The Arc Baltimore self-advocacy group, The Helping Hands, is a group of approximately 20 self-advocates who believe strongly in being included in all communities and having full citizenship rights. As one member puts it, “We do not belong in segregated institutions, sheltered workshops, special schools, or nursing homes. We can live in the same community where you live and work. We can work in worthwhile jobs, and we know how to help each other.”

The Helping Hands meet monthly, generally on the third Friday from 6 pm – 8 pm. They participate in visits and calls to the Maryland General Assembly during the legislative session and advocate on a variety of public policy issues. Priorities also include advocating for increases in wages, access to transportation and recognition for people working in the community.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Helping Hands, please contact Deana Smiley at 410-282-3876 ext. 5909.

The Arc US’ video on self-advocacy: