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Notes from our CEO

4/8
During the COVID-19 Crisis Quality Trust Remains a Strong Partner and Ally


Quality Trust is finishing up our third week of remote work. We are doing well, keeping connected and adjusting to our new routines of social distancing and using technology to achieve our mission. We have also expanded our plan for continued operation given that Mayor Bowser has extended the order towork remotely in DC through most of April. Our monitoring has returned to our regular plan without onsite visits.

We are using the phone or other technology to complete as much as possible and track what is happening for the people we support. We also want everyone to know we are still open for legal and lay advocacy support. Please call us if you have a question or need support.

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News

   8/3  The Basics of Supported Decision-Making Webinar
Find out what you need to know to help someone with a developmental disability (DD) plan and live a full and self-determined life. Come learn about a 2018 DC Law that formally recognizes the right of people with disabilities to use Supported Decision-Making in health care, independent living, and other areas of life. These concepts are among the most critical elements of quality in human services today. This virtual session is designed to help service providers explore the key elements of community integration and decision-making. The goal is to help participants identify strategies to support positive outcomes for people with DD in directing their own lives. Supported Decision-Making is now recognized as the key to assisting people to achieve self-determination in their lives. Applying these principles in action requires a working knowledge of the law and understanding how people make decisions. The agenda of this workshop will cover: • Essential components of Supported Decision-Making • Best practices and specific examples of how Supported Decision-Making works • Discussing how to overcome potential barriers to implementing Supported Decision-Making Support professionals will gain a deeper knowledge of Supported Decision-Making, why it is The Basics of Supported Decision Making Webinar 072020 important, and how it can be effective in your organization and with the people you support.
   4/8  Collaborative Advocacy
QT continues to do systemic advocacy during this time of telework.  For example, QT joined Disability Rights DC and other advocacy organizations in writing Mayor Bowser, Deputy Mayor Turnage, and Councilmembers Bonds, Gray and Nadeau to urge the District to ensure that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the District will not engage in disability-related discrimination when making decisions about the allocation of medical treatment.  In addition, as part of our work with the DC Special Education Advocates Coalition, we wrote a letter to the Office of State Superintendent of Education with recommendations for how to ensure that students who are approaching graduation are not penalized by the global pandemic that is outside of their control.
   3/19  QT Operating Status
At Quality Trust, we are deeply committed to doing everything we can to assist with the COVID-19 containment efforts and to protect the health and safety of the people we support, the public and staff.   Quality Trust has implemented a remote work policy for all staff and our offices will be closed through March 31, 2020.    All training has been canceled at this time and will be rescheduled.  We have adopted an alternative monitoring protocol so that we can monitor people and remain in contact with service providers and provide support necessary.  This plan will bring our activities at Quality Trust in line with public health recommendations to practice social distancing as much as possible and support efforts to limit the potential for community spread.  We will continue to track and implement the most up-to-date recommendations as they are announced.  We are still taking new requests for assistance by phone.  Please feel free to call 202-448-1450.   Please take care of yourselves, loved ones, friends, and colleagues.  Together, there is no doubt, we will get through this.  
   2/27  Employment Opportunity
Quality Trust is seeking to fill the position of  Personal Support Facilitator (PSF). PD Personal Support Facilitator How to Apply HR@dcqualitytrust.org https://www.dcqualitytrust.org Send resume and letter to: HR@dcqualitytrust.org or Quality Trust, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20008, Attn: HR. Quality Trust is an EOE.  
   5/22  Speakers and agenda for 2019 Supported Decision-Making Symposium announced
The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making, a project led by Quality Trust, has just announced the speakers and agenda for its 2019 Supported Decision-Making Symposium from June 10-11, 2019, at American University Washington College of Law. To see our lineup of notable speakers, please download a copy of the agenda here: AGENDA – NRC-SDM June 10-11 Symposium (rev. 05.29.19) Registration is FREE but required. Space is limited, so please register today by completing the Registration Form and returning it to mwhitlatch@dcqualitytrust.org.  For more information, please visit www.supporteddecisionmaking.org Sponsored by:

Events

   8/3  The Basics of Supported Decision-Making Webinar

Find out what you need to know to help someone with a developmental disability (DD) plan and live a full and self-determined life. Come learn about a 2018 DC Law that formally recognizes the right of people with disabilities to use Supported Decision-Making in health care, independent living, and other areas of life. These concepts are among the most critical elements of quality in human services today.

This virtual session is designed to help service providers explore the key elements of community integration and decision-making. The goal is to help participants identify strategies to support positive outcomes for people with DD in directing their own lives.

Supported Decision-Making is now recognized as the key to assisting people to achieve self-determination in their lives. Applying these principles in action requires a working knowledge of the law and understanding how people make decisions. The agenda of this workshop will cover:
• Essential components of Supported Decision-Making
• Best practices and specific examples of how Supported Decision-Making works
• Discussing how to overcome potential barriers to implementing Supported Decision-Making
Support professionals will gain a deeper knowledge of Supported Decision-Making, why it is The Basics of Supported Decision Making Webinar 072020 important, and how it can be effective in your organization and with the people you support.

   5/1  #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW is May 5, 2020

This year in response to the Covid-19 crisis, Quality Trust will participate in #GivingTuesdayNow! on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Giving Tuesday Now is an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  Unleash your power and make your contribution today – Our disability community will thank you.

Unite with Quality Trust on #GivingTuesdayNow, your donation will provide:

  • $20  will purchase a weeks’ supply of masks for DSP’s.
  • $125 will purchase a Chrome tablet for a self-advocate.
  • $165 will purchase a Chrome tablet and internet access.

A donation of ANY amount will go toward the purchase of critical masks and technology for people with disabilities to stay safe and connected.

DONATE NOW

Please make a gift or share our fundraiser with your network – or both!

   4/9  DD Provider Organizations in DC in Need of Homemade Masks

Hey Friends and Supporters – Quality Trust is helping to get homemade masks to our local providers in DC supporting people with disabilities through this COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to make masks or have homemade masks to give – we have a list of providers who can use them! Just send an email to tcampanella@dcqualitytrust.org and I will let you know where you can send them. All donations are welcome!!

Provider Mask Contact List

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