Giving Tuesday 2019 ~ Give for Change

I’m excited about “Giving Tuesday” and why SSMD Inc. is such a worthy nonprofit for giving. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing SSMD’s Executive Director and her family for over 10yrs and “GIVING” defines this nonprofit. SSMD, Inc. is a nonprofit that embodies the values of self-direction, community and support through education which helps move forward systemic change in disability services. I’ve had the pleasure of facilitating training and am honored that SSMD has a vision around education/training that helps move social justice forward. ~ Shawn Lumpkin, MSIR, PHR, SHRM-CP I have been a Shared Support Maryland, Inc Support Broker for five and a half years and have worked alongside this invaluable organization for twelve. Working for Shared Support Maryland, Inc has taught me so much about “what can be” rather than what can’t. I have received exceptional training and professional opportunities which would not be possible without the contributions of our donors. From my experience, there is no other service delivery system that enables as much autonomy, opportunities for full inclusion, and transparency as Self Directed Services. Through my role as a Support Broker, I have supported people with hiring and managing employees of their choice, with designing the life of their dreams and learning how to access their community outside of DDA services. Change is not visible overnight. You help the person get from point A to point Z and enjoy each step of the way. One important guiding principle is that the voice of the person served has to be the loudest and most respected voice of all. At Shared Support Maryland, Inc, our approach is...
SSMD, Inc. has received a 2 year grant award from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and it’s called ~ Expectations Matter! My Life, My Choice, My Plan!

SSMD, Inc. has received a 2 year grant award from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and it’s called ~ Expectations Matter! My Life, My Choice, My Plan!

SSMD and 26 incredible partners have begun working together to develop and provide Person Centered Planning Training to people with developmental disabilities and family members throughout Maryland. Providing consult in many areas as well as training, people with disabilities and family members are immediate leaders in this grant’s work. The combination of partner experience and expertise is incredible and we are anxiously moving through beginning stages of our work ~ recruiting the Advisory Group, then quickly onward to develop our initial communication and outreach plan and training modules, training trainers and training! Look for person centered planning training available exclusively for people with disabilities and family members starting April...
Mastering the Active Facilitation Approach ~ December 2019!

Mastering the Active Facilitation Approach ~ December 2019!

December 18, 2019 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. December 19, 2019 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Elkridge Branch, Howard County Library 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, MD 21075 Ultra productive meetings have many elements ~ one of them is a skilled facilitator! Organizations are turning to collaborative approaches to get work done better and faster!  Planning meetings require the best of us in collaboration with others. Practice to manage these skills ~ the result is highly productive, action oriented meetings. This two-day course in the active facilitation approach ~ presents the role of the facilitator as a combination of leading and supporting, and offers techniques designed to help groups be as creative and productive as they can be, focusing on the skills of: Organizing and preparing for meetings, Opening work sessions, Leading group discussions, Helping groups reach consensus, Managing conflict in groups and Brainstorming. We have had incredible turn outs and here’s what people said about our prior trainings!   ~ 100% of the attendees said that they will do something different back as work as a result of the training!   ~ “I personally came in with an expectation and this training exceeded all of them.  Thank you. Ready to work.”   ~ “Usually day long trainings overload me and make it hard to retain info.  I was completed engaged!!”   ~ “Great material, clearly presented.”   ~ “Invested and inspired”   ~ “Break out sessions, facilitators, group learning and individual work were great!”  Registration is $175 per person ~ register 9 people and one more can come for free! Elizabeth Vasquez and Gail Godwin will co-present.  More here! https://www.regonline.com/masterfacilitationDEC2019! Thank you to those who attend, send customers, employees, colleagues and friends to our training and development sessions. We are forever...
Shared Support Maryland, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations (minus the fair market value of any goods or services received by the donor) are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. A copy of our current financial statement is available on request. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage. Tax ID #20-5302788.