By Their Side Annual Meeting and Luncheon: "New Plans for a Brighter Future"

Saturday, November 4, 2017 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Hellas Restaurant, 8498 Veterans Highway, Millersville, Maryland

Who should attend? Parents, adult siblings, and By Their Side members. Guests are always welcome!

The Program:

Experience Person Centered Planning This dynamic approach to planning guides the person and those who know him or her best to identify a life vision based on his or her greatest joys (and nightmares), gifts and talents, support needs and community connections. Steps are then identified to make that vision a reality. This interactive presentation will illustrate benefits, how families can participate, and how to add person centered planning into your annual Individual Plan (IP) meeting. Gail Godwin is Executive Director of Shared Supports Maryland. Gail has over twenty years of experience facilitating and training others in Person Centered Planning.

Achieving A Better Life Experience: Is ABLE Right for You and How to Get Started Maryland ABLE Savings Accounts will allow people with disabilities (and their families) to save now for disability related expenses while protecting benefits like SSI and Medical Assistance. Lori Markland of Plan 529 which administers Maryland ABLE will discuss how this resource can benefit your relative, complement a Special Needs Trust, and how and when you can open your account.

Cost: $25.00 includes luncheon buffet featuring Hella's famous crab balls, chicken lemonato, and cheese pasta.

Click here to download registration, and register by Monday October 30.

Questions? 443-279-1234


February 19, 2017 Insight on disABILITY Talk Radio 680 WCBM AM featured By Their Side on it's Sunday evening program. Host Michael Gerlach and Kathy Vecchioni discussed By Their Side's founding parent's desire to assure future advocacy, 50 years ago, and the range of advocacy services currently available. Mark Wagner, Board President and parent, talked about his plans for By Their Side advocacy support for his son and his out of state siblings. Board member and sibling Joan Chevalier discussed the advocacy services she arranges for her brother when she travels for work. Listen to the archived program; the interview begins 13 minutes into the recording.

Pictured: Lou Botteon, Insight on disABILITY announcer, Kathy Vecchioni, Mike Gerlach, Insight on disABILITY host, Joan Chevalier, Board Member, and Mark Wagner, Board President.

With Insight on DisABILITY Crew

November 5, 2016 By Their Side Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Brian Cox, Maryland Developmental Disabilties Council discussed ABLE accounts, which will offer families an opportunity to save up to $14,000 a year ($100,000 total) for disability related expenses. Karen Lee, Executive Director of SEEC and recent DDA Public Policy Fellow, discussed DDA's plans to shift from center based vocational services and activities to jobs and community based activities, by 2019, as mandated by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which funds about half the cost of services. Toni Webster and Nicole Hazel of The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region discussed how the Arc closed its segregated workshop and activity centers over 10 years ago, in favor of jobs and community based activities. Board member Judy Volkman presented Ken Capone with By Their Side's Martin Lampe Leadership Award. Ken lead People on the Go's successful effort with the Maryland Legislature to end sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities.

Pictured: Ken Capone and Judy Volkman, Board Member.

Capone Leadership award

October 19, 2016The Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities Award Presentation. By Their Side was delighted to receive the Commission's 2016 Family Support Award.

November 2015By Their Side Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration. Christine Marchand/Arc Maryland gave an overview of the history of services in Maryland and new opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. A panel of parents and professionals discussed the issues and resources identified by By Their Side's multi-disciplinary focus group exploring Planning for the Future of an Only Child.

October 2015 MD Sibs 2015 Statewide Conference Maryland's first sibling conference, was attended by over 180 siblings of all ages. By Their Side helped plan the conference and participated in a panel discussion of advocacy strategies.By Their Side also partnered with the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and Arc Maryland to support the development of the Maryland Sibling Network.

April 2015 By Their Side met with representatives from the United Arab Emirates to discuss advocacy for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities by a non-government organization.

Pictured: UAE delegates, Board members Judy Volkman and Tracy Wright, and Kathy Vecchioni.


November 2014 Annual Meeting and Luncheon. A panel of By Their Side Advocates discussed their work, and the differences between the Lifelong Advocacy Service and Annual Advocacy Plan Services.

April 2014 BJ's Wholesale Club selected By Their Side for a Community Service Grant, replacing old computers and providing supplies to support outreach to Maryland families.

Pictured: Martin Lampe, Board President, Kathy Vecchioni, Executive Director, BJ's Team Member, and Kelly Trizzino, BJ's General Manager