Director's Message

I am happy to report that the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) and its partners were highly active in Annapolis during the legislative session, advocating for the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Advocates, Trainees Head to Annapolis for Developmental Disabilities Day

MCDD, the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training and People On the Go Maryland partnered to give more than 30 trainees from a diversity of backgrounds an experience in advocating for public policies that support people with disabilities.

A Message from the DDA Regarding the National Core Indicators Surveys

Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Administration wants to hear from families of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

IDDRC Corner

In this issue, we highlight one of the many exciting collaborative efforts that have come from the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.

Kennedy Krieger Hosts Inaugural Women's Leadership Initiative Event

Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted its inaugural Women’s Leadership Initiative event on February 28, drawing more than 100 faculty members, staff members and trainees from 30 departments and programs to discuss topics such as professional achievement, community service and mentoring.

MCDD Team Attends Conference for Parents and Advocates

The annual conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates was held March 6 through 10 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Bringing Awareness to Developmental Disabilities

On March 26, People On the Go Maryland attended the 2019 Developmental Disability Education Fair hosted by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) as part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Ken Capone, program director for People On the Go Maryland, spoke at the event about the Ken Capone Equal Employment Act, passed in 2016 and ending the practice of subminimum wages for people with disabilities. Representatives from a number of national advocacy organizations were in attendance to discuss federal policy affecting people with disabilities with legislators and legislative staff members.

2019 Summer Learning Series: Connecting Home, School, and Community

MCDD will be hosting its 2019 Summer Learning Series from June through August. The series will consist of full-day and half-day workshops with interdisciplinary topics focused on working with students and individuals with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities and their families.

The Summer Learning Series will help a range of professionals (e.g., educators, social workers, psychologists, nurses, care providers, paraprofessionals, case managers, speech-language pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, school counselors, faith leaders, community members, parents, students, and others) expand their knowledge and skills to engage in effective advocacy.

Please visit our website to review our list of summer series course offerings and to register.

In the Community

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