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Past Projects

Past Initiatives Funded by the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council.

Child Care

Project Name/Organization Award Date Purpose
Building Blocks*
1994-1995 Supported families by developing a training program for sitters
Child Care Survey
(in-house Council project)
2003-2004 Surveyed over 400 families about their childcare experiences with their children with disabilities. The resulting report was used to make Maryland’s child and after-school care programs more inclusive
HIP After-School Project
East Baltimore Mental Health Partnership/Johns Hopkins University
2005-2006 Planed and developed an after-school program inclusive of children with and without disabilities, including children with developmental disabilities
Project Include Me
Wicomico Partnership for Families and Children/Wicomico County Local Management Board
2007-2009 Increased quality day care opportunities for families with children experiencing developmental disabilities/delays by supporting licensed daycare providers or licensed daycare facilities. Provided resources through training, equipment and modifications
Community Works
Maggie’s Light Foundation
2008-2010 Increased the capacity of respite and ongoing care providers in the community by utilizing Towson University students studying in disability related fields.
Barriers to Quality Child Care & Out of School
(in-house Council project)
2011-2012 Conducted a survey of families of children and youth with disabilities and providers of child care and out of school time and reported on the barriers to accessing child care and out of school time activities
Developmental Disabilities E Learning Project
Maryland Family Network
2010-2015 To improve the knowledge and skill base of child care providers about children with developmental disabilities and their families through the development and implementation of an e-learning module
Child Care and Before and After School Care Videos
Eddyline Media
2014-2015 These 2 short videos featuring 3 different children (Jayla and Brendan & Shaun), highlight inclusive practices in child care, address the challenges and benefits of including children with disabilities in child care, and are a new resource available to child care providers, families, trainers,and others.

