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Art Works Now's Discover Freedom: Art and Book Club

Saturday, September 19 - Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Activate your mind with subjects surrounding Activism, Racism, Gender Equality and Education. Read the following books:

  • "You Can Change the World!: Everyday teen heroes making a difference everywhere"
  • "All American Boys"
  • "I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World"

Create your own art based on these themes in your journal. Bring drawing, painting and collage materials to class each week along with a journal to work in. For your final project design and create your own Art Book in your voice.

Note: This program is designed for ages 13 to 17.

Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24 (Session 1); Saturdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 12 (Session 2)

Place: Online via Zoom

Cost: $35 per session. (Note: Pricing options of $25 and $15 are available.)

To register: Visit https://www.artworksnow.org/virtual-discover-freedom.

Questions? Contact Manique at (301) 454-0808 or Manique@artworksnow.org.

Online Fall Classes Starting Soon at Imagination Stage

Monday, September 21 -

Children need creativity now more than ever - and just because we can't gather in person doesn't mean we can't keep our kids active and engaged!

Imagination Stage is equipped to provide virtual space for students to have a creative outlet in their online learning experience. Online Theatre Arts classes for ages 1-18 start September 21 - save your child's spot today!

Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorites:

You & Me: Under the Sea (12-36 mos. & Caregivers)

Storymakers (Ages 3-5)

Yoga Stories (Grades K-1)

Acting the Musical: Broadway Revue (Grades 2-3)

Musical Theatre: Small Group Voice (Grades 4-5)

Stand-Up Comedy (Grades 6-8)

LGBTQIA+ Stories: Devising with Queer Youth (Grades 9-12)

Click here to learn more.

12th Annual Olmstead Community Integration Conference

Monday, September 21 - Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join the Department of Behavioral Health and the Office of Disability Rights in celebrating the 12th Annual Olmstead Community Integration Conference.

This year's Conference will be held online via WebEx on September 21st through September 23rd. On each day, between 1 pm and 2:30 pm, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a panel-led discussion on the following topics:

September 21: Housing

September 22: Employment

September 23: Healthcare and Wellness Supports

Additionally, each day from 2:30 pm-3 pm, a panel of exhibitors will conduct a virtual fair to help Conference attendees learn about the services they provide.

This year's theme and focus is, "A Plan for All of Us: Taking the Reins of Community Services and Supports."

This three-day-long event is free and will include a diverse group of speakers discussing their own personal experiences of moving from an institutional setting into the community. Multiple exhibitors with great resources will be available. The event is free and is intended for everyone.

Register here: http://12thannualolmsteadconference.eventbrite.com.

Click here to submit your questions for the panelists beforehand.

Accessibility: ASL and real-time captioning will be provided. For other accommodation requests please contact, Jonathan.Brooks@dc.gov or 202-299-5748.

Ivymount Outreach Programs: Register Now for Virtual Fall Educational Programs

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Unstuck and On Target!

Unstuck and OnTarget! is a research-based intervention developed at Ivymount School to promote problem-solving in students who struggle with executive function deficits. The curriculum explicitly teaches flexibility, coping, and goal setting through fun lessons that work for learners with autism, ADHD, and other challenges. This program is a learning experience for the whole family with weekly online student classes, as well as, weekly online parent classes.

Offered virtually Saturday mornings for 12 weeks starting September 26 - December 19

Click here for more information or to apply to the Unstuck and On Target! program.

Secrets of Friendship

This engaging curriculum gives your child the key "secrets" to making and maintaining a friendship. After determining who is a friend, students participate in engaging learning opportunities to explore how to make and maintain the friendship over time. The curriculum focuses on both explicit and non-explicit social skills that are required to make and maintain positive relationships. Based on the current circumstances, special emphasis will be placed on navigating friendships in a virtual environment.

Offered virtually Saturday mornings for 12 weeks starting September 26 - December 19

Click here for more information or to apply to the Secrets of Friendship program.

Self-Advocacy Program

Using a program piloted at Ivymount School, students will develop self-advocacy skills through a variety of activities. By the end of the course, students will have identified their strengths, interests and challenges. The program is designed for transition-aged students 14-18 years old.

For participants that reside in MD, funding is available through the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). If interested, speak to your DORS Counselor for a referral AND click below to apply through our website. Private pay participants also accepted.

Offered virtually Tuesday and Thursday late afternoons for 12 weeks starting September 22 - December 17

Click here for more information or to apply to the Self Advocacy Program.

