Direct Support Professional Recognition Week-September 12-18, 2021
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) join others throughout the United States in marking September 12 through September 18, 2021, as Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week and plan to honor these outstanding Marylanders.
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
Direct Support Professionals, Employment Specialists and All Staff Honored
At The Arc of Howard County, we Honored our amazing Direct Support Professionals, Direct Support Managers, Employment Specialists and all Staff in September and October! We raffled off gift cards and prizes to these Essential Workers. Thank you to all of our supporters who made this possible through their Staff Appreciation Donations and Gifts!
A huge THANK YOU to Howard County Executive Calvin Ball for recognizing our Direct Support Professionals and the amazing work they do supporting people with disabilities in our community! It means the world to us! Thank you to Feed Howard County and First Presbyterian Church of Howard County for delicious baked goods and for your continuing support of our essential employees and the people we serve! Thanks also to Touche Touchet Bakery for the beautiful cake! Let’s eat Cake!
Direct Support Professional Recognition Week-September 13-19, 2020
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) join others throughout the United States in marking September 13 through September 19, 2020, as Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week and plan to honor these outstanding Marylanders.
A Big Thank You to Vanessa Antrum at Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) for featuring Senior Residential Program Manager Rhonda Braswell, Residential Managers Marie Ndjock, Warnette Owens-Moultrie, Jessicia Chaney today! Thank you for your support of The Arc of Howard County and for your recognition of these front line heroes!
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.
Yesterday, all of the Direct Support Professionals working in The Arc of Howard County’s Residential Houses received bandannas to use as masks until we can get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The Arc of Howard County is in urgent need of donations of:
If you can donate, Face Shields, Face Masks, Gowns, Gloves, or PPE, please contact Barbara Moyer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a business with a 3D Printer? Or know of a business with a 3D printer who can print Face shields for The Arc of Howard County, please contact Barbara Moyer email@example.com.
The Arc of Howard County’s staff is on the front lines during this COVID-19 Pandemic, leaving their own homes and families to care for the most vulnerable in our community. They are the true heroes!
During the week of September 8th to 14th, 2019, The Arc of Howard County celebrated Direct Support Professional Recognition Week #DSPRW19. The Arc of Howard County joined in thanking Direct Support Professionals for the work they do to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
As part of the celebration of #DSPRW19, The Arc Maryland released ofthe heartforit; a video developed in collaboration with partner organizations of The Arc in Maryland. The video, the heart for it, helps viewers better understand the work of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and their importance to the community. Showcasing stories from DSPs, and people they support, the heart for it shows what it means to be a Direct Support Professional or to receive support from one. Watch the video on The Arc Maryland’s Youtube or click on the video below. You might see a few very familiar faces!
Want to know what a Director Support Professional means to the individuals they support and their families? Read what The Arc Maryland had to say:
We often hear that DSPs are “true angels on earth,” and “have amazing hearts” to do the work they do. The work is complex, the hours are long and sometimes unpredictable, and sometimes, their presence and actions are the difference between life and death for a person. What we know, is that DSPs must not only “have the heart” for the work that they do, but also possess incredible patience, a trove of knowledge and a variety of skills; requirements unmatched in most other professions.