Resource Guide

Resources
for Families of
Children with Special Needs
Living in Harford County

Compiled October 2016
by Laura Hutton, Associate Professor

The author does not endorse or recommend any provider or program identified in this guide. Moreover, although the author strives for accuracy in all elements of this guide, providers in the community change and this guide may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. The author makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the material in this guide or about the quality of care to be obtained from using providers and programs listed in this guide.

Adaptive Equipment

Equipment Connections for Children
Provides a variety of gently used adaptive equipment (from car seats to walkers and beyond) to children with disabilities. Also accepts donations of gently used equipment. This program serves children in the metropolitan DC area (you have to drive to Montgomery County to get the equipment) including Harford County.
http://www.equipforchildren.org/

Lollipop Kids Foundation
Provides activities for children with physical disabilities in the Rockville area (Montgomery County) but they also have an equipment closet which operates similarly to Equipment Connections for Children.
http://www.lollipopkidsfoundation.org/programs/46-2/

Low Vision Center
The Low Vision Center is a nonprofit organization that helps people with low vision maintain their independence. Located in Bethesda, Maryland (Montgomery County), we offer information services as well as a demonstration area full of a variety of low vision aids and ideas.
http://www.lowvisioninfo.org/
301) 951-4444

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Provides talking, Braille, and large print books and magazines to borrowers. Also provides information and referral services.
http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DLDS/LBPH/index.aspx
1-800-964-9209

Maryland Technology Assistance Program
This program is part of Maryland’s Department of Disabilities. It includes loans for equipment, an adaptive equipment library, and information about assistive technology and home modifications.
http://mdod.maryland.gov/mdtap/Pages/MDTAP-Home.aspx

NWCP Project Lifesaver
Provides tracking devices (bracelets) for individuals at risk of wandering off due to conditions, such as autism, in the Baltimore area.
http://nwcp.info/lifesaver/
410-664-6927

The Radio Reading Network of Maryland
This is a daily service which provides reading from six daily newspapers, 25 magazines, and other information to the blind or physically disabled.
http://www.radioreadingnetwork.org/
410-779-4969 or officemanager@radioreadingnetwork.org

V-LINC
Provides customized assistive technology for individuals of all ages
http://www.v-linc.org/index.php/services/custom-at

Camps

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
Offers residential summer programs for middle and high school students who are blind or have low vision. The emphasis in their programs is on preparation for college, work, and independent living. The program is located in Baltimore.
https://www.bism.org/youth

Camp Aristotle
Camp Aristotle provides exciting activities designed to foster exploration and social success for kids with social and communication challenges. Camps are located throughout MD and VA.
https://www.facebook.com/CampAristotle/
http://www.camparistotle.org
202-715-6244 or info@camparistotle.org

Camp Accomplish
This residential camp is for individuals ages 5-18 with various disabilities in Charles County. They have various camping options including an equestrian camp. The facility hosts other recreational opportunities throughout the year.
https://www.melwood.org/recreation/
301-870-3226

Camp Attaway
This is a three-week day camp for children ages 7-13 with emotional and behavioral disorders in Laurel, Maryland (Prince George’s County). Campers participate in traditional summer camp activities including swimming and rock climbing.
http://campattaway.org/
410-730-2633 or moreinfo@campattaway.org

Camp Fairlee
This residential camp is for individuals with developmental disabilities ages 6 through adult. It is run by the Easter Seals and is located in Chestertown (Kent County). The camp includes traditional activities such as swimming, fishing, and crats. It is fully wheelchair accessible and includes nursing care. Respite weekends are held during the school year.
www.de.easterseals.com/fairlee
410-778-0566

Camp Greentop, The League for People with Disabilities
This overnight camp is located in Frederick County. They have youth and adult camps, family camps, and travel camps for individuals with a wide range of developmental and physical disabilities and are fully wheelchair accessible.
http://www.leagueforpeople.org/programs-services/camping-recreation

Camp I Can
This day camp for children ages 3-21 with developmental disabilities is sponsored by Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation and is held at John Archer School in Bel Air (Harford County) each summer.
Mike Watkins 410-638-4899 or mdwatkins@harfordcountymd.gov

Camp Kowski
This day camp, run by Perry Hall Baptist Church, is for children on the autism spectrum. Participants are provided with one-on-one support. The camp has traditional summer camp activities including swimming, kayaking, and nature walks. It includes a nurse and speech therapist. The camp is located in Perry Hall (Baltimore County).
http://www.campkoski.com/
410-375-6681 or campkoski@verizon.net

Diverse Explorers
This day camp at Harford Community College in Bel Air (Harford County) is an inclusive camp that welcomes children with special needs who are ambulatory and toilet trained. Campers with special needs are asked to alert the college as to their needs prior to enrollment to ensure that the camp can meet their needs.
https://www.harford.edu/continuing-education/children-and-youth-programs/summer-camps.aspx

Elks Camp Barrett/Camp Fire Patuxent
This overnight camp, which is funded completely by the Elks (no registration fee required), includes one week each summer which is designated for youth from Maryland, Delaware or DC who participated in Special Olympics the preceding year. It is located in Anne Arundel County.
http://www.bpoe2092.org/campbarrett.htm
410-224-2945
CampFirePatuxent@aol.com or elkscb@verizon.net
Endless Adventures Summer Youth Camps
This outdoor adventure overnight camp is designed for teens with and without disabilities ages 12-15. Participants must pass a basic swimming test and be comfortable staying away from home overnight. It is co-sponsored by Howard County Department of Parks & Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation.
410-313-7275

Freedom Accessible Camp
This is a sailing day camp hosted by the Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore for non-medically fragile youth ages 8-16. It is wheelchair accessible.
www.downtownsailing.org
(410) 727- 0722

Greenwell Foundation
The Greenwell Foundation hosts inclusive day summer camps, as well as activities throughout the school year. Programs are nature themed, often around horses or outdoor activities like kayaking. They also offer kayaking trips. This program is located in St. Mary’s County.
http://greenwellfoundation.org/
301 373-9775

The Highlands School
Offers a summer program for children with learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome and other mild disabilities. This program is located in Bel Air (Harford County).
http://www.highlandsschool.net/
410-836-1415

Mary Salkever Inclusive Computer Arts Camp by V-LINC
Offers day camps for children 7-21 with and without disabilities with a focus on technology. This program is located in Baltimore City. Scholarships are available.
http://www.v-linc.org/index.php/services/computer-arts-summer-camp

Performing Arts Camp
Through therapeutic recreation services, various recreation councils in Baltimore County offer inclusive summer, day camps focused on the performing arts which accept individuals with various disabilities.
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, Therapeutic Recreation Services
410-887-5370

Direct Care/Support

Children with Developmental Challenges Program at the Community Colleges of Baltimore County
Matches children aged 1-14 with developmental disabilities with a college student who works with the child one-on-one to improve motor, language, and social skills through individual and group activities. Includes a concurrent parent session.
http://www.ccbcmd.edu/cdc

Community First Choice
Provides attendant services to support the development of activities of daily living. Eligible individuals must have a disability which impacts activities of daily living and must have Medical Assistance.
1-877-463-3464

