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Director's Message

Amidst the great work we do every day, I’d like us to take a moment to recognize that we’re part of a bigger national—and even international—effort to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) has been conducting several outreach efforts with our partners in Maryland, especially on the Eastern Shore. Through this work, particularly our collaborations with the Kinera Foundation and the Consortium of Care - Eastern Shore, MCDD and Kennedy Krieger Institute have learned more about the unique needs of those living on the Eastern Shore, and we’ve responded with culturally-competent information, services and support.

We’re also working with a number of our University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) colleagues around the country. MCDD is just beginning to work with North and South Dakota UCEDDs regarding distance learning, data management, rural health and individuals with disabilities. MCDD will also be providing consultation to the UCEDD in the Virgin Islands regarding data systems, facilities and program evaluation.

Many of our staff and faculty members are nationally recognized. For instance, Maureen van Stone has been serving on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Improving Health Outcomes for Children with Disabilities. Ken Capone has been serving on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. And Mallory Finn was recently named a 2017 Young Professional by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

We are truly blessed with great staff and faculty members, committed self-advocates and family partners, a Community Advisory Committee that really cares about and participates in our organization, and agency partners that value collaboration.

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-Christopher Smith, Ph.D.

MCDD Newsletter 2017: Issue Three