Maryland Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS)

What is the Maryland Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS) and what does it do? What can DORS do for me? These are great questions posted on BIAMD’s 5 Thoughts for Friday. For our support group, an answer to these questions and more is important.

Check this link to find out more information on DORS: https://dors.maryland.gov/

 

 

 

Blue Crabs

We all love crabs, so come to our June Support Group Meeting and help us plan an event to see a Blue Crabs baseball game. Currently, we are thinking that June 22 would be a good date because after the game there will be fireworks. Last year the fireworks were really great and well done. So if the Blue Crabs win or lose you will win either way.

Tri-Fold Flyer Update

The Tri-Fold Support Group Flyers have been printed thanks to Springdell Center. At the April meeting, we will discuss how and where we will use these Flyers to target survivors and caregivers who need a place to laugh, a  shoulder to cry on, and time to heal along with people who understand what they are going through. Come with some ideas for programs for future meetings ie things that would interest you.

Elections

According to our Charter, March is time for Elections. Just to remind everyone, the group organization consists of the following elected officers/Current office holders:

  1. President/ Marty Pride
  2. Vice President/ Jerry Roh
  3. Secretary/ Jerry Cushman
  4. Treasurer/ Debbie Roh
  5. IT/Communication Coordinator/ David Cadenhead & Keri Williams

Great Presentations

At the last two meetings, we listened to some great presentations with very helpful information for people living with challenging disabilities and their caregivers.

The first presentation was given by a lawyer and presented the benefits available with a Able Now Account and the advantages of a Special Needs Trust.

The second presentation was given by a local company called Haven. Haven presented information about new technology and medication that is helping people with disability to lead a better life. Haven described how to gain access to medical cannabis in a professional and safe manner. Haven shared real-life stories that resulted in a better life and hope for some who had lost hope of ever getting better.

End of Year Plan

We all have something to be thankful for. Planning for the Christmas Party is complete. Yea! Meetings are finished for the year. The first meeting for the new year will be 6pm on January 10, 2019. If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.