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Self-Advocates Grow Strategic Partnerships

MCDD Newsletter 2016: Issue One >

People on the Go
Ken Capone and Mat Rice of People On the Go

People On the Go of Maryland (POG), the statewide self-advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently announced efforts to expand partnerships throughout Maryland for continued growth and stability. Mat Rice, public policy specialist for People On the Go, noted, “Our partnership with the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger continues to bring new training opportunities as well as new talent to the POG team. Through our partnership with the MCDD and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, we have been able to increase training opportunities to new levels for self-advocates and the organizations that support them.”

Rice described POG’s new partnerships with the centers for independent living in Maryland, as well as its leadership role on the Ethan Saylor Alliance steering committee in the design and implementation of law enforcement training modules as added evidence of its expanding presence. Ken Capone, POG public policy coordinator, added, “POG leadership and staff continue to look for growth opportunities with current partners, as well as opportunities to expand our network of new partnerships so that we can continue to ensure the long-term viability of POG.” One such partnership opportunity is working with the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to provide self-advocacy training around the state with financial assistance from DDA.