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Welcome Tonia Ferguson to The Arc Maryland
The Arc Maryland is pleased to announce that Ms. Tonia Ferguson, Esq. joined the organization as the Director of Public Policy and Special Initiatives on October 1, 2017 and she has hit the ground running!  Ms. Ferguson brings nearly a decade of experience advocating for individuals with disabilities and their families.  Prior to joining The Arc Maryland, she served as Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Autism Society of America and was on the board of The Arc Baltimore.  As a professional in the field as well as as a parent of a child with Down syndrome and autism, the mission and values of The Arc are near and dear to her heart. 

Click here to read the official press release.
EDSpot Get to Know The Arc Baltimore's New Executive Director Kathleen McNally Durkin!
Kathleen McNally Durkin is the new Executive Director of The Arc Baltimore. Growing up in Pennsylvania, she attended Archbishop Prendergast High School around the time that Lady Di and Prince Charles were married. Kathleen attended the University of Scranton where she received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Philosophy. After college, she joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corp and was placed with a volunteer program at a hospice for people with HIV.  Later, Kathleen received her Master's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Business from Johns Hopkins University. 

Click here to learn more about Kathleen. 

ndeamNational Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Arc Maryland has been proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) through our presence and participation in many local training events and celebrations of employment this month.  This month, we celebrated the many accomplishments of Employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Direct Support Professionals who support employees on the job, and employers in our community who recognize the value of a diverse and fully inclusive workplace.  

Click  here  to see photos from one of our local events; The Prince George's Provider Council's 3rd Annual Employment Awards Breakfast.

washThe Arc Maryland Goes to Washington

In the early morning hours of September 25, The Arc Maryland with several of our coalition partners, descended upon Washington DC.  

Once again, Medicaid was under attack with the introduction of the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  

In less than 24 hours, The Arc Maryland assembled parents, employees, volunteers and self-advocates, representing several of our local chapter organizations and the advocacy organization, People on the Go Maryland to attend the one and only hearing that was scheduled on the bill. We bused down to our nation's capital and joined hundreds of other advocates from around the nation to speak out on the impacts of bill. The grassroots response to this threat was incredible and the withdrawal of the bill showed us, once again, how very powerful our stories and voices really are.

You can find pictures of our advocates on our Facebook page
Save the Date for The Arc Maryland's Annual State Convention and Awards Luncheon:  Unity
The Arc Maryland is excited to announce the date and location for The Arc Maryland's 2018 State Convention. 

Please save the date and join us on June 8, 2018 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City! 

More information will be out in the months to come, so keep an eye out for the lastest news! 

givingBlack Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday
The Arc Maryland is kicking off our Holiday Giving Season with Giving Tuesday on November 28. We know that after facing the crowds on Black Friday and searching through the many online deals on Monday, you are going to be in the mood to spread the love on Tuesday by supporting The Arc Maryland! 

And...we are ready to give some love back:  people who donate $50 or more will receive a special gift from The Arc Maryland.  Happy Holidays! 

Upcoming Events
The content for upcoming events comes from our member chapter organizations.  For more information, please visit their websites!
Wings for All
Presented by The Arc
November 4, 8:45 AM 

The Arc Montgomery County, The Arc Prince George's Co and The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region are teaming up with American Airlines and TSA to host a Wings for AllĀ® event at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) on November 4, 2017! Wings for AllĀ® is a FREE airport "rehearsal" specially designed for individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities. The program can alleviate the stress people with I/DD and their families and support staff experience when flying. For more information and to register, click here

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
Sprout Film & Art Festival 
Presented by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
November 16, 6 PM 

Join The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region for an evening of art, films and music! Get your tickets for November 16, 2017 from 6 til 9 PM at Water's Edge Events Center! 
The Sprout Film & Art Festival highlights the many talents of people with differing abilities. Enjoy work from artists throughout Harford County at our art gallery and view artistic and memorable films from the renowned NYC company, Sprout. For more information, click here.

Calendar Day
Presented by The Arc Maryland
January 11, 2018; 9:30 AM
Join The Arc Maryland for Calendar Day at The Maryland General Assembly on January 11, 2018. This is an amazing chance to meet legislators and advocate for disability rights. Tonia Ferguson will also be leading a training session entitled "Getting to Yes -Supporting Your Advocacy with Stories and Data" from 10-11 am. More information about Calendar Day will follow.
Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature
Presented by The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition
February 22, 2018; 8 AM
The 2018 DD Day will be held on February 22 from 8 til 11 am at the Annapolis Loews Hotel. Join hundreds of fellow advocates, families, and colleagues to make your voice heard! There will be a briefing on top 2018 legislative and budget issues that impact the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. More information will be released soon on our website. Keep an eye out. 
After d'Arc Gala License to Give
Presented by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
April 007, 2018
Join The Arc Nothern Chesapeake Region for their annual After d'Arc Gala on April 007, 2018. This year's theme is License to Give. It should be an exciting James Bond themed night. For more information, check out the event website here