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Thursday, September 9, 2021

It’s Next Chapter Book Club Time Again!



It’s #NextChapterBookClub time again. We are continuing to meet virtually and are really enjoying our current book, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.






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CDC Rolls Out New COVID-19 Resources For People With IDD



As the delta surge renews concerns about COVID-19 across much of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking steps to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand and protect themselves against the virus.

The agency is introducing a series of resources specifically aimed at this population.

The new offerings include a toolkit with social stories, videos, posters and interactive activities. The materials address five topics — getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing and getting a COVID-19 test.

To read more on this story, click here: CDC Rolls Out New COVID-19 Resources For People With IDD


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Thursday, September 2, 2021

September is National Preparedness Month




September is National Preparedness Month, an annual observance to remind everyone how important it is for individuals, families and communities to be prepared for disasters and emergencies that can happen at any time. Make sure that you have a plan! Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. 

 For more information, click here: Make A Plan




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Friday, August 20, 2021

Vote for Our Friends at Art Enables! It's Easy and Fun!



 

It’s time to take all that pent up energy and channel it into supporting your favorite local icons.

This year you can vote in Food, Drink, Arts & Entertainment, Health & Beauty, Goods, Services, Pandemic Superstars, and People & Places. In addition to updating our existing categories for those places and things that we missed over the past year (Think: Concert Venue We Missed the Most) and including new ones to account for the innovations we love (Think: Best To-Go Cocktail), we’re also adding a new phase of voting.

                               To vote, click here: Art Enables



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Education Department will cancel student debt for more than 320,000 borrowers



The debt forgiveness, which will go to borrowers with a total and permanent disability, will be automatically granted using data already available to the Social Security Administration.

Education Department will cancel student debt for more than 320,000 borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday it will cancel $5.8 billion in student debt for more than 320,000 borrowers.

The debt forgiveness, which will go to borrowers with a total and permanent disability, will be automatically granted using data already available to the Social Security Administration. People should start seeing the relief in September.

The Education Department said it also plans to stop asking these borrowers to continue sharing earnings data after they receive the relief.

To read more on this story, click here: Education Department will cancel student debt for more than 320,000 borrowers


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

VIRTUAL TALKING SERIES: The Impact of Covid-19 on the Lives of People with Behavior Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities



Thursday, August 26, 2021, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM- Roundtable discussion with speakers from RCM of Washington, DC Developmental Disabilities Council, and the DC Department of Behavior Health on the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of people with behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click below to register.



                                      Open to ALL (Residents, employees, visitors) 

                                            Thursday, August 26, 2021, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

                                                Click here to register: Webinar Registration

                                    If you live, work or visit DC, we would love to hear from you! 

 Reasonable accommodations are available within registration. For further details or questions, please contact susie.mcfadden-resper@dc.gov or 202-550-3234.




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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Congratulations! RCM is the Round 2 Winner of the Administration for Community Living 2021 Blazing New Trails Challenge!



 

RCM is humbled and honored to be a Round 2 winner of the Administration for Community Living 2021 Blazing New Trails Challenge! We look forward to finding innovative and sustainable ways to continue to improve and move the DSP Academy forward.

Check out the link for more information on the 2 other amazing organizations we have the good fortune of being in the company of! https://acl.gov/DSPchallenge



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Monday, August 16, 2021

In Reversal, Social Security Says Stimulus Checks Won’t Affect SSI Benefits



People with disabilities can save money received through stimulus checks and other COVID-19 relief programs indefinitely without losing out on their Supplemental Security Income benefits thanks to a recent rule change.

The Social Security Administration modified its policy this month on how it will treat various forms of financial assistance that have come about since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

To read more on this story, click here: In Reversal, Social Security Says Stimulus Checks Won’t Affect SSI Benefits



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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Book Club: Currently Reading ‘Out of my Mind’ by Sharon M. Draper



Yesterday was National Book Day! Today our #NextChapterBookClub met and this is what we are currently reading! Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper. It is a story about a young lady who does not communicate with words. We are still meeting virtually every Wednesday, come join us!






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Thank You NADSP, ANCOR, and the University of Minnesota for this National Recognition!



RCM is honored to accept the 2021 Moving Mountain Award for the DSP Academy alongside the NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation. Thank you NADSP, ANCOR, and the University of Minnesota for this national recognition!



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Thursday, July 29, 2021

DC Developmental Disabilities Council: Meet The Council Members



DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Up next on our #MeettheDDC is Bernard Crawford!

