On a quarterly basis, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) updates its local, regional, state and national families and associates with an online newsletter, briefing them on the latest activities of the MCDD and its partners.

In This Issue:

Director's Message

By now, many of you may be aware that I’ll be retiring soon from the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. My wife and I will be moving back to the Kansas City, Missouri, area, where most of our children and grandchildren live. I’ll miss the many wonderful people I’ve gotten to know at MCDD, and the important work they do. Read more.

Featured Stories:

MCDD Hosts Workshops in Cultural Competency, Diversity and Inclusion

An MCDD panel last January featured Tami Jollie-Trottier, PhD, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and a North Dakota-based clinical psychologist specializing in indigenous behavioral health and healing. Read more.

Turtle Medicine

Kennedy Krieger clinical staff and community members learned about “Turtle Medicine” at a workshop, “Native American Perspectives on Health and Healing,” led by Tami Jollie-Trottier, PhD, who takes an innovative approach to post-traumatic healing. Read more.

MCDD News:

MCDD Announces New Summer Learning Series - Classes Filling Up Fast

MCDD is hosting a Summer Learning Series from early June through mid-August that will help a range of professionals expand their knowledge and skills to engage in effective advocacy. Read more.

Training Director and Staff Attorney Join MCDD

MCDD is pleased to announce the addition of two staff members who joined the team in March: Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, joins MCDD as its new director of training, and Alyssa Navarrete comes onboard as a new staff attorney for Project HEAL. Read more.

Focusing on Goals Helps Children Prepare for Adulthood, New Report Says

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report in May on how to improve health outcomes for children with disabilities. Maureen van Stone, MCDD’s interim director, served on the academy’s committee that examined federal, state and local programs and services in order to prepare the report. Read more.

Legal Planning Workshop Provides Free Help to Young Adults and Families

MCDD, in partnership with the University of Baltimore School of Law, hosted a legal planning seminar on March 1 for young adults with disabilities and their families. Read more.

MCDD Selected to Receive On-Site Technical Assistance in Diversity Project

MCDD is one of four University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service selected to receive on-site technical assistance for a project on cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence. Read more.

Maureen van Stone Honored by The Daily Record

On April 23 in Baltimore, MCDD Interim Director Maureen van Stone was honored at The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women awards celebration. Read more.

5 Reports Examine Implementation of IDEA

The National Council on Disability recently released a new series of five reports—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Report Series—containing recommendations on how to make it possible for more children with disabilities, with a focus on significant issues of concern (including being in an underfunded school, learning English as a second language, and being in a low-income living situation) to make educational progress. Read more.

Project HEAL and MCDD Impact Children and Families through Advocacy and Policy at State and National Levels

As a first-year postdoctoral pediatric neuropsychology fellow at Kennedy Krieger Institute, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to train with MCDD and work with LEND and Project HEAL. Read more.

Community Partner News:

Basic Self-Advocacy Training Continues around Maryland

People On the Go Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration, offered a number of self-advocacy training classes in April. Read more.


MCDD has appeared at a number of recent events supporting services for individuals with disabilities. Read more.