By Their Side works with Marylanders with developmental disabilities and their families to make sure their wishes are carried out, and provide advocacy for the health, safety, happiness, and rights of their loved one, even when the parents can no longer be there. We work in partnership with the family and/or trustee, but in many situations, we are the individual's only remaining advocate.

from the beginning

From the time you learn your child has a disability, you work tirelessly to discover resources and arrange supports.

Formed in 1965 by parents concerned about who would advocate after they were gone, By Their Side is a family-funded, non-profit organization offering lifelong advocacy.

planning ahead

When you are ready, By Their Side will meet with you to learn your relative's advocacy needs and preferences, as well as your advocacy concerns. You decide when services begin, and how often we will visit and montor. We will work with a trustee, siblings, and others to supplement the role they play.

when the time comes

An experienced personal advocate will visit as you have arranged, to monitor and provide follow up as needed.

We cannot replace the bond you share with your son or daughter. However, you can rest assured that we will be by their side, just as you have arranged.