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Volume 19, Number 4

Holiday 2002

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.

Bay Buddies Wins the Hearts of Campers and Parents Alike s soon as Matt Diffenbaugh, 19, saw the bus round the corner on summer mornings, a huge grin lit up his face. He knew a magical day was about to begin. That’s because Matt was enrolled in Bay Buddies, a program sponsored by The Arc of Baltimore. Based at the Living Classrooms Foundation’s Inner Harbor facility, Bay Buddies gives children who have special needs an unforgettable camp experience. For Matt, “unforgettable” is an understatement. “Bay Buddies is absolutely wonderful,” enthuses Matt’s mom, Barbara Diffenbaugh. “Thanks to Bay Buddies, there was a whole different frame of mind going in our house this summer. Usually, Matt hangs out at home at what I jokingly call ‘Camp Diffenbaugh,’ because there are no other summer programs geared to his needs. I always tried to keep him stimulated, but my efforts were a far cry from the well-structured activities and new experiences he got with Bay Buddies.” “Every day, Matt came home with a note from his counselor to let us know what he’d done that day. And believe me, there was something new and exciting every day. Our whole family and everyone in our neighborhood knew Matt’s schedule. They’d say, ‘Hey, Matt’s going on the Constellation today’ or ask ‘How was Matt’s sailing trip today?’ After he went on the Duck Tour of Baltimore, all of us went around quacking for a week!” Because Matt uses hand signs to communicate, he took a friend, Brandon Bergenbach, along as a helper. A 10th grader at Dundalk High, Brandon was as delighted with Bay Buddies as Matt was. Mrs. Diffenbaugh says he’d get off the bus everyday full of enthusiasm about

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n behalf of everyone at The Arc of Baltimore, we thank you for your generous support. Your friendship is the foundation of everything we do to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities. May the peace and joy of the holiday season be with you and your loved ones throughout the coming year. With best wishes—

Stephen H. Morgan

Edmond B. Nolley, Jr.

Above, left to right, Candace Wedlock prepares to share her wish list with Santa.

❉ Santa pays a visit to Anthony Schueler. ❉ Hoping for a raise, perhaps, Joseph Anastasio, senior director of residential services, tries to butter up boss Claus.

Advocacy, resources and community for people with developmental disabilities


Consumer’s Wish Comes True The Arc of Baltimore’s staff members take the concept of honoring consumer preferences very seriously. Just ask Harry Farace, who had wanted to take a helicopter ride for as long as he can remember. Harry talked about it often and enthusiastically. He even made it a goal in his individual program plan.

Danny Anderson horses around at the Maryland Council for Special Education.

Lisa Alden is the residential program coordinator who made it happen. On October 19, Lisa arranged a visit to the American Helicopter Museum in New Chester, Pennsylvania for Harry and his housemates, James Biles and Michael Rosen. After touring the museum, the four took an exciting helicopter ride. Talk about being on Cloud Nine!

Exhibit Celebrates Undiscovered Artists Devin Stine sets sail with the help of instructor Erin Kilcullen.

Proud Bay Buddies craftsman William Butler. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

something Matt had done or a new sign they had developed to talk about a certain activity. “From the moment we filled out the Bay Buddies application, everyone was so wonderful to us. The staff couldn’t have been better. Each of the counselors had a story to tell about Matt. It was clear they knew who he was. He wasn’t just another name to them. “I’m just so grateful we had the opportunity to be part of this program. I never wanted Matt to be denied anything because we don’t have a wheelchair lift or because he was too heavy for me to carry anymore. Thanks to Bay Buddies, Matt got to revisit the National Aquarium and the Constellation, places he hadn’t seen since he was small. “He also got to experience so many new things, like sailing. And Matt has always had a love of horses, but it wasn’t until Bay Buddies that he had a chance to ride. Brandon told me Matt was screaming and crying when he first mounted the horse, but within minutes he was in heaven! That day, Matt came home with a ‘Yeah, I’m all that’ look on his face. He was just filled with pride. “There was even a difference in the craft projects Matt brought home. You could tell that they were truly his creations and his alone. His special touch shone right through.” It’s the enthusiasm of parents like Barbara Diffenbaugh that recently earned Bay Buddies an Innovation Award from the Maryland Recreation & Parks Association and an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. Not bad for a program only in its second year! ❆

