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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.


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


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


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.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Celebrating Our Excellent Nurses!

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


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


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!


Monday, May 6, 2019

Happy Nurses' Week!

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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