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IStage Sensory-Friendly Musical: 'You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown'

Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 11:00 AM to

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Best for ages 5+.

Click here to watch a video about the performance.

Note: Sensory-Friendly performances are designed for people who benefit from sensory support, have sensitives and/or who are on the autism spectrum. Click here to learn more.

Place: Lerner Family Theatre
4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD

For questions or to buy tickets ($12-25): Contact our box office at 301-280-1660.

Bowling with Kids in Action

Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join Kids in Action for a pin-tastic time!

Place: Bowlero College Park
9021 Baltimore Blvd., College Park, MD

RSVP to: Robyn at rwinston@hschealth.org or 202-557-1851

Favorite Stories with Imagination Stage

Sunday, July 22 - Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Please join us for an inclusive theater program with Imagination Stage. At the Favorite Stories workshop, jump into the world of your favorite story and bring books to life through creative drama, movement, and props.

Please click here to learn more and to register.

Call to Agencies: DCCK Culinary Job Training Program Recruitment

Monday, July 23 - Friday, August 24, 2018

DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program would like to collaborate with your agency to find new students interested in our 14-week training program. While we have weekly Information Sessions at DCCK (425 2nd St., NW) every Tuesday at 10am, we would also like to explore the option of coming to your agency to meet with prospective students. We are hoping to coordinate with each group so that we could speak with consumers at a time that’s conducive to your program’s schedules.

Click here to learn more about the program.

If you are interested: Please contact Lachele Corbin-Shelton at lcorbin@dccentralkitchen.org or 202-601-7310 to set up an appointment.

Nutrition Resources for People With Disabilities - 6 Things You Need to Know

Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Those with developmental or intellectual disabilities often have a higher risk of being obese than the general population. Because of this, it’s important to make sure those people get the adequate nutrition they need, rather than following basic guidelines. Those who aren’t able to be as physically active as the general population should take in fewer calories, and those who have difficulty feeding themselves should seek their caloric intake from nutritious meal replacements, rather than sugary or fatty liquids.

Click here to read the full article.

Contributor: Derrick Lopez, AP student, Benjamin Banneker Academy High School

PEAT Accessible Technology Skills Gap Report

Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018

PEAT recently asked our partners to tell us about accessible technology skill levels in their organizations. See a summary of our findings and the corresponding infographic, and check out the actions we're taking to close the gap.

Click here to read the full report.


Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Would you like to listen to the reading of newspapers, magazines and other important information through the use of an IOS Mobile App, a website with no graphics, a touch-tone phone, or a stand-alone player which downloads publications automatically? You will have free access to this information by these methods when you sign up for NFB-Newsline.

NFB-Newsline is a free service for blind and visually impaired people. The service includes 450 newspapers from across the country and around the world. Its 50 magazines are about many interesting topics. Along with these, it contains T.V. listings, department store circulars, weather reports and job listings.

There is also a DC Information Channel that provides local and national announcements as well as newsletters of special interest to the blind community.

NFB-Newsline can be accessed using an IOS Mobile App, online via a computer, a touch-tone phone, and the Victor Reader Stream.

Anyone who is blind or visually impaired is eligible to sign up for NFB-Newsline. If you are interested in doing so or you would like more information, please email Kathy Gosselin at Nfb.newsline@dc.gov or 202-403- 9279.

Call for Applications: AJE Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP)

Monday, July 23 - Friday, August 24, 2018

The purpose of LEAP is to enrich the lives of youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the expanded Washington, DC metropolitan area. The application must be submitted with this certification. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded, so please apply soon!

LEAP provides goods and services that are directly linked to youth transition planning and implementation that are usually not available from public service and government agencies.To be eligible for this program, the awardee must be between the ages of 14 and 26 with a qualifying disability. Please click here for complete eligibility requirements.

ILO Launches New Website

Monday, July 23 -

Integrated Living Opportunities is a non-profit organization that is devoted to helping our adults with disabilities (self-advocates) with significant challenges along with their families build intentional, integrated communities, that enable safe, productive, and independent living options for these self-advocates as they grow and learn new skills.

