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DC Partners in Transition Newsletter

March 21, 2022

DC Health Updates COVID-19 Guidance - March 8th

DC Health has updated its guidance for how DC Childcare Facilities, Schools, and IHEs can reduce

the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their facilities. To access this document, go to https://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/coronavirus/page_content/attachments/COVID-19_DC_Health_Guidance_for_Educational_Facilities_03-08-22.pdf. For additional information, including current District COVID-19-related public health data, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

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NEW DATE: D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice Meeting - March 25th

Join our D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice!

Are you an educator or service provider who serves youth ages 14-22 preparing for life after high school? Do you want opportunities to connect with others working in this area? Are you looking for specific secondary transition resources or do you have some to share? Join SchoolTalk’s D.C. Secondary Transition Community of Practice!

We meet virtually once a month to share ideas, resources, and strategies to improve our work and positive outcomes for D.C. transition-age students with disabilities! Upcoming topics include an introduction to the Department of Employment Services’ Office of Youth Programs, new navigational tools for youth and families, culturally responsive secondary transition programming, and more!

Our next meeting is Friday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sign up today at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlfuygqjItG9CGtLagRUsjZ0UsRvok3Shn!

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Caring Communities' World of Possibilities Disabilities Expo - April 9th

Don't miss this fun, incredible, educational experience and networking opportunity for individuals with disabilities and those who love and serve them. The Expo will include:

  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Assistive and Adaptive Devices
  • Computer Software
  • Instructional Materials
  • Mobility Products
  • Adaptive Learning Tools
  • Disability and Elder Law Resources
  • Recreation/Travel Resources
  • Adapted Bikes/Adapted Exercise Equipment
  • Personal Care Products
  • Communication Devices
  • Products for the Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals
  • Local Agencies and Support Groups
  • Product Demonstrations
  • Personal Care Attendants
  • Free Parking


Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Place: Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center - 5400 Holiday Dr, Frederick, MD 

For updates: Visit https://expo.caringcommunities.org/?v=ba43077c0ac9.

Questions? Contact Executive Director/Founder Mona Freedman, RN, at mona@caringcommunities.org.

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NAPE 2022 National (Virtual) Summit for Educational Equity - April 25th - 28th

The National Summit for Educational Equity (NAPE Summit) brings together administrators, teachers/instructors, counselors, and educational leaders to focus on the individual, institutional, and systems-level work that are required to identify and remove barriers to access and opportunity; foster equitable learning environments; and increase and support pathways to an equitable workforce.

The NAPE Summit offers learning and community building opportunities through workshops, interactive learning sessions, and networking events to strengthen our equity lens and build our capacity to advocate and organize for change within our communities. 

  • Designed to provide knowledge and tools to help you fulfill your professional mission, workshops led by nationally recognized experts address diversity and inclusion in preparing every student to be career and college ready.
  • Established to initiate inside access to policy makers, Public Policy Day encourages dialogue about relevant issues in federal education and workforce development agencies.

Organized to deliver insights into the latest research and policy considerations in achieving equitable education and accessible career pathways, sessions place best practices at your fingertips – particularly in CTE and STEM pathways.

Visit https://napesummit.org/ for more information and to register.

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Save the Date: Secondary Transition Institute 2022

May 17-18, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SchoolTalk, the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Division of Post Secondary Careers & Education (PCE), and the DC Secondary Transition Community of Practice (DC STCoP) will host a D.C. Secondary Transition Institute for local education agencies and community organizations. 

Participants will increase their knowledge about secondary transition for students with disabilities and be given the opportunity to gather resources and meet with individuals from across the District who are working diligently on improving post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

This year’s Institute will be virtual and centered on Bridging the Gap: Secondary Transition is College & Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities

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HSC Kids in Action: Upcoming Events - March 21st - July 15th

Celebrate Down Syndrome Day | Monday, March 21

Did you know that it was in December 2011, that the General Assembly of the United Nations declared March 21st World Down Syndrome Day to raise awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome (http://dsamn.org)? The 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

Click below to learn about how to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!

