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