By Their Side Overview
Target demographics: Families and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities residing in Maryland
Direct beneficiaries per year: 80 individuals in active services
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. Consult with siblings and Trustees.
2. Advocacy Plan Services: Additional advocacy services to begin now or in the future, tailored to the individual's needs, funded at an hourly rate or reduced rate for blocks of hours. Services include visits and monitoring of services at requested intervals and follow up to identified concerns, linkage with entitlement and other resources, work with Trustees to access individual Trust funds to promote health, safety, and life enrichment. Update reports to siblings/ parents, Trustees.
3. Sponsor Support: While parents continue to provide advocacy, By Their Side offers telephone support, informational newsletters, 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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