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Friday, June 11, 2021

Happy #PrideMonth From Everyone At DC Developmental Disabilities Council



 

DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Happy #PrideMonth from everyone at DC Developmental Disabilities Council. We celebrate all orientations, genders, and abilities here. 🏳️‍🌈 

[ID: Three Black and disabled folx smiling and displaying mini flags. On the left, a non-binary person holds up both a rainbow pride flag and a transgender pride flag, with her cane resting on the wall behind her. In the middle, another non-binary person waves the rainbow flag while sitting in their power wheelchair. On the right, a woman waves both a rainbow and transgender pride flag.

Image by "Disabled And Here." https://affecttheverb.com/gallery/disabledandhere/prideandtransflags/?fbclid=IwAR1Eyk36n3FAuUnKPTo-_7tlnH5BX5zfRPdN9CoVJbpRDH_JyWwidjH_SIo



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Airlines Have Lost Or Damaged More Than 15,000 Wheelchairs Since Late 2018



The Washington Post - By Hannah Sampson 

The country’s largest airlines have lost or damaged at least 15,425 wheelchairs or scooters since they were required to start reporting those numbers to the government at the end of 2018. Those figures...

To read more on this story, click here: washingtonpost.com




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Calling All RCM Employees: Vaccination Raffle!



Thank you to everyone who has made the decision to get vaccinated as we know that for many the decision wasn’t made lightly. We appreciate your contribution to helping us get closer to resuming our normal lives!

As a way to show our thanks RCM will be raffling the following:

(1) *$3,000 CASH

(2) *2-night/3 day vacation to one of the following destinations:

                                                                -Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA

                                                                -The Inn at Herrington Harbour in North Beach, MD

                                                                -Vacation package to Ocean City, MD

(3) *iPad

(4) ***Weekly cash prizes of $250 for the entire month of July***

                    There will only be one (1) winner per prize.  Eligibility is simple: 

You must be either fully vaccinated or receive the first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine (and submit proof of vaccination) no later than June 30 with a pledge to receive the 2nd dose as required---second dose must be received to receive the prize!

You must be currently and actively employed to win. 

Drawing will be on Tuesday, July 6th!


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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

She’s Considered The Mother of Disability Rights – And She’s a ‘Badass’




To read more on this story, click here
: She’s Considered The Mother of Disability Rights – And She’s a ‘Badass’



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We Are Actively Recruiting for a Education and Outreach Assistant (Please Share)



RCM is looking to expand their Innovations team and is actively recruiting for a Education and Outreach Assistant to assist with various initiatives such as the DSP Academy, #readytowork, health education programs and much more! Bilingual Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply. Click or share the link below for more info!

            Education and Outreach Assistant


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How America Failed Students With Disabilities During The Pandemic



One beautiful afternoon last summer, 9-year-old Maki climbed onto a trampoline behind his Northern Virginia home and began screaming like he had been shot.

His mother rushed into the yard. Maki, who is diagnosed with high-functioning autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder — and who had been doing well academically and socially before the pandemic — cried out that there was a snake on his back. He was crouched in a squat, face rigid with fear. He yelled at his mother to take away the gigantic reptile about to wrap itself around his neck. She tried to tell him there was no snake.

To read more on this story, click here: How America Failed Students With Disabilities During The Pandemic



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Sunday, May 16, 2021

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month



Sharing from: DC Developmental Disabilities Council

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. Everyone's mental health was affected by last year's pandemic. We would like to showcase how everyone got through the quarantine. If you would like to be featured, e-mail emily.kranking@dc.gov.

Today's Solution: Quarantine Puppies. #QuarantineSelfCare

[ID: Alison Whyte with her pit bull mix, Pepper. They're in the front of two colorful signs that say "BE LOVE".

Emily Kranking, DDC Fellow, laughs as Chloe, the brown/white Brittany, snuggles with her.]


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Uber and Lyft Will Drive You to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine for Free Until July 4



New transportation partnership comes as Biden administration explores ways to encourage people to get vaccinated

WASHINGTON — The White House announced a new partnership with ride-sharing companies Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to make all rides to and from vaccination sites free until July 4.

White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients detailed the new steps in a Tuesday call with governors as part of the Biden administration’s effort to meet a target of 70% of the U.S. adult population getting at least one vaccine dose by July 4. President Biden is also meeting virtually with a group of governors Tuesday afternoon to discuss vaccination efforts.

