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Providing an array of
individualized supports to
persons with developmental
disabilities since 1954.

Friends Aware, Inc.
1601 Holland Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 301-722-7268
Fax: 301-724-8965
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Friends Aware, Inc. is a non-profit organization in Allegany County, Maryland. We are dedicated to providing an array of individualized supports to persons with developmental disabilities in such areas as Vocational, Residential and Respite Services. Our goal is to enhance quality of life by promoting choice and full participation within the community.

Friends Aware was founded in 1954 by a group of parents living in the Cumberland area who could not accept the lack of educational opportunities for their children with mental retardation. Therefore, in a borrowed space, they called their vision Friends Aware of Handicapped Children of Potomac Valley.

That community-based program operated on the simple belief that each individual had the right to reach his or her highest possible level of functioning. Today, more than half a century later, that simple belief still stands.

Friends Aware has become a multi-service organization with highly skilled staff that serves and supports hundreds of adults with developmental disabilities. Although our programs and management systems change to meet the needs of the people we serve, two constants remain – the refusal to accept conventional wisdom about a person’s limitations and the insistence of an individual’s right to a full life.

Friends Aware is a community-based organization and receives no direct state funding. Operation is based on the individuals who receive funding through the Developmental Disabilities Administration and have chosen Friends Aware as their service provider. Funding is limited and based on the individual’s needs and limitations.

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Friends Aware, Inc. prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or physical or intellectual disability.

Friends Aware is committed to ensuring that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (PL 100.259), be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity, whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.

Friends Aware’s Title VI Manager is responsible for initiating and monitoring Title VI activities, preparing required reports, and other responsibilities as required by Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 200, and Title 49 CFR Part 21.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you need to make a complaint, contact Friends Aware’s HR Director by email at, or by phone at 301-722-7268, ext. 141.


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