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Missed the Chocolate Ball? Check out all the photos here.

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Sensory Friendly Movie-March 25

Beauty and the Beast

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On Saturday, March 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!

Beauty and the Beast
AMC Theatre, The Mall in Columbia
10:00 a.m. / Doors open at 9:30
Tickets are $6.75 per person

*Inclement weather update-March 15*

Wednesday, March 15: The day, employment and transportation services of The Arc of Howard County will operate on a 2 hour delay today. Please be safe everyone!

 

*INCLEMENT WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT: THE ARC IS CLOSED ON MARCH 14*

Tuesday, March 14: The day, employment and transportation services of The Arc of Howard County are CLOSED today due to inclement weather. Please be safe everyone!

Chocolate Ball Prebidding is OPEN!!!

Prebidding for the Chocolate Ball Silent Auction is now OPEN!

Visit www.501auctions.com/archoward  to place your bids today (click ‘View all items’).

More auction items to be added.

Auction ends at 10pm on Saturday, March 11!

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Meet Laura

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Laura has lived with her family members her entire life.  Several of her close elderly family members, whom she had 1-on-1 relationships with, had passed away over the past few years.  She also experienced the loss of in-home caregivers whom she was very close with.  Laura continued to live with her mother until her mother passed away in April 2016.  Caregivers had been assisting both Laura and her mother in their home so that they could live together. The caregivers continued to support Laura for several months until she received funding for residential services and could find the best setting possible to call her new home.  Laura’s sisters and their families knew that it would be a significant change for Laura to leave the family home that she had lived in for 49 of her 58 years of life.
Eventually, the perfect new home for Laura was found!  She was welcomed by Vermell, Direct Support Manager, Kathy and Vernette, Direct Support Professionals, and housemates Jane and Kimberly in August 2016.  Laura has transitioned to her new home on Flight Feather incredibly well.  With the support from her staff, Laura is gaining independent living skills and is doing things for herself that she had never done before. Her support staff has been phenomenal in helping Laura build trust, develop skills, and settle into her new home successfully. In addition to moving to a new home, Laura also began attending day services for the first time.  She even settled into a much earlier wake up time!
Everyone is so proud of Laura’s accomplishments. Laura was approved to receive 1:1 support a few hours per day to assist with her transition.  She has developed a special bond with her 1:1 staff, Vernette, and Laura’s sister, Donna stated, “Laura has established a relationship that has made her happy and complete! Vernette has become her confidant, personal helper, and best friend.  They develop new goals to attain and Laura is embracing the new challenges joyfully.” Laura’s sister, Debbie agrees and stated that through the kindness and support that Laura has received, she is gaining confidence and independence.  Laura’s family shared that they are blessed and feel that they received a miracle!
Congratulations to Laura on all of accomplishments that she has achieved in just 6 short months!

Sensory Friendly Movie-February 25

Rock Dog

On Saturday, February 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!

Rock Dog
AMC Theatre, The Mall in Columbia
10:00 a.m. / Doors open at 9:30
Tickets are $6.75 per person

Sensory Friendly Movie-February 11

The Lego Batman Movie

On Saturday, February 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!

The Lego Batman Movie
AMC Theatre, The Mall in Columbia
10:00 a.m. / Doors open at 9:30
Tickets are $6.75 per person

*Action Alert Update: Governor Announces DDA FY18 Budget*

Action Alert Update

Governor Announces FY 2018 DDA Budget
Governor Hogan released his FY 2018 Proposed Operating Budget on January 18, 2017.
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Budget includes:
    • Transitioning Youth (TY) Fully Funded – 789 Youth – $12,950,166.00
    • Emergency Placements – 131 individuals – $8.8M
    • Waiting List Crisis Resolution – 101 individuals – $3.8M

(Highest Category of Need on the Waiting List)

  • Waiting List Equity Fund (Elderly Caregivers) – 36 individuals – $892,355
  • Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) – 2,300 individuals – $5M
  • DSS Aging Out Placements (for youth in foster care) – 60 youth – $1.6M
  • Waiting List Initiative:
    • Family/Individual Support Capped Waiver – 400 individuals – $2.4M ($12,000 per person)
    • Community Support Capped Waiver – 400 individuals – $5M ($25,000 per person) 
  • Provider Wage Increase – 2% – $20.8M. This is less than the mandated 3.5% increase under law.
The Governor’s budget fully funds Transitioning Youth exiting special education at age 21, all historically anticipated emergency placements, all individuals in the Crisis Resolution Category of the Waiting List (the highest priority of need), and establishes a Waiting List Initiative to start with 800 children, adults and families under two new capped Waivers. The DDA Waiting List is currently 8,000 individuals.

The Budget falls short in meeting the promise of the Direct Support Professionals Wage Increase, mandated at 3.5% in FY 2018. The Minimum Wage Act of 2014 created a mandate of a 3.5% rate increase annually over 4 years for DDA community services from FY 2016-2019. This increase is critical to maintaining a DDA reimbursement rate that remains above minimum wage and was intended to provide stability and financial resources to a workforce already facing severe shortages. Instead, the Governor’s Proposed Budget funds 2 % increase – $15M short per the mandated level in the law. DDA also reverted $17M of unused funds during FY 2016 to the General Fund.

Legislative budget hearings on the DDA Budget will be held on March 1 and 2. For more information, contact Cristine Marchand, Executive Director, The Arc Maryland at cmarchand@thearcmd.org. More information will be provided on state budgets of interest to people with developmental disabilities and their families and what you can do.

Special Needs Trust Presentation-January 23

Interested in learning more about planning with a special needs trust?

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Join us for an informative presentation on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 7-9pm here at The Arc (11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City)!

Come and learn how important it is to ensure that your child is financially secure when you can no longer provide help. In this presentation, you will learn about planning with a special needs trust and about other important related legal issues to ensure that your child’s personal needs are best met and protecting your child’s eligibility for government benefits.
RSVP to Keyanna Turner by January 19 at 410-730-0638 Ext. 226 or kturner@archoward.org.
 
We hope to see you there!
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