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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Project SEARCH Howard Class of 2020 Virtual Ceremony. Congratulations!

 

Project SEARCH Class of 2020 Virtual Ceremony

Today, we celebrate the Project SEARCH of Howard County class of 2020! This morning, a virtual ceremony was held to celebrate the accomplishments of the interns who completed this school year long work program. All of these young people are now ready for paid employment! Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty gave the keynote address to the 2020 class and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball sent well wishes to the interns as well!

Project SEARCH of Howard County is a partnership between Howard County Government Howard County Public School System The Arc of Howard County Howard County Autism Society Maryland DORS

If you are interested in learning more about this program or believe you have a job for one of the interns, please contact Program Manager, Natalie Dohner at ndohner@archoward.org. Congratulations Class of 2020!

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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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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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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

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