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Advocacy and support groups provide comfort, information, and the opportunity to make the world we live in more responsive to the needs of people with disabilities. In the DC area, there are many different types of support and advocacy groups, so you should be able to find one that is the right fit for you.

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DC Department on Disability Services
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
202-730-1700 (voice) | (202) 730-1843 (fax) | (202) 730-1516 (TTY)
dds@dc.gov

The DC Department on Disability Services (DDS) provides the residents of DC with information, oversight, and coordination of services for people with disabilities and those who support them, such as service providers and employers. DDS has two Administrations ( Rehabilitation Services Administration & Developmental Disabilities Administration ) that oversee and coordinate services for residents with disabilities through a network of private and non-profit providers.

REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (RSA) - focuses on employment, ensuring that persons with disabilities achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and sustaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence. RSA’s program is designed to assess, plan, develop, and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, in order to prepare for and engage in gainful employment 34 C.F.R. § 361.1

  • The RSA Youth in Transition Services Units provide transition services, as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 amended, to coordinate a set of activities for students designed around an outcome-oriented process that supports their movement from school to post-school activities including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, and independent living. Vocational rehabilitation transition services link students with disabilities, while still in school, with the vocational rehabilitation program to create a continuum of services leading to long-term employment outcomes for eligible students.
  • To learn more about RSA’s vocational rehabilitation process for youth with disabilities, refer to the RSA Youth in Transition Toolkit: “Explore the World of Work, Discover Your Career”. It provides the specific steps and activities that youth, schools, and parents need to understand to apply for services and work through the RSA process to receive services and find employment.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADMINISTRATION (DDA) - public agency responsible for the oversight and coordination of all services and supports provided to qualified persons with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia.

  • DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program.

DC Department of Behavioral Health
609 H Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002
202-673-2200 (voice) | (202) 673-3433 fax | 202-673-7500 (TTY)
dmh@dc.gov

The Department of Behavioral Health's goal is to deliver mental health services that promote a patient's full recovery, respect cultural and linguistic diversity, and are choice-driven. The Mental Health Rehabilitation Services (MHRS) system for community-based care offers: evaluation and or screening services, case management, counseling, intensive day treatment, crisis or emergency services, rehabilitation programs, psychiatric treatment, and specialized mental health services.

DC Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota AVE NE, Washington, DC 20019
202-724-7000 (voice)
does@dc.gov

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides a wide variety of services to job seekers through its One-Stop Career Centers. A vocational rehabilitation counselor who works for the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is also available at the One-Stop Career Centers. Please note that in order to receive services from an Employment Specialist at the One-Stop Career Center, job seekers must complete an assessment that includes a reading test. Residents who test below an eighth grade reading level will be referred to other agencies for assistance.

Family Voices
1012 Pennsylvania AVE SE, Washington, DC
(202) 265-1432 (voice)

Family Voices is a national organization working in collaboration with various local organizations on behalf of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) . Family Voices provides parents of children with chronic conditions access to specialty healthcare resources and to other families.

NOTE: Family Voices and the Family-to-Family Health Information Center are separate programs. The latter is grant funded under various Family Voices affiliates.

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.
25 E Street, NW (on the 4th floor), Washington, DC 20001
202-678-8060 (voice)

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. educates and trains parents, teens, and young adults with disabilities about laws that govern public and special education or other conditions that impede learning. Training sessions are offered to achieve the following: clarify legal obligations; assist families to prepare for IEP and ITP meetings; provide training and courses to families on educational services; and help parents and transitioning students there are disagreements about educational plans

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. - DC Parent Information Network
1012 Pennsylvania AVE SE, Washington, DC 20003
202) 678-8060 (voice) | (202) 678-8062 (fax)

Under a grant from the D.C. Department of Health’s (DOH), Community Health Administration (CHA), AJE is to develop and implement a District of Columbia Parent Information Network (DC PIN). DC PIN is to provide area residents with special health care needs information on family navigation; care coordination; community education; and individual advocacy.  DC PIN will serve all families and children ages 0 to 21 within the District of Columbia.

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. - Parent to Parent Program
1012 Pennsylvania AVE SE, Washington, DC 20003
202) 678-8060 (voice) | (202) 678-8062 (fax)

Our Parent-to-Parent Program was created to provide parents with a supportive network of peers. This program offers parents an opportunity to develop leadership skills and offer parents in similar situations with support. Peer supporters are provided a comprehensive six-week training that focuses on educational advocacy, the laws supporting special education and related services, and leadership training.

American Association of People with Disabilities
2013 H Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington , DC 20006
202-457-0046 (voice) | 866-536-4461(fax)

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.

American University, Disability Support Services
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016
202-885-1000 (voice)

The mission of Disability Support Services (DSS) is to ensure that students with physical, medical, or psychological disabilities have equal access to university programs and services. DSS provides or coordinates a range of services and accommodations that meet the individual needs of a student based on the impact of the specific disability. Please note that students with learning disabilities or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder should contact the Academic Support Center at 202-885-3360 or asc@american.edu.

The Arc of Frederick County
620-A Research Court, Frederick County, MD 21703
301-663-0909 (voice)
info@arcfc.org

The Arc of Frederick County provides advocacy, access to resources, and assistance in increasing individual and family connections for people with developmental disabilities. The organization seeks creative solutions to help people with developmental disabilities attain their goals.

Programs and Services Provided by the Arc Include...

  • Information and Referral services for anyone who contacts The Arc and needs connections to community resources
  • Residential Supports for children and adults in their family's home, their own home, and to learn the skills to transition to their own home
  • Employment supports for adults and transitioning students to locate careers based on their passions, talents, and personal interests
  • Futures and Estate Planning to help parents plan for their child's needs and where they will live, when parents are no longer around to help.
  • Sibling Supports including workshops and support groups for brothers and sisters of children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Service Coordination for children with autism
  • Hispanic Outreach to further our efforts among the growing Spanish speaking population in Frederick County
  • Educational advocacy to partner with families and schools to promote effective education for each child
  • Training seminars for self-advocates, parents, siblings, professionals, and other community members covering topics such as school advocacy, creative employment options, and navigation through social service systems
  • Real World weekends to support adults with independent living skills challenges that will prepare someone to move into their own home
  • Funding Conduit Services where people are in charge of hiring their own staff
  • Parents Day Out program that gives parents a few hours of respite each month knowing their children are being cared for in a safe, supervised environment.
  • Support Groups for self-advocates and families
  • Classes at FCC, Delaplaine Arts Center, Adult Basic Education, etc.

Community Education...
The Arc publishes The Link, a bi-monthly newsletter for members. A library is available to the public which includes publications and training materials. A speakers bureau is also available upon request.

The Arc of the District of Columbia - Beyond High School: Navigating the Future
415 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-636-2950 (voice)
arcdc@arcdc.net

Our project, funded by a 1-year grant from the Walmart Foundation, will serve 30+ transitioning youth and their families during the '10-'11 school year, with hopes of securing funding to continue the project. Together with our partners, DC Public Schools and Developmental Disabilities Services, we will identify students and families who need assistance planning for their futures and navigating government systems and the many services available to them.

ASAN's Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood
PO Box 66122, Washington , DC 20035
info@autisticadvocacy.org

ASAN is proud to announce the release of a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities and their families to manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood.

Transition to Adulthood: A Health Care Guide for Youth and Families provides people with people with disabilities and their families with information on how to choose a source of health care coverage, create a health care support network, integrate health care transition goals into their educational plans, and manage their health care. It includes useful guides and worksheets for keeping track of health care records, making doctor's appointments, and talking to doctors about health concerns.

The toolkit also includes Model Supported Health Care Decision-Making Legislation and its accompanying Questions and Answers resource. The model legislation, which ASAN developed in collaboration with the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, would enable people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to name a trusted person to help communicate with doctors, understand health care information, make informed decisions about health care, and/or carry out daily health-related activities. Advocates can use this model legislation when talking to their state legislators about ways to support people make independent health care decisions.

ASAN's policy brief, The Transition to Adulthood for Youth with ID/DD: A review of research, policy, and next steps, discusses the range of challenges facing youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they approach adulthood, including potential loss of health care coverage, barriers to obtaining adult-oriented care, and lack of support in making health care decisions. It outlines several policy recommendations to eliminate these barriers, including expanding access to income-based Medicaid coverage, increased education and awareness of the importance of transition and decision-making supports, and increased research on best practices in transition planning.

The Catholic University of America, Disability Support Services
620 Michigan Ave NE, 207 Pryzbyla Center, Washington, DC 20064
202-319-5211 (voice) | 202-319-5126 (fax)

Answers questions concerning accommodations and services available and provides information about and give referrals to admissions, registration, financial aid, and other services within the university. DSS can help assess needs in such areas as housing accommodations, attendants, interpreters, readers, transportation, classroom and course accommodations, tutors, notetakers, and adaptive equipment.

Consumer Action Network
1300 L ST Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005
202-842-0001 (voice)
info@can-dc.org

Consumer Action Network (CAN) empowers mental health consumers by promoting recovery and self-advocacy.     Our website has information about the many services CAN provides and about your rights as a consumer. We also have included a list of community resources in the DC area and some other locations. 

