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ATPDC Communication Devices Demonstration

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

The Assistive Technology Program for DC is planning an informal demonstration of several Tobii-Dyanvox alternative and augmentative communication products for the ID/DD community.

Place: DC Assistive Technology Resource Center (Demo Center) - 220 I St. NE, Ste. 130

To RSVP or to learn more: Contact Debra Haydel at 202-547-0198 or DHaydel@uls-dc.org.

FREE 3-Day Build a Dream Entrepreneurship Workshop

Tuesday, December 18 - Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join Aisha S. Ali, founder and C.E.O. of Inclusionetics, Inc., at Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th St., NW) for an introductory entrepreneurship workshop.

Lean Canvas
Customer Discovery
Basic Business Finance
Pitching your Business

Please click here to RSVP.

Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School and Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Food Market

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 12:00 PM to

Join us for our Mobile Food Market! Bring a reusable grocery bag and walk away with fresh, seasonal food at no cost!

The mobile market is open to the public. Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until all food has been distributed. A line will not be allowed to form before 11:30 am.

Place: 2315 18th Pl., NE

Questions? Please contact Krystal@aohdc.org or 202-269-6623 ext. 123.

Edlavitch DCJCC: Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 19 - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Please click HERE to see a short list of upcoming events at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC. The Edlavitch DCJCC embraces inclusion in all its programs and activities. We welcome and encourage the participation of all people, regardless of their background, sexual orientation, abilities, or religion, including interfaith couples and families.

Renovation update: The historic Edlavitch DCJCC building renovation is well underway. We broke ground in September and are on target to complete the project before summer. Walls are torn apart, ceilings lay bare, mechanicals are exposed, and all are at the ready for the creation of a newly designed interior space that will enhance the community’s experience in our building. Please click here to read and see more.

Upcoming Events: HSC Health Care System

Wednesday, December 19 - Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Male Caregivers Advocacy Support (MCAS) Group | Wed., Dec.19 & 26 | 6-9pm | 2124 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE
MCAS is for men who care for children with special health care needs. During the meetings, you'll share information, provide support, and take part in trainings that empower you in your role as a caregiver. Click here to learn more.

Community Services Advisory Council (CSAC) | Thurs., Dec. 20 | 6-8pm | 4 Atlantic St., SW
The CSAC provides recommendations about member benefits and works to foster, promote and improve relationships and services for youth and young adults with special health care needs, their families and communities, and other stakeholders. Click here to learn more.

Movie Matinee with Kids in Action

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us for Elf at the HSC Pediatric Center (1731 Bunker Hill Rd., NE)! The movie will begin at 10:00 am sharp! This is an open event. Please contact Jenn Preyers at jpreyers@hschealth.org to RSVP.

Mayor Muriel Bowser's 5th Annual Fresh Start #FitDC 5K

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser and hundreds of DC residents for the #FITDC Fresh Start 5K! As part of the #FITDC initiative, we are inviting people of all ages to join us for this fun fitness activity. Whether you want to run, walk or just cheer folks on, this will be a fun event for all!

Place: Capitol Riverfront - Washington, DC 20003

Please click here to learn more and to register.

Strengthening the Provider-Family Relationship in Early Intervention: A Webinar Introduction to the Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Model

Friday, January 4, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Looking for a better way to support family-infant and toddler interaction? This webinar will introduce participants to the Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) model developed as part of the Erikson Institute Fussy Baby Network. ® FAN includes core processes that providers can use to engage and support parents, as well as take inventory of their own internal states as a mechanism for staying calm and grounded in the face of emotionally laden interactions with families. This interactive session will also serve as an opportunity to explore FAN as a tool that can hold and honor the unique experiences of parenting a young child with special needs. It is a flexible, strengths-based, evidence-informed approach to reflective and mindful practice within the realm of infant and early childhood mental health. Designed to help guide providers in their efforts to be attuned, responsive, and open to the parents they serve, FAN is intended to foster a facilitative environment for positive family change and growth.

Online directions for access to the webinar will be sent to registered participants.

Please click here to learn more and to register.

If you have any questions or concerns about registering, please feel free to contact our office at (202) 687-7962 or Rachel Brady at rab9@georgetown.edu.

The 6th Annual ED Games Expo at the Kennedy Center: Two Winter Days to Play, Learn, & Meet the Developers

Monday, January 7 - Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The ED GAMES EXPO is the government’s annual showcase of educational games, as well as innovative forms of learning and assistive technologies. On Tuesday, January 8 from 4PM to 8PM, attendees can demo more than 100 games and technologies, while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The games and tech are for students ages 3 to 18, and cover a range of topics, such as science, engineering, making, math, reading, vocabulary, and social studies, and to facilitate social skills and support students with or at risk for disabilities. The Expo is free and open to the public, and is a great experience for children, students, parents, teachers, and all stakeholders interested in learning emerging forms of games and tech. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Edward.Metz@ed.gov.

Most of the games and technologies at the Expo were developed with the support of more than 25 government programs, including the SBIR programs at ED/IES, NSF, USDA, NIH, and NIDLRR, as well as programs across several offices at ED (IES, OSEP, OCTAE, and OII); and at NSF; HHS; NIH; USDA; EPA; NASA; ONR; the Wilson Center; the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and others.