Community Supports

Project Name/Organization Award Date Purpose
Maryland Family Support Services Consortium
Kennedy Institute
1983 – 1986 Led to legislation passed by the MD General Assembly that established & funded ongoing Family Support Services program with DDA
Citizenship Project
Alternative Living, Inc.
1998 – 1990 Supported the development and implementation of services that focus on individual needs, preference and goals
Social Integration Project
Arc/Prince George’s County
1988 – 1989 Designed a community based social opportunity program for people with significant disabilities served in the medical day care program
Friendship Exchange
Arc Baltimore
1988 – 1989 Assisted people with developmental disabilities to form and develop friendships within their communities
Stepping Out
Change, Inc.
1990 – 1993 Provided respite care services and recreational/leisure opportunities with the support of private businesses to 25 families and individuals
Consumer Empowerment Project
1991 Increased individualized support services for people with developmental disabilities through conversion, adaptation, and/or expansion of existing residential, day or vocational services
Community Support Options
Emerge, Inc.
1991 – 1993 Increased individualized support services for people with developmental disabilities through conversion, adaptation, and/or expansion of existing residential, day or vocational services
Individualized Community Arrangements
UCP of Central Maryland, Inc.
1991 – 1993 Increased individualized support services for people with developmental disabilities through conversion, adaptation, and/or expansion of existing residential, day or vocational services
Couples Group Curriculum *
Arc/Frederick County
1992 – 1993 Created community support groups for couples with developmental disabilities and provided for the education of professionals and the public
Adult Siblings
Change, Inc.
1992 – 1994 Conducted education and support programs for adult siblings and extended family members
Early Intervention*
1994 – 1995 Provided training for families of young children with autism, PDD or related disorders of communication
Cash Assistance Project
Kennedy Krieger Institute
1994 – 1996 Analyzed the impact of cash assistance and coordination of services on families who are raising their children with developmental disabilities at home
Personal Assistance Services*
Independence Now
1996 – 1997 Published a guide about personal assistance service programs in Maryland and provided training in management of personal assistance services for people with disabilities
A Helping Hand*
Families Involved Together
1996 – 1999 Trained students enrolled in Community Service Learning hours to provide support to families living in Baltimore
Alzheimer’s Association
1997 Produced a training video to enable providers to identify the early symptoms of dementia, understand its progression, assessment and care management techniques so that people are able to receive supports to “age in place” in the community
A Review of Family Support Services in Maryland: A Study of Supports Available to Families with Children Who have Developmental Disabilities
(in-house Council project)
1997 Provided recommendations to improve, expand and maximize supports to families in Maryland who are raising children with developmental disabilities at home.
AHAVA Project
Jewish Family Services
1997 – 1999 Helped the Orthodox Jewish community in Baltimore to develop and implement a shared vision of an inclusive community for people with developmental disabilities, provide education regarding services and financial planning, and create individualized support plans
Developing a Community Support System
Delmarva Community Services
1997 – 1998 Developed a plan to shift the agency’s delivery of service from a slot based system to a model that supports people when, where and how they and their families choose to be supported.
Family Partnership Project
Arc/Frederick Country
1998 – 1999 Developed comprehensive plans for families where aging parents provide care for adult children with developmental disabilities
Building Foundations*
1999 – 2001 Developed a curriculum designed to teach parenting skills to parents with intellectual disabilities; reported on the service needs of parents with intellectual disabilities, identification of system responsibilities, barriers, and gaps and recommend system reform.
Parent to Parent Network*
Arc/Montgomery County
1999 – 2002 Established a single point of entry to match and network experienced parents of children with disabilities with parents who request help
Partners Plus*
2001 – 2002 Increased respite options by furthering self-determination for families with children with developmental disabilities using family centered and community based model of respite services
Immigrant to Professional Project
Frederick County Public Schools
2005 – 2006 Developed a replicable program that trains foreign-born adults to obtain jobs in home care, working with people with developmental disabilities
Hurricane Katrina
Families Helping Families of Louisiana
2005 – 2006 Assisted people with developmental disabilities and their families in recovering from Hurricane Katrina
Public Education Activities
2007 – 2009 Conducted public education activities regarding institutions, the DDA Waiting List, and related disability topics
Family Networks
ADD Award
1999 – 2003 Provided disability-related information and supports specific to the needs of Maryland families that include a member with a developmental disability through a comprehensive online resource and list serve; created an interactive site designed to empower families across the state to share, discover and connect with one another
Family Networks
An in-house Council project
2003 – 2012
End the Wait Now!
The Arc of Maryland
2002 – 2013 In partnership with the DD Coalition, developed and implemented a campaign to convince the Governor and state officials to reduce and eventually eliminate the DDA Waiting List for Community Services through public education and grassroots advocacy
Equal Access to Information and Resources
Research Project
Health and Education Research Associates
2009 – 2011 Compiled results of a study to determine if people with developmental disabilities and their families from the Hispanic community in Maryland have equal access to information and resources from specified disability service systems and made recommendations for the State
Departing Rosewood: a video documentary
In-house Council initiative (MedSchool Maryland Productions & the MD DD Council)
2009 – 2010 To educate and inform multiple audiences about the closure of Rosewood in an engaging and compelling manner, including families, people with disabilities, policy makers, interested others and the general public. Co-funded with DDA ($41,250) and MDOD ($5,000)
What’s Possible; 9 Stories of Changed Lives
In-house Council initiative
2010 – 2011 To illustrate, through stories and photographs, the impact of living in the community for people who have moved out of the Rosewood Center
Real Lives
2011 – 2014 To educate policymakers about the need for adequate funding for community services and supports
Assessment of DDA’s Low Intensity Support Services
2012 To gather information from stakeholders, analyze input and develop recommendations regarding LISS
Planning Now
(in-house Council initiative)
2012 Updated and revised publication
AT: LAST, Inc.
2011-2014 To build the capacity of direct service providers to support people with developmental disabilities to communicate their wants and needs, increase their self-determination, and strengthen their independence.
Strategic Action for Powerful Impact in Prince George’s County
Prince George’s County ADDCAC
 2014 – 2015 The Prince George’s County Adults with Developmental Disabilities Citizen Advisory Committee developed a strategic plan that positively impacted the lives of people with developmental disabilities in the County. Implementation of the plan resulted in an organized event that fully included people with developmental disabilities in new facets of community life.
Southern Maryland Center for Independent Living
 This grant provided information and awareness to local businesses about the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements/reasonable accommodations for publicly accessed facilities, businesses and public areas. Volunteers educated businesses about the importance of improving accessibility, identify barriers, and advocate for change, and provided information and resources about the ADA and local ADA certified installers located in Southern Maryland.