The League for People with Disabilities
Provides a variety of services for individuals with disabilities and their families. Their services for children with disabilities are provided primarily through the autism waiver.
http://www.leagueforpeople.org/programs-services/autism-services-programs

Trellis Services
Trellis provides a variety of services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families, primarily through the autism waiver.
http://trellisservices.com/

Villa Maria Day Respite Outings
Provides outings of approximately four hours in length to children with behavioral difficulties due to a mental health diagnosis at home and/or school. The emphasis of this program is on fostering appropriate social skills. Eligible children must have Medical Assistance.
http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/mental-health/in-home-support/home-based-respite.html
Aisha McClain 410-685-2363 X147 or Kevin Mason 410-685-2363 X120

Education & Advocacy (see also therapists)

A Brighter Side Education Advocacy Group
Guides parents through the special education process and assists them in making sure that special education laws are being followed. A Brighter Side is located in Bel Air (Harford County).
https://www.facebook.com/ABrighterSideEducationAdvocacyGroupLlc/?ref=page_internal
Jessica Kirk (443) 255-4380 or kirkjessica@verizon.net

The Attention Fix, Educational Consulting and Academic Support
The Attention Fix provides educational consulting, tutoring, and coaching for Executive Function, ADHD, Dyslexia, and general academics for students of all ages. It is located in Bel Air (Harford County).
Paula Moraine (410) 530-7081 or pmoraine@outlook.com

Beyond Limits
This program provides educational advocacy and consultation for parents of children with a variety of special needs with an emphasis on mild disabilities. They assist parents in navigating the IEP process and 504 plans. This group is located in Churchville (Harford County).
http://beyondlimitsmd.org/
410-656-7624 or Megan@beyondlimitsmd.org

Brain Cog, LLC
Provides academic support including tutoring, consulting and test preparation based on neuroscience and cognitive behavior techniques. Services are provided one-on-one or within groups at home, in the community, and at school. This business in located in Jarrettsville (Harford County).
http://www.braincogcoach.com/
443-799-5248 or info@braincogcoach.com

Child Find
Child Find is a special education service of Harford County Public Schools which seeks to identify children ages 3-21 who may have a disability requiring special education services. Parents in Harford County who suspect that their child might have a disability may call to discuss the possibility of having their child evaluated.
410-638-4386 or 410-638-4387

Children with Developmental Challenges Program at the Community Colleges of Baltimore County
Matches children aged 1-14 with developmental disabilities with a college student who works with the child one-on-one to improve motor, language, and social skills through individual and group activities. Includes a concurrent parent session.
http://www.ccbcmd.edu/cdc

Creative Learning Experiences
Provides special education advocacy and tutoring within Harford County.
www.creativelearningexperiences.com

Harford County Infants and Toddlers
Infants and Toddlers seeks to identify children ages birth through two who may have a developmental delay requiring special education services. Parents in Harford County who suspect that their young child may have a disability may call to discuss the possibility of having their child evaluated.
410-638-3823

Harford County Public Schools Coordinator of Compliance
Pam O’Reilly 410-809-6080

The Highlands School
Offers programs for children with learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome and other mild disabilities. This school is located in Bel Air (Harford County).
http://www.highlandsschool.net/
410-836-1415

Kelley Horvath, educational consulting services
Provides educational assessments and consultation.
http://www.kelleyhorvath.com/services.html
410-303-9311 or kelleyhorvath@yahoo.com

Learning and Therapy Corner
Provides reading instruction, including Orton-Gillingham, speech therapy, occupational therapy. psychoeducational testing, behavioral consulting and music therapy. This business is located in Lutherville (Baltimore County).
http://www.ltcorner.com/
410-583-5767 or info@LTCorner.com

The Learning Curve
The Learning Curve provides tutoring, test preparation, early learner programs and special needs support for struggling students, including those with mild disabilities. It is located in Port Deposit (Cecil County).
http://www.thelearningcurvellc.net/
410-916-0197 or thelearningcurve@zoominternet.net

Lindamood-Bell Baltimore Learning Center
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes is an internationally recognized leader in the research and development of programs that teach children and adults the underlying skills necessary for reading, spelling, and comprehension. The Baltimore County office is located in Towson.
http://lindamoodbell.com/location/baltimore-area-md-learning-center
410-337-2860

Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
Provides a variety of services to families and educators with the goal of helping children with disabilities be successful in inclusive classrooms. This is a statewide program.
http://www.mcie.org/

Maryland SNAP (Special Needs Advocacy Project)
MD SNAP is a Jewish volunteer advocacy organization that provides education and help to families with children in special education. It is located in Baltimore.
410-735-5012 or MDSNAP@cjebaltimore.org

Maurits Advocacy
Provides assistance with navigating the special education process and advocating for your child. This business is located in Bel Air (Harford County).
Annette Maurits 410-893-9832 or amaurits@aol.com

MINDSet Center
Provides educational and psychological assessment, therapy, tutoring, and other services for children with a wide range of disabilities. This company is located in Towson (Baltimore County).
http://mindsetcenter.com/our-services/
410-812-2279

New Heights Center
New Heights Learning and Training Center provides one-on-one, individualized academic programs to individuals ages 6 through 60. They choose from programs including the Lindamood Bell Learning Processes, Seeing Stars, Fast ForWord, Phono-Graphix, and the comprehension skills program Mosaic of Thought. This company is located in Towson (Baltimore County).
http://www.newheightscenter.com/
410-821-8808 or info@newheightscenter.com

Project HEAL
This program provides sliding scale advocacy and legal services related to special education and other special needs issues for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The child must be a Kennedy Krieger patient.
https://www.kennedykrieger.org/community/maryland-center-developmental-disabilities/project-heal

Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee (SECAC)
SECAC operates as a partnership between parents and families, community leaders, organizations, educators and Harford County Public School leadership in support of the needs of children with disabilities.
https://www.facebook.com/HarfordCountySECAC/
harfordcountysecac@gmail.com

Special Kids Company
The Special Kids Company provides educational consulting, assessment, behavioral support services and advocacy for families of children with a variety of special needs. This company is located in Baltimore County
http://www.specialkidscompany.com/
410-418-5590 or lfrank@specialkidscompany.com

Specialized Health Needs Interagency Collaboration (SHNIC)
This program, housed at Kennedy Krieger, provides training and support for parents and school personnel throughout Maryland on the care of children with specialized health care needs.
https://www.kennedykrieger.org/community/community-programs/specialized-health-needs-interagency-collaboration
(443) 923-4558

Family Support Services (including resource & referral services)

Aberdeen Proving Ground Exceptional Family Member Program
The APG Exceptional Family Member Program serves military and civilian families within the APG community with a family member with a disability. The provide information on community resources, Special Needs Accommodation Process (SNAP) assistance for children in Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS), housing advocacy, special education consult, and resource materials and a lending library.
For additional information, visit Army Community Service, Exceptional Family Member Program at 2503 Highpoint Road, APF.