The Coordinating Center
8258 Veterans Highway, Suite 13, Millersville, MD 21108

Provides multiple services for individuals with complex medical needs and disabilities, their families, and others who support them, as well as providers of services. Supports a six-month program called “Leaders in Disability Policy,” which teaches individuals with disabilities the leadership skills to effectively advocate for themselves and others with disabilities.

DC Center for Independent Living
1400 Florida Ave, NE, Suite 3, Washington, DC 20002
202-388-0033 (voice)

The DCCIL is managed by and for persons with a variety of disabilities. The DCCIL is a community based, private non-profit organization that promotes independent life styles for persons with significant disabilities in the District of Columbia. DCCIL has four core independent living services: (1) Independent living skills training including travel training, (2) Peer counseling, (3) Advocacy and legal services, and (4) Information and referral to community services.

DC LEARNs (D.C. Literacy Education, Advocacy and Resource Network)
1612 K St, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006
202-331-0141 (voice) | 202-331-0143 (fax)

DC LEARNs is a nonprofit citywide coalition of organizations providing adult, family, and children’s literacy services to the residents of Washington, DC. Their work includes: training, policy work and analysis, pilot projects, volunteer recruitment, and gathering and providing information on literacy programs.

DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (SF CoP)
1125 15th Street, NW , Washington, DC 20005
202-870-9640 (voice)
alison.whyte@dc.gov

The DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (SF CoP) is a group of family members, advocates with disabilities, government leaders, disability advocacy and services professionals, and other interested community members who are thinking together about how to create policies, practices and systems that better support families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability across the life course.

Fair and Affordable Housing: The Activist's Blueprint for Action

Mortgage Calculator's "Fair and Affordable Housing: The Activist's Blueprint for Action" is a resource guide designed to help those fighting for fair and affordable housing in their communities have an even greater impact. The guide includes links to:

  • National housing organization websites, research, and publications
  • Brief summaries of housing laws and executive orders
  • Options for reporting housing discrimination
  • And more

Gallaudet University, Office for Students with Disabilities
Jordan Student Academic Center, Rm 1220, 800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-651-5256 (voice) | 202-651-5887 (fax)
oswd@gallaudet.edu

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) provides individually tailored, comprehensive, support services and programs for students with disabilities. OSWD empowers eligible students to succeed in their pursuit of higher education by striving to assure equal access and opportunity to curricular and extra-curricular activities. Supporting the ideal of life-long learning, OSWD encourages and provides experiences and opportunities to build confidence beyond the classroom. Student autonomy is encouraged through the provision of reasonable accommodations, academic support groups, self-advocacy, and compensatory training. OSWD employs a student-centered interactive model in which collaboration among professionals and OSWD students results in a nondiscriminatory academic environment. In addition, OSWD provides professional development services and programs for faculty and staff and for community-based professionals.

George Mason University, Office of Disability Support
Student Union Bldg I, Rm 211, MSN 5C9, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-2474 (voice) | 703-993-4306 (fax) | 703-993-2476 (TTY)

The Office of Disability Services at George Mason University offers a variety of services for students with documented disabilities, including learning disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision, mobility limitations, attention deficit disorders (ADD/ ADHD), psychiatric disorders, and medical disabilities. We encourage both prospective and current students to learn more about our services by going to our web site at and/or calling our office to make an appointment with an ODS coordinator.

George Washington University, Disability Support Services
Marvin Center, Suite 242, 800 21st St, NW, Washington, DC 20052
202-994-8250 (voice) | 202-994-7610 (fax)
dss@gwu.edu

The George Washington University believes in the equality of people, the value of individual differences, and the unending possibilities for growth and the development of the human spirit. With that philosophy, the University established Disability Support Services (DSS) in 1978 to support students with disabilities so that they may participate fully in university life, derive the greatest benefit from their educational experiences, and achieve maximum personal success. DSS currently serves over 700 GW students with a wide variety of disabilities, as well as those temporarily disabled by injury or illness.

Georgetown University, Academic Resource Center
Leavey Center, Suite 335, Box 571235 , Washington, DC 20057
202-687-8354 (voice)
arc@georgetown.edu

Georgetown University is committed to providing academic support for all students and to integrating students with disabilities as fully as possible into all aspects of University life. The Academic Resource Center fulfills this mission by providing assistance in study skills necessary for academic achievement through individual consultations or workshops; accommodations to students with disabilities under the ADA and Section 504; facilities and support services to help ensure access for students with disabilities.

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
4301 Connecticut Ave NW, , Washington, DC 20008
202-237-1670 (voice) | 202-274-2161 (fax)

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) helps girls to promote diversity, gain practical life skills, and connect with their community through a variety of artistic, educational, and environmental events. Some of these events include:

  • Photography expos
  • College and career conferences
  • Nature workshops

Howard University, Special Student Services
Howard Center, Suite 725, 2225 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20059
202-238-2420 (voice)

All students attending the Howard University with a documented disabilities are eligible and encouraged to register for services.

Jenny Hatch Justice Project
202-448-1448 (voice)
JHJP@dcqualitytrust.org

Sponsored by Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, The Jenny Hatch Justice Project (JHJP) supports the right of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to make decisions about their lives. JHJP provides access to:

  • Recent research publications on independent living services and alternatives to guardianship
  • Informative brochures on decision-making
  • A sample training program
  • Legal, educational, and transition resources

The Kingsbury Center
5000 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20011
202-722-5555 (voice)
jlux@kingsbury.org

Kingsbury Day School is an independent K-12 full-time special education school serving the needs of learning disabled students with average to above average cognitive abilities. KDS is an accredited school serving both publicly and privately funded students, and students who graduate earn a high school diploma.

Montgomery College, Developmental Education and Workforce Access Program (includes Challenge Program)
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850
240-567-5000 (voice)

This is a custom-tailored learning community program for students with special needs exiting high school. GTP is a two-year, tuition-based, credit-free certificate program. The overall objective is to enable students to transition to greater independent living through functional education, residential, vocational, and life-skills services. The Challenge Program provides unique courses for adults with developmental disabilities to help them function more independently in their homes, at work, and in the community. Of equal importance, students will have the opportunity to increase their social and community awareness by learning at Montgomery College.

Montgomery College, Disability Support Services
Counseling and Advising Bldg, Rm CB122, 51 Mannakee St , Rockville, MD 20850
240-567-5058 (voice) | 240-567-5097 (fax) | 301-294-9672 (TTY)
dss@montgomerycollege.edu

Disability Support Services (DSS) is dedicated to assisting students with disabilities accomplish their personal, scholastic and career goals. We do this by teaching academic and advocacy skills; eliminating the physical, technical and attitudinal barriers that limit opportunities; and promoting an awareness of the experience of persons with disabilities within social, political, and economic constructs.

Ms. Wheelchair DC
202-484-3550 (voice)
mswheelchairdc@aol.com

The Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia is a sisterhood of dynamic women who are dedicated to promoting disability awareness, education, and empowerment. For the last 10 years, the Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia organization has selected a spokesperson to speak to the general public about her life as a person with a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a platform issue of her choosing. Moreover, Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia competes nationally with other state titleholders in the annual Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant.

National Center for Autism Resources & Education (nCARE)

WE SUPPORT NATIONALLY:

  • RESEARCH related to Autism and related neuro-developmental disorders,
  • PUBLIC AWARENESS about incidence of disorders and effective treatment,
  • ACCURATE INFORMATION dissemination of up to date, research based information to families, educators and medical professionals, and
  • EDUCATION of parents, advocates, clinicians, educators, lawyers and the community as to best practices and appropriate treatment. Promoting a collaborative, cross training approach.

THIS IS DONE THROUGH:

  • BEING A SOURCE of accurate, up to date, research based information,
  • TRAINING families, educators and clinicians and lawyers, through community training programs,
  • SUPPORTING community programs that promote awareness about disabilities and support families and individuals with disabilities,
  • PROMOTING INDEPENDENCE through education advocacy, self advocacy, independent living and home and community based services for children and adults with Autism and related neuro-developmental disorders,
  • FUNDING of research that addresses the quality of life for parents and their children with Autism, and
  • SPONSORING quality Special Education Advocacy trainings through NSEAI, which provides on-site, on-line training, and conferences.

New View, LLC
966 Hungerford Dr, Suite 7, Rockville, MD 20850
240-535-4036 (voice)
contact@newviewot.com

New View, LLC establishes relationships with children, young adults, adults, and their families and/or educational support team to determine relevant, individualized, and client-centered recommendations related to education, work, self-care, and leisure. We provide quality therapeutic services across the lifespan to create meaningful life experiences that help to improve independence and confidence in education, work, self-care, and leisure activities. We provide occupational therapy treatment and evaluation in addition to vocational, career guidance, and assessment.

Office of Disability Rights
441 4th St, NW, Suite 729N, Washington, DC 20001
202-724-5055 (voice) | 202-727-3363 (TTY)
mathew.mccollough@dc.gov

The mission of the DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) is to ensure that DC programs are fully accessible to people with disabilities. ODR is committed to inclusion, community-based services, and self-determination for people with disabilities. ODR is responsible for making sure that the DC government satisfies the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability rights laws. ODR (1) looks into discrimination complaints and other issues made by community members, (2) provides ADA training and other help to DC agencies to ensure that all people with disabilities are treated with respect and integrity, and (3) works with community members and government partners to ensure that people with disabilities have opportunities to become productive citizens within their communities with appropriate supports.

