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.
Microsoft Autism Pilot Program Finds Success in DC!
During the first 2 weeks of September, participants in our Specialisterne Program worked diligently to gain a spot in the second round of assessments for a job opportunity in Microsoft’s Autism Pilot Program. Microsoft recently partnered with Specialisterne to create this program as it aligns with the goal of giving individuals with Autism an alternate route for being recruited and assessed for employment, specifically in the information technology field. Read the full story
15th Annual Golf Tournament - A Great Success!
On a beautiful day in June, we found ourselves on the golf course raising awareness and funds for the important supports and services The Arc of DC provides for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Our 15th Annual Golf Tournament was a great success thanks to the volunteers from The Takoma Station Community Outreach Group, Takoma Station Tavern, The Arc of the United States, and The University of Maryland Golf Course. Over 100 players signed up and spent the morning enjoying beautiful weather, while striving for the best game score in hopes of winning an award. After working up an appetite on the course, the group enjoyed lunch while players were presented with awards and prizes. Read the full story
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