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Essential Job-Seeking Tips for Those Who Have a Disability

Monday, May 27 - Monday, June 3, 2019

By Patrick Young, Founder of Able USA

For reasons ranging from injuries to neuromuscular disease and congenital defects, more than 10.3 million Americans have some level of physical limitation, and many of them have a thriving vocational life. By implementing a few tips and maintaining your confidence, you can land a fulfilling job as well.

Job Opportunities

There are plenty of vocations that work well for people with a physical disability, including medical administration, pharmacy services, accounting, marketing, and vocational counseling. These positions can lead to decent salaries and accommodate employees with limited mobility. Many also provide opportunities for telecommuting.

Of course, any job you can do from home has its benefits -- no daily commute, a workspace that is tailored to your needs, and the ability to create your own schedule. Then again, the opportunity to interact with other people is one big perk of working outside the home, especially for people with developmental disabilities. Retail sales, IT, and office management are perfect if you are more task-oriented or have a unique set of skills or area of interest, like computers or cars. Start with companies who are known for hiring people with special needs, like Walgreens, Microsoft, and Ford dealerships.

Creating a Killer Resume

Whatever kind of vocation you choose to pursue, you will need a resume. This is how you get your foot in the door, and it’s essential that you make a great first impression on employers. If you need help making your resume stand out, you can find several different resume builders online that offer professional-grade resume templates. Just remember: most recruiters only spend a few seconds reading an individual resume, so make yours as professional and concise as you can.

Utilizing Resources

Another thing you want to keep in mind when you’re job hunting is that there are resources to help, including disability advocacy organizations and support groups that specialize in free job-placement and training programs. Programs like the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) and Job Accommodation Network (JAN) help people with disabilities find jobs and figure out workplace accommodations. Additionally, networking events are a great place to discover businesses and organizations that have experience in hiring people with disabilities.

Preparing for the Interview

When it comes to interviewing, preparation makes all the difference. Research the company via their website and social media profiles, Google recent news about the company, and talk to people who have worked for the company.

It’s also helpful to come up with a terrific “elevator pitch” for the interview. This short but detailed mission statement should let the employer know your professional purpose—what drives you every day, your relatable skills and achievements, and your professional goals.

If you have a disability, don’t let it keep you from pursuing a vocation you love. Take steps to stand out to your potential employer. Use the various resources available, and take time to prepare for your interview. Finally, remember to be confident throughout the whole process.

Financial Aid Resources for Business Students from OnlineMBA.com

Monday, May 27 - Monday, June 3, 2019

In our post-recession economy, MBA holders are in high demand: 88% of employers planned to hire new MBA graduates in 2018.

And with online MBA programs becoming increasingly popular, individuals can now earn their master's degree while maintaining their personal and professional obligations. At OnlineMBA.com, we've provided aspiring MBA students with helpful financial aid resources, given the average MBA debt is in the six-figures:

Financing Your MBA

Financial Aid Guide for Minority Students

Financial Aid Guide for Military & Veterans

Call for Survey Question Test Participants: National Core Indicators-Aging and Disabilities™ (NCI-AD)™

Monday, May 27 - Monday, June 3, 2019

Do you know someone who can help test our survey questions?
We’d like to talk to older adults and adults with physical disabilities who receive state-funded services and would be willing to answer some questions for a face-to-face survey. People who agree to participate will be compensated for their time ($40). Can you suggest someone who’d be willing to speak to us?

What are we testing?
We are testing some of the questions from the National Core Indicators-Aging and Disabilities™ (NCI-AD™) Adult Consumer Survey to see how they work and whether they make sense to people.

What is the National Core Indicators-Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) Adult Consumer Survey?
The NCI-AD Adult Consumer Survey is a face-to-face survey conducted with older adults and adults with disabilities receiving services and supports funded by their state. The Survey contains questions about people’s satisfaction with services and their quality of life. Data gathered using NCI-AD are used by state agencies to look at the quality of the services they’re providing and how they can be improved. For more information see: www.NCI-AD.org

How can I help?
You can help us by recommending older adults and adults with disabilities who would make good candidates and be willing to sit down with us and review the questions. We expect that each meeting will take about an hour and will be scheduled when it is convenient for the person. People who participate will receive $40 for their time.

If I recommend someone to participate, what will they have to do?
People who agree to participate will be asked to respond to several questions from the NCI-AD Adult Consumer Survey and some follow-up questions about what those questions meant to them. All responses will be kept anonymous and confidential.

Who would be a good candidate to participate?
We would like to talk to people who would normally be eligible to participate in the NCI-AD Survey:

  • Older adults (over 55) receiving long-term services funded by their state or a federal program.
  • Adults (over 18) with physical and other disabilities receiving long-term services funded by their state or a federal program.

