Webinar Series for Families from DDA: Week 2

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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 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.

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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.

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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
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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

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

Coronavirus/COVID-19

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Urgent! Coronavirus Alert–Closing Information from Executive Director, Cindy Parr

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Holiday Closing Information: Thanksgiving

This is a photo of Thanksgiving flowers and fruit with a "Happy Thanksgiving" banner.

Friendly Reminder: This a reminder of The Arc of Howard County office and program closings during Thanksgiving Week 2019:
 
  • The Arc of Howard County Community Integration Services-Employment, Day Program, and Supported Retirement, and The Arc Transportation Services will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, and Friday, November 29th, 2019. 
  • The Arc of Howard County Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, 2019.
  • If you are supported by The Arc of Howard County and work on either of the above dates, please contact your Employment Specialist as The Arc of Howard County does not provide transportation to individual job sites on November 28th and November 29th, 2019. If you have any questions please contact The Arc of Howard County at 410-730-0638.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Project SEARCH-Parent Information Night-November 21

Applications will open soon for the Project SEARCH of Howard County 2020-2021 program. Parents of Howard County Public School System students should plan on attending a Project SEARCH Parent Information Night to learn more about Project SEARCH of Howard County:

  • November 21, 6:30 p.m.-Harpers Choice Middle School, 5450 Beaverkill Road, Columbia, MD 21044

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

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Hiring Event for Direct Support Professionals and Career Development Specialist

The Arc of Howard County is hiring! Come to a Hiring Event at The Arc of Howard County on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Arc of Howard County is hiring for:

  • Direct Support Professional positions
  • Career Development Specialist

If you are interested, please attend the event and bring your resume on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. See you there!

The Arc of Howard County
11735 Homewood Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Apply: https://archoward.mitcawm.com/jobs/ For more information, email Taraja Murray at tmurray@archoward.org or call 410-730-0638 Ext. 266.

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Transition Symposium: Stop Waiting and Start Planning!

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Transition Symposium: Stop Waiting and Start Planning!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Wilde Lake Middle School

10481 Cross Fox Lane

Columbia, MD 21044

Fee: $10 for Adults or Youth (includes light breakfast and lunch)

Brought to you by the Transition Outreach Partnership with support from the Maryland Interagency Transition Council, the Transition Symposium: Stop Waiting and Start Planning! is hosted by Accessible Resources for Independence and the members of The Transition Outreach Partnership:

  • The Arc of Howard County
  • Howard County Autism Society
  • Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services
  • Howard County Health Department
  • Howard County Recreation & Parks
  • Howard County Public School System
  • NAMI Howard County

Sessions will include:

  • Keynote Presentation by Joan and Josie Badger on preparing for a successful adulthood and employment.
  • Breakout session topics:
    • DDA Services
    • Employment
    • Transition Planning
    • Vocational Planning
    • DORS Services
    • Mental Health Services
    • Transportation
    • Sessions for Transitioning Youth

For more information on sessions AND to register here.

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