The Autism Society of Northern Chesapeake
The Autism Society is committed to providing support and promoting opportunities which enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and their families. This chapter serves Harford and Cecil counties.
northernchesapeakeas@gmail.com

The ARC of Baltimore
Provides a variety of activities for families and children with developmental disabilities. Many of these activities are open to participants from other counties, including Harford.
https://www.thearcbaltimore.org/programs/family-services/
The ARC Northern Chesapeake, Family Support Services
The ARC Northern Chesapeake serves families and children with developmental disabilities in Harford and Cecil Counties. It provides a support group, activities and trainings. It also provides some funding.
http://arcncr.org/programs-services/family-services/
410-836-7177

Brain Injury Association of Maryland
This statewide organization is dedicated to providing education, research and support related to brain injury. Several local support groups serve the Baltimore area. Contact information for these is listed on the second website.
http://www.biamd.org/
http://www.biamd.org/baltimore-area.html

CHADD of Greater Baltimore
Provides support groups for adults and parents of children with ADHD in Greater Baltimore including Harford County.
http://www.chadd-mc.org/
410-377-0249 or CHADD168@aol.com

Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group
Serves families in the Baltimore metropolitan area including Harford County. Provides programs and support for families with children with Down syndrome.
http://www.cdspg.org/

Creative Options, Family and Individual Support Services
Specializes in helping individuals with physical disabilities become as independent as possible, This program sometimes has funding for projects such as home remodeling to accommodate a physical disability. This program is in Baltimore.
http://www.creativeopts.org/content6.html
Tim Reihl, 410-780-4095 ext. 201

Deaf Education Advancement Foundation
Deaf Education Advancement Foundation is a parent support group that offers regular meetings regarding advocacy and topics pertinent to hearing loss. They actively pursue improved educational opportunities for children who are deaf and hard of hearing through cooperation with public and private school facilities.
http://deafoundation.tripod.com
410-790-3619 or deafoundation4md@yahoo.com

Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region/Abilities Network
Serves individuals with epilepsy and their families through services including education, information and referral services, advocacy, and support groups. The main office is in Towson but a branch serves Harford County.
www.abilitiesnetwork.org
410-828-7700

Family Support Network
The Family Support Network was designed to meet the needs of Maryland families with children, birth to three, who have been identified as having developmental delays or disabilities. The FSN provides information to families regarding community services, refers families to local support groups, workshops, and advocacy groups, and provides opportunities for families to network and share ideas. The local FSN office is in Bel Air (Harford County).
410-638-3823 or infants.toddlers@hcps.org
GT/LD Network
This is a support group for families of children who are both gifted and learning disabled. It is based on Bethesda (Montgomery County).
http://www.gtldnet.org/

Grafted In
This Christian organization provides support to adoptive and foster parents, many of whom are parents of children with special needs, as part of its ministry to care for orphans and widows. This organization is located in Bel Air (Harford County).
http://www.thegrafted.com/

Grandparent Support Group
This is a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren. It meets in Bel Air (Harford County).
http://ideas.harfordcountymd.gov/Services/ResourceGuide.cfm?ID=936

International Dyslexia Association, Maryland branch
This organization is located in Severna Park (Anne Arundel County).
410-825-2881

Jaylen’s Journey
This program is designed to support and assist parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. It works primarily with families in low income areas and is located in Aberdeen (Harford County).
http://jaylensjourney.org/
443-360-4026

Jewish Community Services
Provides a variety of services including counseling, advocacy and case management to Jewish families with a child with disabilities. The main office is located in Baltimore but services are provided throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area.
http://www.jcsbaltimore.org/living-with-special-needs/

Kennedy Krieger Resource Finder
This service helps patients at Kennedy Krieger find needed programs in the community. Most of Kennedy Krieger’s programs are located in Baltimore City but the Resource Finder will help you locate programs where you live.
https://www.kennedykrieger.org/community/resource-finder
1-800-390-3372

Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland
This is a statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities through awareness, advocacy, education, service and collaborative efforts.
http://www.ldamd.org/
888-265-6459 or ldamd@ldamd.org

Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF)
MCF hosts the Family Navigator program for families of children with disabilities including a mental health diagnosis. Family Navigators are family support partners who work with the family to address their concerns in a multitude of life domains. They provide information, referrals, and outreach. The office is located Forest Hill (Harford County).
www.mdcoalition.org
Connie Howell 443-878-3461 or chowell@mdcoalition.org or Lisa Miceli 410-913-9217 or lmiceli@mdcoaltion.org

Maryland Fragile X Resource Group
Maryland Fragile X Resource Group is a community of families that have children with Fragile X Syndrome. They provide mutual support and education, promote awareness, and fund research on Fragile X. This is a statewide group.
301-926-0576 or kmhead129 | at | aol.com

Mental Health Association of Maryland
Provides community information and training, advocacy, and information for individuals with mental health issues and their families. This is a statewide organization.
https://www.mhamd.org/
410-235-1178 or info@mhamd.org

National Alliance on Mental Health, Maryland
Focuses on recovery, resiliency, and the support that is essential to wellness and quality of life for individuals with mental illness. This is a statewide organization.
http://namimd.org/
410-467-7100 or amimd@aol.com

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater DC-Maryland Chapter
Provides education about MS, information and referrals, counseling services, support groups, advocacy, respite, and other services. This chapter serves Maryland, northern Virginia, and Washington DC.
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/MDM
443-641-1200 or info@nmss-md.org

Parents’ Place of Maryland
Parents’ Place is a statewide, parent-directed, family-centered, cross-disability organization. Its purpose is to enhance the ability of people with disabilities, enabling them to participate as fully as possible in home, school and community life through education, information and referrals, technical assistance, and support activities designed for their parents and families. Programs are provided throughout Maryland.
www.ppmd.org
410-768-9100 or info@ppmd.org

Partners for Success
Partners for Success Centers, established as part of each local school system in Maryland, are available to parents as a resource and information center. Specifically, Partners for Success Centers seek to provide information about community services, assist families in resolving concerns, and increase parental involvement in the special education decision making process. This is the contact information for the Partners for Success Center for Harford County.
Lori Ginley 410-273-5579 or partners.success@hcps.org

Pathfinders for Autism
This is a resource and referral agency for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
http://www.pathfindersforautism.org/

Spina Bifida Association of Maryland
Provides services including support, activities, information, and some funding for individuals with spina bifida and their families. The funding is available for active members only. This chapter serves the Baltimore metropolitan area including Harford County.
http://www.sbamaryland.com/
410-279-1049 or soleas.sbamd@gmail.com

Spina Bifida Association of the Mid-Atlantic Region
This program provides support and other services to individuals with spina bifida and their families. This chapter serves Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and surrounding states.
http://www.sbamar.org/

Tourette Association of Greater Washington
Serves families throughout Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and West Virginia.
http://tsagw.org/

Unified Community Connections
This program provides family support and other services to individuals with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities and their families. The program is based out of Hunt Valley (Baltimore County).
http://www.unified.org/
410-484-4540 or info@unified.org

Funding Sources

The Angel Fund
Provides funding for children with special needs and medical conditions for items not covered by insurance. This organization is spread throughout several states along the east coast.
http://www.theangelfund.net/

The ARC Northern Chesapeake, Family Support Services
The ARC Northern Chesapeake serves families and children with developmental disabilities in Harford and Cecil Counties. It also provides funding, some of which is based on income

Family Support Services

410-836-7177

Autism Registry (Autism Waiver)
This program provides a variety of funding for children up to age 21 with autism spectrum disorders. The wait list for services is currently 8-9 years. In order to put a child’s name on the waiting list, parents should contact MSDE.
https://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/docs/AutismWaiverFactSheet-08.pdf
866-417-3480

Cerebral Palsy Kinetic Connections Special Needs Fund
Provides some funding for respite and other uncovered expenses for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This fund serves children throughout Maryland.
Toni Shumate, 443-923-9137 or shumate@kennedyKrieger.org

Children’s Wish Foundation
This national program provides once in a lifetime “wishes” to children with life threatening illnesses.

