Adapting Your Advocacy with The Arc Maryland: January 13, 2021

One of our biggest advocacy events of the year is back! In 2021, Legislative Calendar Day has been expanded to four days of advocacy training and meeting opportunities with legislators, from January 12th to 15th, 2021.

Prepare by attending one of our Adapting Your Advocacy training events on the 12th or the 13th! Join us to get tips we have gathered from state legislators on “making your case,” learn about legislative priorities of The Arc, and step through the procedural changes that have been made to hearings, submissions of testimony, floor session protocols, communications, visits with legislators, and more.

To participate:

  • Wednesday, January 13th from 7 to 7:45 PM. Register by completing this form.

Adapting Your Advocacy with The Arc Maryland: January 12, 2021

One of our biggest advocacy events of the year is back! In 2021, Legislative Calendar Day has been expanded to four days of advocacy training and meeting opportunities with legislators, from January 12th to 15th, 2021.

Prepare by attending one of our Adapting Your Advocacy training events on the 12th or the 13th! Join us to get tips we have gathered from state legislators on “making your case,” learn about legislative priorities of The Arc, and step through the procedural changes that have been made to hearings, submissions of testimony, floor session protocols, communications, visits with legislators, and more.

There are two opportunities for you to participate:

  • Tuesday, January 12th from 8 to 8:45 AM. Register by completing this form.
  • Wednesday, January 13th from 7 to 7:45 PM. Register by completing this form.

Community Conversations: Special Education During the Pandemic

Community Conversations: Special Education During the Pandemic

Join The Arc Maryland on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 7 p.m. for Community Conversations: Special Education During the Pandemic. Family members of students receiving special education services and supports and other stakeholders across Maryland are invited to join this virtual Community Conversation. Click here to register.

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CANCELED: The Arc Maryland State Convention & Awards Banquet

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NOTE: The Arc Maryland State Convention & Awards Banquet has been postponed. Event to be rescheduled. Date to follow.

The Arc Maryland has announced that The Arc Maryland State Convention & Awards Banquet will be held:

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Turf Valley Resort

2700 Turf Valley Road

Ellicott City, MD 21042

The Arc Maryland State Convention & Awards Banquet features presentations led by experts in a variety of topics for self-advocates, family members, and professional supports. The convention has tracks for crafting your advocacy skills, finding innovative resources, improving your organization, and more.

The Annual Convention also celebrates outstanding individuals and organizations in the community who have spread the reach of our mission in Maryland through the Awards Banquet. Registration will open soon. Stay tuned.

Click here for Opportunities for Sponsorships, Exhibitors, and Advertisers.

 


Comfort Bags Bring Joy and Happiness During COVID-19

Woman works on a loom craft project during COVID-19Like you, the people supported by The Arc of Howard County — and their dedicated support staff — are staying safe at home. To bring a little joy and happiness during these trying times, Comfort Bags were dropped off to them.

Man Holds Grateful Dead DVD during COVID-19Made possible by a COVID-19 Emergency Grant from The Arc Maryland and an outpouring of donations from supporters and the community, The Arc of Howard County filled Comfort Bags with items, including DVDs, arts/crafts, makeup, cards/games, blankets, puzzles, and several new iPads.

Woman learns to knit during COVID-19Thank you to The Arc Maryland, supporters of The Arc of Howard County, and the community for your generosity!


Heart for It #MoreThanTheHeartForIt #DSPRW19 #MoreThanTheHeartForIt

During the week of September 8th to 14th, 2019, The Arc of Howard County celebrated Direct Support Professional Recognition Week #DSPRW19. The Arc of Howard County joined in thanking Direct Support Professionals for the work they do to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

As part of the celebration of #DSPRW19, The Arc Maryland released of the heart for it; a video developed in collaboration with partner organizations of The Arc in Maryland. The video, the heart for it, helps viewers better understand the work of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and their importance to the community. Showcasing stories from DSPs, and people they support, the heart for it shows what it means to be a Direct Support Professional or to receive support from one. Watch the video on The Arc Maryland’s Youtube or click on the video below. You might see a few very familiar faces!

Want to know what a Director Support Professional means to the individuals they support and their families? Read what The Arc Maryland had to say:

We often hear that DSPs are “true angels on earth,” and “have amazing hearts” to do the work they do. The work is complex, the hours are long and sometimes unpredictable, and sometimes, their presence and actions are the difference between life and death for a person. What we know, is that DSPs must not only “have the heart” for the work that they do, but also possess incredible patience, a trove of knowledge and a variety of skills; requirements unmatched in most other professions.