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Friday, June 11, 2021

Happy #PrideMonth From Everyone At DC Developmental Disabilities Council


DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Happy #PrideMonth from everyone at DC Developmental Disabilities Council. We celebrate all orientations, genders, and abilities here. 🏳️‍🌈 

[ID: Three Black and disabled folx smiling and displaying mini flags. On the left, a non-binary person holds up both a rainbow pride flag and a transgender pride flag, with her cane resting on the wall behind her. In the middle, another non-binary person waves the rainbow flag while sitting in their power wheelchair. On the right, a woman waves both a rainbow and transgender pride flag.

Image by "Disabled And Here." https://affecttheverb.com/gallery/disabledandhere/prideandtransflags/?fbclid=IwAR1Eyk36n3FAuUnKPTo-_7tlnH5BX5zfRPdN9CoVJbpRDH_JyWwidjH_SIo


Airlines Have Lost Or Damaged More Than 15,000 Wheelchairs Since Late 2018

The Washington Post - By Hannah Sampson 

The country’s largest airlines have lost or damaged at least 15,425 wheelchairs or scooters since they were required to start reporting those numbers to the government at the end of 2018. Those figures...

To read more on this story, click here: washingtonpost.com


Calling All RCM Employees: Vaccination Raffle!

Thank you to everyone who has made the decision to get vaccinated as we know that for many the decision wasn’t made lightly. We appreciate your contribution to helping us get closer to resuming our normal lives!

As a way to show our thanks RCM will be raffling the following:

(1) *$3,000 CASH

(2) *2-night/3 day vacation to one of the following destinations:

                                                                -Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA

                                                                -The Inn at Herrington Harbour in North Beach, MD

                                                                -Vacation package to Ocean City, MD

(3) *iPad

(4) ***Weekly cash prizes of $250 for the entire month of July***

                    There will only be one (1) winner per prize.  Eligibility is simple: 

You must be either fully vaccinated or receive the first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine (and submit proof of vaccination) no later than June 30 with a pledge to receive the 2nd dose as required---second dose must be received to receive the prize!

You must be currently and actively employed to win. 

Drawing will be on Tuesday, July 6th!


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

She’s Considered The Mother of Disability Rights – And She’s a ‘Badass’

To read more on this story, click here
: She’s Considered The Mother of Disability Rights – And She’s a ‘Badass’


We Are Actively Recruiting for a Education and Outreach Assistant (Please Share)

RCM is looking to expand their Innovations team and is actively recruiting for a Education and Outreach Assistant to assist with various initiatives such as the DSP Academy, #readytowork, health education programs and much more! Bilingual Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply. Click or share the link below for more info!

            Education and Outreach Assistant


How America Failed Students With Disabilities During The Pandemic

One beautiful afternoon last summer, 9-year-old Maki climbed onto a trampoline behind his Northern Virginia home and began screaming like he had been shot.

His mother rushed into the yard. Maki, who is diagnosed with high-functioning autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder — and who had been doing well academically and socially before the pandemic — cried out that there was a snake on his back. He was crouched in a squat, face rigid with fear. He yelled at his mother to take away the gigantic reptile about to wrap itself around his neck. She tried to tell him there was no snake.

To read more on this story, click here: How America Failed Students With Disabilities During The Pandemic


Sunday, May 16, 2021

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Sharing from: DC Developmental Disabilities Council

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. Everyone's mental health was affected by last year's pandemic. We would like to showcase how everyone got through the quarantine. If you would like to be featured, e-mail emily.kranking@dc.gov.

Today's Solution: Quarantine Puppies. #QuarantineSelfCare

[ID: Alison Whyte with her pit bull mix, Pepper. They're in the front of two colorful signs that say "BE LOVE".

Emily Kranking, DDC Fellow, laughs as Chloe, the brown/white Brittany, snuggles with her.]


Uber and Lyft Will Drive You to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine for Free Until July 4

New transportation partnership comes as Biden administration explores ways to encourage people to get vaccinated

WASHINGTON — The White House announced a new partnership with ride-sharing companies Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to make all rides to and from vaccination sites free until July 4.

White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients detailed the new steps in a Tuesday call with governors as part of the Biden administration’s effort to meet a target of 70% of the U.S. adult population getting at least one vaccine dose by July 4. President Biden is also meeting virtually with a group of governors Tuesday afternoon to discuss vaccination efforts.

To read more on this story, click here: Uber and Lyft Will Drive You to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine for Free Until July 4


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