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NEWS
March 5, 2014
Thanks for posting Laura Howell's letter supporting higher wages for Maryland's developmental disability support professionals ( "Minimum wage debate ignores crucial group," Jan . 15). These professionals provide critical support for those with developmental disabilities. We need to raise awareness that direct service professionals are not viewed as minimum wage workers and that they continue to make more than the minimum wage. Our most valuable assets are the staff that do the hands-on work.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
It was a summer job that turned into a career. Camp counselor positions in 1970 and 1971 introduced Stephen H. Morgan to working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, and his interest was piqued. He finished college, took a full-time job with the organization that ran the camp and worked his way to the top. As executive director of The Arc Baltimore, Morgan runs a nonprofit that teaches daily-living skills, organizes work crews and provides other services.
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NEWS
March 29, 2013
State Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, who represents District 12 which includes Catonsville and Arbutus as well as portions of Howard County, is one of three state legislators honored for their efforts in support of people with developmental disabilities. Kasemeyer received a Champion for Real Lives Award from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition at the 2013 annual Developmental Disabilities Day in Annapolis last month. "Throughout his tenure in the Maryland General Assembly, Sen. Kasemeyer has been a tireless advocate for the issues most important to Marylanders with developmental disabilities," said Ken Capone, public policy coordinator for People on the Go, in a release.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police said Tuesday that a teen with developmental disabilities who was reported missing from the Tracy's Landing area has been found. The 15-year-old had been missing since 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, triggering a police "critical" alert, but at about 3:30 p.m. police said he had been found unharmed.
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By Sarah Merkey and Sarah Merkey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 8, 2004
On a recent Friday after her shift ended, Mary Beth Reich, an employee in the nursery at the Arena Club in Churchville, quickly ate her lunch so she could go swimming in the fitness club's outdoor pool. The Friday swims are important to her. "I met a lot of good friends," said Reich. She and her friends are beneficiaries of a flourishing partnership involving several health and fitness clubs in Harford County and The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, an organization that provides assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities.
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By Sarah Merkey and Sarah Merkey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 8, 2004
On a recent Friday after her shift ended, Mary Beth Reich, an employee in the nursery at the Arena Club in Churchville, quickly ate her lunch so she could go swimming in the fitness club's outdoor pool. The Friday swims are important to her. "I met a lot of good friends," said Reich. She and her friends are beneficiaries of a flourishing partnership involving several health and fitness clubs in Harford County and The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, an organization that provides assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities.
NEWS
By Matt Kasper and Matt Kasper,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2004
When construction at 718 Hookers Mill Road, Abingdon, comes to a close in April, few people will be happier than the Kramers. After placing their mentally retarded adult son, Jim, in a home by himself for about a year, then bringing him back to live with them when complications arose, they know how difficult finding the ideal home can be. "We've been through about four houses ourselves in the process," said Robert Kramer, Jim's stepfather. "This one is well-built." Once Jim Kramer moves into his new home - built for developmentally disabled people in Abingdon - he might have the most accommodating home possible.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2002
After 30 weeks of Hello, Dolly! rehearsals, the No Boundaries drama troupe was getting antsy. Members were ready to perform, and all the last-minute costume adjustments and stage reminders just before their final dress rehearsal this week at the "black box theatre" in Ellicott City were making them restless. While they waited for the lights to dim, they shot nervous grins at one another, practiced dance steps, commanded others to calm down and giggled - a lot. But once the music began, they were all business (show business)
NEWS
September 5, 2013
The death of Robert Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old Frederick man with Downs syndrome who stopped breathing last January after a struggle with off-duty county sheriff's deputies who were attempting to remove him from a local movie theater, sparked a national debate over how police treat people with developmental disabilities. Yet it remains an issue that is far from resolved. Today, Mr. Saylor's family, friends and supporters representing national disabilities rights groups met with Gov. Martin O'Malley to ask him to reopen the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Saylor's death and to demand better training for law enforcement officers who deal with people with developmental disabilities.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1998
Robert Goldstick, a man with mild retardation and a strong sense of purpose, signed on to the computer, made sure videos were in their boxes and logged them in quickly.Then he put the boxes in alphabetical order so he could return them to their proper homes on the floor and looked around the Blockbuster Video store in Parkville for other opportunities."Do you need help?" he asked customers, then showed them where to find videotapes: the family section (his favorites), action movies, oldies or the latest releases.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
The Sun's investigation into the death of a disabled boy under the care of LifeLine Inc. is a wake-up call for Maryland state agencies ( "Maryland lawmakers, child advocates seek probe into oversight of troubled group home," July 14). Maryland needs to analyze how so many problems arose in one small agency without a state response. Other children and adults with developmental disabilities are at risk until the state improves its quality oversight and coordination among service agencies.
NEWS
June 26, 2014
In response to The Sun's editorial, "Pennies per hour" (June 23), it needs to be clarified that The Arc Maryland does not hold a 14(c) certificate and does not pay Marylanders, including those with disabilities, subminimum wages. As an advocacy organization, The Arc Maryland does not include jobs that "calculate wages based on a formula that compares their employees' productivity against that of non-disabled workers performing the same tasks," as the editorial stated. The mission of The Arc Maryland is to "work to create a world where children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
At a noisy warehouse off Veterans Highway in Millersville, a young woman concentrates as she pokes black shoelaces into cardboard packaging. In another room, workers slowly count tiny bottles of hair products, placing them in plastic bags that will end up as samples in salons. To some, these workers with developmental disabilities are getting valuable on-the-job-training and the self-respect that comes with employment. Others say they're being exploited - because wages in the facility, run by a nonprofit, are as low as 25 cents an hour.
NEWS
May 30, 2014
Box of Rain Volunteers are needed to act as mentors for the Box of Rain organization's Big Sailor/Little Sailor Program and to serve as sailing instructors. Donations of funds and safety boats for sailing classes, boats, boating equipment — especially life preservers and gear — are also needed. Information: 443-254-0024. Commission for Women The Anne Arundel County Commission for Women seeks volunteers to help address issues important to women and families in the county.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
The Arc Baltimore said Monday that it expects to launch an employment-assistance program for people with developmental disabilities, an effort helped by a $160,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Weinberg's two-year funding to the group is a "challenge grant" that requires matching dollars. The Arc Baltimore has raised the first $80,000. The group's planned program, Career Catalyst, will be in Hunt Valley. Adults with development disabilities would receive job-readiness education and internships.
NEWS
April 8, 2014
In passing legislation to raise Maryland's minimum wage, the General Assembly included a provision to increase reimbursement for community-based developmental disabilities providers 3.5 percent each year for four years starting July 1, 2015 ( "State leaders reach agreement on minimum wage, pay for caregivers," April 2). The intent is to ensure that these providers are able to pay competitive salaries to the direct care workers who support vulnerable Marylanders in community settings.
EXPLORE
February 19, 2012
Arc seeks nominations for Carroll County awards WESTMINSTER — The Arc of Carroll County is accepting nominations for its 2012 Community Awards. Each year The Arc recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The awards will be presented at the Annual Dinner and Community Awards to be held on May 8 at Martin's Westminster. The awards include: Timothy J. Atkinson Award — Presented to a direct care employee of The Arc of Carroll County.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland's minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by July 2018 under a bill granted final passage by state lawmakers Monday. The measure goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley for his promised signature. Raising the wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour was O'Malley's top legislative goal during the final session of his eight years as governor, and in a statement he commended lawmakers "for giving so many Maryland families the raise they deserve.”  Maryland became the second state this year pass a hike to $10.10, the mark set by Democrats across the country seeking to address income inequality.
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