ILO Insights

Help Us Celebrate Spring!

Maedi Tanham Carney
Founder & Executive Director, ILO

This is me and my three beautiful labs (Olive, Chuck, and Moose). I have to say they keep me active just like my family, and the incredible ILO community!

All three, the labs, my family and ILO are doing incredibly well and all are anxious to get out and about!

Spring is here and we are all feeling energized.  To keep that great feeling going we have been working hard on a lot of fun and exciting activities and events for the upcoming months.

ILO has also been receiving a lot of pro bono help and recognition from our community.  As a small non-profit we are very grateful for that support.

Please join us as we all come together to celebrate life, Spring, and the happiness that comes from supporting one another.  Maedi

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We were thrilled to be recognized by the Montgomery County Council on April 5th in honor of Autism Acceptance Day

Upcoming Events


In the News


The Arc of DC, ILO, and Harmony Healthcare Providing Opportunities for Success for Ben

During COVID, Ben searched for new employment for over one year before being referred to one of ILO’s community partners, The Arc of DC.  The Arc of DC’s employment program provides job development and placement services, leading clients through the job search process from resume preparation to on-the-job support.

Phil Lartigue, Arc of DC’s Employment Services Manager, began working with Ben regularly through virtual meetings and occasional in-person meetings. Read more about the process Phil and Ben went through to guide Ben to ultimate success!

Congratulations Sherita!

Sherita Mason has accepted the promotion to Director of Programming for ILO. Sherita has worked tirelessly every single day she has been with ILO and has always gone over and beyond the call of duty. Sherita has been fulfilling this job already and it is time she got the promotion to be recognized for her hard work and dedication to ILO.

Scott Circle Communications Purpose Program

ILO is pleased to announce we have been selected to participate in the Scott Circle Purpose Program.

The Purpose Program is a pro-bono training program sponsored to help small, nonprofit organizations boost their public relations knowledge.

The goal of Scott Circle is to mentor nonprofit organizations in the DC-area by helping them build a communications plan that will accomplish their specific goals.

(Maedi, 2nd row, far right)

Compass on Demand

Maedi Tanham Carney has been selected for an 8-week pro bono Compass On-Demand mentoring program with Roberta Miceli, Principal at Miceli Leadership Coaching.  Their focus will be on Organizational Management.

Ms. Miceli received a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, and previously attended the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.

Compass partners with local professionals who advise local non-profits guiding them toward strategic excellence.

POD Happenings




  • Elaine
  • Zach


  • Ella
  • Ellie
  • Matt
  • Robert


  • Colin
  • Iya
  • Clare

ILO’s 8-Week Passport for Healthy Living Challenge
Open to all ILO POD Self-Advocates

How It Works
April 18 – June 12

We promise it will be fun!

  • You get to pick and choose your activities:*
  • You get support and help from your ILO Community Builder
  • You get Free Yoga on Sundays with Create Calm
  • After completing the challenge, you will get a free ticket and a meal for the Bethesda Big Train Baseball Game this summer(TBD) 

*Activity and prize determination, based on effort, at the discretion of your Community Builder. Your Community Builder will let you know the details.

Register for this Event >

$40 covers your t-shirt plus food and drink at the picnic.

Sponsor or Donate >

Download the Flyer >

Come Join Us!

Each year ILO families come together for a picnic, spending time together while enjoying the outdoors.

The Event

9:00-9:30 a.m.
Start gathering at Carderock Recreation Area Pavilion.

Hang out and visit with others at the Pavilion, or hike or bike to Great Falls (8 miles RT or as far as you want)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

BBQ at the picnic area and Pavilion.

Bike to the Beach 2022

Hello ILO Community!

It’s time to think about ILO’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Bike to the Beach.  ILO has joined with Bike to the Beach (B2B) as a local non-profit partner for the fourth year, Friday July 29th, 2022.

Last year ILO was the leading fundraising team and raised over $50,000 With your help, we hope to retain our number one spot and raise more than $50,000. With ILO’s12 family volunteers, ILO was awarded an additional $3,000 grant for hosting a rest stop.  There are many fun ways in which you can participate. Learn more . . .

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

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