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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.
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Shared Support Maryland, Inc is a Maryland-based, not-for-profit providing completely personalized support to over 60 people with developmental disabilities. There are fewer than 75 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.  
Susan “cried with joy, with relief that she could take control over her own life,” when she first heard of Shared Support Maryland (SSMD) from the woman who is now her Support Broker. SSMD is the only licensed disability support organization in Maryland that offers self-directed, personalized services exclusively. Our objective is not to run the lives of people with disabilities but to support them to run their own lives.

When we first met Susan* back in 2014, she was desperate! A woman in her mid-30s, she had simply had it with how badly things were with her current services! It was bad enough that the program was a 45-minute van ride from the rural community where she lives. And, then, when Susan finally got up the nerve to complain, no one believed her! Except her mother. 

And nothing changed -- until they began to look for alternatives and found out about SSMD. 

When Susan had started at that program right out of school, she and her family were promised she would spend her days developing her communication and motor skills by engaging in activities that built on her “desires, needs and strengths.” Instead, Susan’s days became all about what staff wanted her to do. Susan actually lost skills and withdrew. An old family friend, who reconnected with the family as these issues were coming to a head, says she couldn’t believe how “unhappy and uncooperative” Susan had become, and she needed so much “supervision”.

Today couldn’t be more different! Susan is excited about everything she’s doing! She’s busy. She’s out in the community, volunteering at a farm and Damascus Help. She’s doing crafts, making jewelry and drawing. She enjoys baking with her primary support person. She’s reading and working on increased word recognition and writing. She’s exercising, going to the gym and walking every day. The people who know her best say now that Susan feels safer and is no longer afraid, she’s become more relaxed, talks more about family, friends and the places she wants to go. She is taking control of her services and signing off on her plan and invoices. 

A key ingredient in the rapid changes in Susan’s life has been Shared Support Maryland’s commitment to personalized, respectful supports. The ways in which SSMD staff, like Susan’s Support Broker, carry out that commitment are the key to doing this work differently. With the support of SSMD’s friends and donors, people who many thought could not live full lives of meaning and impact – and people, like Susan, who have given up on their dreams because of how badly they’re treated – are now making decisions for themselves, mastering skills for life and work, and making meaningful contributions to the world around them. Your support can help extend the reach of SSMD across Maryland. 

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