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Thursday, April 2, 2020




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World Health Organization Release Disability Considerations During The COVID-19 Outbreak



In March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a COVID-19, to be a pandemic, due to the speed and scale of transmission.

In response to the outbreak WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the virus. For certain groups of the population, such as those with disability, the impact of COVID-19 may be more significant. To support key stakeholders, to mitigate the impact of the virus on persons with disabilities, the WHO have released a document, with the simple actions and protective measures that should be taken by each group.

Released on the 19th March, the document explains why additional considerations are needed for people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak and the actions stakeholders can take to minimize the risk the virus may have for persons with disabilities.

To read more on this story, click here: World Health Organization Release Disability Considerations During The COVID-19 Outbreak


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Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty



Reach out, communicate with people, maintain a positive attitude, start a new hobby!

Human beings like certainty.  We are hard-wired to want to know what is happening when and to notice things that feel threatening to us.  When things feel uncertain or when we don’t generally feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed.  This very reaction, while there to protect us, can cause all sorts of havoc when there is a sense of uncertainty and conflicting information around us.

A large part of anxiety comes from a sense of what we think we should be able to control, but can’t.  Right now, many of us are worried about COVID-19, known as the “Coronavirus”.  We may feel helpless about what will happen or what we can do to prevent further stress.  The uncertainty might also connect to our uncertainty about other aspects of our lives, or remind us of past times when we didn’t feel safe and the immediate future was uncertain.

To read more on this story, click here: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty



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FREE Online Inclusive Dance Starts 10 a.m. Monday, April 6th



Join us! #inclusion #creativeaging #dance #kids #IDD #homeschooling

Regardless of how much toilet paper you may have, I'm sure you're experiencing some ups and downs as we all adapt to social distancing. For the short-term, we're keeping our friends and communities safe by staying close to home.

So here's something fun: Starting Monday at 10 am EDT, join me weekday mornings for a FREE 30-minute dance blast . We’ll be warming up our bodies with fun music and easy-to-follow dances. This class is perfect for all ages and ability levels, so put on some comfy clothes and dance like no one’s watching.

To read more on this story, click here: FREE Online Inclusive Dance Starts 10 a.m. Monday, April 6th



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Things To Do During COVID-19 - For The Disability Community Or Anyone!




We are regularly updating this spreadsheet of things to do during COVID-19. Email alison.whyte@dc.gov to request additions or changes!







To see the list of things to do during COVID-19, click here: Things To Do During COVID-19 - For The Disability Community Or Anyone!



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HHS Warns States Not To Put People With Disabilities At The Back Of The Line For Care



This is a real concern!

With coronavirus cases continuing to climb and hospitals facing the prospect of having to decide how to allocate limited staff and resources, the Department of Health and Human Services is reminding states and health care providers that civil rights laws still apply in a pandemic.

States are preparing for a situation when there's not enough care to go around by issuing "crisis of care" standards.

But disability groups are worried that those standards will allow rationing decisions that exclude the elderly or people with disabilities.

To read more on this story, click here: HHS Warns States Not To Put People With Disabilities At The Back Of The Line For Care



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ANCOR'S Hospital Bill Becomes Law





This is such good news and will help many when they are hospitalized!
ANCOR American Network of Community Options and Resources 
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Want some good news to end the week? ANCOR's "Hospital Bill" just became law!

'At a time when things feel uncertain, confusing — scary, even — it’s important to remember just what we're capable of when we all come together.'

 Shannon McCracken, ANCOR's VP of Government Relations

To read more on this story, click here: ANCOR'S Hospital Bill Becomes Law



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Making Hand Sanitizer For Our DSP’s On The Front Line



We are blessed to have such dedicated employees, Rhonda, our Training Coordinator, is spending her day making hand sanitizer so that we have enough supplies. Thank you Rhonda, and the rest of the dedicated employees at RCM that keep everything moving...especially to our DSP’s on the front line! We appreciate you! #DSPHeros #dspsrock




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Disability Rights Film ‘Crip Camp’ Premieres On Netflix



Here is a great movie to check out while sheltering in place! Netflix!

An award-winning documentary produced by former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama centering on the origins of the disability rights movement is making its debut.

“Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” chronicles how in the early 1970s a summer camp for teenagers with disabilities brought together a group of people who would be pivotal in seeking civil rights protections for themselves and others like them.

To read more on this story, click here: Disability Rights Film ‘Crip Camp’ Premieres On Netflix




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Thursday, March 26, 2020

As A Disabled Person, I’m Afraid I May Not Be Deemed Worth Saving From The Coronavirus



“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, deciding who to save is no longer a hypothetical exercise in a medical ethics textbook.”

The other night, I found myself still wide awake in the early morning hours, trying to slow the rhythm of my breathing. I’d just read yet another article on the ethical dilemma of rationing health care in the face of the ever-growing coronavirus pandemic. I was terrified. I finally drifted off to sleep, only to have a nightmare that I was in a locked ward with hundreds of other disabled people who had all been left to wait out the effects of the illness without any medical intervention. At the very least, this was a sign that I needed to stop scrolling through social media before bed. But even if it was just a bad dream, it felt a little too close to our looming reality for comfort.