Parents Anonymous
Children’s National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20010
1-888-884-2327 (voice)

Group for parents to freely share questions, concerns, problems, and solutions about parenting in a safe, supportive atmosphere. Free meetings with family-style meal every Monday, 5:30-7 pm.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
5335 Wisconsin AVE NW Suite 825, Washington, DC 20015
(202) 448-1450  (voice)
info@dcqualitytrust.org

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities is an advocacy organization that is an independent catalyst for change in the lives of people of all ages with developmental disabilities. Quality Trust advocates, monitors, provides legal education, training, and family navigation to residents of the District of Columbia.

Student Veterans of America
1625 K Street NW, Suite 320 , Washington , DC 20006
(202) 223-4710 (voice)

Student Veterans of America envisions a nation where all student veterans succeed in post-secondary programs and contribute to civilian society in meaningful ways. SVA provides the resources and support to do so through five major initiatives. We maintain a commitment to Support Chapters through leadership training, grants, and networking opportunities that facilitate the development of successful student-run organizations. An essential component of chapter work is advocating for supportive campus services and programs. At the national level, SVA’s Advocacy efforts ensure policies are not only supportive for veterans in their transition to school and employment, but also for the entire military community. To best serve this large community, SVA Develops Partnerships with other organizations to provide scholarships, mentorships, employment, and benefits counseling. Yet, our support doesn’t end at graduation. Student Veterans of America is developing a networking program that will Connect Alumni veterans with even more professional opportunities. These initiatives are designed to bring veterans closer to their degrees, yet little data exists on student veterans' academic performance. By Investing in Research, SVA hopes to fill that void and showcase student veteran success.

TASH
1025 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005
202-540-9020 (voice) | 202-540-9019 (fax)
operations@tash.org

TASH is a civil rights organization for, and of, people with mental disability, autism, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities and other conditions that make full integration a challenge. Although TASH 's work is often on a global level, equally, if not more significant, is the direct support we provide individuals with disabilities and their family members. We serve as a clearinghouse for the daily reporting of treatment that is unjust or that limits opportunity. We provide information, linkage with resources, expert assistance toward fighting inequities, legal expertise, and targeted advocacy. We bring to the assistance of individuals in need, the backing of our thousands of members worldwide and the support of a national organization committed to social justice for all people.

Trinity DC, Disability Student Services
Academic Service Center, Library, 1st,
202-884-9358 (voice)

If you are a student with a psychological, cognitive, and/or physical disability, Disability Student Services (DSS) is here to ensure that you receive support services that will equalize your access for your courses and campus activities. In contrast to high school, where students with disabilities are entitled to certain services, in college, you must become approved or eligible for services based on the guidelines set forth by your college/university (Read "Disability in Higher Education"). At Trinity, this means that you must first register with DSS before you can request support services.

University of Maryland College Park, Disability Support Services
4th Floor, Susquehanna Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
301-314-7682 (voice)

The mission of the Disablility Support Service is to coordinate services that ensure individuals with disabilities equal access to University of Maryland College Park programs.

University of the District of Columbia, Disability Resource Center
4200 Connecticut Ave, NW, Bldg 44, Rm A-39 , Washington, DC 20008
202-274-6417 (voice) | 202-274-5375 (fax) | 202-448-7213 (videophone) (TTY)

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is an urban land grant institution. UDC is a comprehensive public institution offering affordable post-secondary degrees at the associates, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. The Disability Supports Services Offices provides accommodations and assistance to students with documented disabilities. It is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations. Students will also need to provide recent documentation of their disability and recent testing and evaluations of their disability.

The Youth Action Council on Transition (Youth ACT)
(202) 907- 6887 (voice)
sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org

Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)

The Youth Action Council on Transition (Youth ACT) is a national initiative to get more youth involved as leaders and partners with adults and youth-serving organizations to improve youth transition outcomes. YouthACT is led by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

For more information about the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) visit http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ .

For more information about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/ .

YouthACT State Teams

YouthACT has supported the creation of 5 state teams: District of Columbia, Tennessee, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and California.

We are very excited that DC has been selected to participate in the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)! YouthACT Team DC is comprised of two youth, an adult partner (SchoolTalk) and a sponsoring organization (Quality Trust). YouthACT Team DC received letters of support from the DC Department on Disability Services (DDS), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

To get in contact with YouthACT Team DC, please contact Sarah Grime with SchoolTalk at (202) 907-6887 or sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org .

More Information

YouthACT works with youth, ages 12-25, to develop skills and knowledge in leadership and advocacy so they can speak up about what all youth need to be successful during transition to adulthood. YouthACT also supports youth to learn how to partner with adults and work with peers as a team to advocate for improving youth opportunities and services in their local community.

YouthACT aims to improve the capacity and engagement of youth with disabilities and their allies as leaders and partners in efforts to improve transition policies and practices within and across systems serving youth. YouthACT will accomplish this goal by:
1. Supporting the creation of local YouthACT teams consisting of two emerging youth leaders and one adult partner.
2. Providing the emerging youth leaders the training and mentoring necessary to: increase their knowledge about the transition process and policies in various systems; and increase their leadership and advocacy skills.
3. Supporting the youth leaders, as part of their YouthACT team, to participate in leadership opportunities related to informing their peers and the various systems about improved transition for all youth.
4. Engaging the youth leaders in developing materials and tools for youth, families, professionals, and policy makers.
5. Engaging the youth leaders in identifying transition barriers youth are experiencing across systems and developing a national change agenda that is youth-driven.
6. Developing the capacity of organizations/agencies to effectively engage youth as leaders and partners in efforts to improve youth transition outcomes.

Youth Resources

DC Department on Disability Services
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
202-730-1700 (voice) | (202) 730-1843 (fax) | (202) 730-1516 (TTY)
dds@dc.gov

The DC Department on Disability Services (DDS) provides the residents of DC with information, oversight, and coordination of services for people with disabilities and those who support them, such as service providers and employers. DDS has two Administrations ( Rehabilitation Services Administration & Developmental Disabilities Administration ) that oversee and coordinate services for residents with disabilities through a network of private and non-profit providers.

REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (RSA) - focuses on employment, ensuring that persons with disabilities achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and sustaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence. RSA’s program is designed to assess, plan, develop, and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, in order to prepare for and engage in gainful employment 34 C.F.R. § 361.1

  • The RSA Youth in Transition Services Units provide transition services, as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 amended, to coordinate a set of activities for students designed around an outcome-oriented process that supports their movement from school to post-school activities including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, and independent living. Vocational rehabilitation transition services link students with disabilities, while still in school, with the vocational rehabilitation program to create a continuum of services leading to long-term employment outcomes for eligible students.
  • To learn more about RSA’s vocational rehabilitation process for youth with disabilities, refer to the RSA Youth in Transition Toolkit: “Explore the World of Work, Discover Your Career”. It provides the specific steps and activities that youth, schools, and parents need to understand to apply for services and work through the RSA process to receive services and find employment.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADMINISTRATION (DDA) - public agency responsible for the oversight and coordination of all services and supports provided to qualified persons with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia.

  • DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program.

DC Department of Behavioral Health
609 H Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002
202-673-2200 (voice) | (202) 673-3433 fax | 202-673-7500 (TTY)
dmh@dc.gov

The Department of Behavioral Health's goal is to deliver mental health services that promote a patient's full recovery, respect cultural and linguistic diversity, and are choice-driven. The Mental Health Rehabilitation Services (MHRS) system for community-based care offers: evaluation and or screening services, case management, counseling, intensive day treatment, crisis or emergency services, rehabilitation programs, psychiatric treatment, and specialized mental health services.

DC Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota AVE NE, Washington, DC 20019
202-724-7000 (voice)
does@dc.gov

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides a wide variety of services to job seekers through its One-Stop Career Centers. A vocational rehabilitation counselor who works for the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is also available at the One-Stop Career Centers. Please note that in order to receive services from an Employment Specialist at the One-Stop Career Center, job seekers must complete an assessment that includes a reading test. Residents who test below an eighth grade reading level will be referred to other agencies for assistance.

Family Voices
1012 Pennsylvania AVE SE, Washington, DC
(202) 265-1432 (voice)

Family Voices is a national organization working in collaboration with various local organizations on behalf of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) . Family Voices provides parents of children with chronic conditions access to specialty healthcare resources and to other families.

NOTE: Family Voices and the Family-to-Family Health Information Center are separate programs. The latter is grant funded under various Family Voices affiliates.

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.
25 E Street, NW (on the 4th floor), Washington, DC 20001
202-678-8060 (voice)

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. educates and trains parents, teens, and young adults with disabilities about laws that govern public and special education or other conditions that impede learning. Training sessions are offered to achieve the following: clarify legal obligations; assist families to prepare for IEP and ITP meetings; provide training and courses to families on educational services; and help parents and transitioning students there are disagreements about educational plans

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. - DC Parent Information Network
1012 Pennsylvania AVE SE, Washington, DC 20003
202) 678-8060 (voice) | (202) 678-8062 (fax)

Under a grant from the D.C. Department of Health’s (DOH), Community Health Administration (CHA), AJE is to develop and implement a District of Columbia Parent Information Network (DC PIN). DC PIN is to provide area residents with special health care needs information on family navigation; care coordination; community education; and individual advocacy.  DC PIN will serve all families and children ages 0 to 21 within the District of Columbia.

