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Application Deadline Extended: Smithsonian All Access Summer Camp 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

Express yourself at the All Access Summer Camp! This free, eight-day digital arts camp is for teens ages 14-22 with cognitive disabilities. Explore art museums and investigate your identity. You'll use the ARTLAB studio space at the Hirshhorn Museum and classroom at NPG to experiment with your own creativity. You'll also get experience using a variety of digital and traditional mediums. By camp's end, you'll have a portfolio of work to share in a showcase for family and friends. Smithsonian staff and trained volunteers will provide a safe, supportive and creative social environment.

WHEN July 23-26 and July 30 - August 2 (no camp on Fridays); 10am-2pm daily

WHERE ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn Museum and National Portrait Gallery

TO APPLY Contact Vanessa Jones at JonesVE@si.edu. Click here to download the initial application.

Student Fair Access to School Act (SFASA) Update

Friday, April 27 - Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Student Fair Access to School Act (SFASA) was unanimously approved by the Committee on Education on March 13, 2018. It has a final vote in the Council on May 1st, 2018. Even though it passed unanimously out of the Committee on Education, there is no guarantee it will do as well before the whole Council.

It is important that the Council hear from parents and youth about the effect school suspensions have had on their life and education, and because the hearings for this bill are over and the record has closed, social media can be a great way to do that. If you use Facebook or Twitter, you can a share your story with Councilmembers that way too. Here is a link to all of the current Council's social media accounts.

No matter how you share your story, it is important that you do so. If you have technical questions or need support, please call us at 202-678-8060 and we can help you share your story. If you have any questions about school discipline, no matter where your student attends school in DC, we can help you navigate the school discipline process.

If you want to learn more about school discipline in DC, or nationwide, follow @AJEInc and @DignityinSchool on Twitter.

Lifeline Partnership Fancy Dress Up Dance

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Wear black and/or white and join us for a fun night of dancing and party snacking!

Cost: With Reservation - $7.00; At the Door - $10:00

Place: First Trinity Lutheran Church
501 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(First Trinity Lutheran is located at the corner of 4th and E Streets NW, one half block from the Judiciary Square Metro. The parking lot at the corner of 4th and E may be used for Lifeline events.)

Please let us know you are coming, so we have enough food and supplies!

To make a reservation (RSVP): Contact Pastor Susanne Blume at (202) 628-4819 or Lifeline@FirstTrinityDC.org.

2018 DFKDC Prom: Out of This World

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The fourth DFKDC PROM held by DFKDC, EDCJCC, and OTE will have a space theme - "Out of This World". The evening will be filled with dancing, entertainment, and much more! Entertainment to include: DJ ART (the original DJ from our first prom in 2015); Photo Booth; Food & Beverages; A Red Carpet; Balloon Artist; and more!

This event is open to teens and young adults with disabilities 13 years of age to 30 years of age; their siblings are welcome too! No previous experience required. Instructors and equipment will be provided for all participants. Just show up- Dreams for Kids DC will take care of the rest!

Place: Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC (EDCJCC)
1529 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
(Please use the Q Street entrance, you will see a red carpet outside and signage)

Click here for more information and to register.

DCPS Chancellor Community Engagement Forum

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Join the Chancellor and DCPS Leadership for an opportunity to provide feedback and help make critical decisions on the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives.

*Light refreshments, childcare and interpretation services will be provided.

Click here for more information.

Reviews.com Free Educational Resources Series

Tuesday, May 1 -

Reviews.com is a website dedicated to conducting data driven and unbiased research about topics that can help make an impact in people's lives. We have finished a series studies to raise awareness around the barriers that hinder students from pursuing their potential.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, higher levels of education translate to higher employment rates and higher lifetime earnings. But for many students, both young and old, there are many obstacles that interfere with their higher education and career pursuits. Our research identified not having proper educational resources and/or the lack of financial funding as the most common factors. So we addressed these head-on so that students and families in your community can learn about their options and feel empowered to take advantage of the opportunities in front of them.

