Goodbye 2020 – Bring on 2021
Maedi Tanham Carney
Founder & Executive Director, ILO
We are ready for a fresh start!
My one-word description for 2020 was survival – mentally, physically and fiscally. It wasn’t easy but we did it!
My word for 2021 is going to be possibility.
We learned a lot about ourselves and our self-advocates over the past year. Mostly we learned how resilient our self-advocates are, how much we appreciate being together, and how quickly we are all able to adapt to new situations and settings.
We will be using those strengths as we help new self-advocates transition to independent living in the coming year and encourage and mentor those who have already transitioned as we start moving forward.
Please support us as we look for new possibilities for 2021 that will help us nurture and support our self-advocates through all aspects of building a full, happy, and productive life.
2021 Upcoming Activities and Events
Meet ILO’s New Family POD Chairpersons
These ILO family members volunteered to chair Family POD Meetings which occur every other month (currently on Zoom). They will help facilitate interaction among families and introduce new families to the group as well as moderate important discussions and best practices.
Thank you for volunteering your time and effort in helping ILO’s families share with one another.
Germantown/Rockville – Sue Kleit
Gaithersburg – Reda Sheinberg
Bethesda – Sally Buckman
DC – Maedi Tanham Carney
Upcoming ILO Events
Save the Date!
May 22nd* – Hike, Bike & BBQ
July 31st* – Bike to the Beach
*Subject to change based on speaker availability. Please check ILO’s event and activity calendar at www.ilonow.org/calendar for up-to-date information.
In the News
In October 2019 I was asked to write an article on planning for the future of a pediatric kidney transplant recipient with special needs: A parent’s perspective by Ellie’s nephrologists at Children’s Hospital. It was accepted and published by The International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA) – The Transplant Society November 5th, 2020.
Maedi Tanham Carney, Founder and Executive Director
Integrated Living Opportunities
Forward Only – Download and read the Forward
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/petr.13906 (first read is free)
Or https://wileyonlinelibrary.com/ (search for Carney, Maedi Tanham).
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Can We Assist YOU?
During this ‘new normal’ ILO is here to help YOUR family and SELF-ADVOCATE in every way possible.
- Overwhelmed and don’t know where to go for assistance?
- Lost your support (day programs, etc.), and need alternatives?
- Running out of ideas for dealing with social isolation?
ILO is here to help! Please reach out to me directly: Maedi Tanham Carney, ILO Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.