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Updates, Awards, Conferences, Lectures & Information Sessions

Updates

The MCDD is hosting Viola Woolums, a third-year health law student from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, as a legislative extern during the spring 2014 semester. Viola works closely with the MCDD’s associate director on policy and legislative issues affecting Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project HEAL is hosting four volunteer law students this spring, including Mallory Finn, a third-year health law student who returned for her fourth semester; Lauren Peterson, a third-year law student who returned for her third semester; Caitlin Biggins, a third-year law student who returned for her second semester; and Hilary Tebeleff, a first-year law student who returned for her second semester. Mallory, Lauren, and Hilary attend the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and Caitlin attends the University of Baltimore School of Law.

The MCDD developed a new partnership with The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to be a site for the practicum program for graduate students to address population-health issues specific to developmental disabilities. Graduate students will apply classroom knowledge and theory to real-world public health practice in the developmental disability field. Ekta Agarwal assists with the statewide Community Resource Mapping Project in collaboration with the Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs. Eric Rubenstein assists with the Data Collaborative Project and the Family Perspective Experience. Julia Baller assists with the Adolescent Transition Manuscript and the Family Perspective Experience. The MCDD is also hosting two undergraduate students from Towson University, Tiara Switzer and Marjorie Wilkerson.

In January 2014, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera named Victoria Z. Sulerzyski as her chief of staff. Victoria had been an associate at Ober|Kaler since 2009. Victoria served as the coordinator of Ober|Kaler’s signature pro bono partnership with Project HEAL and as a member of the MCDD’s Community Advisory Council. Victoria is also on the Board of Trustees for Kennedy Krieger Institute and PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs.

Project HEAL is proud to announce a new partnership with Ballard Spahr, LLP. Ballard Spahr volunteer attorneys will provide pro bono legal services to Kennedy Krieger families and children with disabilities. Ballard Spahr is a national law firm, with fourteen offices in the United States and more than five hundred attorneys, that provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Project HEAL attorneys provided an initial training for eight Ballard Spahr partners, attorneys, and paralegals at the Baltimore office on Monday, February 10, 2014.

Project HEAL is proud to announce its first corporate partnership with RE/MAX Preferred in Fells Point, MD. RE/MAX Preferred will provide a monthly financial contribution to Project HEAL based on its monthly closings, help promote the work of Project HEAL through its website and marketing materials, and sponsor a Project HEAL networking and fundraising event at their offices in Fells Point on Friday, April 11, 2014. For more information about the event, please contact Maureen van Stone, associate director of the MCDD and director of Project HEAL.

Adult siblings of individuals with a disability should consider joining or learning more about the Maryland Sibling Network. For more information, please visit:

http://www.thearcmd.org/app/share-your-story?0&engagementId=23346

The Eastern Shore Parent Resource Alliance (ESPRA) recently formed in Wicomico County, MD. The purpose of this group is to identify and promote available resources and increase awareness about special needs, while creating new offerings for families and practitioners. Members of ESPRA include the Board of Education for Wicomico County, Wicomico County Infants and Toddlers Program, Parents’ Place of Maryland, The Arc Chesapeake, Office of Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs, Easter Seals, MCDD, Kennedy Krieger Institute, local pediatricians and healthcare professionals, parents, and many others. For more information about ESPRA, please “like” their group on Facebook.

For the third consecutive year, the MCDD and Kennedy Krieger’s Training Administration hosted a federal and state legislative presentation for Kennedy Krieger Institute faculty and staff. Rachel London, an attorney with Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Council, and Lauren Kallins, an attorney with the Maryland Disability Law Center, provided an overview of the 2014 Maryland legislative session. Kim Musheno, the director of Legislative Affairs from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, provided the federal overview. The MCDD’s legislative extern was instrumental in writing the Maryland presentation.

