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September 22, 2011
The Arc of Howard County presented its Celebration of Excellence awards to organizations and individuals distinguished by their efforts to include people with developmental disabilities in their activities and otherwise support the agency's mission. Board member Vincent Grauso was presented the President's Award for 2011 for his leadership in chairing the Monitoring and Advisory Committee and helping ensure the high quality of The Arc's services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2011
Five way-cool dudes, fedoras lowered to their eyebrows, shuffle in sync onto the dance floor as the theme from "Mission: Impossible" blares. After several impressive leaps and splits, they step dance and clap with military precision, then file into a straight line. Marching in place, they form the letters B-A-S-A-C with their arms and finish their dance with a thunderous cheer. "Diagnosis: Dance Abilities!" the quintet yells in unison. These guys, all participants in The League for People with Disabilities Career Services program, have often heard much different assessments of their abilities.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2010
Dr. James Carroll Tolan, a noted clinical psychologist whose field of expertise was working with patients with developmental disabilities, died Aug. 6 of lung cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The longtime Reisterstown resident was 56. Born in Washington, Dr. Tolan was adopted as an infant and raised in Wayne, Pa. His adoptive father was in real estate sales, and his mother was a homemaker. As a young man, he dropped out of high school and later earned his General Educational Development certificate.
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By a Baltimore Sun reporter | July 16, 2010
A state home for developmentally disabled adults improperly kept nearly $80,000 that it should have returned to the state general fund at the end of fiscal year 2009, the Office of Legislative Audits reported Friday. The state Department of Mental Health and Mental Hygiene, which operates the Potomac Center in Hagerstown, has agreed to return the $79,800 to the general fund, according to a letter signed by Secretary John M. Colmers and included in the OLA report. Auditors for OLA, an agency of the Department of Legislative Services, found that the Potomac Center did not have adequate records to substantiate expenditures it had accrued June 30, 2009, the last day of the fiscal year.
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April 5, 2010
I applaud Senator Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton's opinion piece ("Maryland must support community care for the disabled," April 1) and for his tireless work on behalf of Marylanders with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and those working men and women that dedicate their lives to caring for them. We urge his colleagues to support Senate Bill 633 and House Bill 1034, which the senator correctly describes as an opportunity to "address the chronic under-funding of services for more than 120,000 adults and children in Maryland."
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April 5, 2010
On behalf of the nearly 700 employees (about 85% of whom are direct support staff) and the nearly 3,000 individuals and families receiving community-based support services from The Arc of Baltimore, we offer a huge and hearty thanks to Sen. Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton for his leadership and support for the nonprofit organizations like ours who are dedicated to providing exemplary services to individuals and families affected by developmental disabilities ("Md....
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January 3, 2010
As a parent of two developmentally disabled sons, I wanted to respond to the editorial "A true need," Dec. 27. I think it's about time that someone highlighted the needs of this important population. The funding for services is inadequate at best and needs to be fixed. These folks could live full, productive lives if the services were there for them. My sons depend on the dedicated service providers who help support them both in school and at work. When the services they receive are cut and they lose the consistency of the coaches they like, it's hard.
NEWS
December 27, 2009
Pam Matheson was a young special education teacher when she first went to the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills for training, and before long, she'd fallen in love with Matthew, a 7-year-old boy with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a set of conditions including small size, gastrointestinal problems, heart defects and other symptoms - often, as in his case, some degree of mental retardation. She arranged to get him admitted to the School for the Blind in Parkville, and when she learned the school would not take someone who lived in an institution, she agreed to become his foster parent.
NEWS
August 20, 2009
Man lying on Crain Highway is struck and killed by van 2 A man lying on Crain Highway in Glen Burnie was struck and killed by a van Tuesday night, Anne Arundel County police said. A 73-year-old Ocean City man was driving south about 9:15 p.m. in a Ford Windstar filled with relatives when it hit the man near Sixth Avenue, police said. Police said they do not know why Donald F. Barr, 46, of the 500 block of Crain Highway was lying in the road. The driver did not appear to have been speeding or under the influence of alcohol, police said.
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