American Association of People with Disabilities
2013 H Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington , DC 20006
202-457-0046 (voice) | 866-536-4461(fax)

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.

American University, Disability Support Services
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016
202-885-1000 (voice)

The mission of Disability Support Services (DSS) is to ensure that students with physical, medical, or psychological disabilities have equal access to university programs and services. DSS provides or coordinates a range of services and accommodations that meet the individual needs of a student based on the impact of the specific disability. Please note that students with learning disabilities or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder should contact the Academic Support Center at 202-885-3360 or asc@american.edu.

American Youth Policy Forum
1836 Jefferson Place NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 775-9731 (voice) | (202) 775-9733 (fax)
aypf@aypf.org

AYPF’s mission is to broaden the awareness and understanding of policymakers and to strengthen the youth policy-making process by bridging policy, practice, and research. We do this by identifying the most pertinent high-quality information on youth issues available and providing a forum for prominent leaders in government, programming, and research, as well as the youth themselves, to share their viewpoints and expertise about the policies and practices that improve outcomes for all youth.

The Arc of Frederick County
620-A Research Court, Frederick County, MD 21703
301-663-0909 (voice)
info@arcfc.org

The Arc of Frederick County provides advocacy, access to resources, and assistance in increasing individual and family connections for people with developmental disabilities. The organization seeks creative solutions to help people with developmental disabilities attain their goals.

Programs and Services Provided by the Arc Include...

  • Information and Referral services for anyone who contacts The Arc and needs connections to community resources
  • Residential Supports for children and adults in their family's home, their own home, and to learn the skills to transition to their own home
  • Employment supports for adults and transitioning students to locate careers based on their passions, talents, and personal interests
  • Futures and Estate Planning to help parents plan for their child's needs and where they will live, when parents are no longer around to help.
  • Sibling Supports including workshops and support groups for brothers and sisters of children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Service Coordination for children with autism
  • Hispanic Outreach to further our efforts among the growing Spanish speaking population in Frederick County
  • Educational advocacy to partner with families and schools to promote effective education for each child
  • Training seminars for self-advocates, parents, siblings, professionals, and other community members covering topics such as school advocacy, creative employment options, and navigation through social service systems
  • Real World weekends to support adults with independent living skills challenges that will prepare someone to move into their own home
  • Funding Conduit Services where people are in charge of hiring their own staff
  • Parents Day Out program that gives parents a few hours of respite each month knowing their children are being cared for in a safe, supervised environment.
  • Support Groups for self-advocates and families
  • Classes at FCC, Delaplaine Arts Center, Adult Basic Education, etc.

Community Education...
The Arc publishes The Link, a bi-monthly newsletter for members. A library is available to the public which includes publications and training materials. A speakers bureau is also available upon request.

The Arc of the District of Columbia - Beyond High School: Navigating the Future
415 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-636-2950 (voice)
arcdc@arcdc.net

Our project, funded by a 1-year grant from the Walmart Foundation, will serve 30+ transitioning youth and their families during the '10-'11 school year, with hopes of securing funding to continue the project. Together with our partners, DC Public Schools and Developmental Disabilities Services, we will identify students and families who need assistance planning for their futures and navigating government systems and the many services available to them.

ASAN's Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood
PO Box 66122, Washington , DC 20035
info@autisticadvocacy.org

ASAN is proud to announce the release of a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities and their families to manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood.

Transition to Adulthood: A Health Care Guide for Youth and Families provides people with people with disabilities and their families with information on how to choose a source of health care coverage, create a health care support network, integrate health care transition goals into their educational plans, and manage their health care. It includes useful guides and worksheets for keeping track of health care records, making doctor's appointments, and talking to doctors about health concerns.

The toolkit also includes Model Supported Health Care Decision-Making Legislation and its accompanying Questions and Answers resource. The model legislation, which ASAN developed in collaboration with the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, would enable people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to name a trusted person to help communicate with doctors, understand health care information, make informed decisions about health care, and/or carry out daily health-related activities. Advocates can use this model legislation when talking to their state legislators about ways to support people make independent health care decisions.

ASAN's policy brief, The Transition to Adulthood for Youth with ID/DD: A review of research, policy, and next steps, discusses the range of challenges facing youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they approach adulthood, including potential loss of health care coverage, barriers to obtaining adult-oriented care, and lack of support in making health care decisions. It outlines several policy recommendations to eliminate these barriers, including expanding access to income-based Medicaid coverage, increased education and awareness of the importance of transition and decision-making supports, and increased research on best practices in transition planning.

The Catholic University of America, Disability Support Services
620 Michigan Ave NE, 207 Pryzbyla Center, Washington, DC 20064
202-319-5211 (voice) | 202-319-5126 (fax)

Answers questions concerning accommodations and services available and provides information about and give referrals to admissions, registration, financial aid, and other services within the university. DSS can help assess needs in such areas as housing accommodations, attendants, interpreters, readers, transportation, classroom and course accommodations, tutors, notetakers, and adaptive equipment.

CLE Summer Exploration Program
401 North Washington Street, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850
800-486-5058 (voice)
info@experiencecle.com

CLE Summer Exploration is a program for diverse learners entering their senior year or who have recently graduated. Summer Exploration is a preview of independent living in a college environment, with intensive support to build the educational, vocational, social and independent living skills needed for transition to adulthood.

During this three-week summer experience, students will participate in classes to prepare them for life after high school. Lifelong skills will be developed as they receive coaching from our highly qualified staff in:

  • Preparing for higher education
  • Self-advocacy
  • Navigating a new community
  • Building new relationships
  • Independent living

College Living Experience Facebook Page
401 North Washington Street, Suite 420 , Rockville, MD 20850
800-486-5058 (voice)
info@experiencecle.com

College Living Experience's facebook page features a variety of helpful articles centered on transition planning tips and advice. Article topics include:

  • "How to Think Positive About Transition"
  • "Learning to Advocate for Yourself"
  • And more!

Consumer Action Network
1300 L ST Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005
202-842-0001 (voice)
info@can-dc.org

Consumer Action Network (CAN) empowers mental health consumers by promoting recovery and self-advocacy.     Our website has information about the many services CAN provides and about your rights as a consumer. We also have included a list of community resources in the DC area and some other locations. 

The Coordinating Center
8258 Veterans Highway, Suite 13, Millersville, MD 21108

Provides multiple services for individuals with complex medical needs and disabilities, their families, and others who support them, as well as providers of services. Supports a six-month program called “Leaders in Disability Policy,” which teaches individuals with disabilities the leadership skills to effectively advocate for themselves and others with disabilities.

DC Center for Independent Living
1400 Florida Ave, NE, Suite 3, Washington, DC 20002
202-388-0033 (voice)

The DCCIL is managed by and for persons with a variety of disabilities. The DCCIL is a community based, private non-profit organization that promotes independent life styles for persons with significant disabilities in the District of Columbia. DCCIL has four core independent living services: (1) Independent living skills training including travel training, (2) Peer counseling, (3) Advocacy and legal services, and (4) Information and referral to community services.

DC LEARNs (D.C. Literacy Education, Advocacy and Resource Network)
1612 K St, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006
202-331-0141 (voice) | 202-331-0143 (fax)

DC LEARNs is a nonprofit citywide coalition of organizations providing adult, family, and children’s literacy services to the residents of Washington, DC. Their work includes: training, policy work and analysis, pilot projects, volunteer recruitment, and gathering and providing information on literacy programs.

DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (SF CoP)
1125 15th Street, NW , Washington, DC 20005
202-870-9640 (voice)
alison.whyte@dc.gov

The DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (SF CoP) is a group of family members, advocates with disabilities, government leaders, disability advocacy and services professionals, and other interested community members who are thinking together about how to create policies, practices and systems that better support families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability across the life course.

DeafBlind Citizens in Action

DeafBlind Citizens in Action is an independent and emerging organization led by young adults who are DeafBlind. Their mission includes advocacy, education, and outreach to empower other young adults globally.

Dreams for Kids

Dreams For Kids DC empowers youth living in poverty and those with disabilities by uniting them with their peers, recognizing their abilities, and allowing their voices to be heard. The most isolated young people from every community in the metropolitan area are reminded they have something to give. While fearlessly pursuing their dreams, they are leading others to their own and compassionately changing the world.

