The Adult Autism and Developmental Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center was awarded the 2014 Professional of the Year Award from The Arc Baltimore. Presented by the 2014 Awards Committee, the award recognizes organizations or individuals for their outstanding efforts to fulfill The Arc’s mission and core values.
Working to protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Arc has served the Baltimore City and Baltimore County communities since 1949.
The Adult Autism and Developmental Disorders Center (previously known as the Autism and Special Needs Clinic) works with a wide range of patients providing comprehensive mental health services for adults with autism, Asperger’s, fetal alcohol exposure, cerebral palsy and genetic disorders (such as Down syndrome and Fragile X). Some of the services offered include occupational therapy, behavior modification, psychosocial rehabilitation, vocational development, housing support, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, individual counseling /therapy and case management. The program is designed to meet the unique and complex needs of this patient population and is committed to providing expert mental health assessment and treatment in a caring and supportive environment.
"This award signifies the amount of care and compassion we strive for in our work," said Eric Samstad, M.D., medical director, Adult Autism and Developmental Disorders Center. "It means a lot to us knowing that we’re not only following the Hopkins mission, but also are in line with The Arc and their vision to help people with disabilities thrive."
The Center was honored at The Arc’s Annual Meeting & Awards Reception on May 7.