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Hello, everyone~It has been a busy summer so far!  I have been out and about the past few weeks, visiting our local chapters, meeting with our coalition and task force members, and jumping in to the important work of The Arc Maryland.  Thank you all for such a warm welcome and for all of your support as I have settled in. 

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EDSpot Get to Know The Arc Central Chesapeake Region's New CEO Jonathon Rondeau!
Jonathon Rondeau is the new Chief Executive Officer of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region. Growing up in Connecticut, he attended East Lyme High School around the time that Madeline Albright became the first female Secretary of State. Jonathon received his Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies from Springfield College before moving to Maryland to get his Master's degree in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame of Maryland.

Click here to learn more about Jonathon. 

Disability Rights Tour Celebrates 27 years of the ADA

July 26, 2017 marked the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA); a civil rights act that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. To celebrate this anniversary, the Maryland Department of Disabilities is hosting a traveling exhibit of Advocacy: A History of People Speaking Up for Themselves.The exhibit includes 4 panels that trace the advocacy movement over the past 200 years. 

Click here to learn more about the ADA 27 Tour. 

Schools, Advocates and First Responders Work Together to Create New Safety Guidelines

This past month, emergency workers, disability advocacy groups and members of the school system began to meet to update the Emergency Planning Guidelines for Local School Systems and Schools. This work is being done so that a student with an IEP or 504 plan, who requires specific accommodations for evacuation in the event of an emergency, will have individualized needs addressed as part of the student's plan. Sincere thanks go to parent, Lori Scott with her daughter Cassidy and Delegate Alonzo Washington for their advocacy and work on HB 1061! To read more about this initiative, click here
Maryland Needs Assistance To Meet IDEA Requirements

In the annual  Determination of Implementation of IDEA letter, the U.S. Department of Education found that the State of Maryland currently does not meet the established requirements of IDEA Part B.  IDEA Part B serves students with disabilities, ages 3-21. Maryland will be needing assistance from the Department of Education in the coming months to improve the state's special education programs. In the same report, Maryland was found to have met the requirements of the IDEA in its implementation of IDEA Part C which serves infants and toddlers from birth to age 2. 
Developmental Disabilities Administration: Update on Waivers
The Maryland Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Administration has announced updates on three waivers: The Community Pathways Waiver Renewal, the new Family Supports Waiver and the new Community Supports Waiver. 

There is an updated timeline for the Community Pathways Waiver renewal process that you can read about  here. The Family Supports Waiver will be submitted for approval in September. The proposed services that may be offered under the Family Supports Waiver can be found here. The Community Supports Waiver's federal application has been released by the DDA for public review, which can be found here. The DDA will be accepting comments through September 12. K eep up to date on the progress of the program by  clicking here
Charlotte's Coffee House Open for Dinner!

Wednesday evenings in August, The Arc of Frederick County's "Charlotte's Coffee House" will be open for dinner! All the food made at Charlotte's Coffee House is prepared by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who participate in The Arc of Frederick County's Culinary Training Program. Check them out on Facebook
Upcoming Events
The content for upcoming events comes from our member chapter organizations.  For more information, please visit their websites!
Vine Arts 
Presented by The Arc Central Chesapeake Region
September 10, 12:30 - 4:00 PM
Join The Arc Central Chesapeake Region  a t  The Vineyards at Dodon for a locally sourced lunch, a tour of the vineyards, or the chance to capture the essence of this beautiful location (all art mediums welcome). Your ticket includes lunch, wine, and the choice of a winery tour, or the opportunity to paint the private vineyards. For more information and to attend, click here. 
Sibshops Sibling Support Groups 
Presented by The Arc Baltimore
September 16, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Arc Baltimore offers free monthly support workshops for siblings of individuals with I/DD. The workshops feature games, activities, food, and peer support in a fun and exciting way. Sibshops are open to children between the ages of 6 and 13. Click here for more information. 

Art in the Round 
Presented by The Arc Baltimore
September 29, 7:30 - 11:00 PM

The Arc Baltimore Art in the Round exhibit and auction showcases the talent and artistry of individuals with developmental disabilities. This year's event is going to be better than ever with mobile bidding, a photo booth for souvenir pictures, a new delectable menu, open bar of beer and wine, a specialty drink offering, and a new and exciting design of the event space inspired by this year's poster winner. They hope you join them - pretty please, with a cherry on top!  For more information, click here
Tee it Up for The Arc Annual Golf Tournament
Presented by The Arc Howard County
October 13, 7:30 AM - 2 PM

Join The Arc Howard County for a day on the green with proceeds going to support programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities! The golf tournament will be played at the beautiful Waverly Woods Golf Club. The tournament will feature 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, course beverages, golfer prizes, sponsor gifts and so much more!  Sponsorship opportunities are available! For more information, click here or contact Dee Athey. Thank you for your support!
The Capital Steps
Presented by The Arc Carroll County
November 11, 6:30 PM
Join The Arc Carroll County for a night of political satire and songs with the Capitol Steps. A group of current and former Congressional staffers, the Capitol Steps create skits and parody songs straight from the headlines. For more information, click here or email Kim Booe