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Danielle’s Foundation
Danielle’s Foundation is a national program which provides grants to children with cerebral palsy and brain injury for programs and services including therapies and equipment.

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Dream Factory Inc.
This is a national program which provides once in a lifetime “wishes” to children with chronic illnesses and disorders.
http://www.dreamfactoryinc.org

First Hand Foundation
Provides funding for medical services not covered by insurance including therapies and equipment. This is a national organization.
http://www.firsthandfoundation.org

Friends of Man
Friends of Man is a Colorado charity that will accept out of state requests. They provide grants to cover medical costs, mobility equipment and home modifications.
http://www.friendsofman.org/

Helping from Heaven
Helping from Heaven is an Illinois nonprofit agency which provides grants for equipment for children with disabilities. Helping from Heaven also has a lending closet of equipment.
http://www.helpingfromheaven.org

The Image Center
The Assistive Technology Program at the Image Center is designed to be able to help assist consumers with the purchase or repair of technologies, such as wheelchair ramps, stair glides, and hearing aids.
http://imagemd.org/services.html

Jill Fox Memorial Fund
The Jill Fox Memorial Fund is a Baltimore based charity which provides grants to help cover the cost of medical/healthcare services, equipment or treatment and in support of the well-being of children, adults and families with medical/healthcare needs and limited resources. The application for this grant must be made by a medical professional.
http://www.jillfoxfund.org/

Joni and Friends International Disability Center
Joni and Friends is an international program which provides wheelchairs to children and adults with disabilities.
http://www.joniandfriends.org

Joseph’s Journey
Provides wilderness experiences, including hunting, to children with life threatening illnesses.
http://www.josephsjourney.org/about_us.aspx

Kids Wish Network
In addition to providing once in a lifetime “wishes” to children with life threatening illnesses, this national organization provides a number of other resources including assistance with funeral expenses and programs for children in the care of homeless shelters, hospitals, abuse shelters, and other facilities.
http://www.kidswishnetwork.org

Lilli’s Lift
The organization provides funding for home modifications for families with children with physical disabilities. This is a national organization.
http://www.lilislift.org/

LISS (Low Intensity Support Services) from DDA (Developmental Disabilities Administration)
Provides up to $2,000 per year for specialized products & services. The funds are allocated using a random lottery drawing. Applications are accepted twice a year.
http://www.penn-mar.org/liss/ (description of LISS)
http://dda.dhmh.maryland.gov/Documents/2016/FY16%20LISS%20Random%20Selection%20Application.pdf (application for LISS)
LISS applications in Harford County should be sent to Penn-Mar Human Services, ATTN: LISS; 310 Old Freeland Road; Freeland, MD 21053
410-343-1069

Make a Wish Foundation
This is a national foundation which funds once in a lifetime “wishes” and family vacations for children with life threatening illnesses.
http://wish.org/#sm.001uetusk1c8he09102vtz3z214np

The Marty Lyon’s Foundation Wish Program
Provides once in a lifetime “wishes” for children with life threatening illnesses.

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Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council
The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has a number of grants available. While most are for use by organizations, they do have a grant to provide funding to individuals with disabilities and their families in order to attend conferences.

Funding

Maryland State Council Knights of Columbus
Community Integration Program at the Arc of Maryland
Provides funding towards expenses related to inclusive programs, conferences (registration fees only), or other activities, wherein participation clearly supports an individual’s right to participate in their community. This program is statewide.
410-974-6139

My Gym Challenged America
Offers grants of up to $500 to purchase adaptive equipment and services for individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. This is a national program.
http://www.challengedamerica.com/

Shaken Baby Prevention
Shaken Baby Prevention is a national organization which will provide grants to cover costs related to the care of children with disabilities including grants for camps and other therapeutic activities. Applications on behalf of children with a variety of disabilities (not just shaken baby syndrome) are considered. For an application, email the executive director Catherine Sanders at Catherine@sbsprevention.com.
http://www.sbsprevention.com/

Social Security Administration
Provides Medical Assistance and a monthly income to low income individuals with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements through Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI). Prior to age 18 financial qualifications are based on combined the combined income of the child and parents. After age 18, financial qualifications are based solely on the income of the individual with a disability. This is a national program.
https://www.ssa.gov/
1-800-772-1213

Sunshine Foundation
This national program grants once in a lifetime “wishes” to children who are terminally ill, chronically ill, or abused whose families cannot fulfill these wishes due to the financial strain that the child’s illness may cause.

The Sunshine Foundation Organization

Travis Roy Foundation
This national foundation provides grants for individuals with spinal cord injuries for the upgrade and maintenance of wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (i.e., hand controls or lifts), small home modifications including ramp and lift installation, computers, and other adaptive equipment.

Grants

Variety Grant
This program provides funding to individuals and organizations for equipment, products and services in order to benefit children with disabilities. This is an international program; the closest chapter is in Philadelphia. Applications must go through a local chapter.
http://usvariety.org/

What I Wish for My Child Program sponsored by V-LINC
Provides one-of-a-kind assistive technology solutions for children aged 2-21 free of charge to grant recipients. This program serves the Baltimore metropolitan area including Harford County.
http://www.v-linc.org/services/what-i-wish-for-my-child/whatiwishform

Leisure Activities (including religious services) (see also sports)

Baltimore County Parks & Recreation, Office of Therapeutic Recreation
Provides a variety of recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, some of which are inclusive programs.
http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/programdivision/therapuetic/index.html
410-887-5370

Best Buddies Maryland
Best Buddies includes programs within select high schools in Harford County. These programs foster friendships between students with and without disabilities. The organization also promotes integrated employment and leadership among those with developmental disabilities.
http://www.bestbuddiesmaryland.org

Boy Scout Troup 4513
This troop welcomes boys and men aged 11 and older with a diagnosed special need. The troop meets in Churchville (Harford County).
http://www.troop4513.scoutlander.com/publicsite/unithome.aspx?UID=13733
Maria Joesten davej0322@yahoo.com or 410-775-3225

Children’s Christian Musical
This group practices each summer to present a Christian themed musical during early fall. Practice and performance locations vary but are generally in central or Northern Harford County. This is an inclusive program for children from preschool through adolescence that welcomes children with disabilities.
childrensmusical@gmail.com

Church of the Immaculate Conception
The Church of the Immaculate Conception offers a catechetical program for children with special needs. The program includes current teaching methodologies, visual and verbal cueing, a structured environment, and clear expectations. Since 2001 the program has served 4 parishes and has prepared many students for First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Jenny Scott 410-427-4700 or jscott@theimmaculate.org

Disability Express
Disability Express is a group of teens and young adults (middle school through age 25) with various disabilities who get together for fun activities. It is centered in Carroll County but individuals from other areas are welcome.
http://www.thedisabilityexpressgroup.org/
funforall@thedisabilityexpressgroup.org

