By Their Side Overview
Target demographics: Families and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities
Direct beneficiaries per year: 90 individuals and their families
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Volunteers may contact us at 443-279-1234.-Assist us with office projects so that limited staff hours can be directed back into member services. -Serve on a board committee such as fundraising, outreach, member services, sharing with us your particular expertise-Join our speaker's bureau to help other families learn about our services.
Geographic areas served: Maryland
Programs: 1. Lifelong Advocacy Services for Marylanders with developmental disabilities after their parents are no longer able, including annual assessment visits and follow up to identified issues, to assure individual preferences and needs are addressed, life enrichment opportunities are offered, and parent advocacy concerns are remembered. We consult with siblings and Trustees.
2. Advocacy Plan Services: Families may fund additional advocacy services such as visits and monitoring at regular intervals, or short term involvement to assist to resolve a particular issue or facilitate service linkage for example. We provide update reports to remaining family and/or trustees.
3. Sponsor Support: While parents continue to provide advocacy, By Their Side also offers information and referral, and seminars on pertinent topics.
-Providing lifelong personal advocacy for those we serve;
-Protecting individual's legal rights
-Guiding individuals and families through the maze of resources in the service delivery system; and
-Assisting families with transition planning.
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