The Arc of DC advocates for the rights and full community participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members, we improve systems of supports and services, connect families, inspire communication and influence public policy.
End The Awkward
Join us on July 15th as we participate in the "End the Awkward: Focus on the Person, Not the Disability" event, hosted by a variety of DC organizations. Register for free pins and material that will allow you to increase awareness and understanding of those with disabilities. Let the public know that people and their abilities are what is important!
Individual registration: endtheawkwardDC.eventbrite.com
Business registration: endtheawkwarddc-business.eventbrite.com
A Partnership and Specialisterne Equals Jobs for those with Autism
Thanks to a great partnership with Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), through a sub-contract from The Arc of the United States, The Arc of DC was able to start its journey using the Specialisterne training model to help individuals with Autism seek employment opportunities in their field of interest - information technology. Read the full story
The Specialisterne Program Comes to the District
During the first week of April, Jonathan Lucus, Managing Director, The Arc@Work at The Arc US and Jennifer McClure, CBI Program Supervisor at The Arc of DC attended the Specialisterne “Train the Trainer” certification course in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
The purpose of the training was to educate and certify participating Chapters of The Arc on the Specialisterne training so they can be a partner organization and begin to implement the program at their respective location across the U.S. The “Train the Trainer” course instructs attendees in the two primary components of the Specialisterne model: LEGO Mindstorms assessments and the SCRUM methodology. Read the full story
Exploring Options for Independent Living
Living independently can be both an adventure and a challenge, but knowing what to expect and how to prepare are key to success. For the students of Eastern High School and Ballou High School, exploring options for independent living were the focus of their February and March trips. Exploration began with a visit from the DC Center for Independent Living (CIL), so students could become familiar with the resources the CIL offers. Resources include finding housing options, finding job opportunities, and planning to achieve other life goals. Read the full story