Independent Marylanders Achieving
Changing the Meaning of Disability for Everyone


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

Peer Mentoring

Independent Living Coordinators employed by the Center are individuals with disabilities who share similar life experiences to those coming into the Center and are able to share their experience in a manner that will assist those managing the effects of disability in their lives.

Participants develop a plan to achieve maximum independence and set goals toward accomplishing that independence.

Participants learn about the needs and resources required for meeting their individual independent living goals. Independent Living Specialists help individuals set achievable goals that best fit their desires and lifestyles. Peer counseling can be provided individually or in a group setting.

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 can be provided in personal assistant management, building self-esteem, money management, navigating one's environment, and self-advocacy.

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.

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 and promote rational nondiscriminatory legislation that advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society.

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 in transition 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 including basic travel training skills with our IMAGE Travel Training Instructor. The Connect and Travel programs 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 assist teens and young adults in recognizing resources to increase their independence including opportunities for travel training with our IMAGE Travel Training Instructor. 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.

Out & About program

Dedicated to helping people who qualify to get "Out" of nursing facilities and "About" in the community, finding a life with their family, friends, neighbors and employers. Peer Support Staff are there to 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.

Thrift Store Referrals

Thrift store referrals are available to people who are on a low, fixed income and in need of clothing, household items and/or furniture. Those interested should call IMAGE staff on a Wednesday or Thursday before 10am and fill out a voucher over the phone. Once the order is approved, the person must go to the store that day and get the items by 4pm. There is no delivery for furniture.

Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology Program 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. This program does have individual funding limits, but does not conflict with other funding sources. This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Second Beginning

A peer support group for people with disabilities currenting living in the community or planning to move to the community. Meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2pm-4pm. Call Lisette for more information at 410-727-8629.