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Volume 21, Number 3

Fall 2004

The Arc of Baltimore Mission Statement To ensure that people with developmental disabilities have maximum opportunities to actively participate in all aspects of community life, and to offer programs and services that support them in doing so.

theAdvocate Art in the Round EXHIBIT AND AUCTION

Featuring art created by individuals with

Cheryl Prato and Lincoln Hunte let their friend share the spotlight.

developmental disabilities

Tuesday, October 12 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. ●

American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Highway • Baltimore, MD 21230

● Tickets: $25 (before 9/30/04); $30 thereafter and at the door Includes a cocktail reception, access to exhibits and admission to the silent auction

● Tickets are going fast! Call Kim Lyons at 410-296-2272 to reserve yours TODAY!

No Monkey Business for Zoo Crews Workers Get Rave Reviews upported employment crews from The Arc of Baltimore spent the summer beautifying the grounds of the Baltimore Zoo, and administrators there couldn’t have been happier. Kellie Duncan, supervisor of the zoo’s custodial department, said the compliments starting rolling in the first day The Arc of Baltimore crews began working there. “From the president of the zoo down to the zookeepers and the visitors, I heard how wonderful the zoo looked all the time,” she said. “That’s very important to us, especially during the summer, which is our busiest season.” The Arc had two, six-consumer zoo crews, each with its own job coach. Workers were responsible for helping the custodial department with trash removal, cleaning and restocking bathrooms, and policing the grounds. Sometimes


Preston Perkins kept the Zoo in tiptop shape this summer.


Advocacy, resources and community for people with developmental disabilities

Convention Charts Future Course for Consumers and Service Providers he Arc of Baltimore hosted “Changing Lanes,” the 2004 convention of The Arc of Maryland, on June 11. The convention’s theme reflected an emerging reality in which individuals receiving services play an increasingly large role in mapping out their own futures. Workshops focused on technology, stress relief, disability rights, sibling and family support and strategies for setting goals for programs and services. Six members of The Arc of Baltimore—and the association itself—received awards: Hilary Christian took home Professional of the Year honors for providing quality services that helped increase independence for people with mental retardation. Kathleen Durkin received the Outstanding Advocate Award, presented to someone whose actions have significantly improved the quality of life of an individual, created positive systemic change or protected basic human, civil or legal rights. Rebecca Hoffberger, director of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, received a Certificate of Appreciation for providing a venue for people with mental retardation to showcase their talents. Dr. Gordon Bonham’s pro bono services to The Arc of Baltimore and the people it supports earned him the Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award. Senator Delores Kelly received the Legislative Leadership Award for promoting disability related issues in the State Senate. Having retained 95% or more of its previous year’s members, The Arc of Baltimore added a Membership Renewal Certificate to its collection. The Arc of Maryland and the convention planning committee extends appreciation to the following sponsors for their generous support: Synergetec, The Centre for Management and Technology, Mutual of America and Boyd Transportation. Thanks, also, to convention donors Foster Thomas and The Donaldson Group, and to exhibitors Bonham Research, HDIS, Maryland Trust for Retarded Citizens, Inc., Maryland Association for Persons in Supported Employment, NeighborCare, Nutrition Incorporated, RJP/Richard J. Princinsky & Associates, Inc., Ride-Away Handicap Equipment and Sunshine Vending. ■


Christine Marchand, executive director of The Arc of Maryland, presented Senator Delores Kelly (right) with the 2004 Legislative Leadership Award.

Okay, so it wasn’t Athens. But torchbearer Doug Moore and friends still enjoyed the Club Venture Olympics. One hundred twenty-eight consumers attended camp from August 19–26. Kathleen Durkin was all smiles as she received the

Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award from Ed Worff, president of The Arc of Maryland.


New Members Add Depth to Board of Directors The Arc of Baltimore is delighted to welcome two multi-talented new board members to its fold.

Helpful Links to Government Supports ■ A list

Joseph “Max” Curran III and his family are no strangers to law and politics. Max's grandfather, J. Joseph Curran, was a Baltimore City councilman. His father, J. Joseph Curran, Jr., has been Maryland's Attorney General since 1986. Max's uncle, Robert Curran, is on the Baltimore City Council. His sister is Katie O’Malley, an associate judge for the District Court of Maryland, who just happens to be married to Baltimore City Mayor Martin O'Malley. A commissioner with the Maryland Public Service Commission, Curran graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received a law degree from the University of Maryland. He has worked in the Public Defender's Office as well as for Nolan, Plumhoff & Williams, Chartered and for Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf, Hendler & Sameth, LLC. Curran also served four years on the Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee. He serves on the Committee of Telecommunications for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the ad hoc Committee on Critical Infrastructure as well as the Washington Action Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Curran and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Maeve and Dacey. Michelle Hart recently left her job as an oncology research nurse coordinator to devote more time to her family and her advocacy efforts on behalf of children with disabilities. She and her husband, Dr. Robert Bristow, have a newborn daughter, Chloe, and a three-year-old son, Jackson, who has multiple disabilities. Hart says Jackson’s arrival “created a sense of urgency and determination to break through the attitudinal and structural barriers we face as we work toward integrating him in community settings.” Jackson attends a typical preschool, where he receives all necessary supportive therapies. Hart completed training programs offered by the Partners in Policymaking and the Maryland Parent Leadership Institute. She is on the boards of the Abilities Network and Parents and Children Together Daycare. Additionally, she is an advisory board member of the Kennedy Krieger University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. An interest in early education advocacy led Hart to become a member of the State Special Education Advisory Council, the Maryland Parent Advisory Council, the Baltimore City Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee and the Baltimore City Parent Community Advisory Board. Hart chairs The Arc of Maryland’s Education Committee. She is also involved in project planning for the Family League of Baltimore’s One Stop Resource Center and, through the Governor’s Office for Individuals with Disabilities, serves on a task force for inclusive childcare and afterschool care. ■

