We are fortunate here in Carroll County to have a number of nonprofit organizations whose mission is to enhance the independence of our family members, friends, and neighbors with ID/DD. That "group home" down the street may very well be helping a young man with Down Syndrome learn how to make a sandwich and pack his lunch. Sure, no big deal you say? Well, it is a big deal for someone who wants to become independent! He is proud of his successes, no matter how small, as they are building the foundation for independent living. You see, he will be taking that lunch box to one of the amazing local day programs that are helping him find a job through community exploration, job training, and volunteer work. Maryland is moving forward with initiatives to get more folks with ID/DD out of facility-based programs and into the community. All steps toward independence.