National Down Syndrome Society:


Down Syndrome International:


Global Down Syndrome Foundation:


World Down Syndrome Day:


Youth Adaptive Sports Camp | Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm | 1100 Michigan Ave NE

Join us at Turkey Thicket Recreational Center for some adaptive sport fun! Activities include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, adaptive fitness, cycling, boccia ball, crafts, and MORE! Capacity is limited. To apply, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflhRrTVu8I7A4DM_SHV4Uf-fNcYQ2ypvNpXyFi8QYxG2rowg/viewform.

Share your HSC Kids in Action Love!

Share how HSC Kids in Action makes you feel: just add a few key words, share a sentence or 2, or email us a quick video at kidsinaction@hschealth.org on how we have made a difference in your life or how we changed your life.

Share your love at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=u_lAXM3aI0KMZzACjtk6h9SDfnGWG6BBhA1wvgWZ7hxUMVVLV08wRkg0RzFDVU5aUzVRVzI5QzY2Qy4u&ct.

DCPL Center for Accessibility: Upcoming Virtual Events - March 21st & 23rd

Author Talk with Lillie Lainoff | Monday, March 21 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (ET) | YouTube

Join the DC Public Library for an author talk with Lillie Lainoff! Lainoff recently published her debut Young Adult novel, One for All.

One for All is a gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, in which a girl with a chronic illness trains as a Musketeer and uncovers secrets, sisterhood, and self-love. Lillie is excited to discuss her journey of writing the story she always wanted to read growing up, her favorite parts of writing strong female characters, and why this book is perfect for teen and adult readers alike. 

This is a virtual event that will stream to the library's YouTube channel: youtube.com/dcpubliclibrary

ASL Book Club | Wednesday, March 23 | 6:00 pm -7:00 pm (ET) | Zoom

Do you love to read and talk about books? Are you interested in participating in an online book discussion in American Sign Language? If so, this book club is for YOU!  

Come join us for an ASL Book Club on Zoom every other month on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. 

The ASL Book Club is facilitated by Janice Rosen, Librarian, Center for Accessibility.

The book for March 23rd is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

The book is available in the DCPL collection in the following formats:


NOTE: Even if you do not know sign language, you are welcome to join us. Voice and automatic captioning will be provided.

To receive the link, email the Center for Accessibility at DCPLaccess@dc.gov.

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DCPS Parent University/La Universidad para Padres de DCPS - March 22nd - April 5th

DCPS Parent University is a workshop series facilitated by the Office of Communications and Engagement. The workshops are an opportunity for families to share strategies and learn new ones from each other and DCPS Central Office teams. RSVP to our upcoming workshops to participate! For questions, email us at ParentU@k12.dc.gov.

La Universidad para Padres de DCPS es una serie de talleres facilitados por la Oficina de Comunicaciones y Participación. Los talleres son una oportunidad para que las familias compartan estrategias y aprendan nuevas de otras familias y de los equipos de la Oficina Central de DCPS. ¡Regístrese a nuestros próximos talleres! Para preguntas, envíenos un correo electrónico a ParentU@k12.dc.gov.

Upcoming Sessions/Próximos Talleres

9th-11th Grade Guide: Using the Guide to Reach Your Goals/Guía del 9 al 11 grado: Cómo Utilizar la Guía para Alcanzar sus Metas

Tuesday, March 22/Martes 22 de marzo

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (ET)



Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope during Tough Times/Preocupación y Ansiedad en Niños y Adolecentes: Estrategias para Ayudar a los Niños y a los Cuidadores a Enfrentarse a Momentos Difíciles

Tuesday, March 29/Martes 29 de marzo

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (ET)



Transition Planning: Preparing for Life After High School/Planificación de la Transición: Preparación para la Vida después de la Escuela Secundaria

Tuesday, April 5/ Martes 5 de abril

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (ET)




Kennedy Center School and Community Programs Department Webinar: Making Dances that Matter: Ask, Listen, Move! - March 23rd

In this webinar, we put our knowledge to use by making dances that promote self-regulation and help students practice self-advocacy. Additional discussion topics include movement adaptations, music choices, and props. Dances that are made during the workshop can be used the very next day at school! These webinars are intended for school and community-based educators working with middle and high school-aged populations, but educators of all stripes will walk away with ideas and inspiration.

No prior dance experiences is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to both move and work with a discussion partner in a Zoom breakout room.