Easter Seals Project Action
1425 K St, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005
202-459-4003 (voice) | 202-448-1458

Project ACTION!, is the District's self-advocacy coalition for adults with developmental disabilities. Members of Project ACTION! are powerful advocates who work individually and together to let their voices be heard. They work to break down barriers, create partnerships, and change their communities so they are inclusive and supportive of people with disabilities. Members are residents of the District and suburban Maryland. During their meetings, members learn and practice advocacy skills, including how to testify before City Council, how to serve on boards and committees, what current issues affect them, and more. Project ACTION! members facilitate training for local and national self-advocates, DDA staff, and service provider staff. They mentor new self-advocates and youth advocates. They are often sought out by City Council and other government leaders for their opinion and thoughts on different legislation and initiatives. Project ACTION! meetings are normally held on the second Saturday of each month in an accessible location in northeast DC. Please call to confirm the next meeting date. For more information about Project ACTION!, meeting dates, training, conferences, etc., call Victor Robinson at 202-459-4003 or e-mail him at vrobinson@dcqualitytrust.org. Or you can call Phyllis Holton at 202-448-1458 or e-mail her at pholton@dcqualitytrust.org. You can check out their link at www.dcqualitytrust.org/pages/page06b.shtml.

Fair and Affordable Housing: The Activist's Blueprint for Action

Mortgage Calculator's "Fair and Affordable Housing: The Activist's Blueprint for Action" is a resource guide designed to help those fighting for fair and affordable housing in their communities have an even greater impact. The guide includes links to:

  • National housing organization websites, research, and publications
  • Brief summaries of housing laws and executive orders
  • Options for reporting housing discrimination
  • And more

Gallaudet University, Office for Students with Disabilities
Jordan Student Academic Center, Rm 1220, 800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-651-5256 (voice) | 202-651-5887 (fax)
oswd@gallaudet.edu

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) provides individually tailored, comprehensive, support services and programs for students with disabilities. OSWD empowers eligible students to succeed in their pursuit of higher education by striving to assure equal access and opportunity to curricular and extra-curricular activities. Supporting the ideal of life-long learning, OSWD encourages and provides experiences and opportunities to build confidence beyond the classroom. Student autonomy is encouraged through the provision of reasonable accommodations, academic support groups, self-advocacy, and compensatory training. OSWD employs a student-centered interactive model in which collaboration among professionals and OSWD students results in a nondiscriminatory academic environment. In addition, OSWD provides professional development services and programs for faculty and staff and for community-based professionals.

George Mason University, Office of Disability Support
Student Union Bldg I, Rm 211, MSN 5C9, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-2474 (voice) | 703-993-4306 (fax) | 703-993-2476 (TTY)

The Office of Disability Services at George Mason University offers a variety of services for students with documented disabilities, including learning disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision, mobility limitations, attention deficit disorders (ADD/ ADHD), psychiatric disorders, and medical disabilities. We encourage both prospective and current students to learn more about our services by going to our web site at and/or calling our office to make an appointment with an ODS coordinator.

George Washington University, Disability Support Services
Marvin Center, Suite 242, 800 21st St, NW, Washington, DC 20052
202-994-8250 (voice) | 202-994-7610 (fax)
dss@gwu.edu

The George Washington University believes in the equality of people, the value of individual differences, and the unending possibilities for growth and the development of the human spirit. With that philosophy, the University established Disability Support Services (DSS) in 1978 to support students with disabilities so that they may participate fully in university life, derive the greatest benefit from their educational experiences, and achieve maximum personal success. DSS currently serves over 700 GW students with a wide variety of disabilities, as well as those temporarily disabled by injury or illness.

Georgetown University, Academic Resource Center
Leavey Center, Suite 335, Box 571235 , Washington, DC 20057
202-687-8354 (voice)
arc@georgetown.edu

Georgetown University is committed to providing academic support for all students and to integrating students with disabilities as fully as possible into all aspects of University life. The Academic Resource Center fulfills this mission by providing assistance in study skills necessary for academic achievement through individual consultations or workshops; accommodations to students with disabilities under the ADA and Section 504; facilities and support services to help ensure access for students with disabilities.

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
4301 Connecticut Ave NW, , Washington, DC 20008
202-237-1670 (voice) | 202-274-2161 (fax)

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) helps girls to promote diversity, gain practical life skills, and connect with their community through a variety of artistic, educational, and environmental events. Some of these events include:

  • Photography expos
  • College and career conferences
  • Nature workshops

Howard University, Special Student Services
Howard Center, Suite 725, 2225 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20059
202-238-2420 (voice)

All students attending the Howard University with a documented disabilities are eligible and encouraged to register for services.

Jenny Hatch Justice Project
202-448-1448 (voice)
JHJP@dcqualitytrust.org

Sponsored by Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, The Jenny Hatch Justice Project (JHJP) supports the right of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to make decisions about their lives. JHJP provides access to:

  • Recent research publications on independent living services and alternatives to guardianship
  • Informative brochures on decision-making
  • A sample training program
  • Legal, educational, and transition resources

The Kingsbury Center
5000 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20011
202-722-5555 (voice)
jlux@kingsbury.org

Kingsbury Day School is an independent K-12 full-time special education school serving the needs of learning disabled students with average to above average cognitive abilities. KDS is an accredited school serving both publicly and privately funded students, and students who graduate earn a high school diploma.

Latin American Youth Center
1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington , DC 20009
202.319.2225 (voice) | 202.462.5696 (fax)

LAYC provides multi-lingual, culturally sensitive programs in the following areas:

Educational Enhancement
  • Standards-based culturally competent year-round tutoring and homework assistance
  • Healthy recreation and fitness
  • Computer literacy classes
  • College preparation
Social Services
  • Counseling
  • Prevention
  • Child placement
  • Residential housing
Workforce Investment
  • Job readiness and life skills training
  • Job placement services
  • Computer instruction
  • Preparation to pass the General Education Development (GED) examination
Community Wellness
  • Promoting health and wellness
  • Building cultural peace
  • Addressing issues of homelessness
Art + Media
  • Fine arts
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Radio
  • Media production
  • Music
  • Creative writing
Advocacy
  • Influencing public policy, practices and social systems that affect low-income and minority youth

Montgomery College, Developmental Education and Workforce Access Program (includes Challenge Program)
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850
240-567-5000 (voice)

This is a custom-tailored learning community program for students with special needs exiting high school. GTP is a two-year, tuition-based, credit-free certificate program. The overall objective is to enable students to transition to greater independent living through functional education, residential, vocational, and life-skills services. The Challenge Program provides unique courses for adults with developmental disabilities to help them function more independently in their homes, at work, and in the community. Of equal importance, students will have the opportunity to increase their social and community awareness by learning at Montgomery College.

Montgomery College, Disability Support Services
Counseling and Advising Bldg, Rm CB122, 51 Mannakee St , Rockville, MD 20850
240-567-5058 (voice) | 240-567-5097 (fax) | 301-294-9672 (TTY)
dss@montgomerycollege.edu

Disability Support Services (DSS) is dedicated to assisting students with disabilities accomplish their personal, scholastic and career goals. We do this by teaching academic and advocacy skills; eliminating the physical, technical and attitudinal barriers that limit opportunities; and promoting an awareness of the experience of persons with disabilities within social, political, and economic constructs.

Ms. Wheelchair DC
202-484-3550 (voice)
mswheelchairdc@aol.com

The Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia is a sisterhood of dynamic women who are dedicated to promoting disability awareness, education, and empowerment. For the last 10 years, the Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia organization has selected a spokesperson to speak to the general public about her life as a person with a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a platform issue of her choosing. Moreover, Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia competes nationally with other state titleholders in the annual Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant.

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
PO Box 5908 , Bethesda , MD 20824
1-301-915-0353 (voice)

The NYLN:

  • Promotes youth leadership development.
  • Values inclusion, interdependent support systems, and disability pride.
  • Works to create access to the resources youth need to be leaders.
  • Supports work being done by youth activists with disabilities on the local level.
  • Trains youth with disabilities.
  • Connects youth leaders with opportunities to serve and be active members of their communities.

New View, LLC
966 Hungerford Dr, Suite 7, Rockville, MD 20850
240-535-4036 (voice)
contact@newviewot.com

New View, LLC establishes relationships with children, young adults, adults, and their families and/or educational support team to determine relevant, individualized, and client-centered recommendations related to education, work, self-care, and leisure. We provide quality therapeutic services across the lifespan to create meaningful life experiences that help to improve independence and confidence in education, work, self-care, and leisure activities. We provide occupational therapy treatment and evaluation in addition to vocational, career guidance, and assessment.

Office of Disability Rights
441 4th St, NW, Suite 729N, Washington, DC 20001
202-724-5055 (voice) | 202-727-3363 (TTY)
mathew.mccollough@dc.gov

The mission of the DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) is to ensure that DC programs are fully accessible to people with disabilities. ODR is committed to inclusion, community-based services, and self-determination for people with disabilities. ODR is responsible for making sure that the DC government satisfies the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability rights laws. ODR (1) looks into discrimination complaints and other issues made by community members, (2) provides ADA training and other help to DC agencies to ensure that all people with disabilities are treated with respect and integrity, and (3) works with community members and government partners to ensure that people with disabilities have opportunities to become productive citizens within their communities with appropriate supports.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
5335 Wisconsin AVE NW Suite 825, Washington, DC 20015
(202) 448-1450  (voice)
info@dcqualitytrust.org

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities is an advocacy organization that is an independent catalyst for change in the lives of people of all ages with developmental disabilities. Quality Trust advocates, monitors, provides legal education, training, and family navigation to residents of the District of Columbia.

