Minutes from July 12, 2017 IPC Teleconference

Minutes from July 12, 2017 IPC Teleconference

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

Host: Chioma Oruh, Parent Advocate for the Inclusive Prosperity Coalition


Mansoor Abdur-Rahman

Angelo Telesford

Hashim Coward


  • Chioma Unable to host meeting and will return next week. Mansoor filled in to moderate for her this week.
  • Chioma is serving as the camp director from July 10-14, for the She the People Politics Camp; a program for young girls of all abilities between the ages of 13-17 years old; the Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Division of the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission in Prince George’s County initiated the program.
  • Angelo will be attending a discussion from 10am – 12pm at the Department of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs (DRCA) on July 13, 2017 titled, All Things Non-Profit- 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • Fund raising committee will provide an update next Wednesday.

Meeting ended at 7:15 pm



Minutes from July 5, 2017 IPC Teleconference


Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

Host: Chioma Oruh, Parent Advocate for the Inclusive Prosperity Coalition
Here are some quick recaps:



Chioma Oruh


  1. Survey will be created and sent to individual members
  2. Create strategic plans for the following:
    • A Group Scheduled OUC Tour
    • Organized Play Dates
    • Regular Trainings for Parents Transitioning from Day Care to Pre-K
    • Back to School Boot Camp
  3. Next meeting I’ll give an update on a meeting I will be having with the Early Childhood Education team at DCPS on ways to involve parents in the Child Find process (more to come!)

Meeting ended: 6:55 pm


Minutes from June 28, 2017 IPC Teleconference

What: Highlights and notes from the Inclusive Prosperity Coalition (IPC) teleconference

Date: June 28, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

Host: Chioma Oruh, Parent Advocate for the Inclusive Prosperity Coalition


  1. Guest Speaker Attorney Todd Gluckman of Terris Pravlik & Millian, LLP
  2. Angelo Telesford
  3. Hashim Coward
  4. Chioma Oruh
  5. Yolanda Corbett
  6. Mansoor Abdur-Rahman
  7. Ronda White

Discussions from Last Meeting:

  1. Calendar options – introduced usage of Google Calendar for the group.
  2. Going forward we will review calendar options to best serve ICP purpose

New Business

Introduction of Attorney Todd Gluckman Spoke about the implications of the D.L. vs. District of Columbia case. To read the Injunction and Order from last week’s ruling, CLICK HERE.

Some questions that were asked:

  1. Is there past funding received by the City under IDEA that will be available to assist families who were harmed? Answer: (Funding questions are not part of this injunction and will need to be taken up elsewhere)
  2. Who will monitor the City to make sure they comply with the injunction? Will the district be required to issue reporting regarding ongoing activities? Answer: (Todd noted that the first report is due to come out August 31, 2017.)
  3. Does this finding include preschool children? (See injunction)
  4. Does Todd represent families? What is the process if there are questions? Answer: (Call Todd if any questions on how to proceed with this.)
  5. What type of documentation should families collect in or to report violations? (at a minimum, name and contact information of the child and parent.)
  6. What is being required by the court to ensure DC informs parents of the decision and any steps families should take? How can we (ICP) address all legal support broadly so we do not miss anyone? (See injunction)
  7. What should we look for to make sure schools are in compliance and what should be done if noncompliance is found? Answer: (Make sure parents know how to have their children evaluated; make sure information is made available.)
  8. Is Todd’s office able to represent families? Answer: (This will be determined on case-by-case basis. There are special education attorneys available in the city; these should be brought to Todd’s attention).
  9. Is the city required to provide full disclosure to schools, parents and other affected populations as to what happened and what they can or should do? (See injunction)
  10. Is there a way that the ICP can communicate with all of the legal offices simultaneously instead of individually to seek assistance? Answer: (Stay in touch with Todd or provide a list of issues of concern for review.)

Note: D.L. vs. District of Columbia is a critically powerful decision. ICP should leverage this decision to maximize any efforts in the future. The court have found many of the same concerns as we have. In order to know how to best monitor and report problems or non-compliance, it is important that we review and understand the injunction.

Meeting extended: The group voted to extend today’s’ meeting to 7:45 pm.