Downtown Sailing Center
The Downtown Sailing Center hosts an adaptive sailing program for individuals with disabilities a couple of days a month. It is located in the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
http://www.downtownsailing.org/accessible#participant_registration
(410) 727- 0722

Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation
Various activities, including Zumba, dances, and musical theater (the Staccatos) are sponsored by Harford County Parks and Recreation through therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities. To find their current programs, go to http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/225/Parks-Recreation and click on “TR Times” in the menu on the right hand side of the page.
Mike Watkins 410-638-4899 or mdwatkins@harfordcountymd.gov

Harford County Public Library
Libraries throughout Harford County offer a variety of programs geared specifically towards individuals with disabilities which may include sensory times, teen sensory socials, and family accessibility nights. Other activities are inclusive and welcome children with disabilities. The library can help you locate books, toys recommended by OTs and other resources within their collection for your special needs family. It has a list of children’s books with strong characters with disabilities that can be role models for children with disabilities and their siblings. To find out what is currently offered at the library, check out their events page or ask a librarian. To search the events calendar, go to http://hcplonline.org and click on “Programs and Events” in the menu across the top of the page on the black bar, then click on “Full Calendar” under “This Week’s Events” on the left. You can then filter events by event type. Select “Diverse Learning” for events geared towards individuals with special needs.
http://hcplonline.org/

Maryland Youth Ballet, Music & Movement Program
Provides therapeutic ballet opportunities for children ages four and up with developmental disabilities including children with physical impairments who cannot walk. This program is in Montgomery County.

301-608-2232 or info@marylandyouthballet.org

Mountain Christian Church
This church provides a variety of inclusive services and youth programs, as well as a special needs adult program. The church has locations in Joppa, Bel Air, and Edgewood (Harford County).
http://mountaincc.org/
410-877-1824

Mount Zion United Methodist Church
This church, located in Bel Air (Harford County), has a variety of special needs ministries. It has a special needs worship service each Sunday and weekly activities for adults with special needs. It also has some activities for children with special needs.
http://www.mzprays.org/special-needs-ministries

Night to Shine
This free prom for students age 16 and older with special needs, accompanied by a caregiver, is held at various locations of Mountain Christian Church in Harford County and is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
https://www.mountaincc.org/story.aspx?storyid=364

Story Play
These interactive, inclusive story times are appropriate for young children (1-5 years) with a variety of special needs. This program is in Forest Hill (Harford County).

StoryPlay

Mental Health & Behavioral Services (See Also Therapists)

Alliance Case Management (Alliance has recently merged with Mosaic but currently maintains a separate website & contact information. This may change in the future.)
Provides case management services to children and adults with mental health diagnoses including those who are dual diagnosed with a developmental disability. Participants must have Medical Assistance.
http://www.allianceinc.org/
410-282-5900 X3013

Center for Adoption Support and Education
Provides information and specialized counseling for individuals involved in foster care and/or adoption, many services are free of charge. This program is located in Montgomery County.

Home Page

301-476-8525

Humanim Behavioral Support Services
This program for children with developmental disabilities provides behavioral assessment/consultation and in home supports. Recipients must be DDA eligible. Humanim has several offices in the Baltimore metropolitan area and serves Harford County.
http://www.humanim.com/human-services/developmental-disabilities
1-888-374-3276

Impacting Tomorrow Health Center
Provides in-home and community based services to modify the behavior of individuals with a mental health diagnosis. This program is located in Baltimore but serves Harford County. Participants must have Medical Assistance.
http://www.ithc.co/services.html (see behavior modification program)

Mental Health Association of Maryland
Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) has been a leader in progressive programs resulting in more effective treatment, improved outcomes for individuals, increased research and greater public understanding of the needs of children and adults living with mental illness. We envision a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice. This organization is located in Lutherville (Baltimore County) but serves Harford County.

Home

443-901-1550 or 800-572-6426 or info@mhamd.org

Mobile Crisis Team
This program provides crisis intervention and emergency mental health care for Harford County residents. Urgent psychiatric evaluations and referrals are available.
410-638-5248

Mosaic Care Coordination
Care coordination services link children and adolescents diagnosed with mental health disorders to vital community services. The Harford County office is in Aberdeen. Participants must have Medical Assistance.

Care Coordination-Children and Teens

419-282-5900 X3231

Office on Mental Health/Core Service Agency
This agency provides links to public mental health services for individuals of all ages. The Harford County office is in Bel Air.
http://harfordmentalhealth.org/
410-804-8726

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs (PRP)
PRP services provides children and adults with mental health diagnosis with support and training in activities of daily living, leisure skills, social skills and appropriate behavior. Participants must have Medical Assistance. Agencies providing PRP services in Harford County include (but are not limited to) Changing Turn (http://changingturn.org/psychiatric-rehabilitation-program), Mosaic Community Services (http://www.mosaicinc.org/programs-services/psychiatric-rehabilitation-day-program/), Positive Steps (http://positivestepsllc.org/services.html), Therapeutic Living for Families (http://tlfmaryland.org/programs/prp/), Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services (http://www.upperbay.org/), and Villa Maria of Harford County (http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/mental-health/mental-health-clinics/harford-county-mental-health.html).

School Based Mental Health Services
A number of schools in Harford County provide mental health services on site. Participants must have Medical Assistance. For a current list of participating schools go to http://harfordmentalhealth.org/mental-health-resources. For more information, contact Jill Bradley, Mosaic Care Coordination, at 410-273-1399.

Sheppard Pratt Hospital
Offers a variety of services including a Neuropsychiatric Inpatient Unit for children with developmental disabilities who are encountering a mental health crisis and the Crisis Walk-In Clinic (in their Weinburg building on the Towson campus) for evaluation and referral for inpatient services.
410-938-HELP (4357) (for a scheduled crisis appointment)
410-938-5000 (for referral services)
410-938-5302 (for crisis walk-in clinic)

Suicide Prevention Hotline

Home

1-800-273-8255

Teen Diversion
Teen Diversion is a day psychiatric rehabilitation program operating under the Health Department and housed within the Harford County Public School system. Participants are adolescents aged 13-17 who participate for an average of 12 weeks. It is located in Aberdeen (Harford County).

Mental Health Programs (Teen Diversion)

410-838-1500

Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS)
TBS is a short-term supplemental service to be used in conjunction with other mental health services for individuals under the age of 21. This program provides support within the home to increase structure, model responses for parents and assist in implementation of behavioral interventions. Participants must have Medical Assistance. Agencies providing TBS services in Harford County include (but are not limited to) Changing Turn (http://changingturn.org/psychiatric-rehabilitation-program), Positive Steps (http://positivestepsllc.org/services.html), and Therapeutic Living for Families (http://tlfmaryland.org/programs/prp/).

