For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities HO LI DA Y 2016
Healing Center Aptly Named
rauma is a common issue for individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has a profound e ffect on development and impacts many areas of their lives. The Healing Center is a therapeutic place for people from The Arc Baltimore who are struggling at home or work and need to address their trauma so they can move forward. Karyn Harvey, Ph.D., our assistant e xecutive director of clinical supports, brings a wealth of experience to positive identity development and trauma-informed behavioral interventions. She and her team of psychology associates administer The Healing Center, which is made possible by the Campbell Foundation. It’s important work. Many of the individuals we work with at The Arc were placed in a state institution at a very young age. They experienced significant trauma through malnourishment, neglect and physical, psychological and
sexual abuse. They had no concept of life outside the walls of the institution Above: Music is used or what it meant to be loved. Others for healing therapy. were raised by single mothers in highcrime neighborhoods or by parents with drug problems. Still others were placed in multiple foster care homes and had no consistent course of education. Dave Hinsberger, an expert on sexual abuse perpetrated against individuals with I/DD, estimates that eight out of 10 females and six out of 10 males with I/DD have been sexually abused. Now, as adults, many are experiencing behavioral, emotional and psychiatric difficulties. This may be compounded by the individuals’ limited intellectual capacity to understand or communicate what they experienced. The Arc launched the Healing Center in 2015 with a small pilot program. Eight people with I/DD and a diagnosis or symptoms of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) graduated in June. In September, a second class entered. CO NT INUED O N PAGE 6
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15th Annual Art in the Round Was a Blast!
sold-out crowd of more than 450 guests turned out on October 21 for the Art in the Round exhibit and silent auction in support of The Arc Baltimore and the amazing artists who showcased their talent. Winning bids ranged from $50 to $900, and buyers were thrilled to take home a coveted piece of art. Jamie Costello, ABC2 news anchor, with artist Tonya Barnes. Tonya’s Bowl of Cherries was selected for next year’s promotional art. She received a check for $100.
The milestone event was held at the Grand Lodge of Maryland in Hunt Valley. WMAR news anchor Jamie Costello did another turn as emcee and auctioneer. As always, his exuberant personality encouraged enthusiastic bidding. Art in the Round netted more than $75,000 for The Arc Baltimore programming, including $30,000 through a special appeal to help more people from The Arc get jobs in the community. Eighty-two pieces were selected from more than 200 submissions. The 62 artists received 60% of the proceeds. Tonya Barnes’ painting “Bowl of Cherries” was chosen as the promotional poster for next year’s event. “Hawaiian Sunshine Hibiscus” by Mecca Fobbs was the People’s Choice Award winner, receiving the most “likes” from our Facebook friends. Thanks to all of our sponsors, the artists and their families. Thanks, too, to everyone who came out to support Hawaiian Sunshine this event! l Hibiscus by Mecca Fobbs
Artists Danny Parks, Maria Rosner, Crystal Wagner and Crystal Howard with CCBC art teacher Sandy Widomski (back row center)
Steve Morgan with Ken Mays, president of Scientific Plant Service, title sponsor for the event
Chris and Bekky Levesque with Laura and Joe Ward. Chris is on the board and Joe is VP of the board.
Tameka Harry and Sheneka Lewis from The Arc Baltimore with David Jacobson of Blades & Rosenfeld
Steve with Gregory Bannister, artist of the live auction piece shown here
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Daphni Steffin demonstrates a picture phone with assistance from Michael Zile.
Assistive Technology Training Underway
he Arc Baltimore received a $10,000 grant from The Comcast Foundation to underwrite assistive technology (AT) training for individuals with I/DD at the organization’s six day and employment centers.
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The grant is part of a national partnership agreement between Comcast NBCUniversal and The Arc’s parent organization. Comcast NBCUniversal is providing $200,000 to expand technology resources to ensure people have necessary tools to help them reach their greatest potential.
“Locally, the Comcast grant is enabling The Arc Baltimore to train more than 120 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing an overview and demonstration of AT devices that can help them enjoy greater independence in daily living and employment,” says The Arc Baltimore Executive Director Stephen H. Morgan. According to Morgan, The Arc Baltimore is holding 12 labs over the course of six months, each of which trains ten adults with I/DD as well as staff members who support them. A variety of assistive technology devices that could help people with computer access, environmental control, hearing, vision, home safety, memory and cognition, eating, communication, recreation, work and more are demonstrated during each of the labs.