Cross Cutting

Project Name/Organization Award Date Purpose
DD Resource Allocation Study
David Braddock
1992 – 1993 Analyzed trends in Maryland expenditures for community and institutional services for people with developmental disabilities
Public Education Campaign
Noble Steed
1994 – 1997 Developed a public education campaign for the general public about the benefits of inclusion for people with developmental disabilities

Education and Early Intervention

Project Name/Organization Award Date Purpose
Coalition for Integrated Educational Opportunities
Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
1988 – 2002 Supported increased successful inclusive education in neighborhood schools through administrative advocacy, individual case advocacy, information dissemination, and support to families
The Parents’ Place
The Parents’ Place of Maryland, Inc.
1990- 1993 Established a state-wide, parent-governed organization which provides information and training to parents and families on special education laws and rights and responsibilities
New Vision
Kennedy Krieger Institute
1990 – 1993 Developed and demonstrated a model for training and service delivery in which veteran parents serve as case managers for eligible families in implementing PL 99-457, Part H
Tech for Tots
Learning Independence Through Computers, Inc. (LINC)
1992 Offered a structured series of learning experiences using special technology for children with developmental disabilities age 2 to 7 and their parents
The First Days…
Talbot County P.S.
1993 – 1996 Provided support to pre-school children with developmental disabilities in inclusive educational settings; co-funded with MSDE; total match $99,001
Preschool Inclusion Project
Frederick County Public Schools
1993 – 1996 Provided support to pre-school children with developmental disabilities in inclusive educational settings; co-funded with MSDE
total match $73,096
LINC, Inc.
1993 – 1994 To partner with the Lois T. Murray Public School, Baltimore City, in providing students, families and staff opportunities to access and learn about adaptive computer technology
Dorchester County Public Schools
1995 – 1998 Expanded access to assistive technology services for students with developmental disabilities by establishing a lending library of AT resources, evaluating student needs, and providing information, training and support to students, their families, and school personnel in the use of technology
Allegany County Public Schools
1999 – 2001 Expanded and refined a co-teaching model for including students with developmental disabilities in general education classrooms by adapting curriculum and extracurricular activities using AT
Assistive Technology Co-op*
Assistive Technology: Loans, Acquisitions, Services and Training
2001 – 2004 Expanded access to AT for school-age children with developmental disabilities by providing large discounts on purchases for families and schools
Special Education Leadership Project
(in-house Council project)
2001 – 2005 Mobilized parents and students to maximize their participation in and impact on the design, funding, implementation and evaluation of special education services at the local level by providing information, training, and technical assistance to local special education citizen advisory committees (SECACs)
Accelerating Systems Change
Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
2005 – 2009 Increased the number of students with disabilities in MD who are placed in general education classes in their neighborhood schools, and promoted systemic change through advocacy and capacity-building in 7 school districts that are in the greatest need of improvement
Inclusive Education
Cecil County Public Schools
2005 – 2006 Increased the inclusive placements of elementary and secondary students with moderate to severe disabilities and improved the instructional planning and collaboration among special and general educators in order to deliver special education services to students with disabilities in general education classes
Project Discovery
Howard County Public Schools
2007 – 2009 To develop and implement an innovative process for transition planning which ensures successful transition to adult life. This will be achieved by promoting customized employment, self-employment, and/or participation in career training or higher education as school system exit outcomes for students with developmental disabilities.
Maryland Leadership/Action Network
Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
2010 Increased the advocacy and leadership skills of parents of children with developmental disabilities and for students, age 18 – 21 with developmental disabilities so that they can effect change at a personal, community, and statewide level to support the full inclusion of students with disabilities in their neighborhood schools
Employment Supports for Transitioning Students
TransCen, Inc.
2011 – 2014 Improve employment outcomes of youth with developmental disabilities by providing customized training and technical assistance to service providers so that they can successfully support students who are exiting schools and seeking employment services
Training Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities: Improving Access, Knowledge, and Skills
Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
2012 – 2013 Conducted education, training, and skill building activities for parents of children with developmental disabilities living on MD’s Eastern Shore. The focus of the activities will be trainings on parent advocacy and inclusion of children with disabilities during the early childhood and school-age years.
Parent Involvement, Educational Plans, Advocacy, Knowledge, & Skills (PEAKS)
The Arc Baltimore
2012 – 2014 Educate, train and build the skills of homeless and transient families with children with developmental disabilities in Baltimore City and Baltimore County
Reaching More Families: Increasing Parent Knowledge and Skills
TransCen, Inc
2012 – 2014 Educate, train and build the skills of parents of children with developmental disabilities in Somerset County