Just this week we launched our new website - https://www.ilonow.org/

Watch our video which is also on the website to learn more: Integrated Living Opportunities

AMC Sensory Friendly Films

Tuesday, July 24 - Saturday, July 28, 2018

The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing!

Upcoming AMC Sensory Friendly Films:

Title: Mama Mia! Here We Go Again
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Title: Hotel Transylvania 3
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018

Place: AMC Theatres Nationwide

Click here to learn more.

Autism: The Full Spectrum | A Workshop for Parents and Professionals

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Are you a parent who wants to learn about autism? Join us for an interactive workshop for parents, professionals, families and caretakers, presented by experts from Children's National Health System. You'll:

  • Learn about typical development and the early signs of autism
  • Learn strategies to help support your children
  • Listen to a panel of parents share about their experiences and how they help their children navigate the world

*Social workers may receive 6.0 CEUs for a fee.

Please click here to register.

Questions? Email event organizer Ellen Wiggins at elwiggin@childrensnational.org.

Goodwill Training Program Now Enrolling: Energy and Construction

Wednesday, July 25 - from 9:00 AM to

As a participant in the 6-week Energy and Construction Program, clients receive:

  • Three Industry recognized credentials: OSHA 10, NCCER Core (National Center for Construction Education and Research) and First Aid/CPR
  • Personalized Resume & Cover Letter
  • Career Coaching & Support
  • Job Interview Preparation
  • 1:1 Job Placement Assistance

To qualify:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid government issued photo identification/Driver’s License
  • US Citizen and/or Legal Permanent Resident (Pursuant to DC and MD Code)
  • Basic computer skills
  • Meet CASAS math and reading score requirements
  • Complete background & drug screening
  • Able to attend classes Monday – Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm

*Goodwill Training Programs are provided at no cost to eligible participants. To determine eligibility, all interested clients must attend an Application/Information session, which is the first step in our enrollment process. Information Sessions are held every Tuesday from 9-11:30am and applicants are encouraged to register online.

*Women, veterans and Prince George's County residents are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here to register for an Application/Information Session.

Disability Independence: How to Make Transportation Truly Accessible

Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

An outstanding panel of disability advocates and experts will discuss the importance of universal access, what disability independence entails, and how we can overcome the remaining challenges and barriers to making transportation equally accessible and truly inclusive.

Ticket cost: $12.24 (includes fee)

Please click here to learn more and to register.

Lifeline Partnership Picnic

Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join us for a traditional picnic with grilled hot dogs, burgers and all the fixings. Plus, we will have lots of games and activities.

Place: Fletcher's Field - Picnic Area 1
5200 Kenilworth Ave., Riverdale Park, MD

RSVP to: Pastor Susanne Blume at 202-628-4819 or Lifeline@firsttrinitydc.org

3rd Annual Adaptive Sports Camp

Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 10, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports in partnership with the HSC Pediatric Center's Kids in Action for our 3rd Annual Adaptive Sports Camp. Activities include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, adaptive fitness, cycling, wheelchair lacrosse, boccia, badminton, swimming, crafts, outings, and so much more! This camp is for kids ages 6-18 with physical disabilities (i.e., spinal cord injury, spina bifida, amputation, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, or any otherorthopedic and neuromuscular impairments).

*Campers MUST be able to propel their own wheelchair, and do NOT need to use a chair for daily living to attend.
*No sports experience is necessary. Equipment will be provided.
*Camp is drop-off. Parents are NOT required to remain on-site.
*Choose one or both weeks. NOTE: The cost is $200 for one week (9am-4pm), $375 for two weeks.
*Bring your own lunch.
*Space is limited!

Dates: Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3 & Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Trinity University
125 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017

Click here to download the REGISTRATION FORM (Word).