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To date, Director of Assistive Technology and Information Systems Daphni Steffin has held ten labs at six locations, targeting those who could benefit the most from the trainings. Says Steffin, “Participants have been very excited to learn about AT devices that can lead to greater independence in different areas of their life. Almost every participant left with ideas about devices they would like. They filled out a wish list, and their support teams are working to help obtain those tools.”
Glenn Blackwell enjoys the hands-free headset.
The Arc Baltimore’s AT library has more than one hundred devices. It includes everything from a simple device that helps a person with cerebral palsy use a telephone to sophisticated apps that provide steps on how to prepare a meal or complete a job task. l
Marie Delvecchio tries out the Go Talk pocket communication device.
Bykota Senior Center Adds Worth to James Wirth’s Life At the Bykota Senior Center in Towson, James Wirth is getting by with a little help from his friends. In fact, he is more than just getting by; he is thriving!
signed James up for the center’s run/walk event to make sure James could get a tee-shirt.”
ames began attending the center after he retired from UniFirst after an 11-year run. Support from The Arc’s Community Employment and Community Living divisions made the transition possible. Despite a few struggles early on, James now comes to the center five hours a day, five days a week. He enjoys every minute. To make James’ time at Bykota worthwhile and keep him engaged, Center Connection Specialist Paula Skleres formed a friendship with him from the beginning. Paula helped him flourish and build connections with people.
The buddies look out for James, showing concern when he’s absent. They have become like brothers to James, freely and frequently joking around with him.
James (center) with friends Patrick Conway and Tom Murtaugh
James spends mornings with the ladies who work in the gift shop and socializes with people who come in. Afterwards, he shoots hoops with the guys from the basketball league, including James’ buddies Mike Hannan, Tom Murtaugh and Larry Ventura. James watches all the games, cheering his pals on. Tom in particular has been a special friend. Paula says, “When there is a special event, Tom makes sure James has a ticket. He
James enjoys a variety of activities at Bykota. During bingo, he always sits directly beside the caller, and one of the ladies assists him as needed. Naturally, he loves to win! James also participates in Wii Bowling, and he shuffles and deals for the ladies’ card group. He sings with center attendees on Fridays.
The center has a yearly volunteer appreciation luncheon. James asked Paula how he could help so he’d be eligible to attend the next one! Now he helps Paula stuff newsletters and does other jobs she has available. James has been fully accepted at the Bykota Senior Center and is a vital, contributing member. The bonds he has formed are valuable for James—and for everyone. l
Groundbreaking Law Offers Financial B enefits to People with I/DD
n December 19, 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into federal law. It will give many people who acquired disabilities prior to the age of 26 the ability to open tax-exempt bank accounts without losing their eligibility for federal means-tested benefits. Funds in these accounts can be used for disability-related expenses. Eligible individuals must open an account in their state of residence; most states are still working to set up programs. During the 2016 legislative session, Governor Hogan signed into law HB431, establishing the Maryland ABLE Program. Maryland 529 (formerly College Savings Plans of Maryland) will develop and administer the program. The legislation went into effect July 1, 2016. However, Maryland’s ABLE Program is not yet operational; Maryland 529 is working on program implementation. The goal is to have Maryland ABLE up and running by October 2017. Under the ABLE Act, people with disabilities can establish special accounts where they can save up to $100,000 without jeopardizing their Social Security and other government benefits. Medicaid eligibility is not affected by any level of funds accrued in the accounts. However, a provision added to the federal law limited such accounts to people with a disability that occurs before age 26.
Proposed Changes Draw Opposition Just last month, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance approved two bills giving more flexibility to those who are already eligible for ABLE accounts. The ABLE to Work Act would allow people with disabilities who are employed to save additional money in their accounts each year, while the ABLE
Financial Planning Act would let money saved in a 529 college savings plan be rolled over into an ABLE account. However, a third bill—raising the eligibility age to 46—was left out of any discussions before the Senate committee and left many advocates feeling shortchanged. The limitation on eligibility based on the age of the onset of a disability did not exist in the original legislation and was added with the understanding that Congress would restore the broader eligibility criteria. “The last-minute addition of the age criteria to the bill led many people who had championed the ABLE Act for years to be left out,” said Chris Rodriguez, senior public policy advisor at the National Disability Institute and co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Task Force on Financial Security. “It was the understanding of the disability community that the age concession would be addressed as soon as possible,” Rodriguez added. Because The Arc largely represents individuals who would easily meet the existing cutoff at age 26, it is one of a number of groups that have pledged to oppose the age increase bill. It was one of the 82 disability advocates that sent letters to key lawmakers to express their disapproval. “The reality is that the Financial Planning Act and the ABLE to Work Act cost less than $50 million combined over 10 years,” said Sara Hart Weir, president of the National Down Syndrome Society. “The age increase costs $2 billion over 10 years.” The cost associated with the age increase makes it less likely to pass in the near future. l
Check out The ABLE Act Fact Sheet here: www.thearcbaltimore.org/resources/disability/ in our Futures Planning section.
