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Register Now: Ivymount Winter Recreational Progams

Monday, December 9 - Tuesday, December 31, 2019

After School at Ivymount
January 7th - March 12th

After-school clubs at Ivymount provide extracurricular activity programs for students of all abilities. Groups are designed and led by Ivymount’s Adapted PE teachers, Art teacher, and other highly-trained Ivymount staff. Participants participate in the activity of their choice. Each club will have a skill sharing, gallery display, or scrimmage at the end of the session. Designed for students of all abilities, ages 6-young adult. Additional cost if 1:1 support is required. The last day to register for these programs is Tuesday, December 31st. Click here to learn more and to apply.

Call for Applications: Life Enrichment Awards Program

Monday, December 9 - Tuesday, December 31, 2019

AJE is once again partnering with the HSC Foundation to provide LEAP Awards to AJE's eligible youth with disabilities who are transition-age (14 to 26 years old).

The Life Enrichment Awards Program (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 not covered by Medicaid or private insurance and are goods and services not considered "medically necessary."

Previously we have awarded youth in transition with laptops, scrubs for a mortician internship, graphic designing software, business clothing for interviewing, soft skills training and more.

Please visit http://www.aje-dc.org/2019/10/15/leap-awards-for-transition-age-age-14-to-26-youth/ for detailed eligibility criteria and apply for an award right away! There are three documents an applicant must complete to be considered for an award: (1) an application form; (2) the certificate of acknowledgment form; and (3) HSC's media release form.

If you need help completing the forms, we are happy to support you, just call or email us at (202) 678-8060 or information@aje-dc.org! Please apply immediately!

The Youth Opportunity Guarantee: A Framework for Success

Monday, December 9 - Monday, December 16, 2019

This report introduces a Youth Opportunity Guarantee of education, training, and employment for all youth ages 16 to 24 in the United States. After years of extensive research and consultation with well over 100 experts and stakeholders, GCPI has created a framework that integrates secondary, postsecondary, and employment systems to make long-term labor market success a reality for all youth in the United States.

Click here to download the PDF brief or the full PDF report.

Student Fair Access to School Act and School Discipline Update

Monday, December 9 - Monday, December 16, 2019

DCPS is in the process of rewriting Chapter 25 of the Student Fair Access to School Act. Chapter 25 addresses the DC Municipal Regulations for school discipline. Families may visit https://dcps.dc.gov/chapter25 for more information.

If your child attends a charter school, Chapter 25 does not apply. Your child's school discipline policy is in the handbook. You should be able to find the handbook on the school's website. If you cannot, the Public Charter School Board (PCSB) has put most handbooks online. You can find them at https://dcpcsb.org/compare-schools under the "Student Makeup" section of a school's profile. You are encouraged to let the PCSB know if schools are missing from the site.

New Webinars Are Available from AJE

Monday, December 9 - Monday, December 16, 2019

AJE recently added new webinars to the Special Education Thursday library. These webinars include "Understanding Medical Transitions for Youth with Disabilities" and "What Parents Need to Know About Charters and Special Ed; Contacting or Making Complaints to the Public Charter School Board (PCSB)." To access these and other webinars, or to learn more about Special Education Thursdays, visit http://www.aje-dc.org/programs-3/special-education-thursdays/.

KTS Parent/Guardian Workshop: Beyond High School for D.C. Families

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 6:30 PM to

Sandy Bernstein, Legal Director at Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services, will discuss vocational and other support services available to DC residents with disabilities when they leave high school. The training will focus on the services available from the DC Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the DC Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and how to access those services. Sandy is an attorney with two decades of experience advocating on behalf of people with disabilities and will share tips on how your child can obtain quality supports and financial assistance from these DC programs.

Place: Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library - 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW

RSVP is REQUIRED by: Friday, December 6, 2019

To RSVP: Email Shelley McGinness at ktsworkshops@ttlc.org.

Project SEARCH Information Session

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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

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

The agenda will include:

  • Program overview with information on our host business sites at 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 application process and receive application materials

Place: Department on Disability Services - One Independence Square, 250 E St., SW

Metro stop: Federal Center (Orange, Blue and Silver Lines)

Bus information: P6

To RSVP or for more information: Contact John Eusebe at (301) 576-9000.

My School DC EdFEST 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Come to EdFEST and meet the city’s public school options (PK3 – grade 12) for your child. Representatives from DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC lottery application on December 16, 2019 for the 2020-21 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections.

EdFEST will also have free immunizations, recreational activities, and more! Interpretation in American Sign Language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French are available throughout the day.

Place: DC Armory - 2001 East Capitol St., SE

Click here to RSVP.

Click here for more information.

Lifeline Partnership's Caroling and Gingerbread House Decorating Event

Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

In place of our regular second Saturday worship service, we will gather to sing (and act out) Christmas carols. We will also decorate gingerbread houses that you can take home.

This event includes a light supper, is ASL interpreted, and open to all. Please let us know you are coming so we have enough food and supplies.

Place: First Trinity Lutheran Church - 501 4th St., NW

Closest metro: Judiciary Square (Red Line)

Parking: The lot at the corner of 4th and E Streets, NW may be used for Lifeline events.