Student Veterans of America
1625 K Street NW, Suite 320 , Washington , DC 20006
(202) 223-4710 (voice)

Student Veterans of America envisions a nation where all student veterans succeed in post-secondary programs and contribute to civilian society in meaningful ways. SVA provides the resources and support to do so through five major initiatives. We maintain a commitment to Support Chapters through leadership training, grants, and networking opportunities that facilitate the development of successful student-run organizations. An essential component of chapter work is advocating for supportive campus services and programs. At the national level, SVA’s Advocacy efforts ensure policies are not only supportive for veterans in their transition to school and employment, but also for the entire military community. To best serve this large community, SVA Develops Partnerships with other organizations to provide scholarships, mentorships, employment, and benefits counseling. Yet, our support doesn’t end at graduation. Student Veterans of America is developing a networking program that will Connect Alumni veterans with even more professional opportunities. These initiatives are designed to bring veterans closer to their degrees, yet little data exists on student veterans' academic performance. By Investing in Research, SVA hopes to fill that void and showcase student veteran success.

TASH
1025 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005
202-540-9020 (voice) | 202-540-9019 (fax)
operations@tash.org

TASH is a civil rights organization for, and of, people with mental disability, autism, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities and other conditions that make full integration a challenge. Although TASH 's work is often on a global level, equally, if not more significant, is the direct support we provide individuals with disabilities and their family members. We serve as a clearinghouse for the daily reporting of treatment that is unjust or that limits opportunity. We provide information, linkage with resources, expert assistance toward fighting inequities, legal expertise, and targeted advocacy. We bring to the assistance of individuals in need, the backing of our thousands of members worldwide and the support of a national organization committed to social justice for all people.

Teens Run DC Washington, DC

Teens Run DC empowers at-risk youth to envision and work towards the achievement of personal goals through an adult mentoring and distance running program.  Over the course of nine months, TRDC Running Leaders, Mentors, and Friends challenge and guide these youth to develop the skills necessary to achieve their running goals and their life goals.

Through My Eyes DC Washington, DC

THROUGH MY EYES: THE DC PHOTO-NARRATIVE PROJECT (TME-DC) empowers at-risk youth, providing them with a safe space where they can give vision and voice to their life stories.  Under the guidance of dedicated and empathic mentor-leaders, these youth photograph and write about themselves, their families, their communities, their experiences. Offering them the skills to document their real life stories and to share those stories within the company of similarly directed-youth and with the world, they are strengthened in their sense of themselves and their connection to others.

Trinity DC, Disability Student Services
Academic Service Center, Library, 1st,
202-884-9358 (voice)

If you are a student with a psychological, cognitive, and/or physical disability, Disability Student Services (DSS) is here to ensure that you receive support services that will equalize your access for your courses and campus activities. In contrast to high school, where students with disabilities are entitled to certain services, in college, you must become approved or eligible for services based on the guidelines set forth by your college/university (Read "Disability in Higher Education"). At Trinity, this means that you must first register with DSS before you can request support services.

University of Maryland College Park, Disability Support Services
4th Floor, Susquehanna Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
301-314-7682 (voice)

The mission of the Disablility Support Service is to coordinate services that ensure individuals with disabilities equal access to University of Maryland College Park programs.

University of the District of Columbia, Disability Resource Center
4200 Connecticut Ave, NW, Bldg 44, Rm A-39 , Washington, DC 20008
202-274-6417 (voice) | 202-274-5375 (fax) | 202-448-7213 (videophone) (TTY)

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is an urban land grant institution. UDC is a comprehensive public institution offering affordable post-secondary degrees at the associates, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. The Disability Supports Services Offices provides accommodations and assistance to students with documented disabilities. It is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations. Students will also need to provide recent documentation of their disability and recent testing and evaluations of their disability.

The Youth Action Council on Transition (Youth ACT)
(202) 907- 6887 (voice)
sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org

Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)

The Youth Action Council on Transition (Youth ACT) is a national initiative to get more youth involved as leaders and partners with adults and youth-serving organizations to improve youth transition outcomes. YouthACT is led by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

For more information about the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) visit http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ .

For more information about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/ .

YouthACT State Teams

YouthACT has supported the creation of 5 state teams: District of Columbia, Tennessee, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and California.

We are very excited that DC has been selected to participate in the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)! YouthACT Team DC is comprised of two youth, an adult partner (SchoolTalk) and a sponsoring organization (Quality Trust). YouthACT Team DC received letters of support from the DC Department on Disability Services (DDS), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

To get in contact with YouthACT Team DC, please contact Sarah Grime with SchoolTalk at (202) 907-6887 or sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org .

More Information

YouthACT works with youth, ages 12-25, to develop skills and knowledge in leadership and advocacy so they can speak up about what all youth need to be successful during transition to adulthood. YouthACT also supports youth to learn how to partner with adults and work with peers as a team to advocate for improving youth opportunities and services in their local community.

YouthACT aims to improve the capacity and engagement of youth with disabilities and their allies as leaders and partners in efforts to improve transition policies and practices within and across systems serving youth. YouthACT will accomplish this goal by:
1. Supporting the creation of local YouthACT teams consisting of two emerging youth leaders and one adult partner.
2. Providing the emerging youth leaders the training and mentoring necessary to: increase their knowledge about the transition process and policies in various systems; and increase their leadership and advocacy skills.
3. Supporting the youth leaders, as part of their YouthACT team, to participate in leadership opportunities related to informing their peers and the various systems about improved transition for all youth.
4. Engaging the youth leaders in developing materials and tools for youth, families, professionals, and policy makers.
5. Engaging the youth leaders in identifying transition barriers youth are experiencing across systems and developing a national change agenda that is youth-driven.
6. Developing the capacity of organizations/agencies to effectively engage youth as leaders and partners in efforts to improve youth transition outcomes.

Youth Empowered to Succeed
1400 Florida AVE NE Suite 3A, Washington, DC 20002
202-280-6882 (voice) | 202-280-6883

COME ONE! COME ALL!

Are You Between The Ages Of 18-26 With A Disability Who Wants To Help Other People With Disabilities? Are You Looking For Services To Help You Solve Everyday Issues? Do You Want To Learn About Advocacy?

Come discuss issues that affect you and others like yourself. The DCCIL Youth Peer Support and Group will provide you with an outlet to talk about issues that not only affect you, but others with disabilities. Connect with others and make a difference together. The group will meet every other week starting Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 from 2:30-3:30 pm. Spaces will fill fast so reserve your spot now! Please fill out the registration form below and return it to an Independent Living Specialist at our Main, Northwest or Anacostia Satellite Office(s):

Y.E.S Registration Form
NAME: _________________________________________________________
ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________
PHONE: ________________________________________________________
E-MAIL (OPTIONAL): ____________________________________________

Educator/Provider Resources

DC Department on Disability Services
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
202-730-1700 (voice) | (202) 730-1843 (fax) | (202) 730-1516 (TTY)
dds@dc.gov

The DC Department on Disability Services (DDS) provides the residents of DC with information, oversight, and coordination of services for people with disabilities and those who support them, such as service providers and employers. DDS has two Administrations ( Rehabilitation Services Administration & Developmental Disabilities Administration ) that oversee and coordinate services for residents with disabilities through a network of private and non-profit providers.

REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (RSA) - focuses on employment, ensuring that persons with disabilities achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and sustaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence. RSA’s program is designed to assess, plan, develop, and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, in order to prepare for and engage in gainful employment 34 C.F.R. § 361.1

  • The RSA Youth in Transition Services Units provide transition services, as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 amended, to coordinate a set of activities for students designed around an outcome-oriented process that supports their movement from school to post-school activities including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, and independent living. Vocational rehabilitation transition services link students with disabilities, while still in school, with the vocational rehabilitation program to create a continuum of services leading to long-term employment outcomes for eligible students.
  • To learn more about RSA’s vocational rehabilitation process for youth with disabilities, refer to the RSA Youth in Transition Toolkit: “Explore the World of Work, Discover Your Career”. It provides the specific steps and activities that youth, schools, and parents need to understand to apply for services and work through the RSA process to receive services and find employment.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADMINISTRATION (DDA) - public agency responsible for the oversight and coordination of all services and supports provided to qualified persons with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia.

  • DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program.

DC Department of Behavioral Health
609 H Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002
202-673-2200 (voice) | (202) 673-3433 fax | 202-673-7500 (TTY)
dmh@dc.gov

The Department of Behavioral Health's goal is to deliver mental health services that promote a patient's full recovery, respect cultural and linguistic diversity, and are choice-driven. The Mental Health Rehabilitation Services (MHRS) system for community-based care offers: evaluation and or screening services, case management, counseling, intensive day treatment, crisis or emergency services, rehabilitation programs, psychiatric treatment, and specialized mental health services.

DC Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota AVE NE, Washington, DC 20019
202-724-7000 (voice)
does@dc.gov

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides a wide variety of services to job seekers through its One-Stop Career Centers. A vocational rehabilitation counselor who works for the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is also available at the One-Stop Career Centers. Please note that in order to receive services from an Employment Specialist at the One-Stop Career Center, job seekers must complete an assessment that includes a reading test. Residents who test below an eighth grade reading level will be referred to other agencies for assistance.

