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NDEAMCelebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (#NDEAM)
Join The Arc chapters across
 Maryland in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month during the month of October! 

Connect with us through Facebook and Twitter all month as we highlight the valuable contributions of employees with disabilities throughout the state, and the Maryland businesses who recognize the importance of embracing diversity, empowering future leaders and employing ABILITY for a healthy bottom line and committed workforce!

Here are more Maryland Disability Employment Awareness Month Campaign images that you can feel free to share, post, tweet and DM to spre ad the word! You can use  #NDEAM in your posts to connect with others celebrating this month.

PartnersPartners in Policymaking: Apply Today!

What is Partners in Policymaking?

Partners in Policymaking is a grant-funded initiative of The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council with significant matching funds from The Arc Maryland to prepare parents of children with disabilities and adults with disabilities to be effective advocates at state and local levels.  Partners participants receive support, education, and extensive training and many go on to testify at hearings, volunteer on advisory committees and boards, or support other parents with the IEP process for examples! 

Right now, 30 states, including Maryland and the District of Columbia, run classes. Since the program first was started in 1987, the total number of graduates has grown to more than 27,000 nation-wide.
The Arc Maryland has a long history of facilitating Partners in Policymaking with Developmental Disabilities Council funding beginning in 1998 through 2006. We are thrilled to be leading this state-wide effort once again this year!

We are currently recruiting for the Class of 2019! Click the button below to get started:

Schedule and Topics

How to Find Out More!

Any Questions about Partner s in Policymaking? We held an informational call last month, but if you were unable to call in at that time, you can still check out our FAQs .

Read more about the Partner in Policymaking Program by clicking here.

Keep up to date with the latest news on Partners through Facebook, Twitter, or by email!

If you would like more information about the program or have a person in mind to recommend for participation in the program, please email  Kathy Swanson, Director of Education and Advocacy at .

The application deadline is OCTOBER 21, 2018.  Please consider applying today!

GradReunionPartners in Policymaking Graduate Reunion:
October 20

Calling all Partners Grads! The Arc Maryland is putting on a graduate reunion for our past graduates of the Partners program. Join us for lunch on Saturaday, October 20 at 11:30 am as you look back at your time in the program with fellow graduates. We are looking forward to hearing how Partners changed you! If you know anyone who participated in Partners in years past, please share this information with them.

Please RSVP for the Reunion by emailing Grace Williams at
or call her at 410-571-9320 extension 203.

LegislativeWrapUp2018 Legislative Wrap Up

With the 2019 Legislative Year quickly approachin g, we are busy with preparations, revising our platform and goals, and organizing our advocacy.  If you would like a refresher on the activity i n Annapolis last session, please check out our  2018 Legislative Wrap Up.   Here, you can read about the outcomes of key legislation relevant to our community and be ready to go, come January!
MCE2019 MCE Leadership Class Begins

Last month, The Arc Maryland kicked off the Maryland Conference of Executives (MCE) Leadership:The Arc with the Class of 2019 . The MCE Leadership Series is an executive development program which prepares up-and-coming Arc professionals for executive leadership roles at state and local levels of The Arc.  The class is limited to 30 participants from all corners of the state, recommended by their Executive Leadership for participation in the program.  The selected employees are those who have demonstrated leadership skills and a passion for carrying out the mission of The Arc.  For more information about the program, please contact Ande Kolp, Executive Director of The Arc Maryland at

A group of class members discussing personal behavioral-style preferences in the workplace as part of the retreat at Turf Valley Resort on September 17-18, 2018.
Candidates for Governor Forum on Disabilities on  October 5

Unfortunately, the Candidates for Governor Forum on Disabilities organized by the Maryland Disability Forum and originally scheduled for Friday, October 5 has been cancelled.  There is no information at this time about whether or not the forum will be rescheduled.  We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.

ChTandSLocal Chapter News

What is happening at local Maryland Arc chapter organizations? For more information, please visit their websites!

Direct Support Professionals Week:
A Look Back

From September 9 to 15, we celebrated Direct Service Professional (DSP) Week across the nation. In the September Edition of our newsletter, we highlighted how the different Arc chapters around Maryland were celebrating DSPs and the crucial support they provide. Here is one more "Thank You" shout-out to the DSPs across the state who make a world of difference for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Check out some of the photos of various celebrations throughout the state!
2 Northern Chesapeake DSPs, Kim Hoover and Ebony Knuckles, were recognized in the state capitol for their exceptional service
The Arc Baltimore gave out 24 awards to honor their DSPs during their DSP Banquet.
The Arc Carroll County
The Arc Carroll County

The Arc Southern Maryland
The Arc Baltimore
The Arc Howard County
Chapters of The Arc Awarded by Safeway

Recently, some of The Arc chapters in Maryland received grants from The Safeway Foundation to continue the excellent work they have done for their communities. Thank you to Safeway for their grants to support the work of The Arc!
The Arc Prince George's County

The Arc Baltimore
The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region

ChEventsLocal Chapter Events

The content for local chapter events comes from our member chapter organizations. For more information, please visit their websites!
The Arc Frederick County:
Charlotte's Coffee House
Every Wednesday through Friday

The Arc Frederick County's in-house cafe is open every Wednesday through Friday in October from 11 am to 3 pm. All products are made in facility by people with developmental disabilities at Marcia's Bakery Training Program. Follow The Arc Frederick County on Facebook for their weekly menus! 