Tutoring and Schoolwork Support

Is your child in need of extra support as we start a new, unique academic year? Ivymount Outreach has extensively trained, experienced special education teachers that are available to help. Services range from support with virtual learning tasks and schoolwork completion to assessment and instruction in specific content areas. Services will mainly be provided virtually; however, in-person services may be available. Email us at outreach@ivymount.org to discuss your child's specific needs and we'll work with you to develop an individualized plan.

Parent Child Journey's Parenting Children of Color (Discussion Group)

Wednesday, September 23 - Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Connect with other parents to discuss the unique issues in raising children of color with special needs.

Host: Jamell White, PhD, LCSW-C

Dates: Wed., September 23, and Wed., October 21, 2020

Place: Online via Zoom (Note: All registrants will receive a password-protected zoom link to participate in live sessions.)

Cost: $20 per group session.

To register: Visit www.parentchildjourney.com/excursions/.

For more information: Contact Dr. Dan Shapiro at drdan@parentchildjourney.com.

Call for Applications: BroadFutures' Fall 2020 Virtual Strengths Program (Updated)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BroadFutures' Strengths Program is an intensive, interactive five-week program for young people with learning and attention issues that focuses on college and career readiness. The program offers an innovative delivery of a virtual curriculum for alternative learners:

  • Integration of the arts/drama
  • Use of virtual breakout rooms
  • Incorporation of mindfulness/yoga
  • Direct instruction limited to 10-15 minute periods
  • Collaborative projects and presentations

Participants will:

  • Develop professional communication and self-advocacy skills.
  • Master effective strategies for managing their time and building their executive functioning skills.
  • Understand their learning style, strengths, and areas of support; learn how to ask for accommodations at school and in the workplace.
  • Build and refine their resume; enhance and elevate their LinkedIn profile.
  • Learn the art of writing a strong cover letter.
  • Understand and practice how to ace the interview.
  • Learn financial literacy tips and tricks.

Participants may also work on an independent project or portfolio with the support of the BroadFutures team.

Access to a computer and reliable internet connection will be necessary.

9/29/20 - 10/30/20
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 2:30pm EST

Independent Project/Portfolio:
10/30/20 - 11/27/20


Independent Project/Portfolio:

Scholarships are available based on need.

If interested, please fill out this form.

If you have any questions or need an accommodation(s), please email Carole Trevey at ctrevey@broadfutures.org.

Call for Participants: DRDC Public Input Survey 2021

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

As you may know, 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 and shape our annual priorities and objectives for the work we do on behalf of individuals with disabilities. We hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey, which lets us know what advocacy issues are of most importance to you.

Please complete this survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JY8G3TX by September 30, 2020. Alternatively, 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.

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and helping ULS focus on the issues that matter most to the community.

World of Possibilities disAbilities Expo: Carroll County

Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Don't miss this fun, incredibly educational experience and great networking opportunity for individuals with disabilities and those who love and serve them.

The World of Possibilities Disabilities Expos are increasing in popularity and are now the region's most important forum for disability-related resources. Everyone within the disabilities community, including children with disabilities and their families, caregivers/service providers, veterans, and baby-boomers should all be there!

We want to assure everyone planning to attend or considering attending the World of Possibilities Expo that your health, safety and security are our top priorities. Caring Communities is taking all necessary precautions concerning COVID-19.

Place: TownMall of Westminster - 400 North Center St., Westminster, MD

For full event details and to register: Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-of-possibilities-disabilities-expo-carroll-county-2020-tickets-95421398973.

Attendees: You may also go to https://expo.caringcommunities.org/free-pass/?v=ba43077c0ac9 to download free passes to the Expo.

Prospective exhibitors: Go to https://expo.caringcommunities.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/wp_Exhibitors_Pack_2020Combined-1.pdf to download an application packet.

Questions? Please contact Mona Freedman at 410-549-5707 or mona@caringcommunities.org.

Capital Area Food Bank's DC Community Marketplace

Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 9:00 AM to

The Capital Area Food Bank's DC Community Marketplace is open to all residents in need of food assistance. We will distribute pre-packed bags or boxes of fresh produce. The address is 134 L St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

For information about the Marketplace schedule or for notice of cancellation due to inclement weather, please call the information line at (202) 769-5612.

Help us keep our Community Marketplace safe:

  • Please observe social distancing and maintain 6 feet between you and other customers at all times.
  • Wearing a mask or another face-covering is required.
  • Send only one member of your household to the market if possible.
  • Do not attend if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or cough.

