Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
October 2018
Main Street's e-newsletter brings project updates, events, community 
resources and more to your inbox the first Friday of every month. 
Thank you for being a part of the Main Street community!

Member Spotlight 
Noah Miller
Noah at George Mason University
Congratulations to Main Street member Noah Miller on starting George Mason University's LIFE program this fall. Learn about his adjustment to college life here


Groundbreaking on October 19! 
Rendering of Main Street buildingFollowing the receipt of low income housing tax credits from the State of Maryland, Main Street is ready to break ground on the building! Our groundbreaking celebration is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 19, at 1 PM at 50 Monroe Place in Rockville. All are invited! Details coming soon. 

Main Street Recognized by State of Maryland 
September 25 was a big day for Main Street! In the morning, Main Street founder Jillian Copeland was given a citation by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. That afternoon, Main Street's  Governor Hogan, Jillian Copeland and Lt. Governor Rutherfordfounders and volunteers had the opportunity to share the vision and progress of the Main Street movement at an informal meeting with state and local officials. The meeting included Maryland Secretary of Disabilities Carol Beatty, Assistant Secretary in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Matthew Heckles, Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and Rockville City Councilmember Beryl Feinberg. Many thanks to all who attended and shared their support!   
 Main Street meeting with Secretary Beatty, Matthew Heckles and other state and local officials

September Coffee with the Founders 
September 14 Coffee with the Founders
Thanks to the 50+ members who joined us on September 14 for coffee at the home of Main Street founders Jillian and Scott Copeland. The event allowed members to mix and mingle and to hear the latest news about Main Street from the Copelands.  
See photos from the coffee and other Main Street events in the Main Street past events gallery.  

Upcoming Main Street Events  
Professional Member Learning & Networking Event: Social Media 101
Main Street Professional Networking EventFriday, October 12
8:30 - 10 AM
Bender JCC
6125 Montrose Rd
Rockville, MD
Main Street professional members are invited to join Alissa Neil, a Main Street member who runs a boutique public relations agency for some of the biggest names in news, for a Social Media 101 session. Alissa and one of her firm’s top social media experts will discuss how to use Twitter to bring attention to your business and ideas. Bring your laptop or phone so we can get to tweeting! 

INTELLIGENT LIVES Film Screening and Panel with Filmmaker Dan Habib
Thursday, November 8, 7 - 9 PM (Doors open at 6 PM)
Bullis School - The Blair Family Center for the Arts
10601 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD
Join Main Street and award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib on November 8 for a screening of his latest film INTELLIGENT LIVES. The film stars three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. The film points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.
Cost: $25 per person including the film, panel discussion and light refreshments. Groups of 11 or more receive $5 off per ticket. Contact info@mainstreetconnect.org to request the group rate. Financial aid is also available. 
Get your tickets today and please spread the word to family, friends, teachers, administrators, employers and policymakers. Help us spread the inclusive message of this film far and wide! 
Main Street Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
Main Street volunteersFriday, November 30, 12 - 2 PM
We love our volunteers and Main Street wouldn't be possible without them!  On November 30, Main Street is hosting a special luncheon to thank everyone who has generously contributed time throughout the year. Watch the Main Street website for details. 
Visit the Main Street events webpage for information about all upcoming events. 

Last Chance to Opt Out of 
Main Street Member Directory  
Main Street will soon publish a directory to help members connect with one another. The directory will be available to members this fall on a password-protected page on Main Street's website. If you do not want your information included in the directory, please complete this form by October 15 to opt out.

