Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

College Steps is a non-profit organization that partners with NOVA to provide support for college/college-bound students living with social or learning challenges (e.g., learning disabilities, autism, developmental, or intellectual disabilities).

We recognize that for many students college is challenging and can often feel intimidating. Therefore, College Steps offers an individualized support program for college students at NOVA Annandale and NOVA Loudoun.

*The Open House is a free event; however, we encourage everyone to register for the event by the COB on Friday, December 8th. If you are unable to attend, please help us spread the word by sharing this information with a friend or colleague.


NOVA Annandale Open House

NOVA Loudoun Open House

If you have any questions about the events: Please contact Brya Emery at admissions@collegesteps.org or 802-578-0035.

Imagination Stage 2017-2018 Season Sensory-Friendly Performances

Sunday, December 17 - Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 11:00 AM to

2017-2018 Season Sensory-Friendly Performances

Charlotte's Web | Sunday, December 17 | 11:00 a.m.

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.


Disability Start Up Network Meeting

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The DC Department of Small & Local Business Development is supporting an open stakeholders group for community members interested in furthering business development support for business owners and aspiring business owners with a disability in the District.

*All are welcome to participate. ASL interpretation is arranged for each meeting.

Click here to register.

If other accommodations are needed, please contact Kate Mereand at 202-450-8120 or at katherine.mereand-sinha@dc.gov.

Request for Applications: The Future is Now Seed Grants

Monday, January 8, 2018

Easterseals and the University of Illinois-Chicago Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC) announces a Request For Applications for community based organizations interested in implementing The Future is Now: A Future Planning Training Curriculum for Families and Their Adult Relatives with Developmental Disabilities, an evidence-based educational program aimed at helping individuals with disabilities and their families plan for the future. Three (3) seed grants in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to community-based organizations that provide services and supports to people with disabilities and their families.

On Tuesday, December 12th 4-5pm EST, Easterseals will host an informational webinar about The Future is Now and the goals and expectations of the project.We encourage interested parties to register for the webinar. A full description and seed grant application for The Future is Now can also be found on this page. Applications are due by 5pm EST on Monday, January 8, 2018. Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Jed Johnson via email at jjohnson@easterseals.com.

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