For more information, contact:
Joan Joyce at joan.p.joyce@medstar.net or (202) 877-1420
Robyn Cohen at rwinston@hschealth.org or (202) 557-1851

Call for Applications: BEACON Grant Program

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The 2018-2019 BEACON Grant Program is designed for women-led*, DC-based companies or organizations with creative solutions to challenges faced by women entrepreneurs. Both for-profit and non-profit initiatives are encouraged to apply. Through the Grant Program, BEACON intends to reach underserved populations of women entrepreneurs, expand their access to capital, resources, customers, and networks, and create a coalition of women entrepreneurs who support each other's success.

Please click here to learn more and to apply.

The 2018-2019 BEACON Grant Program would not be possible without the generous support from our partners: The Executive Office of the Mayor, Google, The Institute of Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown Law, and WeWork.

*A company/organization is women-led if there is at least one woman-identifying founder, co-founder, and/or women (or women-identifying persons) make up at least 50% of C-Suite or executive leadership.

Call for Applications: Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention prepares early intervention providers to use evidenced-based early intervention strategies and supports. The GU Certificate in Early Intervention (GU CEI) will teach you the critical skills needed to:

  • Provide contemporary evidence based services and support;
  • Work collaboratively with families to design responsive functional outcomes and program plans;
  • Support team members to serve children and families in an integrated and comprehensive system of care.

The GU CEI focusing on the needs of the early interventionist. Graduates of the GU CEI are competent and confident to:

  • Create an eco-map
  • Administer a routines based interview
  • Write participation based outcomes
  • Implement coaching
  • And so much more!!

The hybrid format allows students throughout the country as well as international students to participate. Course work is offered primarily online with five on campus days scheduled throughout the program year. Applications for the September 2018 cohort are now available!

Click here for more information and to apply.

MSBC Young Lives Summer Camp for Teenage Moms

Wednesday, August 1 - Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mount Sinai Baptist Church (1615 Third St., NW) invites pregnant teens (less than 33 weeks) and teenage mothers (ages 12-19) to participate in a summer camp.

Cost: $50 (for mother and baby)

To learn more and to register: Call 202-667-1833 or email younglives@msbcdc.org.

Registration Now Open: Bike to the Beach

Friday, August 3, 2018

Bike to the Beach, a 100 Mile Charity Ride for Autism (Washington, DC & Eastern Shore, MD to Dewey Beach, DE), is here to empower your community, help you achieve your goals, surpass your personal challenges, and to raise funds for autism awareness.

Everyone Finishes
From Century ride veterans to first time fitness challenge riders, over 99% of our riders finish each event and cross our beach side finishline.

Everything Is Covered
We provide EVERYTHING. We get the food, water, bathrooms, mechanical support. Everything you need.

Rest Stops to Refresh
We position rest stops ever 10-15 miles to refresh and refuel along the way. You can grab a provided snack and reconnect with your friends along the route.

Bike Rentals
Rent a bike and Ride!!! Don’t worry, we will bring it back from the beach for you.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Chuck E. Cheese's Sensory Sensitive Sunday

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Chuck E. Cheese's offers a sensory-friendly experience, two hours early, on the first Sunday of every month. The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes: less crowding and noise, dimmed lighting, show and music turned off or down, limited appearances by Chuck E., and food and games are offered for a fee.

Place: Chuck E. Cheese's Locations Nationwide

Click here to learn more.

Ivymount Professional Development Workshop: Supporting Executive Functions, Collaborative Problem Solving and Reciprocal Conversation

Monday, August 13, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

These seminars will introduce educators to the challenges associated with autism and ADHD that interfere with a student's ability to be successful in the classroom because of cognitive rigidity and poor reciprocal conversation skills.

Drawing from two Ivymount developed curricula (with collaborators from Children's National Medial Center), educators will get an overview of how Unstuck and On Target and Conversation Club curricula can be used to support the development of essential skills that enhance learning and self regulation.

Note: The morning session (9:30 am-12:30 pm) will focus on the Unstuck curriculum and the afternoon session (1:30 pm-4:30 pm) will focus on the Conversation Club curriculum.

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

Cost: $45 to attend one session or $80 to attend both sessions

Please click here to learn more and to register.