Please bring your Capital Area Food Bank keycard!*

For full details: Download the English/Spanish language (1M PDF) flyer at https://files.constantcontact.com/c3a7031d001/6b961f8b-f48d-4930-a43d-61d8e12db359.pdf.

*A keycard is not necessary for participation.

Call for Applications: TechOWL Talking with Doctors Training Series

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Talking with Doctors is a training series that can teach you about tools to use to make your own health decisions. You will even create your personal video to get doctors to listen so they know what is important to you.

8 weekly FREE classes—lectures and discussions (plus optional social events with AAC Community meet-ups)

  • Starts October 6, 2020
  • Tuesdays (time TBA)
  • via ZOOM (technical assistance available)

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Communicate in different ways using little or no speech (devices, gestures, signs, physical movements, pictures, text, etc.)
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Live in the United States or Territories

Complete the program series and you’ll receive $250!


Visit: https://techowlpa.org/news/aces-talking-to-doctors/
Call: 800-204-7428
Email: techOWL@temple.edu

Funded by Communication First and brought to you by ACES (Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports)—a TechOWL program.

World of Possibilities disAbilities Expo: Prince George's County (Updated Location)

Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The World of Possibilities disAbilities, Healthy Aging and Independent Living Expos are designed to bring people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, service providers and supporting agencies all together in one venue. Our Expos provide an opportunity for you to enhance your knowledge and explore disability-related products, services, technology and resources available.

Who Should Attend the Disabilities Expo:

Individuals with the following and those who love and serve them: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Physical Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Limitations, Intellectual Disabilities, Vision Loss and Blindness, Mental Health Issues. The Expo is also perfect for: those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Seniors, Disabled Veterans and additionally those with Chronic Illness, Speech and Language Disorders, Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

World of Possibilities disAbilities Expos are exclusively held bi-annually in Maryland. Our Expos are FREE to attendees. Free wheelchair rental and repair are available during the Expo.

We want to assure everyone planning to attend or considering attending the World of Possibilities Expo that your health, safety and security are our top priorities. Caring Communities is taking all necessary precautions concerning COVID-19.

Place: The Mall at Prince George's - 3500 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville, MD

To learn more and register: Please visit https://expo.caringcommunities.org.

Attendees: You may also go to https://expo.caringcommunities.org/free-pass/?v=ba43077c0ac9 to download free passes to the Expo.

Prospective exhibitors: Go to https://expo.caringcommunities.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/wp_Exhibitors_Pack_2020Combined-1.pdf to download an application packet.

Questions? Please contact Mona Freedman at 410-549-5707 or mona@caringcommunities.org.

New Date: 20th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair

Monday, November 2, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

100's of jobs and careers from over 25 major DC/Virginia employers await you at DC/Virginia's 20th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair.

The 20th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is the largest and best diversity and inclusion recruiting event in the United States! This event is FREE for candidates - must be 18 years of age and older. Multicultural/Bilingual, People with Disabilities, Women, LGBTQ, Veterans and Mature candidates are encouraged to attend.

There will be hundreds of entry to professional-level employment opportunities available.

This is a professional-level event. Business attire and résumés are required for admission.

Avoid the line! Come during your lunch hour! Email your résumé to FastTrack@CityCareerFair.com with the subject: DC/Virginia and receive a confirmation code that allows you to skip the line!

Place: Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport - 1300 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202

Job seekers: Go to http://citycareerfair.com/2020-dc/ to register to attend.

Interested employers: Please email PreBook@CityCareerFair.com for pricing details!

For more information: Go to www.citycareerfair.com.

Call for Volunteers: DC Board of Elections Seeks ADA Compliance Assistants for Upcoming General Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The D.C. Board of Elections (BOE) is committed to ensuring that all District residents have equal access to the voting process. Accordingly, we are inviting you to join us as an accessibility volunteer during the upcoming elections. Our accessibility volunteers (Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Assistants/Voter Access Assistants) work with the ADA Coordinator to make all precincts operationally accessible on Election Day. Each volunteer is assigned four to five polling sites, to monitor and address any correctable issues that present barriers to voting for senior citizens and people with disabilities. You must be available to attend a mandatory training (date/time TBA) and have access to reliable transportation.

Volunteers are paid a stipend.

Please complete the application (link below) and return it to tjennings@dcboe.org, along with your resume (if you have one). www.dcboe.org for more information or follow us @Vote4DC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you in advance and feel free to share this information.

  • You DO NOT have to be a DC resident to apply.
  • We welcome ALL interested volunteers.
  • You must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Bilingual volunteers are highly encouraged to apply.

Click here to download the PDF application.

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