Information and Assistance to support individuals with disabilities to live, learn, work and participate in their community activities. An array of services to support independent living, to include peer mentoring, assistive technology, benefits counseling, advocacy, skills training, job readiness, transitioning services for youth, transitioning support to return home from nursing homes.
Main Office: Salisbury
Satellite offices: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties
Helping individuals with disabilities for more than 50 years with educational, residential, vocational and day services for children and adults ages 5 and older.
The Benedictine School is a non-graded, twelve-month residential and day school for males and females, ages 5-21, grades K-12 with mild-severe intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and autism.
School programs include: functional academics; speech therapy; psychological, psychiatric, social work, counseling and case management; assistive technology; physical and occupational therapy; vocational and transitional services; and intensive collaborative programs designed for students within the Autism Spectrum.
Benedictine Adult Services is a residential and vocational program for adults ages 22 to 60+ who live in the community or in group homes with peers and continue to work within the Benedictine vocational program.
Benedictine is a fully approved, non-sectarian service provider caring for individuals with special needs without regard to racial, ethnic, or religious background, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Chesapeake Center provides Vocational Training through on the job training so employees with disabilities can earn a paycheck for work performed. Some of the participants that attend daily are transported in vans owned by the Center, traveling from Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Dorchester counties. Many vocational consumers live in residences owned and operated by Chesapeake Center. Living with 3 to 8 other adults, Group Home residents learn how to take care of themselves and their house. For those who master household skills and can safely live alone, Chesapeake Center offers drop-in Support Services by trained staff. Respite Care is also available.
Child Find is a process in which children with special needs are identified. Preschoolers and school-age children who have suspected or already identified problems in development may which interfere with their educational progress may be referred.
Who May Refer?
- Community Agencies
- Child Care Providers
- Other Health Specialist
- Private Schools
Who is Eligible for Child Find?
Residents of Talbot County, ages 3-21, who have suspected or diagnosed delays in thinking and reasoning, speech and language, motor skills, self-help skills, social and adaptive behavior. All services are provided by Talbot County Public Schools at no cost to the family.
Who Do You Contact:
Children Ages 3-21:
Supervisor of Special Education
Talbot County Education Center
The Developmental Disabilities Program/Resource Coordination is the local link to the Developmental Disabilities Administration. This program is designed to assist individuals with disabilities by processing eligibility for DDA, to identify appropriate services and resources, to obtain needed services, and to enable them to gain as much independence as possible in their lives.
Anyone with severe, chronic disability, other than the sole diagnosis of Mental Illness and who needs/or will need residential, day, or support services may apply. Interpreter services are available.
Eligibility depends upon your type of disability, its effects on your ability to live independently, and your age when you became disabled. DDA services are not an entitlement.
To apply for services, any Talbot County resident may make a referral by calling 410-819-5600 or complete a Referral Form which can be mailed or faxed.
We provide free legal services to Marylanders of any age with all types of disabilities (developmental, intellectual, psychiatric, physical, sensory, learning, traumatic brain injury), who live in facilities, in the community or who are homeless.
Disability Rights Maryland services plan includes: children’s mental health, adult mental health, developmental disabilities, education, nursing facilities, traumatic brain injury, assistive technology, civil rights and community inclusion, voting rights, medicaid, advocacy for social security beneficiaries and public policy.
DORS helps people with physical, emotional, intellectual, developmental, sensory and learning disabilities go to work and keep their jobs by providing services such as career assessment and counseling, assistive technology, job training, higher education and job placement.
DORS will assign a counselor who will talk with you about DORS services and find out if you are eligible for these services.
Many DORS counselors are specially trained to work with specific groups like high school students or individuals who are deaf/hard-of-hearing, blind or have persistent mental illness.
There are many different ways we offer support:
1-a one on one meeting to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)
2-attending an IEP meeting with you at your child's school
3-a referral to a person, resource or agency that turns out to be the next best step for a particular situation
4-borrowing a book or DVD that speaks directly to a specific disability or issue
The Medical Assistance Personal Care Program helps individuals who have a chronic illness, medical condition, or disability remain in their homes. Services provided assist individuals with basic domestic activities of daily living. The program has been renamed to allow for the different levels of services provided:
- Community Options Waiver
- Community First Choice (CFC)
- Community Personal Assistance Services (CPAS)
These three programs work hand-in-hand to provide community services and supports. They empower older adults and people with disabilities to live in the community.
Referrals can be accepted at Talbot County Health Department by telephone, fax, mail, or in person. A licensed registered nurse will complete an evaluation for services in the client’s home or place of residence. Medical information from the client’s medical provider is required.
Visit the web for more information about these programs.
Positive Strides Therapeutic Riding Center (Formerly Talbot Special Riders)
Positive Strides provides physical and emotional therapy to individuals using horses. Our curriculum is adjusted to the individual needs or requirements and/or capabilities of our clients. Our goal is not to turn out great equestrians, but to build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.
Our therapy also increases attention span and develops ability to take, understand, and follow directions. We work on coordination and spatial relationships, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. Thus individuals can better realize their potential and find a place in our society in which to lead a productive life.
The Talbot County Infants & Toddlers Program provides early intervention services, at no cost to the families, for eligible children ages birth to three years and their families. (If a child is receiving services prior to their third birthday, there is a provision to remain on an extended plan until pre-K age). Children qualify based on one of the following: a 25% or greater developmental delay in one or more areas of development, a diagnosed condition with high probability of delay or atypical development n one or more areas of development. Examples of children served include: premature babies, children with language or motor delays or those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
The Talbot County I&T Program, in accordance with state and federal requirements, is an interagency program. The three local participating public agencies are the Public Schools (lead agency), Departments of Social Services and Health Department.
Services are voluntary, so families may choose to use some or all of the services offered. Services are provided in homes, child care settings or other community settings where the child and family naturally spend time.
The Arc is the largest community-based organization advocating for and serving children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families within the Chesapeake Region. Serving Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties, our dedicated staff works on the front-lines providing life changing interventions, grants, services and programs to individuals throughout their lifetimes.
Progressive and innovative, we look to the individual’s strengths and preferences to determine the best way to serve their needs and desires and adjust our programs to fit the person, not the other way around.
We serve those at any age and any stage of their life and over 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.
Visit the web for a list of programs and services.
The Learning Connection: Learning Consultant & ADHD Coach
Beverly Rohman is a Learning Consultant and Board-Certified ADHD Coach dedicated to assisting, encouraging and providing support for individuals and families who struggle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other learning differences.
The Learning Connections provides a wide range of valuable services aimed at helping students, families and adults with learning challenges.
- Individual Coaching for All Ages
- Personalized Strategies for Behavior Change
- Information Finding & Research
- ADHD & Learning Challenge Education
- Customized Workshops, Trainings & Courses
- School & Program Selection Consulting for Families & Individuals
- Child Support Program Selection Consulting for Parents
- Individual Parent Education Courses
- Resource Library
- Referrals to Additional Organizations & Professionals
Your Home Companion provides non-medical home care services to older adults and individuals with disabilities in the comfort and privacy of their own homes or in assisted living facilities and even hospitals. These services include companionship, light housekeeping, safety assistance, medication reminders, meal preparation and transportation.
All of our home care services are individualized to meet our client's needs to include the number of hours, number of days, services and rates (which are tiered based upon the number of hours of service needed).
Our in-home care services include:
*Companionship & conversation
*Transportation to drs appts etc
*Attending church services
*Escorts on walks
*Mail assistance, just to name a few.