The Arc in the News

National Direct Support Professional Week

This week marks the beginning of National Direct Support Professional Week – a week where we celebrate the hard work, commitment and dedication of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region’s over 275 Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). DSPs are critical to the life experience for people with intellectual and development disabilities. They support people to access the community, employment, as well as to live in the community and fulfill the vision each person has for himself or herself.


Soldiering On: How One Family is Making it Day-to-Day

“They call me Nonni,” she said, gazing fondly at the two boys playing in the living room. “And sometimes they call me mommy because really they are like my fourth and fifth children.”

Sonya is a single mother, raising her two grandsons, Rylee, 5, and Aiden, 3. She has had custody of both boys for the majority of their young lives. Both boys have developmental and behavioral challenges as a result of the choices their birth mother made while pregnant. Of the two, Aiden’s complications are more severe. “We still deal with outbursts from him that can be quite dramatic, and damaging,” said Sonya. At one point, Aiden’s tantrums took a self-destructive turn. “He started bashing his head, biting himself, bruising himself. He would find a corner of the bed, the floor, anything. He went over the top in a second, and he just didn’t know how to bring himself out of it.” (more…)

Inclusion Drives Innovation: Embraced in the Work Place

In July 2014, The Arc Central Chesapeake Region launched an employment initiative in partnership with the United States Naval Academy.  Kelly Adams joined the program as an intern to develop workplace skills with the goal of successful employment in her community, ultimately earning a job at the Naval Academy.

Kelly was embraced by her USNA colleagues from the moment she started. “The opportunities she has been given by the Naval Academy have helped to develop her self-confidence and communication skills, and provided her with an overall sense of belonging to a community,” said former program manager, Julie Humble.


Direct Support Professional Week 2017

This week, we are celebrating Direct Support Professional week to honor the hundreds of frontline staff across our programs that make a difference in the lives of those we serve. Together you are creating equity and opportunity so people with disabilities have access to live, work and play as included members of their community.


Building Possibilities: How Artist Danny Brings Everyday Materials to Life


Looking at the astronaut figurine on the window sill, you would think Danny ordered it from one of the collector’s catalogs on his desk. “It’s funny that,” he said.  “I went to buy it, and they told me they didn’t have it.  I was like, oh man.  So I made it.”

That’s how many of his masterpieces are born. “I just see it, and then I build it,” he said shrugging. “I get a lot of my ideas from pictures. Sometimes in catalogs, or from books.” He points to the locomotive catalog and the partially completed steam engine on his desk. “I want to make a hundred trains. That’s one of my goals. Just because I can.” (more…)

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region Selects New Chief Executive Officer, Jonathon Rondeau

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (Arc CCR) is pleased to announce that Jonathon Rondeau has been selected to serve as Chief Executive Officer starting July 12.

“I am excited to join The Arc Central Chesapeake Region. The Arc has a long history of innovative, person-centered services and I look forward to partnering with the board, staff, donors, those served and the community to expand services and opportunities both in Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore so that everyone, regardless of their ability, can live, work and play in their community,” said Rondeau.  (more…)

The Arc CCR Introduces New Interim Executive Director

The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region Board of Directors announces the appointment of Allen Hatton as the new interim executive director. Hatton is following Kate Rollason who is retiring at the end of September. Allen will hold the position approximately 9 months while the Board prepares for and launches a search for Kate’s successor. The Board has named a Sustainability Committee to oversee the search process and has hired the firm Raffa, PC to conduct the transition and search activities.  (more…)

Executive director of The Arc retiring

Long time executive director of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, Kate Rollason, is retiring from her position as of September 30, 2016.  She has served as Executive Director for over 18 years.

To say that Rollason is a maverick in the world of intellectual and developmental disability is a bit of an understatement. From the moment she graduated from college she challenged stereotypes, immersed herself in advocacy and dedicated herself to fulfilling the promise she made to herself and others to fight discrimination against those with disabilities and other conditions. (more…)

The Arc CCR Receives $40k LDC grant from Maryland Live

The Cordish Companies’ Maryland Live! Casino and Anne Arundel County today awarded more than $18.6 million in local impact grants for fiscal year 2017 to various grant recipients as recommended by the Local Development Council (LDC), which helps to manage the allocation of county gaming tax revenue to local organizations.Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner of The Cordish Companies, (more…)