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  • It’s that time of year again!  The NASA Strategic Investments Division is pleased to announce that the 2018 NASA Cost and Schedule Symposium is planned to be held August 14-16 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland.

    As the case last year, this year’s Symposium includes the schedule and EVM communities.

    The NASA Cost and Schedule Symposium is our chance to exchange ideas, best practices, methodologies, and lessons learned.  The NASA cost and schedule communities includes civil servants and contractors from all Centers as well as HQ and represents an essential function to the agency.  We look forward to seeing the tradition of the Agency’s finest analysts and estimators at NASA continue to make our community better. 

    Attendees and presenters are substantively involved in the conference through submission of professional papers, conducting briefings and presentations, completion of live demonstrations, and participation in training.

    Agenda Overview:

    14 Aug: Presentations in Bldg 8 Auditorium

    15 Aug: Presentations in Bldg 8 and Bldg 3 Auditoriums

    16 Aug: Presentations in Bldg 8, Bldg 3, and Special Sessions in Bldg 34

    Event Website:

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  • Little Academy DC presents its Summer 2018 Course Catalog. Our sixth summer course is A Beginner's Guide to Alien Life, taught by Kasha Patel.

    Space. The final frontier. The never-ending cosmos that surround our tiny planet raise innumerable questions, not the least of which is: are there aliens? Have no fear, this class will equip you with all the theoretical and scientific tools necessary to understand how life — including humans — might survive on other planets. From basic astronomy to a discussion on the habitability of planets, we’ve got you covered. No field trips just yet, unfortunately.

    Kasha Patel is a science writer who moonlights as a stand-up comic specializing in science jokes. She is the founder of DC Science Comedy and produces one of the nation’s only regularly occurring science-themed comedy shows in Washington DC. During the daytime, she works as an earth science writer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She has written about animal migration patterns, habitability on other planets, and new discoveries in Earth’s atmosphere. She has been featured on BBC World, The Washington Post, NASA TV, and the Travel Channel.

    In addition to the course, your ticket includes one complimentary beverage and a course chapbook.

    On Sunday nights during Little Academy, all other drinks at Reliable Tavern available at Happy Hour prices.

    FAQs

    What's the refund policy?

    Tickets are nonrefundable. Can't make it to the course anymore? There are always Little Academicians looking to purchase tickets to sold out events on the Little Academy and Little Salon Facebook pages. Head that way and advertise your ticket for sale!

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  • CloudxLab

     

    Big Data With Scala & Apache Spark Certification Training - Live Instructor-led Online Classes

     

    Our Big Data With Scala & Spark certification training boot camp with 100% money back guarantee is designed to impart knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience required to become top-rated Spark Developers, Architects, Data Engineers, and similar roles. This course is also compatible with the following certification

    • Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD): Spark

     

    Tools and Concepts covered:

     

    Introduction to Big Data, Scala, Apache Spark, RDDs, Kafka, DataFrames, Data Cleaning, Spark Streaming, Spark SQL, Hive-on-Spark, Graph Processing and Analysis, Machine Learning, GraphX, SparkR.

     

    For more on curriculum, please click here  

     

    Big Data With Scala & Apache Spark Certification Training - Live Instructor-led Online Classes

      

    1. 30+ hours of live online instructor-led classes
    2. 90 days access to the lab (real-life production cluster with Hadoop and Spark pre-configured)
    3. Complimentary access to high-quality videos, assessments and case studies
    4. Classes spread over 10+ sessions of 3 hours each
    5. Training by industry experts
    6. Lifetime access to course content
    7. Real life projects
    8. Earn certificate
    9. 24x7 online experts help

     

    What To Expect:

     

    The Classes:

    The classes are held online on Saturdays and Sundays for 3 hours each for an overall of 30+ hours, that is, 10+ classes

     

    The Mode:

    We use Google Hangouts or Zoom to enable live, interactive classes that are also recorded for future reference.

     

    The Audience:

    We have a global audience that logs in to work hand in hand with our world-class instructors. 

