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Office of Disability Rights (ODR) Monthly Newsletter
(202) 724 - 5055 (voice)

The Office of Disability Rights (ODR) strives to ensure that DC residents with disabilities have full access to community-based facilities, services, programs, benefits, and activities funded and operated by the City. As part of its ongoing commitment to inclusion, the ODR publishes a monthly newsletter called "ADA Today". The newsletter features information about:

  • Disability Awareness
  • Health
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Recreational Activities
  • Federal News

The Arc of Prince George’s County
dgoins@thearcofpgc.org

Membership organization that offers a lifetime of support, understanding, and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families by providing support through a variety of programs and services that match each person or family’s individual needs. Supports the Family Circles Program for families with children and youth who have disabilities by proving a series of services designed to meet training and education, advocacy, and emotional wellness needs.

The Arc of Southern Maryland
ntaylor@arcsomd365.org|

Promotes community involvement, independence, and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southern Maryland.

Autism Society of Northern Virginia
director@asnv.org

Promotes the general welfare of children and adults with autism and provides support for their families; supports the education, vocational training and recreation of those with autism; aids in the collection and dissemination of information to parents, professionals and the general public and fosters and reinforces awareness and respect for the rights of parents as the prime case managers in their autistic family member’s life.

DC Metro Business Leadership Network (DC Metro BLN)
PO Box 441, Garrett Park , DC 20896
202-630-9226 (voice)

The DC Metro Business Leadership Network is an employer led non-profit that uses a business-to business model offering education, training programs and resources to change attitudes and address concerns of businesses so that they learn how to proactively include people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace and supplier diversity meeting diversity and compliance goals. Our mission is to engage, educate and inform.

Institute for Educational Leadership
4301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20008
202-822-8405 (voice) | 202-872-4050 (fax)
iel@iel.org

IEL builds the capacity of individuals, organizations, systems and communities to work together to prepare all children and youth for post-secondary education, careers, and citizenship.

MDRC
16 East 34 Street, New York , 10016
(212) 532-3200 (voice) | (212) 684-0832 (fax)
information@mdrc.org

MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. We work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners — all with the goal of improving the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children.

National Youth Transitions Conference Support Fund

The National Youth Transitions Conference Support Fund is jointly will be used to support youth participation and/or programming at conferences and seminars related to the transition of youth with disabilities from school to work and independent living.

Requests for Support will be received, reviewed, and approved jointly by the staff of HSCF and MEAF. Support is restricted to members of the Youth Transitions Collaborative and priority given to those members that are engaged and active participants of the Collaborative. Organizations that are approved for support agree to acknowledge the funding in all written materials including websites and social mediums by stating, "Jointly funded by The HSC Foundation and the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation through the Youth Transitions Collaborative".

To apply, please submit requests in writing by email to Son Park McBride or Kevin Webb

Indicate in your request:

  • How the funds for the conference/seminar will help young people and young veterans successfully transition to work and independent living,
  • How many people will be impacted by your event, and
  • What recognition HSCF & MEAF will receive.

Requests up to $5,000 in support will be considered, but we encourage you to indicate different levels of support that are available for your event. The National Youth Transitions Conference Support Fund is limited to a total of $20,000 for the 2014 calendar year. Once these funds are expended, HSCF and MEAF will notify Collaborative members that no more requests will be considered.

The Outcomes Service (The Treatment and Learning Centers, Inc.)
2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
301.294.9205 (voice)
dezrin@ttlc.org

Provides services that enable adults with brain injury, cognitive impairments, neurological and developmental disabilities to reach the highest levels of productivity, independence and inclusion in the community.

St. Luke’s House, Inc.
6040 Southport Drive, N. Bethesda, MD 20814
301-493-4200 (voice)
info@stlukeshouse.com

Provides comprehensive mental health services. Programs range from the psychiatric rehabilitation program, including supported living, life skills training, and vocational rehabilitation, to the mental health clinic, 24-hour crisis care, and services for youth with serious emotional disabilities.

TransCen, Inc.
401 N. Washington Street, Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850
301-424-2002 (voice) | 301-251-3762 (fax) | 301-217-0124 (TTY)
inquiries@transcen.org

Organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities by developing, implementing, and researching innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation.

The Transition to Employment: What Parents Can Do Now

The PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment created a handout that shares four steps parents can take to support their youth’s development of employment skills and to investigate employment options in the home and community.

U.S. Business Leadership Network
john.kemp@ppsv.com

Recognizes and supports best practices in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities, the preparedness for work of youth and students with disabilities, marketing to consumers with disabilities, and contracting with vendors with disabilities through the development and certification of disability-owned businesses. Created four toolkits and associated dissemination, training, and technical assistance to USBLN affiliates to create a strong Youth Programs arm and increase affiliates’ capacity to work with students with disabilities.

Webinar Series on Integrated Employment

Great resources and a picture of the policy around integrated employment are provided through this webinar series. The webinar titles and topics are included below.

Get the Picture

  • What is life after HS like for students with significant disabilities
  • How many young adults have few options beyond sheltered work?
  • What is sheltered work?
  • What is integrated work?
  • What stands in the way of more integrated settings
  • What do transition personnel need to know about post school environments?

Get in the Picture

  • Who is working on these issues?
  • What do you need to know about the current and emerging work?

Change the Picture

  • Where have transition personnel addressed these issues?
  • What have they done?
  • What resources are available?

WorkforceGPS

WorkforceGPS is designed to address the new demands of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including an increased focus on partnership and cross-agency collaboration, and is designed to make the user experience easy and uncomplicated for the community of public workforce system stakeholders.

Registered users, including those who provide services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other barriers to employment, can join Communities of Practice designed for peer-to-peer interaction related to a topic or target population, or Collections that group resources by topic or target population.


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