Rachel Carroll is a senior at Towson University majoring in Health Education and Promotion, with a concentration in Community Health. Her professional exposure in working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities at PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs at Kennedy Krieger Institute has inspired her to become an advocate for children with disabilities alongside their families. During her time at the MCDD, Rachel hopes to study the gaps that contribute to limited access to resources for families and people with disabilities, engage in community outreach and family support initiatives, and advocate for systems that support children with disabilities and their families to help them obtain the care and support they need.
Kendall Dillard is a senior at Towson University majoring in Health Care Management and minoring in Business Administration. Kendall developed an interest in working with people with disabilities from her time volunteering for an inclusive student’s club geared toward bringing community awareness to supporting students with disabilities. During her time at the MCDD, she hopes to be involved in several of the MCDD’s programs and learn how to translate scientific research to practice that supports parents of children with disabilities and professionals working with them. Kendall is looking forward to gaining advocacy skills to better support individuals with disabilities and their families while building on her knowledge of health education and serving as a champion in addressing the unmet needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in her future career.
Keighly Little is a senior at Towson University majoring in Health Education and Promotion with a minor in Family Studies. Keighly developed an interest in working with people with disabilities during her time shadowing at John Archer School, a public school that serves children and young adults with disabilities. During her time at the MCDD, she hopes to engage in health education and advocacy work that aims to address disparities in accessibility to population-based services, including sexual health education, and full community inclusion for individuals with disabilities and their families. After completing her undergraduate degree, Keighly plans to attend graduate school for public health, where she can continue to use the knowledge and skills gained from this internship to influence policy and practice while serving as an advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Vineet Sidhu is a Master of Health Science (MHS) student with a concentration in mental health and a Wendy Klag Center scholar at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an international medical field graduate with interest in child and adolescent psychiatry. She earned her Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from India. She developed an interest in intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health during her interactions with patients and their families as a medical student. During her time at the MCDD, Vineet hopes to explore the role of culture in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders and best practices for engaging with culturally diverse populations. After graduation, Vineet plans to pursue residency in psychiatry, where she can continue to work and advocate for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and other related mental health disorders.