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Teen and Young Adult Programs October Newsletter

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs October 2022


Black circle with two white parallel lines symbolizing PAUSE.
As we work to anticipate change in one of our longest running programs at The IMAGE Center we wanted to thank you, students and families for your patience. Beginning in January we will be taking a pause from the implementation of our Connect program including our Peer Mentorship partnerships. We realize that this pause will not be convenient for many of our families seeking a continuation of service through those programs. Please know that this pause comes as a moment to reset and will allow us, at IMAGE, to make the necessary changes to make these programs stronger and more enriching for our students. Please know that as always we appreciate the feedback of our students and families. If you have thoughts and or suggestions for these programs moving forward we would love to hear them! Please email Jessica Leone at
Thank you families for your continued support!
The Connect Program & Peer Mentorship
Stay CONNECTED with our virtual Connect sessions happening NOW twice monthly !New to Connect? This is a great time to check out the program from the comfort of your home! Our virtual sessions will be donation based and will take place on the dates listed below. This is a great chance to connect with old friends, meet new friends and work on skills specific to your independence. We look forward to connecting with you!
Virtual Sessions will take place from 6-7pm on the following dates:
September 27th, October 11th, October 25th, November 8th, November 22nd, December 6th and December 20th.
Click here to register!
PreETS Training Program
Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program in collaboration with DORS
Two hands engaged in a handshake with the words Ability, experience, knowledge, skills and training written in front in various colors.
Self Awareness and Self Advocacy (SASA) Training is a collaborative partnership program between The IMAGE Center and The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). 

What benefit does this training provide? 
● Empowerment for teens and young adults to explore skills of self awareness and self advocacy as they relate to either college preparation or vocational exploration. 
● Information on disability disclosure, rights and accommodations related to college bound and career bound students. 
● Personalized goal setting and skill building in relation to increased independent living. 
● Student and family resources for all future outcomes. 

Who is eligible for this FREE training? 

Students enrolled in a secondary school (including home school or other alternative secondary education program), post-secondary education program, or other recognized educational program and has not exited, graduated, or withdrawn; students at least 14 years old but less than age 22 students have a disability documented with an IEP, 504 plan, medical records, or a doctor’s note. 

To learn more about SASA training please contact: Jessica Leone, Director for Teen and Young Adult Services at The IMAGE Center 443-275-9396 or 

All registrants will need a direct referral from DORS to get started: Already connected with a DORS counselor? Contact your counselor directly and ask for a referral for the PreETS Training provided by The IMAGE Center. Not yet connected with DORS? Simply follow the link to request a referral. A case file for referral will be created for you and you should be contacted by DORS within 10 days.                   

*Schools may seek permission from families to refer students directly* 
Volunteers for Medical Engineering (VME)

VME Homecoming 2022

VME Homecoming 2022. October 24 - 26. Mentor... Reconnect... Support. Learn more: Keep VME innovation strong at your alma mater." Names of colleges scroll down both outer edges of the image which include: ASME@JHU, CCBC, George Washington U, Harford CC, Howard CC, Loyola, M.I.T., Morgan, Towson, UMD, UMBC, US Naval Academy.


Carroll County Bike Clinic
Friday, October 1 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Town Mall in Westminster
400 N Center Street
Westminster, Maryland 21157
Please sign up in advance.

“Meet a VME Alum” – Engineers Using Talents to Help Others
Monday, October 24 at 1:00 pm
Virtual Facebook Event

Meet a Long-term VME Volunteer and Supporter” – Engineers Using Talents to Help Others
Tuesday, October 25 at 1:00 pm
Virtual Facebook Event

“Pre-Game” Warm-up Video before the monthly PRAC Meeting – “Bolts, CADs & Volunteers” – A Walk Down Memory Lane!
Wednesday, October 26 at 5:55 pm

Monthly PRAC Meeting
Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Check your email 1 week prior to obtain Zoom link

Cap off the week
October 27 to 28
DONATE to support our school teams and our engineered projects!

Special shout out to our Volunteer PTs during this National Physical Therapy month! We can’t do it without you!


VME’s STEM Program – Designing our Future Designing Solutions for People With Disabilities

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers @ Johns Hopkins University – Dan’s Art Crown
  • CCBC – Catonsville, Dundalk, & Essex Campuses – Wheelchair Lacrosse Sticks
  • College Park Academy – Jacob’s Trike
  • George Washington University – Sensory Basketball Project for blind children – New partner this semester – Welcome!
  • Harford Community College – Gary’s Wheelchair Transfer
  • Howard Community College – Andrew’s Wheelchair Lacrosse Stick
  • Loyola University – Jared’s Wearable Technology
  • M.I.T. – Continued research on the All-In-One Wheelchair/Toilet Transfer Device
  • Morgan State University – Home of the Bike Clinic on November 5
  • Towson University – Occupational Therapy Consultations for VME Projects
  • UMBC – Imani’s Portable Podium & Hug-A-Bear for Children w/ Anxieties (partnered with CIJE & Bais Yaakov High School)
  • UMD – Logan’s & Olive’s E-bikes
  • U.S. Naval Academy – 3D-Printed Feeding Device & Daniel’s E-bike project. Andy’s Tech Command Center.

Questions? / 443.320.4007

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