DC DOES Veterans Only Federal Employment Fair

Monday, August 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The DC DOES veterans program in partnership with several federal government agencies is hosting a “Special Hiring Authority” (SHA) veterans only Employment Fair. These federal agencies are seeking to hire veterans who desire to work in the federal government and who meet the eligibility criteria for direct hire under the following SHA: Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA); Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Schedule A and or 30% or More Disabled Veteran.

If you fall under any of these categories, then this is an event that you don't want too miss.

Note: You must attend the federal classification and resume workshop on August 7th at 10:00 AM in order to attend this event. The workshop location is: DC DOES HQ, 4058 Minnesota Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20019.

Please bring documented proof of your SHA eligibility.

Place: Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th St., NW

Please click here to register.

CEU Workshop: Being A Trauma Informed Community

Friday, August 17 - Friday, August 24, 2018

Please join Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center and Psychiatric Institute of Washington for a FREE training on:

"BEING A TRAUMA INFORMED COMMUNITY: How to recognize risk factors & build resiliency in those that have experienced chilhood trauma."

Presented by:
Tiffany O’Toole, LPC, NCC, Quantico Family Advocacy Program Clinical Case
Manager Ronnie Bradley, LCSW, LCAS, Quantico Family Advocacy Program Manager

Friday, August 17, 2018 | 11am - 2pm | Registration: 10:30am
Lunch & Learn (lunch included)
Harbor Point BHC | 301 Fort Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Friday, August 24, 2018 | 9am - 12pm | Registration: 8:30am
Breakfast included
Additional Presenter: Hunter Williams, Author, Charm Town Book Series
NASW DC Metro Chapter will offer 3 CEU’s for PIW Trainings
Psychiatric Institute of Washington | 4228 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP to Jessica McGraw at Jessica.McGraw@uhsinc.com by:
August 10th for HPBHC | August 17th for PIW

Adaptive Adventure Day

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The HSC Health Care System, in partnership with The HSC Pediatric Center’s Kids in Action Program, is hosting a free adaptive sports day. Children and young adults with disabilities ages 4 to 22 can choose from different activities including:

  • Adaptive Fitness
  • Archery
  • Boccia
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Wheelchair Basketball

All abilities are welcome! Join us to learn more about adaptive sports available in the DC area.

Trinity University Gymnasium
125 Michigan Avenue NE,
Washington DC 20017

Note:There is a half day option available (9:00 am - noon).

Click here to register or to volunteer.

For questions: Contact Robyn Winston Cohen at rwinston@hschealth.org.

2018 Disability Entrepreneurship Network Convention

Thursday, September 20 - Saturday, September 22, 2018

The convention will provide a series of workshops and opportunities to network and learn from each other. In addition, the convention includes:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Exhibit opportunities for vendors, entrepreneurs and sponsors
  • Roundtables
  • Networking Reception
  • Dinner Reception

Tickets: $40 - $300
Please click here for more information and to register.

Integrated Living Opportunities Community Group: Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 25 - Sunday, September 30, 2018

Our ILO Community Group will have three wonderful adult presentations and self-advocate events. The ILO Community Group is a unique, all ages, members-only group that operates within the wider ILO community. This group was created to bring together individuals with disabilities who wish to join the ILO community, but may not be ready to participate in ILO training, or actively prepare for independent living at this time. Check out below what we have going on in the month of September!

Parent Presentation:
Panel Discussion on Understanding the Waiver Services in Maryland, DC & Virginia.
Date: September 25th

Social Sundays for Self-Advocates:
Come learn how to create vibrant conversations with your peers and than indulge in pumpkin decorating.?
Date: September 30th, 2018

Join the ILO Community Group to attend our exclusive events! To learn more about ILO or to join the Community Group click below:

Join Today!.

2018 Ivymount Gala

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Jan Wintrol, former Ivymount CEO (1997-2018), will be honored at the Gala for her extraordinary contributions to the school community and to the education and well-being of the exceptional children and young adults it serves. Her dedication truly set the standard for educational innovation and leadership.

Our 2018 Fund-A-Cause will benefit The Ivymount Investing in Excellence Fund in honor of Jan Wintrol.

Please click here to learn more and to purchase tickets.

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