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Disability Rights are Civil Rights: St. Mary’s County Celebrates 25-year Anniversary of ADA

MCDD Newsletter 2016: Issue One >

On September 18, 2015, the St. Mary’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities hosted an event to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Invited speaker Christine Schoenberger of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities represented Kennedy Krieger Institute. In her remarks, she cited gains in independent living outcomes that have been achieved in the past 25 years, along with disparities in employment, housing, and transportation. “Equal partnerships among professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their families, is one way to continue to achieve the vision of ADA in the next 25 years."

Sandy Dent, executive director of the Southern Maryland Center for Independent Living (SMCIL) and co-chair of the event planning committee, commented, “Our partnership with Kennedy Krieger has opened new doors for SMCIL. Southern Marylanders on the whole are not familiar with the many services at Kennedy Krieger, so this was a great opportunity to spread awareness.”

Other presenters included keynote speaker Rodney Flowers, author of Get Up!, as well as St. Mary’s County elected officials state delegate Deborah Wey, state delegate Anthony O’Donnell, and commissioner Tom Jarboe.