To be eligible for By Their Side Advocacy Services, the person to be served must:

  1. Have a diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and be eligible for services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
  2. Reside in the State of Maryland. Residency requirement does not apply to sponsoring families.
  3. Provide an evaluation to identify the nature and impact of the disability or, if receiving DDA funded services, a Person Centered Plan within the past 2 years may be provided in lieu of evaluation.
  4. Each application will additionally be considered by the Board of Directors based on the ability of the organization to meet his or her advocacy needs.

By Their Side, Inc., complies with all federal and state laws and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, or physical disability.

Enrollment Process
  1. Print and mail/email completed Application Form and evaluation or other verification of a developmental disability such as Person Centered Plan
  2. Upon notification of the Board of Directors' approval, complete payment of sponsorship fee. This may be completed in full or in quarterly payments each year within two years of approval.
  3. Participate with By Their Side in establishing an information file to guide future advocacy, which documents the member's preferences, needs, and history as well as family advocacy concerns.


1. Lifelong Advocacy Services begin upon the sponsors' passing. By Their Side periodically requests updated information however sponsors are responsible for arranging timely notification to By Their Side upon their passing so Lifelong Advocacy services may begin promptly. What to Expect When By Their Side Services Begin and a Membership Notice to My Executor are provided to facilitate this notification.

2. In addition to or in lieu of Lifelong Advocacy Services, Annual Advocacy Plan Services may be contracted by a sponsoring parent, family member, or Trustee, and tailored to specific needs. A plan may be renewed or modified annually. Plans may

A. Begin now as specified by family member to assist with an immediate advocacy issue

B. Begin now to provide a specified number of visits and monitoring contacts throught the year, with follow up to address concerns and update reports to family

C. Begin in the future as specified in a Letter of Intent to guide a Trustee, or be pre-funded for a specified duration.