Presenter: Margo Greenlee

Dates: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)

Place: Zoom

Cost: $10

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

Select registration type: Other

Family ECHO: Autism: Upcoming Sessions - March 23rd

Family ECHO: Autism is a free virtual learning network for parents and providers who provide direct care and/or therapy for children with an autism diagnosis. Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH is offering this series. In each session, presenters will share a case study and best practices that will deepen your understanding of autism and help you better advocate for your children.

Upcoming Sessions:

Irritability and Challenging Behaviors (part 2)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm (ET)



For questions, email autismcarenetwork@nationwidechildrens.org.

Worlds Imagined: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Events -March 23rd - 30th

  • March 23rd, 7-8pm: DDAM's Got Talent Show

  • March 24th, 5:30-7:30pm: Quality Trust's Better Together Paint and Sip Reception

  • March 28th, 3-4pm: TechTogether DC Digital Literacy Training

  • March 30th, 3:30-5pm: Celebration/10th Anniversary of Employment First!

Unless noted, events will be virtual, in English with ASL interpretation and captions. Contact alison.whyte@dc.gov or 202-340-8563 (text/call) to request accommodations.

See https://ddc.dc.gov/ for more information!

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Department of Transportation Public Meeting on Air Travel By People Who Use Wheelchairs - March 24th

During this meeting, there will be an opportunity to listen and learn from persons who use wheelchairs on the difficulties that they encounter during air travel and for airlines to discuss both the challenges that they face in providing accessible air transportation and the actions that they are taking or plan to take to improve the air travel environment.

The meeting will better enable DOT to move expeditiously on any necessary action to advance safe accommodations for air travelers with disabilities using wheelchairs.

Requests to make oral comments during the meeting or to submit written materials to be reviewed during the meeting should be received at FlyingWithWheelchairs@dot.gov no later than March 21, 2022.

ASL and CART will be provided.

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Time: 10:15 am - 5:30 pm (ET)

Place: Zoom

Registration link: https://usdot.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_cWNvnWKRQ26J4X0sbJClrw?j=1427808&sfmc_sub=213804097&l=6707_HTML&u=31848226&mid=515008575&jb=0

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KEEN Greater DC - Baltimore: Upcoming Events - March 24th - April 7th

KEEN has been providing a variety of fun virtual activities such as Fitness, Zumba dance, Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Music, Book Club, and social gatherings, since the beginning of COVID-19.

Based on local responses, we are implementing an in-person transition plan that will include three stages: outdoor in-person activities, continued virtual programs, and indoor in-person activities.

You need to be registered with KEEN in order to participate in in-person programs, but everyone can join us online. 

Upcoming Online Sessions

Thursday, March 24

5 pm: Yoga 

7 pm: Social Hour

Thursday, March 31

5 pm: Yoga Register

7 pm: Social Hour 

Thursday, April 7

5 pm: Yoga

7 pm: Social Hour

Please note: During all KEEN ZOOM sessions and activities, we require that all participants are fully dressed (a full-cover top and pants/shorts). This also pertains to anyone who may be seen on camera in the background.  

To register and view the entire schedule: Visit https://www.keengreaterdc.org/online-schedule-keen-athletes.

Additional Involvement Opportunities:

"30 Days for 30 Years" Exercise Challenge this April

This year, KEEN marks 30 years of providing free of charge programs for young people with disabilities in our region. Please help us celebrate and join our April exercise challenge event that will run for 30 days in April. The goal is to encourage our athletes, volunteers and the entire community to celebrate KEEN’s 30th anniversary by staying active and exercising. To get more details and register, visit https://keengreaterdc.salsalabs.org/30daysfor30years/index.html.

29th Annual KEEN Golf Classic Presented by Marriott International

You are invited to join us on Monday, May 2, 2022 at Woodmont Country Club for the 29th Annual Golf Classic! We are excited to share this year's event will include buffet lunch, 12pm shotgun start, contests during play, an outdoor reception and dinner.

Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $1,000-$10,000. Foursomes are $2,400 and individual golfers are $600. To view a listing of all of our sponsorship levels and benefits, visit https://files.ctctusercontent.com/f990fd91101/1be160c6-3981-4ae4-bcca-67534b2604af.pdf?rdr=true. The form can also be used to pay via check.


