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Yes, we have disabilities.

But we are not our diagnosis.

This podcast is an invitation to see us for who we really are. Through the lives we live and the experiences we share.

Join us as we discuss inclusion, human rights, services, our personal relationships, and the misconceptions that many people have about us.

Our goal?

We want to show businesses that we can be valuable and productive employees.

We want to let people know how to treat us and our families in all the places we visit.

We want to listen and learn from others who live, love and work with us.

We’ve been given a voice — and we’re using it!

Our Latest Episodes

Episode 16: Live from Developmental Disabilities Day in Annapolis
Lawmakers including Delegates Todd Morgan and Edith Patterson and Senator Jack Bailey join host Rita Rich and our self-advocates for a live podcast as people from across the state gathered in the capital to discuss issues relevant to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Episode 15: Happy Valentine’s Day
The Arc Southern Maryland podcasting class talked about relationships yesterday and wanted to send you their thoughts about Saint Valentine’s Day. Here’s your bonus episode!

Episode 14: Speak Your Mind Like Adam and Alex
The Arc Southern Maryland is gearing up to go to Annapolis to advocate for continued funding of services for those with developmental disabilities. We talked to two young men about their thoughts about representing the Arc Southern Maryland and hearing their messages to lawmakers and all Marylanders. Meet Adam Dethlof and Alex Murray.

Episode 13: The Live Podcast
Rita Rich hosts a live podcast with a group of Arc clients during their podcasting class. Topics include Albert Einstein, favorite restaurants, spreading laughter and more.

Episode 12: Speak Your Mind in Annapolis
Arc of Maryland Executive Director Ande Kolp and Director of Communications and Engagement Luc Chasse share what it’s like to go to our state capitol in Annapolis to speak with lawmakers and advocate for individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Episode 11: Speak Up for Yourself Like Justin Does
Justin Valenti is a visual artist, author, and a 28-year-old man diagnosed with autism. He recently received recognition from Maryland Governor Wes Moore for his contributions to visual and street art in the Free State. Justin is the epitome of living beyond one’s diagnosis. Listen as Justin shares his story with you.

Episode 10: More Than Meets the Eye
We’re not contagious! We may talk differently, have difficulty talking or making eye contact, or seem different. But, like you, we want to be seen and heard. We’re more than meets the eye! Get to know us!

Episode 9: Year-End Good Times
We salute our smile makers at The Arc Southern Maryland, including the Jaycees of Charles County, Charles County Civitan, and the Chesapeake Chapter of Ghostbusters! And we look ahead to a new year of podcast episodes. We’d love to know what you want to hear!

Episode 8: Help Us Fix Some Smiles
People with IDD have more dental issues than most and the expense can be staggering. Our most expensive procedure this year was over $12,000. We could only fund half of it. Medicare benefits don’t cover the costs of sedation dentistry. We need your help! On Giving Day and every day, every dollar you donate will help get rid of the pain that comes from poor dental care.

Episode 7: November — A Time to Remember and Give
Join us as we explore some of the virtues and commemorations celebrated during the month of November. It’s a time to give, and the Arc needs your help.

Episode 6: Make Money with DORS Rep Brian Haas
Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services Representative Brian Haas shares great tips with The Arc Southern Maryland’s podcasting class about the steps they should take to get a job and make money. He also shares more about how the State of Maryland’s Division of Rehabilitation Services is there to help.

Episode 5: Arc Ally Maria Icaza, Dunkin Donuts Franchisee
It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and The Arc Southern Maryland celebrates those who employ our clients. In this episode, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Maria Icaza tells us why she supports The Arc.

Episode 4: October Recognition and Fun
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the month wraps up with one of our favorite holidays! In this episode, The Arc Southern Maryland clients talk about work, fun, and being bilingual!

Episode 3: Boyfriend-Girlfriend
Many people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are able to experience wonderful romantic relationships. In this episode, we talk about couples finding one another through Arc programs.

Teaser: A Quick Look at Our Podcasting Class!
Host Rita Rich introduces a quick montage of our podcasting class who tell us what they like about the Arc.

Episode 2: The Trust Issue
Why do some people find it difficult to trust new people? Host Rita Rich talks with members of her podcasting class about what trust means to them and how they can balance trust with feeling safe.

Episode 1: Launching Our Podcast
Host Rita Rich, a veteran journalist and podcast producer, kicks off the very first “See Me. See My Ability.” podcast, created at the Arc’s podcasting skills lab in Waldorf. You’ll hear from some of Arc Southern Maryland’s participants, those living with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This is a podcast for people living with IDD and the broader IDD community.

Teaser: New Podcast Coming Soon!
Introduction to a brand new podcast from The Arc Southern Maryland

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