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Changing the world for people with disabilities

We are a 116-year-old nonprofit dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their best lives possible.

Opening Doors to Inclusive Communities

Bethesda provides services and support to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find a sense of community and belonging.  From community-based homes and at-home life skills development, to job placement and coaching, to behavior support, community engagement and day programs, we help people live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

What We Do

We are proud to create and offer forward-thinking solutions to provide choices and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Facing Inequities Head On

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have made significant progress in recent years, yet they still face societal barriers. We lay it all out in our new report.

Bethesda Thrift Online

Everything you love about thrifting, all from the comfort of home. Visit our new website to find your next unique gem, while supporting our mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.

Our Impact in 2019-2020

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Moving Our Mission Boldly Forward

During Fiscal Year 2019-2020, we continued to provide quality, caring support across all of our existing services, all while developing new and innovative ways to support, empower and create more inclusion for people in the future.

Latest from Our Blog

Celebrating National Autism Acceptance Month

April 8, 2021 – In honor of National Autism Acceptance Month, we’d like to take the opportunity to lay out the basics of autism spectrum disorder and, more importantly, dispel the widely held myths about this complex developmental disability.

Facing Inequities Head On

March 25, 2021 – While National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is coming to a close, the work to raise awareness of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is just beginning.

Stories of Inspiration

Steven wasn't supposed to survive. “The doctors said he wouldn’t live too long and there wasn’t much hope for his future,” his mother recalls. Now in his 50's, Steven is living a fuller life than anyone ever expected.

After Tristan’s family abandoned him, he found himself hopeless and utterly alone on the streets. Then Bethesda stepped in and gave Tristan a fresh start at life.

40 years, countless memories, Bethesda becomes part of the family. Meet Paul and Kalindi and see how Bethesda has impacted one family for multiple generations

Born at only 1.5 pounds, no one would have expected Mary to live. But she did and is exceeding everyone’s expectations – including her own. Meet Mary and be inspired.

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Promote Choice, Dignity & Inclusion

Donor Advised Funds

During your lifetime, you can recommend a grant from your donor-advised fund to impact lives through Bethesda. If you would like to make a gift now through your DAF, simply click the link below to find.

The Latest

Jessica Meuse is showing a lot of love to people who need it most. On Monday, March 1 the Slapout singer/songwriter helped kick off Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in a recorded special evening with friends concert.

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