Webinar Series for Families from DDA: Week 5

Maryland Department of Health logo

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

Click here to REGISTER.

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.


Webinar Series for Families from DDA: Week 4

Maryland Department of Health logo

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.


“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.

Webinar Series for Families from DDA: Week 3

Maryland Department of Health logo

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

Click here to REGISTER.

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.


Communication to Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County: May 8, 2020

COVID-19/Coronavirus

May 8, 2020

Dear Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County

Thank you to all of you for your continued understanding and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. As promised, we want to keep you updated on information concerning the re-opening of The Arc of Howard County. Maryland remains under a stay-at-home order for businesses.

Currently, we do not have a date for when services will resume, however, we are working to align our gradual re-opening in stages, following best practice guidelines from the DDA and in accordance with the directives given to us by Governor Larry Hogan and the State of Maryland.

Individuals with community-based employment will continue to receive supports on a case by case basis. Our residential program will continue to provide the necessary care. We will be sending out information to families and those supported by The Arc of Howard County as to when the re-opening of programs will begin and what those services will look like going forward. We continue to work collaboratively with the county and state, and do our part to ensure we minimize the effects of this virus on our community.

If you have questions or are seeking additional information related to these programs continued suspensions, please reach out to the individuals listed below.

  • For questions about Day and Supported Retirement, contact Bryan Sorrentino by email, bsorrentino@archoward.org or call 443-668-1834.
  • For questions about CDS and Intro to Employment, Independent Employment, and Omnicare, contact Robert Walker by email rwalker@archoward.org or call 443-977-0148.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation amidst these difficult times.

Regards,

Cindy Parr

Cindy Parr
Executive Director


Webinar Series for Families from DDA: Week 2

Maryland Department of Health logo

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 13 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST
  • 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

Click here to REGISTER for the entire series.

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 for the entire series.


New Webinar Series for Families from DDA: Week 1

Maryland Department of Health logo

In an effort to support ALL people with disabilities and their families during COVID-19, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) will host a series of webinars. DDA will host the Maryland Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families interactive biweekly webinar series starting on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 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:

  • April 29 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST
  • May 13 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST
  • 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

Click here to REGISTER for the entire series.

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 for the entire series.


Communication to Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County: April 24, 2020

COVID-19/Coronavirus

April 24, 2020
Dear Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County
Thank you to all of you for your continued understanding and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are updating our information on closings at The Arc of Howard County.
Due to the continued spread of this virus in our community, we have decided to continue our suspension of specific services offered by The Arc of Howard County. As of today, Friday, April 24, 2020, our Day, Supported Retirement, CDS, Pre-employment classroom, and Omnicare will continue to be closed.
We will review the conditions in our community and provide
updates, as we monitor the county and state situations related to the COVID-19 virus. Our next update will be sent out Friday, May 8, 2020.
Individuals with community-based employment will continue to receive supports on a case-by-case basis. We feel that it is the most responsible action as we remain aligned with other entities in the state and county to flatten the curve of this virus in our community. This is a time that integration in the community is not the priority. Our goal is to minimize contact and encourage increased social distancing.
Our senior management is deploying staff to support our residential program to ensure supports are in place to continue to provide the necessary care. It is our hope that each and every family affected by these changes will understand this decision, as we work together to help keep everyone safe.
Both Maryland State Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, have spoken of their efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We must work collaboratively and do our part to ensure we minimize the effects of this virus on our community.
If you have questions or are seeking additional information related to these programs’ continued suspensions, please reach out to the individuals listed below.
  • For questions about Day and Supported Retirement, contact Bryan Sorrentino by email, bsorrentino@archoward.org or call 443-668-1834.
  • For questions about CDS and Intro to Employment, Independent Employment, and Omnicare, contact Robert Walker by email rwalker@archoward.org or call 443-977-0148.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation amidst these difficult times.
Regards,
Cindy Parr
Executive Director

Communication to Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County: March 26, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Dear Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County

As many of you know, this is an unprecedented time with the continued spread of COVID-19. Due to the growing spread of this virus in our community, we are taking every precaution to protect the people we serve and our staff who provide critical supports to those individuals. It has been with great thought and consideration we have decided to continue our suspension of specific services offered by The Arc of Howard County.

As of today, Thursday, March 26, 2020, our Day, Supported Retirement, CDS, Pre-employment classroom, and Omnicare will continue to be closed through April 24, 2020. We will review the conditions in our community and determine whether services will resume after April 24th, as we monitor the county and state situations related to the COVID-19 virus.

Individuals with community-based employment will continue to receive supports on a case-by-case basis.  We feel that it is the most responsible action as we align with other entities in the state and county to flatten the curve of this virus in our community. This is a time that integration in the community is not the priority. Our goal is to minimize contact and encourage increased social distancing.

Our senior management will be deploying staff to support our residential program which will ensure supports are in place to provide the necessary care. It is our hope that each and every family affected by these changes will understand this decision and work cooperatively to help us achieve the goals of this action.

Both Maryland State Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, have spoken of their efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We must work collaboratively and do our part to ensure we minimize the effects of this virus on our community.

If you have questions or are seeking additional information related to these programs’ continued suspensions, please reach out to the individuals listed below.

  • For questions about Day and Supported Retirement, contact Bryan Sorrentino, bsorrentino@archoward.org 443-668-1834.
  • For questions about CDS and Intro to Employment, Independent Employment Omnicare, contact Robert Walker rwalker@archoward.org 443-977-0148.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation amidst these difficult times.

Regards,

Cindy Parr

Cindy Parr

Executive Director


COVID-19 Update from The Arc of Howard County: March 24, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19