     

     Get Certified at No Extra Cost with 100% Moneyback Guarantee

     

    Why Is This Training Different: 

     

    The Instructors:

    Our instructors are industry experts, people who have been there and done that.  They not only encourage questioning but also give solutions that are practical and applicable at an enterprise level.

     

    The Practice:

    We provide an actual cluster for hands-on practicing.  It removes the need to install virtual machines and makes learning easier and fun.

     

    The Curriculum:

    Created by industry experts to equip attendees to hit the ground running.  CloudxLab sessions along with the curated curriculum make starting a project at work or attending an interview on Big Data a cake walk.

     

    The Projects:

    1. Churning the logs of NASA Kennedy Space Center WWW server to find out useful business and devops metrics.
    2. Build real-time analytics dashboard for an e-commerce company using Apache Spark, Kafka, Spark Streaming, Node.js, Socket.IO and Highcharts.
    3. Generate movie recommendations using Spark MLlib.
    4. Derive the importance of various handles at Twitter using Spark GraphX.
    5. Write end-to-end Spark application starting from writing code on your local machine to deploying to the cluster.

     

    The Preparation:

    This is the only course in the market that enables course takers to consider any of the following certification after completion:

    Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD): Spark

     ___

     

    CloudxLab

     

    CloudxLab is a leader in the domain of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning and related technologies. Providing consulting, training, solutions and products related to above-mentioned technologies

     

    Why CloudxLab?

    1. Best in Class Trainers handpicked for the courses
    2. Anytime Anywhere Classes
    3. Class Recordings available for lifetime
    4. 24x7 support to customers for any technical query
    5. Popular Online interactive platform
    6. Certification at No Extra Cost
    7. Real Life Projects

     

     For any queries, write to us:

     Kelly Thomas, Business Development manager

     Email: reachus@cloudxlab.com

     Phone: +1 (412) 568-3901

     https://cloudxlab.com

     
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  • Ever wonder what GPS, the Zika vaccine and Siri all have in common? All were technologies that were initially funded by the U.S. Government before being spun out to industry. Each year Government spends $140 billion+ on research and development that creates many novel technologies that could be breakthrough new ventures.

    One-half of America’s economic growth can be attributed to scientific and technological innovation, and 22 percent of America’s top innovations (as reflected by studies of previous winners of R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 innovation awards) come from companies that received SBIR grants at some point in their history (citation).

    You can be a part of this!!

    Come out if:

    • You have a technology you’re creating that you think could be a business,
    • You’re interested in joining a startup team to create a business model around a new technology
    • Basic research or entrepreneurship interests you for any reason at all

    What to expect:

    • Hear from some DC-area R&D-based startup founders who took the journey from lab to market.
    • Discuss current trends in tech commercialization: which kinds of tech seem to transfer well, how to tell if you might be working on a technology that could make it in the private sector.
    • Learn about resources and community networks available to tech R&D startup teams including: SBIRs, grants, DC-based skills-building networks, and angel groups.
    • Network with community members with the goal of figuring out how to partner to bring more tech to the market.
    • Determine the next steps you can take to partner to bring original research to market.

     

    This event invites those who are DOING the research: lab researchers, science students, and tech developers to come out and hear from some of those who have commercialized the tech they’ve been working on.

    The event also targets the DC-area hustlers, who are perhaps more known for designing customer experiences, thinking like a customer and creating sales channels. If you’ve been wanting to start your next business, or looking for a business partner, and want to learn more about how technology transfer could be a next career move for you, then come on out!

    The event is co-sponsored by Fed Tech, Startup Leadership Program and the NCRC.

     

    About the co-sponsoring organizations:

    National Community Reinvestment Coalition(NCRC, www.ncrc.org) is a national membership, non-profit organization that is in the business of creating economic justice for the disadvantaged in the USA.  NCRC creates opportunities for disadvantaged people to build wealth by working with community leaders, policymakers, businesses and financial institutions.  NCRC champions fairness in banking, lending, housing, and business. Year round, they offer one-on-one consultative services and workshops, and have been very useful to existing companies and those who are just starting up. Consider NCRC as a free resource to support your growth or to help you start your business.

