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Digital Art with Glenda

Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Dreams For Kids DC has set up a virtual art clinic for youth ages 4-24 with physical and developmental disabilities. This clinic will focus on basic drawing skills. No previous drawing experience is necessary. All you need is a pencil, eraser, colored pencils, and paper.

Learn more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dfkdc-digital-art-with-glenda-tickets-411460508457

SPIRIT Club Healthy Cooking Class

Sunday, September 25 - from 1:00 PM to

Join us as we make French Toast Cups!

Join the class here: https://virtual.spiritclub.com/programs/healthy-cooking-september25

Get the recipe here: https://www.canva.com/design/DAFJxwAhPBQ/xiSBximr9jVCPhUPlljVHg/view

Watch previous classes here: https://www.canva.com/design/DAFJxwAhPBQ/xiSBximr9jVCPhUPlljVHg/view

Mayor's Office on Community Affairs: Funding Alert

Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 3, 2022

Each year Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration distributes $7 million dollars in funding to qualified community-based organizations in the District of Columbia through the outreach offices of the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs.

Learn more and apply for available funding here: https://communityaffairs.dc.gov/content/community-grant-program

New Virtual Class at SPIRIT Club: Fitness with a supporter

Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 3, 2022

This class enables both a member and a support person to participate in a SPIRIT Club Fitness class together.

Watch a preview of the class here: https://virtual.spiritclub.com/programs/supporter_video-720p-d3d8b9

OPC-DC Consumer Alert

Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 3, 2022

The Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia (OPC-DC) has heard from increasing numbers of utility company customers whose service has been disconnected during July and August.

OPC recommends consumers facing disconnection take the following steps:

1. Contact your utility immediately to learn whether a bill payment plan can be made.
2. Inform the utility if there are severe or special circumstances such as a resident with medical equipment needs in the home.
3. If you cannot reach an agreement, call OPC immediately at (202) 727-3071. We will make all reasonable efforts to prevent termination of service.
4. DO NOT wait until your service is disconnected. It is far more difficult to resolve complaints once service has been shut off.
5. It is very important to make whatever payment you can, because the utility companies take your payment history into account when negotiating.
6. If you dispute what you have been billed, you must make an official complaint, with the utility, OPC or the Public Service Commission, just calling will not ensure your service stays on.

DCPS 504 Policy Resources

Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 3, 2022

DC Public Schools' Section 504 program provides accommodations and related services to eligible students with disabilities so that they can access the general education curriculum, opportunities for learning, and school activities to the same extent as their non-disabled peers.

Learn more:

Section 504 Policy - https://dcps.dc.gov/page/section-504-policy
Section 504 Process - https://dcps.dc.gov/page/section-504-process
Section 504 Resources - https://dcps.dc.gov/page/section-504-resources
Connect with a 504 Coordinator - https://dcps.dc.gov/page/section504-connect

Title 5-A: Updates and Resources

Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 3, 2022

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) posted in the DC Register a Notice of Final Rulemaking for Chapter 30 of Title 5-A in the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations governing the education of students with disabilities that went into effect on July 1, 2022. The final rulemaking also makes conforming changes to Chapter 28 of Title 5-A related to students with disabilities attending nonpublic schools.

Learn more here: https://osse.dc.gov/service/local-special-education-law-and-regulations

Updated Immunization Attendance Policy Enforcement Guidance for LEAs

Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 3, 2022

The Deputy Mayor of Education released a letter extending the enforcement timeline of the Immunization Attendance Policy for routine pediatric immunizations and the COVID-19 vaccine during the 2022-23 school year.

Read the full letter here.

Virtual Learning and Connectivity Resources

Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 3, 2022

Below are a few free websites that can be used to increase interactions with youth whether virtual or face-to-face:

kahoot.com is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share, and play learning games or trivia quizzes.

slido.com is an easy to use question and answer polling platform.

mentimeter.com lets users create interactive presentations and allows the presenter to obtain real-time input with live polls, quizzes, and word clouds.

