Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc. (BACIL)
Phone Number (443) 260-0822
Address 909 Progress Circle, Suite 300, Salisbury, MD 21804
Hours Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm; Other hours by appointment
Website www.bayareacil.org
Description 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

Serving Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties of Maryland.
Email info@bayareacil.org
Benedictine School
Phone Number (410) 634-2112
Address 14299 Benedictine Lane, Ridgely, MD 21660
Website www.benschool.org
Description For 60 years, the mission of Benedictine has been to help people with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential. Today, Benedictine provides more than 200 children and adults with special education, vocational training, supported employment and home like residential living options on our main campus and in the community.

Our values of Dignity of Work, Compassionate Caring and Hospitality serve as the driving force throughout the organization and directly support our mission. These values and our mission will continue to guide us and assure our future success in meeting the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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.

Behavioral characteristics of students appropriate for admission may include those with limited or no communication skills, impulsivity, short attention span, poor judgment, resistance to change, difficulty making transitions, difficulty developing and maintaining relationships, repetitive behaviors, and obsessive insistence on sameness of routine. Also appropriate are prospective students with limited adaptive behaviors in some, or all of the following areas: functional academics, self-care, social skills, home living, health and safety, self-direction, vocational and employment needs.

Referrals may be made by Boards of Education, Departments of Social Services, other human service agencies, private professionals or parents.

While each student is reviewed and evaluated on an individual basis, the following programming needs are not available at the Benedictine School: substance abuse treatment, the deaf/blind; severe sex offenders; fire starters or those requiring a secure facility.

The Benedictine Open Community/Adult Services Program supports persons ages 21 and over with developmental disabilities. Participants explore vocational interests, engage in job development, and build skills in industries of choice within a supportive environment designed to assist in finding competitive employment in the community or in volunteer positions. Community living and independent living skills are also provided and our beautifully decorated group homes provide a comfortable home environment in attractive and safe neighborhoods for those participating in our adult residential program.
Email foundation@benschool.org
Chesapeake Center, Inc.
Phone Number (410) 822-4122
Address 713 Dover Road, Easton, MD 21601
Website www.chesapeakecenter.org
Description Chesapeake Center, Inc. envisions a caring community in which individuals with disabilities become empowered to demonstrate their choice of residence, career, friends, and activities where they are safe from abuse, neglect, recrimination, and ridicule.

Chesapeake Center’s mission is to assist adults with disabilities to reach their potential for independence by pursuing opportunities for housing, employment, natural supports, friendship, and community activities.

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.

As a not for profit agency, Chesapeake Center is reimbursed for many of its community-based services by the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene’s Developmental Disabilities Administration. Eligibility is determined by DDA by contacting the Resource Coordinator from the County Health Department where the applicant resides.
Email: info@chesapeakecenter.org
Child Find
Phone Number 410-822-0330, ext. 139 or ext. 141
Address 12 Magnolia Street, Easton, MD 21601
Website www.tcps.k12.md.us/index.php/departments/special-education/child-find
Description 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?
- Parents
- Physicians
- 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
410-822-0330, ext. 139 or ext. 141
Developmental Disabilities Resource Coordination
Phone Number (410) 819-5600; After Hours: (443) 890-9912
Address 100 S. Hanson Street, Easton, MD 21601
Hours Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm
Website www.health.maryland.gov/talbotcounty/dda/Pages/Home.aspx
Description 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 to 410-819-5683.
Disability Rights Maryland
Phone Number (410) 727-6352; Toll Free 1-(800) 233-7201
Address 1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2000, Baltimore, MD 21211
Hours Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm
Website www.disabilityrightsmd.org
Description 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.
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Phone Number (410) 770-4646
Address 8737 Brooks Drive, Suite 106, Easton, MD 21601
Website www.dors.maryland.gov
Description 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.
Email Easton.dors@maryland.gov
Family Support and Resource Center
Phone Number 410-822-0330 ext.179
Address 12 Magnolia Street, Easton, MD 21601
Hours Office hours vary
Website www.tcps.k12.md.us/index.php/departments/special-education/family-support-and-resource-center
Description 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
Email sbehrens@tcps.k12.md.us
Local Care Team
Phone Number (443) 366-2511
Website www.healthytalbot.org/about/local-care-team
Description The Talbot County Local Care Team’s (LCT) primary goal is to connect children and families in Talbot County with the services and resources they need to reach their potential and live successfully in our community. Our LCT is comprised of experienced professionals that understand the ins and outs of the maze of programs and systems at the local and state level and are ready to help you figure out why your child is struggling to meet their goals.

A family friendly resource team of Talbot County family serving agencies to assist families with children facing behavioral, school, mental health or physical challenges.
Email talbotlct@talbotcountymd.gov
Medical Assistance Personal Care Program – Talbot County Health Dept.
Phone Number (410) 767-1739, (410) 819-5640
Address 100 S Hanson St, Easton, MD 21601
Hours Monday - Friday: 8am to 5pm
Website health.maryland.gov/talbotcounty/Adult_Services/Pages/MAPC.aspx
Description 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
Phone Number (443) 239-4953
Address Timber Grove Farm, 6292 Statum Road, Preston, MD 21655
Hours Tuesday - Thursday, Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Website www.positivestridescenter.org
Description 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.

We emphasize abilities not disabilities!
Mailing Address P.O. Box 391, Easton, MD 21601
Email Specialriders@hotmail.com
Special Olympics Maryland Upper Shore
Phone Number (301) 343-3113
Website www.somd.org/sous
Description Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for citizens with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.
Talbot County Infants and Toddlers Program
Phone Number (410) 822-0330 ext. 108, 150, or 171
Address Talbot County Education Center, 12 Magnolia Street, Easton, Maryland 21601
Hours Monday - Friday: 8am to 4pm
Website www.tcps.k12.md.us/departments/special-education/infant-and-toddlers
Description 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 in 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 – Eastern Shore Office
Phone Number (410) 269-1883
Address 8626 Brooks Drive, Unit 306, Easton, MD 21601
Website www.thearcccr.org
Description 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
Phone Number (410) 829-9561
Website www.thelearningconnections.net
Description 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
Email beverlyrohman@gmail.com
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