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Sunday, March 17, 2019

On Behalf of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, DDS Presented a Congratulatory Proclamation to Project Action, Honoring Their 30th Anniversary



Sharing from: DC Department on Disability 


On behalf of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, DDS presented a Congratulatory Proclamation to Project ACTION! honoring their 30th Anniversary. The dedication of these self-advocates working on behalf of all people with disabilities is incredible. We wish them continued success! #DDAwareness19 #inclusion





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On March 15th The Emerging Leaders Spent The Day With Students From Indiana University



On March 15th, the Emerging Leaders spent the day with students from Indiana University who were here in DC doing an alternate spring break. They are exploring Justice and health care deliveries for people with disabilities. We were happy to tell them about RCM and the services we provide and they were happy to talk to the Emerging Leaders about their college experience, dating and social media. Fun and learning was had by all!! #indianauniversity #everydayinclusion



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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mr. Clarke Performed A Baptism And Became A Godfather!



Over the weekend Mr. Clarke performed a baptism and became a godfather! He is so wonderful with babies.











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The Bowling Championships Were Held On March 10th, And Our Athletes Came Home With Nice Medals!




The bowling championships were held on March 10th,  and our athletes came home with some nice medals! Congrats to Willie, Thomas, Bernard, Robert and Lillian!









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RCM of Washington March 2019 Newsletter



                                           Please enjoy our monthly newsletter!

See what RCM has been up to this March! And if you'd like to join our mailing list, please send us a private message with your email address. To send your email, click HERE




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Monday, March 4, 2019

Celebrating 30 Years of Self-Advocacy



DDS is partnering with disability service and self-advocacy groups across the District to celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities to our city and our nation. Check out upcoming local events @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-30-years-of-self-advocacy-tickets-57407281725 and make plans to attend. #19DDAwareness

Established in 1987 by Presidential Proclamation, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month raises awareness and fosters inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life. More than 6 million Americans and nearly 10,000 residents of the District of Columbia with developmental disabilities live, work, play, and contribute to our cities and nation alongside neighbors with and without disabilities. The DC Department on Disability Services (DDS) is partnering with disability service and advocacy groups across the across the city to host an array of events to celebrate the abilities, interests, and talents of people with disabilities. Mark your calendars today to attend one or all of the following events.

To learn about upcoming events, click here: Celebrating 30 Years of Self-Advocacy

Upcoming Event, March 8th

March 8: DC Supporting Families Community of Practice
9:30 am - 3:30 pm @ Department on Disability Services, 250 E St., SW

This group of diverse stakeholders is working together to create policies, practices, and systems that support families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability across the life span. This month’s topic is providing decision-making support to family and community members with an intellectual or developmental disability. RSVP to Emily.Price@dc.gov.


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Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Barbie Range Features Dolls In Wheelchairs And With Prosthetic Limbs



What do people think?

In a bid to represent a more diverse range of women, Barbie has introduced two new dolls with disabilities – one that uses a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic leg.

Yesterday, Mattel announced the latest additions to its Fashionista line and explained that the launch is designed to “elevate the conversation around physical disabilities” while further showcasing “a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion”.

The new dolls come hot off the back of increased customer demand and the global firm worked with founder of nonprofit organisation, Born Just Right, Jordan Reeves – who has a prosthetic arm – to ensure the new dolls are as realistic as possible.

To read more on this story, click here: New Barbie Range Features Dolls In Wheelchairs And With Prosthetic Limbs


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Walmart Is Eliminating Greeters. Workers With Disabilities Feel Targeted



Walmart's new approach eliminates jobs for many workers with disabilities across the country. What do you think? Will it change your shopping habits?
#employmentfirst #boycottwalmart


If you ask John Combs what his biggest worry is, he'll say: "How will I feed Red?"

Red is actually white. He's a labradoodle rescue, just tall enough for Combs to pet if he reaches over the armrest of his wheelchair. Combs, 42, has cerebral palsy. He has difficulty speaking. But he has no difficulty saying the line most Americans have heard at least once: "Welcome to Walmart!"

Combs has one of Walmart's trademark front-door jobs: He's a "people greeter" at a store in Vancouver, Wash. But, he was told, come April 25 his job is going away. And he is not alone. According to Walmart, greeters are being removed at about 1,000 stores around the country.

NPR has found that Walmart is changing the job requirements for front-door greeters in a way that appears to disproportionately affect workers with disabilities. Greeters with disabilities in five states told NPR they expect to lose their jobs after April 25 or 26.

To read more on this story, click here: Walmart Is Eliminating Greeters. Workers With Disabilities Feel Targeted


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