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Friday, September 18, 2020

DC's Direct Support Professionals Week Proclamation #DSPRW2020



DC's Direct Support Professionals Week Proclamation #DSPRW2020  @TheRealANCOR






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Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) Job Opening!



 

We currently have an opening for a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional.

The QIDP is responsible for ensuring that the people supported receive individualized, appropriate, and person-centered services. The QIDP is also responsible for providing leadership, direction, and training for reporting staff and oversees each location assigned to his/her caseload.

For more information on this position, click here: Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional


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Our Amazing DSP’s Continue To Provide Quality Support!



 

Cheers to our amazing DSP’s who have continued to provide quality support during these trying past 6 months. You step up, you care, you do what’s needed. We appreciate you. Happy DSP week! #DSPRW2020 #ForgottenFaces





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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

DSP Thank You Bags!



 

We are getting our DSP thank you bags together 😬!!!#DSPRW2020  @TheRealANCOR






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Stuck in the Middle



Community-Based Disability Service Providers Face Impossible Choices Amid Reopening

In recent weeks, news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic has been laser-focused on school reopening, and administrators at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels face impossible choices. Should schools fully reopen and risk further transmission of the virus? Remain closed and risk further harm to students’ education? Something in between?

Just as schools grapple with these questions, so too are community-based providers of disability services confronted with their own impossible choices. In residential programs, where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are supported in their homes, should people have unfettered access to the community? Should friends and family be permitted to visit them? What about day programs, which support people to work, volunteer and otherwise be engaged in the community? When and how should they reopen?

To read more on this story, click here; Stuck in the Middle



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Happy DSP Week! Today We Would Like To Acknowledge One Of Our DSP's



Happy DSP week! Today we would like to acknowledge one of our DSP's Beth for her creativity and fun spirit! Beth has come up with some pretty awesome ways to keep people engaged and entertained during these difficult times. The below picture is from  their "Under the Sea" theme night featuring Phil the turtle, Helen the mermaid, Tom the crab, and Beth the shark. We hear that there were a lot of little mermaid songs being sung that evening! #DSPRW2020



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Celebrating Amazing DSP’s All Around The Nation!



This week we are celebrating amazing DSPs all around the nation! They are the heart and soul of everything we do to help people with disabilities feel, and be, included in the community! #DSPRW2020






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Thursday, September 10, 2020

We Are Sadden At The Loss Of, Carolyn Harris, Our RCM Family Member For Nearly 15 Years



For those of you that are part of the RCM Family you know, Carolyn Harris, and know what a great heart she has! She has been a part of the RCM Family for nearly 15 years, and this past Sunday she passed away. This is a huge loss to RCM for both employees and the many people she has supported over the years. 

One story that comes to mind when reflecting on Carolyn’s impact came about 10 years ago. A person we support fell ill while on vacation and was admitted to the hospital in Virginia Beach. He needed someone to stay with him because there were other people on the trip who couldn’t be alone. Carolyn was called and immediately responded with “I’m on my way”. A four hour drive later she was right there at his bedside holding his hand. This was just the kind of person she was.

We send our love and support to her children, grandchild and long time partner, James. If any of you would like to donate to help the family, please do so on Cash App with the handle of $CarolynHarrisFund









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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

This 21-Year-Old Pastry Chef Is Breaking Stereotypes On What It Means To Live With Autism



The Maryland baker, who has autism, is using his platform to defy stereotypes and inspire others. As a student at the Culinary Institute of America, he has already worked with renowned chefs like Kwame Onwuachi of “Top Chef” and Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi.

“I love baking because it makes me feel happy and confident and good about myself and my skills,” Josey told In The Know. “I’m trying to inspire a lot of people in the world and give more encouragement and confidence to those who feel like they can’t make it.”

To read more on this story, click here: This 21-Year-Old Pastry Chef Is Breaking Stereotypes On What It Means To Live With Autism


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'Distance Learning Is No Learning For My Daughter' | Fairfax Mom Will Bring Her Daughter to School, Even Though Classes Are Virtual



Eileen Chollet says local officials are "standing in the schoolhouse door," refusing to provide an appropriate education for her daughter and other special ed kids.

FAIRFAX, Va. — When Fairfax County Schools reopen virtually Tuesday, it's likely to be a frustrating day for a lot of teachers, parents and students. But for the county's nearly 30,000 special ed students, it could be even more aggravating.

One Fairfax City mom says distance learning is no learning at all for her daughter.

Caroline Chollet, 7, is an endearing second grader "She can instantly charm anyone who encounters her," her mother, Eileen Chollet said. But a rare genetic condition has left Caroline dealing with more than her fair share of challenges.

To read more on this story, click here: 'Distance Learning Is No Learning For My Daughter' | Fairfax Mom Will Bring Her Daughter to School, Even Though Classes Are Virtual



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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Pizzeria With All Deaf Employees Opens In DC



Mozzeria, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria, is opening its doors to customers Friday, making it the first Deaf-owned and Deaf-led business on D.C.'s H street corridor in more than 150 years.

