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MCDD Newsletter 2016: Issue One >

Diane Bark Headshot

Diane Bark, a Community Advisory Council member of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, earned a certificate in patient safety, which is designed to help healthcare professionals lead patient safety efforts, from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. 

People on the Go

On September 12, 2015, People On the Go, Maryland’s statewide self-advocacy network, held a quarterly leadership meeting in Towson, Md. More than 30 self-advocates participated in a question and answer session following a brief presentation by Christine Schoenberger, business manager at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, on the characteristics of a successful nonprofit organization.

Be Safe Training

On September 22, 2015, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities staff and trainees participated in a one-day “Be Safe Workshop,” a movie and companion curriculum designed to provide lessons, activities, games, and materials to teach teens and young adults with disabilities how to interact safely with law enforcement. 

On October 12, 2015, Maureen van Stone, associate director, delivered two presentations for the 2015 Association for Successful Parenting International Conference in Memphis, Tenn., “A Chance to Parent: Advocacy, Policy, and Practice.”

On October 14, 2015, Bertha’s Mussels in Fell’s Point hosted its first fundraiser to benefit Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. The event included a four-course dinner with a pairing of Heavy Seas ales and a raffle. The event raised $900 to benefit Project HEAL. This was the first of a series of quarterly fundraisers.

On October 17, 2015, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council hosted Maryland's first-ever statewide gathering of siblings of people with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, along with other state organizations and agencies, provided support for the conference.

On October 24, 2015, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, along with other statewide partner agencies and organizations, co-sponsored the Autism Spectrum Conference in Salisbury, Md., a one-day, free conference for parents and caregivers raising children with disabilities. 

Adolescent Resource Fair

On October 29, 2015, the MCDD hosted an exhibitor table at the Annual Baltimore County Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Resource Fair, at Oregon Ridge Lodge. Jenny Jones, Resource Finder coordinator, and Alicia Vooris, MCDD trainee, represented the MCDD. More than 200 people attended the event, which had over 40 exhibitors. The event was sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services, Mental Health Association of Maryland, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County School Psychologists’ Association, and Catholic Charities Child & Family Services.

On November 4, 2015, Baltimore Collaborates co-hosted a Recreation and Resource Fair for individuals with disabilities. The free, two-hour event was held at Abilities Network in Towson. There were more than 30 vendors and near 200 attendees. Exhibitors provided information on therapeutic and adaptive recreational activities for children and adults in the Baltimore metro area. Jenny Jones, Resource Finder coordinator, served on the planning committee and represented the MCDD at the event.

On November 7, 2015, the MCDD hosted an exhibitor table at the GET CONNECTED: Special Needs Resource Fair, sponsored by and held at St. Elizabeth School on Argonne Drive. Jenny Jones, Resource Finder coordinator, represented the MCDD. This is the second year for the free event, which had several hundred attendees and 50 vendors. The resource fair explored the journey of having a child with special needs, and included workshops and exhibitors providing lifespan resources for individuals with disabilities. St. Elizabeth School partnered with WMAR-ABC2, providing live coverage of the event to its viewing audience.

On November 29, 2015, the MCDD associate director, Maureen van Stone, delivered a two-hour workshop sponsored by the Partners for Success Program for Baltimore City Public School System, titled “Understanding Your Parental Rights.” Parents, teachers, administrators, service coordinators, and healthcare professionals participated in the workshop.