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Current Newsletter - 2018, Issue 1

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

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) has always focused on the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. In this newsletter, we reflect on and celebrate families advocating—often successfully—for loved ones with disabilities. Read more →

Featured Stories

Why Won't They Listen?

I persisted because I didn’t want to see any more children get hurt by the negligence of this anesthesiologist. It took a lot of work to make my case. Now, I teach others how to do the same. Read more →

3 Weeks of Excruciating Pain—And It Could Have Been Avoided

It is frightening to attempt to advocate for your child in an emergency room setting when hospital staff members are not listening to you. This lack of listening can result in poor, if not negligent, care for a loved one. Read more →


Helping Children with Developmental Disabilities on the Eastern Shore

The Kinera Foundation, located in Stevensville, Maryland, was founded in 2012 by Christy and Kell Russell as a result of their growing frustration with the lack of available, affordable and accessible services for their child, who had recently been diagnosed with autism. Read more →

MCDD Staff Attorney Honored by AUCD

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities recently honored MCDD staff member Mallory Finn with its 2017 Young Professional Award. Read more →

Project HEAL Measures Impact on Families Across the Institute

Social determinants that ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of individuals are at times heavily influenced by legal issues. Since 2005, Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law) attorneys have worked closely with Kennedy Krieger Institute faculty members, staff members and trainees to provide patients and families with the resources and care they need. Read more →

MCDD Welcomes Diversity Fellow

MCDD welcomed Jen Chen as its 2017 diversity fellow. Read more →

Community Partner News

POG Provides Advocacy Tips Statewide

Ken Capone, public policy director for People On the Go, recently spoke at two events sponsored by The Parents’ Place of Maryland, a nonprofit organization that helps families of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs throughout Maryland. Read more →

Emergency Respite Care Now Available

For the first time, funding for emergency respite services is available in Maryland. Read more. →

In the Community

MCDD has appeared at a number of recent events supporting services for individuals with disabilities. Read more →