Family Voices
1012 Pennsylvania AVE SE, Washington, DC
(202) 265-1432 (voice)

Family Voices is a national organization working in collaboration with various local organizations on behalf of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) . Family Voices provides parents of children with chronic conditions access to specialty healthcare resources and to other families.

NOTE: Family Voices and the Family-to-Family Health Information Center are separate programs. The latter is grant funded under various Family Voices affiliates.

American Association of People with Disabilities
2013 H Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington , DC 20006
202-457-0046 (voice) | 866-536-4461(fax)

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.

American University, Disability Support Services
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016
202-885-1000 (voice)

The mission of Disability Support Services (DSS) is to ensure that students with physical, medical, or psychological disabilities have equal access to university programs and services. DSS provides or coordinates a range of services and accommodations that meet the individual needs of a student based on the impact of the specific disability. Please note that students with learning disabilities or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder should contact the Academic Support Center at 202-885-3360 or asc@american.edu.

American Youth Policy Forum
1836 Jefferson Place NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 775-9731 (voice) | (202) 775-9733 (fax)
aypf@aypf.org

AYPF’s mission is to broaden the awareness and understanding of policymakers and to strengthen the youth policy-making process by bridging policy, practice, and research. We do this by identifying the most pertinent high-quality information on youth issues available and providing a forum for prominent leaders in government, programming, and research, as well as the youth themselves, to share their viewpoints and expertise about the policies and practices that improve outcomes for all youth.

The Arc of the District of Columbia - Beyond High School: Navigating the Future
415 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-636-2950 (voice)
arcdc@arcdc.net

Our project, funded by a 1-year grant from the Walmart Foundation, will serve 30+ transitioning youth and their families during the '10-'11 school year, with hopes of securing funding to continue the project. Together with our partners, DC Public Schools and Developmental Disabilities Services, we will identify students and families who need assistance planning for their futures and navigating government systems and the many services available to them.

ASAN's Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood
PO Box 66122, Washington , DC 20035
info@autisticadvocacy.org

ASAN is proud to announce the release of a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities and their families to manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood.

Transition to Adulthood: A Health Care Guide for Youth and Families provides people with people with disabilities and their families with information on how to choose a source of health care coverage, create a health care support network, integrate health care transition goals into their educational plans, and manage their health care. It includes useful guides and worksheets for keeping track of health care records, making doctor's appointments, and talking to doctors about health concerns.

The toolkit also includes Model Supported Health Care Decision-Making Legislation and its accompanying Questions and Answers resource. The model legislation, which ASAN developed in collaboration with the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, would enable people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to name a trusted person to help communicate with doctors, understand health care information, make informed decisions about health care, and/or carry out daily health-related activities. Advocates can use this model legislation when talking to their state legislators about ways to support people make independent health care decisions.

ASAN's policy brief, The Transition to Adulthood for Youth with ID/DD: A review of research, policy, and next steps, discusses the range of challenges facing youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they approach adulthood, including potential loss of health care coverage, barriers to obtaining adult-oriented care, and lack of support in making health care decisions. It outlines several policy recommendations to eliminate these barriers, including expanding access to income-based Medicaid coverage, increased education and awareness of the importance of transition and decision-making supports, and increased research on best practices in transition planning.

The Catholic University of America, Disability Support Services
620 Michigan Ave NE, 207 Pryzbyla Center, Washington, DC 20064
202-319-5211 (voice) | 202-319-5126 (fax)

Answers questions concerning accommodations and services available and provides information about and give referrals to admissions, registration, financial aid, and other services within the university. DSS can help assess needs in such areas as housing accommodations, attendants, interpreters, readers, transportation, classroom and course accommodations, tutors, notetakers, and adaptive equipment.

The Coordinating Center
8258 Veterans Highway, Suite 13, Millersville, MD 21108

Provides multiple services for individuals with complex medical needs and disabilities, their families, and others who support them, as well as providers of services. Supports a six-month program called “Leaders in Disability Policy,” which teaches individuals with disabilities the leadership skills to effectively advocate for themselves and others with disabilities.

DC Center for Independent Living
1400 Florida Ave, NE, Suite 3, Washington, DC 20002
202-388-0033 (voice)

The DCCIL is managed by and for persons with a variety of disabilities. The DCCIL is a community based, private non-profit organization that promotes independent life styles for persons with significant disabilities in the District of Columbia. DCCIL has four core independent living services: (1) Independent living skills training including travel training, (2) Peer counseling, (3) Advocacy and legal services, and (4) Information and referral to community services.

DC LEARNs (D.C. Literacy Education, Advocacy and Resource Network)
1612 K St, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006
202-331-0141 (voice) | 202-331-0143 (fax)

DC LEARNs is a nonprofit citywide coalition of organizations providing adult, family, and children’s literacy services to the residents of Washington, DC. Their work includes: training, policy work and analysis, pilot projects, volunteer recruitment, and gathering and providing information on literacy programs.

DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (SF CoP)
1125 15th Street, NW , Washington, DC 20005
202-870-9640 (voice)
alison.whyte@dc.gov

The DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (SF CoP) is a group of family members, advocates with disabilities, government leaders, disability advocacy and services professionals, and other interested community members who are thinking together about how to create policies, practices and systems that better support families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability across the life course.

Gallaudet University, Office for Students with Disabilities
Jordan Student Academic Center, Rm 1220, 800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-651-5256 (voice) | 202-651-5887 (fax)
oswd@gallaudet.edu

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) provides individually tailored, comprehensive, support services and programs for students with disabilities. OSWD empowers eligible students to succeed in their pursuit of higher education by striving to assure equal access and opportunity to curricular and extra-curricular activities. Supporting the ideal of life-long learning, OSWD encourages and provides experiences and opportunities to build confidence beyond the classroom. Student autonomy is encouraged through the provision of reasonable accommodations, academic support groups, self-advocacy, and compensatory training. OSWD employs a student-centered interactive model in which collaboration among professionals and OSWD students results in a nondiscriminatory academic environment. In addition, OSWD provides professional development services and programs for faculty and staff and for community-based professionals.

George Mason University, Office of Disability Support
Student Union Bldg I, Rm 211, MSN 5C9, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-2474 (voice) | 703-993-4306 (fax) | 703-993-2476 (TTY)

The Office of Disability Services at George Mason University offers a variety of services for students with documented disabilities, including learning disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision, mobility limitations, attention deficit disorders (ADD/ ADHD), psychiatric disorders, and medical disabilities. We encourage both prospective and current students to learn more about our services by going to our web site at and/or calling our office to make an appointment with an ODS coordinator.

George Washington University, Disability Support Services
Marvin Center, Suite 242, 800 21st St, NW, Washington, DC 20052
202-994-8250 (voice) | 202-994-7610 (fax)
dss@gwu.edu

The George Washington University believes in the equality of people, the value of individual differences, and the unending possibilities for growth and the development of the human spirit. With that philosophy, the University established Disability Support Services (DSS) in 1978 to support students with disabilities so that they may participate fully in university life, derive the greatest benefit from their educational experiences, and achieve maximum personal success. DSS currently serves over 700 GW students with a wide variety of disabilities, as well as those temporarily disabled by injury or illness.

Georgetown University, Academic Resource Center
Leavey Center, Suite 335, Box 571235 , Washington, DC 20057
202-687-8354 (voice)
arc@georgetown.edu

Georgetown University is committed to providing academic support for all students and to integrating students with disabilities as fully as possible into all aspects of University life. The Academic Resource Center fulfills this mission by providing assistance in study skills necessary for academic achievement through individual consultations or workshops; accommodations to students with disabilities under the ADA and Section 504; facilities and support services to help ensure access for students with disabilities.

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
4301 Connecticut Ave NW, , Washington, DC 20008
202-237-1670 (voice) | 202-274-2161 (fax)

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) helps girls to promote diversity, gain practical life skills, and connect with their community through a variety of artistic, educational, and environmental events. Some of these events include:

  • Photography expos
  • College and career conferences
  • Nature workshops

Howard University, Special Student Services
Howard Center, Suite 725, 2225 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20059
202-238-2420 (voice)

All students attending the Howard University with a documented disabilities are eligible and encouraged to register for services.

HSCF 2015 Partnership Network Brochure

The HSC Foundation's 2015 Partnership Network brochure provides an alphabetical list of its organizational partners by type. Each entry includes a description of the highlighted organization's services, along with a point of contact.

Jenny Hatch Justice Project
202-448-1448 (voice)
JHJP@dcqualitytrust.org

Sponsored by Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, The Jenny Hatch Justice Project (JHJP) supports the right of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to make decisions about their lives. JHJP provides access to:

  • Recent research publications on independent living services and alternatives to guardianship
  • Informative brochures on decision-making
  • A sample training program
  • Legal, educational, and transition resources

The Kingsbury Center
5000 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20011
202-722-5555 (voice)
jlux@kingsbury.org

Kingsbury Day School is an independent K-12 full-time special education school serving the needs of learning disabled students with average to above average cognitive abilities. KDS is an accredited school serving both publicly and privately funded students, and students who graduate earn a high school diploma.