Bay Buddies Means Summer!
eventy-eight campers with significant developmental and physical disabilities basked in fun and sun this summer at Bay Buddies, The Arc Baltimore’s annual summer camp and enrichment program. Campers came from our four partnering schools: Battle Monument and Maiden Choice schools in Baltimore County and William S. Baer and George W. F. McMechen schools in Baltimore City. Twenty-six attended for the first time. Campers participated in both recreational and educational activities, the latter to help them maintain important skills developed during the year. Campers were immersed in the outdoors on the Living Classrooms main campus, located on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. Each day had an environmental theme that was incorporated into each activity, field trip and story. Campers hiked around native gardens and the bay shoreline for scavenger hunts. They participated in “wind play,” experimenting with scarves and leaves flying in the wind. While at the farm, campers brushed, fed and rode horses while learning about what they eat and how they get exercise. In addition, all campers sailed down the Patapsco River aboard the Sigsbee, a fully restored Chesapeake Bay skipjack. They touched many bay critters, explored maritime artifacts and practiced tying and untying nautical knots.
Additional areas of focus included: history studies, science studies, healthy living, cultural studies, mathematics, reading, writing and leadership development—all of them made fun, of course. The Arc Baltimore is proud to have accommodated nearly 80 students who had significant needs with nearly 1:1 staff support. We offered fun and educational activities they wouldn’t have experienced otherwise. Some went sailing, horseback riding and/or swimming for the first time.
Belly laughs were part of every day.
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Judi Hammett summed up her Macht Fund of THE ASSOCIATED daughter Maia’s experience saying, Ravens Roost #120 “She came home tired but happy each day, so I know she had a Venable Foundation good time.” Another parent said, Ellen W. P. Wasserman Foundation “Thank you for supporting our Lardarius Webb Foundation children and making learning in the Wells Fargo Foundation summer fun.” A Maiden Choice staff member said, “I feel at times that Thomas Wilson Foundation children with disabilities are in a bubble. It is neat to see them grow, learn and have the experiences Bay Buddies offers. I enjoy watching the kids ‘light up’ at each event.” l Note: All 78 students received funding assistance for the full tuition. Door-to-door accessible transportation was provided.
Sailing is a perennial favorite.
Horses need grooming, too!
Cooling off in the pool
Direct Support Staff Honored
n recognition of Direct Support Professionals Month in September, The Arc Baltimore held banquets to recognize our most vital staff: direct support professionals. The morning and evening banquets accommodated the differing schedules of day/employment personnel and community living/family living staff. The events acknowledged standout staff who meet the daily needs of people in our programs. They help them live, work and thrive in our community. These staff are the backbone of our agency and provide vital supports to the individuals who receive our services. Comedian Larry Lancaster emceed the banquets, which were held at Oak Crest Retirement Community. He was hilarious! Everyone who attended had a great time hanging out with their co-workers. Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities Carol Beatty presented a Governor’s Citation to Emmanuel Ogunsemowo in recognition of his stellar work. He is a support specialist in community living and has been with us since 2008. Emmanuel and the other awardees were nominated by supervisors, peers, supported individuals and their families.
