Affiliations & Memberships
Partnerships are an important part of building stronger communities and are essential in helping to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive. Through our partnerships, we aim to promote respect, facilitate better services, and advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, work, and play where and how they choose.
The Arc United States
The Arc United States is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and serving them and their families. They work to uphold the vision that every person and family living with I/DD in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The Arc Maryland
The Arc Maryland is the largest statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the rights and quality of life of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. They do this through public policy, advocacy, public awareness, training, and membership support. The Arc Maryland has over 8,000 members, and 10 local chapters serving 19 counties. The Arc Maryland is part of the national network of The Arc United States and is one of 700 local chapters nationwide.
Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS)
MACS is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening agencies to better support people with developmental disabilities and their families in their own communities. This is accomplished through advocacy that promotes the highest standards of program excellence; fosters a climate that develops and nurtures a quality workforce; and results in an increased capacity within Maryland communities to support people in inclusive settings.
The Bowen Foundation for Autism
The Bowen Foundation for Autism is a local organization that seeks to improve the lives of children with Autism in Maryland. As an affiliate of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, The Bowen Foundation supports grants to local families who struggle to pay for necessary services for children with Autism. Since 2007, the Bowen Foundation has raised more than $300,000 to help families pay for doctor’s appointments, behavioral therapies, safety equipment, learning devices, and other services.
Maryland Nonprofits is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a statewide membership association comprised of businesses that serve nonprofits, nonprofits, government agencies, students, and individuals. Maryland Nonprofits supports the nonprofit sector through public policy advocacy, growing resources, conducting research, and operating the national Standards for Excellence program.
Applied Self Direction provides practical expertise intended to create and operate self-direction programs that run effectively and efficiently for individuals, states, managed care entities, self-directed services providers, and other stakeholders. The mission of Applied Self-Direction is to promote self-direction so people have the choice and control to live the lives they want.
Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition
The Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition creates affordable rental housing opportunities to support lower-income residents of Anne Arundel County. The coalition manages 16 affordable communities located around the County and Annapolis.
Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)
APSE is the only national organization focused exclusively on Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community. APSE members recognize that everyone has abilities to contribute and their work should be recognized and rewarded with fair pay, creating inclusive workplaces. Employment enriches and adds meaning to every life, and workplaces and communities are enhanced when they embrace differences.
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
Founded in 1991, HAND is a nonprofit membership association comprised of over 450 organizations working across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to collaborate in the production and preservation of affordable housing in the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. Through education, engagement, and regional advocacy, HAND builds the capacity of its diverse membership to support the development of sustainable communities for individuals and families at all income levels.
Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition
The MAHC, founded in the Spring of 2000, advocates for resources for affordable rental housing development through sustained or increased funding for established programs, such as the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Rental Housing Programs. We also advocate on our own, and with our partners, to promote legislative initiatives that support the development and operation of affordable rental housing communities in Maryland. The Coalition is funded by the generous support of its member and sponsor organizations.
Maryland Rural Health Association
The Maryland Rural Health Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the optimal health and wellness of rural communities and their residents.
MRHA is a member organization comprised of local health departments, hospitals, community health centers, area health education centers, health professionals, nonprofits, and community members throughout Maryland. Of Maryland’s 24 counties, 18 are considered rural by the state, and with a population of over 1.6 million, they differ greatly from the urban areas in the state.
National Association of Developmental Disabilities
NADD is an international association for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health needs, comprised of individuals, families, and support professionals dedicated to enhancing the understanding and treatment of people experiencing co-occurring intellectual/developmental diagnoses (IDD) and mental health conditions or mental illness (MI).
National Association of Direct Support Professionals (NASDP)
NADSP works to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards, promoting system reform, and advancing their knowledge, skills and values, through certification, credentialing, training, professional development, and accreditation services.
The Rural Maryland Council (RMC)
The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) brings together citizens, community-based organizations, federal, state, county, and municipal government officials as well as representatives of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to collectively address the needs of Rural Maryland communities. We provide a venue for members of the agriculture and natural resource-based industries, health care facilities, educational institutions, economic and community development organizations, for-profit and nonprofit corporations, and government agencies to cross traditional boundaries, share information, and address in a more holistic way the special needs and opportunities in Rural Maryland.