Montgomery College, Developmental Education and Workforce Access Program (includes Challenge Program)
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850
240-567-5000 (voice)

This is a custom-tailored learning community program for students with special needs exiting high school. GTP is a two-year, tuition-based, credit-free certificate program. The overall objective is to enable students to transition to greater independent living through functional education, residential, vocational, and life-skills services. The Challenge Program provides unique courses for adults with developmental disabilities to help them function more independently in their homes, at work, and in the community. Of equal importance, students will have the opportunity to increase their social and community awareness by learning at Montgomery College.

Montgomery College, Disability Support Services
Counseling and Advising Bldg, Rm CB122, 51 Mannakee St , Rockville, MD 20850
240-567-5058 (voice) | 240-567-5097 (fax) | 301-294-9672 (TTY)
dss@montgomerycollege.edu

Disability Support Services (DSS) is dedicated to assisting students with disabilities accomplish their personal, scholastic and career goals. We do this by teaching academic and advocacy skills; eliminating the physical, technical and attitudinal barriers that limit opportunities; and promoting an awareness of the experience of persons with disabilities within social, political, and economic constructs.

Ms. Wheelchair DC
202-484-3550 (voice)
mswheelchairdc@aol.com

The Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia is a sisterhood of dynamic women who are dedicated to promoting disability awareness, education, and empowerment. For the last 10 years, the Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia organization has selected a spokesperson to speak to the general public about her life as a person with a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a platform issue of her choosing. Moreover, Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia competes nationally with other state titleholders in the annual Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant.

National Center for Autism Resources & Education (nCARE)

WE SUPPORT NATIONALLY:

  • RESEARCH related to Autism and related neuro-developmental disorders,
  • PUBLIC AWARENESS about incidence of disorders and effective treatment,
  • ACCURATE INFORMATION dissemination of up to date, research based information to families, educators and medical professionals, and
  • EDUCATION of parents, advocates, clinicians, educators, lawyers and the community as to best practices and appropriate treatment. Promoting a collaborative, cross training approach.

THIS IS DONE THROUGH:

  • BEING A SOURCE of accurate, up to date, research based information,
  • TRAINING families, educators and clinicians and lawyers, through community training programs,
  • SUPPORTING community programs that promote awareness about disabilities and support families and individuals with disabilities,
  • PROMOTING INDEPENDENCE through education advocacy, self advocacy, independent living and home and community based services for children and adults with Autism and related neuro-developmental disorders,
  • FUNDING of research that addresses the quality of life for parents and their children with Autism, and
  • SPONSORING quality Special Education Advocacy trainings through NSEAI, which provides on-site, on-line training, and conferences.

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness and Partners’ Transition Toolkit: Enhancing Self Determination for Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness and Partners’ Transition Toolkit contains all of the resources needed for planning and hosting a Transition Institute that will create a memorable, high quality learning experience for deaf-blind teens. The Toolkit is a repository of information, tools and resources that serve as a model for hosting a workshop for deaf-blind teens ages 14-22 and their families.

Office of Disability Rights
441 4th St, NW, Suite 729N, Washington, DC 20001
202-724-5055 (voice) | 202-727-3363 (TTY)
mathew.mccollough@dc.gov

The mission of the DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) is to ensure that DC programs are fully accessible to people with disabilities. ODR is committed to inclusion, community-based services, and self-determination for people with disabilities. ODR is responsible for making sure that the DC government satisfies the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability rights laws. ODR (1) looks into discrimination complaints and other issues made by community members, (2) provides ADA training and other help to DC agencies to ensure that all people with disabilities are treated with respect and integrity, and (3) works with community members and government partners to ensure that people with disabilities have opportunities to become productive citizens within their communities with appropriate supports.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
5335 Wisconsin AVE NW Suite 825, Washington, DC 20015
(202) 448-1450  (voice)
info@dcqualitytrust.org

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities is an advocacy organization that is an independent catalyst for change in the lives of people of all ages with developmental disabilities. Quality Trust advocates, monitors, provides legal education, training, and family navigation to residents of the District of Columbia.

Student Veterans of America
1625 K Street NW, Suite 320 , Washington , DC 20006
(202) 223-4710 (voice)

Student Veterans of America envisions a nation where all student veterans succeed in post-secondary programs and contribute to civilian society in meaningful ways. SVA provides the resources and support to do so through five major initiatives. We maintain a commitment to Support Chapters through leadership training, grants, and networking opportunities that facilitate the development of successful student-run organizations. An essential component of chapter work is advocating for supportive campus services and programs. At the national level, SVA’s Advocacy efforts ensure policies are not only supportive for veterans in their transition to school and employment, but also for the entire military community. To best serve this large community, SVA Develops Partnerships with other organizations to provide scholarships, mentorships, employment, and benefits counseling. Yet, our support doesn’t end at graduation. Student Veterans of America is developing a networking program that will Connect Alumni veterans with even more professional opportunities. These initiatives are designed to bring veterans closer to their degrees, yet little data exists on student veterans' academic performance. By Investing in Research, SVA hopes to fill that void and showcase student veteran success.

TASH
1025 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005
202-540-9020 (voice) | 202-540-9019 (fax)
operations@tash.org

TASH is a civil rights organization for, and of, people with mental disability, autism, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities and other conditions that make full integration a challenge. Although TASH 's work is often on a global level, equally, if not more significant, is the direct support we provide individuals with disabilities and their family members. We serve as a clearinghouse for the daily reporting of treatment that is unjust or that limits opportunity. We provide information, linkage with resources, expert assistance toward fighting inequities, legal expertise, and targeted advocacy. We bring to the assistance of individuals in need, the backing of our thousands of members worldwide and the support of a national organization committed to social justice for all people.

Trinity DC, Disability Student Services
Academic Service Center, Library, 1st,
202-884-9358 (voice)

If you are a student with a psychological, cognitive, and/or physical disability, Disability Student Services (DSS) is here to ensure that you receive support services that will equalize your access for your courses and campus activities. In contrast to high school, where students with disabilities are entitled to certain services, in college, you must become approved or eligible for services based on the guidelines set forth by your college/university (Read "Disability in Higher Education"). At Trinity, this means that you must first register with DSS before you can request support services.

U.S. International Council on Disabilities
1012 14th St. NW, Suite 105, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-0102 (voice) | (202) 347-0351 (fax)
info@usicd.org

The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is a non-profit that promotes the inclusion of disability perspectives in U.S. foreign policy and aid and provides opportunities for domestic disability rights organizations to interface with their international counterparts.

University of Maryland College Park, Disability Support Services
4th Floor, Susquehanna Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
301-314-7682 (voice)

The mission of the Disablility Support Service is to coordinate services that ensure individuals with disabilities equal access to University of Maryland College Park programs.

University of the District of Columbia, Disability Resource Center
4200 Connecticut Ave, NW, Bldg 44, Rm A-39 , Washington, DC 20008
202-274-6417 (voice) | 202-274-5375 (fax) | 202-448-7213 (videophone) (TTY)

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is an urban land grant institution. UDC is a comprehensive public institution offering affordable post-secondary degrees at the associates, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. The Disability Supports Services Offices provides accommodations and assistance to students with documented disabilities. It is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations. Students will also need to provide recent documentation of their disability and recent testing and evaluations of their disability.

The Youth Action Council on Transition (Youth ACT)
(202) 907- 6887 (voice)
sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org

Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)

The Youth Action Council on Transition (Youth ACT) is a national initiative to get more youth involved as leaders and partners with adults and youth-serving organizations to improve youth transition outcomes. YouthACT is led by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

For more information about the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) visit http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ .

For more information about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/ .

YouthACT State Teams

YouthACT has supported the creation of 5 state teams: District of Columbia, Tennessee, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and California.

We are very excited that DC has been selected to participate in the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)! YouthACT Team DC is comprised of two youth, an adult partner (SchoolTalk) and a sponsoring organization (Quality Trust). YouthACT Team DC received letters of support from the DC Department on Disability Services (DDS), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

To get in contact with YouthACT Team DC, please contact Sarah Grime with SchoolTalk at (202) 907-6887 or sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org .

More Information

YouthACT works with youth, ages 12-25, to develop skills and knowledge in leadership and advocacy so they can speak up about what all youth need to be successful during transition to adulthood. YouthACT also supports youth to learn how to partner with adults and work with peers as a team to advocate for improving youth opportunities and services in their local community.

YouthACT aims to improve the capacity and engagement of youth with disabilities and their allies as leaders and partners in efforts to improve transition policies and practices within and across systems serving youth. YouthACT will accomplish this goal by:
1. Supporting the creation of local YouthACT teams consisting of two emerging youth leaders and one adult partner.
2. Providing the emerging youth leaders the training and mentoring necessary to: increase their knowledge about the transition process and policies in various systems; and increase their leadership and advocacy skills.
3. Supporting the youth leaders, as part of their YouthACT team, to participate in leadership opportunities related to informing their peers and the various systems about improved transition for all youth.
4. Engaging the youth leaders in developing materials and tools for youth, families, professionals, and policy makers.
5. Engaging the youth leaders in identifying transition barriers youth are experiencing across systems and developing a national change agenda that is youth-driven.
6. Developing the capacity of organizations/agencies to effectively engage youth as leaders and partners in efforts to improve youth transition outcomes.


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