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For Self-Advocates & Adults

The Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County supports self-advocates through providing social opportunities, professional development workshops, and a voice on the organization's board of directors.

Due to COVID-19 we moved our self-advocate workshops online.

  • Award winner professional development workshops,  the "Positively Speaking" series, are organized by ArtStream and subsidized by DSNMC.

WJLA features ArtStream workshop in this video!

 ArtStream receives the award for “Best Teen/Adult Program” from the 11th Annual Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA) Leadership Conference, held in Cincinnatti, Ohio in February 2017. 

  • DSNMC received a grant from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation to expand the Positively Speaking Program with ArtStream to include both middle and high school students. Workshops will focus on communication and social skills using innovative theater arts techniques. They occur on Sundays from 3:00 - 4:30pm; pre-registration is required.

  • PALS Programs provides a place for young adults with Down syndrome and their peers to have fun, grow as individuals, and build transformative friendships.

  • Supports children, youth, adults and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing child care, work skills training, employment, community living services, resources and advocacy. Contact us at 301.984.5777

  • PCR promotes the full inclusion into community life of teens and adults with developmental differences by providing dynamic therapeutic, social, recreational, and educational programs. PCR offers a full schedule of social and recreational activities.

  • 3500 Boston Street, MS-47 Suite 210
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    (410) 327-9812 – Phone
    (410) 327-9816 – Fax
    (877) MD-BUDDY – Toll-Free

  • The Department of Health and Human Services has primary responsibility for the delivery of public health and human services that address the basic and critical needs of the county’s most vulnerable children, adults and seniors in Montgomery County.
    First and foremost, the Department provides core services that protect the community’s health, protect the health and safety of at-risk children and vulnerable adults, and address basic human needs including food, shelter, clothing and personal care. The Department also provides a number of other services to assist families to be healthy, safe and strong
    Contact DHHS by phone at (240) 777-1245 or by email at:

  • This directory includes many valuable resources to help you access services, supports and opportunities of all kinds. It includes government agencies, private agencies, social and recreational opportunities, and independent living and job-seeking resources. This is the place to start when you are looking for resources for older teens and adults with down syndrome in Montgomery County.

  • Phone: 301-495-2595
    9500 Brunett Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20901
    Fax: 301-495-9340

  • Jubilee Association of Maryland exists to provide support for adults with developmental disabilities to live in and enrich their community while fulfilling their personal, family and spiritual needs.
    10408 Montgomery Avenue
 Kensington, MD 20895
    Phone: (301) 949-8628
    Fax: (301) 949-4628

  • The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council is a public policy organization that advocates for the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. The majority of Council members are people with developmental disabilities or family members of people with a developmental disability.
    217 E. Redwood Street Suite 1300
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    Tel: [410]-767-3670
    [800]-305-6441 (within MD)
    Fax: [410]-333-3686

  • MACS is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening agencies to better support people with developmental disabilities and their families in their own communities. This is accomplished through advocacy that promotes the highest standards of program excellence; fosters a climate that develops and nurtures a quality workforce; and results in an increased capacity within Maryland communities to support people in inclusive settings.

  • Graduate Transition Program – Custom-tailored community learning program for students with special needs exiting high school. Two-year tuition-based, credit-free certificate program. Competitive application process.
    Challenge Program – Courses for adults with developmental disabilities to help them function more independently in their homes, at work, and in the community.
    51 Mannakee Street
    Rockville, Maryland 20850

  • MontgomeryWorks offers a variety of job-search tools and services at our two workforce centers. We feature the Maryland Workforce Exchange, an internet-based program with everything you need to find a better job or advance your career-24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s a virtual one-stop network that connects you with workforce information, job leads, training opportunities, and a variety of programs and services to help you make the right choices for future success.

  • The Developmental Disabilities Administration provides a coordinated service delivery system so that individuals with developmental disabilities receive appropriate services oriented toward the goal of integration into the community. These services are provided through a combination of state residential centers (providing services to individuals with intellectual disability) and a wide array of community based services delivered primarily through a network of non-profit providers.
    Contact the Southern Maryland Regional Office
    Telephone: (301) 362-5101

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