vody/> RCM - Revitalizing Community Membership: Empowering Independence: September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Mental Health Community Engaging with the DC Metropolitan Police Department - Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Mental Health Community Engaging with the DC Metropolitan Police Department - Saturday, October 1, 2016!


Washington Peace Center‎: Race & Disability Justice – October 5, 7-9 PM

Calling all popular educators, trainers, facilitators, instructors, teachers, and ANYONE interested in further developing those skills!

This month’s training will examine the impact of state violence through a lens that incorporates the intersections of race, gender identity and disability. A video including the narratives of 5 people that have been victimized by the criminal justice system will be shown to provide foundation to the dialogue. Attendees will learn the value of inclusive organizing to effect change.

If you can, we ask that you take some time to read through Sins Invalid’s collective group statement (http://sinsinvalid.org/blog/sins-invalid-statement-on-police-violence) along with an article on #DisabilitySolidarity in the Movement for Black Lives (http://ow.ly/uxM5304lRfA) for further analysis/commentary connecting disability, race, and police violence in particular. 

Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
Location: St. Stephen’s Church (back auditorium), 1525 Newton St. NW

The DC Trainers’ Network monthly skillshare is a structured, interactive space where people can share skills and gain confidence in their training abilities and everybody is both a teacher and a learner. It strives to provide an inclusive practice space to experiment with different approaches for learning and teaching. This skillshare seeks to strengthen the DC activist community’s ability to meet the needs of progressive social movements. 

Please click here to RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/kCPhGvdI6awkavj52


*Public transportation 
By metro - Green Line (Columbia Heights) 

*Event is in the back auditorium. Doors are not automatic but will be opened by community greeters. From main entrance, head past the main congregation hall towards the doors on the left side. Handrails are available only along the ramps (1 outside leading to main entrance, 1 inside leading to back auditorium)—not within the room space. There will be signs for direction. 

*All gender bathrooms for the event are available, including access to a single-stall bathroom. 

*We are asking all participants to please refrain from wearing or washing with scented products on the day of the event.

*Flash photography will not be permitted at this time. 

*If you need interpretation, childcare, or anything else you can let us know in the RSVP form. Additionally, you can contact Darakshan by phone (202-234-3000) or by email at darakshan@washingtonpeacecenter.org by September 26th.

To sign up for this event on Facebook, click here: Race & Disability Justice


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Out of Sight: the Orphanages Where Disabled Children Are Abandoned

“We’re exporting a model that we know is harmful to children,” Ahern says. “When I began visiting orphanages and institutions for children some 13 years ago, and witnessed unimaginable human rights abuses and torture perpetrated against children – left to die lonely painful deaths, immobile children left in cribs for years, no touch, no love – I knew we had to do something big.”

DRI's Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children is featured in the Guardian today.

To read more on this story, click here: Out of Sight: the Orphanages Where Disabled Children Are Abandoned


Monday, September 12, 2016

Proclamation: The District of Columbia, Mayor, Muriel Bowser


2016 Direct Support Professionals Week, September 11 - 17!

Celebrate DSP Recognition Week!

Join ANCOR in recognizing the dedication and accomplishments of outstanding Direct Support Professionals and expressing our appreciation for their vital contribution to communities across the country. We’ve provided these resources to help you celebrate in your organization and your community. Meet the DSPs of the Year!

Plan Your DSP Recognition Week Celebration

We’ve gathered a list from past celebrations across the country. Look here for ideas to plan a celebration of DSPs in your organization and community.

*NEW* Give your DSPs a token of your appreciation!

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To read more on this event, click here: 2016 Direct Support Professionals Week, September 11 - 17!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

These Are The Hidden Costs Of Living With A Disability

Take a look at the hidden costs of having a disability and become more passionate to the people who need these types of things as necessary in their life.

Do you know how much a manual wheelchair costs? Not the kind you buy from the Sears catalogue when you break your leg and need someone to push you around for six weeks. I'm talking about the kind that a paraplegic might need, that offers the correct ergonomic support and fits the lifestyle of the person who will rely on it for years.

My friend Heather uses a manual wheelchair. When she purchased it three years ago, it cost $6,000. The same chair today has a price tag of almost $9,000. You can buy a brand new car for a comparable price! Heather would love to purchase a push-assist chair, which would make travelling up grades and over carpet easier. But with a price tag of $10,000-14,000, these chairs are out of her reach. Out of reach for a lot of people, I suspect.

Or, how about this: Do you know how much hearing aids cost? The type of hearing aids I need run at about $3,000. Each. I'm fortunate to have a good job with a solid benefit plan. But that plan will reimburse a maximum of $500 -- once every three years -- on hearing aid purchases. That's a drop in the bucket on a $6,000 expense. Even with a good job, I can't afford $5500 for hearing aids -- and, so, I bumble along without them.

Having a disability in Canada can be expensive. While big-ticket items can make you stop in your tracks (or put the brakes on your wheelchair), smaller expenses can really add up over the long term.

To read more on this story, click here: These Are The Hidden Costs Of Living With A Disability


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