To register visit https://keengreaterdc.salsalabs.org/2022golf/index.html and click the green "Register" button.  If you have any questions about the event, please contact Development Director, Elizabeth Doherty at elizabeth.doherty@keengrdc.org.

Health Services for Children with Special Needs: Upcoming Public Events - March 25th - April 9th

Mobile Health Screening | Friday, March 25 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | 3400 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE

Join us to receive your Health Screening! Hosted at National Children's Center, HSCSN enrollees and community residents can receive wellness visits and COVID vaccinations. Each attendee will be required to wear a mask and check-in prior to participating. Social distancing practices will be in effect. This event is in partnership with NCC & Children's National.

Youth Athletic Program | Saturday, April 2 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (ET) | Zoom

This program is designed to engage attendees virtually through demonstrating physical activity, promoting the importance of making healthy choices during the pandemic. Exercises are appropriate for all fitness levels and include modifications for persons with limited mobility or utilizing a wheelchair. 

Topics Include: Learn About Social Change Through Dance

Presenter: Gabriela Simone Grant, Creative Artist/Dancer, GO2Talent

Male Caregivers Advocacy Support Group | Wednesday, April 6 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (ET) 

| Zoom

MCAS offers a virtual safe environment to provide and receive the emotional support needed to care for a child with special health care needs. During MCAS meetings, participants share information, provide support and take part in training that empowers them as caregivers.

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

Presenter: Rhonda White, Family Ties of DC Program Coordinator, DC Quality of Trust

Parent Advocate Leaders Support Group | Saturday, April 9 | 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm (ET) | Zoom

Parent Advocate Leaders Group (PALS) is a network for parents and caregivers of children with special health care needs. During meetings, you’ll learn about resources that can help your child and share stories with other parents and caregivers.

Topic: Have a 1 on 1 with HSCSN's Dr. Christine Golden - talk freely about your current stressors with COVID-19, balancing your life, and other topics.

Presenter: Dr. Christine Golden, Behavioral Health Services Director, HSCSN

Young Adult Support Group | Saturday, April 9 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (ET) | Zoom

Teens and young adults (14-26 years old) will create friendships, learn about community resources, and gain tools to learn how to make a smooth transition to adult life — whether it’s finding a job, starting college, or living on their own.

Topic: Financial Literacy

Presenter: David Rydzeski, Representative for DC College Savings Plan

To learn more and register for the events above or others of interest: Visit



DFKDC: Upcoming Events - March 26th & May 1st

Virtual Cooking Class | Saturday, March 26 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (ET) | Zoom

Dreams For Kids DC has set up a virtual cooking class for youth with physical and developmental disabilities ages 4-24. The class will be taught by Milan, a DFKDC participant and a 2021 Your Path To Success graduate. No previous experience is necessary. We ask that parents/guardians stay with their participants during the virtual cooking clinic to ensure safety. We also invite siblings, DFKDC volunteers and friends to join us online as well to make this a truly inclusive session.

To learn more and register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dfkdc-digital-cooking-tickets-271075523187.

Baseball Clinic | Sunday, May 1 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET) | 17950 Germantown Park Dr

Germantown, MD

Dreams For Kids DC will be bringing together youth (ages 4-24) with physical and developmental disabilities (of any type), their families, and volunteers for a morning on the field. No previous experience is required. Instructors and equipment will be provided for all participants. Just show up. Dreams For Kids DC will take care of the rest!

Note: The clinic will be COVID-19 compliant. Youth, family members, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated to attend. Please email a copy of your card to marissadfkdc@gmail.com.

To learn more and register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dfkdc-baseball-tickets-269025220677.


Advocates for Justice and Education Collective Parent Café Series - March 26th - June 25th

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!

March 26th | April 23rd | May 21st | June 25th

10 am - 12 pm (ET)

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.

