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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


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


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


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.


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


On April 10th The Book Club Started A New Book!

The Book Club has started a new book! Chicken Soup for the Soul - Stories for a Better World. We are also reading newspaper articles. Join us, next club meeting April 24th #PeetsCoffeeNOMA (1275 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002 NoMa). Shout out to Peet’s for being such great hosts!


Attended the DC Car Show on April 13 - Walter E. Washington Convention Center

It was time for the DC Car Show. The guys had their favorite picks!


Congratulations Linda Ballard, Our DSP of the Year

Recipient of ANCOR’S 2019 Direct Support Professional of the Year! Chosen from nearly 350 nominees, Linda was selected for her exemplary dedication, creativity and innovation!


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Special Olympics Uproar Draws Attention To Other Disability Program Cuts

Please read and advocate!

Recent outcry over a proposal to end federal funding for Special Olympics is helping put the spotlight on other potentially devastating cuts to programs for people with disabilities, advocates say.

Last week, President Donald Trump said he would rescind a $17.6 million cut to Special Olympics from his proposed budget to Congress. But his $4.75 trillion spending plan still calls for cuts to Medicaid and eliminating current funding for autism training and research as well as employment support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“It’s a threat to people’s health insurance and also the community supports that they depend on,” Julie Ward, deputy executive officer for public policy at The Arc, said of the proposed budget. “It’s alarming for us to see the zeroing out of programs we care about or cuts to programs that are important to the developmental disability community.”

To read more on this story, click here: Special Olympics Uproar Draws Attention To Other Disability Program Cuts


Amazon Rolls Out Disability Hiring Initiative

SEATTLE — On one afternoon shift, Michael Howard logged some 15,000 steps pushing a cart around the aisles of an Amazon Prime Now warehouse, gathering groceries, electronics and countless other items for one- and two-hour delivery to customers.

“It’s fast-paced,” the 28-year-old Seattle man said. “You walk around. You get a lot of exercise.”

Howard is one of scores of Washington workers with disabilities employed directly by Amazon through a partnership with Northwest Center, a Seattle-based disability-services nonprofit. The partnership helped Amazon begin a much broader hiring initiative that over the last two years has resulted in several hundred people with disabilities hired across at least nine states.

To read more on this story, click here: Amazon Rolls Out Disability Hiring Initiative


Have You Checked Out Our New Website Yet?

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