    FedTech (www.fedtech.io) is a private venture program, funded by federal agencies, that connects entrepreneurs to technologies developed across DoD, NASA, DOE and other laboratories. They run multiple cohorts per year where successful applicants are paired with lab partners/inventors to serve as founders. Teams work closely with teaching and mentor teams and are taken through modules on lean startup, business models, product development, customer discovery, intellectual property and licensing, funding strategies for spinning out R&D, pitch skills, and more. Applications for the fall cohort (Tuesdays, Sept-Nov) are being accepted until August 15; you can apply at www.fedtech.io


    The Startup Leadership Program (SLP, www.startupleadership.com)  is a selective 6-month training program and lifetime network for high-potential founders and innovators. The program is a nonprofit, taking no equity from the founders, and takes place each year in 27 cities (in 12 countries) concurrently. Past SLP Fellows have founded more than 1,000 companies and raised over $450 million.  The DC chapter of SLP holds classes every other Monday evening over the course of 6 months, October-April in downtown DC, and they focus on learning alongside entrepreneurial leaders, serial entrepreneurs, and angel investors in the DC startup community. (More information about the program here; and apply here by July 31: https://www.f6s.com/slpdc201819/apply

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  • CloudxLab

     

    Big Data With Hadoop & Apache Spark Certification Training - Live Instructor-led Online Classes

     

    Our Big Data With Hadoop & Spark certification Training Bootcamp with 100% moneyback guarantee is designed to impart knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience required to become top-rated Hadoop and Spark Developer, Architect, Data Engineer, and similar roles. This course is also compatible with the following certifications:

    • Cloudera Certified Professional (CCP): Data Engineer
    • Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA): Spark & Hadoop Developer
    • Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD)
    • Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD): Spark

     

    Tools and concepts covered:

     

    HDFS, YARN, ZooKeeper, MapReduce, Pig, Hive, HBase, NoSQL databases, Sqoop, Flume, Oozie, Scala, Apache Spark, RDD, DataFrames, Spark Streaming, Kafka, MLlib, SparkSQL, SparkR, GraphX and more

     

    For more on curriculum, please click here 

     

    Big Data With Hadoop & Apache Spark Certification Training - Live Instructor-led Online Classes

    1. Live online instructor-led classes
    2. 90 days access to lab (real-life production cluster with Hadoop and Spark pre-configured)
    3. 60+ hours online classes
    4. Complimentary access to high-quality videos, assessments and case studies
    5. Classes spread over 20+ sessions of 3 hours each
    6. Training by industry experts
    7. Life-time access to course content
    8. Real life projects
    9. Earn certificate
    10. 24x7 online experts help

     

    What To Expect:

     

    The Classes:

    The classes are held online on Saturdays and Sundays for 3 hours each for an overall of 60+ hours, that is, 20+ classes over 10+ weekends.

     

    The Mode:

    We use Google Hangouts or Zoom to enable live, interactive classes that are also recorded for future reference.

     

    The Audience:

    We have a global audience that logs in to work hand in hand with our world-class instructors. 

     

     Get Certified at No Extra Cost with 100% Moneyback Guarantee

     

    Why Is This Training Different: 

     

    The Instructors:

    Our instructors are industry experts, people who have been there and done that.  They not only encourage questioning but also give solutions that are practical and applicable at an enterprise level.

     

    The Practice:

    We provide an actual cluster for hands-on practicing.  It removes the need to install virtual machines and makes learning easier and fun.

     

    The Curriculum:

    Created by industry experts to equip attendees to hit the ground running.  CloudxLab sessions along with the curated curriculum make starting a project at work or attending an interview on Big Data a cake walk.

