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March 6, 2013
The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, a non-profit that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities build better lives, will host its first annual Harford Hills Bike Adventure on Saturday, April 27. The ride will begin and end at the historic Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace. Participants can choose between a 31 or 64 mile loop through the scenic hills of Harford County and along the Susquehanna River. The starting time for both routes is between 8 and 9 a.m. and all riders are required to wear helmets.
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By Stephen H. Morgan | September 25, 2012
When most people hear the word Medicaid, they probably think about health care for poor people, especially children. To an extent, that is true. But for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, Medicaid means so much more than just health care. For them, Medicaid is the reason people with disabilities and their families have been able to thrive in our communities, having a quality of life comparable to that of other citizens. Now, in the face of a protracted economic downturn, Medicaid is under attack.
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February 29, 2012
March 1 marks the beginning of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region will be joining with people and chapters across the country to raise awareness about issues facing those with disabilities. To observe this month, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region will be promoting the news and sharing stories at various activities in the community with the goal to promote and protect the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, stories like Jason Coffman, of Harford County, and his recycler position that opened the door to a micro-enterprise opportunity.
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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.
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November 24, 2011
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County has granted $5,600 of its 2011 grants budget in emergency funds to local nonprofits serving women and girls. Emergency Grants are provided to selected nonprofits organizations on an annual basis to be used throughout the year toward immediate relief of emergencies in the lives of women and girls they serve. Recipients for 2011 are Bridges to Housing Stability, Community Action Council, Domestic Violence Center, Family and Children's Services and Howard County General Hospital for the Healthy Families program, FIRN, and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.
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November 24, 2011
Rebecca Johnson-Stone , of Columbia, is the recipient of the Rising Star award by the National Association for Female Executives. She founded and runs the national non-profit organization W.A.R. (Walk Against Rape), an organization that unites all survivors of rape and sexual assault with an emphasis on military service members, ethnic minorities, the LGBT community and other non-profit organizations. The award will be formally presented to her in New York on Nov. 30. The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County has granted $5,600 of its 2011 grants budget in emergency funds to local nonprofits serving women and girls.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2011
Officials at the Developmental Disabilities Administration have launched an investigation into why $25 million was left unspent by the agency, and the new executive director says he expects answers by the end of the year. The agency serves 20,000 but has a waiting list of 5,000, and some could have benefited from the money, said Frank Kirkland, who took over the post in August, about the time when fiscal year-end auditing found that accounting errors had cost funding. Kirkland wouldn't say if anyone was disciplined or what the root of the problem may have been.
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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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