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Upcoming Performance Budget Hearings - March 28th & April 4th

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE | District of Columbia Public Schools and other

Education Departments | Monday, March 28, 2022; via Virtual Meeting

Platform - Room C | Chairperson: Phil Mendelson


COMMITTEE ON HEALTH | Department of Health | Monday, April 4, 2022; via

Virtual Meeting Platform - Room A | Chairperson: Vincent Gray


For more information: Visit https://dccouncil.us/2021-2022-performance-oversight-fy-2023-budget-schedules/

District of Columbia Relay Webinar: Understanding Communication Difficulties and Available Solutions - March 30th

Please join Dr. Tiffany Gurley-Nettles from the University of the District of Columbia's Speech and Hearing Clinic to learn more about speech differences such as stuttering and aphasia, causes, current treatments and types of assistive devices available. Also, learn of the services available to District residents at the UDC Speech and Hearing Clinic. Renate Buttrum, Outreach Coordinator for DC Relay, will share information on the no-cost Hearing Carry Over and Speech-to-Speech telecommunications relay services available to District residents through DC Relay. These resources are of significant benefit to individuals who have a speech difference which affects the ability of others to understand them over the phone. So, whether you, a family member, friends, clients, customers, or constituents have a speech difference, join us to learn more about these valuable resources. 

  • March 30, 2022, at 12 PM EDT

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4802997064543207695.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems Webinar: Understanding and Addressing Unmet Needs in HCBS Through the Lens of Person-Centered Practices - March 31st

Researchers at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy conducted a study to learn how many people who use HCBS need more services than they receive and to understand the connection between unmet HCBS needs and health and community living outcomes. Panelists will discuss what implications the results of the study have in regard to person-centered planning in HCBS, highlight opportunities for improvement, and discuss how to overcome challenges to advancing person-centered practices.

NCAPPS webinars include ASL interpretation and live-captions in both English and Spanish.

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (ET)

Place: Zoom

Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_44gKLkuWRBK6_xODsO8kHQ?j=1427798&sfmc_sub=213804097&l=6707_HTML&u=31817558&mid=515008575&jb=0

If you require any additional accommodations: Email Saska Rajcevic at srajcevic@hsri.org. Please note that some accommodation requests made less than one week before an event may not be possible.

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Coalition for Community Schools’ Next Generation Coalition Virtual Youth Town Hall - March 31st

As we continue to live during uncertain times due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we intentionally create spaces for youth voice. While everyone has been impacted in a variety of ways by this global pandemic, students have faced constant disruptions in their education, social, and family lives, a rise in mental health challenges, and so much more.

Join the Coalition for Community Schools’ Next Generation Coalition (NGC) in a youth-led town hall meeting to discuss the challenges youth are currently facing. Working together within the context of the Community School strategy may be one of our best options for alleviating stress, refocusing energy and developing effective solutions.

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (ET)

Place: Zoom

Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gWwjUGrwR1e-JnPKbtdamw


EDCJCC: Upcoming Inclusion Events - March 31st & April 7th

Bingo Night | Thursday, March 31 | 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm (ET) | Zoom | $5 per person

Join your friends for a weekly bingo night! We will send each participant a bingo card via email. All you need are coins or other objects to cover each space.

Be sure to register by 5:00 PM on the Tuesday before the event to make sure you get a bingo card and the Zoom link.

Cook for Others | Thursday, April 7 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (ET) | 1529 Sixteenth Street, NW

Cook, schmooze, and give. Learn how to cook various dishes alongside two instructors while meeting new friends from Main Street! Everything created during class will be contributed to Adas Israel's Hesed Cooks at Home, which works in support of food security in the D.C. area. Check out an example of a recipe we might follow and where some of our dishes might go at https://www.adasisrael.org/form/hesed-cooks--home-drop-off-february-21.html.

To learn more or register for these events: Visit https://www.edcjcc.org/community/inclusion-disabilities/.

If you have any questions or if costs are prohibitive: Please reach out to Shanna Sorrells, Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming, at ssorrells@edcjcc.org.

Additional Involvement Opportunity:

Summer of Service Camp - June 27th - August 12th

Spend your summer making the world a better place with our inclusive Summer of Service Camps. Teens of all abilities work directly with community non-profits, learning and reflecting on social responsibility. Join us again on the grounds of the Bender JCC in Rockville. This summer, middle and high school teens will split their week between earning SSL hours through activities like packaging kits for the Ronald McDonald house, assisting the men and women who volunteer at A Wider Circle, and much more. We will follow a hybrid approach: some activities will be done on campus, and others will take place at various sites. Combine that with all the fun of a typical camp day and you have a recipe for a rewarding summer. To learn more and apply, visit https://www.edcjcc.org/children-families/camp/camp-jcc/.