To read more on this story, click here: Uber and Lyft Will Drive You to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine for Free Until July 4


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My Win As The First Disabled Black Woman On The Oscars Red Carpet



Sunday evening, when my rhinestone-lined wheelchair tires rolled onto the iconic Oscars red carpet, I inhaled deeply, embracing the fact that I was making history as the first visibly disabled Black woman at the Academy Awards.

It’s rare that I entered a space and felt like I could bring all of me without rejection and exclusion. At my Black church, I was the disabled girl. At my all-disabled summer camp, I was the Black girl. I never saw anyone who even remotely resembled me in the media.

To read more on this story, click here: My Win As The First Disabled Black Woman On The Oscars Red Carpet



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Thursday, May 6, 2021

'Happy Nurses Week' To All Of Our Nurses!



Wishing a 'Happy Nurses Week' to all of our nurses. Thank you for the love, care and dedication that you give each day. You are truly appreciated!


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Call to Action: Eliminating Compounded Disparities for People with Disabilities in a Year of COVID-19 (Online Event)



This past year was like no other in memory. COVID-19 has laid bare the gross inequities that are deeply-seated in society. Focusing on Lived Experience, this Symposium will explore the Intersectionality of Disability, Race, Ethnicity, Culture, Gender Identities, and the Political Determinants of Health and provoke a deeper discussion, a greater sense of shared responsibility and a better-defined road map for future action in partnership with people with disabilities.

A Free Online Event, Friday, May 14, 2021, 8:30 AM EST to 1:30 PM EST

To read more on this event, click here: A Call to Action: Eliminating Compounded Disparities for People with Disabilities in a Year of COVID-19


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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Dolly Parton Themed Night!




Well hellllllooooo Dolly! Helen and DSP Beth had a Dolly Parton themed night this past weekend. Looks like a blast, and who doesn’t love Queen Dolly?!






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Crip Camp's Judy Heumann Worked with Markarian to Custom Create the Dreamiest Oscars Suit



Looking good Judy! Congrats to the Crimp Camp family on the nomination.

If picking out an outfit for a random, Friday night dinner can cause panic, we can only imagine the pressure that comes with finding the perfect Oscars look. But, for 2021's award show, Judy Heumann, whose film, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution is nominated for Best Documentary Feature, didn't have to worry.

Celeb-favorite — and First Lady-approved! — Markarian custom-created a stunning champagne suit fit for the occasion, complete with a sequined, beaded jacket that definitely deserves a closer look.mBoth Heumann and Markarian's Alexandra O'Neill spoke with InStyle about the design process, revealing how they worked together to come up with a winning look. Check it out, ahead.

To read more on this story, click here: Crip Camp's Judy Heumann Worked with Markarian to Custom Create the Dreamiest Oscars Suit



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Hard Hit by COVID-19, Disabled Demand Inclusion



 

Thank you Ellie and Maedi for sharing this important perspective!

Around the world, more than 1 billion people live with some form of disability, and they are disproportionately at risk from the COVID-19 pandemic. VOA’s Veronica Balderas Iglesias looks at what’s being done in the U.S. to improve their situation.

To read more on this story, click here: Hard Hit by COVID-19, Disabled Demand Inclusion


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Department of Human Services: In Need of Rental or Utility Bill Assistance?



 

In need of rental or utility bill assistance? STAYDC is here to help.

To request support from the District, contact us at:

☎️833-4-STAYDC (78-2932) or💻stay.dc.gov 

#DCHOPE



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USDOL's Efforts to Advance Racial & Social Equity in Employment for People with Disabilities National Online Dialogue



The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking input on ideas for ensuring equity in employment policies and programs for people with disabilities from historically underserved communities. 

Share your ideas, review community input, and comment on others' ideas. Your feedback will be used by the department to identify solutions for overcoming barriers to employment for people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds, communities, and identities. It will also inform future programs and funding opportunities that equitably deliver vital employment services and supports to all.

This effort is co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Women’s Bureau.

To read more on this story, click here: USDOL's Efforts to Advance Racial & Social Equity in Employment for People with Disabilities National Online Dialogue


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The Federal Response to COVID-19: Addressing the Needs of the Autism and Disability Communities (Virtual Event - April 28)



This event will feature presentations from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Labor on issues related on health, education, and employment for people with disabilities during the pandemic, followed by discussion with leaders from the autism advocacy community.

To learn more about this event, click HERE!


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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

My Voice: Amplifying the Voices of People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Medical System



L'Arche Greater Washington, DC posted a video to playlist My Voice.

