GOVERNOR ISSUES PROCLAMATION FOR DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 (Frederick, MD): Governor Martin O’Malley has issued a Proclamation to officially recognize October 2013 as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in Maryland. The Board of County Commissioners of Frederick County has also proclaimed October as DEAM in Frederick County, Maryland. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has issued a DEAM Proclamation for the City of Baltimore and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has issued a DEAM Proclamation for Howard County, MD.
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task." In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month." This October, elected officials in Maryland have proclaimed DEAM locally at the request of Service Coordination, Inc.
Service Coordination will host a free, open to the public, welcoming reception that recognizes Maryland area employers who employ individuals with disabilities, in celebration of DEAM at 6 pm on October 30, 2013 at The Weinberg Center. Community members may nominate area employers by sending a brief write up and employer contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org before October 11, 2013.
The ceremonial reception is part of a one-of-a-kind celebration, King For A Day, on October 30, 2013 at The Weinberg Center in Frederick, MD. This event will feature a live painting demonstration by artist Dan Keplinger, Jr., subject of the Academy Award winning documentary, King Gimp. Concluding the event will be a special presentation by Dan Keplinger, Jr. about his work as a professional artist with a disability, including a Question & Answer session with audience members. Filmmakers from the University of Maryland Video Press will be filming the day’s activities for an upcoming documentary.
KING FOR A DAY in Celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month
Free Event, Open to the public
October 30, 2013
3 pm- 8:30 pm
Weinberg Center For The Arts
20 W, Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701
Live Art Exhibit by Dan Keplinger, Jr., Silent Auction and Recognition Reception
Service Coordination, Inc. will host a one-of-a-kind event, King For A Day, on October 30, 2013 at The Weinberg Center in Frederick, MD. This event will feature a live painting demonstration by artist Dan Keplinger, Jr., subject of the Academy Award winning documentary, King Gimp.
Following the painting demonstration, Service Coordination will host a welcoming reception that recognizes Maryland employers who support individuals with disabilities, in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).
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SERVICE COORDINATION IS EVOLVING TO A MOBILE WORKFORCE
Service Coordination is evolving to a mobile workforce in an effort to better serve the individuals who count on us for resource coordination. The mobile workforce program includes equipping service coordinators with new tools and new technology to complete their work from virtually anywhere.
Our service coordinators will now be working more at many places throughout the community with the individuals we serve, instead of being in a local office. Service coordinators can now meet and perform services in one’s home, workplace, at a direct care provider or in a public meeting place.
We are confident that a mobile workforce will enhance the services we provide for you as it will allow instant communication with the use of new technology, simplify processes and offer better flexibility for our staff to provide services. As we move to a mobile workforce, we will continue all services as usual in all areas, as well as expanding our services throughout Maryland
Methods to contact your service coordinator, including email, mail and telephone will remain the same. In addition, we now have a toll free telephone number for added convenience. Call 1-888-240-6835 for general questions or after hours’ messages. All messages will be returned within 24 hours or on the next business day.
To learn more about developments with the mobile workforce program and for other Service Coordination news, please check back to our website regularly, or call 1-888-240-6835. We greatly welcome your feedback at any time and appreciate your input to help better our organization and its’ services.
SERVICE COORDINATION WILL PROVIDE ITS SERVICES THROUGHOUT AREAS IN MARYLAND UNDER THE NEWLY RESTRUCTURED RESOURCE COORDINATION SYSTEM EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013.
Because of the great work done by service coordinators, staff and our Board of Directors, we have been informed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration of our selection to be a resource coordination provider under the new structure in these areas: Central Maryland, Western Maryland and Southern Maryland. These selections reflect our diligent work and commitment to our mission of helping people understand their choices and connecting them to community resources in respectful and dignified ways.
Service Coordination, Inc. supports and embraces this updated resource coordination structure as our services are based on quality choices for individuals. The new structure plans to extend an individual’s choice to now provide them the option to choose the best resource coordination organization for meeting their wants and needs.
While there will be challenges and adjustments to make, we are confident that our resource coordination services under the new structure will continue to be the highest quality, most efficient, professional and person-centered case management organizations in the field.
We will now offer our services in these areas:
- Western Region: Allegany County, Carroll County, Garrett County, Frederick County and Washington County
- Central Region: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County
- Southern Region: Calvert County, Charles County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and St. Mary’s County
We are particularly excited to extend our services to the Southern Region, as now we have the opportunity to revitalize old relationships with providers and offer our quality services to more people in Maryland who can benefit from resource coordination.
We look forward to continued service under the new resource coordination structure and are grateful for our talented team with years of experience, education and resourcefulness to help us transition successfully.
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