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AJE Lunch & Learn: What Education Attorneys and Advocates Need to Know to Serve Low-Income Families Struggling with Debt

Monday, October 25, 2021 from 12:00 PM to

Join us for a conversation with Tzedek about debt and disability, covering Debt Collection, SSI/SSDI, Student Loan Relief, and more - including when to refer clients to Tzedek for additional support.

To register: Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83886288114.

Mother's Outreach Network's Parents’ Tax Workshop & Clinic

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 7:00 PM to

Do you qualify for tax credits? Your family could be eligible for up to $300 per month per child! How to get your cash:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • Keep Child Care Afordable Tax Credit
  • Homeowner, Renter Property Tax Credit [Schedule H]

All are welcome to attend this free online event. No registration is required. One-on-One Advice Clinic appointment will be available at the end of the Workshop.

To join the Workshop and Clinic at 7 pm, type this url into your browser: bit.ly/MONTAXWORKSHOP-1

Or, text or call us anytime before the workshop at 202-818-8649!

Please spread the word! We hope to see you, clients, colleagues and others!

Questions can be directed to Melody at 202-818-8649!

Call for Applications: 2022 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is seeking to recognize emerging leaders or groups with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community through the 2022 Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards. While the Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards have previously recognized only two individuals, we are expanding the eligibility status so that groups of people working on an initiative can apply for the award. Everyone in the group applying for the award must identify as an emerging leader with a disability. Two (2) individuals or groups will each receive $7,500 to further a new or existing initiative that increases opportunities for people with disabilities and $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the disability community. The recipients of the 2022 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards will be honored among national disability leaders and activists at the 2022 AAPD Leadership Awards Gala on March 9, 2022.

Apply for the 2022 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award at https://www.aapd.com/aapd-paul-g-hearne-leadership-awards/ by Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 5:00pm ET.

2021 Mayor’s 14th Annual Disability Awareness Expo

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

You are cordially invited to join us for the 14th Annual Mayor’s Disability Awareness Expo. The Office of Disability Rights (ODR) in partnership with several District Government Agencies will host the event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library’s Great hall, in recognition of October being National Disability Awareness Month. The purpose of this free event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities, complete with information tables and over 50 exhibitors. The District of Columbia is home to over 116,000 people with disabilities and this year more than 400 consumers, caregivers, advocates and students are invited to attend.

Through a partnership with other DC Government Agencies, this Disability Awareness Expo will highlight the important initiatives and programs offered throughout the District.

The event will feature:

  • Employment Readiness
  • Housing Resources
  • Workforce Development

Note: This event is FREE to all DC residents and consumers with and without a disability to share valuable information and resources.

Place: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library's Great Hall - 901 G St, NW

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-mayors-14th-annual-disability-awareness-expo-tickets-168474438581 (Reasonable accommodations are available within the registration form.)

For further details or questions: Email Shelly.Carrbrown@dc.gov or call 202-724-5055.

Best Buddies Living Virtual Tour and Information Session

Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 7:00 PM to

The Best Buddies Living program fosters an integrated experience for people with and without IDD to become active, contributing citizens who live independently in a dynamic environment where they can learn, grow, and thrive.

Join us for a virtual tour and learn more about this one-of-a-kind program and what a day-in-the-life is like for residents at Best Buddies Living.

Registration link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HXhvS6hjTHyDex9JdfbRqQ

Can't attend? A virtual tour/info session will now be held every third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm (ET). You may use the registration link above to choose the date that best works for you.

EDCJCC Inclusion Bingo Night

Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Join your friends for Bingo Night! We will send each participant a bingo card via email. All you need are coins or other objects to cover each space. Be sure to register by 5:00 PM the day before to make sure you get a bingo card and the Zoom link.

If you have any questions: Please contact Joy Stein, Director of Inclusion & Disabilities Programming, at joys@edcjcc.org. Note: There is a $5 program fee for Bingo Night. Please reach out to Joy directly if this is cost-prohibitive.

To register for this event: Visit https://www.edcjcc.org/community/inclusion-disabilities/.

Additional News:

The Edlavitch DCJCC is making changes to its COVID-19 policies effective September 1, 2021.

Visit https://www.edcjcc.org/covid19/ for the latest health and safety updates.

Building Inclusivity Housing Conference

Tuesday, November 2 - Thursday, November 4, 2021

Inclusive Living is booming in the Washington DC metropolitan area. There are a variety of new inclusive housing options, but we need more. To learn how this can happen, explore what will be offered at the inaugural Building Inclusivity Housing Conference held at Main Street Connect in Rockville, MD, from November 2-4th, hosted by Main Street and The Kelsey.

At this one-of-a-kind conference, participants will dig into the nuts and bolts of creating, maintaining and sustaining affordable, inclusive, accessible housing. We will also spend time on advocacy and policy issues to educate our attendees how to advocate for more opportunity, more projects and more models that prove we can build new innovative solutions.