Project Name/Organization Award Date Purpose
Business Sponsored Supported Employment
TransCen, Inc.
1988 – 1990 Demonstrated that, given the appropriate initial assistance and philosophical commitment, a business can provide supported employment services through its own internal expertise
Benefits Resource Network
Kennedy Krieger Institute
1990 – 1996 Provided information and assistance to persons with developmental disabilities who are employed or those considering work on SSA’s work incentives and health insurance
Supported Employment Study
Wurzbacher and Associates
1992 – 1993 Identified strategies to improve and expand upon the supported employment initiative in Maryland so that individuals with developmental disabilities have greater opportunities to work
Supported Employment Study
Virginia Commonwealth Univ./RRTC
1992 – 1994 Identified strategies to improve and expand upon the supported employment initiative in Maryland so that individuals with developmental disabilities have greater opportunities to work
Work Incentives Training for Consumers and Families
Kennedy Krieger Institute
1992 – 1993 Provided training, advocacy and direct assistance to consumers and their families receiving SSI and SSDI benefits
Study of the PASS Initiative
Conroy and Feinstein
1992 – 1993 Evaluated the use of the PASS Initiative in Maryland to determine its effectiveness and impact on employed consumers, their families and providers and made recommendations about future implementation
Project ECCO
Arc/Prince George’s County
1993 – 1996 Provided supported employment and integrative community opportunities to individuals served in a workshop
Publication: Natural Supports in Action*
TransCen, Inc.
1993 – 1994 Provided examples of natural supports for people with developmental disabilities who are working
Career Development Project
Arc/Southern Maryland
1996 – 1998 Provided community based employment, paid apprenticeships and volunteer opportunities with local businesses
PDQ Project
Arc/Harford County
1996 – 1999 Provided supported employment and integrative community opportunities to individuals served in a sheltered workshop
LINC, Inc.
1996 – 1997 Assisted people with intellectual disabilities to obtain community based jobs
Benefits InfoSource
Independence Now
1998 – 2001 Informed, trained, and assisted people with developmental disabilities, families, and professional regarding SSI and SSDI, work incentives, Medicaid, Medicare, and the MD Children’s Health Program
Project Income
Arc/Howard County
2002 – 2005 Provided customized employment services to people with developmental disabilities to establish micro-enterprises or small businesses, create unique employment possibilities, and/or receive employment or career skills training
Friends Aware, Inc. 2009 – 2011 Established a clear commitment to community employment, and expand integrated community jobs through customized employment strategies.
The League for People with Disabilities 2009 – 2011 Increased the number and quality of customized employment outcomes for participants supported by the League and to facilitate organizational change from a facility-based traditional day habilitation service to a model which uses community learning services.
UCP of Southern Maryland in partnership with MDOD and DDA 2009 – 2011 Fostered a collaborative working relationship between the United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland, The Center for Life Enrichment, Abilities Network, and the St. Mary’s County Government, Department of Human Services and Office of Human Resources to optimize employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. First year co-funded by DDA & MDOD $16,496.25
Community Support Services, Inc. 2009 – 2011 Developed and implemented a vocational assessment process for people with limited communication skills and challenging behaviors that results in an increased number of hours each week of employment and a wider range of work opportunities.
Family Service Foundation, Inc. 2009 – 2011 Developed person-centered supports that led to real jobs and work experiences in the community. First year grant co-funded with DDA & MDOD; total match $8,504
The Maryland Organizational Change Peer Network
TransCen, Inc
2010 – 2014 To facilitate the development of a Peer Network that focuses on supporting agencies as they build systems and organizational capacity to offer customized employment services and supports.
Employment Professionals’ Development and Enrichment Project
Arc/Howard County
2012 – 2014 Improve employment supports for people with diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum. technical assistance to create and present a curriculum for the Employment staff to better understand and support the needs of this targeted group
Ardmore 2011 – 2014 Increase staff capacity and develop community-based meaningful days, including competitive employment, for people with developmental disabilities
Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley 2011 – 2014 Make organizational changes and increase staff capacity to provide community employment supports
Penn-Mar 2012 – 2014 Increase staff skills to provide customized employment supports, resulting in competitive employment for people with developmental disabilities.
Employment Supports for Transitioning Youth
TransCen, Inc.
2012 – 2014 Improve employment outcomes of youth with developmental disabilities. Staff training and technical assistance was provided so that providers successfully support students who are leaving schools and seeking employment services.
Customized Training & Technical Assistance to Develop Work Experiences & Improve Employment Outcomes for People with Developmental Disabilities
 2014 – 2015  Providers were trained to identify creative funding options for services, support individuals holistically at work, develop performance expectations for employment staff, and hire and recruit qualified employment staff. As a result providers had a better understanding of the organizational change process as they shift from facility based services to individualized integrated employment.
Technical Assistance & Training for Maryland Project SEARCH Sites
Project SEARCH
 2014 – 2015  As a result of this project, students participated in internships for a full school year in a host business/hospital and received a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations, leading to competitively paid positions.
Employment Supports for Transitioning Students Exiting School & Young Adults
LueMar Consulting Group
 2014 – 2015  This grant improved employment outcomes of students exiting school and young adults with developmental disabilities, through customized training and technical assistance. Service providers successfully supported transitioning students and young adults seeking employment services. Agency staff effectively utilized customized employment strategies to support people with developmental disabilities.


