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Secondary Transition Institute 2022: Bridging the Gap: Secondary Transition is College & Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, May 17 - Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

SchoolTalk, the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and the D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice will host the D.C. Secondary Transition Institute 2022 for local education agencies. Join us virtually via YesLMS to gather resources, connect with each other, and learn together with individuals from across the District working on improving post-school outcomes for students with disabilities!

Session Topics:

  • Local Examples of Transition Scope & Sequence Models
  • D.C. Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities
  • Youth Reflections on the Impact of COVID-19 on Postsecondary Planning
  • Meet OSSE's Division of Postsecondary Career & Education
  • Embracing Technologies that Enable Amazing Possibilities

Sessions will be synchronous and asynchronous.

To learn more and register, visit http://www.schooltalkdc.org/secondary-transition-institute/.

Can't make it live, no problem! Registration gives you access to live sessions and post-conference recordings!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Conference

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Join AHRC Nassau and The Arc of the United States for a free virtual conference to examine the history, challenges, and opportunities impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and the staff who work with them.

Sessions will provide ideas and inspiration for individual advocates and organizations alike on topics including:

  • Setting and defining goals for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization
  • The impact of systemic and historical racism and other barriers on the IDD sector
  • The intersection of health care disparities for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and those with IDD
  • Creating a pathway for equity and inclusion of BIPOC at all levels of IDD organizations, including boards of directors
  • The rewards and challenges of employing a neuro-diverse workforce

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kimberlé W. Crenshaw

    Place: Digitell Live Events Platform

    Registration link: https://ahrc.digitellinc.com/ahrc/live/5/page/10

    GUCEDD Community Forum

    Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

    Adults with developmental disabilities with significant long-term support needs will be eligible for services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration of DC's Department on Disability Services. Join us to learn more about what the new law says, and how services can be used to support adults with developmental disabilities to live self-directed lives in DC communities.

    We will be joined by DC Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau, Chair, Committee on Human Services, and DDS Director Andrew Reese.

    Interpretation will be provided in Spanish, Amharic, and American Sign Language (ASL), with captions in English. For additional accessibility requests, please contact ucedd@georgetown.edu or call 202-687-8807 by May 12th.

    Registration: https://bit.ly/38P7cvR

    Amharic Community Forum Flyer

    Spanish Community Forum Flyer

    Advocates for Justice and Education Collective Parent Café Series

    Saturday, May 21 - Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Calling ALL parents of children with IEPs, 504 plans, or developmental concerns!

    Join our parent-led conversation designed to empower families and the community at large!

    May 21st | June 25th

    Register today to join at bit.ly/AJECPC.

    What is a Parent Café? Parent Cafés are physically and emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family.

    $25 gift card for participants per café.

    Questions? Contact yolanda.corbett@aje-dc.org or michelle.parrish@aje-dc.org.

    Defensores de la justicia y la educación
    Serie de café colectiva para padres
    Mayo - Junio 2022

    ¡Estamos llamando a TODOS los padres de niños con IEP, planes 504 o problemas de desarrollo!

    ¡Únase a nuestras conversaciones dirigida para los padres diseñada para empoder a las familias y la comunidad en general!

    Van a empezar el 21 de mayo, 25 de junio.

    10 a. m. - 12 p. m.

    Regístrese aquí para unirse: bit.ly/AJECPC

    ¿Qué es un café para padres? Los cafés para padres son espacios físicos y emocionalmente seguros donde los padres y cuidadores hablan sobre los retos y victorias de criar una familia.

    Recibirá una tarjeta de regalo de $25 por participar en los cafés.

    ¿Preguntas? Contacte a yolanda.corbett@aje-dc.org o michelle.parrish@aje-dc.org.

    Integrated Living Opportunities' Hike, Bike, and BBQ Family Picnic

    Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    Each year, ILO families and friends come together for an amazing picnic and spending time together sharing, caring, and having fun while enjoying the outdoors. Whether you belong to ILO or not, everyone is welcome. So, come join us at Carderock Recreation Area Pavilion (Potomac, MD). This is a great opportunity to meet ILO's self-advocates and their families and to learn more about independent living for individuals with developmental disabilities. $40, plus a $1.50 processing fee, covers your t-shirt, food and drink at the picnic. You must be fully vaccinated to attend.

    The Event

    9 a.m. - Start gathering at Carderock Recreation Area Pavilion

    9:30 a.m. - Hangout and visit with others at the pavilion, or hike or bike to Great Falls (8 miles round trip or as far as you want.)

    11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - BBQ at picnic area and pavilion

    Click here to register now!

    Click here to become a donor/sponsor.

    Questions? Contact us at info@ilonow.org.

    DCPL Adult Learning Department's Grow with Google Series

    Tuesday, May 24 - from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    DC Public Library is partnering with Grow with Google to help our community learn digital skills. The Grow with Google Series is designed to improve your skills in the Google Workspace beyond the beginner level for work, college, or your own business. In this 8-week, virtual series, we will cover Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

    The virtual Grow with Google Series will begin Tuesday, May 24th. Space is limited.

    To register for an information session: Go to bit.ly/dcplgwg.

    For more information, please call the Adult Learning Department at 202-519-3241 or email adultlearning.dcpl@dc.gov.

