Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? There are so many incredible ways to give back to the Baltimore community. The team at Applied Development has rounded up a few ways to volunteer for the diversability community in Baltimore. Read more below!
What is Diversability?
Before we begin, it’s helpful to understand what diversability is and how you can volunteer to help support this particular community in Baltimore. Diversability refers to the physical, cognitive, developmental, learning, and/or neurological differences and diversity in ability levels. The term “diversability” is part of a global movement to rebrand the word “disability” and educate the public that people with disabilities can do the same daily tasks as people without disabilities, just in a different way.
The League for People with Disabilities
The League for People with Disabilities offers disabled individuals the opportunity to gain independence, increase self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. Their services include Adult Medical Day programs, Youth Autism Services, Personal and Behavior Support Services, Multiple Sclerosis Support, Day Camping activities and so much more. The League is always looking for volunteers to advance the organization’s mission!
Foundation Fighting Blindness
The Maryland Foundation Fighting Blindness drives research that will provide preventions, treatments, and a cure for people affected by blindness and other eye-related disabilities. Since its inception in the 1970s, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has raised an impressive $816 million in funding, which has propelled thousands of research studies at prominent institutions across the globe. Each year, the Foundation supports the New York VisionWalk. They look for volunteers ato help with coordination, handing out snacks and water, helping participants along the route, and more.
The Arc Baltimore
The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaningful relationships. There are many opportunities to volunteer with The Arc Baltimore in fulfilling its mission of providing advocacy and high-quality, life-changing support to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Some volunteer activity is currently limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are still a few opportunities available to help this incredible organization.
The Creative Access
The Creative Access is a volunteer student organization of the Peabody Conservatory that performs for diverse audiences in the Baltimore community. Currently, The Creative Access is offering limited availability for volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow their website and Facebook page for updated information on future volunteer opportunities.
Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
This incredible organization seeks to provide comprehensive library services to blind and physically handicapped residents throughout the state of Maryland. They work to provide innovative solutions and quality service to residents who need help accessing library services.
Work with Applied Development
Do you want more information on how you can support the local Baltimore disability community? Reach out to Applied Development! Applied Development champions the rights of people of all abilities to work and communicate effectively through sign language interpretation, reader services, advocacy, and outreach. Applied Development can help steer you in the right direction with impactful ways to give back to our disability community in Baltimore. Give us a call today at 410.571.4016 or contact us online.