IN OUR CIRCLE . . . Your Update from Ardmore Enterprises | July 2022
IN THIS ISSUE
  • 59th Annual Meeting
  • Services Update: Appendix-K Extended, In-person Services
  • Team Ardmore: Congrats DSP-II Graduates
  • Notables: Disability Pride Month, Group Home Vacancies
The 59th Annual Meeting
A Year of Powering Forward!
For 59 years, Ardmore has been a legacy organization in the community. On June 15th, our Board of Directors, with the support of the Leadership Team, held our Annual Meeting at the Blue Dolphin in Crofton.

It was wonderful to gather face-to-face with Ardmore friends to showcase—through stories of triumph, resilience, and success—the impact our work is having in the community and in the lives of the people we support and their families. From advocating to live the life they envision for themselves to finding their dream jobs at local businesses, the people we support are truly Powering Forward.

In addition to our Board of Directors (Chair Howard Sone, Jr.) and our Leadership Team (CEO Lori Sedlezky), guests included: Dorothy Bailey, Vice Chair, M-NCPPC Prince George's County Planning Board; and Delegate Susie Proctor.

We are genuinely grateful to have outstanding champions—a strong board of directors, dedicated staff of professionals, engaged community partners, and generous friends and volunteers—who support and move our mission forward.

Here are a few photo highlights from the annual meeting dinner:
Board News
[L-R] Patrick Carter, Howard Stone, Barry Caison
[L-R] Marcia Cort, Lori Sedlezky
[L-R] Howard Stone, Maurice Simpson
Induction of Board Emeritus. We extended the esteemed honor of Director Emeritus to former Board Chairs Barry M. Caison, Associate/Partner at Ben Dyer Associates, Inc., and Patrick Carter, President & CEO of Technical Specialties, Inc (TSpec). Both have demonstrated exemplary service to the Ardmore community and have been instrumental in shaping Ardmore into the organization we see today.

New Members Welcomed. Nominated and accepted to the Board of Directors were two new members: Marcia Cort, Ambulatory Services Medical Director at University of Maryland Capital Region Health, and Maurice Simpson, Senior State Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager with CONSTELLATION, Washington, D.C.
In Community Together Acknowledgment
Moving to our new Administrative Office and Training Center was an extended endeavor of commitment and time. Special appreciation was given to Midgett Parker Jr. (Founder & CEO of the Law Office of Midgett S. Parker, P.A.) and Marcus Daniels (Vice President, NAI Michael) for their dedication, commitment and outstanding service to building the future of Ardmore.
[L-R] Barry Caison, MIdgett Parker
[(L-R)] Jennifer Caison, Andrew Holton
Andrew and Scottie share their Story
Scottie and Andrew Holton shared their experience with joining the Ardmore community. Scottie shares that they were drawn to Ardmore because of its person-centered approach to community living. While sharing their story, Scottie spoke about Andrew’s passion for baking. Pictured here is Andrew delivering one of his homemade apple pies to the evenings lucky winner.
Services Update
Appendix K Extended
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has adjusted and extended the guidelines for Appendix K through September 30, 2022.
In-Person Services
Our Meaningful Day and Employment Services Team continues to assist the people we support transition to in-person services by developing individualized schedules, coordinating transportation, and ensuring each person is receiving the appropriate support services. While remote services are an option, we encourage everyone to receive in-person services to enhance their community integration and be active members of their community.

The health and safety of the people we support and our staff continue to be of utmost importance, as such, we remain vigilant and will continue to complete daily wellness checks and provide the necessary PPE to ensure safety.

For more information on Meaningful Day and Employment Services, please email (director)
Team Ardmore
Staff Hires, Promotions, Accolades and Notations
Congratulations DSP-II Graduates
We are extremely proud of Olakunbi Akinsany, Tawanna Campbell and Karen Smith—our newest graduates of the DSP- II training program.

Research suggests that DSPs who complete DSP-II competency training provide a higher-quality level of supports to persons with disabilities and are better equipped at assisting persons with disabilities to accomplishing their person-centered goals. The five-month certification program is offered through the Maryland Direct Support Professional Training Consortium (MDDSP).
Welcome Aboard New Employees!
Joining Team Ardmore are seven Residential Counselors: Oluyemisi Ajibola, Aaron Clifton, Ellistina Godwin, Vannetta Kearney, Olabimpe Quadri, Michelle Robinson, and Blessing Solesi, plus PRN Residential Counselor Precious Moore and Administrative Coordinator Jenise Wray.
Ardmore is equally excited to welcome our new Director of Residential Services, Gennile Barber! Gennile comes to Ardmore with 18 years of experience in the fields of Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability. She believes in the empowerment of all people, but specifically for those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. In fact, it is for that very reason that she decided to join the Ardmore family. She hopes to assist those we support to identify their strengths and reach their personal goals to thrive in society. 

Careers with Purpose
Ardmore is hiring and we ask that you continue to strengthen Team Ardmore by connecting your friends and associates to the Ardmore Family. If you (or someone you know) are ready for a career that changes lives, check out our current job opportunities.
Notables!
Disability Pride Month and ADA 32nd Anniversary

Ardmore champions all forms of diversity and inclusion. It is the backbone of the work we do. That goes double in July when we celebrate Disability Pride Month and the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Disability Pride Month is observed in July to commemorate the passing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The first official celebration of Disability Pride Month occurred in 2015, which also marked the 25th anniversary of the ADA. Disability pride has been described as “accepting and honoring each person’s uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity.

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which passed on July 26, 1990. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.

To celebrate the occasion, this week on Facebook and our website we will be sharing stories of what Disability Pride means to us and those in our community.

Vacancies in Group Homes
Ardmore provides Residential Services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Supports are focused on each person’s preferences and needs, encouraging independence and personal success. We currently have openings in group homes located in Bowie and Bethesda. Please email Pamela Brown, Director of Operations, to learn more about residential services.