People Power of Howard County: December Meeting

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December Meeting

People Power of Howard County will host its monthly meeting via Zoom:

Monday, December 13, 2021

6-7 p.m.

Agenda

Speaker: Susan Potts and Anastasia Pyzik from Howard County Recreation and Parks’ Therapeutic Recreation

Topic: Winter Activities and Games and Self-Advocacy Activity

RSVP and Zoom

To RSVP to the December 13, 2021, People Power meeting, please visit this link.

To access the Zoom, click on this link.

In preparation for the meeting, please visit Zoom https://zoom.us/ or download the application in advance. Zoom is available for computers (PC and Mac) and available for download to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play and App Store.

Questions?

Contact Christine Towne, People Power Secretary (email: ctowne@archoward.org).


People Power of Howard County: November Meeting

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November Meeting

People Power of Howard County will host its monthly meeting via Zoom:

Monday, November 8, 2021

6-7 p.m.

Agenda

Speaker: Holly Reasner, The Arc of Howard County

Topic: Person Centered Planning, Advocacy, and Charting Lifecourse Tools

RSVP and Zoom

To RSVP to the November 8, 2021, People Power meeting, please visit this link.

To access the Zoom, click on this link.

In preparation for the meeting, please visit Zoom https://zoom.us/ or download the application in advance. Zoom is available for computers (PC and Mac) and available for download to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play and App Store.

Questions?

Contact Christine Towne, People Power Secretary (email: ctowne@archoward.org).


People Power of Howard County: October Meeting

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October Meeting

People Power of Howard County will host its monthly meeting via Zoom:

Monday, October 11, 2021

6-7 p.m.

Agenda

Speaker: Samantha Norris, Service Coordination, Inc.

Topic: Moving Out of Family Home and into Independent Living with or without housemates

RSVP and Zoom

To RSVP to the October 11, 2021, People Power meeting, please visit this link.

To access the Zoom, click on this link.

In preparation for the meeting, please visit Zoom https://zoom.us/ or download the application in advance. Zoom is available for computers (PC and Mac) and available for download to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play and App Store.

Questions?

Contact Christine Towne, People Power Secretary (email: ctowne@archoward.org).


People Power of Howard County: September Meeting

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September Meeting

People Power of Howard County will host its monthly meeting via Zoom:

Monday, September 13, 2021

6-7 p.m.

Agenda

Speaker: Matthew Plantz, Vice Chair, People On The Go, and Mat Rice, Director of Public Policy, The Arc Maryland

Topic: The Disability Rights Movement and Self-Advocacy Programs

RSVP and Zoom

To RSVP to the September 13, 2021, People Power meeting, please visit this link.

To access the Zoom, click on this link.

In preparation for the meeting, please visit Zoom https://zoom.us/ or download the application in advance. Zoom is available for computers (PC and Mac) and available for download to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play and App Store.

Questions?

Contact Christine Towne, People Power Secretary (email: ctowne@archoward.org).


People Power of Howard County: August Meeting

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August Meeting

People Power of Howard County will host its monthly meeting via Zoom:

Monday, August 9, 2021

6-7 p.m.

Agenda

Speaker: Kelly Nelson, MarylandABLE

Topic: MarylandABLE Accounts

RSVP and Zoom

To RSVP to the August 9, 2021, People Power meeting, please visit this link.

To access the Zoom, click on this link.

In preparation for the meeting, please visit Zoom https://zoom.us/ or download the application in advance. Zoom is available for computers (PC and Mac) and available for download to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play and App Store.

Questions?

Contact Christine Towne, People Power Secretary (email: ctowne@archoward.org).


Congratulations to the 2021 Celebration of Excellence Award Winners!

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2021 Celebration of Excellence and 60th Year Celebration

The Arc of Howard County’s 2021 Celebration of Excellence was held virtually on May 12, 2021. Congratulations to all of our award winners for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!