Project Name/Organization Award Date Purpose
Training for Practitioners Serving People with Complex Physical and Medical Involvements
Kennedy Institute
1988 – 1999 Increased the capability of community providers to serve children and adults with complex
Managed Health Care Education Program
The Coordinating Center
1995 – 1996 Increased awareness of physicians and allied health care professionals working in Maryland’s managed care system about inclusion and current practices in community based services for people with developmental disabilities
HOMES Project
Maryland Disability Law Center
2007 – 2010 Helped recipients successfully access health care services under Medicaid. Educated people with disabilities, professionals, providers, and others who work with people with disabilities so that they obtain essential services and remain in their own homes or with their families.
Family as Faculty
The Parents’ Place of Maryland
2007 – 2010 Provided a home-based training experience for University of Maryland medical students, residents, and graduate level allied health professionals.
Impact of Consent
Resource Connections of Prince George’s County
2008 – 2010 Promoted quality healthcare for people with disabilities, thorough education of family members, healthcare providers, and the individuals themselves, about issues of decision-making and true informed consent.


Project Name/Organization Award Date Purpose
Home of Your Own*
Arc/Howard County
1992 – 1993 Established mechanisms to assist individuals served by HC/ARC and other groups to realize the dreams of home ownership
Housing Opportunity Commission/Montgomery County
1995 – 1996 Assisted people to purchase homes and explore issues and solutions regarding housing policy and practice
Expanding Homeownership
MD Center for Community Development
1997 – 2000 Expanded homeownership opportunities for people with disabilities through education of housing professionals, outreach and education to people with disabilities, research of best practices, identification of barriers to home ownership, and development of public policy recommendations and solutions. In collaboration with DDA and MHA; match $10,000 per year from DDA and MHA
More Doors to Open
The Arc/Anne Arundel
2002 – 2004 Demonstrated how service providers can divest themselves of housing they own by either offering it to current residents or selling or transferring the property.
Home Access Project
National Cooperative Bank Development Corp.
2002 – 2005 Implemented a comprehensive housing strategy statewide for the benefit of individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities that is affordable and accessible. Activities focused on capacity building at a local and state level that engage diverse public and private sector interests to expand individual choices for both affordable rental and homeownership options in an integrated setting.
Creating Housing Opportunities for Individuals with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities
Howard County Autism Society
 2014 – 2015 The Howard County Autism Society contracted with a consultant to identify successful housing options for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, using a person-centered approach. As a result, Howard County made progress in reducing barriers for people with autism to live in a home of his or her choice with appropriate supports.


Project Name/Organization Award Date Purpose
Terrific Teens*
Melwood/Kamp A-Kom-Plish
2001 – 2004 Expanded and enhanced the pre-Counselor-in-Training- “Terrific Teens” program to demonstrate the effectiveness of an inclusive program training youth to become camp counselors; expanded the evaluation component and used evaluation materials to disseminate project information

