Road to Independence Virtual Resource Fair

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Virtual Resource Fair for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to the Workforce and Independent Living

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in partnership with the Transition Work Group of Montgomery County, is pleased to host five webinars during the month of May, offering a wealth of information about mental health, government benefits, housing, independent living, and recreation. This event is free and open to adults, young adults, and high school students who are transitioning into the workforce or higher education.

Closed captioning provided for all the webinars.

MONDAY, MAY 3 | 7:00 PM

Self-care is Important to your Mental Health!

Join us as we discuss the importance of self-care and how we can move forward in these changing times.  We will touch on physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and professional self-care, and the importance of taking care of ourselves to successfully support others.

Presenters: Haley Rizkallah, Brendel Mitchell, Maryland Coalition of Families
Hosts: Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Maryland Coalition of Families

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 | 7:00 PM

Untangling the DDA Web

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) will explain who is eligible for DDA benefits, services and waivers. Learn when and how to apply and how to ask questions.

Presenter: Nicole Sheppard, Transitioning Youth Coordinator, DDA Southern Region
Host: Transition Work Group

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 | 7:00 PM

Where Will I live? Housing options in Montgomery County

Learn about housing vouchers, group homes, supported living, renting alone
or with a roommate as well as new private housing options that are being created in Maryland.

Presenter: Rosemary DiPietro, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Host: Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 | 7:00 PM

Living Independently Without Government Benefits

What do you do if you don’t qualify for state or federal services as a person with a disability? Where can you turn for help with budgeting, daily living, cooking, or getting to work? Hear from experts and young adults with disabilities who are making a success of living on their own.

Presenters: Noah Murphy, Founder Expanded Horizons, Eric Jorgensen, Founder, Special Needs Navigator, Maedi Tanham Carney, Founder/Exec Director, Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO) and Nadia Abouraya, Self Advocate
Host: Expanded Horizons

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 | 7:00 PM

New Ways of Having Fun

Come learn as we present recreation options in Maryland. From painting, theatre, sports and fitness, to cooking, parties and more! Find out what is happening online and in-person.

Presenter: Melissa Wyman, Community Engagement Director, Potomac Community Resources
Host: Transition Times

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Looking for more Disability Inclusion Resources?

This virtual library of materials can connect individuals and their families to programs and services throughout Greater Washington.

Videos for young adults with disabilities and their families addressing employment, education, government benefits, recreation, finance, advocacy, housing and mental health issues from the Transition Work Group of Montgomery County. (Originally produced for the 2020 Transitioning Youth Resource Fair.)

Join the Lets Talk Transition Facebook group to connect with your peers and representatives from local organizations.

Questions?  Please email inclusion@shalomdc.org or call 301-230-7200.

Para asistencia en español, por favor contactar a gladysdp@gmail.com.

Explore the transition resources available throughout Montgomery County. To connect with a representative from each organization, please contact them directly.