As we welcome 2019 and re-commit ourselves to the MCDD mission, I am thrilled to highlight a number of exciting partnerships underway that will start the new year off on the right path.
MCDD has invited the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center to provide quarterly updates, starting in 2019, about new research discoveries and how those discoveries translate to our patients and communities.
In January, MCDD welcomed five individuals to its Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC represents the voice of the community of individuals with disabilities, advising and supporting MCDD in carrying out its mission in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.
Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a 10-month transition program for individuals ages 18 through 24 that provides hands-on job training through integrated worksite rotations, career exploration, innovative adaptations and mentoring from experienced Kennedy Krieger staff members. MCDD assisted Project SEARCH with developing the program’s online application through Apricot, MCDD’s online database system. Project SEARCH is currently accepting applications for the 2019–2020 cohort.
MCDD recently welcomed several new trainees for the 2018–2019 school year. While we are currently in the process of accepting additional students from various universities, these talented students are already beginning to make their mark.
MCDD has appeared at a number of recent events supporting services for individuals with disabilities.