of federal- and state-funded government benefit programs, plus information about how to apply for them. It is considered the most comprehensive online resource for government-to-citizen assistance programs. ■ Information

and links to federal resources for people with disabilities and their caregivers on such topics as civil rights, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, transportation and community life. ■ Website for the

Commission on Civil Rights, which is charged with investigating any discrimination or denial of equal protection under the law based on disability and other issues. The site also serves as a national clearinghouse for information in respect to discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws because of disability. ■

ustdd/tty_a.htm#agriculture A complete list of all TTY contact numbers for the federal government ■

index.htm Website of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, which works to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families have access to services, supports and other assistance and opportunities that promote independence, productivity and inclusion. ■

A wealth of information about housing for people with disabilities, including links to federal resources and details about fair housing laws ■

Details about the Americans with Disabilities Act and the employment rights of individuals with disabilities. ■

ty.html The latest official U.S. census data on the incidence of disability in the U.S. population. ■ Information

designed to help women with disabilities overcome physical and financial roadblocks. Also provides reliable health information. ■


Bay Buddies Continues to Fill a Void for Kids and Families When Wanda Newton finished talking, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Wanda is the mother of 11-year-old Gregory Matthews, who attended the 4th Annual Bay Buddies summer camp, sponsored by The Arc of Baltimore, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Living Classrooms Foundation in August. “It is the only outing Greg gets in the summer,” Ms. Newton said. “The staff does so many activities that I’d like to do with Greg, but I just can’t manage them on my own. “Greg doesn’t talk much, but he made it clear how much he liked the camp. I had to reschedule a doctor’s appointment for him after he found out he’d have to miss a day of camp. And I never had to wake him up in the morning. He’d be up yelling, ‘I gotta go to camp! I gotta go!” As a child who has cerebral palsy, Greg requires a lot of personal care, including tube feeding. His mom appreciates the challenge that provided for staff and how well they met it. “I thank everybody for the way they worked with my child. I’m his parent, so I know how hard it can be to take care of him. The counselors had to lift him, feed him and change him. They did it so well and without complaining. “At graduation, the kids received certificates and were recognized for their accomplishments. It was good to see how much the kids can do and how much the staff cares about them. At other camps, Greg was left off to the side and ignored. There was never even any of his artwork on the bulletin boards. It made me feel so sad. I never felt that way this summer.” Bay Buddies also provided Ms. Newton with the only break she’ll get all summer. That’s because the program is one of very few summer camp opportunities available for children, from age 5 to 21, with developmental disabilities. This year, 80 children from Maiden Choice, Battle Monument, Ridge Ruxton and the William S. Baer schools attended. “The camp helps a select group of students with special needs maintain the skills they work so hard to gain but can lose so quickly without ongoing stimulation,” explained Dianna Morgan, creator of Bay Buddies.

One of the new arts and crafts projects was a banner-making activity that featured picture frames designed by the campers. The frames held photographs of each child participating in camp activities. Those activities included horseback riding, sailing and paddle-boating, and a screening of “Passport Voyages: Oceanarium 2.” A crew from The Arc of Baltimore’s landscape service got into the spirit as well. They designed and prepared a plot outside of the McCormick & Schmick restaurant, which campers turned into a beautiful garden. Annette Easter is another mother who knows how much campers love the program. She explained that counselors told her that her son, Wade Simmons, didn’t want to get on the bus to come home. “He loved going on the boat rides, and he loved the horses. It was important that he had a chance to interact with other kids, because at home, in the summer, he doesn’t have that opportunity. “Going to Bay Buddies seems to motivate Wade to want to do more. I don’t know what I’d do if they stopped offering the camp,” Ms. Easter says. The Arc of Baltimore thanks the Allegis Group Foundation and the Giant Food Foundation for their sponsorship. ■

Timothy McKinnon played

boat captain while Taylor Hines enjoyed the refreshing harbor breeze.

John Kloch was all smiles is

the saddle.

Have you noticed the new flagpoles in front of The Arc of Baltimore headquarters? Thank the Kutcher family, which donated them in memory of Franklin Kutcher, father of Laura, to whom The Arc provides support. At the dedication ceremony, Kutcher’s widow, Mary, joined Executive Director Stephen H. Morgan in the lobby to unveil a plaque inscribed with the Pledge of Allegiance.



■ Hats off to David Price, whose artwork was chosen to grace the front of The Arc of Baltimore’s 2004 holiday card. David attends the Dundalk Day Center. Congratulations to Cortez Booker, Donna Waugh and Rob Harris, who won honorable mentions. ■ The Arc of the United States National Convention will be held November 18-20 in Boston. For details, visit ■ Congratulations to Kate Mayjo and Nancy Bareis, recently licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association as a Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse (CDDN) and Developmental Disabilities Certified (DDC), respectively. ■ J. K. Ferrell is looking for donors for a Red Cross Blood Drive, slated for December 10 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the boardroom at 7215 York Road. To sign up, call

No Monkey Business For Zoo Crews

him at (410) 296-2272, ext. 5243, or email him at ■ Have you even considered becoming a foster parent for a child with special needs? A New Foster Parent Orientation is scheduled for September 30; training sessions will be offered on October 15, 16, 22 and 23. Interested? Call Heather Griffith at (410) 296-2272, ext. 5362 to sign up. ■ The Arc of Baltimore was recognized for contributing to the success of The College Connection work study program at Essex community College. In addition to attending classes two days a weeks, students Brittany Knox, James Ross and Matthew Wedin worked with The Arc’s landscaping crews three days a week; Andrew Vaughn worked with supported employees in the Goucher College cafeteria.

Creative Fundraising Helps Support Programs


Two clever fundraising opportunities are making it more convenient than ever to support The Arc of Baltimore. consumers worked independently; other times they worked directly with members of the custodial department. Ms. Duncan said many people recognized how The Arc workers were polite, friendly and very excited to do their job. Personally, she was most surprised at how quickly consumers learned the ropes. “I thought it would take three weeks for them to learn the job, but after one week, they not only knew what to do but they knew their way around the zoo as well. The workers were so diligent that I really had to stay on my toes to make sure they had enough supplies.” She continued, “It’s truly been an honor to work with them. They are all wonderful workers, but more than that, I consider them close friends. If I ran into them outside of work, I’d be so excited to see them.” The zoo contract ended September 3rd, when crews returned to work at Bon Appetit and Goucher College for the fall and spring months. Joanna Falcone, supported employment job placement manager, called the zoo contract “a perfect summer work opportunity for consumers.” She, Kellie Duncan and the rest of the Baltimore Zoo staff hope for a repeat performance next year. ■

he Lion Shop and Share program allows you to make money for The Arc of Baltimore every time you go grocery shopping. Better yet, it’s easy. Whenever you use your MVP card at Food Lion, a portion of your total grocery purchase will automatically be donated to the association. To get started, just visit and follow the simple directions that will link your MVP card to the program and make The Arc of Baltimore the beneficiary. Lion Shop and Share does not interfere with MVP discounts, and you do not have to purchase an MVP product in order to earn money for The Arc.


he Arc of Baltimore and its national and state chapters have formed a partnership with America’s Car Donation Charities Center. So, if you’re thinking of selling or trading an old car, boat or RV, consider donating it instead. Staff from the center will pick up your car, at no cost to you, generally within three or four days. They’ll even handle the title transfer requirements. You estimate the fair market value of your vehicle, and the Car Donation Charities Center provides a deductible donation receipt at the time of pickup. Even if your car doesn’t run, you can still donate it as long as the value does not offset the cost of towing. Visit and designate The Arc of the United States as beneficiary. The Arc of Baltimore will receive a percent of the proceeds. Call 1-800-513-6560 seven days a week to get more information. ■



Lending a Helping Hand In June, engineers from Northrup Grumman (pictured here) renovated an old shed and completed a landscaping project at the Dundalk Center. In July, volunteers from Alliance Engineers donated time and supplies to paint the interior of the Loch Ridge Center. Many thanks to both of these hardworking and generous groups! Remember: The Arc of Baltimore always has volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals. Please call Kim Lyons at 410-296-2272 to see how you can help!

Legacy Society Growing Strong f you want to ensure that people with developmental disabilities have access to needed programs and services for many years to come, you still have an opportunity to becoming a charter member of The Arc of Baltimore’s Legacy Society. The Legacy Society is a group of friends and benefactors who have—or intend to— include The Arc of Baltimore in their estate plans through a bequest, charitable trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan or IRA designation, real estate or other income-producing planned gifts. The specific amount of the gift need not be disclosed; however, if you wish, you may let The Arc of Baltimore know your intentions so the gift may be figured into the agency’s strategic plans. You also may remain anonymous if you so choose. The Arc of Baltimore has copies of “Planning Your Will: Insights and Options,” an informative brochure that discusses planned giving options. If you’d like to receive one, or if you want more information about the Legacy Society, please call Kim Lyons at 410-296-2272. ■


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