Youth Crisis Hotline
1-800-422-0009

Respite & Child Care (see also camps)

Children’s Choice Respite Services
Provides in home and out of home (overnight) respite for children with behavioral difficulties due to a mental health diagnosis ages 3-17. Their closest office is in Baltimore but they serve surrounding areas. Eligible children must have Medical Assistance.
http://www.childrenschoice.org/maryland-programs/
410-319-9681

LOCATE: Child Care Special Needs Services
Assists families in finding child care, before/after school care, and summer programs for children with disabilities.
http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/special-needs-service/
800-999-0120

Menucha
This organization provides support, including in home support and respite, to Jewish families with children with special needs in a culturally responsive manner. This program is centered in Baltimore.
http://www.menuchainc.org/home.html

Pathways Church Respite Ministry
Provides free respite care days for parents of children with developmental disabilities. Provides trained volunteers including a licensed nurse. Spaces are limited and advance registration is required. This church is located in Forest Hill (Harford County).
http://www.pathwaysweb.com/ministries/respite-care/

Project Act
Project Act is a program of Abilities Network which provides training and support to child care providers (both family child care providers and child care centers) in an effort to better include children with disabilities and children at risk for later identification of having a disability.

Our Services

410-828-7700

Safe Families
Safe Families for Children is a Christian program which provides breathing room and support for families in crisis, giving them time to get back on their feet while their children are cared for in a safe and loving environment. Note that this program is not specific to children with special needs and is not equipped to meet the needs of children with significant special needs including significant behavioral difficulties. While the average length of stay for children in this program is six weeks (this is a crisis program not a regular respite program), participation is voluntary and parents may reunite with their children at any time. The goal of this program is to keep children safe and out of foster care. Additional supports are provided to participating families both during and after the out of home placement. This program is based in Columbia but serves central Maryland including Harford County.

About Us

Tammy Folkerts 410-872-1050 X1170 or columbia@safefamilies.net

Villa Maria Overnight Respite
Provides overnight care for children with behavioral difficulties due to a mental health diagnosis to help foster children’s strengths and prevent out of home placement, respite providers are licensed therapeutic foster parents. Eligible Children must have Medical Assistance.
http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/mental-health/in-home-support/home-based-respite.html
Aisha McClain 410-685-2363 X147 or Kevin Mason 410-685-2363 X120

World of Care (run by PACT)
A medical child care center serving children aged six weeks through five years who are medically fragile and/or have special needs. World of Care is located in Baltimore County.
https://www.kennedykrieger.org/community/community-programs/pact
410-298-7000 or roya@Kennedykrieger.org

Sports

Athletes Serving Athletes
Assists individuals ages 5-65 with disabilities in completing in races, usually by providing a specialized stroller and partner(s) to push the stroller but they are open to various disabilities and multiple methods of participating in races. The emphasis in this program is on the social aspects of training and running. Programs are throughout central Maryland.
http://www.athletesservingathletes.org/
443-272-1204

Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports
Provides a variety of sporting and camping experiences for adults with disabilities throughout Baltimore County.
http://www.barsinfo.org/programs.html

Baltimore Area Special Hockey, Inc.
The Baltimore Saints is a special needs ice hockey team which welcomes individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. It practices primarily in Reisterstown.
http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=baltimoresaintshockey

Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program
Provides a wide variety of sporting opportunities for children aged 2-21 with physical disabilities. This program does not serve children with significant intellectual disabilities.
3825 Greenspring Avenue; Baltimore, MD 21211
https://www.kennedykrieger.org/special-education/educational-programs/physically-challenged-sports-recreation-program

Child’s Heart Yoga
Uses yoga as a way to manage anxiety and improve social skills. Experienced working with children with autism spectrum disorders. This business is in Baltimore County and serves both Baltimore and Harford Counties.
http://www.childsheartyoga.com/
Bridget Strama 410-688-3118 bridget@childsheartyoga.com

Discovery Sports
The Bel Air Department of Parks & Recreation offers Discovery Sports, including basketball and soccer, for children with disabilities. The basketball program is geared towards individuals with developmental disabilities ages 6 and up. The soccer program is geared towards individuals with any disability ages 5 and up. This program is offered through Harford County Department of Therapeutic Recreation. To find their current programs, go to http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/225/Parks-Recreation and click on “TR Times” in the menu on the right hand side of the page.
Mike Watkins 410-638-4899 or mdwatkins@harfordcountymd.gov

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)
This program for children ages 5-12 with significant challenges pairs a child with a disability with a trained volunteer for unstructured athletic activities. In addition to their sports program, KEEN hosts programs in swimming, music, bowling, tae kwon do, and teen outings. Programs are located throughout Maryland including Dundalk (Baltimore County).
http://www.keengreaterdc.org/maryland-programs

Rebounders Gymnastics “I Can Do It” Special Needs Sports Program
Provides individual and group gymnastics lessons for children of all ages with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities. This program is in Timonium (Baltimore County).
http://www.rebounders.com/special-needs/

League of Dreams
This is a sports program children with various disabilities with an emphasis on those with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. It is wheelchair accessible. It is held at Rockdale Park in Baltimore County. In the past, they have also hosted a summer day camp.
http://www.leagueofdreams.org
(410)719-1641

Parkville Adaptive Lacrosse
Parkville Adaptive Lacrosse (Baltimore County) offers children with special needs an opportunity to play lacrosse. This program welcomes individuals with a wide variety of disabilities including intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities.
http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=adaptivelacrosse
443-417-8985

Special Olympics
Provides competitive sporting opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or other closely related disabilities ages eight and older, Harford County currently has Special Olympics teams in Alpine skiing, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, equestrian, gold, kayaking, cross country skiing, soccer and softball, some opportunities also exist for children aged six and seven

Harford County

Sports for Life
This is an extracurricular program for students with disabilities in Harford County public high schools. Students without disabilities also participate as helpers. For information, contact your child’s high school.

Vipers Special Needs Cheerleading
The Cobras team at Vipers is a special needs cheerleading team welcoming athletes with special needs at all ability levels. Members may choose to compete for the competitive cheerleading season and/or the state Special Olympics competition. This is a Harford County Special Olympics team but the Vipers gym is located in Joppa just inside the Baltimore County line.
http://www.viperallstars.com/index.php?componentName=Section&scid=77852&goto=child&parentsectionid=10515
Mariah 443.643.7332 or cobrascoaches@gmail.com

Therapists

Augmenting Ability (Music Therapy)
Services provided include individual music therapy sessions, group music therapy sessions, and adapted music lessons. This office is located in Bel Air (Harford County).
http://www.augmentingability.com/index.html
Melissa Ward 717-968-8001

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (Therapeutic Riding & Hippotherapy)
Services provided include therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. Programs focus on individual needs which may include physical therapy, educational needs, and/or bereavement. This program is located in Havre de Grace (Harford County).
http://ctrchanginglives.org/
info@ChesapeakeTherapeuticRiding.org

Community Rehabilitation Program (Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, etc.)
This program from Kennedy Krieger Institute provides short time therapy in the individual’s home or in other community settings.
https://www.kennedykrieger.org/community/community-programs/community-rehabilitation-program
Joan Carney (443) 923-4555 or carney@kennedykrieger.org

Global Teletherapy (Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy & Mental Health Therapy)
This company provides online speech, occupational and mental health therapy via the Internet and a webcam. Services are provided worldwide.