First Fundraising Planning Meeting

  • ICP has been granted the use of weekend flea market space.
  • Concerning the flea market space, the following was discussed:
    • Budget
    • Printing of banners, flyers, etc.
    • Start date
    • Volunteers needed for manning flea market table
    • Volunteers schedule of hours

Tour of Office of Unified Command (OUC)

  • Smart 9-1-1. For information click here.
  • Points of contact at OUC are Wanda Gattison and Karima Holmes
  • Training families to understand how to work with first responders
  • Community tours of OUC
  • Yolanda and Kevin Donahue sons are good friends.
  • Yolanda also co-chairs an (HSCSN) recently invited Alex Williams come and speak about safety.
  • Angelo was at the meeting PALs Meeting – perhaps OUC can present at PAL.
  • Chief of staff  to the Chair for council of the judiciary  and public safety has two children with autism

Person-Centered Training Meeting and Supporting Families Council

Meeting ended at 7:45 pm EDT

Next week’s agenda

  • PAVE Back to School Special Ed Boot Camp (pending approval)
  • Upcoming Play Date – This weekend,Sunday July 2
  • Meeting with Nicole Preston, Special Olympics DC
  • Family Engagement Summer Event – Planning Committee Needed
  • D.L. v. District of Columbia Ruling and What next for DC Child Find
  • Confirmed: Attorney Todd Gluckman of Terris Pravlik & Millian, LLP, to give facts on the consequences of the D.L. vs. District of Columbia ruling and the future of DC Child Find process

Upcoming Events

  • CM Grosso’s Community Forum on the Challenges D.C. Faces in the Age of Trump on Monday July 10, 2017 from 6-8pm
  •  Supporting Families Community of Practice Meeting. At this meeting:
    •  Hear updates from the Family Support Council
    • discuss important disability rights laws
    • create a vision for employment for  our family and community.
    • When: Thursday, June 29, 2017; 9:30am-3:30pm
    • Where: Department on Disability Services, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20024.
    • Metro: Federal Center SW (blue/silver/orange); Bus: P6; Parking: on street or $15/day parking garage
    • RSVP: Please RSVP to Jestina Heroe at jestina.heroe@dc.gov or 202-730-1586.
  • Family Engagement Summer 2017 partnership with Georgetown, Councilmember Charles Allen and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue (Last two weeks in July and first two weeks in August)
  • Quality Trust is hosting “Opening the Doors to Opportunity,” with the rescheduled information for the first session, Transition Planning in Special Education. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  It will be held at the Northwest One Neighborhood Library, 155 L Street NW, Meeting Rm. 2 (near Mount Vernon Square Metro).  Please be sure to RSVP at rwhite@dcqualitytrust.org or call (202)459-4002. If there are special accommodations needed, please specify when registering for the training.
  • Overview of The Begin Act, introduced by CM Robert White, Jr.
  • Fundraising Committee Report Back
    • Weekend Flea Market – Outreach and Fundraising Opportunity
  • Two separate engagement proposals submitted to our partners, Georgetown and PAVE
  • Call for Executive Leadership (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary)
  • Creation of Subcommittees
    • Bylaws, Parent/Family Engagement, Policy and Advocacy

For any questions or concerns, or if you are interested in taking on a leadership role in the Coalition, please email motheringhands@gmail.com or call me, Chioma Oruh, at 202-697-3529.

Meeting closed 7:45 pm

Minutes from June 14, 2017 IPC Teleconference

Minutes from June 14, 2017 IPC Teleconference

What: Minutes from the Inclusive Prosperity Coalition teleconference

Date: June 14, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm EST – 7:30 pm EST

Host: Chioma Oruh

Full Recording: Audio


  1. Doreen Hodges – Executive Dir. Family Voices; ABA Camp Options
  2. Chioma Oruh
  3. Mansoor Abdur-Rahman
  4. Nicole Preston, Director, Special Olympics Washington D.C.
  5. Colleen Reynolds, Organizer, Parent
  6. J’an Proctor  
  7. Latiya Loring