And the winners are… Best All Around Employee l Tory Bryant l Ryan Wehner Most Improved l Chauntinice Snyder l Anita Bailey Most Dedicated l Moneen Blake l Aubrenda Ervin Most Giving Of Their Own Time l Paula Johnson l Lekya Missouri Most Persevering l Courtney Harrison l Zelda Guster Best Attitude l Dinma Alaeze l James O’Brien Most Patient l Bessie West l Antonia Sweet Best Sense Of Humor l Joseph Agyapong l Justice Smallwood Best Driver l John Buckett l Sonia Hayes Most Effective Communicator l Satya Gregg l Allen McDuffie Best With Family Relations l Chudney Johnson l Felicia Patterson Most Flexible l Olusegun Banjo l Danielle Hines Best Paperwork l Eleanor Boah l Rachel Silwick Most Organized l Olamide Adigun l Raykiesha Nash Best With Challenging Situations l Kerin Johnson l Albert Howard Best With Medical Concerns l Bilen Zerit l Lillie Bolger Most Helpful In Transitions l Yvonne Wilson-Bey l Mushirarungu Barahomahoma Most Creative l Shelly Smith l Randyn Smallwood Most Resourceful l Duane Howard l Tracy Wilkins Best With Financial Management l Carla Williams l Patricia Dudley Most Punctual l Dallas Dyson l Elizabeth Travers Best In Community Engagement l Clinton Turner Jr l Erica Vince Best With Individual Supports l Naja Pinkney-Lennon l Lizzie Stokeling Best In Fostering Relationships l Shalay Ridges
Emmanuel Ogunsemowo with Carol Beatty
l = Community Living/Family Living l = Day and Employment Services
Healing Center Aptly Named CO NT INUED FRO M PAGE 1 Selected participants from day/employment centers attend three days a week for ten months. The program is conducted in a calming and serene environment. People do yoga therapy that includes breathing exercises and mild stretching to promote relaxation and calm their minds. In addition, they participate in a variety of music therapies, including singing, dancing, drum circles and listening to music that puts them in touch with their emotions. In art therapy, group members work on processing their grief by, among other things, creating memory boxes that include a note to someone they lost. Group members work through recent events and past trauma that may be affecting their current day. They receive peer support and comfort, address issues with other group members and build positive relationships. Individual therapy is offered as well.
The therapists do intensive trauma work with group members. One method Harvey uses is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an integrative psychotherapy approach that has proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Helping people in the group develop a strong sense of self is a principal goal of the therapists. It is central to helping them learn to identify as someone other than a victim who has experienced loss. Harvey explains, “We want participants to discover a sense of purpose and mission. That might be, ‘I can be somebody’s girlfriend or boyfriend or husband or wife,’ or ‘I can work.’ We have already seen great changes in motivation levels. When they get that sense of purpose, they feel like ‘My life can really happen.’” l
The group really comes together to support each other. Case in point: Tracey Volker, who attends the program, says, “I help my other friends here. They need support, too. I feel safe here. I learn how to feel happy.” Karyn Harvey says some participants have horrific trauma histories. One woman watched her mother die violently right in front of her. Harvey believes that the root of everybody’s trauma is grief and loss.
View “The Healing Center: A Documentary” at www.youtube.com/arcbaltimore
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Give a Nifty Holiday Gift-y!
uring the holidays—or for a special occasion of any kind—a tax-deductible donation to The Arc Baltimore does more than you know to help provide advocacy and life-changing supports to adults or children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as their families. Give a one-time gift or a monthly gift through our Circle of Giving Society. Consider personalizing your gift by designating it to one of the programs that provide people with I/DD supports they need to live a meaningful, high-quality life. Examples include:
JOBS FOR ALL: Job development and training that open doors for employment
FAMILY FUND: Financial aid for families who need help with medical and other needs
ASSISTIVE TECH NOLOGY: Gives individuals devices that enhance their communication and independence
MEMBERSHIP: Strengthens The Arc’s voice locally and nationally
LIFE ENHANCEMENT: Grants wishes such as trips and other special events
Visit www.thearcbaltimore.org/donate or send your contribution to 7215 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
Marteece Jenkins Finding Success
ineteen-year-old Marteece Jenkins is making his mark at Carroll Community College. Excelling in his second year there, Marteece hopes to earn his Associate’s Degree so he can open a computer repair business one day.
and scanner, a smart pen and software that helps with note-taking, recording lectures and essay writing. In addition, the grant underwrote training for The Arc Baltimore to help Marteece learn to use the new technology. Marteece said, “I am finally keeping up with classwork on my own.” Due to the technology, he has discovered independence as he pursues higher education, and he is excited by the future!
His first year did not go as smoothly. As a result of a traumatic brain injury as a young child, Marteece struggled with reading comprehension, spelling and note-taking. Because Marteece didn’t have the 1:1 staffing he was accustomed to in high school, he fell behind and relied heavily on the assistance of his professors. Enter the HSC Foundation, which provided a grant to fund assistive technology items for Marteece: a laptop, a printer
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The young scholar will be featured as an AT success story in The Arc Maryland’s 2017 legislative calendar. The Randallstown resident receives foster care services from The Arc Baltimore. l
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ith the assistance of Zinnia Films and an endowment distribution funding, The Arc Baltimore created a video that showcases the many programs and services we provide. In addition, we created three other videos: “Adult Home Supports,” “Day and Employment Services” and “Family Supports.” The videos, available at www.thearcbaltimore.org, show what the services look like through the eyes of people in The Arc Baltimore’s network. The videos’ intent is to help individuals and families get an idea of what to expect if they choose supports from our agency. l
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