LIVE CHAT Monday, April 13th Transportation!

Thanks to everyone who joined in our IMAGE Center LIVE CHAT – Transportation on Monday, April 13, 2020! We had some great discussion. Below is the transcript of the chat during the discussion. Please note that we have done our best to get the most up to date information but as this situation is extremely…

Mental Health and Abuse Resources

Age Friendly Baltimore County shared the following mental health resource with us on April 8th – Shepperd Pratt’s Virtual Walk In Crisis Clinic Here is a list of mental health and abuse resources we’ve compiled: Maryland Health Connection opened an emergency enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders through June 15, 2020. More information is available here: https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/ For…

IMAGE Center LIVE CHAT Monday, March 30, 2020 – Food Resources

Update, May 21 Maryland Department of Human Services Secures USDA Approval to Expedite Expansion of SNAP Program to Online Grocery Purchases, Curbside Pickup, and Delivery, Starting May 27, 2020 http://news.dhr.maryland.gov/reports/that/maryland-department-human-services-secures-usda-approval-expedite-expansion-snap-program-online-grocery-purchases-curbside-pickup-delivery-starting-may-27-2020/ List of Food Resources by County: Food Resources by County Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Frequently Asked Questions: P-EBT Flyer Update, May 7 Food Resources for Seniors…

NEW IDEAS ARE DIFFICULT

The following article was submitted for publication to the Baltimore Sun on December 29th, 2015.  It’s difficult to say, in under 750 words, anything that has nuance or depth, but, I did feel as though we should try to alert our Baltimore Community that this very unique project is seeking funding and the challenges we…

Meet Marvin Dawkins: Peer Outreach Specialist, Peer Mentor

Marvin Dawkins, Peer Outreach Specialist and Peer Mentor at The IMAGE Center for People with Disabilities Marvin made three attempts to leave the nursing facility before he was able to move to his own home in the community. There were many difficulties and complications along the way. At first, the court…

IMAGE Center Success Stories: Meet Crystal and Stephanie

(Crystal Brockington left, Stephanie Klima right) BACKSTORY Stephanie is one of the dozens of individuals the IMAGE Center has helped transition from living in a nursing facility to living independently in the community. 8 years ago, Stephanie was placed in a group home after being diagnosed with pulmonary embolism. She was then moved to assisted…

David and Goliath: A Summary

by Joseph Barrett Disabilities are a part of the diversity that is found in society.  While a disability may bring with it functional limitations, societal stereotyping, and lack of opportunity—it may also bring certain advantages in the right situation.  In fact, the advantage may be so dramatic that others fail to…

Successful Transition from Nursing Facilities to the Community

By Lori Fitzell New Programs For those of you who haven’t heard, there have been recent changes to the Medicaid Waiver programs in Maryland. Beginning in January of this year, the Living at Home waiver and the Older Adults waivers merged to become the Community Options Waiver. This is a great thing because now, the…

Housing and Disability

Kathryn Wallace As an Independent Living Specialist, part of my job is to have Information and Referral sessions with consumers. During these sessions, the consumer talks about an issue they are having at the moment, and are seeking some resources to help solve the issue that they might be having. The most common reason people…

Sex, Censorship and Disability

People with disabilities should have control over their own lives.    Most people agree with this statement.  Practically everyone who works in the disability field feels that self-determination is the key to a successful and independent life.  We encourage learning to travel alone, managing your money, taking charge of your health care, and more.  However as…