Report from Chioma since last teleconference on June 7, 2017

  1. Latiya and Chioma met with David Grosso, Chair of the Committee on Education, Washington D.C. Council, who is supportive of efforts by the IPC. Mr. Grosso also:
    • Suggests outreach to other parents
    • Wants data along with a Show and Tell 
    • Mr. Grosso will conduct hearing on the B20-0724 – Enhanced Special Education Services Act of 2014
    • He recommended making contact with Chancellor Antwan Wilson and Ombudsman Joyanna Smith
  2. There is meeting organized by one of the parent partners Parents Amplifying Voices and Education (PAVE).
  3. We have been invited to participate in a meeting with the Deputy Mayor.
  4. Goal for summer is to grow parent presence through exit and entrance school processing. More to come.
  5. Play date on Sunday June 4, 2017 and in attendance were Doreen, Latiya and Chioma for children in DC schools. Passed out toys; Need more discussion around this event. Is it ongoing?
  6. Brookings Institute (Dr. Clark McKown) helped figure ways to find space for special and emotional learning. Website is linked to agenda.
  7. Antwan Wilson, Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington, D.C. is part of an organization that leads social and emotional learning (SEL) movement. The site helps with a number of issues such as emotional intelligence, bullying and provides tools for teachers and educators to engage children. He also shared a contact with someone on Georgetown University.
  8. Latiya will provide information requested by Doreen – they will talk offline about health insurance.
  9. Latiya going to Eleanor Holmes networking event on June 15, 2017 –Chioma suggests developing a plan around the initiative.
  10. Chioma suggested some ways to capture and present data – she has some examples.
  •  Doreen Hodges was introduced.  
  1. Doreen is mother of her own children on the spectrum and the Executive Director for Family Voices of District of Columbia. This is the local affiliate for larger national family voices organization. Doreen helps families get qualified for different programs such as Medicaid, camps, etc.
  2. Family Voices staff are certified in special education and health care navigation. 
  • Options for parents:
  1. Summer camp/clinic, which is paid for via health insurance such as Medicaid,        Amerihealth, HSCSN and MedStar.
  2. Talked about options available for kids ages 3-12 on spectrum
  3.  Jacob’s Promise, Silver Springs, Md.  Jacob’s Promise is interested in branching        out into DC and sharing strategies.
  4. Camp available on a per day basis.
  5. Doreen helps families navigate system by qualifying for Medicaid.
  6. The district also provides unlimited respite and care children and families.
  7. Also helps families with special education complaints forms
  8. Going to Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and other related issues
  9. Has team of ‘no money up’ front attorneys
  10. Program helps children from ages 0-26.
  11. You may reach Doreen at phone number 202-681-7761 for more info.
  12. Doreen is trying for a conference call Monday evening for anyone interested
  1.  Special Olympics just had the Young Athletes program for ages 2-7
  2.  Next event is adult unified tennis
  3.  ADA therapy is not just for children on the spectrum. It is also an  opportunity to  interact with children in the mainstream.
  • Chioma next spoke about:
  1.  Councilman Grosso says he will visit and support.
  2.  Fund raising needed – who are targets – lots of money in DC – what is the      target budget?
  • Key Hearing takes place tomorrow June 15, 2017.  Bill 22-0154 – at city council room 423.
  1. Molly Whalen, Executive Director of the DC Association for Special   Education, gave the overview last week’s teleconference. (June 7)
  • PAVE meeting taking place on June 23.
  • Family engagement summer – Chioma still working on proposal;  received commitments from Georgetown University, councilmember Charles Allen, deputy mayor Justin Donohue, (Smart-911)
  • Priority now is the planning committee whom Chioma will be following up with; they include
  1.  Joan Christopher – Georgetown University representative and trainer to  help train parents
  2. Council Member’s office
  3. Deputy Mayor’s office
  4. All are very supportive and interested in helping
  • Councilman Grosso says as soon as we have a calendar to please make him aware and he will make himself available to come and speak with parents
  • Back to School Event – PAVE is having a broader BTS event
  • Also want to focus on
  1.   Children’s Law Center
  2.   Outreach
  3.   Data
  4.   Survey
  5.   Focus group
  • Chioma gave call for leadership within coalition.
  1. Volunteers for leadership positions
  • Come up with bylaws
  • Abdur-Rahman offered to help in any area where needed; 
  1. Will begin transcribing audio into text for the immediate
  • Chioma will follow-up with everyone of the members
  • Sub-committees needed for:
  1.  Family Engagement event
  2.  Fund raising
  3.  Mothering hands
  4.  Bylaws
  5.  Other subcommittees as needed 
  • Q&A
  1. Request was made for adding a link to connect to the audio teleconference.
  2. Link will be posted in IPC website for the audio recordings/weekly minutes.
  • Closed meeting at 7:24 pm EST

Minutes from June 7, 2017 IPC Teleconference

Minutes from June 7, 2017 IPC Teleconference

What: Highlights and notes from the Inclusive Prosperity Coalition (IPC) teleconference

Date: June 7, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm EST – 9:00 pm EST

Host: Chioma Oruh, Parent Advocate for the Inclusive Prosperity Coalition

Full Recording: Audio Recording


  1.  Chioma Oruh, Parent Advocate for the Inclusive Prosperity Coalition
  2.  Mansoor Abdur-Rahman
  3.  Molly Whalen, Executive Director of the DC Association for Special Education
  4.  Tamalea Perry, Ward 8 ANC Commissioner

Opening comments from Chioma

  • Teleconference will happen each Wednesday. Committee will review a move to an earlier time frame
  • Discussed purpose of IPC; campaign to improve Child Find Project starting at pre-k level in DC; strategy to improve outreach and connect with city and interested parents.
  • There is a meeting on Tuesday, June 9 with Councilmember David Grosso; this is a standing meeting at 2 pm

Chioma Introduced Molly Whalen

  • Addressed Intellectual Disability and the history of Civil Commitment
  • A key component coming up for discussion is Supported Decision Making.
    1. A meeting to address this topic will be held on June 15, 2017 at 10 am at the Wilson Building in Washington D.C.
    2. Interested parties may email or call council members before June 13. If calling, dial 202-724-8170.
  • To learn more about Bill 22-0154, CLICK HERE!
  • T-Shirts are now for sale as a fundraiser item
  • The focus of weekly teleconference calls is to keep the IPC membership up to date and engaged as things will be happening quickly
  • IPC has Partnership with Georgetown University. They can assist with training for a number of issues such as Cultural competency, Intellectual disability, IEP’s, training for how to identify disability and more
  • IPC working with Deputy Mayor, Charles Allen and overall education for families about how to deal with emergencies
  • Call for help to build executive leadership and develop steering committee
  • IPC goal is to have fully functioning organization by end of summer
  • IPC plans at least two trainings in July and two trainings in August. There will also be mixer events.
  • IPC activity will kick off after July 4.
  • Call ended at 8:43 EST.