REGISTER HERE.

To learn more: Email Sharonc@mainstreetconnect.org.

AJE Transition-Age Parent Café

Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 6:00 PM to

Calling all parents of children ages 14-21!

Everyone needs support and reminders of their strength! Cafés are hosted by parents, for parents and are all about support, understanding, and unity.

This month's theme: What You Need to Know About Higher Education

Click here to register for the Café.

What is a Parent Café? Watch our YouTube video to find out.

If you need assistance: Contact talia.curhan@aje-dc.org or (202) 678-8060 ext. 210.

Call for Applications: The Arc Day of Service Grant

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Is your organization ready to serve your community and promote the inclusion of people with disabilities at the same time?

The Arc is teaming up with AmeriCorps once again to offer $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 grants to chapters of The Arc and other nonprofit community organizations to develop September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance projects.

Grantees will partner with local service organizations and emergency-preparedness groups or local first responders to implement volunteer events to help increase safety and resilience within the community. Volunteer events can include demonstrating appreciation for first responders, educating your community on emergency preparedness, and more.

Events should begin no later than May 2022 and build up to a keynote event on September 11, 2022.

In these uncertain times, every community is looking for ways to increase community safety and be better prepared in case of a disaster. Apply for a September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance grant today and expand emergency preparedness in your community!

Deadline to apply: Thursday, November 4

To apply: Visit https://thearc.org/dayofservicegrant.

Project SEARCH Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, November 10 - from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Project SEARCH provides employment readiness training for young adults aged 18 to 30 with intellectual and developmental disabilities through intensive internships and classroom instruction.

Parents, professionals, and applicants who are interested in applying to the Project SEARCH programs should make plans to attend.

The agenda will include:

  • Program overview information on our host businesses — Project SEARCH NIH; Project SEARCH Montgomery; Project SEARCH Smithsonian
  • “A Day in the Life of a Project SEARCH Intern”
  • Hear from a former PS intern and parents
  • Review the application process and receive the application materials

Place: Online via Zoom

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8940904816?pwd=ME5DZ2NUR1BLZ3dsVGdqZE9adkRCUT09

Meeting ID: 894 090 4816

Passcode: 436383

Questions? Contact Lu Merrick at lmerrick@ivymount.org OR Psrecruitment@seeconline.org.

(Virtual) 2021 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference

Monday, November 15 - Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The focus of the AUCD 2021 Conference will be on the connection between people with disabilities and their families, and the professionals who do disability research. The Conference will explore:

Ways to talk about research that everyone can understand;
How we can use research to make life better for people with disabilities and their families;
What we can learn from the experiences of people with disabilities and their families who have participated in research;
How we can ensure equity, and include all people with disabilities and their families in every step of the research process;
Research or experiences that can help improve the relationship between the research community and the disability community.

For event details and updates: Visit https://www.aucd.org/conference.

DC Special Ed Cooperative's Next Steps Career Exploration Conference 2021

Monday, November 15 - Friday, November 19, 2021

Did you know that there are low-cost and free job training programs in DC for your students? Did you know that, by completing these programs, your students can earn a job certification to enter the workforce? The 6th annual DC3C Next Steps Career Exploration Conference (Next Steps) will be held virtually on Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19. Next Steps is an annual event geared towards DC high school students with disabilities who are ages 14-21. During the duration of the week, students will have the opportunity to explore career options through on-demand sessions from local educational and training vendors. On Thursday, November 18, there will be live presentations and opportunities for students to engage with panelists. We hope that all member schools serving students ages 14-21 are represented!

Students who participate have the opportunity to earn fantastic prizes (Xbox gaming systems, Apple AirPods, and Visa gift cards) throughout the week. An interactive leaderboard will track sessions attended, time engaged in sessions, and questions asked.

DC high school students with disabilities who have either an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan and their parents are welcome to attend this free, virtual conference to learn about future careers. Secure your spot today! Space is limited!

To register, please visit our DC3C SY21-21 Student Registration webpage.

For more information, contact Cotora Holland at cholland@specialedcoop.org.

D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice Meeting

Friday, November 19 - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Join our D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice!

Are you an educator or service provider who serves youth ages 14-22 preparing for life after high school? Do you want opportunities to connect with others working in this area? Are you looking for specific secondary transition resources or do you have some to share? Join SchoolTalk’s D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice!

We meet virtually once a month to share ideas, resources, and strategies to improve our work and positive outcomes for D.C. transition-age students with disabilities! Upcoming topics include an introduction to the Department of Employment Services’ Office of Youth Programs, new navigational tools for youth and families, culturally responsive secondary transition programming, and more!

Our next meeting is Friday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sign up today!


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