Parents of Children with Disabilities Make a Difference at: The Parents’ Place of Maryland
Jayne Matthews of the Baltimore Times recently wrote a heart warming story describing how The Parents’ Place of Maryland (a group comprised exclusively of parents of a child with a learning or developmental disability) began and how the effort continues. In her latest article Matthews describes some of the emotions parents of disabled children go through and the amazing efforts made by The Parents’ Place of Maryland to assist the parents and children.
Matthews discusses how, unfortunately, parents of disabled children often feel isolated by feelings of “distress of a bleak prognosis” coupled with “anxiety over the future (how will my child survive a lifetime of limitations?)” and “guilt of the past (did I do something to cause this?)” and a “sense of anger (why is this happening to my family?).”
Matthews further explains how The Parents’ Place of Maryland, Josie Thomas, Kim McKay, Kelly Meissner and so many others have helped over 45,000 families since its inception in 1990.
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The resources are offered to the children and parents of children with disabilities throughout Maryland, regardless of the nature of their child's disability or the age of their child. They include conducting regular parent education courses and workshops, helping parents find information, providing referrals to other individuals or organizations, working with parents directly to help them obtain the best possible services for their children, maintaining an up-to-date list of support groups for parents in Maryland and publishing a quarterly newsletter for everyone interested in childrens' needs
This is a great organization and I applaud their effort.
Here is their contact info:
Parents' Place of Maryland
801 Cromwell Park Drive, Suite 103,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Telephone (voice or TDD): (410) 768-9100
FAX: (410) 768-0830