     

    The Project:

         1. Sentiment analysis of "Iron Man 3" movie using Hive and visualizing the sentiment data using BI tools such as Tableau

         2. Process the NSE (National Stock Exchange) data using Hive for various insights

         3. Analyze MovieLens data using Hive

         4. Generate movie recommendations using Spark MLlib

         5. Derive the importance of various handles at Twitter using Spark GraphX

         6. Churn the logs of NASA Kennedy Space Center WWW server using Spark to find out useful business and devops metrics
      
        7. Write end-to-end Spark application starting from writing code on your local machine to deploying to the cluster

        8. Build real-time analytics dashboard for an e-commerce company using Apache Spark, Kafka, Spark Streaming, Node.js, Socket.IO and Highcharts

     

    The Preparation:

    This is the only course in the market that enables course takers to consider any of the following certifications after completion:

    Cloudera Certified Professional (CCP): Data Engineer
    Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA): Spark & Hadoop Developer
    Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD)
    Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD): Spark

     

    CloudxLab

    CloudxLab is a leader in the domain of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning and related technologies. Providing consulting, training, solutions and products related to above-mentioned technologies

     

    Why CloudxLab?

    1. Best in Class Trainers handpicked for the courses
    2. Anytime Anywhere Classes
    3. Class Recordings available for lifetime
    4. 24x7 support to customers for any technical query
    5. Popular Online interactive platform
    6. Certification at No Extra Cost
    7. Real Life Projects

     

     For any queries, write to us:

     Kelly Thomas, Business Development manager

     Email: reachus@cloudxlab.com

     Phone: +1 (412) 568-3901

     https://cloudxlab.com


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  • CloudxLab

     

    Big Data With Hadoop & Apache Spark Certification Training - Live Instructor-led Online Classes

     

    Our Big Data With Hadoop & Spark certification Training Bootcamp with 100% moneyback guarantee is designed to impart knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience required to become top-rated Hadoop and Spark Developer, Architect, Data Engineer, and similar roles. This course is also compatible with the following certifications:

    • Cloudera Certified Professional (CCP): Data Engineer
    • Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA): Spark & Hadoop Developer
    • Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD)
    • Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD): Spark

     

    Tools and concepts covered:

     

    HDFS, YARN, ZooKeeper, MapReduce, Pig, Hive, HBase, NoSQL databases, Sqoop, Flume, Oozie, Scala, Apache Spark, RDD, DataFrames, Spark Streaming, Kafka, MLlib, SparkSQL, SparkR, GraphX and more

     

    For more on curriculum, please click here 

     

    Big Data With Hadoop & Apache Spark Certification Training - Live Instructor-led Online Classes

    1. Live online instructor-led classes
    2. 90 days access to lab (real-life production cluster with Hadoop and Spark pre-configured)
    3. 60+ hours online classes
    4. Complimentary access to high-quality videos, assessments and case studies
    5. Classes spread over 20+ sessions of 3 hours each
    6. Training by industry experts
    7. Life-time access to course content
    8. Real life projects
    9. Earn certificate
    10. 24x7 online experts help

     

    What To Expect:

     

    The Classes:

    The classes are held online on Saturdays and Sundays for 3 hours each for an overall of 60+ hours, that is, 20+ classes over 10+ weekends.

     

    The Mode:

    We use Google Hangouts or Zoom to enable live, interactive classes that are also recorded for future reference.

     

    The Audience:

    We have a global audience that logs in to work hand in hand with our world-class instructors. 

     

     Get Certified at No Extra Cost with 100% Moneyback Guarantee

     

    Why Is This Training Different: 

     

    The Instructors:

    Our instructors are industry experts, people who have been there and done that.  They not only encourage questioning but also give solutions that are practical and applicable at an enterprise level.

     

    The Practice:

    We provide an actual cluster for hands-on practicing.  It removes the need to install virtual machines and makes learning easier and fun.

     

    The Curriculum:

    Created by industry experts to equip attendees to hit the ground running.  CloudxLab sessions along with the curated curriculum make starting a project at work or attending an interview on Big Data a cake walk.