Mask Policy Update:

You may have heard that the Mayor recently announced changes in DC around the COVID vaccine and masking protocols. Below is an update on how this will play out at the EDCJCC.

  • We will continue to require all individuals over the age of 12 to show proof of vaccination in order to enter the building. (We will re-evaluate this policy when the vaccine is approved for children under 5, but for the time being it remains our collective responsibility to do what we can to protect the health and well being of the youngest children in our community.)

  • Effective March 1, masking will be optional in the Fitness Center, Pool, and Locker Rooms, as long as young children are not present. We will continue to require masks in all other public spaces.

Updates to our policies can be found at edcjcc.org/covid19. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback on these latest updates, contact Dava Schub at info@edcjcc.org.


DCPS Telephone Townhall Updates/ Foros Virtuales para la Comunidad de DCPS - April 6th - May 25th (UPDATED)

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

  • Wednesday, April 6, at 5pm
  • Wednesday, April 27, at 5pm
  • Wednesday, May 25, at 5pm

Register at tinyurl.com/DCPSUpdates2022.

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

Únase al liderazgo de DCPS para una serie de reuniones telefónicas comunitarias sobre los Protocolos COVID-19 de DCPS y otras prioridades a nivel de distrito. 

  • Miércoles, 6 de Abril, a las 5pm
  • Miércoles 27 de Abril, a las 5pm
  • Miércoles 25 de Mayo, a las 5pm

Registración: tinyurl.com/DCPSUpdates2022.

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


CCE/QT Financial Decision-Making Tools Webinar - April 28th 

Families, supporters, and professionals are invited to join the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) and the Jenny Hatch Justice Project of Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities (JHJP) for a webinar on financial decision-making tools available for adults in the District of Columbia who, because of illness, physical or intellectual disabilities, aging, injury or dementia, may need extra help when handling their finances. This webinar is based on CCE's guide: "When Adults Need Help Making Decisions and Managing Daily Affairs: A Non-Lawyer's Guide to D.C.'s Legal Tools for Assisting Adults."

Registration is required. 

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (ET)

Place: Zoom

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s3iqfIVlS_aXm9yGztgeIw



Call for Applications: NIDILRR RERC Rehabilitation Strategies, Techniques, and Interventions Project Grant - March 28th

This particular opportunity is for a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) to conduct research and development that leads to rehabilitation technologies, practices, and services that improve the health, and the physical, cognitive, sensory, and communication abilities of people with a wide range of disabling conditions. Rehabilitation engineering in this area should result in new or improved products, devices, and technological advances that enhance rehabilitation services in clinical or community settings. 

To learn more and apply, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334811&j=1357927&sfmc_sub=213804097&l=6707_HTML&u=30265726&mid=515008575&jb=0.

This grant opportunity closes on March 28, 2022.

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Call for Membership Applications: FEMA National Advisory Council - March 31st

The Federal Emergency Response Agency (FEMA) is seeking qualified individuals to lend their expertise and serve on the agency’s National Advisory Council. They are specifically seeking applicants with expertise on the needs of people with disabilities and older adults for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.

To learn more and apply, visit https://www.fema.gov/about/offices/national-advisory-council/meetings/membership-applications.

The application closes on March 31, 2022, at 11:59 EST.

Call for Fall 2022 Session Applications: DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program - April 1st

Calling all DC public and public charter high school students: Jumpstart your college career for FREE by applying to the DC Dual Enrollment Consortium program.

Application closes April 1.

To learn more and apply, visit the OSSE dual enrollment website at https://osse.dc.gov/page/osse-dual-enrollment-opportunities.

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Call for Participants: DC Public Schools' Spring 2022 Panorama Family Survey - April 1st

DCPS wants to hear from you! Take the Spring 2022 Panorama Family Survey now open through April 1 at bit.ly/dcpsfamily. The survey helps DCPS understand how families feel about their children's school experience and learn how we can better communicate with and support families. To learn more, visit https://dcps.dc.gov/surveys.


Call for Nominations: 2022 Hamilton Relay Better Hearing & Speech Month Award - April 8th

Hamilton Relay, the contracted service provider of the District of Columbia, is seeking your assistance in identifying candidates for the Hamilton Relay 2022 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award.

