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Inspiring Stories

Learn more about the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) and its work by reading the first-hand experiences of its pre-service trainees and families helped by the many MCDD community services. 

“It is so vital that we have programs offered on the Eastern Shore, because we are so spread out in rural areas...lots of farms where I live! I really appreciate the written resources and personal stories I hear at our workshops. I have learned so much from the dynamic speakers and I can bring the info back to my support group or my county's (Queen Anne's) SECAC (Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee) meetings. Even if only a few people show, just know that the info is shared within my community."

- Maryland parent, commenting on the MCDD's Eastern Shore Parent Training Sessions for parents of children with disabilities

“Our daughter was bullied on the basis of her disability, so we refused to send her back to her neighborhood school. Through Project HEAL’s representation, she was transferred to a new school, provided transportation, and received tutoring services for the instruction she missed.  We are very grateful for the assistance that we received.”

- Mother, Baltimore County, Maryland

“For the first time in seven years, my grandson is now receiving appropriate educational services from the school system.  Project HEAL empowered me to advocate for my grandson, and I know the right questions to ask at future IEP meetings when an attorney isn’t with me.” 

- Grandmother, Worcester County, Maryland

“Project HEAL intervened to stop the illegal practice of dismissing children with disabilities 20 minutes early each school day to access their specialized transportation services.  My son and his peers now have equal access to their academic instruction.”  

- Adoptive mother, Harford County, Maryland

“I work for a State Agency and I am so grateful for the Resource Finder’s help today.“

- State Employee

“This is the most help I’ve gotten since I can’t remember when."

- Parent Caller

"The Resource Coordinator did some excellent research for us and we’re very pleased with the help provided."

- Parent

“The Travel Training information you provided was very helpful.  Now I feel my child will understand if someone else explains it to her.”

- Parent