You can see our free collections of guides and tools here:


The GettingHired.com Online Career Expo

Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Who should attend this event?

  • Job seekers with a disability who want to talk directly to employers nationwide about career opportunities.
  • Job seekers with disabilities, of ALL experience levels and industries across the United States.

    How will this event work?

    It's EASY! When the event is live, you will be able to "Get in Line" to chat with each employer that interests you. The chats will be text-based, (similar to IM-style chats) and you will have a 10 minute window to talk to each company No audio or video will be part of the chat. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can login to leave a note for employers attending- as long as you have registered for the event.

    Each attending company will have its own page, where you can read about their career opportunities and the company culture. You should login in advance of the event to read company information on any employers you're interested in talking to.

    Choose some open positions you're interested in, prepare some questions and talk to dozens of companies about their career opportunities from your home!

    What should I do before the Online Career Expo?

    Not sure what to expect at the Online Career Expo? Check out our simple preparation tools to find out how to prepare, make a professional impression, ensure you use your time effectively with employers and come away with genuine job prospects:

    Read our blog.
    Watch our new preparation webinar.

    Click here for more information.

    Call for Public Comments: DC Report Card (OSSE Survey)

    Saturday, May 5, 2018

    Parents, students, educators, community representatives and other stakeholders are invited to review the OSSE-designed report card for schools and give feedback to OSSE about its clarity and usability.

    Please take OSSE's survey by May 5th and share what you think!

    This report card reflects what OSSE heard in the listening session held toward the end of last year; you might have participated in one with AJE or another community group.

    You can view those findings here and OSSE's responses to those findings here.

    Save the Dates for AJE's Padre-a-Padre and Parent-to-Parent

    Thursday, May 10 - Saturday, June 2, 2018

    We at AJE are excited to share that we have confirmed dates for both our English and Spanish Parent-to-Parent Leadership Institutes!

    Padre-a-Padre Instituto de Liderazgo will be May 10th and May 11th from 8:45am to 2:00pm on both days at Mary's Center, 3912 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.

    Parent-to-Parent Leadership Institute will be June 1st from 12:00pm to 4:30pm and June 2nd from 9:00am to 3:00pm, location to be determined.

    We look forward to two amazing two-day trainings that are all about giving families the information and skills that they need advocate for their students. More details to follow soon!

    Dream & Do: A Resource Fair

    Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    The goal of Dream & Do is to bring people of all abilities together for a resource fair to network, have fun, and also provide potential job opportunities for young adults with disabilities. Furthermore, connect all of our nonprofits that work with people with disabilities to share resources, promote awareness, and encourage support among the disabled AND able-bodied community. We hope you will join us for this exciting resource fair where we connect the community to opportunities to Dream AND Do.

    *This is a FREE resource fair for all of our families in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Please come and attend as you please during the two hour time block. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Pepco Edison Place Gallery
    702 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20068
    (metro accessible, less than 5 blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Metro Center metro stations; parking garages open next to and across from the gallery)

    For more information and vendor inquiries, please contact Glenda Fu at GFu@Dreamsforkids.org.

    Presented by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, Dreams for Kids DC, and Pepco Edison Place Gallery

    Imagination Stage 2017-2018 Season Sensory-Friendly Performances

    Sunday, May 13 - Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 11:00 AM to

    2017-2018 Season Sensory-Friendly Performances

    Robin Hood | Sunday, May 13 | 11:00 a.m.

    You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown | Sunday, July 22 | 11:00 a.m.

    About Sensory-Friendly Performances:

    Sensory-Friendly performances are designed to be more accessible to those individuals on the autism spectrum or to anyone with sensory sensitivities. Imagination stage has been working closely with a network of theatre professionals and nationwide autism experts to help us prepare for this new series.

    Come and enjoy the show with your child and relax! Our sensory-Friendly experience creates a safe space for all members of the family, parents included.

