Learning for Living at Benedictine

Helping individuals with disabilities for more than 50 years with educational, residential, vocational and day services for children and adults ages 5 and older.

School programs include: functional academics; speech therapy; psychological, psychiatric, social work, counseling and case management; assistive technology; physical and occupational therapy; vocational and transitional services; and intensive collaborative programs designed for students within the Autism Spectrum.

Benedictine Adult Services is a residential and vocational program for adults ages 22 to 60+ who live in the community or in group homes with peers and continue to work within the Benedictine vocational program. 

Benedictine is a fully approved, non-sectarian service provider caring for individuals with special needs without regard to racial, ethnic, or religious background, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Our CORE VALUES are Compassionate Caring,

Dignity of Work and Hospitality.

 
 

News and Events

Birdies for Benedictine Charity Golf Tournament set for Oct. 18th

Benedictine’s Charity Golf Tournament, Birdies for Benedictine, is set for Friday, Oct. 18th at the Talbot Country Club in Easton, Md. The annual tournament raises funds in support of Benedictine’s ...
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Rooted in History

Since 1887, the tree-lined drive leading to Benedictine’s campus has welcomed students and guests. The diverse foliage along the school's mile lane and throughout the surrounding campus represents more than ...
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Chrome City Ride raises over $105K for Benedictine

RIDGELY, Md., (July 28, 2019) – More than 1,200 classic cars, street rods and motorcycles from six rally points across Maryland thundered onto the Benedictine campus in Ridgely, Md., for ...
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Paul Reed Smith donates guitar to benefit Benedictine’s Chrome City Ride

STEVENSVILLE, Md., (July 9, 2019) – A signed Paul Reed Smith guitar is set to be auctioned off to benefit Benedictine’s annual fundraising event, Chrome City Ride held on Sunday, ...
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Benedictine announces appointment of Cheryl Keamy to Board of Trustees

RIDGELY, Md. – Benedictine, an organization that cares for nearly 200 children and adults with developmental disabilities,  announced the appointment of Cheryl Keamy to its Foundation Board of Trustees. Keamy, ...
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Sen. Mike Miller receives Benedictine’s Cornerstone Award

ANNAPOLIS (June 12, 2019) – Maryland Senate President Thomas V.  Mike Miller, Jr., D-Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, received Benedictine’s Cornerstone Award in recognition of his support of the organization’s mission ...
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The Benedictine School recognizes 13 graduates

The Benedictine School recognizes 13 graduates RIDGELY, Md., (June, 13, 2019) –The Benedictine School held its annual graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 13, to celebrate the accomplishments of 13 students ...
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Golfers raise $43K to support Benedictine at 3rd annual DC/ Baltimore Area Charity Golf Tournament

MITCHELLVILLE, Md., (June 10, 2018) – Grey skies gave way to sunshine at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville, Md. as 80 golfers gathered to play in the 3rd ...
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Cruise in the for the Kids benefits Benedictine

The Chesapeake Classic Car Club hosted their summer “Cruise-in for the Kids” on Saturday, June 2 at the Easton Waterside Village shopping center near the Chic-Fil-A restaurant. In total, $1,000 ...
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Benedictine’s Spring Benefit: A Night at the Races raises $200,000

Benedictine’s Spring Benefit: A Night at the Races raises $200,000 EASTON, Md., (May 6, 2019) – Family, friends and generous supporters of Benedictine helped to raise just over $200,000 at ...
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Governor Larry Hogan has declared September 8-14 as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. Give out a shout out to your favorite DSP! They are truly inspiring.

We're recognizing the important work of DSP who make a difference every single day in the lives of people with disabilities and our communities. #DSPRW19
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Our Residential team is looking for a few ambitious people to join them! Visit us next Tuesday, Sept. 17th at Caroline County Public Library for on-the-spot interviews and to learn about our $250 sign-on bonus! #bestofben ... See MoreSee Less

Our Residential team is looking for a few ambitious people to join them! Visit us next Tuesday, Sept. 17th at Caroline County Public Library for on-the-spot interviews and to learn about our $250 sign-on bonus! #bestofben

4 days ago

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Speaking with your HandsThe world is home to many diverse cultures formed by unique customs, social habits, and behaviors which create distinctive communities.

For members of the deaf community, “deaf culture” is the term used to describe those distinguishing characteristics and identify deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Although the deaf community’s experiences and norms differ greatly from the hearing community, sign language helps bridge the gap. While sign language acts as a tool for the deaf and hard-of-hearing population to communicate with one another, it also enables them to have a voice within the hearing world.

For Benedictine Assistant Principal, Stephanie Franklin, nonverbal communication became her passion while attending Towson University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in deaf studies. Today, she is bringing her enthusiasm and expertise of deaf culture to Benedictine through teaching sign language classes and starting a sign language club for staff and students on campus.

“When the opportunity arose at the beginning of the school year to bring an ASL Club to the school, I jumped at it,” said Franklin. “Teaching sign language to staff and students will only enhance programming and bring forth new skills in students and staff.”

