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Promoting Meaningful Interaction and Social Engagement.

The Promise Program (Promoting Meaningful Interaction and Social Engagement (PROMISE) is a joint effort between the University of Maryland, CAPA-MC, and community professional volunteers. It is designed to help children with special needs.

The program consists of activities to improve children’s skills

  • Emotion regulation

  • Sportsmanship

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Conversation skills

  • Friendship skills

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PROMISE Summer Camp

What Does the Program Involve?

The program provides weekly social skills support with board games, art, group games, and reading/story time led by trained volunteers. Each week, students will be introduced to and practice new social skills - emotion identification/regulation, good sportsmanship, conversation skills, friendship skills, and interpersonal/advocacy skills. We ask parents to complete pre- and post-surveys. We will observe and collect data of campers during the sessions.

Who Is It For?

4-14 year-old children with special needs

What Are the Benefits?

Campers can meet and build relationship with their peers. We also share results from the survey and observation for interested families.


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Check Out Past PROMISE Health Talks

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Affordable Housing for Disability Community

Learn about affordable housing resources for families.

Presented by The Maryland Partnership for Affordable Housing.

Additional Resources


The Arc Montgomery County

The Arc Montgomery County directly supports nearly 600 children, youth, adults, seniors and families. They help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve a higher quality of life and sense of belonging within their community.

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Spirit Club

SPIRIT Club is the place where you can successfully work toward your fitness goals. They strive to foster a culture of support and encouragement for all of their members, creating a culture that welcomes everyone and celebrates diversity.

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MC Transition

MCTransitions is a grassroots listserve for adults with disabilities, families and professionals advocating for adults with disabilities as they transition to young adulthood and beyond. Purpose is to share information, provide each other support, and work to improve services and outcomes for adults with disabilities.

Art Class


VisAbility Art Lab is a studio program that provides artists with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities a place and the resources to create art and develop the skills necessary to work in the arts.

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Montgomery County Recreation

Montgomery County Therapeutic Recreation provides accessible recreation, leisure skills, and personal development activities for individuals with disabilities through adaptive programs and inclusion (mainstreaming). Therapeutic Recreation programs can help individuals to gain confidence, have fun and make an impact in their lives.

The goal is to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for Montgomery County residents of all abilities.


Cura Personalis Project

A non-profit organization in Montgomery County, which provides prevocational/vocational training and meaningful day programming to young adults and transitioning youth with developmental disabilities. 
Cura Personalis translates as "care for the entire person", suggesting individualized attention to the needs of the other.

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