Because of the kinds of questions we are testing, we specifically would like to talk to:

  • People who have paid support staff (could be a paid family member).
  • People who are involved in planning their services.
  • People who don’t have a job.
  • People living in a range of residential settings, including on their own, in family homes, in assisted living facilities, in adult group and foster homes, and in nursing facilities.

If you can recommend someone, please contact (or ask the participant to contact) us at:
Julie Bershadsky (617-876-0426) JBershadsky@hsri.org

Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO) Position Opening: Executive Director

Monday, May 27 - Monday, June 3, 2019

Integrated Living Opportunities is seeking an Executive Director. The winning candidate is a leader with good communication skills, understands and supports ILO’s vision, and is an experienced fundraiser and manager. .

Integrated Living Opportunities is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with intellectual disabilities be full participants in their communities. ILO helps to create and maintain the networks of support that enable individuals with intellectual disabilities to live a full life whether still living in the family home or in their own place in the community. ILO reshapes the way people understand and experience inclusive communities.

Please share this cover letter and the job description with your colleagues and anyone else you think may know of someone interested in the executive director position at ILO.

If interested, please have them send a cover letter and resume to info@ilonow.org.

Thank you.

Produce Plus Volunteer Training

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Help distribute Produce Plus vouchers at Common Good City Farm and Arcadia's weekly Farm Market on Wednesdays from 3 - 7 pm. Through the Produce Plus program, DC residents who receive SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, Medicare QMB, TANF, Grocery Plus (Senior CSFP), or SSI Disability can receive $10 twice per week to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce Plus check distribution begins June 1st, 2019 and ends September 30th, 2019.

Volunteers must attend a training session first. If the training session time hosted by Common Good City Farm does not work for you, please see other options here: https://www.dcgreens.org/brigade.

Place: Saint George's Episcopal Church - 160 U St., NW

Click here to register.

Informing Policy: A Review of Social Security's MINT Microsimulation Model

Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

The Social Security Advisory Board will host a policy forum to review the MINT model.

Modeling Income in the Near Term (MINT) helps policymakers understand the effects of changes to benefits and payroll taxes. The microsimulation model is built from Social Security's administrative records matched to the Survey of Income and Program Participation. It projects future retirement income, marital trends, Social Security benefits, income, and poverty as well as the effects of policy changes.

Users of MINT’s projections, including House and Senate staff, will provide their perspectives. Other microsimulation experts will describe their models, discuss the challenges and opportunities facing such models and provide recommendations on MINT’s future development.

The forum will be broadcast live via webcast (registration required) and public participation will be welcomed.

Place: National Union Building - 918 F St. NW, 4th Fl.

Click here to register.

OSSE Special Education Focus Groups

Monday, June 3 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

If you have ideas about how OSSE can better serve students with disabilities, we want to hear from you! OSSE’s 2019-23 Strategic Plan describes its commitment to “catalyze progress and dramatically shift the trajectory of growth for students with disabilities.” To help inform this work, OSSE is conducting focus groups with educators and special education coordinators to gather input from those working closest with our students on the needs and opportunities for accelerating their outcomes. To make the best use of your time together, we have organized three separate focus groups by role: Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, and Special Education Coordinators/Directors.

Special Education Teachers: Monday, June 3, 4-5:30 p.m.
General Education Teachers: Wednesday, June 12, 4-5:30 p.m.
Special Education Coordinators and Directors: Thursday, June 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Click here to register.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Carpenter, training and technical specialist for special education, at Jennifer.Carpenter@dc.gov.

Register Now: Metro Travel Training Workshop

Wednesday, June 5 - Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is pleased to announce its Travel Training Workshop! The workshop is designed to train professionals who support people with disabilities through the travel training process. The workshop will be held on June 5 & 6, 2019, from 9 am to 4 pm at Metro Headquarters, 600 Fifth St., NW. For more information or to request a registration form, please call (202) 510-9165 or email Traveltraining@wmata.com.

Lifeline Partnership: Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 8 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

Sing and Praise Worship Service | Sat., June 8 | 6:00-8:00pm | 501 4th St., NW
This is an interactive, experiential worship service designed for folks with developmental disabilities. It is a joyful time to praise, sing and remember that God loves us. After the service, we gather in the fellowship hall for a craft or activity that reinforces the message from worship and enjoy a meal together. To RSVP, please contact Pastor Susanne Blume at 202-628-4819 or Lifeline@FirstTrinityDC.org.

Summer Celebration | Sat., June 22 | 12:00-2:30pm | 501 4th St., NW
Help us celebrate the summer with a fun afternoon of hot dogs and other summer foods and games, crafts and activities related to summertime. To RSVP, please contact Pastor Susanne Blume at 202-628-4819 or Lifeline@FirstTrinityDC.org.

Note: First Trinity Lutheran Church (501 4th St., NW) is located one half-block from the Judiciary Square Metro (Red Line). The parking lot at the corner of 4th and E may be used for Lifeline events.

National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making Symposium: Taking Stock and Forging Ahead

Monday, June 10 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Registration is open for the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making Symposium, “Taking Stock and Forging Ahead.”

