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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Eddie Loves To Sing!

Eddie loves to sing! He did a little karaoke for his roommates. 🎤🎼

Video description: Eddie is sitting in his wheelchair wearing a blue and grey striped shirt and rocking his quarantine beard. His staff is holding a microphone up for him to sing into.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Biden Urges Equality For People With Disabilities

Read Joe Biden's Disability Plan

The presumptive Democratic nominee for president is calling for more access to community-based services, competitive employment and greater disability representation in government.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is pushing a slew of changes in an effort to bring about “full equality” for those with disabilities.

To read more on this story, click here: Biden Urges Equality For People With Disabilities


Join Best Buddies Citizens

Best Buddies Citizens is a program that matches adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in one-to-one friendships with adults without IDD from the community. By spending time with one another, the lives of both individuals are enhanced through a mutually-enriching friendship.

For more information, click here: BEST BUDDIES ONLINE


Google Offering New Tools To Help Those With Disabilities

Google is introducing new technology to simplify smartphones for those with cognitive disabilities and it’s beefing up its map program to make it easier to know if destinations are accessible.

The company said this month that it is releasing an app called “Action Blocks” for Android devices that’s designed to make routine smartphone tasks — like calling mom or turning the lights off — less cumbersome.

To read more on this story, click here: Google Offering New Tools To Help Those With Disabilities


At RCM We Believe In Justice And We Stand Together, Unwavering

At RCM, we believe in justice and we stand together, unwavering, and with:

▪ Every single person engaged in peaceful protests, respectfully fighting for the social equity of people of color and for those who are discriminated against because of some perceived difference.

▪ Every single person who is the victim of the pervasive, systemic and abhorrent racism that pollutes and permeates our society.

At RCM, we have always recognized that diversity is our strength. It is the foundation of what brings many voices to the table to create solutions and help people thrive. We aim for a society where racial inequities are erased, and humanity rises to include all our collective voices in our democracy. May each one of you; everyone you know and everyone they know be the force for change desperately needed right now in this country and around the world. Let us build bridges across our divisions and hold firm in our collective strength and unity. We are all connected, we are all interdependent.

We wish for peace and justice, may we all use our united voices to vote, create change, develop understanding, and create a fair, just world for the next generation.

Amy L. Brooks, CEO



Tuesday, June 2, 2020

RCM of Washington May 2020 Newsletter

See what RCM has been up to this May! And if you'd like to join our mailing list, please send us a private message with your email address. To send your email, click HERE

Hello RCM Supporters

Despite the continuing difficulties, RCM staff have been hard at work continuing to support our community. We'd like to share what we've been up to in the month of May and more information on how to stay healthy and happy. 

Stay Home - Stay Busy - Stay Healthy! 

What are you doing to stay busy while at home? Our folks are doing puzzles, planting seeds, baking cookies, and much more! A special shout out to our DSPs for keeping everyone safe, healthy and engaged! 

How are you keeping busy during this time? Send us your pics! Plus, check out our Facebook page for daily updates from RCM and helpful articles.

Voting Updates

The DC 2020 voting schedule and procedures have been adjusted due to COVID-19. Check out the below information from the DC Board of Elections and check out https://www.dcboe.org for more information.

"In light of the spread of COVID-19, 20 vote centers will open throughout the District beginning May 22, 2020, and will remain open through June 2, 2020. Social distancing measures will be enforced at all vote centers. All locations will open from 8:30am until 7pm. On Election Day, all vote centers will open from 7am until 8pm. Primary Election is Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Special Election for Ward 2 is Tuesday, June 16, 2020. General Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020."

Wearing a Mask 101 – Do’s and Don’ts  
Images courtesy of NYTimes article How NOT to Wear a Mask.

Additional information from the Mayor's Office on COVID-19 Measures: 

"Individuals living, working, and visiting Washington, DC should continue to stay at home, only leaving for essential purposes. If leaving their residence, all individuals must continue to social distance from others not in their household, and should wear face coverings if visiting essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Masks are not a replacement for social distancing." For more information, visit:  https://coronavirus.dc.gov/

Relax and Read

Check out this article featuring Birhanie, Danielle and Michael Anderson written by DCist – DC’s Intellectually Disabled Residents Face High Risks of Infection, And Their Caretakers Are Stretched Thin, by Judy Gathright.

Thank you so much for reading this month's newsletter!

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