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Sunday, November 24, 2019

‘Everybody Feels Free Here’: Baltimore Club for Adults with Disabilities Fosters Love, Friendship & Inclusion



By the time the doors open 15 minutes early that Saturday night, dozens are lined up to get inside. Women wear wedges and bodysuits that hug their curves. Men sport collared shirts and their favorite sneakers. Some have caregivers guiding them; others need wheelchairs. Many wear the signature T-shirts stamped with the logo, Club 1111.

It’s the long-awaited evening when the League for People with Disabilities at 1111 E. Cold Spring Lane transforms into a glittering nightclub for adults with disabilities. The classrooms become dance floors with disc jockeys playing pounding club music. Merchandise, like sunglasses and blinking rings, is stacked up and ready to be sold, and volunteers wait in a makeshift spa to do fingernails and put on temporary tattoos. A lounge with dim lights is set up for chilling.

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Santa Offering Sensory-Friendly Events Nationwide



Ahead of his big night, hundreds of special events across the country will offer kids with disabilities a chance to visit with Santa Claus in a calmer setting.

Some 747 sensory-friendly Santa events are planned at 582 shopping centers in the United States and Canada this holiday season.

To read more on this story, click here: Santa Offering Sensory-Friendly Events Nationwide


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Walmart Altering Disability Employment Policy



Under a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the country’s largest private employer will change a policy affecting workers with disabilities nationwide.

Walmart says that in cases where employees with disabilities need to be reassigned, the company will offer them open positions at multiple nearby stores rather than just positions at the location where they already work.

The new policy is the result of a lawsuit brought by the EEOC on behalf of Veronica Resendez, a longtime Walmart employee in Augusta, Maine.

To read more on this story, click here: Walmart Altering Disability Employment Policy



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Monday, November 18, 2019

Bernard Crawford Was Sworn In By Mayor, Muriel Bowser, As He Joins The Developmental Disability Council




Bernard Crawford was just sworn in by Mayor, Muriel Bowser, as he joins the Developmental Disability Council. So proud of this determined and passionate self-advocate! #motaboards #everydayinclusion #fairshot









 



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Man Uses His Deafness to Help Others



Steve Holley is a direct support professional for the National Children's Center working with people with emotional and intellectual disabilities. Because he's been deaf since he was three, Holley uses his skills and knowledge of sign language to help others who are deaf like him. (Published Friday, Nov 15, 2019)





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Action Alert! The Human Services Committee Votes on the DSP Rate Act (B23-214) on Nov. 20th



Action Alert! The Human Services Committee votes on the DSP Rate Act (B23-214) on Nov. 20th. Make sure your voices are heard by tweeting, reaching out on FB, emailing, and/or calling your council members regarding this act. The next few weeks are crucial. Preserve disability services in DC, don’t let critical work in the DD field become a minimum wage job! #supportdsprateact #fairshot #dccitycouncil #dspsrock




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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Trained Medication Employee (TME) Certification Training Class: December 9th at 9:30 AM – December 11th



Classes will be held at RCM’s administrative office from 9:30 am – 4 pm; participants must commit to attending all 3 days of class for the course they select.  To confirm a seat in the course, RCM must receive the following no later than one week prior to the first day of class:


  • A check in the amount of $250 made payable to RCM of Washington
  • Evidence of one (1) year of clinical experience in a program or a health care facility. 
  • Verification of employment letters from either current or former employers detailing your name, dates of employment, job title, and a brief description of job duties will satisfy this evidence requirement.
  • Clean Hands Certification in DC


Please send payment and proof of experience to:

RCM of Washington
c/o Training
64 New York Avenue, NE, #100
Washington, DC 20002

Note, there are limited spots available. Participants will receive a confirmation email once the enrollment has been processed and a seat in the course has been reserved.  Please send inquiries to HRManagement@rcmofwashington.com.

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Capital One Arena Expanding Accessibility for Those with Sensory Issues



A partnership between Monumental Sports and KultureCity, a nonprofit that advocates for sensory inclusion, is expanding accessibility at Capital One Arena so people with sensory challenges can enjoy large events — with tools at hand in the event of a sensory overload.

“The first thing is training, which is the most important step,” KultureCity co-founder Dr. Julian Maha told WTOP.

Maha said the venue certification process included training for at least half of Capital One Arena’s staff members who interact with the public.

To read more on this story, click here: Capital One Arena Expanding Accessibility for Those with Sensory Issues



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