Professional Member Spotlight 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, a non-profit organization, believes that deepening the understanding of who we are begins with listening to each distinct voice. Through programs and services that welcome, raise awareness and advocate for the rights of all community members, Federation works to connect individuals and families to programs and services and to provide tools to raise awareness and to advocate for the rights of individuals with differing abilities. Federation is committed to building a fully-integrated environment where everyone is a contributing member of society. Here are some ways they accomplish this work and resources they offer: 
  • Federation's Jconnect offers aggregated Individual Resources and Community Resources pages to provide a welcome and helpful place for individuals with differing abilities and their families.
  • The Inclusion Toolkit helps organizations assess their level of inclusivity and supplies resources and suggestions on how to make improvements.
  • Federation works as a community convener to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between employers and potential employees in Greater Washington.
Join Federation for several upcoming events:
  • Disability Inclusion Network meeting - Oct 11, 2018
    A community-wide conversation regarding how to advance the ideal of disability inclusion. All are welcome! More info here.
  • Road to Independence Resource Fair - March 31, 2019
    An info fair for young adults with disabilities and their families to learn about social, recreational, vocational, employment, housing and financial resources and opportunities in our community. More info here.
To learn more, visit www.shalomdc.org or send an email to Lisa.Handelman@shalomdc.org.
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The Jewish Federation is a professional member of Main Street. See the Main Street website for info about professional membership.

Community Programs and Events 
Transitioning Youth Resource Fair
Transition Resource FairSaturday, October 13
10 AM - 1 PM
Montgomery College Rockville, 
Small Gym
N Campus Dr, Rockville, MD
The Transitioning Youth Resource Fair is for students and young adults with disabilities and their families. Learn about job coaching, benefits, recreation and how to achieve greater independence from over 50 exhibitors - including Main Street! One-on-one resume critique sessions will also be offered; to sign up, send an email to transitioningsuccess@gmail.com. The fair will also include educational workshops (first come, first served):
10:15 - 11 AM:
  • ABLE vs. Special Needs Trusts
  • Mental Health Resources in Montgomery County
11:15 - 12 PM:
  • Social Relationships
  • Understanding DDA Services and Waivers
The fair is free and parking is free! This event is sponsored by the Transition Work Group

What You Should Know About Support Services and the DDA in Maryland
Saturdays, October 20, 27 and November 3, 10 AM - 12 PM
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church - The Kennedy Room
9200 Kentsdale Dr, Potomac, MD
This 3-part series will help demystify Medicaid waivers, eligibility, the application process, service delivery and where to get individual guidance. This event is sponsored by the Quality Trust's Life-Span Supports Program and The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). For details and registration info, see the event flyer or contact Phyllis Holton at pholton@dcqualitytrust.org.

MCPS Transition Workshop on Adult Services
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Richard Montgomery High School
250 Richard Montgomery Dr, Rockville, MD
The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Transition Services Unit is hosting a meeting on adult services for parents and for students with IEPs ages 14-21. Questions? Call (301)649-8008. 

Halloween Fun Around Town
Check out these FREE Halloween festivities: 
PumpkinPCR Halloween Party
Saturday, October 27, 6 - 8 PM
Connelly School of the Holy Child
9029 Bradley Blvd, Potomac, MD
Click here for details about the Potomac Community Resources (PCR) annual Halloween Party.

UCR’s Costume Karaoke
Sunday, October 28, 1 - 3 PM
OASIS Farm, 24800 Dunnavant Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 
Upcounty Community Resources (UCR) is sponsoring Costume Karaoke following their Weekend Enrichment Program. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to ucrdirector@gmail.com.

Kennedy Krieger Conference on Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Thursday, November 1, 8 AM - 12:30 PM
Mount Washington Conference Center
5801 Smith Ave, Baltimore, MD
Hear from state officials, self-advocates, human resources professionals and local business leaders who have embraced equity and neurodiversity within their organizations. Gain new insights and learn practical strategies to implement a neurodiversity initiative in your workplace. Learn more here
Sensory-Friendly Shabbat Experience for Teens, Young Adults and Their Families
Friday, November 9, 6 PM
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC
Participants will have a chance to welcome Shabbat by braiding and baking challah and enjoying it together afterwards, in addition to sharing in the Shabbat blessings through song and movement. All participants are expected to be accompanied by an adult or caregiver. RSVP by November 1 to Stephanie Tankel at STankel@whctemple.org
Sensory-Friendly Concert with INVOKE
at University of Maryland
Tuesday, November 13, 7 PM
University of Maryland
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD
Photo by Nathan Russell

This unique performance experience is designed for people with cognitive disabilities of all ages. INVOKE is a string quartet that plays music of many forms. Tickets are free but required. Get details here.