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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Two RCM of Washington Employees Are Part of ANCOR's Leadership Academy



Did you know that two RCM of Washington employees are part of ANCOR's Leadership Academy? #betteroutcomes19







ANCOR American Network of Community Options and Resources  is with Holly Rae Flickinger at Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

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L’Arche Founder Jean Vanier Established the Unique Value of an Intellectually Disabled Life



A leader lost....

Inclusion Press: A beautiful piece in rememberance of Jean Vanier. Whether you're familiar with L'Arche or just learning about it now, don't miss this. There's much to learn from here.

I once asked Jean Vanier, the world’s most radical philosopher of disability for the past 60 years, how he came to create L’Arche, the network of communities for the intellectually disabled that today exists in 37 countries around the world. This was many years after the founding of the organization in Trosly-Breuil, the small town 90 kilometres northeast of Paris where L’Arche still maintains its headquarters, where Mr. Vanier bought the first L’Arche home in 1964 and still lived as a member of the community until his death Tuesday morning in Paris, at the age of 90, from heart failure and other complications.

Acquiring the tiny stone house was a big risk. Mr. Vanier had zero formal training in caring for the disabled, but planned to share the home with two intellectually delayed men in their 40s, Philippe Seux and Raphaël Simi. Neither could speak, and the house had rudimentary plumbing and electricity. “What on earth were you thinking?” I asked the founder.

To read more on this story, click here: L’Arche Founder Jean Vanier Established the Unique Value of an Intellectually Disabled Life


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A Letter to My Son with Autism on Mother’s Day



It is good to be different! 

This blog post originally appeared on Tina Velazquez's blog, Unique Different Cool.

When I became a mom I had such a clear vision of how our life would unfold. I would be your guide and you would learn all of your life skills from me. I would lead by example and teach you to say please and thank you and model good behavior.

But things don’t always go quite like we planned now do they son?

Little did I know that you would be the one teaching me.

You’ve taught me how to love.

There isn’t anything that I wouldn’t do for you. I would bare every hurt you’ve ever felt and prevent any pain from entering your precious life, if I could.  But I know I can’t. So instead, I’ll be by your side to comfort you and pick you back up when life knocks you down.

To read more on this story, click here: A Letter to My Son with Autism on Mother’s Day


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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Come Join Us At Mayor Bowser’s Citywide Resource and Empowerment Expo Today!



Come join us at Mayor Bowser’s Citywide Resource and Empowerment Expo today!

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s  Citywide Resource and Empowerment Expo.

Entertainment and Sports Arena – Congress Heights
1100 Oak Drive, SE, Washington, DC 20032
Today from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.




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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Celebrating Our Excellent Nurses!



What a great day celebrating our excellent nurses! We appreciate your hard work and dedication. #nursesweek













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RCM Is In Portland, Oregon Attending ANCOR’s Annual Conference



RCM is in Portland, Oregon to adopt the latest innovative practices at the annual ANCOR American Network of Community Options and Resources conference! #BetterOutcomes19










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RCM Is Getting Ready To Honor Our Nurses! Stay Tuned For Pictures!



It is nurses week, RCM is getting ready to honor our nurses! Stay tuned for pictures of our Stellar Nurses coming soon!










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Monday, May 6, 2019

Happy Nurses' Week!



    Happy Nurses' Week to all of our wonderful caring nurses. Thank you, for all that you do!


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Friday, May 3, 2019

Obamas Bringing Disability Rights Film To Netflix



Watch for "Crip Camp" coming to Netflix!

The evolution of the disability rights movement is at the heart of a documentary that former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are bringing to Netflix.

The couple’s production company Higher Ground said this week that it will bring the film “Crip Camp” to the streaming service.

The feature-length documentary tells the story of a summer camp for teenagers with disabilities in the 1970s near Woodstock, N.Y. that helped springboard the disability rights movement.

To read more on this story, click here: Obamas Bringing Disability Rights Film To Netflix



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Join Us For The DC Special Olympics Family Engagement Committee’s BBQ For Families And Athletes On May 10th!



The DC Special Olympics Family Engagement Committee is hosting a BBQ for families and athletes on Friday May, 10th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Come grab some free food, dance along with the DJ, and pick up some information about different resources! More details on the flyer below. Don't forget to register for the event using the below link!





                Please register here, registration closes May 8th : REGISTER

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Love Dogs And Are Interested In Job Coaching? Please Share!



Are you or do you know a dog lover that would be interested in job coaching?

Job Coach for a bright, energetic young woman in her 20s

To learn more about this position, click here: Job Coach



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Dog, Dog Walker, Job Coach, Adult Special Needs, Amy Brooks, Danielle Darby, Intellectual Disabilities, RCM of Washington, Susan Brooks, 



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This Georgetown Sophomore Wants To Change How We View And Talk About Disabilities



Worth the read!

