The resource and advocacy organization by and for people with disabilities in Anne Arundel & Howard Counties in Maryland.

The resource and advocacy organization by and for people with disabilities in Anne Arundel & Howard Counties in Maryland.

The resource and advocacy organization by and for people with disabilities in Anne Arundel & Howard Counties in Maryland.

The resource and advocacy organization by and for people with disabilities in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties in Maryland.

Our Mission

To maximize the independence of people with disabilities, so they enjoy self-directed, productive lives.

Who We Serve

ARI serves people of all ages with all disabilities within Anne Arundel and Howard Counties in Maryland.

What We Do

We provide services to enhance our Consumers’ quality of life and strengthen their support systems. All of our services are designed to help people with disabilities take part in and contribute to their communities.

Visit our About Page to learn more about our history, our staff and our Board.

Additional Programs

Veteran's Self Directed Services
Housing Navigation
Assistive Technology

Independent Living is not doing things by yourself. It is being in control of how things are done.

Judy Heumann


ARI is a proud member of the following organizations.

Updates & Events

Facebook News & Updates

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36-year-old young man with Autism and Diabetes has lived in his
beautiful 2-bedroom apartment for 7 years, and you can help him continue to grow!

Join Brandon and his wonderful support team as he continues to progress through adulthood! He’s a happy guy that deals with his disabilities in a positive and productive way, and is very self-sufficient in almost all he does. He’s technologically savvy, using an insulin pump and Dexcom glucose monitor, iPhone, iPad, etc. He
enjoys jigsaw puzzles, video games, art, etc.

So - what would you be doing?
You’d be sleeping in your own furnished bedroom in his 2-bedroom apartment, and you’d be “on duty” from 8 pm thru midnight Sunday thru Friday night, 7:30–9:30 am Mon thru Fri morning, and 7:30-12:00 Sat. monitoring his health and keeping him on track (AND WILL BE PAID for that time). You’ll have lots
of privacy and time to yourself, but when it’s necessary, you’ll be there for his health and safety.


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We are super proud of you, Brittany! You represent Maryland well!• 𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿 •

Today brings us to Maryland where we meet Brittany Rieman!

Brittany’s advocacy platform as Ms. Wheelchair Maryland focuses substance abuse in and outside of the disability community. One of the many ways Brittany impacts her community is through her role
as a transition specialist for Accessible Resources for Independence where she helps people transition out of nursing homes and live independently. Brittany is also a board member for The Great Escape Recovery Lounge, Inc., which helps promote 12 step recovery programs.

[Image Description: A purple graphic that introduces Ms. Wheelchair Maryland Brittany Rieman. The graphic lists Brittany’s platform and describes her community impact like it is shared in the caption above. Additionally, the graphic has the words Ms. Wheelchair America 50th Anniversary on it and also has text that reads “The Ms. Wheelchair America National Competition coming virtually August 9-15, 2021.” A headshot of Brittany is included as well. She is smiling for the camera, wearing a white top, black blazer, a black and white sash, and a crown.]
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July Event: Undoing Ableism Workshop for Youth with Disabilities!

Did you know youth with disabilities are FOUR times more likely to experience suicidal ideation than youth without disabilities? New grant funding at Accessible Resources for Independence enabled us to work with psychologists and suicide prevention advocates in the disability community to develop a training curriculum to address this need. Join us for Undoing Ableism this July.

Eligible youth include those who:
• Are Howard County residents between the ages of 13 and 18 with any kind of disability (physical, cognitive, psychiatric, etc.)
• Can attend the virtual trainings on July 19, 20, and 21 at 6pm.
• Have parents that can attend an orientation on July 16 at 6pm. Those youth who complete the curriculum will be given a Chromebook (valued at $250) so they can stay in touch with each other and our organization as well as access other services and supports.

This course is not intended for those currently experiencing a mental health crisis, and is not meant to substitute mental health treatment. It is however designed to educate youth with disabilities about mental health.

