Seventy years ago, in 1952, a movement was born to keep children who were labeled as retarded out of state-run institutions regardless of age, race, gender, or religion. A collection of local families decided enough was enough and established a group that would work to provide a lifetime of support and understanding for children who were the most vulnerable. Alas, The Arc Prince George’s County was brought to life.
Maryland’s Partners in Policymaking® program prepares adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), parents, and family members of children and adults with IDD to be effective advocates at the local, state, and federal levels.
Through 10 sessions, Partners in Policymaking® participants will learn about what it takes to become powerful agents of systems change; to advance equity and the rights of people with IDD in all aspects of daily life.
Partners in Policymaking is offered free for participants due to the incredible financial and in-kind support of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, People on the Go of Maryland, and The Arc Maryland, with each spot in the program valued at over $5,000. When you join the class, your contribution is your time, which is deeply valued!
Applications for the 2022-2023 Partners in Policymaking program are open until Wednesday, September 14th, at noon. Seize the opportunity and apply now to participate in the upcoming class!
September 11-17, 2022, marks DSP Recognition Week. Today, September 12, 2022, we hosted a portion of our core staff members, including DSPs, Transportation Drivers, Community staff, and all other Direct Care staff, to join us for Breakfast catered by Panera. We take the opportunity annually to honor our DSPs and acknowledge the lengths they will go to help people with disabilities live fulfilling, independent lives. We are so thankful for the hard work of every one of these individuals.
Over the last year, we have seen many successes at the Arc Prince George’s County campus. Our core staff is to be celebrated all week for their combined success.
We have a great week of activities planned to honor our direct care staff; to follow our adventure this week, please stay tuned for updates and stories via our blog and social media! If you get a chance to meet one of our DSPs, let them know how much you appreciate their service!