To read more on this story, click here: As A Disabled Person, I’m Afraid I May Not Be Deemed Worth Saving From The Coronavirus



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Monday, March 23, 2020

We Are Essential



It is essential that people with disabilities are included in the Coronavirus relief bills moving through Congress right now. Help us tell legislators why! Use your cell phone or computer camera and take a short video of yourself. You can answer things like:

🤝 If I don’t have healthy staff to support me …
💵 Medicaid/Social Security make it possible for me to….
👪 If my mom/dad/sister/brother can’t take time off work during this pandemic to support me….
Then post your video on social media with the hashtag #WeAreEssential. It’s important to include the hashtag so that we see your story!

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

21 Things I Wish I Knew About Having A Child With Down Syndrome



March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day, a time to celebrate the lives of people with Down syndrome and reflect on the freedoms and opportunities available to them. The cleverly designated date — 3/21 — denotes something unique to people with Down syndrome: three copies of chromosome 21 (instead of the usual two).

It’s common for parents of babies with Down syndrome to experience shock, sadness and fear over the unknowns of raising a child who has intellectual and developmental disabilities. Serious health problems can add to the panic; about half of all children born with Down syndrome have heart defects. But veteran parents have a reassuring message for new moms and dads out there:

To read more on this story, click here: 21 Things I Wish I Knew About Having A Child With Down Syndrome




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New Airline Seat Design Will Allow Disabled Passengers to Fly in Their Own Wheelchairs



Molon Labe Seating of Denver, Colorado has unveiled a prototype of a new airline seat that will allow Passengers of Restricted Mobility (PRM’s) to fly on airlines in their own wheelchairs.

The Problem

Currently passengers in wheelchairs can’t fly in them. They must transfer from their wheelchair into a Skychair to get down the narrow aisle and then transfer again into their airline seat.

To read more on this story, click here: New Airline Seat Design Will Allow Disabled Passengers to Fly in Their Own Wheelchairs



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We Are Actively Keeping Everyone Engaged At Home



At RCM we are actively keeping everyone engaged at home. Our essential DSPs are on the front lines, we thank you for your service! #DSPHeros









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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Tell Congress It Must Include Disability Supports in Current COVID-19 Package - Please Sign On Now! They Are Voting Today!



Please sign on now! They are voting today! We need relief, funding, ppe’s, and essential staff recognition for our employees! Thanks

ANCOR is issuing a third action alert this week because we have just heard that the Senate Republican and Democrats are working on competing packages for a third round of COVID-19 funding legislation. Because the negotiations surrounding combining these packages are creating new openings for the needs of people with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD) to be heard, we are sending Congressional offices a revised message from the one we sent yesterday. This new message further hammers home how urgently disability supports need funding to ensure the well-being of the people they support during the outbreak, and also expresses disappointment that these supports have not been included in funding packages to date. It is very important that you speak up during this critical time when legislation is being drafted!

To sign now, click HERE!

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Friday, March 20, 2020

NEW Coronavirus Relief Bill: Tell Congress to Include People With Disabilities



Congress has passed two bills to respond to the coronavirus pandemic – but more must still be done to support people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professionals (DSP) workforce.

The entire country is facing the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, but people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable. People with disabilities are more likely to have underlying health conditions and live in poverty – this means that they will be disproportionately impacted and need ongoing support.

To read more on this story, click here: NEW Coronavirus Relief Bill: Tell Congress to Include People With Disabilities



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A Note to Members of the RCM Family



It is hard to find the words to express to you how much we appreciate all the efforts and sacrifice each RCM team member is making to ensure the people we are supporting remain healthy and safe. The way we are handling this crisis with a calm, cool and confident demeanor is impressive. People are working together, finding solutions to issues and making things work. We are just at the beginning of this crisis but if we continue to work together and openly communicate, we will get through this. We must ensure we are looking out for each other’s physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing as we move forward. We are fortunate that we are essential employees and our place in the workforce is solid. I know many of you may have family members who are impacted by the drastic changes that are occurring in our economy. We will continue to provide you with resources for food, childcare, and social programs that will help your family stay whole. Also remember we have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that can be accessed.

This is a time for us all to come together, work collectively, look out for one another and communicate with transparency and sincerity. Please keep families involved and informed of our activities while understanding that this can cause emotional instability for many. Thank you for all you do, you are essential, and you are valued. This crisis illustrates the uniqueness of the work we do here and how we are different from other health sectors in the city. Together we will prevail and serve honorably the people who have trusted us with their care.

Amy Brooks, CEO

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Disability Advocates Are Fighting for Accessibility Beyond The Coronavirus



    The coronavirus crisis is shining a light on the obstacles people with disabilities face each      and every day.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Relief Bill: The Arc Fights for Disability Community



The Arc is pleased that Congress is recognizing the unique and vital needs that people with disabilities have when facing the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency relief bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today includes important and specific measures that would help mitigate the potentially catastrophic impacts of the novel Coronavirus on millions of people with disabilities.