The course covers:
• Warning Signs of Depression and Suicide
• Dispelling Myths about Youth Suicide
• Protective Factors and Coping Skills
• Disability Identity and Pride as an Empowerment Tool

Contact Erin Ashinghurst, Independent Living Program Manager, at (443) 701-9067 or with questions or to request an application. Completed applications are due July 1, 2021, to
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We love Disability EmpowHer Network! So happy to be part of empowering women with disabilities including the littlest ones!Meet Katie Collins-Ihrke and her daughter, Lora!

Katie is a proud disabled woman and the Executive Director for Accessible Resources for Independence in Maryland, and Lora is her beautiful two-year old who has been helping Katie work from home throughout the pandemic!

Katie recently bought two of our shirts to empower women and girls with disabilities, and she reached out to us to tell us about how much Lora likes her shirts!

“I wanted to tell you a story about the two shirts I purchased to support your organization. My daughter, Lora, is two and is what her pediatrician calls “developmentally delayed.” She doesn’t have a lot of words to communicate but lately has been so in love with letters. I wore one of the shirts today and at least 4 times she came over to point at the letters so I could tell her what they were. Thought you would be interested in a disabled mom sharing that her disabled daughter loved her disabled women shirt!”

A week later, Katie shared an update: “Now she knows all of the letter on the “disabled women make history” shirt!”

We absolutely love this!

Way to go Lora! We’re so excited for you to learn your letters by practicing on our shirts!

Way to go Katie! We love that you’re teaching your disabled daughter about Disability Pride and empowering girls and women with disabilities!

It’s never too early to start empowering girls with disabilities!
If you love Katie’s shirt and want one of your own, you can get one here:
All proceeds go to support our programming!
#DisabledWomen #DisabledGirls #Maryland #DisabilityRights #Empowerment #DisabledGirlsCan #DisabledWomenMakeHistory #CIL

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FEMA is hosting a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Vaccination event at their Greenbelt, Maryland vaccination center this Sunday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The center is conveniently located at the Greenbelt Metro Station stop. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination will be administered to adults ages 18 and over.

Interpreters will be available on site, including ASL, CDI, and DeafBlind, along with VRI. All Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing and other residents of DC, Maryland, and Virginia are welcome - including family and friends. Registration at is encouraged to ensure accommodations; walk-ins are also welcome.
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Upcoming Events

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Listening Session: Barriers to Hospice and Palliative Care Use in the Hispanic Community

Listening Session: Barriers to Hospice and Palliative Care Use in the Hispanic Community

Jun 17, 7:30pm - Jun 17, 8:30pm

Horizon Foundation10221 Wincopin Cir, Suite 200Columbia, MD21044 Map

The Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland (HPCNM) and our Community Partners in Howard County invite you to attend this listening session to hear about your experiences and recommendations on how we can increase hospice and palliative care use in the Hispanic community.

Facilitator: Patty Ramos has 25 years of experience in the customer service industry, specifically gathering intelligence for commercial, federal, and state entities.

Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland (HPCNM) y Nuestros Socios Comunitarios en el Condado de Howard lo invitan a asistir a esta sesión de escucha para conocer sus experiencias y recomendaciones sobre cómo podemos aumentar el uso de hospicios y cuidados paliativos en la Comunidad Hispana.

Facilitadora: Patty Ramos tiene 25 años de experiencia en la industria de servicio al cliente, específicamente reuniendo inteligencia para entidades comerciales, federales y estatales.

This important work is supported with funding from the Horizon Foundation. This session is one of six listening sessions that HPCNM is hosting for communities of color in Howard County. The information collected from these sessions will be used to develop future educational forums that include webinars, podcasts, and recordings.

Este importante trabajo está apoyado con fondos de la Fundación Horizon. Esta sesión es una de las seis sesiones de escucha que HPCNM está organizando para las comunidades de color en el Condado de Howard. La información recopilada de estas sesiones se utilizará para desarrollar futuros foros educativos que incluyan seminarios web, podcasts y grabaciones.
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