Spectrum of Hope Webinar: The Power of Love for Parents and Caregivers

Monday, September 26, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Join this free virtual training for caregivers who are looking to deepen and strengthen their family relationships. Learn how to show your family the love you feel in a language they understand, because you have the power to love effectively.

All attendees will receive the book, "The 5 Love Languages of Children" by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. To register or more information, contact Ronda Bullock at rbullock@mdcoalition.org. Please register by 5:00 PM on September 21.

Call for Participants: AJE School-Based Advocacy Program

Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 3, 2022

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.'s NEW School-Based Advocacy Program gives parents the opportunity to learn how to advocate for their children's education and health care needs. Parents will obtain training on their rights and learn how to effectively partner with schools to efficiently communicate and elevate their concerns and stories to key school and District stakeholders.

For more information and to get involved: Please contact Amelia French at amelia.french@aje-dc.org or call 202-678-8060 ext.109.

Call for Applications: Brendan Sailing Program

Tuesday, September 27 - Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

We are excited to share a wonderful fall Tuesday/Thursday after-school program opportunity for DC youth ages 11-18 with Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyscalculia, high-functioning autism, and other intellectual disabilities with no cost to the participants at DC Sail through Brendan Sailing.

Brendan Sailing focuses on each student and his or her individual needs. US Sailing certified instructors work with individual students to discover their individual learning style. Through our program, Brendan students not only learn how to sail – they gain a foundation for building self-confidence and social skills through sailing.

We have only fifteen spots, so please apply early by emailing Executive Director Charlie Arms at charlie@brendansailing.org.

Call for Participants: DRDC Public Input Survey 2023

Friday, September 30, 2022

Each year, University Legal Services ("ULS"), the protection and advocacy program for individuals with disabilities in the District of Columbia, solicits input from the community to help guide our work. We hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey linked below, which lets us know what advocacy issues are most important to you.

Complete the survey here by September 30: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/87VVRVL

Note: Hard copy regular or large print and PDF/Word versions in both English and Spanish are available upon request, and may be mailed, emailed or faxed to Jane Brown at University Legal Services, 220 I Street, NE, Ste. 130, Washington, DC 20002, jbrown@uls-dc.org, fax: 202-547-2083.

RESCHEDULED: Our Disability Roadmap: Candid conversations on the transition to adulthood

Friday, September 30, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Join filmmakers Samuel and Dan Habib for candid conversations about the transition to adulthood with Samuel’s mentors, including career pathways, higher education, independent living, advocacy, relationships and sexuality, and much more.

ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.

Learn more and register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1616611963535/WN_tQRXnCqIT_KNVhf0TzKV_A

Call for Participants: Practices that Create a Sense of Belonging for Immigrant & Refugee Youth Survey

Friday, September 30, 2022

Institute for Educational Leadership published a guidebook in 2021 to support youth leadership development for immigrant and refugee youth. Now, we hope to better understand and document the current structures and practices that create and sustain a sense of belonging among immigrant and refugee youth. If you are a leader and/or practitioner serving immigrant and refugee youth, then please take our survey.

Learn more and take the survey here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6971948/Leaders-of-Tomorrow-Immigration-and-Refugee-Youth-Sense-of-Belonging-to-School-or-Community

HSC Kids in Action Adaptive Yoga for All Event

Saturday, October 1 - Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Join us for free adaptive yoga with therapist Jeffrey Kaminski. No experience or equipment is needed. All abilities are welcome! Space is limited!

Learn more and register here: https://tinyurl.com/adaptiveyogaOct2022

Glen Echo Nature Walk for Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Arc of DC and Integrated Living Opportunities are teaming up for a wonderfully fun nature walk through Glen Echo Park and an exciting scavenger hunt!

