Shared Support Maryland, Inc.
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Shared Support Maryland, Inc is a Maryland-based, not-for-profit, small business providing completely personalized support to over 40 individuals with significant developmental disabilities. There are fewer than 100 agencies in the country that provide this new type of person-centered, customized support and service. The people we support live in their own homes, they hire & control their own support staff, hold jobs that pay a living wage, & spend their time in activities of their choosing.
SSMD is unlike other providers in the degree of our commitment to individualization & the ways in which we carry out that commitment. Our objective is not to run the lives of people we support, but rather to support them to run their own lives. In everything we do, the intention is to enable people to make decisions for themselves—to have truly self-directed lives. We believe we do this better than any other organization because the people we support tell us they have never accomplished so much in their lives & that no one ever cared so much about what they wanted. We can also see for ourselves how people’s capabilities, contributions, & quality of life grow with our help and support.
We are proud of what we have created. When there are gaps between what we want to do & what the public systems can support, we gamely pursue (& are regularly awarded) state & private foundation grants that allow us to do what we do, stretch our boundaries, & share our person-centered values, tools, & practices with other providers. With our help, people who many thought could not do it are now making decisions for themselves, mastering skills for life & work, & making meaningful contributions to the world around them.
Please contact us at 410-945-4356