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Updates, Honors, and Awards

Project HEAL Hosts Law Trainees

This fall, Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) is hosting five law trainees from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, including Xheni Llaguri, a third-year law student who will volunteer eight hours per week; Ashley Woolard, a  third-year law student who will volunteer five hours per week; Hilary Tebeleff, a second-year law student who will return as a volunteer for her third semester, Frederick Curtis, a third-year law student who will volunteer four hours per week, and Ethan Han, a second-year law student who will work 12 hours per week and earn three course credits. Project HEAL will also host Matthew Matera, a second-year law student who will work 12 hours per week and earn three course credits from the University of Baltimore School of Law.    

MCDD Leader Recognized as VIP

MCDD's Associate Director Maureen van Stone was selected as a winner of The Daily Record's VIP (Very Important Professionals) List, which recognized 43 Maryland leaders based on their professional accomplishments, commitment to inspiring change in their community, and their tremendous accomplishments achieved before or by age 40. She and her fellow winners were honored at a ceremony on August 20, 2014, at the Baltimore Museum of Art. 

Paper Highlights Medical-Legal Approach to Children’s Education

Maureen van Stone and Dr. Alison Zisser, a former postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Behavioral Psychology, jointly published a peer-reviewed research article titled “Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law: An Innovative Approach to Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” in the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.  

Caring for the Caregiver: Parent Training Resources

Diane Bark, a parent of a child with a developmental disability who serves as a member of the MCDD Community Advisory Council and volunteers for Project HEAL and the Resource Finder, presented strategies for caregivers at a Sharing Treatment and Autism Resources (STAR) Parent Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute in July. A video of the training, Finding Your Voice: A Primer For Caregivers, is available online. STAR parent trainings provide parents and family members of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with a comprehensive offering of current resources available on autism.