DCASE's Vision is to fulfill the promise of a quality education for all children.

DCASE is an alliance of nonpublic and charter schools that provide special education services to students from the District of Columbia. Members are dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all DC students with disabilities. Improving special education in every school – DC Public Schools, nonpublic and charter – will benefit all students. We are inspired by the motto: "a rising tide lifts all boats."

Phillips Programs’ Culinary & Farm Career Skills Program is Featured in the News!

Snip, Snap, Sauté Service Introduced by PHILLIPS’ Special Education School as Part of Culinary and Farm Career Skills Program was featured in a recent issue of The Prince George’s Post 

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DCASE participates in DC DDS/RSA Back-to-School Night

The DC Department of Disability Services hosted the Secondary Transition Community of Practice Back-to-School Night on September 20th. Students and family members received great information about internships and job opportunities; health and wellness for people with disabilities; special education programs and services; and post-secondary transition services. DCASE is an active member of the DC Secondary Transition Community of Practice and participated in the resource fair.  Learn more about the DC Secondary Transition Community of Practice

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DCASE supports passage of new DC Law Advancing the Rights of Residents with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. It’s official! The District of Columbia now has a law on the books that will recognize and promote the decision-making rights of its residents who live with disabilities.

Thanks to the support of a coalition of local disability rights advocates (including DCASE) and D.C. governmental partners, the Disability Services Reform Amendment Act of 2018 became official law on May 5, 2018. This important law will move the District forward in respecting the rights and dignity of all its residents in key ways byEnding Mandatory Civil Commitment, and Formally Recognizing Supported Decision-Making.

The law makes the District of Columbia the fourth jurisdiction in the United States to statutorily recognize Supported Decision-Making Agreements. As described by the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making, this decision-making tool is an alternative to guardianship where an adult with a disability makes his or her own decisions by using people he or she trusts to help understand the issues and choices faced. Years of research have shown that people with disabilities who have more control over their lives live longer, have better jobs, are more integrated in their communities, and are better able to resist abuse,” says Tina M. Campanella, Chief Executive Officer of Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities. “Supported Decision-Making is a way people with disabilities and older adults can shape their own futures with the support they need and want.”  DCASE supported this effort and is proud that DCASE schools have used supported decision making and self-advocacy as key pillars in their curriculum for students with disabilities.

Learn more: Press-Release disability legislation 2018

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