Residential Guidelines for COVID-19 Residential Visitation Guidelines 11/2020

At The Arc of Howard County we are continuing to update information to families and staff concerning COVID-19. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and best practices. As always our priority is keeping the people we support and our staff safe.

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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, October 14, 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:

  • Mel Smith, Self-Advocate
  • Tracy Wright, People On The Go
  • Babette Smith, Parent and Owner of Intentional Support, LCC, and Support Broker
  • Gail Godwin, Executive Director of Shared Support Maryland, Inc.
  • Thelma Green, Project Action!
  • Samantha Davis
  • Joan Rumenap, Accessible Resources for Independence (ARI)
  • Amanda Frey

Families and individuals with disabilities will learn about person centered planning, what it is, its purpose, and their role in its development.

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Coronavirus: Information & Updates October 1, 2020

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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 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 AM — Independence Amplified Maryland: Live Stream

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I AM Maryland presents a live stream on Monday, August 24, 2020, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. The live stream can be viewed later on YouTube. Register here. 

The presenter, Gail Godwin, Executive Director of Shared Support Maryland, will share about Shared Support Maryland’s services and programs. Gail will also share about their collaborative initiative with the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and Centers for Independent Living–Expectations Matter ~ My Life, My Plan, My Choice!!

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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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I AM — Independence Amplified Maryland: Recreation Opportunities

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Independence Amplified Maryland (I AM), a program of Maryland Centers for Independent Living, will host a discussion on Racism at the Intersection of Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 2 p.m. To register for the free Zoom event, visit the Maryland Center for Independent Living registration page.

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Feed Howard County Donates Zen Garden

A Young Woman Supported by The Arc of Howard County Enjoys a Chinese for Dinner

#Covid19kindess Shout out to Feed Howard County for continuing to Support The Arc of Howard County! Last night, 100 delicious meals were delivered from ZenGarden (10039 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City) to our staff and the people we serve! Thank you Feed Howard County for remembering our essential health care workers and people with disabilities in Howard County during this continuing crisis!

Thank you to our volunteer drivers Sue Bullock, Donna Mitchell Hennessy, Anita Dempsey, Khyle and Dee Dee! You all Rock!

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Fire HD Tablets Provide Fun, Communication, and Connection During COVID-19

Fire HD Tablets Donated to The Arc of Howard County

Today’s Act of #COVID19Kindness shout out goes to the Maryland Department of Health – Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) for providing funding to purchase several Fire HD Tablets for people supported by The Arc of Howard County! The Fire HD Tablets are not only fun to use, but are also so important for communication and connection during #COVID19 and always. Thank you, DDA!

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