This Symposium has the following goals:

  • To review the progress and achievements in implementing SDM as a primary decision-making support tool
  • To share what has been learned about the impact of SDM in the lives of real people
  • To examine the challenges of implementing SDM while also supporting health, safety, and well-being
  • To define what more is needed to ensure that progress in advancing the use of SDM across the life span continues

The Symposium’s presentations and facilitated discussions will address a wide range of SDM topics and reflect work done at the local, state, and national level. Participants will include national and local leaders, innovators, and practitioners, including people who use SDM and their families. We invite you to be part of this exciting learning exchange so that we can work together to ensure people with disabilities and older adults have access to the supports they want and need to shape and direct their own present and future.

Place: American University Washington College of Law - 4300 Nebraska Ave., NW

Registration: Registration is free, but required. Space is limited, so please register today by completing the REGISTRATION FORM and returning it to mwhitlatch@dcqualitytrust.org.

For more information: Please see the ANNOUNCEMENT.

Registration Now Open: Imagination Stage Summer Camps

Monday, June 10 - Friday, August 23, 2019

Get Creative in Bethesda
Imagination Stage's main location in Bethesda has a wide range of options for all interests. Develop skills as an artist of any kind in Acting & Musical Theatre, Dance, Filmmaking, and Performance camps - available for campers ages 3.5 to 18!

Shine on Stage in Rockville
Learn and work with professional directors, choreographers, and music directors from the DC theatre community while performing this summer at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

Rehearse and perform a fully produced musical or dip your toes into many Broadway favorites in Musical Theatre Showcase!

Disney's Aladdin, JR (Grades 5-9)
Once on This Island, JR (Grades 5-9)
Musical Theatre Showcase (Grades 6-10)

Learn More

Go to Boot Camp in DC
See what it's like to practice the arts on a college campus! Grades 7-10 can spend a week (or two!) getting intensive performance training in our boot camps at American University.

Acting Boot Camp (June 17-21)
Musical Theatre Boot Camp: Hamilton (June 24-28)

Act fast - camps at all three locations are filling quickly!

RCCE Special Needs Parents and Anxiety Advocacy Group Meeting

Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The group provides an opportunity for parents of special kids to find acceptance, support, and help as an advocate for their children.

Light refreshment will be provided!

Place: Lamond-Riggs Library - 5401 South Dakota Ave., NE

Click here to register.

Register for Around The Town (Burtonsville, MD)

Wednesday, June 26 - Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Don't Delay, Register for Around the Town Today!

Join us as we go around the town! Get to know your community and your peers. Activities will include hiking, swimming, a volunteer opportunity, and more!

Please note: This is a 6-week program for individuals with disabilities age 16-26 running from June 26 - July 31 weekly on Wednesdays. Transportation will not be provided for the program. Staff will be provided at a 1:3 ratio.

Cost: $10

Click here to register. Reserve your spot today! Limited spots are available and they are filling up quickly.

For more information: Please contact Cassidy Love, Community Integration Coordinator, at LoveCa@KennedyKrieger.org or visit KennedyKrieger.org/COREFoundations.

HSC Kids in Action: Adaptive Sports Camp

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 9, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This is an adaptive sports camp for kids ages 6 -18 with physical disabilities. Activities include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, adaptive fitness, cycling, wheelchair lacrosse, boccia, badminton, swimming, crafts, and MORE! Campers must be able to propel their own wheelchairs.

Dates: The weeks of July 8 & August 5
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Trinity University - 125 Michigan Ave., NE
Registration: Please email Robyn at Rwinston@hschealth.org to see if this camp is appropriate for your child. For further information and the registration form, go to MedStarNRH.org/adaptivesportscamp or contact Joan Joyce at joan.p.joyce@medstar.net or (202) 877-1420.

Sign Up Now: STEMSkills Summer Transition Program

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 16, 2019

STEMSkills offers a community camp for young people with autism, ADHD, and LD. Each two-week program includes the following activities and skills training:

  • Visits to innovative companies
  • Career and financial coaching
  • Focus on health and fitness
  • Public transportation experience
  • Explore job opportunities in STEM
  • Organizational and relationship development

STEMSkills 2019 Summer Camp Dates: July 8-19; August 5-16
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Price: $995 per student (Grant and scholarship opportunities are available.)
Note: Students supply their own lunch. Space is limited.
Click here to learn more and to sign up.
Questions? Contact Eric Duer at eduer@stemskills.org or (202) 744-2452.

Call for Applications: Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention prepares early intervention providers to use evidence-based early intervention strategies and supports. The GU Certificate in Early Intervention (GUCEI) 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 GUCEI focusing on the needs of the early interventionist. Graduates of the GUCEI 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 2019 cohort are now available!

Click here for more information and to apply.

Questions? Please contact Toby Long at longt@georgetown.edu or 202-687-8742.

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