     

    The Project:

            1. Sentiment analysis of "Iron Man 3" movie using Hive and visualizing the sentiment data using BI tools such as Tableau

            2. Process the NSE (National Stock Exchange) data using Hive for various insights

            3. Analyze MovieLens data using Hive

            4. Generate movie recommendations using Spark MLlib

            5. Derive the importance of various handles at Twitter using Spark GraphX
      
            6. Churn the logs of NASA Kennedy Space Center WWW server using Spark to find out useful business and devops metrics
     
           7. Write end-to-end Spark application starting from writing code on your local machine to deploying to the cluster

           8. Build real-time analytics dashboard for an e-commerce company using Apache Spark, Kafka, Spark Streaming, Node.js, Socket.IO and Highcharts
     

    The Preparation:

    This is the only course in the market that enables course takers to consider any of the following certifications after completion:

    Cloudera Certified Professional (CCP): Data Engineer
    Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA): Spark & Hadoop Developer
    Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD)
    Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD): Spark

     

    CloudxLab

    CloudxLab is a leader in the domain of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning and related technologies. Providing consulting, training, solutions and products related to above-mentioned technologies

     

    Why CloudxLab?

    1. Best in Class Trainers handpicked for the courses
    2. Anytime Anywhere Classes
    3. Class Recordings available for lifetime
    4. 24x7 support to customers for any technical query
    5. Popular Online interactive platform
    6. Certification at No Extra Cost
    7. Real Life Projects

     

     For any queries, write to us:

     Kelly Thomas, Business Development manager

     Email: reachus@cloudxlab.com

     Phone: +1 (412) 568-3901

     https://cloudxlab.com


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  • CloudxLab

     

    Big Data With Hadoop & Apache Spark Certification Training - Live Instructor-led Online Classes

     

    Our Big Data With Hadoop & Spark certification Training Bootcamp with 100% moneyback guarantee is designed to impart knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience required to become top-rated Hadoop and Spark Developer, Architect, Data Engineer, and similar roles. This course is also compatible with the following certifications:

    • Cloudera Certified Professional (CCP): Data Engineer
    • Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA): Spark & Hadoop Developer
    • Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD)
    • Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD): Spark

     

    Tools and concepts covered:

     

    HDFS, YARN, ZooKeeper, MapReduce, Pig, Hive, HBase, NoSQL databases, Sqoop, Flume, Oozie, Scala, Apache Spark, RDD, DataFrames, Spark Streaming, Kafka, MLlib, SparkSQL, SparkR, GraphX and more

     

    For more on curriculum, please click here 

     

    Big Data With Hadoop & Apache Spark Certification Training - Live Instructor-led Online Classes

    1. Live online instructor-led classes
    2. 90 days access to lab (real-life production cluster with Hadoop and Spark pre-configured)
    3. 60Complimentary access to high-quality videos, assessments and case studies
    4. Classes spread over 20+ sessions of 3 hours each
    5. Training by industry experts
    6. Life-time access to course content
    7. Real life projects
    8. Earn certificate
    9. 24x7 online experts help

     

    What To Expect:

     

    The Classes:

    The classes are held online on Saturdays and Sundays for 3 hours each for an overall of 60+ hours, that is, 20+ classes over 10+ weekends.

     

    The Mode:

    We use Google Hangouts or Zoom to enable live, interactive classes that are also recorded for future reference.

     

    The Audience:

    We have a global audience that logs in to work hand in hand with our world-class instructors. 

     

     Get Certified at No Extra Cost with 100% Moneyback Guarantee

     

    Why Is This Training Different: 

     

    The Instructors:

    Our instructors are industry experts, people who have been there and done that.  They not only encourage questioning but also give solutions that are practical and applicable at an enterprise level.

     

    The Practice:

    We provide an actual cluster for hands-on practicing.  It removes the need to install virtual machines and makes learning easier and fun.

     

    The Curriculum:

    Created by industry experts to equip attendees to hit the ground running.  CloudxLab sessions along with the curated curriculum make starting a project at work or attending an interview on Big Data a cake walk.