  • Self-Advocate of the Year: Jeffrey Jones, Carlotta Martin, and Janice Martin
  • Excellence in Employment: Robert Walker, Natalie Dohner, and Vytex Windows
  • Excellence in Professional Services: ALFA Specialty Pharmacy
  • Excellence in Community: FEED HOWARD COUNTY
  • Excellence in Public Service: Senator Clarence Lam and Delegate Eric Ebersole
  • Volunteer of the Year: Matt Hart and Sarah Wheedleton
  • The Amanda & Jill Dean Direct Support Professional Award: Annie Caldwell
  • President’s Award: Richard Dean
  • Employee of the Year: All of Arc of Howard County DSPs
  • COVID-19 Heroes of the Year: Deborah Wagner and Naomi Lyvers

People Power of Howard County: April Meeting

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April Meeting

People Power of Howard County will host its monthly meeting via Zoom:

Monday, April 12, 2021

6-7 p.m.

Agenda

Speaker: Holly Reasner, Director of Person Centered Planning, The Arc of Howard County

Topic: Person Centered Planning and Advocacy-The importance of speaking up when there is something that you like or do not like during a meeting or anytime.  Holly will also focus on some Charting the LifeCourse tools.

RSVP and Zoom

To RSVP to the April 12, 2021, People Power meeting, please visit this link.

To access the Zoom, click on this link.

In preparation for the meeting, please visit Zoom https://zoom.us/ or download the application in advance. Zoom is available for computers (PC and Mac) and available for download to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play and App Store.

Questions?

Contact Christine Towne People Power Secretary (email: ctowne@archoward.org).


People Power of Howard County: March Meeting

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March Meeting

People Power of Howard County will host its monthly meeting via Zoom:

Monday, March 8, 2021

6-7 p.m.

Agenda

Speaker: Susan Potts from Howard County Recreation and Parks-Therapeutic Recreation

Topic: Presentation and experiential activity-Virtual programming

RSVP and Zoom

To RSVP to the March 8, 2021, People Power meeting, please visit this link.

To access the Zoom, click on this link.

In preparation for the meeting, please visit Zoom https://zoom.us/ or download the application in advance. Zoom is available for computers (PC and Mac) and available for download to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play and App Store.

Questions?

Contact Christine Towne People Power Secretary (email: ctowne@archoward.org).


Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature Main Event: February 9, 2021

This year, the Developmental Disabilities Coalition is coordinating a week of virtual advocacy and opportunities for information and connection with legislators from February 9-12.
To kick things off, we will be holding our main DD Days event on Tuesday, February 9th, from 9 to 11 AM. If you have participated in DD Day in downtown Annapolis in years past, this is your opportunity to take part online, from home in 2021. This year, the event will be FREE to attendees due to a generous grant from The Developmental Disabilities Council, and hard work/coordination from all members of the DD Coalition!
Tune in to the Live Stream on the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition Facebook page tomorrow at 9 a.m. Join the event to kick off the week and to learn about the 2021 session priorities.
All event materials, including fact sheets and advocacy tool kits (materials to use throughout the week), will be available on the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council website prior to the event.
From Tuesday to Thursday, you can also make an impact through your advocacy on social media! Each day has a theme for you to share your story with friends, family, and legislators. The themes each day are:
  • Tuesday — Community For All!
  • Wednesday — DSPs Make The Difference!
  • Thursday — Expectations Matter!
To download the latest bill tracker, visit this link. For fact sheets on Adult Changing Stations, the Direct Support Professional Workforce, Voting, and more, visit the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition website.
Additionally, information on other virtual advocacy opportunities during the week will be posted on the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council website as we get closer to the headliner event! English and Spanish Closed Captioning will be available for those who need it on February 9.
For any questions or accommodations to support your participation, please contact Luc Chausse, Director of Advocacy and Outreach at The Arc Maryland, at lchausse@thearcmd.org.
Members of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition are The Arc Maryland, Disability Rights Maryland, The Maryland Association of Community Services, The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, and People on the Go of Maryland.

People Power of Howard County: February Meeting

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People Power of Howard County will host its monthly meeting via Zoom:

Monday, February 8, 2021

6-7 p.m.

Agenda

Speaker: Dorothy Plantz

Topic: Legislation, DD Day At The Legislature, etc.

Zoom

Zoom link to follow.

In preparation for the meeting, please visit Zoom https://zoom.us/ or download the application in advance. Zoom is available for computers (PC and Mac) and available for download to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play and App Store.

Questions?

Contact Christine Towne People Power Secretary (email: ctowne@archoward.org).