We are looking for individuals who are hard of hearing, late-deafened or have difficulty speaking and who have been a positive influence in the District, demonstrating commitment to volunteerism, leadership, advocacy and enhancing the lives of those around them. The award will be presented during Better Hearing and Speech Month in May.

Is there someone you wish to nominate for 2022?

A questionnaire is attached to assist in providing information about your candidate, including a brief description about the individual and what this person has done that causes you to nominate him/her. Please send your nominations directly to Renate Buttrum by April 8th via email at renate.buttrum@hamiltonrelay.com.

Celebrating community leaders during Better Hearing and Speech Month in May is something we look forward to each year. Thank you in advance for your participation in nominating deserving individuals from your community.

Candidate Nomination Questionnaire: https://files.constantcontact.com/c3a7031d001/2fe09ed6-620c-4252-9d63-c6f7002d644c.doc

Call for Applications: DCTAG Completion Challenge - April 22nd


The DCTAG Completion Challenge (DCC) is an effort to increase Class of 2022 DCTAG completion.

DCTAG COMPLETION CHALLENGE (DCC) DATES: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022 through Friday, April 22, 2022 at 3 p.m.

DCTAG Deadline: Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Complete your DCTAG application at https://dconeapp.dc.gov/ and help your school to WIN.

Awarded high schools will be notified on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Class of 2022 photo will be taken at awarded high schools during week of Monday, May 2, 2022 to Friday, May 6, 2022!

All Class of 2022 students are invited to post photos and tag DCTAG on Twitter (@DC_TAG)

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Call for Applications: DC3C CPP Obtainment 2022 - April 26th - June 7th

Do you need to build your resume? You can gain more experience by participating in our Career Obtainment program. Students who complete this program will obtain an industry-recognized entry-level certification, all while earning a paycheck or volunteer hours. Students will take the industry course under DC3C supervision between April and June 2022, refine their interviewing skills, and polish their resumes. At the end of the program, selected students will be invited to participate in an interview fair to market their skills to prospective employers. Career Obtainment is ideal for students who are juniors and seniors and can work independently in the community.

For eligibility requirements and to apply: Visit https://specialedcoop.org/PROGRAMS/DC3C/STUDENT-REGISTRATION/.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Holland at cholland@specialedcoop.org.

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Call for Applications: Organization for Autism Research's 2022 Community Grant Competition - April 30th

Do you have an idea for a practical tool that will improve the physical and/or mental health of autistic people? You could receive up to $10,000 from OAR and AIR-P to make your idea come to life.

According to a 2021 report to Congress, many autistic people face health concerns due to co-occurring conditions, limited access to quality healthcare, and more. OAR and AIR-P know that autistic individuals and the people who surround them can innovate practical solutions to these challenges. And that's where you come in.

Community Grant Competition

This grant supports projects that lead to the creation of a practical tool that will help improve the physical and/or mental health of autistic people. Design a sexual health curriculum for autistic students, create a guide for health practitioners on how to serve the unique needs of autistic patients, or come up with an idea of your own. 

Applications are due April 30, 2022.

To learn more and apply, visit https://researchautism.org/how-we-help/community-grant-competition/.

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Call for Applications: American University Community of Scholars Pre-College Program - May 1st

This is a summer program for high school students who are interested in:

  • Studying international affairs in Washington, D.C.
  • Earning 3 college credits
  • Meeting other students passionate about creating meaningful change in the world. 

Space is limited!

For more information: Visit www.american.edu/sis/communityofscholars.

Call for Applications: A. G. Bell Learning Experience and Adventure Progam (LEAP) - May 6th - September 24th


LEAP is a fun, FREE virtual program that will help teens gain confidence in virtual environments, develop stronger self-advocacy skills, and connect them with new friends from across the globe.

Teens will learn more about themselves and their strengths from the Clifton Strengths Assessment, an assessment tool that has been used by more than 26 million people worldwide!

Space is limited to 50 teens per session and sessions fill up fast, so don’t wait!


Session 3: May 6-7, 2022

Session 4: July 8-9, 2022

Session 5: September 23-24, 2022

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.



Call for Applications: The Arc Special Education Curriculum Scholarship

In partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, The Arc is once again providing scholarships for eligible families of color and low-income households who reside in a Comcast region to receive free online access to our Special Education Advocacy Curriculum (normally a $99 value).