     

    The Project:

     1. Sentiment analysis of "Iron Man 3" movie using Hive and visualizing the sentiment data using BI tools such as Tableau
     2. Process the NSE (National Stock Exchange) data using Hive for various insights
     3. Analyze MovieLens data using Hive
     4. Generate movie recommendations using Spark MLlib
     5. Derive the importance of various handles at Twitter using Spark GraphX
     6. Churn the logs of NASA Kennedy Space Center WWW server using Spark to find out useful business and devops metrics
     7. Write end-to-end Spark application starting from writing code on your local machine to deploying to the cluster
     8. Build real-time analytics dashboard for an e-commerce company using Apache Spark, Kafka, Spark Streaming, Node.js, Socket.IO and Highcharts

     

    The Preparation:

    This is the only course in the market that enables course takers to consider any of the following certifications after completion:

    Cloudera Certified Professional (CCP): Data Engineer
    Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA): Spark & Hadoop Developer
    Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD)
    Hortonworks Certified Developer (HDPCD): Spark

     ___

     

    CloudxLab

    CloudxLab is a leader in the domain of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning and related technologies. Providing consulting, training, solutions and products related to above-mentioned technologies

     

    Why CloudxLab?

    1. Best in Class Trainers handpicked for the courses
    2. Anytime Anywhere Classes
    3. Class Recordings available for lifetime
    4. 24x7 support to customers for any technical query
    5. Popular Online interactive platform
    6. Certification at No Extra Cost
    7. Real Life Projects

     

     For any queries, write to us:

     Kelly Thomas, Business Development manager

     Email: reachus@cloudxlab.com

     Phone: +1 (412) 568-3901

     https://cloudxlab.com


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  •                                                          Social Workers Click here for CEUs. 

                                                  A Continential Breakfast and light lunch will be served.

    One in 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, signs of which can be detected as young as 2 years old and often younger, but it is often diagnosed much later.  Early detection and interventions may lead to better outcomes.  

    The Children's National Health System's Primary Health Center at THEARC in SE, DC is offering a free interactive workshop for parents, professionals, families and caretakers, providing valuable information and resources useful for understanding and addressing the signs of Autism.    

    • Learn strategies to help support your child
    • Listen to a panel of parents share their experiences and how they help their children navigate the world 
    • Ask a panel of professionals what to look for, what to do and where to go
    • Hear what resources are available in the community

    Gain a general understanding of the full spectrum of Autism as we take a closer look at the importance of early detection through development, monitoring, screening and evaluation to determine a diagnosis.  Learn strategies to use in the classroom and at home.  Also, hear how medication might be an option. 


    Social Workers may receive 6.0 CEUs for a fee.  For CEUs click here.  


    Presenters:

    Theiline T. Gborkorquellie, MD, MHS, Presenter: “Autism: An Overview”      Attending Physician, Children's Health Center at THEARC.  Attending Physician, Children's Health Center at THEARC, Children’s Health Project of DC, Mobile Health Programs. Residency Program, Pediatrics, University of Maryland Medical Center, Internship Program, Pediatrics, University of Maryland Medical Center MD, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences MHS, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, BA, Johns Hopkins University.

    Sharon Singh, PhDCo-Presentor  - “Developmental, Monitoring, Screening and Evaluation: How to notice the early signs of Autism”    Sharon Singh is a Clinical Psychologist, Children’s National Health System, Child Development Program and Healthy Steps Specialist (THEARC).   is a clinical psychologist who specializes in infant, toddler and young child development. She completed her graduate degree at The University of Houston, and her internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. 

    Yetta MyrickCo-Presenter - “Developmental, Monitoring, Screening and Evaluation: How to notice the early signs of Autism” and Facilitator - “Parent’s Perspective: Our Own Stories” Yetta Myrick is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Health System and the George Washington University’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute, and serves as the CDC’s Act Early Ambassador to the District of Columbia. Ms. Myrick is the mother of an autistic teen. She is the Founder and President of DC Autism Parents (DCAP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the District of Columbia, where she oversees the daily operations and has created programs for autistic children and their families. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from The Catholic University of America.

