We offer a range of programs and services that enhance growth, independence, and quality of life for individuals with special needs, including children, adolescents, adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Our person-centered approach emphasizes individualized care, community integration and customized employment, with the goal of empowering individuals to achieve both personal and economic independence.
Virtual Learning Campus
The Virtual Learning Campus is a partnership between Humanim and The Arc of Howard County that is focused on providing meaningful learning opportunities, engaging virtual experiences, and social supports for I/DD community members who are isolated at home. Participants are given a safe outlet for self expression, as well as a variety of learning opportunities including classes, creative workshops, social events, and more. Multiple classes are offered each day of the week, and participants can pick and choose what classes
Participant Benefits Include:
- Stay Connected to Peers and Support Systems
- Engage in Meaningful Learning Opportunities and Virtual Experiences
- Learn New Skills, including Communication, Social and Workplace Readiness Skills
- Pick and Choose which Activites You Want to Participate In
- Join Multiple Classes/Activities Throughout the Day
Virtual Learning Campus acitivites take place Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm, and range from games and dance parties to DIY projects, cooking classes, and virtual animal encounters with the Maryland Zoo.
Humanim’s Day Services and Personal Support Services offer transitional and rehabilitation support to individuals so that they can take an increasingly active role in their community. Individuals create personal goals, learn skills, exercise independence, and participate in recreational activities within the community. Programming includes:
- Community based activities
- Volunteer opportunities
- Social, vocational, and life skills instruction
- Hobby and recreational supports
Our organization was founded on the belief that every human being has potential and that work is transformative. Our employment services therefore focus on matching an individual’s unique interests and skills to the hiring needs of employers. Once employed, our retention specialists continue to work with individuals and employers to ensure job success, through case management, job coaching, advocacy, and other job supports. Services include:
- Employment Discovery and Customization
- Job Development
- Supported Employment
- Students to Employment Program (STEP), ages 18 – 21
- Pre-Employment Transition Services, ages 14 – 21
We offer residential and in-home support services to individuals with developmental and neurological disabilities, and acquired brain injuries, who need support within the home environment. Our services are designed to build independence so that individuals can continue to live, learn, and work in the community.
Humanim’s Personal Support Services works with over 125 consumers living independently in their homes by teaching a variety of daily living skills and opening the door to both community and peer integration. Our Direct Support Professionals work closely with families to ensure that the services we offer to our customers are tailored to the individual’s unique situation.
Behavioral Support Services
Like all of Humanim’s programs, our behavioral support services foster greater independence by equipping caregivers, individuals, and their families with tools and strategies to manage severely challenging or disruptive behaviors. These services are designed to promote community integration and personal growth, by allowing individuals to live in the least restrictive environment. Our team of licensed psychologists and professional staff are there to support individuals and caregivers through behavioral assessment, consultation, training and other supports.
Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program
Humanim is proud to offer the only Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program in Maryland. As a registered Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program, each apprentice in our DSP Apprenticeship Program receives on-the-job training within a variety of community based settings, while earning professional certification through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. In addition to training and professional development, the program offers career advancement opportunities and pay incentives. This program is offered to all current and future Direct Support Professional employees at no cost.
Humanim is proud to offer transportation services to individuals in its Human Services programs who do not have access to a safe mode of transportation. Humanim’s transportation vehicles are carefully regulated, and our transportation staff is highly trained in providing safe, inclusive, and comfortable transportation to all Humanim individuals. We are committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in transportation services on the basis of race, color, national origin, or limited English proficiency, consistent with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. You can read our Title VI statement policy here.
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These programs are funded by the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration.