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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Vaccinations for Unsheltered Individuals



 


Unity Healthcare is providing COVID-19 vaccines for unsheltered individuals in DC. There is no cost and you do not need to bring anything with you. #HelpingPeople





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Care Services for Aging Americans, People with Disabilities Get $11 Billion Boost



Good explanation of the new year long funding  that starts April 1 for a 1 year period in the home and community based services area.

To read more on this story, click here: Care Services for Aging Americans, People with Disabilities Get $11 Billion Boost




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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

My Voice: Amplifying the Voices of People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Medical System



L'Arche Greater Washington, DC posted a video to playlist My Voice.

We’re proud to announce that in conjunction with the DC Developmental Disabilities Council, we’ve released a new film highlighting the struggles and experiences our people with intellectual disabilities have faced navigating the medical system. With “My Voice: Amplifying the Voices of People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Medical System,” we hope to provide tools and solutions for medical practitioners, students, and advocates so they can improve patient experiences and ensure that patients both with and without disabilities receive the appropriate, compassionate care they deserve. 

Learn more and watch the full video here: https://larche-gwdc.org/myvoice/?utm_source=facebook

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Thank You, Dr. Randi Abramson!



Big thank you to Randi Abramson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Bread for the City for joining our COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall for RCM employees!






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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mom and 10-Year-Old Grant $1.2 Million in Scholarships to People with Down Syndrome



Ten-year-old Ruby Plachta has Down syndrome, and as her mom Liz Plachta says, she "rocks" her extra chromosome. When Ruby was born, her mom was inspired to do something that would help other people born with Down syndrome see their full potential. 

"I just felt this need inside to do something for the Down syndrome community," Plachta told CBS News during an interview with her daughter. "I really just wanted the world to see what I saw in her, which was that she was amazing and capable."

To read more on this story, click here: Mom and 10-Year-Old Grant $1.2 Million in Scholarships to People with Down Syndrome



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Friday, March 19, 2021

People with Disabilities at High Risk for COVID-19 Are Now Eligible for Vaccination in Washington. What Does That Mean?



People with disabilities who are at high risk for COVID-19 — and their caregivers — are now eligible for vaccination in Washington state.

But how disabilities and risk are defined is not simple, and it will largely be left to individuals, their doctors and caregivers to assess who newly qualifies.

“In the world of disability, there’s not a super clear-cut definition. It really, oftentimes, is a personal thing,” said Robin Tatsuda, executive director of The Arc of King County, which serves all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “It’s hard to generalize.”

To read more on this story, click here: People with Disabilities at High Risk for COVID-19 Are Now Eligible for Vaccination in Washington. What Does That Mean?



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Stimulus Payments Headed To Adult Dependents With Disabilities



For the first time since the start of the pandemic, stimulus checks are going out to many people with disabilities regardless of whether they’re considered dependents.

The COVID-19 relief bill known as at the American Rescue Plan that was signed into law earlier this month includes $1,400 direct payments to individuals earning less than $75,000 per year, with phased amounts for those making up to $80,000 annually.

To read more on this story, click here: Stimulus Payments Headed To Adult Dependents With Disabilities


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A Man with Autism Asks Future Employers to 'Take a Chance on Me' in a Heartfelt, Handwritten Viral Letter



(CNN)A soon-to-be high school graduate started his job search in a unique way -- he wrote a candid open letter and posted it on LinkedIn.

Ryan Lowry has autism and wants future employers to understand that while he may learn in a different way, he is worth taking a chance on.

"I realize that someone like you will have to take a chance on me, I don't learn like typical people do," Lowry wrote in the letter. "I would need a mentor to teach me, but I learn quickly, once you explain it, I get it. I promise that if you hire me and teach me, you'll be glad that you did. I will show up every day, do what you tell me to do, and work really hard."

To read more on this story, click here: A Man with Autism Asks Future Employers to 'Take a Chance on Me' in a Heartfelt, Handwritten Viral Letter


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