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In the Community


  • On October 18, Mat Rice, public policy advocate for People On the Go, received the Legislative Advocacy Award from the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities at the commission’s 27th Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon. Mat was recognized for his achievements and contributions by and for citizens with disabilities. More than 200 guests attended the event. [INSERT PHOTO] Caption: From left, Ken Capone, Janice Jackson and Mat Rice at the award ceremony.
  • On October 27, Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law) participated in the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in Crystal City, Virginia, which attracted more than 500 law students from across the country.
  • On November 2, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) sponsored an exhibitor table at the Baltimore County Behavioral Health Resource Fair, at the Oregon Ridge Park Lodge. The free event—the keynote presentation of which was titled “Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma and Resilience”—featured resources for professionals and parents of children and adolescents with mental health or substance use disorder issues. More than 50 vendors were present, and about 200 professionals and parents attended the event.
  • In October, Maureen van Stone, MCDD’s associate director, was selected as an advisory committee member for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc., who received a federal grant to draft a report for the National Council on Disability about the Charter Schools, Choice and Vouchers—Implications for Students with Disabilities.
  • On November 11, MCDD trainee Erin Chang and MCDD resource coordinator Jenny Jones represented MCDD at the annual St. Elizabeth School Special Needs Resource Fair. The event drew participants from across the state of Maryland, thanks to the school’s media partnership with WMAR ABC2. More than 300 families and providers attended.
  • On November 13, Project HEAL participated in the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s career fair, where Project HEAL representatives recruited Mary Scott, a law trainee, to join its staff during the spring of 2018.
  • On November 14, Chang and Jones delivered a 60-minute presentation to participants of Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program. The presentation provided an overview of MCDD, and information about how MCDD programs and services can assist residents in caring for their patients.
  • On December 4, Mallory Finn, staff attorney for Project HEAL, received one of The Daily Record’s 2017 Leading Women awards at the Lowes Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. The Leading Women awards honor women who are 40 years old or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they’ve made so far in their careers. Awardees are judged on professional experience, community involvement and a commitment to inspiring change.
  • In December, van Stone was selected to join a panel of experts advising the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Community of Practice, which is offering input on youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the SSI Youth Recipient and Employment Transition Formative Research project.
  • On February 15, Finn and van Stone participated in the Public Service Career Fair at the University of Baltimore School of Law to recruit summer law trainees for Project HEAL.
  • On March 1, MCDD, in partnership with the University of Baltimore School of Law, hosted a free seminar titled “Legal Planning for Young Adults with Disabilities,” and a legal clinic offering assistance in executing advance directives, advance directives for mental health, and statutory powers of attorney. A Baltimore-based law firm, Conti Fenn & Lawrence LLC, provided eight pro bono attorneys and sponsored food and drinks for the event.
  • On March 10, Finn and van Stone presented a 90-minute symposium titled “LRE for Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs): Essential Assessments and Considerations” at the 20th annual Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. conference in Monterey, California.
  • On March 24, Jones hosted an MCDD exhibitor table at the fifth annual Howard County Transition Symposium, “Stop Waiting and Start Planning,” sponsored by Howard County Transition Outreach. Also at the symposium, Finn and van Stone delivered a 75-minute presentation, for educators and administrators, on transition planning for students with disabilities. The target audiences for the symposium were young adults, ages 14 to 24 and with special healthcare needs, and their family members; human service professionals; and educators. The symposium featured a keynote presentation given by a nationally recognized expert in person-centered planning, a variety of breakout sessions, and multiple exhibitor tables. Hundreds of families attended the free event, which was held at Cedar Lane School in Howard County.


MCDD Newsletter 2018: Issue One