In the broadest sense, the use of basic sign language adds to Benedictine's total communication approach to learning. For Franklin, introducing sign language skills also means developing a way to communicate not only with students, but among staff. The briefest dialog between educators can disrupt learning for students who have multiple disabilities including Sensory Processing Disorder.

While many of Benedictine’s staff are familiar with basic signs, the school aims to enhance communication of various tasks, student behaviors, and needs while minimizing verbal disturbances, by building on those skills.

“I see this as a tool for staff to communicate something as simple as notifying another staff member that they are going to take a student to the sensory room, or go to the restroom, and not have to share that out loud and disrupt a student’s focus in the classroom,” said Franklin.

Hearing impaired individuals enrolled at Benedictine, along with staff, use adaptive technology to communicate and accommodate nearly every one of the school's 60 students. By developing and building upon basic sign language skills, staff are introduced to an additional low-tech communication option, and to a new culture and language entirely.

In the same way people learn to speak English or Spanish, sign language exists as its own separate language.

While many hearing Americans speak English, the primary language of the deaf and hard-of-hearing in North America is ASL – both are two distinct languages.

ASL is a complete, complex language that uses signs made by hand gestures combined with facial expressions and postures.

“Sign language has all the tools of spoken language including pronunciation, word order, and grammar,” said Franklin. “For example, while I might raise the pitch of my voice to ask a question, an ASL user would ask a question by raising their eyebrows and widening their eyes.”

Signs vary by language, region, and even person-to-person, but many people inside and outside the deaf community can identify with one universal sign – the sign for love.

“When it comes to communicating, and I think this relates to all languages and cultures, there are certain things that are accepted everywhere and understood by everyone,” said Franklin. “And each day here we are trying to make those connections because we love and care about our students.”

At the forefront of special education, Benedictine’s learning model is designed to be inclusive for each student. Staff use every tool available to help students achieve their individual communication goals through Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), iPads, speech language therapy, and even a simple gesture in sign language, according to Franklin.

“As our student population changes, we are changing too,” said Franklin. “Just as diversity in our community grows, these communication skills are proving to be a great benefit in both public-and private-sector workplaces, and especially to educators and other service providers.”

Recently, more than 20 staff members participated in a sign language basics class during a Lunch and Learn seminar hosted by Franklin and Nicole Kropfelder, the school’s residential administrator. Like Franklin, Kropfelder also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in deaf studies from Towson University.

The class covered deaf etiquette, the dos and don’ts, and basic sign language gestures. As a launching board for the Sign Language club Franklin started in the spring, staff explored the fundamental principles of sign language including letters, colors, and emotions.

The club’s goal is to introduce staff to the unique characteristics of deaf culture and expressive language used to communicate with deaf people. Staff and students will learn to create the signs for numbers, the alphabet, and how to finger spell proper names. For some, the club can help individuals continue on and develop signing skills to be able to sign phrases and expand to complete sentences, said Franklin.

Ultimately, bringing sign language basics to staff and students supports the unique culture of learning for living here at Benedictine and the mission to help individuals achieve their greatest potential.
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Our carwash crew is the best!

“We had one of our busiest weeks to date here at the Car Wash, and I want to take the opportunity to thank Dominic M., Patrick M., Jason B., Rebecca S., and Joey V. for their incredible efforts. These five employees are sterling examples of Benedictine job coaching at its finest. They displayed full focus, enthusiasm, attention to detail, and employee comradery that Open Community employers are seeking. Great job! Also, a special thank you to Megan P. for her incredible efforts as Car Wash Assistant Manager. We are looking for continued success and prosperity from our Benedictine businesses.” -Andrew H., Car Wash Manager,
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Great job!!! How proud you have to be of Patrick.

Proud of the crew keep up the good work

You guys rock! What an awesome crew!

Great crew.

Great job!

Always do an amazing job!

They ARE the best!

Never disappointed with the job this crew does.

Bravo

How much does it cost to get my vehicle done?

Chase loved washing the cars 🚗 just like his dad 💙

Do I make an appointment? Do you wax?

Where is the car wash ?

Bryan Roney, they do an amazing job!

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WOW - a third major sponsor for the "Birdies for Benedictine" golf tournament puts us close to the $20,000 mark in sponsorships. This gift was made in memory of Matt Mason who passed away almost a decade ago. Matt received services at Benedictine for many years and was always connected to the golf world through his father, and their volunteer work with the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head. Matt’s love of the game and caring hugs will always be remembered. And remember...Next week is the deadline for registering for our October 18th Tournament at Talbot Country Club! ... See MoreSee Less

WOW - a third major sponsor for the Birdies for Benedictine golf tournament puts us close to the $20,000 mark in sponsorships. This gift was made in memory of Matt Mason who passed away almost a decade ago. Matt received services at Benedictine for many years and was always connected to the golf world through his father, and their volunteer work with the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head. Matt’s love of the game and caring hugs will always be remembered. And remember...Next week is the deadline for registering for our October 18th Tournament at Talbot Country Club!

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