State Farm Agent Alexander Brown Donates 150 Water Bottles

Alexander and Brandi Brown of Alexander Brown-State Farm Agent in Columbia Donate 150 Water Bottles

Today’s Act of #COVID19Kindness shout out goes to Alexander and Brandi Brown of Alexander Brown – State Farm Agent in Columbia for donating 150 water bottles for our comfort bag program! Thank you Alexander and Brandi for supporting The Arc of Howard County!

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Community of Practice for Supporting Families Webinar Series

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On Wednesday, July 22nd, at noon, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the MD Community of Practice for Supporting Families will present the webinar: Building Partnerships. The webinar is part of the Supporting Families Webinar Series.

The webinar is facilitated by Mary Anne Kane Breschi, Parent and DDA’s Director of Family Supports. Cindy Kaufman, Sibling and Director of Strategic Operations at SEEC will be her guest. Mary Anne and Cindy will discuss the importance of building strong partnerships between community providers and the families of people they support. When providers and families work together the person they care about and serve is better served and more likely to thrive! Learn about SEEC’s challenge, as well as their innovative solutions, for example, their Parent Think Team to strengthen their partnership with families in an effort to better support the people they serve.

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Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Donates Bags!

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Donates Bags to The Arc of Howard County's comfort bag program!

Today’s Act of #COVID19Kindness shout out goes to Lori Schramek of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation – Annapolis for generously donating 150 bags for our comfort bag program! Thank you Lori and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation for supporting The Arc of Howard County! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

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Community of Practice for Supporting Families Webinar Series

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On Wednesday, August 5th, at noon, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the MD Community of Practice for Supporting Families will present the webinar: Building Partnerships. The webinar is part of the Supporting Families Webinar Series.

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Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Doctors Donate Stress Balls

Stress Ball from Johns Hopkins Medicine-Orthopaedic Surgery

Friday’s #Covid19kindness shout out…Dr. Uma Srikumaran and Dr. Savyasachi Thakkar from Johns Hopkins Hospital – Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for their kind donation of 150 Stress Balls! We are putting together comfort bags for people we support. We put out the call for stress balls and were contacted immediately by these wonderful professionals at Johns Hopkins! People are good!

Stay Cool, Stay Stress Free and Stay Safe this Weekend!

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MISCellaneous Distillery Donates 150 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer!

MISCellaneous Distillery Donates 150 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer!

Today’s act of #COVID19Kindness goes out to Chad Ferguson of MISCellaneous Distillery for donating 150 bottles of hand sanitizer to The Arc of Howard County comfort bag program! This is the distillery’s SECOND hand sanitizer donation to The Arc of Howard County! Thanks to Chad, MISCellaneous Distillery’s Operations Manager, for continuing to answer the call for more PPE!

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Webinar Series for Families from DDA: Week 5

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In an effort to support ALL people with disabilities and their families during COVID-19, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is hosting a series of webinars, which started on April 29, 2020. DDA is hosting the Maryland Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families interactive biweekly webinar series every other Wednesday starting at 12 p.m.

Facilitated by Mary Anne Kane-Breschi, both a parent of a young woman with multiple disabilities and the Director of Family Supports for DDA, the webinar series will take place biweekly on Wednesdays:

  • June 24 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST

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The hourly webinars will utilize the principles and tools of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework and address different topics and areas of concern including:

  • Connecting with Family Members during COVID-19
  • Lessening the Trauma of COVID-19
  • Activities To Do at Home
  • Practicing Social Distancing
  • Virtual Person Centered Planning Meetings
  • Transition
  • Self-Care-Caring for the Caregiver

Families will have the opportunity to share stories, ask questions, and provide feedback on topics for future webinars. Click here to REGISTER.

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Webinar Series for Families from DDA: Week 4

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In an effort to support ALL people with disabilities and their families during COVID-19, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is hosting a series of webinars, which started on April 29, 2020. DDA is hosting the Maryland Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families interactive biweekly webinar series every other Wednesday starting at 12 p.m.

Facilitated by Mary Anne Kane-Breschi, both a parent of a young woman with multiple disabilities and the Director of Family Supports for DDA, the webinar series will take place biweekly on Wednesdays:

  • June 10 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST
  • June 24 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST

Click here to REGISTER. The topic for the June 10th webinar is Q&A with DDA. People with developmental disabilities and their families are invited to submit questions for the Q&A with DDA. Want to submit a question? Click here. Or you can submit questions live during the webinar!

The hourly webinars will utilize the principles and tools of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework and address different topics and areas of concern including:

  • Connecting with Family Members during COVID-19
  • Lessening the Trauma of COVID-19
  • Activities To Do at Home
  • Practicing Social Distancing
  • Virtual Person Centered Planning Meetings
  • Transition
  • Self-Care-Caring for the Caregiver

Families will have the opportunity to share stories, ask questions, and provide feedback on topics for future webinars. Click here to REGISTER.

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“Imagine” Living Life to the Fullest


Imagine” living life…to the fullest. “Imagine,” a new video from The Arc of Howard County, features people with intellectual and developmental disabilities doing just that…living their best lives. The “Imagine” video was produced by Pam Long Photography featuring the vocal talents of Bach to Rock Fulton, MD‘s Carl Pfanstiehl. Thank you, Pam, Carl, and Bach to Rock! Let’s imagine the day when we can all be together again!

To learn more about The Arc of Howard County, click here. To donate to The Arc of Howard County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for the purchase of masks, face shields, PPE, gowns, hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting supplies, and more, click here.
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Webinar Series for Families from DDA: Week 3

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In an effort to support ALL people with disabilities and their families during COVID-19, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is hosting a series of webinars, which started on April 29, 2020. DDA is hosting the Maryland Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families interactive biweekly webinar series every other Wednesday starting at 12 p.m.

Facilitated by Mary Anne Kane-Breschi, both a parent of a young woman with multiple disabilities and the Director of Family Supports for DDA, the webinar series will take place biweekly on Wednesdays:

  • May 27 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST
  • June 10 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST
  • June 24 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST

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The May 27th webinar will focus on Transition. Kathleen Walker, DDA’s Acting Statewide Career and Employment Services Coordinator, and Mary Anne Kane-Breschi will discuss some of the challenges facing students and their families with the transition from high school to work, particularly during a pandemic. They will offer strategies to assist students and their families as they plan for this life stage. In addition, Kathleen will provide critical information related to the process by which transitioning youth access services through DDA.

The hourly webinars will utilize the principles and tools of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework and address different topics and areas of concern including:

  • Connecting with Family Members during COVID-19
  • Lessening the Trauma of COVID-19
  • Activities To Do at Home
  • Practicing Social Distancing
  • Virtual Person Centered Planning Meetings
  • Transition
  • Self-Care-Caring for the Caregiver

Families will have the opportunity to share stories, ask questions, and provide feedback on topics for future webinars. Click here to REGISTER.

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