Learn more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teaming-up-with-the-arc-of-dc-and-ilo-tickets-406837581157

Call for Proposals: Neurodiversity in the Workplace: A Collaborative National Conference

Monday, October 3, 2022

For our 2023 Neurodiversity in the Workplace Conference, Kennedy Krieger Institute is accepting proposals for presentations highlighting workforce training and development and focusing on improving recruitment, management and retention strategies for the neurodiverse workforce. Educators, policymakers, subject matter experts, community providers, and neurodiverse individuals and their family members are encouraged to submit proposals for presenting their insights and diverse viewpoints.

Submission Deadline: Saturday, October 3 at 6 pm.

Find out more, create a profile and begin your submission here: https://www.kennedykrieger.org/NDW23/call-for-proposals

Call for Resumes: AJE Parent Support Specialist

Monday, October 3 - Monday, October 31, 2022

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. is hiring! The full job announcement is available here: https://files.constantcontact.com/c3a7031d001/80a67c1e-c4a3-4c9d-a6f2-b50b30fc9ebc.png

To apply: E-mail your resume, cover letter and three references to information@aje-dc.org with the subject line: Parent Support Specialist Application – [your last name]. We will accept applications until the position is filled.

Advocates for Justice and Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

Parent Child Journey Free Parent Support Group: What is Autism?

Monday, October 3, 2022 from 1:00 PM to

The distinction between autism, other neurodevelopmental differences and typical development has become murkier and more controversial. Should we now be thinking of autism as a disorder or a difference? Join Dr. Dan and other parents to share thoughts and experiences.

Register for the Support Group Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwKFIpb7CnnDy-DhQQXAmqq8kqrMLtT4ajtFquXHVYTUphTg/viewform

Imagination Stage Community Conversation: Supporting Immigrant Youth in School

Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Join us on October 6 for a free, virtual discussion examining how educators, administrators and community members can best support new immigrant youth in schools. As we discuss possible reforms, we will also consider how the arts can play a role in providing youth with appropriate interventions.

Learn more and register here: https://imaginationstage.org/news-events/community-conversation-supporting-immigrant-youth-in-school/

Parent Child Journey Parents of Challenging Children: Preschool through Early Adolescence Training and Support Program

Thursday, October 6 - Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Participate in ten, weekly discussion groups via Zoom. Each session will focus on one of the ten “miles” of Parent Child Journey content. Dr. Dan will answer your questions, discuss weekly course topics and trouble-shoot implementation of behavior management strategies.

Register here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ej97pjqd275a0f86&oseq=&c=&ch=

SchoolTalk's 2022 Restorative Approaches to Student Behavior (RASB)

Thursday, October 6 - Friday, October 7, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Are you an Assistant Principal, Dean, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Behavior Staff or school staff member who is responsible for student behavior and discipline?

As a part of this cohort, you will have access to a 2-day in person training, ongoing virtual professional development sessions, ongoing individualized coaching and modeling, and ongoing practice learning group sessions with other behavior staff in the district.

All SchoolTalk professional development sessions use a trauma-informed approach and teach skills and practices that you can implement immediately.

Register for RASB Here

Access the RASB Flyer Here

Explore Additional Restorative Justice Professional Development Opportunities Here

Lifeline's Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Please plan on joining us at First Trinity Lutheran Church (501 4th St, NW) for a very fun day of games, crafts, raffles, prizes, tattoos, face painting, balloon art, and food! We will also have Lifeline T-shirts for sale for $15.00.

Note: Participants must bring $10 for raffle tickets or extra food. Staff will receive a meal but must bring extra cash for activities.

Parent Child Journey for Teens and Young Adults

Wednesday, October 12 - Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Participate in ten weekly discussion groups via Zoom. Each session will focus on one of the ten “miles” of the Parent Child Journey class. Sarah Wayland, Ph.D., will answer your questions, discuss weekly course topics - describing how to customize them for older kids and young adults - and troubleshoot behavior management strategies. Wednesday nights, Oct 12 – Dec 21 (skip Nov. 23), 8:00–9:00 PM (Eastern - New York).

