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FCIDD Project Support

The Foundation is proud to financially support the many projects, people, and organizations serving the intellectually and developmentally disabled of our region. 

FCIDD donated $53,000 to this $3.6 million project, of  ARCPark creates inclusion and eliminates defining differences by allowing all people, with and without disabilities, to play together. 

Everyone's the same and everyone has fun. It also provides an excellent learning platform for motor and manipulative skills. We have been marvelously overwhelmed at the general public's response to ARCPark.

There are people there literally from opening to closing, both disabled and non-disabled. It's a clean, safe, well-designed venue for the ENTIRE community. Stigmatic walls tumble.

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The ARCPark

The ARC Baltimore
Bay Buddies Summer Camp

Watch this great video from the ARC of Baltimore as they play and learn in the Bay Buddies program which FCIDD helped to fund. 



Since July 2010, Sunflower has graduated 116 culturally diverse students from the Pastry Arts Program. Our overall graduation rate from the program has been over 90%. Over 70% of our Pastry Arts program graduates are securing gainful employment within one year after leaving Sunflower. To date, the program has served 460+ young adults and teens and 60+ area employers have hired one or more of our graduates. 


Now in its 12th year, Sunflower Bakery is responding to the growing and urgent need for skilled employment training and job opportunities for young adults with learning differences in the Metro DC area. To fill the continued increase in demand for our employment training programs, we have added an afternoon class cohort to our existing Pastry Arts Program, hiring additional program staff as needed, and we have formalized our Hospitality Program which we piloted last year. We have also initiated a job coaching component for this program, wherein we hire coaches to support students in their preparation for employment and work with graduates at job sites. Eligible Pastry Arts graduates who have not secured jobs may be hired for employment and additional training at Sunflower for up to one year. Enrollment for our employment training programs has increased by over 35%. Several of these students needed financial aid to pay their program's tuition.  The FCIDD project grant of $20,000, submitted by the Sunflower Bakery and sponsored by the Silver Spring Civitan Club, helped to fund 4 of those students.  

The funds requested help fund scholarships for students with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities in our Pastry Arts and Hospitality Training Programs.  Almost 100% of the young adults served in our employment training programs are not financially independent and fall below the county's median income level.  We are grateful for the Foundation's generosity.

Expectations Matter Video for more info on Sunflower Bakery:

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ArtStream: Theatre for an Inclusive World

Mission and Grant Thanks

Through collaborative performance and lifelong learning opportunities, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain the skills and confidence to engage with the world. The 2022 grant from FCIDD provided us with 4 Cabaret Companies, 6 Theatre Companies, a Traveling (Video) Troupe, and assisted over 120 adults with IDD.  Thank you!  

Workplace Renovations

Renovate the Providence Center Pottery Studio to create a community art center that offers classes and activities.  

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We also support research!!

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