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REMINDER: Program Service Closings for Week of November 20, 2017

This is a reminder about closings during Thanksgiving Week 2017:

The Arc of Howard County Community Integration Services-Day Support & Supportive Retirement and The Arc Transportation Services will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.

The Arc of Howard County Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

If you have any questions please contact The Arc of Howard County at 410-730-0638.

Arc Achiever: Dan Maletz

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Arc Achiever: Dan Maletz

Achieved his dream of an independent, fulfilling life

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          Dan Maletz’s desire was to always be independent and the 32 year-old has been working toward that goal since he was a young man. Dan, who entered The Arc of Howard County’s residential program in 2013, first lived at Fairhaven in Jessup before moving to Dorsey Search in 2015. “I advocate for myself,” he said. “I posted on Facebook and said I wanted to move. I told my parents I liked where I was living (Fairhaven), but it was too remote.”
          Being the active guy that he is, Dan wanted to have access to places and activities, so moving to Leyden Way in Dorsey Search gave him that opportunity. “I am an independent guy! I wanted to be able to walk to places; go to the shopping center; ride the bus,” he explained. Dan’s zest for independent living has blossomed in other areas of his life too! “I really like astronomy and going to star parties,” he said. “I enjoy going out to dinner and going to movies and hanging out with my girlfriend, Margaret.” Dan is very much looking forward to a trip he is taking to Texas in late April. He will go with Margaret to Fort Worth to participate in a very special family event. “We are going to see Margaret’s cousin’s son receive his very first communion,” he said.
          Dan, who currently works at Harris Teeter in Fulton, is also supported by Humanim during the day. When he is at Humanim he has more opportunities to do some of the things that are important to him. “I really like my program at Humanim,” he said. “I have favorite things to do at Humanim. I like to do math problems and interact with the people.” Dan still has some very specific goals he would like to accomplish going forward which are very similar to what any of us would want for our lives. “I have a driver’s license so one day I would like to own my own car…and I would really like to have a place of my own too!”

Sensory Friendly Movie – November 25

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On Saturday, November 25, 2017, AMC Theatre at The Mall in Columbia will be holding its sensory friendly movie.

The Sensory Friendly Movie program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.  The auditorium is dedicated to the program: lights will be up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

Coco

AMC Columbia Theatre

The Mall in Columbia

Starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 9:30am

Tickets are $6.75 per person

Sensory Friendly Movie – November 11

Thor: Ragnarok

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, AMC Theatre at The Mall in Columbia will be holding its sensory friendly movie.

The Sensory Friendly Movie program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.  The auditorium is dedicated to the program: lights will be up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

Thor: Ragnarok

AMC Columbia Theatre

The Mall in Columbia

Starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 9:30am

Tickets are $6.75 per person

Community Settings Regulations Public Comment Period

Dear Interested Stakeholders-
Please see the attached draft regulations on the community settings rule. If you would like to submit a comment please send by November 13, 2017 to mdh.hcbssetting@maryland.gov.
Best regards,
The HCBS TeamOffice of Health Services

Maryland Medicaid Program, MDH

201 West Preston Street, Room 122E

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Click here for draft regulations

Brain Power Open House at HCAS – October 28

Check out Brain Power Autism System at HCAS on October 28th!

Brain Power is a startup from Cambridge, MA, that designs games to empower children and adults all along the autism spectrum to teach themselves practical life skills, and assess their progress numerically. Hundreds of kids have tried and loved the Brain Power Autism System (even those who usually have difficulty with hats or glasses).

On  Saturday, October 28th, Brain Power will partner with HCAS and The Arc of Howard County to bring this exciting new technology to you with 45 minute slots from 3PM to 6PM that include an overview of the system, one-on-one demo session, and time for Q&A. The open house is designed to give parents, guardians, and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders a chance to try the Brain Power Autism System. Join us at the Howard County Autism Society location (9770 Patuxent Woods Drive - Training Room, Columbia, MD 21046) for the first showcase of the Brain Power in Howard County.

