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2016 MCDD NEWSLETTER - ISSUE 2

On a quarterly basis the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) updates its local, regional, state and national families and associates with an online newsletter, briefing them on the latest activities of the MCDD and its partners. 

IN THIS ISSUE:

Director's Message

Over the past year, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) developed two important community partner projects with Pathfinders for Autism and Kinera Foundation to investigate and better understand parent and family perspectives. The MCDD also celebrates the self-advocacy leadership demonstrated in Maryland this year through the passage of life-changing legislation officially ending the unfair practice of subminimum wage for people with disabilities. Read more →


Legislative Victory Ends Subminimum Wage in Maryland!

On May 19, 2016, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law the Ken Capone Equal Employment Act, which ends the legal practice of paying Maryland workers with disabilities less than minimum wage. Read more →

MCDD Partners with UB School of Law

In July, the University of Baltimore Foundation awarded a $20,000 Fund for Excellence grant for a new joint initiative between the University of Baltimore School of Law (UB) and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Read more →

Equal Employment Act: The Work Begins

On July 21, 2016, People On the Go public policy director Ken Capone was invited by the United States Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., to share strategies employed by self-advocates in Maryland that led to the successful passage of the Equal Employment Act, which ends the practice of subminimum wage in Maryland for people with disabilities. Read more →

Parents Want Better Services for Transition-Age Children

The MCDD and Pathfinders for Autism conducted regional focus groups on the needs of transitioning young adults with autism spectrum disorder in the state of Maryland. 
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Eastern Shore Families Report Need for Services Closer to Home

As reported in a previous issue, MCDD has entered into a partnership agreement with Kinera Foundation, a family-led non-profit advocacy organization on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that connects families of children with disabilities. Through the project, the partners share data from families in the Kinera network looking to achieve goals related to full community inclusion and participation for their children. Read more  →

MCDD Welcomes Mat Rice

The MCDD welcomes Mat Rice as a public policy advocate serving with People on the Go of Maryland. Read more →

MCDD Partners Featured at AAIDD Conference

On June 6, 2016, the MCDD led a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Atlanta, Georgia, which featured content around the theme “The Meaning of Professional in an Era of Change.” Read more →

Register for the 2016 People On the Go Conference!

It’s not too late to register for People On the Go’s 2016 Conference on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Harbor Tower Events at the Legg Mason Tower in Baltimore. Read more →


IN THE COMMUNITY

Learn about the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities' recent involvement in the community. Read more →


ABOUT THE MCDD

Information about our community advisers, leadership team, partners, and more. Learn more →