Abby Budman is a senior at Towson University majoring in Health Education and Promotion with a minor in Family Studies. Abby established an interest in working with individuals with disabilities through her experience in activity related programs for youths with disabilities, and through her health education related research. She hopes to continue to develop her knowledge related to individuals with development disabilities through her internship at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD). She plans to develop a research project that targets specific ways to help those in the developmental disability community. She is looking forward to advancing her skills in research involving development and family-centered issues, to help build on her prior knowledge of the MCDD community and of developmental health related topics. After completing her undergraduate degree, Abby Budman plans to attend graduate school to become a child life specialist and continue to help children and families with disabilities, along with chronic medical diagnosis and experiences of trauma.
Nia Adams is a senior at Towson University majoring in Health Education and Promotion with a minor in Deaf Studies. Nia developed an interest in working with people with disabilities from her family experiences as well as information she has learned from previous research. She hopes to gain a well-rounded exposure to the field while at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) by engaging in a number of MCDD projects, live interviews, and shadowing opportunities. She looks forward to learning how to translate scientific information into practice and advocating for individuals with disabilities while increasing her knowledge of health education. After completing her undergraduate degree, Nia plans to attend graduate school for Epidemiology where she can continue her education studying the movements and patterns of infectious diseases.