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The Penn-Mar Advocacy Collective

For 40 years, Penn-Mar Human Services has stood as a steadfast advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their loved ones. We have grown from our early days of 12 founding families fighting for the full rights of citizenship, into a community of over 600 families and friends, who continue to advocate and organize. With your help, and through the simple task of joining our stories and efforts, we can create momentum!

The goal of the Penn-Mar Advocacy Collective (PMAC) is to advocate for an increase in funding for IDD services that will translate to proper compensation of Direct Support Professional (DSP) wages. This is critical for inclusion and equity within the greater community, and for gainful employment, opportunity, and acceptance of people with IDD.

Learn more by reading the PMAC Overview

Upcoming Event:

Penn-Mar Advocacy Training: Designed to Educate and Mobilize

January 19th at 1:00pm
January 26th at 3pm

Define your story, learn about pressing topics, and the intricacies of meeting with our elected officials! Share ideas and past experiences with other families just like you! Learn more about the Penn-Mar Advocacy Collective’s push to meet our representatives throughout the year!


January 19th at 1:00pm»
January 26th at 3pm»

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Explore the PMAC Year-at-a-Glance

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Join us!

For more information on how to be involved in our advocacy efforts throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania, please contact Tina Chan Sweenie, Manager of Volunteer Engagement:

Find Your Elected Officials

For Maryland Residents

For Pennsylvania Residents

Advocacy Resources

Understanding Direct Support Professional Wages

Fun & Informative Advocacy Resources