Committed to Advancing Care

For 50 years, the people at Damar have led the way in the care for and understanding of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, seeking not just to offer state-of-the-art treatment, but actually to generate new ideas and innovative approaches.

When that is your aim, you learn a lot … and you feel compelled to share your lessons so others can learn from them, too.

In this space, you’ll benefit from the insights we’ve gained by providing care and constantly seeking new answers to the challenges faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the people who care for them.

Just like every other kid…

Cherae Pope is like a lot of 14-year-old girls. She goes to school. She likes to play softball and swim. She loves going out to eat and enjoys any time she can be the center of attention. Just like other teenagers.

Well, OK … She is different from most girls her age in one way: She plays on a hockey team.

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Celebrating Progress

Malachi Cole wasn’t named an MVP because he has scored more touchdowns than anyone else, caught more passes or kicked more field goals. Frankly, the 14-year-old Damar Services client hasn’t done anything that typically would win applause from a crowd. But he has done something that, for him, is remarkable: He has progressed. And for that, he was celebrated as a Damar MVP at the Colts-Ravens game through a partnership between Damar and the Colts.

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Trauma-Focused Classrooms

Trauma is an increasing presence in our children’s lives, whether it’s personal trauma such as serious illness, physical abuse or poverty, or “secondary trauma,” such as witnessing domestic violence, having an incarcerated parent or living with an addict. As a result, we can’t expect children to come into the classroom ready to learn, behave and function “normally.”

Instead, we must view their behaviors in light of possible trauma, and adapt our thinking to accommodate it.

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What Makes ABA Different?

For most families, the achievement of a milestone such as a child making his own bed, putting on her own shirt or tying his shoes is exciting, but often taken for granted.  For the families with whom I work, however, these types of milestones are often unimaginable. 

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Education Mentoring Keeps Kids in the Classroom

When it comes to school, some kids kind of live on the edge. And that can be a pretty tough place, for them, their parents and their teachers.

The kids I’m talking about have mild intellectual or developmental disabilities that result in disruptive behaviors. They’re capable of learning, but their behaviors make it difficult for them to sit in a classroom and difficult for a teacher to focus on a whole classroom full of kids. That’s why they live on the edge: They are close to staying in the classroom, but also close to having their parents asked to find another option.

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