Advocate for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities | Carroll County,Maryland

Advocacy

The Penn-Mar Advocacy Collective (PMAC) advocates for increased funding for intellectual and developmental disabilities (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, opportunities, and acceptance of people with IDD.

You can create the lasting effect we ALL need!

If you have lived the experiences…

If you have seen the experiences…

If you have felt the experiences…

You are an EXPERT ADVOCATE!

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Join us!
For more information on how to be involved in our advocacy efforts, please contact Tina Chan Sweenie, Manager of Volunteer and Donor Engagement: tinachansweenie@penn-mar.org or 443-491-9638.

Why Advocate?

This is your opportunity to tell your story to those who create the policies and vote on bills that can affect your everyday. Build relationships with your elected officials, so that when it comes time for them to vote and make decisions about your life, they will know your story!

Pro Tips:
  1. The legislators, who create policies and vote on Bills that affect your everyday, are just like you.
  2. Our legislators need to make decisions on many issues, it’s our job to educate them about our stories.

Annual Events

  • Developmental Disabilities Day at the Captial in Annapolis – typically held in February
  • Harrisburg IDA Day at the Captial – typically held in May 

Get to Know the PMAC Steering Committee

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