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Together we help thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realize a greater sense of independence by providing resources, opportunities and encouragement. Our impact changes lives.

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3 Forward-thinking Housing Options for People with Disabilities

November 12, 2019 – Housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have changed dramatically over the past century. This change has been marked by a move away from institutional settings to more individualized and integrated housing situations that offer choice and community inclusion. Here are three of the most forward-thinking housing solutions for people with IDD.

What You Should Know About Supported Decision-Making

November 6, 2019 – Dr. Kira Collins, Director of Admissions at Bethesda College, tells us more about what’s known as Supported Decision-Making and how this new idea helps people with disabilities retain their right to make their own decisions. 

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A member of our behavior support team is in the spotlight for a recently published a book. Read more about his impact on the people we support.

Stories of Inspiration

“The doctors said he wouldn’t live too long and there wasn’t much hope for his future.”

Steven wasn’t supposed to survive. But today, he’s in his 50s and is living a fuller life than anyone ever expected.

“I am proud of myself because I did something I knew I would never do. Look at me, I have a GED.”

Tristan, a young man with autism, grew up in a home where he and his mother were victims of abuse. When he left home in search of a better life, he found himself homeless and unsure if he’d even survive. Watch his powerful story and see how Bethesda helped save his life.

“They said I’d always live in a hospital.”

Born at only 1.5 pounds, no one would have expected Mary to live.

“It took me awhile to learn how to do this job but now I do everything easy as pie.”

Chelsea knew she was capable of more and with the help of her job coach landed the job of her dreams.

“I would not have had the confidence to speak in front of people if I wouldn’t have come to Bethesda.”

Chase may be blind, but those who know him best say his biggest disability is his anxiety. But, thanks to help from Bethesda and from his faith, Chase is ready to share his story.

“On your wedding day you want the people that mean something.”

When Matt started working at Bethesda, he never expected to meet Brian, his future greeter at his wedding.

“Our family just has this debt of gratitude I don’t know how we could ever repay for everything Bethesda has done.”

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. 

“We wanted to find a nice place for him that would take care of him like we would.”

One of the most difficult decisions a parent can make is asking others for help.

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For over 115 years, Bethesda has provided vital support, resources and encouragement to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a way that is true to our Christian mission. We are dedicated to helping those we support become active members of their community so that they can live their best life possible.

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