Arc offers spring line-up of Autism Courses

Conner got a job!

Jamie is speaking more!

Our Social Club is going tubing!

Are you ready for the next round of progress?


The Arc Carroll County is now accepting applications for our spring semester of autism courses.


The spring semester of courses will include:


  • Creative Writing: The class is designed to explore the imagination through fictional and non-fictional works. The class also will teach how to write biographies, short-stories, plays and poetry. Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The course lasts 10 weeks.


  • Game Group: The class will focus on socialization through the use of computers and gaming techniques. Participants will learn different media skills as well as engaging in Live Action Role Play. Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The course lasts 10 weeks.


  • Barrier-Free Theatre: The class is an all-inclusive theatre program for adults with autism. Participants come together to create original one act plays. The play will be performed for friends and family at the end of the course. Friday evenings 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The course lasts 11 weeks.


  • Job Hunters: This class is designed to help adults with autism enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed. Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The course lasts 10 weeks. *some individuals may qualify for funding through the Division of Rehabilitation Services.


Classes begin February 9th at The Arc Carroll County. Each class is $200. However, The Arc is offering a 25 percent discount, if individuals register before January 30th. Individuals who sign up for two classes will receive the third class free. For more details on The Arc’s program, please contact Britt Burr at or 410-848-4124 ext. 139.


Congrats Jacob!

Jacob Gallagher lands his first paying job at The Salvation Army

Jacob Gallagher lands his first paying job at The Salvation Army.

Jacob Gallagher stood outside of Boscov’s department store on a cool, dreary day with a bell in his hand and a smile on his face.

Jacob is a bell ringer for The Salvation Army.  Jacob is 26. This is his first job ever. He is making $8 an hour, and he could not be happier.

“My third day is today,” Jacob said. “I love it.”

This week folks will see Jacob outside of Boscov’s department store, but his job will also take him to Walmart, Target and Giant Food Stores.

Jacob is hoping this seasonal job will help him land a permanent job after the holidays.

Jacob  has plans of getting an apartment of his own one day. A job will help with that.

“It’s important to me,” he said.

If you see Jacob while you are out doing your holiday shopping, please say hello and congratulate him on his job!

The Arc Carroll County receives International CARF Accreditation



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The Arc Carroll County receives International CARF Accreditation

(Westminster, MD) Nov. 21, 2014 – The Arc Carroll County has been accredited by CARF International in nine key areas of service.

CARF, which stands for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, provides accreditation to health and human service providers. They visited The Arc in October and reviewed nine core areas of our programs and services. CARF accredited The Arc Carroll County in the following areas:

  • Community Employment Services: Employment Supports
  • Community Employment Services: Job Development
  • Community Housing
  • Community Integration
  • Family Services
  • Personal Supports Services
  • Respite Services
  • Supported Living
  • Transition Services

The accreditation is for three years and will extend through November 2017. CARF accreditation shows The Arc’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality.

“This report is our best ever, since we began the accreditation process and is indicative of the high quality services provided by a large team of dedicated and mission focused staff members,” said Don Rowe, The Arc Carroll County’s executive director.

Among the strengths highlighted in the CARF report is The Arc Carroll County’s commitment to the people it services.

“The Arc Carroll County is commended on its strong person-centered approach to service delivery,” according to the CARF survey. “The persons served were obviously comfortable in their environments and were eager to talk about their work in the facility and opportunities within the community.”

To read CARF’s full report on The Arc Carroll County, please visit our website at

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of persons served.

The Arc Carroll County is a Westminster-based nonprofit serving the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We offer a variety of services and programs that about 700 Carroll County residents rely upon every day. For more information: