It feels important to get a brief post out before tomorrow’s Thanksgiving holiday, and I’m overdue with some updates:
- - Second, the Eligibility First Summit took place at MLK library October 20 and 21 (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U7ZrFj6UnEZS16B2FFjhfp8RUp8GSzA5/edit?usp=share_link&ouid=107296839803360874196&rtpof=true&sd=true), and for those in attendance it was considered a great success. At least 150 people attended some portion of the event, either in person or online. We could have wished for more agencies providing employment supports to attend, and we certainly could have wished for more private employers. But there will be follow-up! And that follow-up already is proceeding with respect to how the DC government can lead by example by hiring more people with disabilities. Robin Shaffert of the Georgetown UCEDD (https://ucedd.georgetown.edu/index.php) led a fantastic breakout group on the subject, and plans to pursue the issue further. Meantime, I understand the mayor expressed determination to make more happen on this front at the Disability Expo on October 26.
That’s all for now – have a meaningful and healthy Thanksgiving tomorrow!