Children with Special Needs, need Parents with Special Skills!
May 12, 2020
Virtual Town Hall Town TODAY at 5pm. 
We are excited to cohost a Virtual Town Hall, TODAY, Tuesday May 12th at 5pm with EmpowerEd to hear from parents and teachers of students with disabilities about how Virtual Learning is going for them.  You can register here.

In addition to tonight's Town Hall, we have other ways for AJE families to stay connected!  Please join us this Friday, May 15th at 4pm on Zoom for friendly conversation with other AJE families, and two short meditations to help you end the week and prepare for the weekend at our new  Happy Healthy Hour.  We will repeat this event on Friday, May 22nd at 4pm as well.  

Social Distancing doesn't have to mean Socially Disconnected  join us this Friday at 4pm; use the button below to let your friends and families know about Happy Healthy Hour and the Virtual Town Hall too.

New Live Online Trainings from AJE!

AJE is very excited to share that we have 4 online trainings  scheduled for our families this month.  

We will be recording these and will make them available for families who are unable to join the live sessions.  

Special Education During Distance Learning - Thursday, May 14th at 1 pm.

Understanding the IEP - Present Levels - Thursday, May 21 at 1 pm.

Understanding the IEP - Goals and Objectives - Thursday, May 21 at 2 pm.

Online Events in the Community

Decoding Dyslexia has two Question and Answer events coming up.  You can contact if you have any questions about these events.  

How DCPS is Addressing Dyslexia -Thursday, May 14th at 7 pm.

Wrightslaw has a free Zoom webinar on May 19th at 7 pm on Special Education during a Pandemic Quarantine.

Quality Trust is hosting a  Family Town Hall about COVID-19: Open Forum for DC Parents and Caregivers  on next Monday, May 18, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.   Please contact Rhonda White at (202)302-6635 if you have questions about the Town Hall.  

The Smithsonian continues to offer many events for families, we have listed several upcoming and ongoing online events hosted by various Smithsonian museums here.
Planning for Self-Care and Supported Decision Making
We want to share these resources and suggestions for making a self-care plan from Family Voices and the Council for Court Excellence.  

Just like the IEP or health care plan you might have created with your child's school or care team, effective self-care requires an individualized plan.  Self -are isn't a one-size-fits-all strategy and your self-care plan will need to be customized to your needs.  Family Voices shared this resource to help you think about what YOUR self care plan is.

If Supported Decision Making is part of your self-care plan, or the self-care plan of someone you love, you may want to explore these resources from the Council for Court Excellence.

When Adults Need Help Making Decisions and Managing Daily Affairs, explains in non-technical language some of the resources for people in D.C. who, because of illness, disability, aging, injury or dementia, may need help from a third party (particularly now due to their increased COVID-19 vulnerabilities). This guide explains how another family member or loved one can legally help them make important medical decisions, handle their finances, or deal with responsibilities of everyday life. AJE has links to When Adults Need Help Making Decisions and Managing Daily Affairs and all of CCE's other resources related to Supported Decision Making here on our blog.   

In case you are struggling to find ways to meet your need for social connection, our Happy Healthy Hour this Friday the 15th at 4pm can help, but know that there are many others ways to safely connect with others right now from old fashioned letters, to video calls with loved ones.  
About AJE:
Advocates for Justice and Education is the federally designated  Parent Training and Information Center and the Health Information Center for DC. AJE seeks to empower families, youth, and the community to be effective advocates to ensure that children and youth, particularly those who have special needs, receive access to appropriate education and health services.
Our passion is empowering families by equipping parents and students with disabilities with the tools they need to be their own advocates.

Have questions?  We are here to educate, advocate and empower. Contact us today!
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