We’re proud to announce that in conjunction with the DC Developmental Disabilities Council, we’ve released a new film highlighting the struggles and experiences our people with intellectual disabilities have faced navigating the medical system. With “My Voice: Amplifying the Voices of People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Medical System,” we hope to provide tools and solutions for medical practitioners, students, and advocates so they can improve patient experiences and ensure that patients both with and without disabilities receive the appropriate, compassionate care they deserve. 

Learn more and watch the full video here: https://larche-gwdc.org/myvoice/?utm_source=facebook

                                                  (Click arrow twice to start video)



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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Thank You, Dr. Randi Abramson!



Big thank you to Randi Abramson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Bread for the City for joining our COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall for RCM employees!






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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mom and 10-Year-Old Grant $1.2 Million in Scholarships to People with Down Syndrome



Ten-year-old Ruby Plachta has Down syndrome, and as her mom Liz Plachta says, she "rocks" her extra chromosome. When Ruby was born, her mom was inspired to do something that would help other people born with Down syndrome see their full potential. 

"I just felt this need inside to do something for the Down syndrome community," Plachta told CBS News during an interview with her daughter. "I really just wanted the world to see what I saw in her, which was that she was amazing and capable."

To read more on this story, click here: Mom and 10-Year-Old Grant $1.2 Million in Scholarships to People with Down Syndrome



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Friday, March 19, 2021

People with Disabilities at High Risk for COVID-19 Are Now Eligible for Vaccination in Washington. What Does That Mean?



People with disabilities who are at high risk for COVID-19 — and their caregivers — are now eligible for vaccination in Washington state.

But how disabilities and risk are defined is not simple, and it will largely be left to individuals, their doctors and caregivers to assess who newly qualifies.

“In the world of disability, there’s not a super clear-cut definition. It really, oftentimes, is a personal thing,” said Robin Tatsuda, executive director of The Arc of King County, which serves all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “It’s hard to generalize.”

To read more on this story, click here: People with Disabilities at High Risk for COVID-19 Are Now Eligible for Vaccination in Washington. What Does That Mean?



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Stimulus Payments Headed To Adult Dependents With Disabilities



For the first time since the start of the pandemic, stimulus checks are going out to many people with disabilities regardless of whether they’re considered dependents.

The COVID-19 relief bill known as at the American Rescue Plan that was signed into law earlier this month includes $1,400 direct payments to individuals earning less than $75,000 per year, with phased amounts for those making up to $80,000 annually.

To read more on this story, click here: Stimulus Payments Headed To Adult Dependents With Disabilities


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A Man with Autism Asks Future Employers to 'Take a Chance on Me' in a Heartfelt, Handwritten Viral Letter



(CNN)A soon-to-be high school graduate started his job search in a unique way -- he wrote a candid open letter and posted it on LinkedIn.

Ryan Lowry has autism and wants future employers to understand that while he may learn in a different way, he is worth taking a chance on.

"I realize that someone like you will have to take a chance on me, I don't learn like typical people do," Lowry wrote in the letter. "I would need a mentor to teach me, but I learn quickly, once you explain it, I get it. I promise that if you hire me and teach me, you'll be glad that you did. I will show up every day, do what you tell me to do, and work really hard."

To read more on this story, click here: A Man with Autism Asks Future Employers to 'Take a Chance on Me' in a Heartfelt, Handwritten Viral Letter


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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Disability Rights Film ‘Crip Camp’ Nominated For Oscar



It's OSCAR Time, if you haven't checked this out yet, please do!

A documentary about the emergence of the disability rights movement produced by former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama is up for an Academy Award.

“Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” was nominated Monday for best documentary feature.

The film follows a group of teenagers with disabilities who came together in the early 1970s at a summer camp near Woodstock, N.Y. who ultimately helped bring about civil rights protections for themselves and others like them.

To read more on this story, click here: Disability Rights Film ‘Crip Camp’ Nominated For Oscar



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Friday, March 5, 2021

DDAM Event: Our Screening Of "Crip Camp."



If you haven’t already, please check out Crip Camp. And why not do it having some fun this Friday with the DDC?!

Grab some popcorn and join us this Friday at 7pm for the hit Netflix documentary. This event will have captioning. And stay tuned for our full calendar of events!

To register, click here: Webinar Registration

[ID: Poster of Crip Camp: An African American teenager is posing with his guitar and his friend in his wheelchair (A white, male teenager with a white T-shirt and black pants) in the campsite.]


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