Independent Marylanders Achieving
Changing the Meaning of Disability for Everyone
 

Services

Through our core service programs let us assist you in achieving independence.

Housing

Staff help identify resources for finding housing and shelters, as well as refer consumers to the Weinberg and Section 811 housing waiting lists. For more information contact Kate Wallace at kwallace@imagemd.org.

Thrift Store Program

The IMAGE Center partners with local thrift stores for referrals for free clothing, household items, and furniture. Requests for items must be called in on Wednesday and Thursday morning before 10 am. There is no delivery available. For more information contact Kate Wallace at kwallace@imagemd.org.

Sex Education and Relationships

The IMAGE Center offers classes on sex and dating for people with disabilities. These classes cover basic anatomy, human sexual health, meeting people, dating safety and more. These classes are for people with any kind of disability. For more information contact Meredith Ritchie at mritchie@imagemd.org.

Independent Living Skills Training

Programs are designed to teach individuals with disabilities the skills necessary for acquiring, maintaining, or increasing their independence. Individual and group training is provided in personal assistant management, building self-esteem, money management, navigating one's environment, and self-advocacy. For more information contact Kate Wallace at kwallace@imagemd.org.

Information and Referral

Center staff members identify resources, services, and service providers in public, private, and community organizations that can assist individuals with their independent living goals. For more information contact Kate Wallace at kwallace@imagemd.org.

Individual and Systems Advocacy

Staff members train and assist individuals with disabilities in understanding and exercising their civil rights regarding government and other service providers. We regularly educate public officials about the capacities and skills of individuals with disabilities. For more information contact Crystal Brockington at cbrockington@imagemd.org.

Teen and Young Adults in Transition

Programs are designed to assist teens and young adults, as well as their families, to identify resources for transition, establish skills for increased independence and build self-confidence through exploration of friendship and social skills. Current programs for teens and young adults include:

  • Connect and Travel Programs: The Connect and Travel program works to connect teens and young adults with disabilities to the community through community based learning events. This program focuses on building skills of independence. The Connect program meet twice a month from 6-8pm from November-May.
  • Summer to School Program Series: The Summer to School Series meets once monthly from July-October. With a combination of full day and evening sessions this program works to assists teens and young adults in recognizing resources to increase their independence i. A fun, educational way to fill summer days and continue consistency into the start of a new school year.

All IMAGE programs for teens and young adults are participant driven and are centered around core goals for building independence at any level. For more information contact Jess Leone at jleone@imagemd.org.

Out & About program

Dedicated to helping people who qualify get "Out" of nursing facilities and "About" in the community, finding a life with their family, friends, neighbors and employers. Peer Support Staff assist applicants throughout the transition process and also once in the community. Anyone interested should contact the IMAGE Center and ask to speak to a Peer Specialist. For more information contact Crystal Brockington at cbrockington@imagemd.org.

Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology Program assists consumers with the purchase or repair of technologies, such as wheelchair ramps, stair glides, and hearing aids. This program does have individual funding limits, but does not conflict with other funding sources. For more information on assistive technology contact Meredith Ritchie at mritchie@imagemd.org.

Kitchen Tour: Our Center's Assistive Technology Library is a showroom full of various technologies. This technology helps people with disabilities perform tasks such as cooking, meal planning, dressing and grooming. Individual and group tours are available.

Accessible Living Tour: From simple tools to complex technologies, come and see devices that help people with disabilities live independently. For more information contact Kate Wallace at kwallace@imagemd.org.

Second Beginning

A peer support group for people with disabilities currently living in the community or planning to move from a nursing facility or other institution. Meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2pm-4pm. For more inofrmation contact Crystal Brockington at cbrockington@imagemd.org.