From her wheelchair, Anna Landre can only see the top half of the ad, but it’s enough to make her stop in the middle of a walkway on Georgetown University’s campus. It shows a boy with one leg wearing a baseball uniform.

Landre points it out to me and then tries to guess what words sit below that image.

“I bet it says something like, ‘What’s your excuse?’ ” she says.

“Close,” I tell her after leaning over a short wall to read it. “It says, ‘Overcoming.’ ”

Landre rolls her eyes.

Where many people might see an inspirational message, Landre sees a cliche. She sees another missed chance at changing the conversation about people with disabilities.

Even that phrase “people with disabilities” bothers her. She prefers to say “disabled people.”

Landre knows that runs counter to what many people believe is respectful. Disability organizations and advocates for years have pushed for the use of “person-first language,” which calls for introducing the individual before the disability.

But Landre, who has spinal muscular atrophy type 2 and has been in a wheelchair most of her life, wants you to call her “a disabled woman.” She wants you to see her disability as more than a medical determination.

To read more on this story, click here: This Georgetown Sophomore Wants To Change How We View And Talk About Disabilities



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Artist Spotlight | Calvin "Sonny" Clarke



Mr. Clarke is such a talent!

Artist Spotlight | Calvin "Sonny" Clarke is a hands-on kind of guy and loves working with wood, three-dimensional objects, and a variety of mediums and materials. Sonny comes across as the quintessential strong, silent type but when you see his smile, you realize he is incredibly warm, welcoming, and playful. In his art, he can surprise in all the same ways. He creates his own shapes and forms and he has a distinct mix of design and use of color.



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Monday, April 29, 2019

Remote Monitoring Offering Adults With Disabilities More Independence



Helping people be more independent. Ohio has invested in technology that gives people more freedom, is good for the service system and helps address our workforce crisis. What do we think about this here in DC?


COLUMBUS, Ohio — If his support worker isn’t on the way out the door by 9 p.m., John Mogan might encourage the exit. That’s when his alone time starts. The 50-year-old gets to sleep, watch television or listen to music without someone watching over him.

No one in his home, anyway.

Ali Rahimi monitors Mogan remotely, by way of video cameras, sensors and other devices. Rahimi can dim lights, lock doors, play relaxing songs and, most importantly, see when Mogan needs in-person help.

Mogan has developmental disabilities and mental illness. Those conditions make it all but impossible for him, and for thousands of other Ohioans, to safely manage day-to-day life without assistance.

“John used to have staff with him 24/7,” said Rahimi, founder and CEO of Medforall, a company based in Grandview Heights. “We’ve been able to cut that in half.”

To read more on this story, click here: Remote Monitoring Offering Adults With Disabilities More Independence


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Hiring Those With Disabilities Isn’t Charity, It’s Good Business



Any time Bet-R Neighborhood Market owner Cliff Boulden has a job opening, he tries to hire a person with an intellectual or developmental disability—not as a sign of sympathy, but because he sees them as an untapped workforce that’s eager to stock shelves and read labels.

Boulden already knows many of them through his involvement with the Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy, the alma mater of his 25-year-old daughter, Molly, who is developmentally delayed. After Molly aged out of the school a few years ago, Boulden hired her part-time as a way to keep her busy and focused. But since then, he’s also brought on at least a half-dozen of her friends with special needs, who now comprise roughly 15% of his payroll.

To read more on this story, click here: Hiring Those With Disabilities Isn’t Charity, It’s Good Business


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Friday, April 19, 2019

Reminder: We Have Trained Medication Employee (TME) Certification Class Available



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.

To see a list of upcoming events, click here: Upcoming Events 

You may be interested in reading an earlier post: We Have Three Training Sessions Available for Our Trained Medication Employee (TME) Certification Classes




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On April 16th The DSP Academy Had a Little Fun Playing “Who Am I”



The DSP Academy had a little fun playing “who am I”
before getting down to business, learning all about professionalism in the workplace. #rcmdspacademy #workforce #inclusion DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services DCPS College Career Ed River Terrace EC.











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On April 9th We Kicked Off Our First DSP Academy Cohort With Transitional Youth!



On April 9th we kicked off our first DSP Academy Cohort with transitional youth! We are pumped for an amazing eight-weeks of workforce development training! #inclusion #workforce DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services DC Department on Disability Services DCPS College Career Ed River Terrace EC












Day 2 of the DSP Academy! These rockstars are learning about Person-Centered Planning and how to provide quality supports to people with developmental disabilities. #inclusion #workforce DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services DCPS College Career Ed River Terrace EC









DSP Academy Day 3! We are taking our first tests, which we've decided to call 'Money Makers'! DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services DCPS College Career Ed River Terrace EC #workforce #inclusion





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