HOLD THE DATE: By Their Side Annual Meeting and Luncheon, Saturday November 4, 2017

Guests are always welcome.

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 our 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 to support his son's out of state siblings in their future advocacy. Board member and sibling Joan Chevalier talked about 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 below, 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 gave an update on 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 below, Ken Capone and Judy Volkman, Board Member.

Capone Leadership award

October 19, 2016 The Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities presented By Their Side with the 2016 Family Support Award.

November 2015 By 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 and representatives from the United Arab Emirates discussed advocacy for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities by a non-government organization. Pictured with UAE delegates are Judy Volkman and Tracy Wright, Board Members, and Kathy Vecchioni, Executive Director


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