Help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities get the support they need.

Creating Independence Together

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.

Cornerstone Village

Find out about a game-changing new development aimed at providing quality, affordable housing options for people with disabilities looking for a more independent lifestyle.

Help Others

Make friends and meet new people by volunteering. Your community needs you.

Open Your Heart

A family-like setting can help people with developmental disabilities flourish. Share your home with a person with disabilities.

Latest from Our Blog

How Understanding Behavior Can Help You Make Good Choices

January 22, 2020 – What exactly is “behavior?” Behavior is the way someone does something, an attempt to address a need. This week, John Sheehan, a training instructor at Bethesda, tells us how understanding behavior can help us make wise choices. 

A Perspective on Hiring People with Disabilities

January 15, 2020 – When an employer is looking to hire, what are they looking for? We sat down with Nancy Liebhart and Karrie Zubke, Document Control Associates at Bethesda to gain the perspective of an employer of people with disabilities.

3 ways the law makes it easier for people with disabilities to vote

January 9, 2020 – While voting shouldn’t be hard, for people with intellectual or developmental difficulties, there can be barriers that make it more challenging. Here are three ways both the federal government and state governments are making it easier for people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote. 

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The Latest

Check in on the progress being made with the development of our unique residential community, Cornerstone Village.

Stories of Inspiration

“The doctors said he wouldn’t live too long.”

Today, Steven is in his 50s and is living a fuller life than anyone ever expected.

“I am proud of myself.”

Tristan, a young man with autism, grew up in a home where he and his mother were victims of abuse.

“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.”

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

“I did not have the confidence to speak in front of people.”

Chase may be blind, but those who know him best say his biggest disability is his anxiety.

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

When Matt started working at Bethesda, he never expected to meet Brian.

“Our family just has this debt of gratitude.”

40 years, countless memories, Bethesda becomes part of the family.

“We wanted to find a nice place for him.”

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

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About Bethesda

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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