The restaurant was founded in San Francisco in 2011 with the goal of introducing customers to Deaf culture and offering career opportunities for Deaf people. Mozzeria D.C., located at 1300 H Street NE, is the restaurant's second location in the United States.

To read more on this story, click here: Pizzeria With All Deaf Employees Opens In DC


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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Congratulations, Sarah Lowry Meek RCM Is Behind You All The Way!



Congratulations, Sarah Lowry Meek RCM is behind you all the way.

Cool thing happened - I'm a finalist for the Women in Government Relations  Excellence in Federal Issue Advocacy Award! 

Normally I would not share stuff like this on social media because it feels super awkward but there is a contest to see who can get the most "public endorsement." 

I am really lucky to have such supportive colleagues as Shannon Davis McCracken , Doris  and Donna Martin  and the whole ANCOR American Network of Community Options and Resources team!

https://pwiaconference.org/awards

Sarah Lowry Meek


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Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Adds Comfort Bags to Vehicles for Patients with Autism



ASHBURN, Va. (ABC7) — The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue has added a new tool to their vehicles that will help when they respond to the scene involving someone on the Autism spectrum.

They rolled out Autism Comfort Bags that will be on every single ambulance in the county.

The comfort bags will be stocked with various items to calm children down, and the department says it will help Loudoun County emergency responders provide better services.

To read more on this story, click here: Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Adds Comfort Bags to Vehicles for Patients with Autism



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Monday, August 31, 2020

Job Opportunity: Board of Elections



JOB OPPORTUNITY: District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE) is looking for ADA Compliance Assistants for polling places on Election Day. 

For more information, click here: Voting Information Center






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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Back to School Baskets Were Packed And Have Been Picked Up By Our 5 Lucky Winners!



Back to school baskets were packed and have been picked up by our 5 lucky winners! They also received a brand new Chromebook for their kiddo(s)! 






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Man With Down Syndrome Holds Nephew And The Look On His Face Is Priceless!



 

"My brother is a low functioning downsie. He used to love to hold babies but it's rare someone let's him now. My wife and I let him hold our baby today and here is his look when we gave her to him and then the way he held her without movement for 5 minutes. I almost cried. 🙂" 

Credit: Guinean (https://www.reddit.com/user/Guinean/)




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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

COVID-19 May Shut Many Disability Programs For Good



We need to find ways to keep our day services viable. There will be a time when we will need them and it would be tragic for people to lose options.

Disability service providers across the country are closing programs as the coronavirus pandemic wears on and many are unlikely to reopen.

In a survey of 191 organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities nationally, 77 percent said they shut down or discontinued programs as a result of challenges related to COVID-19 and 16 percent of those indicated that the programs are not expected to reopen.

To read more on this story, click here: COVID-19 May Shut Many Disability Programs For Good



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Monday, August 24, 2020

Words of Encouragement from Barbara Merrill



This tribute video is part of a campaign through The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) to honor and recognize DSPs during the COVID-19 pandemic.




 



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My Husband’s Autism Diagnosis At 44 Changed Our Family – For The Better



Eighteen years ago, I lived in Norwich and worked on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff as a co-presenter. One day, I received a phone call out of the blue from Kelly, a man I had met years prior. He had seen me on the show and decided to call the station to get back in touch.

I was over the moon to hear from him. It had been five years since we’d been in touch and I had always held a bit of a torch for him. He asked if I was ever in London, I said yes, and we met up and went on a date. We had such a fantastic evening, chatting lots over cocktails. I knew then that this was more than a regular date – it was the start of a relationship.

To read more on this story, click here: My Husband’s Autism Diagnosis At 44 Changed Our Family – For The Better



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States Pressured To Remove Disability Bias From Medical Care Guidelines



In what’s being called a national precedent, yet another state is agreeing to change its approach to providing medical care during the pandemic in order to prevent disability discrimination.

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights said Thursday that it has reached a resolution with the state of Utah to revise its crisis standards of care guidelines.

To read more on this story, click here: States Pressured To Remove Disability Bias From Medical Care Guidelines


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Friday, August 21, 2020

Customer Wants Sign On Door Warning Of Special Needs Employee



It all happened on a Sunday when a customer asked one of the employees to refill the salad bowl. The employee is Ryan Mosley and he has Down Syndrome. The customer complained.

“My manager explained to him the situation privately, ‘That’s not his job. We’ve trained him to do this and there are special circumstances,’ and the customer was still not happy.” said the owner.

The customer suggested that they post a sign warning customers that they have employees with special needs.

When Amanda Cartagine, who owns and operates the beloved Pizza Inn, heard this, she was instantly offended.

To read more on this story, click here: Customer Wants Sign On Door Warning Of Special Needs Employee



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Congratulations to the Winners of Our Back To School Raffle!



We are excited to announce the winners of our back to school raffle! Congrats to the below employees who will receive school supplies, educational materials, and a brand new Chromebook for their child(ren). 

DeAngelo C.

Ebony G.

Michelle G.

Mercy A.

Claudia D.


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