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The Good Stuff!

Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) Spring 2018 TY Fair

Muna Elias‑Abass​ represented SCI at the BCPS Spring TY Fair. This event was very well attended with 350-400 students, parents and schools and 38 vendors from community providers to employment and trade schools.    

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Frederick Running Festival

Tucked away in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Frederick Running Festival is one of the hidden gems of the running community. Now in its 16th year, the festival features four races, which all finish at the Frederick Fairgrounds.  Runners can experience a big-time race with small town charm in the suburbs of Maryland. Team …
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Recognizing the achievements of Craig Howard

Each year, MACS (The Maryland Association of Community Services) hosts an Awards Dinner to recognize the achievements of people in the disabilities community in areas including: Personal Accomplishments Professional Accomplishment Volunteer Activities Contribution to Community This year SCI received 5 nominations and ultimately Craig Howard was chosen to receive the award. As a child, Craig …
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A Success Story – Chester Thompson

Chester Thompson was born in the summer of 1936 in Washington, DC. He grew up in the DC area where, as a young man, he married, and they raised nine children together. He was a hard worker throughout his life. Chester was a devoted father and supported his family by maintaining a long-term career as …
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Impact Story – The Washington County Warthogs

The Washington County Warthogs Adult 5v5 full court basketball team finished an undefeated regular season (10-0) by winning the Gold Medal as the State of Maryland Champions at the State Tournament. The team members are as follows: Picture 1 (Left) left to right: 1st row: James “JJ” Thomas, Richie “flash” Dobson, Jesus “G” Mercado 2nd …
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A Success Story – Julian Butler

Julian Butler is a 42-year-old father of five residing in Frederick County, Maryland. In May of 2017, Julian was working as a construction worker and leading an active life when he unexpectedly suffered a stroke, also known as a CVA. He had always been very physically active, but Julian’s life was drastically altered as he …
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A Success Story – Robert Brandlen

In 1981, Robert Brandlen was an active teenager and a high school junior who loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. He aspired to one day become a Volunteer Firefighter in his community in Garrett County. Robert began making connections at the local fire department to work toward this goal. He developed close friendships with other …
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Impact Story – Kenna and her family

Last year Kenna and her family were struggling to find Kenna support each day after school. One of Kenna’s brothers is engaged in extracurricular activities and her oldest brother was going off to college. Her parents, are both teachers and were unable to leave school early enough to get her off of the bus (one …
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A Success Story – Jose Rodriguez Diaz

Jose is a 61 year old father and grandfather who currently resides in Harford County with his daughter Maria (Cary), son in law Luis, and their two daughters. Jose and his story is pretty remarkable. Up until October 2017, Jose was residing in his home country of Puerto Rico. He has an extensive medical history …
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Carl Long’s Success Story

In the fall of 2016, Carl Long was hospitalized for treatment of a devastating anoxic brain injury due to a heroin overdose. This brain injury left him unable to move his extremities and swallow on his own as well as with many other physical and mental challenges. Upon discharge from the hospital, Carl was transferred …
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Impact! Eighteen year old Emma Banner

Eighteen year old Emma Banner is just like any other high school student. She loves going to school dances, participating in extra-curricular activities such as Bocce, tennis or school plays. Because of Emma’s significant needs related to her rare genetic disorder, Kleefstra Syndrome (9q 34 Chromosome Deletion) and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, her opportunities to be …
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Impact – Dana’s Story

Dana is a 44-year-old female that has diagnoses of Deafness and Autism. Dana was previously in the WL-CR category, but is now in the CC category and receives day habilitation services from eMerge. Dana refers to the day program as “school”, and is happy going there each day. eMerge is in the process of making …
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Supports Planning is More Than Services, Rasimgul’s Story

Rasimgul is a 63 year old loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren who resides in Washington County with her son Alim, daughter in law Mukhabat, and three small grandchildren ages 6-8 years old. Rasimgul has a supportive and caring family. She has suffered from memory impairment for many years and after the recent death of her …
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Impact Story – Zayyiah Utley

Zayyiah Utley is on the DDA Waiting List at Current Request. She is 27 years old and lives with her family in Baltimore City. She practices Islam.  She loves to read. She hikes, and she likes being creative. Zayyiah’s Service Coordinator was able to obtain CARVE funding for her to have 4 weeks of private …
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Supports Planning is More Than Services, It’s Quality of Life

Meet Calvin and Stacy Titchenell.  Both have been diagnosed with spina bifida. They had been living together on their own in the  community for several years with the assistance of Community First Choice (CFC) services up until about a year ago. Within  months of each other, both Calvin and Stacy developed health  complications resulting in the need …
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IMPACT! Timothy Scott

Timothy is a 25-year-old male with a big heart and passion for those with any type of disability to be treated fairly. He has overcome many obstacles in his life. He grew up in foster Care, then moved into DDA residential housing. 2015 was a year filled with ups and downs for Tim. From moving …
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Jake Sclater Accessed Personal Supports through the WL-CP Initiative

Jake had surgery last year, forcing him to have to learn to walk again. Increasing Jake’s mobility has taken several therapies a week and several doctors’ appointments. Through all of this, Jake’s sister was diagnosed with diabetes and Mom has been battling Breast Cancer. This made it very difficult for his Mom to always lift …
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Tyrone Carter

Tyrone is a 46-year-old male diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities, and speech and language impairments. He currently attends the Medical Day program at the League for Persons with Disabilities. Although Tyrone likes attending the Medical Day program at the League, he has been attending the program for over 20 years. When Tyrone found out …
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Who does SPS support? Sparky & Christon’s Story

This story is about Sparky who is just about to turn 21. Sparky has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. He received services through the Autism Waiver and was in line for funding from the Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative for DDA day services.  You see where this is going right? The Autism Waiver is for …
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Impact – Matt a Natural Community Connection

Matt has a personality unlike any other! He is always cheerful and smiling. Matt has a natural ability to spark a conversation with anyone, and make them feel welcomed and comfortable. Matt had a great natural community connection at King’s Pizza in Falling Waters, WV. His family frequents there often to grab some dinner. Matt …
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