Congratulations to the 2021 Celebration of Excellence Award Winners!

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2021 Celebration of Excellence and 60th Year Celebration

The Arc of Howard County’s 2021 Celebration of Excellence was held virtually on May 12, 2021. Congratulations to all of our award winners for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!

  • Self-Advocate of the Year: Jeffrey Jones, Carlotta Martin, and Janice Martin
  • Excellence in Employment: Robert Walker, Natalie Dohner, and Vytex Windows
  • Excellence in Professional Services: ALFA Specialty Pharmacy
  • Excellence in Community: FEED HOWARD COUNTY
  • Excellence in Public Service: Senator Clarence Lam and Delegate Eric Ebersole
  • Volunteer of the Year: Matt Hart and Sarah Wheedleton
  • The Amanda & Jill Dean Direct Support Professional Award: Annie Caldwell
  • President’s Award: Richard Dean
  • Employee of the Year: All of Arc of Howard County DSPs
  • COVID-19 Heroes of the Year: Deborah Wagner and Naomi Lyvers

Arc of Howard County Updated Covid-19 Information 2/26/2021

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Updated Covid-19 Information

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are constantly evaluating when we can reopen our Homewood Road facility for Day services. Like all of you, we are encouraged by the lower Covid-19 numbers. We have also worked hard to make information about the importance of the vaccine and the vaccine available to the people we support as well as to all of our staff. However, we cannot re-open our doors until we are able to ensure that the health and safety of our individuals and staff can be maintained. This includes the safety and well being of people in transport, in the community and in the building. Please know we are doing our level best to reopen, and we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to keep you updated and as always, we appreciate your understanding and support.


Residential Guidelines for COVID-19 Residential Visitation Guidelines 11/2020

At The Arc of Howard County we are continuing to update information to families and staff concerning COVID-19. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and best practices. As always our priority is keeping the people we support and our staff safe.


Community of Practice for Supporting Families Webinar Series

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Join the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Community of Practice for Supporting Families for its Supporting Families Webinar Series on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at noon.

This webinar series is facilitated by Mary Anne Kane-Breschi, both the parent of a young woman with multiple disabilities and the Director of Family Supports for the DDA. Utilizing the principles and tools of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework, Mary Anne, along with special guests and subject matter experts:

  • Mel Smith, Self-Advocate
  • Tracy Wright, People On The Go
  • Babette Smith, Parent and Owner of Intentional Support, LCC, and Support Broker
  • Gail Godwin, Executive Director of Shared Support Maryland, Inc.
  • Thelma Green, Project Action!
  • Samantha Davis
  • Joan Rumenap, Accessible Resources for Independence (ARI)
  • Amanda Frey

Families and individuals with disabilities will learn about person centered planning, what it is, its purpose, and their role in its development.

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Coronavirus: Information & Updates October 1, 2020


Community of Practice for Supporting Families Webinar Series

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Join the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Community of Practice for Supporting Families for its Supporting Families Webinar Series on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at noon.

This webinar series is facilitated by Mary Anne Kane-Breschi, both the parent of a young woman with multiple disabilities and the Director of Family Supports for the DDA. Utilizing the principles and tools of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework, Mary Anne, along with special guests and subject matter experts will address different topics and areas of concern, such as Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) on September 30 and Person Centered Planning Training on October 14. The topic for the October 28 webinar will be announced shortly.

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Community of Practice for Supporting Families Webinar Series

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Join the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Community of Practice for Supporting Families for its Supporting Families Webinar Series on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at noon.

Click here to register.


I AM — Independence Amplified Maryland: Live Stream

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I AM Maryland presents a live stream on Monday, August 24, 2020, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. The live stream can be viewed later on YouTube. Register here. 

The presenter, Gail Godwin, Executive Director of Shared Support Maryland, will share about Shared Support Maryland’s services and programs. Gail will also share about their collaborative initiative with the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and Centers for Independent Living–Expectations Matter ~ My Life, My Plan, My Choice!!


Community of Practice for Supporting Families Webinar Series

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Please join the Maryland Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Community of Practice for Supporting Families for its Supporting Families Webinar Series on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at noon. The topic is “Reopening: Things to Consider.”

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This webinar is facilitated by Mary Anne Kane Breschi, Parent and DDA’s Director of Family Supports. Guests will include:

  • Bernard Simons, DDA, Deputy Secretary
  • Nicholas Burton, DDA, Central Regional Director
  • Shawn Kros, CEO, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
  • Kimberly Marchman, Parent

The next webinar in this series is: Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at noon.


I AM — Independence Amplified Maryland: Recreation Opportunities

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Independence Amplified Maryland (I AM), a program of Maryland Centers for Independent Living, will host a discussion on Racism at the Intersection of Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 2 p.m. To register for the free Zoom event, visit the Maryland Center for Independent Living registration page.