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The Arc Baltimore Names Jackson Self-Advocate of the Year

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Tavon Jackson is the recipient of The Arc Baltimore’s Self-Advocate of the Year Award for 2023. The award recognizes a person supported by The Arc who has demonstrated growth driven by their own determination and vision for their life.

Jackson was already a success in his job at Carter Machinery, but during the past year he began advocating with his supervisor to learn new skills and responsibilities. As a result, he is now training new hires to pull orders and assist other departments.

Jackson is also finding his voice as an advocate and leader for others, becoming an active member in the New Hope for All self-advocacy group where he was just elected president. Knowing firsthand the challenge of overcoming shyness and advocating for himself, he says he wants to lead the group and challenge others to build their skills and confidence.

“Tavon is leading the way. During the last legislative session in Annapolis, he met twice with elected officials to encourage their support for disability issues,” says Kathleen Durkin, The Arc Baltimore’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Self-Advocate of the Year Award was presented during The Arc’s recent Annual Meeting and Awards Reception. The event honors individuals who have gone “above and beyond” in their service to the organization and the people with developmental disabilities who are recipients of its programs and services.

“The Annual Meeting is our opportunity to honor all those who have given so much of themselves to the mission of The Arc Baltimore, from community partners and volunteers to supported individuals, staff members, and other heroes of the organization,” explains Durkin. “It is their hard work that is at the very heart of our vision for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently, work in meaningful jobs, and enjoy friendships and activities in the community.”

As in past years, the 2023 Annual Meeting and Awards Reception featured a number of recognitions, as well as the election of The Arc Baltimore’s new board of directors and officers.

The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities (autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability) to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaningful relationships. The Arc provides employment training and support, day and residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, respite care, public policy advocacy, and information and referrals. For more information, visit
or call 410-296-2272.

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