vody/> RCM - Revitalizing Community Membership: Empowering Independence: 2022

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Happy Nurses Week! A Big Thank You to All of Our Nurses! We Appreciate You!

A big thank you to all of our Nurses! We appreciate you!

Danielle Schrader Darby: We appreciate each and every nurse that helps the people we support live life to the fullest! Thank you for all you, without you, many people would not be living in the community!


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Can Emojis Speak Louder Than Words?

Video chat, once relegated to teen social media interactions, has become commonplace for work, school, and social connection in this “new normal” that is post-pandemic life. While many have embraced the technology, there are those for whom the medium presents a new challenge.  

In Project Convey, we see the story of Jack – a 12-year-old on the autism spectrum, who recently moved and wants to keep in touch with his best friend Grady.

Individuals on the autism spectrum often have difficulty interpreting non-verbal social cues like facial expressions and tone of voice - an issue made even more challenging when there is a screen between them. That's why Cox embarked on Project Convey - a partnered effort to create a video chat prototype that helps people on the spectrum make more meaningful connections online. Using speech and facial recognition technology, the prototype analyzes facial expressions, words, and tone of voice to interpret and assign meaning to video chat interactions, translating them instantly into emoji outputs that individuals on the spectrum can readily understand – emojis that convey meaning. 

Cox is releasing all their research and development for the project to the autism community and to video technology companies who can carry on the work. "We see this as just the beginning" said Rachel Negretti, Sr Director of Brand Strategy at Cox. "Our goal was to show that it's possible to make video chat inclusive for individuals on the spectrum. Our hope is that one day every video chat platform out there will have a tool like this or be inspired to create one." 

While the technology is just a prototype, and Cox does not own the video chat platforms it would attach to, a spark is there. And a sentiment one hopes will ignite leading up to April's World Autism Month: everyone deserves more meaningful connections.

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Changes To CDC’s Developmental Milestone Checklists Met With Skepticism

Changes to the federal government’s developmental milestone checklists have some experts concerned about potential delays to early intervention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released revised versions of the checklists in February as part of its “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign, which was first introduced in 2004 in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics. The checklists are commonly used by pediatricians to flag children in need of further screening for autism or other developmental disabilities.

To read more on this story, click here: Changes To CDC’s Developmental Milestone Checklists Met With Skepticism


Monday, April 25, 2022

Congratulations are in order for Alejandra! We can't wait to meet your little bundle of joy!


Congratulations are in order for Alejandra! We can't wait to meet your little bundle of joy!


Supreme Court rejects disability payments for Puerto Rico residents

SSI fight prompts 2 justices to grapple with “racial stereotypes” in century-old cases on rights in U.S. territories

The legal challenge also prompted debate about whether the denial of Supplemental Security Income benefits to Puerto Rico residents is rooted in racism and whether the court should repudiate a series of century-old cases that permit Congress and local governments to deny some rights to those living in unincorporated U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico.

The brief, six-page majority opinion written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh steered clear of the issues of race and colonialism, holding that Congress had a rational basis to deny SSI benefits to Puerto Rico residents because they’re exempt from most U.S. taxes.

To read more on this story, click here: Supreme Court rejects disability payments for Puerto Rico residents


Sunday, April 24, 2022

Walmart Worker With Down Syndrome Awarded $300K After Being Fired; Walmart Seeks New Trial


Walmart has asked for a new trial in a disability-discrimination lawsuit that ended in July after lasting for six long years.

The lawsuit focuses on the termination of Marlo Spaeth, a worker with Down Syndrome. She was an employee at a Walmart in Wisconsin for 16 years.

In July, a jury awarded Spaeth $125 million after they agreed that Walmart violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To read more on this story, click here: Walmart Worker With Down Syndrome Awarded $300K After Being Fired; Walmart Seeks New Trial


Sunday, April 17, 2022

American Airlines Offers Flights for Kids With Autism or Anxiety

A program that allows children or adults with functional needs to practice flying is relaunching. The American Airlines program called 'It's Cool to Fly American Airlines' has been on hold for two years due to the pandemic.

First launched in 2014, the program lets those with a fear of flying do a full practice run, including going through security, walking to the gate, and even taxiing in the plane. The program also helps parents and caregivers feel more confident leading up to travel days. More than 6,000 passengers have already made use of the program.

Bruce Sickler, who oversees the program, told the Dallas Morning News, 'It's targeting kids with autism, but we don't turn anyone away. Anyone that has anxiety can come, even adults with anxiety.


Happy Easter From RCM!



Thursday, April 14, 2022

RCM’s Innovation Team Rocks!

RCM’s Innovation team rocks! Erica Thomas and Breeanna Reyes gave a great presentation on Social Circle and how important sexuality education is for people with disabilities. #elevate22


Congratulations! To Juliette Who Graduated from the ANCOR Foundation Leadership Academy

Congratulations! to Juliette who graduated from the ANCOR Foundation Leadership Academy. We are so proud of you! #elevate22


Enjoying a Great Dinner and Conversation with Our Team in Miami!

About last night…enjoying a great dinner and conversation with our team in Miami!


Thank You To Our Amazing Team!

Thank you to our amazing team for their hard work completing the necessary work for Technology First Accreditation!


We'd like to extend a big congratulations to the provider organizations that have successfully completed Technology First Accreditation through the DC Department on Disability Services project.

Frontline Community Services Inc - Bringing Meaning to Lives

Galaxy Healthcare Solutions

Health & Joy Services, LLC

Innovative Life Solutions

My Own Place

National Children's Center

Project ReDirect

RCM of Washington Inc

Wholistic Services, Inc.


Are You Attending the ANCOR Conference? If So, Check Out RCM’s Erica Thomas and Breeanna Reyes


Are you attending the ANCOR Conference? If so, check out RCM’s Erica Thomas and Breeanna Reyes at 1:15pm in the Picasso room to learn all about the Social Circle program! #elevate22


First Day of the ANCOR Conference Was Amazing!


The first day of the ANCOR Conference was amazing! Lots of great information and networking. #ELEVATE22


Saturday, April 2, 2022

Troy Kotsur Makes Oscars History As First Deaf Man To Win

Kotsur’s Best Supporting Actor win comes 36 years after his “CODA” co-star Marlee Matlin became the first deaf woman to win Best Actress.

Troy Kotsur may have been considered the Best Supporting Actor front-runner, but his actual win at the 2022 Academy Awards on Sunday night is much more than a mere crowd-pleaser.

The groundbreaking honor makes the 53-year-old “CODA” star the first deaf man to receive the prestigious award — and the second deaf actor to win the accolade — marking a huge moment not only in Hollywood history but in disability representation.

To read more on this story, click here: Troy Kotsur Makes Oscars History As First Deaf Man To Win


Sunday, March 27, 2022

CEO Amy Brooks Was Privileged to Visit and Meet the Keystone Moldova Team in 2019

CEO Amy Brooks was privileged to visit and meet the Keystone Moldova Team in 2019. People from Moldova are opening their homes and hearts to help their neighbors from Ukraine. Please give if you can, all money goes directly to relief services.

About: Keystone Human Services

“Each donation is a hand of help and solidarity to support the basic needs of people with disabilities in emergency situations.” Donate to support Keystone Moldova to help Ukrainian refugees: https://donate.onecause.com/khsmoldovasupport 

Keystone Moldova is working at Palanca on the Moldova-Ukraine border, providing hot meals, heated tents where mothers and children can relax until the next part of their journey, supplies, mental health first aid, and information. Our greatest needs right now are financial and humanitarian aid. 100% of your donation goes directly to Keystone Moldova to help Ukrainian refugees.

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