Minutes from June 21, 2017 IPC Teleconference

Minutes from June 21, 2017 IPC Teleconference

What: Minutes from the Inclusive Prosperity Coalition Teleconference

Date: June 21, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm EST – 7:30 pm EST

Host: Chioma Oruh

Dial-In Number: 515-604-9383

Access Code: 742798#


  1. Chioma Oruh
  2. Mansoor Rahman
  3. Hashim Coward

Report from Chioma since last teleconference held on June 14, 2017


  1. Discussions from Last Meeting: Audio Recording
  • Minutes will be posted to ICP website prior to upcoming call

III. Follow Up from recent events:

  • Summer Play Dates
    1. Schedule is being worked on; We are looking for someone to lead activities schedule
    2. Options for play dates are under review
    3. Chioma will create calendar for this. Dates/deadlines and will coordinate with Doreen

IV. New Business

  • Doreen Hodges update on ABA Camp and other summer option
    • Doreen will have something this week.
  • PAVE Partnership opportunities – blogging and back to school event.
    • Chioma attended two-day blogger training workshop by Citizens United and sponsored by the Wayfair Corporation
    • Goal is to create outlet for parents to address needs of children.
    • Open to any parent who wants to blog.
    • Interested persons should go to IPC blog sites.
    • Pave also has a standing meeting with meeting with JennieNiles who serves as Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) in Washington, DC.
    • Thirdly is a back to school event
    • There is an opportunity to utilize a space provided by PAVE for the after school events.
    • Chioma has standing meeting with Special Olympics next week to discuss need of special needs children. This is a standing meeting
    • Also need to follow-up with United Negro College Fund of Washington DC; they offer great model of organizational stability
  • Basic Income conference summation.
    • Where to go for more info – Inclusive Prosperity Coalition
    • Stanford University has BI Lab under way; may be an opportunity to link the efforts between Stanford University and Howard University.
    • Georgetown University partners can offer research help
    • IPC will look for ways to promote Basic Income from a disabilities angle.
    • It is critical that we have a vision to take advantage of BI initiatives.
    • Parent training on Child Find needs to be included in Basic Income discussion
  1. Upcoming Events
  • Twitter meeting with Chancellor Wilson (#AskChantwan) on Thursday 6/22 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • We encourage sending tweets/questions related to Child Find to increase awareness and visibility in social media
  • Family Engagement Summer 2017 partnership with Georgetown, Councilmember Charles Allen and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue (Last two weeks in July and first two weeks in August)
    1. We need planning committee and sub committees
    2. DC Autism Parents is another group we plan to reach out to
  • DC Flea Market tabling opportunity for outreach and fundraising
    1. Across street from Howard U this weekend Saturday and Sunday
    2. Free space to operate table/tent has been offered to IPC(Many thanks to Omawale Sia for his generosity)
    3. t-shirts can serve as a fund raiser
    4. can offer popup trainings with anyone a flea market who shows interest
    5. we need a budget for doing this fund raiser
    6. Hashim is taking lead on this
  • The DC Supporting Families Community of Practice (SF CoP) is a group of diverse stakeholders who are working together to create policies, practices and systems that support families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability across the life span. We come together to learn, share information, and support each other.
    • At this meeting, we will hear updates from the Family Support Council, discuss important disability rights laws, and create a vision for employment for ourselves, our family members, and our community
    • When: Thursday, June 29, 2017; 9:30am-3:30pm
    • Where: Department on Disability Services, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20024.
    • Metro: Federal Center SW (blue/silver/orange); Bus: P6; Parking: on street or $15/day parking garage
    • RSVP: Please RSVP to Jestina Heroe at heroe@dc.govor 202-730-1586.
  • University campus outreach to manage social media campaigns
  1. Chioma following up with Colleen
  2. Developing campus strategy to get university student more engaged with our effort
  • Call for Executive Leadership (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary)
    • Chioma assuming role of Chair; would like to explore anyone who is interested in stepping up in any role.
    • Creation of Subcommittees (Bylaws, Parent/Family Engagement, Policy and Advocacy, Fundraising)
  • Discussion around the role of Mothering Hands
  • Closed at 7:33 pm