    Kara Covington, Ph.D., LPC, Presenter - "Strategies In the Classroom and At Home"   Dr. Kara Covington is a School Psychologist having earned a Ph.D. from Howard University, M.Ed. from American University in Special Education: Emotional Disturbances and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia.  She was a special education teacher for ten years with DCPS working with emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students.  Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Covington has been providing therapy, social skills instruction and parent consultation at the Kingsbury Center, a school for children with learning differences such as ADHD, specific learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.   Psychologist, The Kingsbury Center, Psychoeducational testing – CHC@THEARC

    Faith R. Kelley, MD (formerly Dr. Rowland), Presenter - "How Medication Might Fit In"     Director, Mood Disorders Clinic, Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.   Dr. Faith Kelley is a board certified Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Children’s National Medical Center and currently serves as a psychiatry consultant at Children’s Health Center at THEARC in Southeast Washington D.C. and is the director of the Mood Disorders clinic on the main hospital campus. She has worked with children with a range of mental health diagnoses across settings including the emergency room, outpatient clinic, and hospitals. 

    PARENT PRESENTERS:

    Tonya Gregory, a zealous public servant for the special needs community and native Washingtonian, is the mother of two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Ms. Gregory is a firm believer that it takes a village to help a child reach his fullest potential and she has dedicated her skills and resources to building such a village for children on the autism spectrum. A tireless advocate, Ms. Gregory is committed to providing families with the tools needed to ensure that their special needs children are afforded a quality education, proper medical care and appropriate inclusion in their community. Ms. Gregory is engaged with many Boards, Commissions and organizations whose vision aligns with her mission for “differently-abled” children.

    Michelle Hawkins is the parent of two sons, one with autism, age 23. Presently works for Department on Disability Services as Community Liaison Specialist in the Intake and Outreach Unit.  Ms. Hawkins formerly worked at Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute as Parent Coordinator for the DC State Policy Council.  In earlier years, she worked for Dept of Agriculture and NASA Headquarters.  She volunteered at New Endeavors by Women (homeless women’s shelter) and St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home.  She participates and serves on various boards, committees, and advocacy organizations in DC involving disability community. She  is actively involved in transition to adulthood for her son.

     Sonja Risdon is the mother of a teen on the spectrum and an advocate for persons with disabilities. Ms. Risdon is the Secretary and Board Member of DC Autism Parents (DCAP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the District of Columbia, where she supports the daily operations of programs for autistic children and their families. Ms. Risdon has served as the Office Manager of Mount Bethel Baptist Church for over a decade. In addition, she serves as a Peer Navigator for Successful Parenting DC where she provides peer-navigation services to families in which parents have intellectual and other learning disabilities, and develops individualized parent skills curriculum to teach the parents. Ms. Risdon has also presented an overview of the Successful Parenting DC program at the 2016 Association of the University Centers on Disabilities Conference.

     Allysa Ware, MSW, LGSW, provides case management and care coordination services to families, which includes assistance with the special education process, community resources and medical care coordination at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD).

    Allysa received her master's degree in social work from The Catholic University of America (CUA), and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in social work at CUA with a research focus of autism diagnosis and treatment in the African-American community. She is licensed by the Association of Social Work Boards as a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW).

    Additionally, Allysa is a loving parent to a 15-year-old daughter with autism.


    Event Coordinator: Ellen Wiggins, LICSW, MSW,  Program Manager, Children and Family Services, Child Development Team, Children's Health Center at THEARC, Children's Health Project of DC, Mobile Health Program.  Ellen Wiggins is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has created, developed and coordinated such CEU conferences and workshop at THEARC such as "The Balancing Act: Juggling Three Generations with One Hand" A conference for Grandparents raising Grandchildren; "The Essence of Adolescence"  A three day in-depth conference on adolescence; as well as numerous other workshops and CEU trainings for Social Workers, Licensened Professional Counselors and Psychologists.  


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