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Friday, October 1, 2021

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: October 2021



From the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy: “The theme for NDEAM 2021, ‘America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,’ reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To read more on this story, click here: National Disability Employment Awareness Month: October 2021



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Monday, September 27, 2021

Mayor Bowser and DC Health Advise Eligible Residents to Receive Their Booster Shot



(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, as the District remains very focused on ensuring all eligible residents have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Mayor Bowser and DC Health are also encouraging members of the community who are eligible for a booster shot to get their third dose. Previously, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had already recommended that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system) receive three doses of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) rather than two doses. This third dose was recommended because sometimes people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination.

This week’s recommendations around booster shots are specific to individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine and who received their second dose at least six months ago.

To read more on this story, click here: Mayor Bowser and DC Health Advise Eligible Residents to Receive Their Booster Shot



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Ruth Christ Sullivan, pioneering advocate for people with autism, dies at 97



When her son Joseph was diagnosed with autism in 1963, Ruth Christ Sullivan found herself marooned, cast aside by pediatricians, child psychiatrists and other experts who offered few resources and little support. “He will always be a little odd,” one psychiatrist said of her 3-year-old. “There’s nothing wrong with your little boy,” another told her. “You’re just an overanxious mother.”

At the time, autism was believed to be caused by cold, unloving parents — specifically “refrigerator mothers” whose lack of maternal warmth stymied their children’s ability to communicate and socialize. But Dr. Sullivan was certain that theory was false: She had seven children, each of whom she loved and nurtured, and only one with autism.

To read more on this story, click here: Ruth Christ Sullivan, pioneering advocate for people with autism, dies at 97


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Friday, September 24, 2021

Study: Among Vaccinated, Those With Down Syndrome Face Highest Risk From COVID-19



People with Down syndrome are the most likely of all vaccinated adults to die from COVID-19, new research suggests.

Those with the chromosomal disorder have a 12-fold increased risk of death if they contract the coronavirus after receiving at least one vaccine dose, according to findings published in the British Medical Journal this month. That’s a higher risk than any other group.

To read more on this story, click here: Study: Among Vaccinated, Those With Down Syndrome Face Highest Risk From COVID-19




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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

More Shout-Outs About Our Awesome DSPs!!!



Octavia Brown: Paula and Yordanos want to recognize you for your patience and dedication to the people we support.  Your continued assistance with appointments and day program attendance is invaluable.  Shout out also for staying on top of your documentation on time without being reminded as well as keeping the lines of communication open with management.  We appreciate you, Octavia!

Frederick Patterson: While Paula and Yordanos collectively want to recognize the entire R Street team, Frederick in particular deserves a special shout out for his tireless work ethic and dedication to the men during this pandemic.  Frederick's flexibility and patience with schedule changes, staffing shortages, and safety concerns have been invaluable.  Yordanos shared that they couldn't ask for a better colleague.  Way to go, Frederick!

Octavia McQueen: Ebony and Aisha would like to recognize Octavia for her loyalty and dedication, as well as her calm and steady presence.  Octavia's dedication and reliability is so appreciated.  No matter the situation, Octavia always pull through.   You are so awesome, Octavia!



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