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Director's Message

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December 22, 2014

Welcome to Partnership Pages, the re-styled Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities quarterly newsletter! We hope this new format makes it easier to find and read stories of interest. We are thrilled to welcome two new staff members this quarter, Mallory Finn and Megan Reed. It is also my pleasure to congratulate Ken Capone and Dr. Harolyn Belcher for their recent awards from AUCD. We applaud their leadership and commitment to advancing the mission of the MCDD.

On the horizon, there are several new opportunities to continue expanding the work of the Center. We are excited to be working on expanding our very successful Project HEAL, with new self-advocacy and family advocacy efforts. In addition, we are beginning a number of new strategic partnerships this year, including working with Pathfinders for Autism and other key stakeholder groups to undertake a statewide needs assessment regarding transition age youth with autism. Finally, we are truly fortunate to have strong partnerships with our DD Network sister agencies, the Maryland DD Council and the Maryland Disability Law Center, as we embark in our work to assist the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration in its efforts to articulate and measure quality in its services.

This is an exciting time in our state and nation, as we continue to focus on important outcomes related to inclusive community living, employment, housing, and other initiatives.

I look forward to our shared visions and work, and will be sharing news and ideas with you in forthcoming issues.

Dr. Christopher Smith

-- Christopher Smith, Ph.D.
Director, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities