By Their Side works with Marylanders with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families to make sure their wishes are addressed and provides advocacy for health, safety, happiness, and rights even when their parents can no longer be there.

We work in partnership with the individual, 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 your family to learn your relative's needs and preferences, as well as your advocacy concerns.

You decide when services begin, and how often your advocate will visit and monitor. We will work with siblings to supplement their advocacy and communicate financial needs to trustees.

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.