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Allies /Network

We have worked with or admire the work of the organizations listed below. They provide services to adults with developmental disabilities.  Some are local to Metro DC, others are national or serve another part of the country. Click on the name of the organization to be redirected to their website.

 

Art Enables

Art Enables is an art gallery and vocational arts program dedicated to creating opportunities for artists with disabilities to make, market, and earn income from their original and compelling artwork.

 

Art Stream

This theater and acting resource provides inclusive creative classes and performances in Chevy Chase, Maryland and the surrounding area.

 

Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Bethesda provides services and support to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find a sense of community and belonging.  From community-based homes and at-home life skills development, to job placement and coaching, to behavior support, community engagement and day programs, we help people live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

 

Bridges (Established by the Marriott Family)

Bridges has spent 30 years making an impact in some of our nation’s largest cities, and we’re just hitting our stride. We are a recognized leader in youth opportunity programs. Our intensive hands-on approach helps young adults with disabilities find meaningful jobs during and after they complete high school. We match youth with businesses seeking capable entry-level workers and provide the training, mentoring, and long-term support they need to thrive. 

 

Catholic Archdiocese of Washington – Dept. of Special Needs

We are made in God’s image. We are all part of the human family, and in baptism, we become equal members of the Body of Christ. The Department helps Catholics with special needs access their faith by providing support, education, resources and connections to community partners.

 

Haven Universe

Haven Universe volunteers desire to reach out to love and serve our local community of special needs individuals of all ages, their families, caregivers and friends in three ways: first, through large group Saturday Night Alive (SNA) events; second, through small group Bible studies , and third, through community social events. Primarily serves Montgomery County, Maryland.

 

KEEN– Kids Enjoy Exercise Now

KEEN empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.

 

L’Arche

L'Arche's Mission is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships, foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of its members, while being faithful to the core values of its founding story, and engage in diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.

 

Lee Memorial Baptist Church

This congregation consists almost entirely of adults with developmental disabilities.  They do not have a website but are located at 7530 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20012. We were unable to determine if they have resumed in person worship at present.

 

Lutheran Disability Network

Lutheran Services in America-Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide network of Lutheran social ministry organizations, faith-based organizations and Lutheran professionals supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and related conditions

 

McLean Bible Church – Access

Access provides a Gospel-centered, inclusive environment for individuals with special needs. They believe everyone should have access to God and be an active, integral part of the church. Their wish is for every member of Access to grow in their relationship with God and become disciple-makers for Jesus and His Kingdom.

 

Prince George County ARC

PG County ARC provides support, understanding and opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

 

Project Action

Project ACTION! is a regional coalition of self-advocates and self-advocacy groups from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  ACTION! stands for Advocacy, Change, Training, Information, Organizing and Networking.  

Rejoicing Spirits

Rejoicing Spirits is an innovative ministry that works to enrich the faith lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends and other supportive community members. They provide resources, support and coaching to help congregations include people with disabilities as active and valued members. Congregations partner with people with disabilities and their support systems to explore faith using the Rejoicing Spirits ministry model. Primarily serves the Northeaster U.S.

 

SourceAmerica

SourceAmerica connects the dots between precisely filled contract requirements, high-quality products and services, greater productivity, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Special Olympics DC

Special Olympics DC are the sole provider of sports, health and inclusion programs that benefit more than 2,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the district. These services are provided at no cost to participants.

Spirit Club

A gym that makes fitness accessible for everyone. An integrated exercise environment that supports people with and without disabilities.