For 38 years, we have been providing care coordination to individuals with disabilities and complex healthcare needs. Today, we serve more than 10,000 individuals, who live healthy and independent lives in the community of their choice.
As part of the Year of Service initiative, coworkers are volunteering across the state to help people with disabilities, housing instability and mental health challenges, as well as organizations that support animals and the environment!
In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week which later evolved into Autism Acceptance Month. This year, however, the Autism Society of America has launched a new campaign, Celebrate Differences, as they join with other local, state, and national disability organizations to shift focus from awareness to acceptance. This shift comes in response to the autism community feeling that acceptance is a growing need within the community. By shifting the focus, the goal is to promote acceptance and celebration of autistic people (many of whom prefer identity-first language to people-first language). According to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s article on Autism Acceptance Month, “Autism is a natural variation of the human experience, and we can all create a world which values, includes, and celebrates all kinds of minds”. By focusing on acceptance, the goal is to improve support and opportunities across all aspects of life, including education, employment, and health care.
While every day is a celebration of autism for the Autism Waiver team at The Coordinating Center, the team will be meeting this month to discuss the importance of this shift as well as to review perspectives from autistic persons about symbols, language, and inclusivity.
About What is Autism Acceptance Month? April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, we focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people. Autism Acceptance Month promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family membe...
Congratulations to Karen Twigg, AVP, Community Health who presented yesterday to the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives. Karen's presentation provided an overview of The Center's innovative, virtual patient-centered medical home program - VIPhysicians&Kids with a focus of on developing innovative, sustainable, adaptive programs to improve health care outcomes and system fiscal accountability, especially in light of the impact of COVID-19. We are also pleased to report that The Coordinating Center has been selected as a new grantee by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission. Thanks to the Commission’s support, The Center will soon be expanding VIPhysicians&Kids to Rural Maryland in partnership with the Maryland Rural Health Association. ... See MoreSee Less
We may not have been able to gather in person, but we were certainly successful in gathering a large crowd last night for our 1st ever virtual gala, CenterFlix. Nearly 200 attendees for our virtual gala - including 30 Bronze Sponsors, seven Silver Sponsors, four Gold Sponsors and our first-ever Platinum Sponsor, Kelly Cove Mobility! Special thanks to everyone who attended and to those who helped make CenterFlix a huge success - together we raised > more than $130,000!! There's still time to donate if you'd like to help us make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and complex needs: www.coordinatingcenter.org/donate/. If you are interested in going on vacation, we have a few domestic and international packages available, with 2 years to travel! Contact email@example.com for more information. ... See MoreSee Less