    Adaptations for Sensory-Friendly performances include:

    • A pre-visit social story, video, and other preparatory materials for parents and children explaining what to expect from the performance.
    • Glow sticks raised to share when a surprise will happen on stage.
    • Reduction of the sound level and bright stage lighting.
    • Low lighting in the theatre so patrons can easily move around or exit the theatre.
    • Limited crowds and “seating holes” to allow space between families.
    • Designated spaces for those who need a quieter area to take a break.
    • Allowance for the use of tablets and smartphones for communication.

    Tickets to Sensory-Friendly performances are $12-25, and are 100% refundable up until the show begins. Our Box Office and Front of House staff are passionate to create an accessible and welcoming experience for your child and your family. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 301-280-1660. The Box Office is open Monday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Funded in part by the MAXIMUS Foundation, Kiwanis Foundation, Mars Foundation and Nora Roberts Foundation

    All Sensory-Friendly performances are in The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre.


    Call for Applications: Community Empowerment Opportunities Scholarship

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    The Community Empowerment Opportunities Scholarship is a maximum of $3,000 one-time scholarship awarded to a student(s) with a documented Intellectual and/or Developmental (ID/D) Disability who has been accepted or is currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program, 2-year community college, or vocational/technical training program.

    Click here for more information and to apply.

    Spectrum of Services: Autism Town Halll & Resource Fair

    Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Did you know that autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S.?

    Join the National African American Autism Community Network at NCC Early Learning Center (3400 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., SE) for a conversation about how to connect with resources, navigate the educational system, and meet the needs of underserved families affected by autism.

    *This is a FREE event.

    Click here to register today!

    DCCK Summer Gleaning

    Tuesday, May 22 - Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Join DC Central Kitchen at a local farm to harvest produce that would otherwise go to waste. Produce gleaned by volunteers is used to make nutritious meals that are sent out to partner nonprofits throughout Washington, DC. Gleaning shifts take place on Thursdays starting in June and go all season.

    Click here to learn more and sign up!

    ILO Bike, Hike, & Barbecue!

    Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    Dear families of ILO and ILO followers,

    Over the last three years, we have made amazing progress toward our goal of developing supportive communities for our self-advocates. We now have over twelve (12) self-advocates living independently in the community of their choice.

    To help us advance our mission and help more self-advocates move to independent living, please join us on Saturday, May 26th for a fun-raising day along the C & O Canal in Bethesda, MD, followed by a cookout at the Carderock Picnic Area. Beyond your own participation, it would be great if you can reach out to friends and family to sponsor your ride or walk including the self-advocates who are participating.

    And if you can’t join us that day, please consider making a donation to ILO in support of our bikers and hikers.

    Event Schedule:

    Gather at Carderock Picnic Area

    Set out on the canal towpath towards Great Falls (west) by bike or on foot.
    Go as far as you want, and return to the picnic area. (Great Falls is 8 miles roundtrip)

    Gather for cookout at picnic area for food and celebration.

    How to Participate?
    You can be a rider or walker, or just hang out at Carderock with ILO families and supporters.

    Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Potomac, MD 20854

    Registration Fees?
    Each participant will pay a registration fee ($35), for which they will receive a t-shirt, food, and drink at the picnic.

    Click here to register.

    Contact Chris Snowber at chris@hamiltonsnowber.com

    Don’t have a bike?
    You can rent one for the day and have it delivered to Carderock from this company:

    Kids in Action/SI Morning at the Museum: National Zoological Park

    Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

    Come see some bald eagles, seals, a gray wolf, a pelican, and beavers at the American Trail Area before the zoo is open to the public. Kids in Action will then continue exploring the zoo afterwards as a group.

    *Space is limited and registration is required.

    Click here to register.

    National Disability Voter Registration Week

    Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2018

    The REV UP Campaign is coordinating the third annual National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community.

    Click here to learn how you can get involved.

    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: 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.

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