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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Dentistry Student Shares Touching Story of Being Raised by Father With Down Syndrome



A young Syrian man shared his experience of being raised by a biological father with Down syndrome. Now a dentistry student, the young man says that in spite of the condition, his dad shaped him into the man he is today. Their touching story is indeed worthy of admiration.

Sader Issa appeared in a touching video by the Syrian Society for Social Development, where he describes his dad, Jad, as a “father a husband and family leader.” He explains that while the situation may be hard to comprehend by others, being raised by someone with Down syndrome gave him “all the love and tenderness that anyone can offer.” The video, posted in March 2019, has since gone viral with nearly 200,000 views.

To read more on this story, click here: Dentistry Student Shares Touching Story of Being Raised by Father With Down Syndrome


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Friday, February 14, 2020

Please Sign Up to Attend One of The Mayors Budget Forums!



Please sign up to attend one of the Mayors Budget Forums! For those who are simply unable to attend, you and your staff can write in your recommendations: FY2021 Budget – Mayor Bowser’s Commitment to Give Every Washingtonian a Fair Shot

Use DC residents and addresses. Indicate: Funding the DSP Wage Act would be part of the Health and Human Services cluster and arguably the Jobs and Economic opportunity cluster. Use “Other” as the survey category and Reference FundtheDSPWageAct as the 1st line of whatever you write in.

The dates for the Mayor’s Budget and registration link are listed below. We need to be at these Forums and voice the need for the Mayor to fund the DSP Wage Act in the coming FY21 budget. Everyone should be asking the Mayor to #FundtheDSPWageAct

Tuesday, February 18
Budget Engagement Forum #1
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Edgewood Recreation Center
301 Franklin Street, NE

Thursday, February 20
Budget Engagement Forum #2
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: UDC Student Center
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Saturday, February 22
Budget Engagement Forum #3
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Kenilworth Recreation Center
4321 Ord Street, NE

For more information click here: Join Us at an Upcoming Budget Event



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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

DSP Academy Graduation – We Had A Blast!



Last night we celebrated the most recent graduates of the DSP Academy and had a blast! Here are just a few of the pictures from the evening. Congrats to this hard working group whose journeys have only just begun! #rcmdspacademy #DCRSA #DCDDS #DSPSRock #fundthedsprateact #fairshot



















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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

In First, Actor With Down Syndrome Presents At Oscars



Nice to see, visibility matters!

On Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, an actor with Down syndrome joined the ranks of A-listers to present an Academy Award.

Zack Gottsagen, who has the chromosomal disorder, took the stage Sunday night to announce the Oscar for best live action short.

To read more on this story, click here: In First, Actor With Down Syndrome Presents At Oscars




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Friday, February 7, 2020

On February 6th, RCM Attended the National Launch of the Case for Inclusion 2020 at The National Press Club



The #CaseForInclusion 2020 unveils their report. People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities should be seen and heard. The workforce crisis was a hot topic. #FundTheDSPRateAct Thank you to ANCOR American Network of Community Options and Resources and UCP








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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mother Opens Bakery To Help Son And Others With Special Needs Find Employment



A common concern for parents of children with disabilities is what will happen when their children become adults. It’s difficult for adults with disabilities to find employment — not because they aren’t capable, but because they are often exploited or overlooked because employers think they aren’t capable. Increasingly, people with disabilities, or their families, are taking control of their own futures. One Illinois mom is the latest, opening a bakery for her son, and hopefully others with disabilities in the future.

To read more on this story, click here: Mother Opens Bakery To Help Son And Others With Special Needs Find Employment


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We Did It, Thank You To All Who Supported Our Efforts!



We did it ❄️ Thank you to all who supported our efforts! #specialolympicsdc #polarplunge2020 #freezinforareason #brrr














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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Please Consider Supporting Team RCM For The Polar Plunge On February 1st!



Call to action! Please consider supporting team RCM for the polar plunge on February 1st! We're almost halfway to our $500 goal and every bit helps. If you're not able to make a donation please consider sharing this post so it can reach more people. All proceeds go to Special Olympics DC, an amazing organization that works towards ending stigma and achieving full social inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities through sports and education.

                            To support team RCM for the polar plunge, click HERE!


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