Register Here https://guidingexceptionalparents.com/registration-2022-parent-child-journey-for-teens-and-young-adults.

Compliance to Compassion: Supporting Students, Teachers & Staff in Challenging Times (Conference)

Friday, October 14, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

The past two years have been challenging – teachers, children, and families are struggling. There has been an increase in stress behaviors in the classroom. The approach to “managing” behavior in many schools is failing children, educators, and families. This full-day virtual event will focus on hope and solutions. Join us for the live full-day virtual event!

Learn more and register here: https://events.zoom.us/e/view/vSrc1zKiSR2VoOCQ9NDobg

Fall Workshop Registration Now Open: Kennedy Center Education's Changing Education Through the Arts Program

Wednesday, October 19 - Thursday, December 8, 2022

These workshops, both virtual and in-person, provide educators with arts learning and arts integration strategies that give students an engaging way to experience active, joyful learning—no matter the classroom setting.

Learn more and register here: https://web.cvent.com/event/ee78ac88-92a3-4858-a809-14a3740ac36a/summary

DC's Employment First 2022 Summit

Thursday, October 20 - Friday, October 21, 2022 from 9:00 AM to

Join us for the District’s first ever Employment First Summit and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities gaining meaningful employment. We will look back over the progress made the last 10 years and highlight shared goals and priorities for supporting DC’s disability community in employment.

The event will be hybrid, in English with ASL interpretation and captions.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-dc-employment-first-summit-tickets-395159291077

Contact kevin.wright@dc.gov or 202-880-7580 (text/call) to request accommodations. Find more information at ddc.dc.gov!

Request for Applications: High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) Grant

Monday, October 31, 2022

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is releasing funding for approximately five to seven grants to support existing successful evidence-based tutoring programs to scale. The funding period will run from approximately January 9, 2023 through September 30, 2024. Please see OSSE’s HIT website or the 2022-23 grants forecast for more detailed information on the available award types and eligibility.

The deadline to submit an application will be Monday, October 31, 2022 at 3:00 pm. Applications will be accepted only through OSSE's Enterprise Grants Management System.

Call for Grant Applications: The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that work to improve the lives of DC-area residents, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable and underserved individuals. Organizations that provide comprehensive services and work towards systemic change are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by Tuesday, November 1, 2022. View information regarding the application process, funding restrictions, previous grant recipients, and more here.

KEENFest 2022

Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 6:00 PM to

You are Invited to Join Us for Our 30th Anniversary Gala: KEENFest 2022
Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
6:00pm Reception with Silent Auction
7:30pm Dinner and Program featuring Performances by KEEN Athletes

Honoring

Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund
Distinguished Community Impact Award
Accepted by Paola and Robert Pizzano

Laura Partridge
Volunteer of the Year

Special Guest Emcee
Shawn Yancy, News4 Anchor

Event Entertainment and Dancing Provided by NYX Entertainment

~ Black Tie Optional ~

Table Sponsorships are available starting at $3,000
General Admission Tickets $300

Purchase Tickets

Organization For Autism Research Webinar: Business Practices and Soft Skills that Lead to Employment Success

Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Neurodivergent individuals face numerous barriers to employment as they transition into the workforce. The presenters will share specific examples of supports implemented in the workplace to assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining competitive integrated employment.

Presenters: Alissa Brooke and Jennifer McDonough, Virginia Commonwealth University

Learn more and register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5690545944582167568

OAR Webinar: What's Next and How to Prepare? Discussion on Career Readiness Skills and Best Practices to Transition into the Workforce

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

There are roadblocks a neurodiverse person may face before they even think about applying for a position within a for-profit or nonprofit organization. During this webinar, Kolleen Sullivan will discuss the skills that employers look for in their employees and ways in which an individual can gain experience using those skills to best support them in the workforce.

Learn more and register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/347735271108361996


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