By Their Side works with Marylanders with
intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families to
make sure their wishes are addressed. We provide advocacy for
health, safety, rights, and happiness, even when their parents
can no longer be there.
We work in partnership with each person
and their family and/or trustee. For many, we are the only
from the beginning
the time you learn your child has a disability, you work
tirelessly to discover resources and arrange support.
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.
you are ready, By Their Side will meet with your family to
learn about your relative's needs and preferences, as well as
your advocacy concerns.
decide when services begin, and how often your advocate will
visit and monitor. We support sibling advocacy and communicate
financial needs to trustees.
the time comes
Personal Advocate will visit, monitor and address concerns.
Your relative will have a trusted confidant, guide, and
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.