The Arc Prince George's County:
Inclusion Works Breakfast
October 11

The Arc Prince George's County invites Business Leaders to join them on October 11 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to discuss inclusion in the workplace and the value of hiring people with disabilities. The event will feature a panel discussion with business leaders who put Inclusion Works in to practice! Find out more on their  website .
The Arc Howard County:
Tee It Up for The Arc 
Annual Golf Tournament
October 12

The Arc of Howard County
is having their annual Tee it Up for The Arc Golf Tournament October 12 at Waverly Woods. This event is sold out but sponsorships are still available. Please contact Barbara Moyer at for more details, or check out  their  website . If you are interested in sponsoring this  event, more details can be found  here .
The Arc of Washington County:
Dancing with The Arc Stars
October 13

Spend your night dancing at Hager Hall with The Arc of Washington County! The event begins at 6 p.m.  on Saturday, October 13.  The night will feature dinner, a dance exhibition, and even a dance competition! You can read more about the event  here , You can purchase your tickets online  here . Click the following links if you would like to  sponsor the event  or  advertise  your business.

The Arc Prince George's County
25th Annual Golf Tournament
October 15

Join The Arc Prince George's County on Monday, October 15 starting at 7:30 a.m. for their 25th annual golf tournament. The day features breakfast and 18 holes at Renditions Golf Course. You can sign up here   from their website, and get more information about the day.
The Arc Prince George's County
Apply for Social Security Workshop
October 16

Learn about the importance of applying for Social Security with The Arc Prince George's County on Tuesday, October 16. While the session begins at 6:30 pm, please plan to arrive early.  From 5 pm onward, there will be networking, refreshments and resource sharing.

Register for the event here, or contact The Arc Prince George's County for more information.
The Arc Baltimore
Art in the Round
October 19
Attend The Arc Baltimore's 17th Annual "Art in the Round", an art exhibition featuring works from artists with developmental disabilities, who will be there to discuss their art with you. The event starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 19. Art in the Round will also feature food, drink, and the chance to bid on your favorite pieces at the show. Check  out their  website  for more information.

The Arc Baltimore
Education Series: Family Dynamics/Stressors
October 23

T he Arc Baltimore features educational seminars to help people's understanding of v arious topics regarding people with I/DD across the entire lifespan. On Tuesday, October 23, from 6 pm to 9  pm, the Arc Baltimore has a Seminar on Family Dynamics/Stressors which will take place at its Seton Business Park location, 6151 Metro Drive. 

RSVP is required, so please  email  if interested!
The Arc Montgomery County
Halloween Gala
October 26

The Arc Montgomery County is hosting its Annual Halloween Gala on Friday, October 26 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Make sure to dress to impress (or scare) in your best Halloween costume for a "spooktacular" night including a silent auction, cocktail party, dinner, music, and even a live auction! Find out more here.
The Arc Southern Maryland
5K Trick-or-Trot & 
1K Fun Run/Walk/Roll
October 28

Keeping with the spirit of Halloween, The Arc Southern Maryland is putting on their 4th annual 5K Trick-or-Trot & 1K Fun Run/Walk/Roll. The day begins at noon on Sunday, October 28, with the 1K at 1pm, and the 5k at 2pm, but with plenty of fun in between including a costume contest, scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, and more. Click  here  for more information and to register.
The Arc Carroll County
The Capital Steps
November 10
Get your laugh on   as   The Arc Carroll County welcomes back  the Political Satire Performance Group  the Capital Steps  for a hysterical performance. The show starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 10, at Winters Mill High School. Tickets to the event can be purchased at the Carroll Arts Center,  All branches of the Carroll County Public Library, or from The Arc Carroll County both in person and online .
The Arc Central Chesapeake Region
Vine Arts
November 10

J oin The Arc Central Chesapeake Region at one 
of Marylan d's great local wineries.

Wine, food, art... what more could you need? Join The Arc Central Chesapeake Region on November 10 at The Vineyards at Dodon for the second annual Vine Arts. Enjoy great food, Dodon wine, and a pop up gallery where you can purchase art from talented local artists. At the end of the day, bid on a live plein air piece painted at the event! You can read more about the event here.

Are you an artist? Submit art for the gallery. Contact Catie Comer at 410-384-4072. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please 
The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
Sprout Film and Art Festival
November 14

The Sprout Film & Art Festival highlights the many talents of people with differing abilities, as well as other professional artists in our community. Enjoy the art gallery that includes work from professional and aspiring artists and view artistic and memorable films from the renowned NYC company, Sprout. Special musical performances by talented individuals from The Arc NCR. Find out more and buy tickets to the event here.

The Arc Carroll County
Tech Coaching Center Launch
November 15

The Arc Carroll County is excited to open a  Tech Coaching Center as the newest addition to their facility! The center will focus on improving computer skills of individuals with I/DD. You can celebrate the launch of the Tech Coaching Center on November 15 at 10 am at The Arc Carroll County.