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MCDD and POG Staff Members Honored at AUCD Annual Conference

Two years ago, two Kennedy Krieger faculty and staff members received national recognition from the Association for University Centers on Disability (AUCD). Dr. Harolyn Belcher received the Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity, and Ken Capone received the Leadership in Advocacy Award. We are honored and pleased to announce that the AUCD has once again awarded these two distinguished honors to MCDD staff members. Dr. Jacqueline Stone received the Leadership in Diversity Award, and Mat Rice received the Leadership in Advocacy Award at the AUCD’s 2016 annual conference on Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C.

Jacqueline Stone, PhD, PT, is the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) director of information dissemination, and senior director, community health relations and co-director of the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

 AUCD honored Dr. Stone for her many contributions to MCDD’s and AUCD’s networks. Over the past 30 years, she has shown a clear commitment to the field, first as a clinician specializing in pediatric disabilities and later working in community health relations at Kennedy Krieger Institute and in her position at MCDD.

Dr. Stone’s expertise in training, leadership development, forming partnerships targeting the health of all Marylanders, and disseminating information and resources to those with disabilities, their families, and professionals has helped our cause immeasurably. More recently, she’s advanced the inclusion of under-represented groups in the science and biomedical workforces.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award and be surrounded by others who recognize the importance of diversity and inclusiveness,” Dr. Stone said in her acceptance speech. 

Mat Rice, public policy advocate for People On the Go Maryland (POG), a partner of the MCDD, received the Leadership in Advocacy Award. Rice has furthered POG’s legislative platform over the past five years by providing testimony in Annapolis on disability-related legislation and working with other self-advocates to build their skills around legislative advocacy. Earlier this year, he played an instrumental role in garnering support for the successful passage of the Ken Capone Equal Employment Act, which ended subminimum wages for Maryland workers with disabilities. He became the third paid staff member of POG earlier this year, having served first as a volunteer and later as a legislative intern.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues at People On the Go and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities for giving me this wonderful opportunity to make an impact on the lives of people with disabilities,” Rice said.

MCDD is fortunate that it can continue to attract and retain brilliant and committed professionals and advocates.

MCDD Newsletter 2017: Issue One