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3/8
DD Awareness 2018

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” This year, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) have provided leadership for a national public campaign with a theme of See Me for Me! It is a challenge to all community members to look beyond the disability and recognize the talents and gifts that our fellow citizens with developmental disabilities have to contribute.

Quality Trust is kicking off the month with our “Better Together Reception” on March 8, 2018 at Lucky Strike DC – Gallery Place. The idea for our Better Together Reception was born eight years ago with the intent to create opportunities for people with and without disabilities to come together in community places to connect and celebrate. Since 2010 – we have been at a variety of exciting restaurant venues throughout DC and this year we are thrilled to be at Lucky Strike Gallery Place. This location is unique in that it not only gives us a chance to come together for celebration with good food and drink – but also to highlight the bowling talents of many of our friends and supporters with developmental disabilities. 

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News

   3/30  NCD Beyond Guardianship Report
So excited to share the new report from NCD on decision-making and people with disabilities that Quality Trust had the privilege to assist with. NCD did a great job of framing the human rights and self-determination issues associated with over-reliance on guardianship as a preferred support for decision-making. This will help advance the national conversation on Supported Decision-Making and expand options for people. Please take a moment to look at the report here: https://ncd.gov/publications/2018/beyond-guardianship-toward-alternatives
   3/30  Better Together Reception 2018 Photos
Thank you to everyone who attended our Better Together Reception at Lucky Strike Bowling on March 8th, 2018! We had a wonderful time with everyone. Photos are now available on our Facebook page, please click on the following link to view all photos: Facebook Album
2/22  DDA in DC: Upcoming Sessions
Quality Trust will be hosting two educational sessions on Tuesday, March 6th, 6-8pm and Tuesday, April 10th, 6-8pm about DDA in DC. Both sessions will be held at the Quality Trust offices.  DDA in DC, Part I: Medicaid Waivers, Eligibility, and the Application Process DC residents will learn about what is required to establish eligibility for ID waiver benefits after the age of 18 in Washington, DC. We will briefly discuss which services are covered by ID Waiver funds, how the ID Waiver works in DC, what to expect from the application process, how to prepare, and the appeals process. To register, please Click Here DDA in DC, Part II: Support Services in DC DC residents will learn about the structure of Medicaid waiver-funded support services available in DC to help people live in a place of their own, prepare for the workforce, acquire new skills, engage in community-based activities, work, socialize, and improve their well-being. To register, please Click Here
   2/22  Better Together Reception 2018
  We are very excited that this year we will be hosting our Better Together Reception at Lucky Strike Washington DC! Join us on Thursday, March 8th to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and how much better our communities are when we are all together! Thank you to our sponsors Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs, Tom Raffa, and Polinger Company! We appreciate your continued support and look forward to a successful event!   To purchase your tickets, follow this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/BTR2018
   12/15  The Importance of Keeping Promises
There is an old adage that says: “You’re only young once.” This is particularly true in the world of special education – children in school have only one chance to receive the education they need to successfully transition into adulthood.  In 2014, the District of Columbia promised to improve special education for students with disabilities when it enacted a series of critical legislative reforms. The 2014 Special Education Reforms included, among other things, increased access to early intervention services, shortened wait times for eligibility evaluations, and an earlier start to postsecondary transition planning. Yet, unfortunately, this legislation has not gone into effect because it remains unfunded. Quality Trust is part of a coalition of special education advocates saying “enough is enough” (Special Education in DC – A Continuing Crisis.pdf) It is time for the District to keep its promise to students with disabilities and fully fund these reforms. Read more

Events

   3/30  Better Together Reception 2018 Photos

Thank you to everyone who attended our Better Together Reception at Lucky Strike Bowling on March 8th, 2018! We had a wonderful time with everyone. Photos are now available on our Facebook page, please click on the following link to view all photos: Facebook Album

   2/22  Better Together Reception 2018

 

We are very excited that this year we will be hosting our Better Together Reception at Lucky Strike Washington DC! Join us on Thursday, March 8th to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and how much better our communities are when we are all together!

Thank you to our sponsors Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs, Tom Raffa, and Polinger Company! We appreciate your continued support and look forward to a successful event!

 

To purchase your tickets, follow this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/BTR2018

   11/28  What Do I Need to Know? Decision-Making After Age 18
Quality Trust will host an educational session on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Quality Trust’s office titled “Decision Making After Age 18.”
 
Reaching the age of 18 can be an exciting time for people with disabilities and their families. It also is a time when many questions arise about what the legal responsibilities are of young adults and how they can be supported with decision-making when they face critical life choices.
 
Come learn about the options that exist in the District of Columbia and Maryland for supporting adults with disabilities in decision-making. During this interactive session, we will discuss:
  • What happens under the law when a person with a disability turns 18
  • What adult “guardianship” is
  • Why families should explore other options first
  • What some of those other options are in the context of education, health care, and finances
  • What powers of attorney and “supported decision-making” are and how they can work in practice

The intention of this workshop is to provide families with information about the full range of decision-making tools available, so they can identify and use the right tool at the right time to support people with disabilities in succeeding, thriving, and experiencing full membership in their communities.

To Register, please Click Here.

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