    Kennedy Center School and Community Programs Department Webinar: Deaf Culture & Etiquette for Hearing Professionals in the Classroom

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Cultivating a safe and welcoming environment is a vital part of the student/teacher dynamic, which includes developing an understanding of and respect for the various cultures within our classrooms. In this workshop, you will learn about Deaf culture and etiquette so that you can be culturally prepared to welcome students to your classroom. Topics to be covered are classroom set up, working with interpreters, appropriate terminology, Deaf cultural norms, and more.

    Presenter: Brian Cheslik

    Place: Zoom

    Registration link: https://web.cvent.com/event/b60dba1d-c607-4db2-bb41-1c18cee5f6ae/websitePage:c19dd06d-a8d0-4ee3-9e09-4cf650805c06

    Restorative Justice Leadership Roundtable 2022

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    In collaboration with the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, SchoolTalk’s RestorativeDC will host the Restorative Justice Leadership Roundtable to provide school leaders with an opportunity to hear directly from peers who have applied restorative practices using our Whole School model. The roundtable features a panel of DC school leaders, restorative justice practitioners, and community partners. Participants can also take part in facilitated deep-dive topic sessions on specific pandemic recovery needs and challenges.

    The space will promote citywide dialogue about school communities, needed supports, and the challenges and successes of school communities that have implemented restorative justice over the past six years. Following the Roundtable, DC schools will have access to planning support, coaching and technical assistance in using restorative practices to address school priorities for the 2022-23 school year.

    Moderator: State Superintendent of Education Dr. Christina Grant

    Place: Whova

    Registration link: https://whova.com/web/3YoQ7f3taDrFg0Nw1JPsZXW-UO3C7wUbUIxI6WP3vR8%3D/

    DCPS Telephone Townhall / Foro Virtual para la Comunidad de DCPS

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 5:00 PM to

    Join DCPS Leadership for a Community Telephone Townhall on the DCPS COVID-19 Protocols and other district-level priorities.

    Wednesday, May 25, at 5pm

    Register at tinyurl.com/DCPSUpdates2022.

    The events can be streamed live on Channel 16, Twitter, and the Mayor's Live Event Page.

    Únase al liderazgo de DCPS para una reunión telefónica comunitaria sobre los Protocolos COVID-19 de DCPS y otras prioridades a nivel de distrito.

    Miércoles, 25 de Mayo, a las 5pm

    Registración: tinyurl.com/DCPSUpdates2022.

    El evento se puede transmitir en vivo en el Canal 16, Twitter, and de eventos en vivo de la Alcaldesa.

    Call for Participants: CommunicationFIRST Survey on Tracking Devices and Surveillance Cameras

    Thursday, May 26, 2022

    CommunicationFIRST has been asked what our position is on tracking devices for people who may wander (for example, Project Lifesaver, LoJack SafetyNet, AngelSense, and GPS devices) and about cameras that monitor activity in special education classrooms and group homes.

    As a self-advocacy organization, we are committed to representing the interests and views of people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). We'd like AAC users to tell us what YOU think about these tools before we take a position on them.

    Please take this survey and let us know your thoughts as soon as possible, but no later than May 26, 2022. And please spread the word and encourage other folks who use AAC to take the survey. Thank you!

    DDS' Community & Provider Forum

    Friday, May 27, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    The Department on Disability Services (DDS) invites community stakeholders and service providers to its upcoming Forum to stay informed about agency operations. ASL and spoken language interpretation services are available.

    For ASL Interpretation Services

    Please log in at 11:50 am.
    The video camera on your device must be on.
    Look for and click on ASL.
    Select the chat box or the thumbnail to lock your screen on ASL Interpretation.
    If you experience problems, you can communicate through the chat box.

    For Translation Services

    To request spoken language interpretation, please contact dds.languageservices@dc.gov.

    For Zoom meeting details: Visit https://dds.dc.gov/event/dds-community-provider-forum-may-27-2022.

    Questions or concerns? Please email Charlisa.Payne2@dc.gov.

    Call for Applications: SchoolTalk JumpStart Internship Specialist

    Sunday, June 26 - Friday, August 5, 2022

    SchoolTalk is seeking up to three seasonal Internship Specialists to support our 2022 JumpStart Program. This is a great opportunity for Special Educators, Community Rehabilitation Providers, or graduate students in a related field who are looking for summer work in DC. Click here for more information.

    DC Public Schools' Family Guide to Summer Learning 2022

    Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, August 5, 2022

    Every summer, DCPS provides extended summer learning opportunities such as literacy enrichment for elementary students and credit recovery for secondary students. Students who participate in summer programming have opportunities to form new friendships, strengthen academic skills, and prepare for the year ahead. There is no cost to attend a DCPS summer program and participation is optional. Most programs will start on July 5, 2022 and run through August 5, 2022.

    For summer programming details, including registration information, review the Family Guide at https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/summer/.

    HSC Kids in Action's Youth Adaptive Sports Camp

    Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Join us at Turkey Thicket Recreational Center (1100 Michigan Ave NE) for some adaptive sport fun! Activities will include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, adaptive fitness, cycling, boccia ball, crafts, and MORE! Capacity is limited. Click here to apply.

    Call for Applications: DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG)

    Friday, August 19, 2022 from 3:00 PM to

    Hey, Class of 2022, DCTAG has money for college!

    Complete your DCTAG application at dconeapp.dc.gov.

    The deadline to apply is Friday, August 19, 2022 at 3 p.m.

    For more information, visit osse.dc.gov/dctag.

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