Space limited to 12 slots, so reserve your spot now at https://calendly.com/alyk…/brain-power-open-house/10-28-2017

Arc Achiever: Hannah Saltzman

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Arc Achiever: 

Hannah Saltzman

Achieved her goal of working in Administration

        At Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHAPL), there are many types of employment one can experience. For Hannah Saltzman, her employment of choice is to work as an administrative assistant in the Space division at JHAPL.
        Hannah has been employed with JHAPL for two years and her story is one of hard work, persistence and determination. Hannah, who receives supported  employment services from The Arc, is a 20 hour per week employee and she couldn’t be happier! “Hannah is upbeat, positive and full of energy and loves to take on new tasks and challenges that come her way,” said Barbara Moyer, Project SEARCH Howard Manager. Moyer, who has worked with Hannah for more than three years, described Hannah as highly motivated.
        When Hannah first started with JHAPL, she worked two days a week and also worked as a front-end courtesy clerk for Giant Foods in Clarksville. Hannah started working for Giant in 2011. Over the last two years as Hannah has gained more responsibilities, it was her decision to focus on the job she always wanted. “The most amazing thing about Hannah is she had a vision,” Moyer explained. “Her vision for herself was to do administrative work and her vision for herself came to fruition.”
        Not only is Hannah motivated in her professional life, but she is very keen on creating social opportunities for herself and her friends. “Hannah is in the process of developing a social group that will meet once a month and have a game night/dinner night,” Moyer said. “She is very active and really enjoys doing a variety of things.” Hannah’s personal life is evidence of her desire to remain active and be involved. Hannah can be found each and every Sunday attending church with her family. She also sings in the choir and helps out in the nursery when needed and tries to keep active with regular participation in Special Olympics.

Sensory Friendly Movie – October 14 & October 28

On Saturday, October 14 and Saturday, October 28, AMC Theatre at The Mall in Columbia will be holding its monthly sensory friendly movie.

The Sensory Friendly Movie program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.  The auditorium is dedicated to the program: lights will be up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

My Little Pony: The Movie

AMC Columbia Theatre

The Mall in Columbia

Starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 9:30am

Tickets are $6.75 per person

Arc Achiever: Bonnie Block

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Arc Achiever: Bonnie Block

Achieved her dream of making music

   There are many things that Bonnie Block enjoys doing in her life. She is a social butterfly and a very accomplished self-advocate who appreciates her independence and the many friends she has in the community. The 66 year old has been in the residential program at The Arc of Howard County since 1976. Bonnie, who currently receives services through Supported Retirement, worked for many years at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. “I liked working when I worked,” she said. “I really like doing all the things I do now and seeing the people I see where I go.”
   Since retiring, Bonnie spends her time pursuing a multitude of interests. Her friend, Annette Hinkle described Bonnie as a very active person who has many likes. “Bonnie likes to go to dinners, the Thrift store, and to the movies,” Hinkle said. “She has had several roles in local theatre and she loves singing in the choir at her church. It’s something, people know her everywhere we go!”
   Just last year, Bonnie, who has been taking singing lessons for quite some time made a CD entitled, “Songs from The Heart”. The CD was a great collaboration between Bonnie and her singing instructor at Howard Community College. “Rita Mayhew, Bonnie’s music teacher at Howard Community College, helped her record her CD at the studio at HCC. Bill Murphy who is another music instructor at HCC played the piano on the CD,” explained Lia Arbaugh, Bonnie’s Advocate. Bonnie said that she is proud of her CD and the fact that she was able to sing her favorite songs made it even better. “I love singing and I really like singing these songs,” Bonnie said. “Going to The Chapel, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, It’s My Party…they are great songs!”

Golf Registration is Open!

Wegmans presents Tee It Up for The Arc, Friday, October 13, 2017

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Gather a foursome and come out and support The Arc of Howard County while challenging your game on one of Maryland’s top-ranked golf courses, Friday, October 13, 2017 at Waverly Woods Golf Club. 

Registration for the 2017 Tee It Up for The Arc golf fundraiser, presented by Wegmans, is open! This year’s outing begins will breakfast and registration at 7:30 a.m.; Shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.; Lunch, prizes and raffle drawings will immediately follow play.  Beverages will be available throughout the rounds.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional information or to register, contact Dee Athey at dathey@archoward.org / 410-730-0638 ext. 306.

Visit the Event Page.

Tee it up for The Arc 2017 Sponsorship Package

 

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