Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

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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.

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Heroes Work Here!

Heroes Work Here Sign Outside The Arc of Howard County Office

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!

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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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The Arc Is In Urgent Need of Face Masks and PPE. Can You Help?

The image shows an African American woman wearing a mask made out of a bandanna and rubber bands during COVID-19.

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:
  • Face Shields
  • Face Masks
  • Gowns
  • Gloves
  • PPE

If you can donate, Face Shields, Face Masks, Gowns, Gloves, or PPE, please contact Barbara Moyer bmoyer@archoward.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 bmoyer@archoward.org.

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!
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Heart for It #MoreThanTheHeartForIt #DSPRW19 #MoreThanTheHeartForIt

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 of the heart for it; 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.
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