To read more on this story, click here: Coronavirus Relief Bill: The Arc Fights for Disability Community


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5 Things To Know About Coronavirus And People With Disabilities



The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has everyone spooked, and hopefully, taking steps to control the outbreak and prepare to get through whatever may come of it. But one group faces additional risks and consequences, as well as anxieties: people with disabilities and or chronic illnesses.

Here are five points to keep in mind about how the coronavirus outbreak affects disabled people:

1. The people most often cited as being at serious risk are largely, by some definition, people with disabilities.

While simply having a disability probably doesn’t by itself put someone at higher risk from coronavirus, many disabled people do have specific disabilities or chronic conditions that make the illness more dangerous for them.

To read more on this story, click here: 5 Things To Know About Coronavirus And People With Disabilities


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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Tell Congress: Include People With Disabilities in Coronavirus Relief Bill!



People with disabilities are more likely to have underlying health conditions – this means that they will be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need immediate support! This includes expanding access to health care, making sure that direct support professionals (DSPs), who support people with disabilities to live independently, can continue to do their vital work, and much more.

To read more on this story, click here: Tell Congress: Include People With Disabilities in Coronavirus Relief Bill!


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Quality Trust Better Together Reception



On March 11, we celebrated Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month for 2020 at Quality Trust’s annual “Better Together” reception. It is an opportunity for our community to come together and acknowledge the promise and potential that opportunities for inclusion and contribution can produce for children and adults with disabilities. Quality Trust also strongly believes that our community is richer and more vibrant when our neighbors, co-workers, friends, family members and fellow citizens with disabilities are fully included. We have seen that with support, people with disabilities can accomplish amazing things.

A great time was had by all at the Quality Trust Better Together Reception. Thanks QT for all you do!




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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

'Who's Going To Help Them?': Caregivers Brace For The Spread Of Coronavirus



NPR did a wonderful piece on how the spread of the Coronavirus can and has impacted the direct care industry. RCM DSP Vanessa Jackson and COO Danielle Darby are both featured in the article. Another perfect example of why DSP's deserve a wage that reflects the important work they do. Check it out! #fundthedspwageact #NPR

For millions of workers, remote work is not an option. Among them are home and health aides, who look after some of the most vulnerable, often themselves without health insurance and earning little.

To read more on this story, click here: 'Who's Going To Help Them?': Caregivers Brace For The Spread Of Coronavirus



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Monday, March 9, 2020

These Three Ladies Recently Celebrated 10 Years at RCM and Are Committed DSP’s



It is #internationalwomensday and we are highlighting Gladys, June, and Marilyn! These three ladies recently celebrated 10 years at RCM and are committed DSP’s who are irreplaceable in the lives of the people they support. These ladies deserve a wage that reflects the complex, skilled, and high responsibility work they do everyday.

Have you let #mayorbowser know that she needs to fund the DSP Wage Act yet? #fundthedspwageact #dspsrock #internationalwomensday #fairshot



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Friday, March 6, 2020

To Address DSP Shortage, Lawmakers Want Nationwide Head Count



Thank you ANCOR for making this happen!

Disability Scoop: 
The federal government would track the number of direct support professionals for the first time ever under a new proposal designed to help address a shortage of these workers.

The federal government would track the number of direct support professionals for the first time ever under a new proposal designed to help address a shortage of workers to assist people with disabilities.

A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Monday would change the way that the government categorizes direct support professionals.

To read more on this story, click here: To Address DSP Shortage, Lawmakers Want Nationwide Head Count


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Fixing The Disability Workforce Crisis



We are trying to invest in the DC DSP workforce through the DSP Wage Act, but the mayor has to fund it. Please let Mayor Bowser know that District residents with intellectual disabilities and their DSP’s deserve a #fairshot! #fundthedspwageact #mayorbowser


Imagine you're a person with an intellectual or developmental disability. You're working toward living a full, independent life.

Perhaps you rely on support services to accomplish daily tasks, develop skills and prepare for the job market, or attain other personal goals. Your opportunities to thrive depend on stability, and strong relationships with the professional service providers who work with you, know you and have earned your trust.

Now consider that the turnover rate for individuals providing these support services in states across the country averages a staggering 43.8 percent.

To read more on this story, click here: Fixing The Disability Workforce Crisis



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Judith Heumann: 100 Women of the Year



Organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities have existed since at least the 1800s, but as the civil rights movement gained momentum in the 1960s, disability activists demanded equal treatment for their communities too.

Judith Heumann, who had polio as a baby and uses a wheelchair, started her activism early. After graduating from college, she applied for a teaching license but was rejected by the New York City board of education, which called her a fire hazard. Heumann sued for discrimination and won in a landmark case, becoming the first wheelchair user to teach in the city’s schools. That victory put Heumann in the spotlight. She founded her own disability-rights group in 1970 and became an advocate for the independent-living movement.

To read more on this story, click here: Judith Heumann: 100 Women of the Year



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