To RSVP: Contact Pastor Susanne Blume at 202-628-4819 or Lifeline@FirstTrinityDC.org.

Call for Participants: IDEA Parent Survey 2018-2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

Dear Parents or Guardians,

This is a survey for families of students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who received special education services during school year 2018-19 (August 2018 – June 2019). Your responses will help to improve services and results for children and families.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) collects this information and reports a summary of the results to the US Department of Education as a part of DC’s Annual Performance Report, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

By completing this survey you will help inform the training and resources OSSE provides for families regarding special education. OSSE will share a summary of the results from the survey with your child’s school, but no individual information (names, addresses or contact information etc.) will be shared about you and your child. Your responses are confidential.

You can complete the survey online by using the following link:

Please note you may skip any item that you feel does not apply to you or your child. This survey should take approximately 10 minutes of your time and will remain open until Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. If you have more than one child who received special education services, please feel free to complete a survey for each child.

If you have questions or need assistance in completing the survey, please contact Ms. Adrienne Rodriguez. Education Program Specialist within Community Learning and School Support, at (202) 478-5947 or by email at Adrienne.Rodriguez@dc.gov. Thank you in advance for your participation, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Call for Applications: 2020 VSA Playwright Discovery Program

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in the U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance—in the form of plays, screenplays, or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations in the style of realism, through the creation of fictional characters and settings, or writing metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.

Application Deadline: January 2, 2020

Click here to learn more about the 2020 VSA Playwright Discovery Program and how to apply.

Selected winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18) will receive exclusive access to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC!

Winners will have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and the nation's premier collegiate playwrights and theatre artists as they workshop their own script, as well as participating in master classes, and networking opportunities throughout the Festival.

For more information regarding student eligibility, to receive a PDF flier for distribution/posting, or to obtain a hard copy of the application and guidelines, please contact us directly. We can be reached at 202-416-8898 (voice) or via e-mail at vsainfo@kennedy-center.org.

Call for Public Comments: Proposed Changes to Chapter 30 of Title 5-A in the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

On Friday, November 8, 2019, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the DC Register. The Notice proposed amendments to Chapter 30 of Title 5-A in the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (currently found at 5 DCMR §E-3000-3036) governing the education of students with disabilities. Click here to access the proposed regulations.

The proposed regulations will be posted for a 60-day public comment period commencing Friday, November 8, 2019, and closing Tuesday, January 7, 2020, including an opportunity to submit written comments and attend public hearings on the proposed regulations. Persons may also file comments in writing by email to osse.publiccomment@dc.gov or by postal mail or hand delivery to OSSE at the following address:

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education,
Attn.: Christie Weaver-Harris re: Special Education NPR,
1050 First Street, NE, 5th Floor,
Washington, DC 20002.

All comments received by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, will be considered.

OSSE will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed regulations on Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 1050 First Street NE, First Floor, Washington, DC 20002.

The public hearing scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 2019, is being held in conjunction with the State Advisory Panel for Special Education and is intended for parents and students to provide input on the proposed regulations, but is open to all interested.

Individuals wishing to testify at any of the hearings should contact Christie Weaver-Harris, Policy Manager, at 202-741-0470 or by e-mail at christie.weaver-harris@dc.gov.

OSSE will post additional resources to assist stakeholders in accessing and understanding the regulations, including a summary memorandum and regulatory crosswalk at https://osse.dc.gov/page/policy-notices-hearings-and-comments.

AJE January Lunch & Learn: Restorative Practices at School

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

AJE invites you to our monthly public policy forum to discuss Restorative Practices at School: What are they, what can they do, and when should schools use them? Our guest speakers will be Leila Peterson and Yazid Jackson from SchoolTalk.

Please bring your own lunch.

Place: Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. - 1200 G St. NW, Ste. 725

To RSVP: Email us at information@aje-dc.org.

Have any questions? Call us at 202-678-8060.

Call for Applications: Hamilton Relay Scholarship

Friday, January 31, 2020

The goal of the Hamilton Relay Scholarship is to support students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking in their post-secondary education. The Hamilton Relay Scholarship is extended to qualifying high school seniors living or attending school within each of the states where Hamilton Relay is the contracted Telecommunications Relay and/or Captioned Telephone service provider. Hamilton Relay selects one recipient from each state annually.

The scholarship is in the amount of $500. Applications must be received or postmarked by January 31, 2020. The winner will be determined on or before February 28, 2020.

Click here for the full guidelines.

Click here for an application.

Questions? Contact Hamilton Relay Regional Outreach Coordinator Renate Buttrum at 443-518-6949 or renate.buttrum@hamiltonrelay.com.

DCASE Edu-Tours for DC Education Professionals

Wednesday, February 12 - Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

These are geared to DC education professionals, including charter school administrators, local leaders, DC agency staff, advocates and special education attorneys (not for parents or general community) and provide an intimate visit to these nonpublic special education schools to highlight their innovative vocational programs & special education classrooms with integrated clinical services & experiential learning and how they serve DC students.

Space is limited.

Click here for tour descriptions and to RSVP.

Click here for more information.

Questions? Email Molly Whalen at mwhalen@dcase.org.

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