UMBC SUCCESS Students Assuming Multiple Roles for Learning

Two UMBC SUCCESS Students working together on a assignment. Pictured to the right UMBC SUCCESS student Chloe assumed the role of both student and teacher in todays lesson on healthy eating.

A large part of the IMAGE course on Independent Living this semester encourages students to further their learning of curriculum by not only retaining the information that is taught, but extending that learning through the teaching of others in the class.

Chloe’s peer Carin, also pictured above, was just one of several of our students diving deeper into course curriculum today utilizing the knowledge of their peers to help them further their understanding of lesson material.

Kick off for the fall program

We had so much fun!           I’m involved in the Harford county teen connect Image program .We have lots of fun together. We usually meet every other week and plan an outing for our group. I am so glad to be a part of this group because it helps me gain confidence in my disability knowing that I’m not alone . Sometimes I struggle with not being able to do things that my other peers who don’t have a disability are doing this group has taught me that even with my disability I can still enjoy those things I just may do them differently.

Here is a picture of some of the teens at our favorite pizza spot. We had fun planning our trip to Party City where we are going to try out some Halloween costumes and then go to Yogo-crazy for our end of the month trip. We planned this trip as a group then we had some yummy pizza!! Being a part of Image is the best thing I’ve done.

Hi I’m Karissa

I’m 17 years old and I have CP which is caused by Brian Damage at birth. I’ve been with Image since the beginning it has taught me a lot and i’m so glad to work for them!  What I like to do is take photos of people mainly of kids, visit family members, listen to music and be with children! I have a very normal life despite my disability! My goal is to inspire you with each post.

In the picture is Me and  my cousin Camryn

Welcome to our new Teen Intern Karissa Phillips

IMAGE would like to invite our teen and young adult community in welcoming our long term program participant Karissa Phillips as she joins IMAGE as our new Social Media Update Intern. Karissa will be updating the IMAGE community with up to date social information for our teen and young adults. Look forward to hearing much more from Karissa starting this week. We are very excited to have her as part of our IMAGE family! Karissa Phillips IMAGE Social Media Update Intern

SUCCESS in Post-Secondary Education

UMBC instructor working on a writing assignment with a student from the UMBC SUCCESS program.

IMAGE is proud to collaborate in educating our students in the SUCCESS program at UMBC!

Check out this great read about the work being done presently within the SUCCESS program and the importance of Post-Secondary programs for students with disabilities!

Click here to read the article on Post-Secondary Programs for students with disabilities:

Learn Basic Computer Skills at IMAGE

Computer lab at The IMAGE Center

Need to learn basic computer skills? Want to brush up on your computer skills to gain more independence at home? Preparing for a job where computer skills are a must? Did you know that The IMAGE Center now has a mini computer lab to help you meet these goals? If your interested in learning more about this free service contact IMAGE Independent Living Specialist Kate Wallace at

Register for the 2015 YLF NOW!!!!!

Group picture of 2014 YLF participantsRegistration for the 2015 Youth Leadership Forum is now live.  If you know someone who would be a good candidate for the program please have them contact Katie Carroll ( to be added to the list to get an application when they are available.

You can also find out more about YLF on Facebook at

IMAGE Co-Sponsored Event~ College Prep Forum

High School Students with Disabilities

Are invited to….

A College Prep Forum

Everything you wanted to know about college…

But didn’t know to ask!

February 28, 2015, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

University of Baltimore School of Law

1401 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21201

Sessions will include: Paying for college (Financial Aid), getting accommodations, traveling independently and independent living

Hear from college students and young professionals with disabilities and other experts about:


  • ·        Financial aid
  • ·        Requesting disability accommodations
  • ·        Independent living and travel
  • ·        And how to survive college!


This is a free event but students are required to RSVP at .

For more information contact: Katie Carroll, or call 240-638-0065

This event is sponsored by Maryland Department of Disabilities, IMAGE Center and Independence Now

Join us for the 2014 Maryland Transitioning Youth Conference!

Boy in a wheelchair outside Community Events
Join The IMAGE Center at the
2014 Maryland Transitioning Youth Conference
Sat. November 15th
@ BWI Marriott
1743 W Nursery Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
IMAGE will be joining in with other centers for independent living to host a vendor table at this event. We will also be co-hosting the break out session entitled
Communicating Independence: Skills for Becoming an Independent Adult

Hope to see you there!