Home

1-888-511-9395

KARINA Association (Expressive Arts Therapy including music, dance/movement, art, horticulture, and behavioral therapy)
Karina Cafe Expressive Arts Program provides art relief through music, dance/movement, art, and horticulture therapy to children, youth, and adults affected by disabilities. We have Clinical Counselors to provide behavioral therapy and training to families and their children. KARINA CAFE participants have the opportunity to socialize with each other, exchange ideas and receive the latest information on disability issues. This program is designed to provide love as well as R.E.S.T. (Rest, Encouragement, Support, and Tenderness) to families with physical, emotional, cognitive, special and social needs of their children. Karina allows free time for parents while their children, teens or young adults enjoy different activities through Expressive Arts Therapy. This program is located in Timonium (Baltimore County).
http://www.karina-association.org/
443-928-0542 or office@karinaassociation.org

Little Red Car ABA Services LLC (ABA Services)
Provides ABA consultation and therapy services in the home and community to children with Autism Spectrum disorders in the Baltimore area including Harford County.
http://www.littleredcaraba.com/
443-847-7246 or little_redcar@yahoo.com

Maryland Therapy Network (Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy)
Maryland Therapy Network is a pediatric multi-disciplinary clinic which offers speech-language therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy for children and young adults in Bel Air (Harford County).
http://www.marylandtherapynetwork.com/
410-515-4900 or info@marylandtherapynetwork.com

McLaughlin Physical Therapy & Hand Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy)
Provides physical therapy, including physical therapy to children with significant developmental disabilities. This business is located in Jarrettsville (Harford County).
http://www.mclaughlin-physical-therapy.com/
410-692-9180

NeuroLogic!
The HANDLE program at NeuroLogic! offers services for individuals, families, schools and communities to address sensory-motor and neurological concerns commonly labeled as: Hyper/Hypo-Sensitivity, Learning Disability, Anxiety, Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity, Obsessive-Compulsive, Dyslexia, Developmental Delay, and Perplexing behaviors. A mainstay of the HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neuro-Development and Learning Efficiency) program is that it views behaviors as forms of communication as opposed to symptoms to be masked or controlled. This company is located in Towson (Baltimore County).
https://neurologichandle.wordpress.com/welcome-to-neurologic/
410-509-5060 or jkowarsky@gmail.com

The Neuroscience Team (Neurofeedback)
The Neuroscience Team specializes in neurofeedback. Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback; Neurotherapy ) is a procedure utilizing sophisticated computer technology to measure, record, and give understandable feedback ( using a video game format ) of brain function to clinician and patient to assist in regulating arousal levels in the brain. They serve patients with special needs including ADHD, learning disabilities and anxiety. The office is located in Towson (Baltimore County).

Homepage

410-828-8700

Normandy Farms Therapeutic Riding (Therapeutic Riding)
Provides therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to individuals with disabilities. This program is located in Street (Harford County).

Home

410-836-9441 or trnfinc@gmail.com

Pediatric Mobility, LLC (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Aquatic Therapy)
Provides specialized treatment for infants and children from birth to 21 years of age. Includes a variety of innovative treatments in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and aquatic therapy. This business is located in Forest Hill (Harford County).
http://pediatricmobility.com/
443-752-1617 or gjm2000@msn.com

Personalized Alternatives for Learning (ABA Services)
Provides ABA services for children with autism. Specializes in children 2-10 years old in Harford County and Cecil County, MD. Provides FBAs (functional behavior assessments), intensive 1:1 therapy based in applied behavior analysis, family training, and program consultation/evaluations.
http://www.pal-aba.com/
410-776-4640 or palconsulting@live.com

Premier Chiropractic (Chiropractic Care)
Provides chiropractic care and holistic health advice with a special focus with caring for children with conditions such as: Autism, Aspergers, PDD-NOS, Rett Syndrome, PANDAS, Learning Differences and ADHD. This business is located in Churchville (Harford County).
http://www.restorelifeflow.com/#
410-734-4060

Speech, Language and Hearing Center at Towson University
Speech, Language and Hearing Center offers screening, diagnostic and treatment services to improve communication for children and adults with a variety of concerns. Clients with a variety of communication disorders, including stuttering, autism, hearing loss, language delay and stroke survivors, are seen in our clinical programs. The Center is part of the Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies. This ensures that current clinical research is continuously integrated into our services. This program is at Towson University in Baltimore County.
http://www.towson.edu/iwb/
410-704-3095 or speechlanguagecenter@towson.edu

Swan Expressive Therapies (Art Therapy and Mental Health Therapy)
Provides a variety of therapy services including art therapy. Art therapy is particularly effective with: People suffering from trauma, Children with ADHD, Adolescents, Families, Older adults with emotional concerns, Non-verbal or verbally resistant people, Developmentally delayed persons, and more. This business is located in Bel Air (Harford County).

Art Psychotherapy

410-838-9558

Vision Audio Inc (EASe Therapy)
Provides EASe therapy, a listening therapy for sensory processing disorder. This business is located in Joppa.
William Mueller 410-679-1605 or bill@vision-audio.com

Transition & Job Training

Advocates for Success
Provides a variety of services focusing on social skills, self-acceptance, and life skills for children, adolescents and young adults with special needs including ADHD, learning disabilities, social skills deficits, behavior problems, and Asperger’s. This program is located in Towson (Baltimore County).
http://www.advocatesforsuccess.org/home.html
Janet Palmer 410-627-0428 or JLPalmer@advocatesforsuccess.org

Alliance Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Alliance has recently merged with Mosaic but currently maintains a separate website & contact information. This may change in the future.)
Assists individuals with developmental, intellectual, and other disabilities (including mental health disabilities) to gain or regain independence through employment or meaningful activities in a community-integrated setting. It is located in Belcamp (Harford County).
http://www.allianceinc.org/
410-282-5900 X3006

Bass Educational Services
Offers comprehensive college planning services for students with learning differences, beginning as early as freshman year. This company is located in Montgomery County.
http://www.basseducationalservices.com/
301-774-5211

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
Offers workshops for transitioning youth who are blind or low vision. The emphasis in their programs is on preparation for college, work, and independent living. They are located in Baltimore.
https://www.bism.org/youth

Club 1111
Club 1111 is a nightclub and spa run by the League for individuals with disabilities.
http://leagueforpeople.org/club1111/home/learn-more/

College Living Experience
Provides post-secondary supports to students with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and other varying exceptionalities. This program is based in Montgomery County.
http://experiencecle.com/
800-486-5058 or admissions@experiencecle.com

Developmental Disabilities Administration
Provides a coordinated service delivery system so that individuals with developmental disabilities receive appropriate services oriented towards the goal of integration into the community. Services are provided primarily to adults. The DDA maintains a registry of individuals with developmental disabilities who are too young for direct services and a waiting list of adults with developmental disabilities who are waiting for services. Length of time on the waiting list is taken into consideration when funding becomes available. The office serving Harford County is located in Baltimore City.
http://dda.dhmh.maryland.gov/Pages/home.aspx
410-767-5600

Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), Bel Air Office
Promotes leadership and support for successful employment, economic self-sufficiency, and independence of individuals with disabilities and offers a vocational evaluation, skills training, academic preparation, job placement assistance, and independent living programs. This office serves Harford County.
http://www.dors.state.md.us
410-836-4590 or belair.dors@maryland.gov

Harford Community College Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services is dedicated to helping students with documented disabilities access all of the educational opportunities and services offered by the College. Harford Community College is located in Bel Air (Harford County).
http://www.harford.edu/student-services/disability-support-services.aspx
443-412-2404

