Community Services

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) partners with many agencies and Kennedy Krieger Institute departments to provide community services and supports to people with disabilities and their families by working together with professionals, paraprofessionals, students, policymakers and interested community members.  Our goal is to minimize health care disparities, enhance childcare and educational opportunities, develop work skills, and enrich daily quality of living.

Agencies and departments include:

Project HEAL
In September 2005, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) partnered with Kennedy Krieger Institute to create Project HEAL. The project serves as a bridge among advocates, attorneys, doctors, social workers, educators and health care advocates, enabling them to work together for the benefit of children and adolescents needing both legal and medical assistance. Learn More>

Community Works
Community Works, a collaborative program of Maggie’s Light and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute fosters family/professional relationships to provide pre–professional “family perspective training” throughout the state of Maryland. Learn More>

People On The Go
An addition to the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is the inclusion of People On The Go as self-advocates and policy development analysts. People On The Go is a statewide self advocacy group with membership consisting of self-advocacy groups from around the state. Self-advocacy groups help people stand up for what is important to them and bring people together to advocate for common issues. There is always power in numbers. The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities will work with the Coalition to develop and sustain funding for the continuation of this self-advocacy work across Maryland. View Brochure >

Act Early: AMCHP Early Screening
The Maryland Early Intervention and Screening Consortium is Maryland’s statewide partnership for early screening. The Consortium is deeply committed to its goals of developing and sustaining statewide partnerships that improve collaboration, develop and disseminate information, and improve collaborative funding for early intervention and screening as well as collaborating with national leaders in the area of early screening for autism spectrum disorder.

Maryland Early Intervention and Screening Consortium Act Early Proposal Outcomes

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