Self-Advocacy and Leadership Development

Project Name/Organization Award Date Purpose
Quality Assurance Network
Human Services Institute
1988 – 1991 Established and maintained a voluntary grass roots organization which monitored the quality of life experiences by people with developmental disabilities who live in residences operated by 4 community providers
Montgomery Exceptional Leaders
Arc/Montgomery County
1988 – 1990 Supported disability awareness programs conducted by high school students with disabilities; built acceptance, raisds consciousness and empowered students with disabilities to become community leaders.
1990 Consumer Survey
University of Maryland
1988 – 1989 Conducted a consumer satisfaction survey for the Council’s 1990 Report
Eastern Shore Parent Monitoring Project
Holly Center Foundation
1988 – 1991 Developed a mechanism in the Eastern Shore Counties to monitor homes and the quality of life experience for individuals living in DDA funded residences
1989 – 1992 Developed in-house training capacities for community providers through staff development courses offered at community colleges
Kennedy Training Cooperative
Joseph P. Kennedy Institute
1989 – 1990 Developed and provided value-based training to agencies providing services to people with developmental disabilities
Signs of Quality
1991 Supported printing costs
Person Centered Training for Case Managers
1992 – 1993 Improved the quality of services and supports provided by case managers for people with developmental disabilities through training in person-centered planning
Partners in Policymaking
1994 – 2003 Provided leadership training for parents of young children with severe disabilities and people with developmental disabilities so that they become skilled systems change advocates
Leadership Now People on the Go
Arc of Maryland
1994 – 1999 Strengthened the self-advocacy movement by supporting activities of state and local self-advocacy groups
Exceptional People of Frederick County
Arc/Frederick County
1994 – 1996 Supported self-advocacy activities
Training Staff *
Baltimore Advocacy Group – Emerge
1995 – 1998 Trained agency staff about the rights of people with disabilities, how people with disabilities want to be treated, and their capacities for choice making in their lives
Advocacy in Action
Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute
1996 – 1998 Assisted self-advocates to serve on community boards, commissions, councils, committees and similar decision-making bodies
Consumer Survey/Self Determination Initiative
1998 – 1999 Conducted a consumer satisfaction survey of individuals participating in Maryland’s Self Determination Initiative
Evaluation/Self Determination Initiative 1998 – 1999 Evaluated Maryland’s Self Determination Initiative
Campaign for Freedom
People On the Go of Maryland
2000 – 2003 Assisted self-advocates to increase their advocacy skills in order to help people move from institutions to the community
Partners in Policymaking
The Arc of Maryland
1995 – 2005 Provided leadership training for parents of young children with significant disabilities and people with developmental disabilities so that they became skilled systems change advocates.
Cross Disability Rights Coalition 2003 – 2010 Established the Cross Disability Rights Coalition (CDRC). CDRC members provided advice on legislation, served on committees and task forces and ensured their voices were heard.
Taking Charge-Life Leadership
The Arc of Frederick County
2004 – 2005 Provided self-advocacy training for youth with intellectual disabilities ages 18-21 at Hood College
My Life Going FAR
2004 – 2007 Fostered the empowerment of people and families in the Maryland by assisting them to develop and implement a person directed plan utilizing the New Directions Medicaid waiver program.
Youth Empowerment Alliance 2004 – 2008 In 2004, the Council was awarded a 3 yr. federal grant totaling $300,000 from ADD to promote independence and leadership skills in youth and young adults with disabilities. The Council provided a $95,427 match; including $36,401 from basic state grant funds
Leaders in Disability Policy
The Coordinating Center and Abilities Network
2005 – 2008 Developed and implemented a new leadership training curriculum. The project was designed to assist people with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates and others to develop and apply new skills for improving disability policy.
Legislative Internship
People On the Go
2005 – 2009 Supported a person with a significant developmental disability to serve as an intern to a state legislator during the legislative session. The Arc of MD provided mentoring and support. The internship is now included in the POG project Enhancing Advocacy and Public Policy Work.
Outreach to Youth
People On the Go
2008 Supported People On the Go to provide leadership training and support to local self-advocacy groups in an effort to help them recruit, support and retain youth members.
Eastern Shore Self-Advocacy Consortium
People On the Go of Maryland
2011 Determined interest in establishing a self-advocacy movement on the Eastern Shore of Maryland wherein new groups or chapters would be created.
Project ACT
TransCen, Inc.
2012 – 2014 Increased the self-advocacy skills of youth with developmental disabilities ages 14-21 in Somerset County. Youth attended a six-session self-advocacy training series and developed a Positive Personal Profille (PPP). The PPP assisted them in creating life goals and planning career goals. As a result of the trainings, students are better prepared to plan for their futures.
Advocacy by the Bay
Tilson and Diaz, Inc.
2014-2016 Increased the self-advocacy skills of youth with developmental disabilities ages 14-21 in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. Partnered with Artstream, a theater group, and the public school systems to educate youth about leadership, goal setting and how to speak up for themselves.
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