"Bernard Crawford, Community Member of the DDC, Former resident of Forest Haven, People Planning Together Trainer at The Learning Community "

Bernard Crawford  is a prominent disability rights advocate in the District of Columbia. Mr. Crawford participates in several working groups, is regularly asked to speak at various conferences, and is a certified trainer for the People Planning Together program at the Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. He is a member of DC’s first Next Chapter Book Club and enjoys participating in Special Olympics.


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Why I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine (After I Really Did Not Want To)



Check out this video from GUCEDD highlighting the amazing Thelma Green's vaccination experience. Below there are two additional links for ASL and Spanish speakers.

https://vimeo.com/566795198

ASL Version: https://vimeo.com/569618837 

Spanish Language Version: https://vimeo.com/579908785

Why I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine (After I Really Did Not Want To)


Why I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine (After I Really Did Not Want To) from GU Center for Child & Human Dev on Vimeo.



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Celebrating Cheryl McCoy’s Retirement, You Will Always Be a Part of the RCM Family!



Ms. Cheryl McCoy has been a DSP at RCM for over 21 years. Today, on her last shift, we celebrated her retirement. Congratulations on this next chapter, Ms.McCoy!  You will always be a part of the RCM family!

Ms. McCoy is wearing glasses, a blue mask, and face shield.


  


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Monday, July 26, 2021

Maryland Health Department Weighs Ending Provision That Gives More Flexibility To Caregivers Of People With Disabilities During COVID



Caregivers and family of those with disabilities are worried the Maryland Department of Health may be about to end a provision early that gives them more flexibility in how services are billed for and delivered during the coronavirus pandemic.

Known as Appendix K, the temporary rule allows family members to act as paid support staff; enables providers to conduct services virtually; permits services inside a person’s home; and authorizes easier billing standards for remote and in-person care.

To read more on this story, click here: Maryland Health Department Weighs Ending Provision That Gives More Flexibility To Caregivers Of People With Disabilities During COVID


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Apple Taps ‘CODA’s Siân Heder To Helm & Write Judy Heumann’s Memoir ‘Being Heumann’; ‘Oklahoma’ Tony Winner Ali Stroker Eyed To Star



EXCLUSIVE: Apple Original Films has landed rights to a package based on Judy Heumann’s bestselling memoir Being Heumann. Siân Heder, whom Apple signed to a multi-year overall deal in the wake of winning an auction for her Sundance sensation CODA, is adapting the film to direct. Ali Stroker, the first actress who uses a wheelchair for mobility to appear on Broadway and the first to win a Tony for her work in Oklahoma, is being eyed to star.

To read more on this story, click here: Apple Taps ‘CODA’s Siân Heder To Helm & Write Judy Heumann’s Memoir ‘Being Heumann’; ‘Oklahoma’ Tony Winner Ali Stroker Eyed To Star


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Friday, July 16, 2021

Promoting Access to Voting



Tell the Federal Government How to Improve Voting for Americans with Disabilities!

You are submitting an official comment to Regulations.gov.

Comments are due 07/16/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT.

To submit comment, click HERE.



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What ‘Free Britney’ shares with ‘Justice for Jenny’



Eight years ago this month, before Jenny Hatch won her freedom in court, her attorney Jonathan Martinis talked to me about his ultimate hopes for her case.

He hoped she would be the “rock that starts the avalanche.”

He hoped she would change the national conversation about guardianship.

He hoped she would push people to focus on what individuals can do, instead of what they can’t.

“If I go to a mechanic, no one assumes I can’t drive,” he told me at the time. “Where you and I would be called wise for getting help, when a person with a disability needs help, it’s just assumed they’re incapable of doing anything.”

To read more on this story, click here: What ‘Free Britney’ shares with ‘Justice for Jenny’


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Thank You, Goodlife Innovations!



Thank you to Mike from Goodlife Innovations in Kansas City, KS who gave us a tour of how they are creating neighborhood networks and using technology to support people while promoting independence and self determination

David shared his apartment and demonstrated all his technology










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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Vaccine Raffle Results Are In!




On June 11, 2021 it was posted on our blog, RCM Revitalizing Community Membership Empowering Independence, that we would be having a vaccination raffle for employees. 

You can view the post here: Calling All RCM Employees: Vaccination Raffle!

                       The results are in, and the winners are…


The winner of our Vaccination Raffle for an Apple iPad is... 

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The winner of our Vaccination Raffle for $3,000 is...

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The winner of our Vaccination Raffle for the 2-night/3 day vacation is...         

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                        Congratulations! To all of our Winners!


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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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