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.

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I Can Do The Work Video Premiere #ICanDoTheWork #NDEAM

Project SEARCH of Howard County premiered the video, “I Can Do The Work” in October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. On October 23, 2019, the video was shown to an audience of honored guests, business leaders, and Project Search graduates and their families. The video, created using a grant from Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and produced by Pam Long Photography, featured several Project SEARCH graduates at their job sites, including Howard County Government Central Fleet and Brookfield Christian School. You can watch the video on YouTube.

Project SEARCH of Howard County is a one-year internship for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is in its 6th year in Howard County. All Project SEARCH of Howard County interns complete three, ten-week internships within different Howard County Government departments and now also within the Howard County Public School System. 
Natalie Dohner, Project SEARCH of Howard County Manager, asks Caroline (featured in the video) about her experience as a Project SEARCH of Howard County Class of 2018 Graduate.
A total of 60 interns have completed the Project SEARCH of Howard program since 2015. The employment rate after completing Project SEARCH is 65%. Project SEARCH Interns have been hired by several local businesses, including within the Howard County Government, Howard County Public School System, Verbal Beginnings, Thrive Center, PetSmart, Play N’ Learn, Einstein Bagels, Wegmans, Columbia Association, and more.

Natalie Dohner, Project SEARCH of Howard County Manager, asks Jim (featured in the video) about his experience as a Project SEARCH of Howard County Class of 2018 Graduate.

Project SEARCH Howard, which runs from September through June, helps interns work towards competitive employment. The interns are totally immersed in workplace settings, to facilitate the teaching and learning process through acquisition of job-related and marketable skills. Project Search of Howard County is a partnership between The Arc of Howard CountyHoward County GovernmentHoward County Public School SystemHoward County Autism Society, and Maryland DORS.

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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.

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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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