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December 2012


Out and About:   

News from Outcomes

TLC News
Question A Update
Transition Advocacy
Randy Shannon
Employer Highlight
Job Success!
DORS Spolight
TLC News
The latest issue of TLC News, a twice yearly publication from The Treatment And Learning Centers, is available.

 Congratulations to Sherline Cannaday for being recognized through a Community Builders Award.


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Question A Update


Voters in Montgomery County overwhelmingly passed Question A on Election Day, following years of efforts by people in the disability community.  This allows for a change in the County Charter to streamline the hiring of people with disabilities in local government, adding preferential hiring policies similar to those available in the Federal government.  Councilmember Phil Andrews recently followed this by introducing a bill to put these changes into effect.    


Transition Advocacy
at Outcomes


Transition Advocacy (TA) is designed to support adults with disabilities seeking a more independent lifestyle through greater success in employment, education and community integration.TA is intended for individuals who are not eligible for other public funding sources, but still need support. 


Learn more about the TA Program.

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Welcome to the second edition of Out and About: News from Outcomes. We hope you enjoy the information within this issue.  As always, if you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us. We look forward to your feedback and further developing our relationship with you and finding more ways to serve our community.


Wishing you happy holidays!

 - TLC's Outcomes Staff


The Outcomes Service Welcomes Randy Shannon  

Randy Shannon has joined the TLC team as Director of The Outcomes Service.  A New York native, he has extensive experience leading employment and training programs for people with disabilities.  Most recently, Randy spent over a decade at Fedcap, a nationally-known provider of employment programs for people with disabilities where he directed an employment division.  He also directed vocational rehabilitation programs at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City as well as at UCP Nassau.  


Randy earned his master's degree in Guidance and Rehabilitation from Columbia University and a B.S. in Special Education from SUNY Geneseo. 


Link to Randy Shannon press release.

Employer Highlight - Giant Foods in Burtonsville


Mary and Katessa, employees at Giant, LLC in Burtonsville, have enjoyed the opportunity to work with Monica and Eyram, two Outcomes consumers hired within the last year


Monica was enthusiastic to work at the Burtonsville Giant because of the close proximity to her home and since she already had experience working with Giant. She was thrilled to be hired!  Monica is 27 and has an intellectual disability and speech and language disorder.  Eyram is 29 and has an intellectual disability, speech and language disorder, and English is his second language.  Eyram had experience working as a porter, but was unemployed and anxious to get back to work.


Monica started with Giant in September 2011 as a Courtesy Clerk. She handles restocking items to shelves, bagging groceries and helping customers get their groceries to their car.  Monica works 5 days a week.  Eyram began three months ago, in July as a Porter, which involves keeping the store clean, making sure all areas of the store are well supplied, and assisting with bagging groceries. Eyram works 3 days a week and will increase to 5 days.


Mary, Customer Service Manager, and Katessa, Front End Manager, have been working with Reka Daroczi, TLC's Outcomes Employment Specialist to facilitate Monica and Eyram's transition. "We appreciate the opportunity to train and develop great employees," Mary stated.  "Eyram seems like an experienced old timer you would never know he has only been here for three months," Katessa added.


Giant staff has experienced first hand the benefits of hiring employees with disabilities.  To learn more about employment, options, contact Nick Heynen, DDA Team Coordinator, 301.424.5200, ext. 6940.


MelissaMelissa's New Job as an Office Assistant 

Congratulations to Melissa on the success she is finding in her new job as an office assistant with Lippman, Semsker & Salb, LLC. Upon graduating from high school in 2011, Melissa, who is on the autism spectrum, transitioned into the Outcomes Service and began working toward her goal of obtaining a paid administrative position. Melissa's dedication to the job search was evident from the start, as she eagerly took advantage of the programs at The Outcomes Service including participating in weekly communication groups led by Outcomes' Speech/Language Pathologist, attending job development workshops, and volunteering for six months in the children's ministry of a local church, where she had the opportunity to hone her professional skills. 

This fall, we were excited to receive a call from Lippman, Semsker & Salb, LLC about their interest in hiring an individual with a disability. The Lippman Semsker & Salb practice has not only been a fixture in the DC metropolitan area for 40 years, but also has an extensive history of community outreach and philanthropy. 


CLICK HERE to read more about Melissa's new job.


DORS Spotlight - 

Marcia Rohrer


When Marcia Rohrer moved to Maryland with experience as a teacher and a Master's degree in Special Education, she is the first to admit she was surprised by her career move into adult rehabilitative services.  This month, Marcia is celebrating her 36th anniversary with The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) as a Counselor and Supervisor, Marcia has found her niche!


The vision of DORS is to provide leadership and support in promoting the employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence of individuals with disabilities. Marcia works at DORS in Germantown where a small staff provides services to over 900 individuals living in Rockville, Potomac and northern Montgomery County.


Marcia talked to TLC's Karen Morgret, Assistant Director of Outcomes, about promoting success.  Marcia's encourages consumers to remain engaged with their DORS counselor, keep appointments, and communicate with service providers. Consumers and DORS counselors need to partner and work well together. The DORS counselor can only take a consumer part of the way to success. Looking for work is hard, staying motivated is important.  In Marcia's words, "Motivation is the key to success!"


Thank you for your support of TLC's Outcomes Service.  We welcome your questions and feedback. 

Director of The Outcomes Service
TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers