The Arc has a long history of advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Criminal Justice System. We have numerous available resources for individuals, families, providers, and law enforcement professionals on this important topic.
This includes training available for delivery in Maryland. Click here to see our brochure for details.
Ethan Saylor’s death in a Frederick, Maryland movie theater spurred mom Patty Saylor to turn tragedy to advocacy. State legislation and funding created the Saylor Alliance, which is working to form the framework needed to support and facilitate self-advocates as educators for law enforcement and other public service entities. The Saylor Alliance launched in the fall of 2016 with the recruitment and training of their first training cohort. Fifteen individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities completed a five-day workshop in Leadership and Training Skills. The graduates are poised to put their new skills to work with several having already obtained paid opportunities to do so. The training is a collaborative project with People on the GO of Maryland, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Pathfinders for Autism and The Arc Maryland.