People Power of Howard County: Voting Seminar with People On the Go Maryland

The image shows the People Power of Howard County logo.Voting Seminar with People On The Go Maryland

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities and People On the Go Maryland invite you to a special lecture on the importance of your vote this November. On Friday, September 25, 2020, from 12-1 p.m., panelists will share information on voting at the state and federal levels, and will discuss issues affecting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as Kennedy Krieger’s perspective on relevant topics. Mat Rice will be a panelist. Register.

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The Arc Maryland Awards and Annual Meeting

The Arc Maryland Awards and Annual Meeting will be held on September 17, 2020, at 6 p.m. Registration is now open! This year the celebration will be virtual. Register by September 4 to receive the event participation package.

The Arc Maryland Awards and Annual Meeting will be a celebration to honor the advocates, professionals, and volunteers who lead the charge in creating a world where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities!

You can participate in the virtual night of celebration on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 6-8:30 p.m. on Zoom. If you need assistance to participate, please contact Luc Chausse or Arylon Brooks, or call 410-571-9320 and leave a message.

Register for The Arc Maryland Awards and Annual Meeting!

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Step-by-Step Guide to Voting in Maryland

For your information, see below for Step-by-Step Guide to Voting in Maryland. This guide, produced by Independence Now: A Center for Independent Living, provides information on in-person and mail-in voting, and voter registration, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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People On the Go: Online Quarterly Membership Meeting

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People On The Go-Online Quarterly Membership Meeting

On Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be an Online Quarterly Membership Meeting for People On The Go members and advocates. Join members from around the state for a lunch and learn online meeting! Bring your lunch and settle in with friends in front of your computer, tablet, and phone.

To join by Zoom link, click on the Zoom link. Or:

  • Call: 1-301-715-8592
  • And enter Meeting ID: 87526543475#

You do not need to register before the meeting. The agenda will be:

  • Voter Training from Disability Rights Voter Advocate Tracy Wright
  • Conversation with DDA
  • Discussion about the DDA Participant and Family Survey

Feel free to complete the Maryland DDA Participant and Family Survey before the meeting.

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People On The Go: Virtual Meetup

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People On The Go Virtual Meetup-August 14

On August 14, 2020, at 3 p.m., there will be a virtual meetup for People On The Go members and advocates. To obtain the Zoom link, click on the registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. The meetup will include:

  • Voting updates
  • Federal legislation
  • Guidelines and resources
  • Upcoming training opportunities
  • People On The Go representation on committee opportunities
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People Power of Howard County: August Meeting

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People Power of Howard County will host its monthly meeting:

Monday, August 10, 2020

6-7 p.m.

The August People Power meeting will be held virtually NOT at The Arc of Howard County. Join the meeting:

  • By Zoom.
  • By phone: (US) +1 413-497-4098 (PIN: 596763311)

The meeting on Disability and the Media will be moderated by Dan Habib, filmmaker and producer of “Intelligent Lives.” Panelists will include:

  • Andrew Pulrang, freelance writer on disability
  • Imani Barbarin, disability rights and inclusion activist
  • Emily Ladau, disability rights activist, writer, speaker, and communications consultant

In preparation for the meeting, please visit Google Meet  https://meet.google.com/ or download the application in advance. Google Meet is available for computers (PC and Mac) and available for download to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play and App Store. Also, take a look at this ADA30 PowerPoint.

RSVP by completing this form.

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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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SMRO-Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative

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Transition is more than about services; it’s also about values. The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has adopted an Employment First philosophy and seeks to align its service delivery system with that philosophy.

Transition planning is when a student with a disability, along with family members, the school system, and service providers, begin to officially plan for life after high school. To that end, the Department of Health will host the SMRO-Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative on February 5, 11, 12, and 19, 2020.

What: SMRO-Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative

When: February 5, 11, 12 & 19, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 
SMRO-DDA
312 Marshall Ave, #700
Laurel, MD 20707

 

To Register for one of the SMRO-Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative Sessions click below:

February 5, 2020

February 11, 2020

Transition planning should begin when your child is 14 (if not earlier!). This may sound very early, but if you plan to apply for services you may need to get applications in before graduation so supports are ready after leaving school.

Overview of Training

1. Importance of planning
2. Eligibility
3. Transition Programs & Services
4. Employment First
5. DDA Waivers

 

Who should attend?

  • Self-advocates
  • Family members
  • Allies
If you wish to learn more information about this training, please feel free to contact Nicole LeBlanc at nicole.leblanc@maryland.gov or at 301-362-5141.
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People Power of Howard County: Holiday Party

People Power of Howard County Logo showing 2 people standing and 1 person in a wheelchair. People Power of Howard County will host its Holiday Party:

Monday, December 16, 2019

5:30-7 p.m.

at

The Arc of Howard County

11735 Homewood Rd.

Ellicott City, MD 21042

 

Please RSVP to Christine Towne, People Power Secretary, 410-730-0638 Ext. 233 or email ctowne@archoward.org by Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Please indicate whether you will be attending with staff, family, or friends. Also, please bring a dish to share.

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Holiday Closing Information: Thanksgiving

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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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