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Penn-Mar is sponsored by United Way

Penn-Mar Human Services was first founded in 1981.

It serves more than 400 adults with intellectual disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania.

Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas.

Recent estimates in the United States show that about one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3 through 17 years have a one or more developmental disabilities

When the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA was enacted in 1990, many social barriers were removed or reduced for people with disabilities. However, though we've come far in ensuring equal treatment for those with disabilities there is much more work to be done.

In 2014 about 1 in 8 civilian non-institutionalized, men and women with a work limitation, aged 18-64 in the United States were employed.
About 1 in 3 civilian non-institutionalized, men and women with a work limitation, aged 18-64 in the United States lived in families with incomes below the poverty line.

Penn-Mar’s customized approach to community-based employment has a zero exclusion commitment to anyone who wants to work. No one is turned away because of their disability.

From independent living to total care, we provide individuals with choices… for healthy living, working, and participating as active members of the community. We support individuals and clients with an education and training process that continuously moves them toward their potential and enables them to do meaningful work that fits their interests and abilities.
The key is not to fill a slot but find work the person wants to do and has the skills to be successful, along with meeting an unmet need for the employer. All work is competitive, in the community and in integrated work places – people with and without disabilities working alongside each other.

All individuals undergo a Discovery Process – an assessment of skills, abilities, interests, motivations and ideal work conditions.

Penn-Mar will assist each individual who wants to work with obtaining an integrated community job of his/her choice, while also earning a competitive wage.

Over the past year, our Competitive Employment Program has assisted 42 job seekers to successfully transition to community employment.

Penn-Mar now supports over 80 Maryland and Pennsylvania residents with intellectual and/or physical disabilities in careers within industries such as: Automotive, Clerical, Child Care, Custodial, Customer Service, Engineering, Food Service, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, and Sports Maintenance.

We serve the unfunded. No individual, in an emergency, is denied service and support. Finally, we contribute to our profession at home and abroad. We are internationally engaged, learning from others and sharing our successes with others so that individuals everywhere can receive support services which promote value, independence, and self-determination.

For support in MD: 410-343-1069

For support in PA: 717-235-8068


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