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magination was on display at “Art in the Round,” an exhibit and auction of unique artwork created by individuals with disabilities, hosted by The Arc of Baltimore on October 10 at the American Visionary Arts Museum. The exhibit featured unconventional art from undiscovered artists who have a wide Mark Mojzisek turned out to range of disabilities. Drawing support his friend, Anne Heinlein, from artists throughout central whose watercolor, “Study in Purple,” Maryland, the exhibit included a was a big hit at “Art in the Round.” variety of artistic media, ranging from watercolor and wire sculpture to charcoal sketching and glasswork. “Art in the Round” was a collaborative effort between 10 agencies to provide an appropriate venue to display the work of individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity for their art to be seen. Artists received half of all winning bids on their artwork. The remaining proceeds will be used to provide supplies, instruction and equipment for additional art classes. In addition to The Arc of Baltimore, participating agencies included Alliance, Inc., The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, Athelas Institute, Community Living, Inc., Gallagher Services, Providence Center, Inc., Service Coordination, Spring Grove Center and United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. Special thanks to the following corporate sponsors: The American Visionary Arts Museum, Butler Woodcrafters, Calvert Wholesale Florist, Bond Distributing and Joy America Café. ❆

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The Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities of Baltimore City honored Sandra Schneiderman, surrounded by her loving family and dedicated case manager, Dimitra Vega (right), for her excellent work at GBMC and the Hunt Valley Marriott.


From Club Venture’s 2002 Scrapbook:

Warm Memories Help Allay Winter’s Cold Back in the daily grind for nearly four months now, many people feel like summer never even happened. Consumers who vacationed at Club Venture in August know better, and they’ve got the photos to prove it.

Susan Westgate gives Ed Groszer a new look on Spa Day.

Do You Have the Write Stuff? dults who have grown up having disabilities and/or health care needs are invited to submit short essays for the book “Guidelines for a Different Journey: Personal Stories for Parents by Adults with Disabilities,” to be published by People with Disabilities Press. Authors are asked to write an essay they wish their parents had read to them (or told them about) while they were growing up. Individuals whose work is accepted will receive $125 for the right to include their essay in the book.

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Here are the guidelines: 1. Essays should be 1500 words or less. In addition, please write a biography of no more than 150 words. Be sure to include your mailing address, telephone number, fax number and email address. 2. Submit your essay by email as an attachment in Microsoft Word or paste it into the body of an email. Send the email to stan@disabilitiesbooks.com. 3. If you submit your essay by regular mail, please double space the text. If at all possible, submit the essay on a disk as well. Be sure to label the disk and each page of your printed essay with your name and address and send the printed copy and disk to: Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D., DisABILITIESBOOKS, Inc., P.O. Box 470715, Brookline, MA 02447-0715.

Tim Weeks goes for the gold in the football toss.

The Arc of Baltimore Nominees Win Big he Arc of Baltimore played a starring role at the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities 12th Annual Awards Luncheon in October. Tom and Lucy Paynter were named “Best Neighbors” for offering support to a couple with disabilities who lives nearby. The Paynters have assisted the couple with transportation, pet care and apartment maintenance for more than a decade. Delegate Martha Klima was recognized for her continued service to people with developmental disabilities. This past year, Delegate Klima was instrumental in the initial passage and post-passage survival of a bill mandating the Governor to include funds for wage parity for community workers. Continually and consistently, Delegate Klima seeks to increase community participation by advancing individual rights. The Helping Hands, a group of self-advocates responsible for planning and implementing programs to help citizens with disabilities and to educate the public, received an award for enhancing disability awareness. Prior to the 2002 elections, the Helping Hands conducted a voter registration drive. The result: all of its members are now registered to vote. The group also raises money to buy and distribute turkeys to needy families for Thanksgiving . ❆

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4. Deadline: February 15, 2003. The book will be co-edited by Stan Klein and John Kemp. Klein is a clinical psychologist and educator who has written and co-edited a number of books about children and disabilities. Kemp is a principal in a Washington, DC law firm representing organizations dedicated to health care, rehabilitation and disability issues. ❆

Terri Parrish (second from left), chair of the Commission, and Tony Pagnotti (center),WMAR-TV, congratulate Helping Hand members

(from left) Earnest Woodard, Harry Shackleford and Thomas Sessomes.

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Double Exposure Michael Taylor recently won, not just one, but, two impressive awards! In the left-hand photo, he proudly displays "The Roland Johnson Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership in Self-Advocacy," presented at the Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered Conference in Buffalo, NY. Accepting the award, Michael said, "I have reached true freedom," whereupon 1400 people gave him a standing ovation. On the right, Michael holds a "Magnificent 7 Award," presented by the Maryland State Independent Living Council for exemplary leadership and exceptional commitment towards furthering the rights and opportunities for Marylanders with disabilities. "They were honoring Marylanders who are making a difference," explains Michael. "I got this award because I am an outstanding advocate." Congratulations, Michael!

theAdvocate The Advocate is published by The Arc of Baltimore, Inc. 7215 York Road Baltimore, MD 21212-4499 410-296-2272 www.arcofbaltimore.org Edmond B. Nolley, Jr, President Stephen H. Morgan, Executive Director Lisa Singer, Editor Steam Communications, Graphic Design

Bill Stratemeyer (left), from the Maryland State Numismatic Association, presents

Executive Director Stephen H. Morgan with a generous donation to The Arc of Baltimore.

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