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More than $26,000 Raised at Project HEAL’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

MCDD Newsletter 2016: Issue One >

Project HEAL 10th Anniversary
Walt & Sima Whitecotton, parents who spoke at the event, with Maureen van Stone, founde and director of Project HEAL

On September 10, 2015, Kennedy Krieger Institute welcomed sponsors, donors, partners, and trainees to celebrate Project HEAL’s 10th anniversary. Project HEAL, a community-based program of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, is Maryland’s only medical-legal partnership. Project HEAL attorneys provide quality advocacy and legal services to low- and moderate-income Maryland children with disabilities and their families.

More than 200 people attended the celebration, which was held in Kennedy Krieger’s outpatient center lobby and therapy garden at 801 N. Broadway. Attendees included parents of children served by Project HEAL, trainees, Kennedy Krieger faculty and staff, law firm and corporate partners, and community members. Sima and Walt Whitecotton, parents of a former Project HEAL client, shared the compelling story of their journey advocating for their daughter within the school system. “Project HEAL served as a bridge between Kennedy Krieger clinicians and the school system to ensure Mehra’s needs could be met in a more appropriate educational placement,” said Sima Whitecotton.

The evening also featured remarks from Dr. Nancy Grasmick, the former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, vice-chair of Kennedy Krieger’s board of directors, and co-director of Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education, who praised the value of Project HEAL, noting “Project HEAL attorneys play an important role in helping Kennedy Krieger families navigate complex systems, in an effort to obtain appropriate services for their child.” Dr. Gary Goldstein, president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute, expressed “sincere gratitude for the community support for Project HEAL’s 10th anniversary celebration.”

Maureen van Stone, director and founder of Project HEAL and associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, thanked those who have rallied as a professional community to support the program, emphasizing the significance of partnerships. Van Stone also gave special thanks to title sponsors Ober |Kaler and DLA Piper, and all other sponsors.