Opportunities for DC-Area Schools on January 7 & 8

In addition to the public Expo the evening of January 8, we are planning two unique opportunities for DC-area schools. On Monday, January 7th from 10AM to 2PM, school classrooms and groups can visit the Kennedy Center to demo games, meet the developers, and join the “How the Learning Games Were Made” presentations by game developers. And on Tuesday, January 8th from 8:30AM to 10:30AM, a select group of learning game developers will be available to visit Washington DC-area schools to demo their games and engage in a Q&A with students about being a game developer. Please contact Edward.Metz@ed.gov for more information on how to sign up for these opportunities.

National Launch: Case for Inclusion 2018

Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

To mark the release for the Case for Inclusion 2018, UCP and the ANCOR Foundation will be hosting a national launch event. During the event, participants will learn about what the new data reveal for people with I/DD and the providers who support them, including trends that are beginning to emerge. Participants will also hear about the federal policy implications of the new data in the context of a newly inaugurated Congress, as well as concrete tips for what advocates can do to expand opportunities for people with I/DD to be included, supported and empowered in the community.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Tarren Bragdon (invited), Primary Researcher, Case for Inclusion
  • Armando Contreras, President & CEO, United Cerebral Palsy
  • Barbara Merrill, CEO, ANCOR & the ANCOR Foundation
  • Diane Wilush (invited), President & CEO, UCP of Georgia

Place: National Press Club - 529 14th St., NW

Please click here to register.

2019 DFKDC Fitness & Yoga with Ashley Darby & Spirit Club

Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

What: Dreams For Kids DC has set up a fitness clinic for kids with physical and developmental disabilities. The event will be led by professional Spirit Club trainers! This clinic will focus on body awareness, balance and stability, flexibility, functional movement, strength, endurance, speed and agility, coordination and more!

Who: Participants with physical and developmental disabilities ages 4-24, we also invite their siblings to attend as well! Parents must be present with participants. If you cannot be present, please assign a guardian to attend the clinic with your child. We have a new $5 deposit policy to account for no-shows. If you attend, you will be refunded this $5 deposit. If you need to cancel, you must cancel within 48 hours. Please click here to read about the policy .

Volunteers ages 15 and older are needed as well to partner up with our participants for the clinic! No previous experience is necessary. You will be paired up with a participant and become their buddy for that day, leading them through drills taught by the instructor - and most of all, becoming their friend. If you are a new volunteer, please email Glenda at GFu@dreamsforkids.org.

By registering as a participant, you are agreeing to the following waiver: https://dreamsforkidsdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Participant-Waiver-2017.pdf

Place: Spirit Club - 10417 Metropolitan Ave., #B, Kensington, MD

Click here to learn more and to register.

Call for Applications: 2019 Hamilton Relay High School Scholarship (Updated for DC Residents)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

As the Telecommunications Relay and/or Captioned Telephone service provider for the District of Columbia, Hamilton Relay acknowledges that opportunities for higher education affect the future of DC’s high school students.

We are pleased to once again extend the Hamilton Relay Scholarship opportunity to graduating high school seniors in the District, who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to assist in their goals of continuing their education.

Hamilton Relay selects one candidate from each of the states where Hamilton is the contracted service provider. All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay under the topic of communication technology and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify. The application documents can be found HERE.

The scholarship deadline is January 19, 2019, and applications must be received or postmarked by this date. The scholarship is in the amount of $500 and the winner will be determined on or before February 28, 2019.

If you have any questions about Hamilton Relay or the Hamilton Relay Scholarship Program: Please contact Renate Buttrum, Regional Outreach Coordinator, at 443-518-6949 or renate.buttrum@hamiltonrelay.com.

Ivymount Special Needs Resource Fair

Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Ivymount's Seventh Annual Resource Fair will host over 50 exhibitors whose organizations provide a variety of services to children and young adults with special needs and their families in the DC metropolitan area.

*This event is open to the public.

Place: The Ivymount School - 11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville, MD

10th Annual Voices of Change Conference: Secondary Transition FOR DC Youth BY DC Youth

Friday, March 29, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join us in celebrating disability awareness and youth voice! Participating youth will have opportunities to LEARN, LEAD, and ACT.

Youth Program:

Through youth-led workshops, performances, and other activities, DC high school youth with IEPs are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to lead self-determined lives, network with professionals and peers, and become leaders in their schools and communities. This year's conference will feature performances by youth and professional artists and take participants on a journey behind the scenes to explore careers in event planning and the arts.

Family Program:

Parents, guardians, caregivers, and loved ones learn about organizations that support youth in the transition process, expand their role, and ask questions about transition.

Place: Walter E. Washington Convention Center - 801 Mt. Vernon Pl., NW

Registration: Registration will start in January 2019.

The Voices of Change Conference is a community-sponsored event and is jointly funded by:

District of Columbia Department on Disability Services & the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Division of Teaching & Learning

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