Available Resources for Individuals with Disability
Howard County Community Organizations
ARI is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) located in Maryland’s Central Region, which serves people of all ages and disabilities within Anne Arundel and Howard Counties. ARI partners with individuals and organizations to advance the independence of people with disabilities so they enjoy self-directed and productive lives. Each service aims to help people with disabilities take part in and contribute to their communities.
Voice/relay: (410) 636-2274
Address: 1406B Crain Highway South, Suite 206 Glen Burnie, MD 21061
ECFC connects costly adaptive equipment from children with disabilities who outgrow the equipment to other children who need it.
Address: 7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite D1 Columbia MD 21046
The Office of Disability Services strives to promote the self-sufficiency and well-being of people with disabilities through information, referral, advocacy and education. The goal of the Office is to serve as a critical link to a network of community services focused on ensuring that those living with disabilities who reside and/or work in Howard County have the supports they need to be successful.
Address: 7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite D1 Columbia, MD 21046
Local Activities & Programs
Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) provides the thrill, freedom, and therapeutic value of sailing for anyone with a disability, recovering warriors, and youth from at-risk communities.
HCHD created 1-Mile Howard County Park Walking & Moving Maps in collaboration with HC Dept. of Recreation and Parks in August 2021.
“Play-for-all” playground encourages children of all ability levels to play together while accommodating cognitive, communicative, social/emotional and sensory disabilities.
People with disabilities interested in visiting national parks can benefit from the America the Beautiful Access Pass, a free, lifetime pass that is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability).
National Sports Center for the Disabled helps people with disabilities feel powerful, vibrant and full of life by offering tons of opportunities to embrace the great outdoors as a welcoming, exhilarating playground.
Therapeutic Recreation (TR) programs and services are designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, enhance quality of life, and develop leisure and recreation skills such as socialization, decision making, independent life skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
Adapted Sports Program helps you get back to living after a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation or other chronic condition that creates physical limitation
SMGA golf clinics are designed for wounded and injured servicemen and women who are during their recovery and transition from hospital to home-life or back to active duty.
Maryland Specific Accessibility and Inclusion Resources
The Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered on a 5-year initiative to improve the health and quality of life among people with disabilities in Maryland through adaptation and implementation of evidence-based strategies. The Accessibility and Accommodation Toolkit is one of the results of that project.
Massachusetts Disability and Health Program (HDP) was the mentor state for Maryland’s Disability and Health Inclusion Program. They work to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are included in MA public health programs, services, data collection, policy and systems.
Through funding from the CARES Act, this Resource Guide was created to assist both organizations serving people with disabilities and people with disabilities to access internet/data, equipment, and training/tech support. This guide was created by Maryland's Centers for Independent Living, including The Freedom Center, Independence Now, and Accessible Resources for Independence.
Engaging the Disability Community
- CDC | Disability and Health Promotion
- CDC | Become a Disability A.L.L.Y. in Your Community and Promote Inclusion for All
- Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities
- A Guide to Community Engagement with People with Disabilities
Glossary of Disability Culture, Etiquette and Best Practice Terms
- Glossary of Disability Terminology (dpa.org.sg)
- Glossary of Disability-Related Terms | DO-IT (washington.edu)