Maureen van Stone, associate director of the MCDD and director of Project HEAL, presented on Project HEAL, a “2012 Program of Excellence,” at the Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable Services Conference on February 4, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Jacqueline Stone, the Director of Information Dissemination for the MCDD at Kennedy Krieger Institute, was selected as one of 50 members of the 2014 Leadership Maryland class. Dr. Stone will participate in a vigorous eight month leadership training program throughout the State, which begins in April 2014. In February 2014, Maureen van Stone, the associate director of the MCDD, was selected to serve a three-year term for the Board of Directors of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA). COPAA is a national organization of attorneys, advocates, parents, and related professionals dedicated to potecting the civil rights of the 6.5 million children with disabilities in America by securing excellence in education on behalf.. Maureen van Stone, the associate director of the MCDD, will receive the Whittier Law School 2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award at a Whittier Law School alumni awards and reunion reception in Long Beach, California on April 5, 2014.

Conferences

The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXXVI: Intellectual Disability: At the Precipice
March 17-19, 2014
Location: Baltimore, MD
For more information, please visit: http://www.aucd.org/template/event.cfm?event_id=4549&id=289&parent=289

2014 UCEDD Directors Retreat and AIDD TA Institute
March 19-21, 2014
Location: Arlington, VA
For more information, please visit: https://www.aucd.org/meetings/register.cfm?id=199

Brain Injury Association of Maryland
March 20-21, 2014
Location: Timonium, MD
For more information, please visit: www.biamd.org
Note: The MCDD’s associate director will be a presenter.

2014 Disability Policy Seminar Trainee Symposium
April 6, 2014
Location: Washington, DC
For more information, please visit: http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2173
Note: The MCDD’s legislative extern will attend the symposium.

2014 Disability Policy Seminar
April 7-9, 2014
Location: Washington, DC
For more information, please visit: http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2173

11th Annual National Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior
April 23-25, 2014
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
For more information, please visit: http://nti.cbcs.usf.edu/institute.html

30th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity
May 19-20, 2014
Location: Honolulu, HI
For more information, please visit: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/

2014 UCEDD Leadership Institute
June 8-13, 2014
Location: Newark, DE
For more information, please visit: http://www.aucd.org/template/event.cfm?event_id=4485&id=379&parent=379

Lectures & Information Sessions

An Adolescent Transition Lecture: The Student-directed IEP Meeting
March 26, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Baltimore, MD
For more information, please visit:
http://resourcefinder.kennedykrieger.org/eventcal/all/display/368/index.php?view=event&fulldate=2014-03-26

Healing the Heart from Trauma with Stories, Stillness, and Dancing
March 28, 2014, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Biddle Street Campus, Baltimore, MD
For more information, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/d/j4qpjd

Understanding the New State Assessments (PARCC and NCSC) Accessibility Features and Accommodations Overview
April 2, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Leonardtown, MD
For more information, please contact Susan Shannon at partnersforsuccess@smcps.org or 301-863-4069.

An Adolescent Transition Lecture: Bullying Prevention & Intervention
April 9, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Baltimore, MD
For more information, please visit:
http://resourcefinder.kennedykrieger.org/eventcal/all/display/369/index.php?view=event&fulldate=2014-04-09
Note: The MCDD associate director will present this lecture.

Incorporating Equine-assisted Psychotherapy as a ‘Strength-based’ Perspective in the Treatment of Traumatized Clients
April 11, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hunting Ground Farm, Whiteford, Maryland
For more information, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/d/z4q0jm

Planning Ahead: Future Finances and Supports
May 21, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Leonardtown, MD
For more information, please contact Susan Shannon at partnersforsuccess@smcps.org or 301-863-4069.

Parent Training Workshops

Help, My Child Is Anxious! Understanding Anxiety and How to Help Your Anxious Child

    April 1, 2014

Applying for SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

    April 3, 2014

What Will Happen to My Child When I'm Gone?

    April 10, 2014

Fostering Social Skills in ann Educational Setting

    April 23, 2014

Exploring Guardianship Issues

    April 27, 2014

Preparing Young Adults with Disabilities for Independence:Moving Out!

    May 1, 2014

Enhancing Helthy Family Relationships While Raising a Child with Behavioral or Emotional Difficulties

    May 7, 2014

Special Education Law Workshop: IEP Development--Modifications and Data Collection

    May 14. 2014

For more information or to register please call: Special Education Resource Center at 410-887-5443 or e-mail Lisa Diffenderfer and ldiffenderfer@bcps.org

View flyer listing all free Parent Training events.