  • Learn the basic information needed to navigate the special education system.
  • Get an introduction to IDEA and early intervention services.
  • Learn what Section 504 is and who qualifies.
  • Find out what procedural safeguards are available for parents and more!

A limited number of scholarships are available, so we encourage you to apply early.

To learn more and apply: Go to https://thearcus.surveymonkey.com/r/H7WNHB7.

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Call for Applications: DC Public Schools OES Manager Position

The Office of Elementary Schools (OES) has just posted a position: OES Manager. In addition to general OES support, this position will focus on special education and early literacy. To learn more and apply, go to https://dcps.secure.force.com/central/ts2__JobDetails?jobId=a0x4U00000HR4nAQAT&tSource=.


Call for Applications: The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health Senior Project Manager Position

The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, a non-partisan research and policy organization, is seeking a talented individual to work closely with organizational leadership in the role of Senior Project Manager.

The Senior Project Manager’s primary responsibility will be leading and supporting our growing portfolio of health care transition programs and projects made possible by federal and private foundations. The Senior Manager will work in close partnership with the National Alliance President and Senior Medical Director, helping to expand our capacity to deliver innovative and impactful programming. This position will play a key role representing the National Alliance on a 5-year grant in health care transition for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities coordinating with partner organizations, ensuring deliverables are met, and tracking overall success. In addition to project management, this position will help lead advisory groups with young adults and parents of youth with special needs; prepare and execute research, writing, and presentations; and perform grant writing and reporting.

Due to the pandemic, The National Alliance staff work remotely. In the future, we anticipate retaining the option for remote work. The National Alliance is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

To learn more and apply: Visit https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-job/e57670bd64f04b09b739b41faa37e048-senior-project-manager-the-national-alliance-to-advance-adolescent-health-washington.

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Call for Participants: AJE Health Equity Survey

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. (AJE) is seeking parents of children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs from Wards 1, 7, and 8 to participate in our Community Health Needs Assessment Survey! Participants can receive a $25 gift card. More information is available at bit.ly/AJESurvey22 and bit.ly/AJEEncuesta22.

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Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders' ECHO Clinics

Virtual ECHO (Extension Community Healthcare Outcomes) Autism Clinics are aimed at building autism knowledge and competencies amongst community providers by creating shared learning forums with a multidisciplinary group of autism specialists for dissemination of knowledge and mentorship. Clinics run in 6-month sessions on a bimonthly basis and target professionals in medical, community, and educational/early intervention settings. There is no requirement for prior autism-related knowledge or training. The emphasis in learning stems from case-based discussions primarily, along with targeted autism specific didactics. To learn more, visit https://childrensnational.org/ECHO.

DC Public Schools' Family Guide to Summer Learning 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/.


Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology's XR Resources

Extended reality, also known as XR, is an umbrella term that includes virtual, augmented and mixed reality tools. As more workplaces begin using XR technologies to support and enhance their work, it’s important to bring accessibility into the conversation.

PEAT is excited to share the many ways that inclusive XR can create new opportunities for people with disabilities in workplaces. Explore our newest XR-focused resources below.

XR Toolkit for Employers

This toolkit helps employers understand the value of prioritizing accessible XR technologies in hybrid work environments. It also discusses how employers can procure accessible XR technologies and ensure that every employee can use them equally.

Read the Toolkit: https://www.peatworks.org/inclusive-xr-toolkit/

Toolkit Launch Videos

PEAT created two videos that showcase the potential of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to amplify the launch of our Inclusive XR & Hybrid Work Toolkit.

Watch VR video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEVHE8-91xs

Watch AR video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJWTN9bAzc4

Get Insights on XR from Recent Conferences

Organizations use XR technologies for job training, remote meetings and upskilling. In this engaging blog post, Ashley Coffey shares her top three takeaways from recent XR conferences.

Read What’s Happening in Inclusive XR: https://www.peatworks.org/whats-happening-in-inclusive-xr/

Learn How You Can Use XR at Work

In this guest post for TPGi, an accessibility solutions provider, PEAT shares a few of the ways that XR technologies can be used to make your workplace more inclusive, including a list of questions that will help you get started using XR.

Read Inclusive XR Can Transform Your Workplace: https://www.tpgi.com/inclusive-xr-can-transform-your-workplace/