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Current Newsletter - 2017, Issue 3

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

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. Read more →

Featured Story

MCDD Recognized by Eastern Shore Parent Organization

The Kinera Foundation, which recently established a pediatric medical services hub on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, recognized MCDD for its financial, technological and technical assistance at the foundation’s annual meeting in August. Read more →


MCDD Partners with North and South Dakota UCEDDs

MCDD Director Chris Smith met with colleagues in North Dakota this past summer to learn from each other and identify opportunities for partnership. Several initiatives are now in the works. Read more →

MCDD Joins Maryland Caregivers Commission

Gov. Hogan recently appointed Christine Schoenberger, MCDD business manager, to serve on the Maryland Caregivers Support Coordinating Council, which will assume its new name, the Maryland Commission on Caregiving, on Oct. 1. Read more →

Community Partner News

Autism's Lost Generation

They have been called autism’s “lost generation”—people who grew up with autism decades ago, when the condition was considered rare and was often undiagnosed. What was it like for those children in the 1960s to 1980s, when few people understood autism? Read more →

POG Assists Other States on Subminimum Wage

At a recent congressional hearing, Ken Capone of People on the Go Maryland spoke in support of the TIME Act, which would require employers nationwide to pay employees with disabilities at least the minimum wage. Read more. →

Promoting Advocacy Around the Country

Representatives of People on the Go Maryland attended the 2017 conference of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, delivering a presentation about the group’s advocacy efforts, including its support for the Equal Employment Act. Read more. →

Student and Trainee Spotlight:

MCDD Welcomes Fall Interns

MCDD would like to welcome two new trainees, Erin Chang and Hanah Tanenholz, this fall. Read more →

In the Community:

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