Before getting to my main message, I want to let you know that anyone who was unable to attend the D.C. statehood hearing live can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKpD8Fyo2R8. The hearing was amazing, and a historic moment in the movement toward recognition of the full rights of D.C. citizens with and without disabilities. The turnout was tremendous – two overflow rooms and also hundreds in Spirit of Justice Park. Unforgettable.
I’ve written a lot recently about direct support professionals, and among other things I mentioned a film called “Invaluable,” created at the University of Minnesota, which I saw this summer at the NACDD conference of councils on developmental disabilities in New Orleans . I’m thrilled to say that there is going to be a free local screening of this movie by the national Arc on October 12, 4-6:30 P.M., and you can RSVP to attend it here: https://tinyurl.com/y5qr73dk. It will be happening at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St NW, where the Arc’s national conference is also taking place – but you don’t need to register for the conference in order to attend the film (and free reception), so sign up today for this very timely show!