Image Center
The IMAGE center is a non-profit organization that promotes independent living skills for students and adults with disabilities that reside in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford County. We offer an array of services which include but not limited to; Peer Mentoring, Teen Programs, Travel Training, Independent Living Skills Training, Benefits Planning Assistance, Information and Referral, Advocacy, Education Transition programs, Assistive Technology, and our Out and About Program.
410-982-6311 or info@imagemd.org

Maryland Department of Disabilities Attendant Care Program
This program provides attendant care for individuals ages 18-64 with severe chronic or severe physical disabilities. This is a statewide program. (This website also has a list of other helpful resources on the left.)
http://mdod.maryland.gov/acp/Pages/Attendant-Care-Home.aspx

Maryland Transitioning Youth
This website provides information to assist individuals who are graduating from high school in transitioning to college and/or work.
http://www.mdtransition.org/

People on the Go Maryland
People on the Go is a self-advocacy group composed of individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges. It hosts a variety of programs and trainings geared towards independence and leadership. This is a statewide organization.
http://www.peopleonthegomaryland.com/

The RISE Program (Reach Independence through Self-Employment)
This DORS program assists individuals with disabilities who wish to start their own businesses. The Harford County DORS office is located in Bel Air.
http://pdgrehab.com/services/rise-program
410-836-4590 or belair.dors@maryland.gov

Service Coordination
Service Coordination provides case management services to adults who are DDA eligible and adolescents who are nearing transition. The Harford County office for Service Coordination is located in Forest Hill.

Home

410-893-0393 or 410-893-0397

Susquehanna Workforce Centers
These centers, located in Bel Air and Aberdeen in Harford County, provide an array of free employment and training services to job seekers. While these services are geared towards the population at large, they do provide auxiliary aids and reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of job seekers with disabilities.
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/county/harford/
Bel Air Office 410-838-4603 or belair@dllr.state.md.us
Aberdeen Office 410-272-5400

Transition into Life
This website contains recent listings of workshops, programs, and activities in or close to Harford County. While the emphasis is on transition, many of the programs listed are appropriate for younger children with special needs and their families.
https://transitionintolife.wordpress.com/

Miscellaneous

The Allergy Connection, Dr. Richard Layton
Richard E. Layton, M.D. practices specialized pediatrics, allergy and preventative medicine to treat children with learning, behavior, and developmental problems caused by allergies and nutritional deficiencies including children with autism spectrum disorders. His practice is located in Towson (Baltimore County).
http://www.allergyconnection.com/
410-337-2707 or info@allergyconnection.com

Care Coordination Plus
This is a navigation program for children who receive Medical Assistance. A representative from this service will assist families in finding needed service providers who take their insurance. This is the contact information for Harford County’s Care Coordination Plus.
Kimberly Proutt 410-877-1015 or Kimberly.Proutt@maryland.gov

Chaya Braun Photography
Chaya Braun is a photographer specializing in newborn photograph who also photographs children with special needs. This company is located in Baltimore County.

Newborn Photographer Baltimore

410-941-8070 or contactchayabraun@gmail.com

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Resource Locator
This website, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, provides information about programs and resources throughout the state.
http://specialneeds.dhmh.maryland.gov/

Disability Rights Maryland (formerly Maryland Disability Law Center)
Provides free advocacy and legal services to individuals with disabilities living in Maryland and their families. This is a statewide program.

About

Harford County Commission on Disabilities
The Commission on Disabilities advocates and acts as a catalyst for positive change for citizens with disabilities by assessing needs, investigating opportunities for improvements in quality of life and supporting community participation.
http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/826/Commission-on-Disabilities

Harford Transit Link Para-Transit Services
Provides transportation within Harford County to individuals with disabilities by appointment. Schedule transportation by calling 410-612-1620 up to 60 days in advance. Services are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and appointments are subject to change by transit services. Individuals needing assistance may bring a registered aide on board without paying an additional fee, call ahead to register.
http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/232/Para-Transit-Services-ADA

Hearing Aid Loan Bank
The Hearing Aid Loan Bankprogram loans hearing aids to infants and toddlers up to age of three with hearing loss whose family may have financial difficulty purchasing aids, or those who are waiting to receive their personal hearing aids or cochlear implants. This program is located in Parkville (Baltimore County).
https://www.maaudiology.org/Hearing_Aid_Loan_Bank.asp
410-767-0248 or marni.helfrich@maryland.gov

Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI)
KKI has a variety of programs for children and adults with disabilities, most of which are located in Baltimore City. Programs include medical care, a variety of therapies, special education programs, and community outreach programs.
https://www.kennedykrieger.org/
888-554-2080

Linking All So Others Succeed (LASOS)
Assists non-English speaking residents with the resources they need during the integration period. Includes at-risk youth mentoring. LASOS is located in Bel Air in Harford County.
http://lasos.org/index.html
410-836-0333

Maryland Relay
A telephone communication system that connects telephone conversations between people who can hear and those who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, deaf-blind, or speech disabled by using text telephones. This is a statewide program.
http://www.mdrelay.org
dial 711 to use the service

Mass Mutual Financial Group
Provides financial planning to assist families of children with special needs. This company is located in Hunt Valley (Baltimore County).
https://www.massmutual.com/individuals/goals/care-for-a-loved-one-with-special-needs
Chris Owens 410-773-4464 or cowens@finsvcs.com

Medical Assistance Transportation
Appropriate transportation is provided for Harford County medical assistance recipients to and from medical appointments covered by the Medical Assistance Program. Rides must be reserved at least two days in advance.
410-638-1671

MetDESK Specialist (Met Life’s Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids)
Assists parents with the process of planning for children with special needs including navigating through the many financial and legal issues that are involved in providing lifetime care. This company is located in Hunt Valley (Baltimore County).
Mark Pallack 410-527-4028 or mpallack@baltimore.nef.com

Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital
Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital is located in Baltimore City and has a variety of programs for children with disabilities including medical care, psychological testing, a variety of therapies, and sibshops.
http://www.mwph.org/
410.578.8600

Peirson Travel Service
Assists with travel arrangements for individuals with physical disabilities and those who need special assistance. This company is located in Catonsville (Baltimore County).
http://www.peirsontravel.com
Bridget Peirson 410-788-8300 or 443-830-4182 or 800-323-3167 or bpeirson@unidial.com

REM Medical Assistance
The REM program provides integrated coordination of services and fee for service style medical assistance for individuals who are eligible for Maryland Medical Assistance and have specialized health care needs that meet program criteria. A child’s primary care physician must complete the application for this program.

The REM Program

Sibshops
These multi-day workshops/support groups are for siblings ages 6-13 of children with disabilities. They are offered at a variety of locations in Maryland. Currently, the closest location are at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore and The ARC Baltimore Community Resource Center but they have been offered in Harford County in the past. https://www.siblingsupport.org/about-sibshops/find-a-sibshop-near-you

Sibshops Sibling Support Groups

Wings for Autism
This program at BWI (Baltimore County) and sponsored by the ARC of Baltimore is for children and adults with autism and closely related developmental disabilities. It provides an opportunity for individuals to practice potentially difficult aspects of air travel including going through security and getting on an airplane with specially trained staff.

Wings For Autism

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