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Current Newsletter - 2017, 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 mission of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) is to provide leadership that advances the inclusion of people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. Read more →


Featured Story

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. Read more →


Community Partner News

POG Maryland Hosts ‘Civil Rights for All’ Conference

Civil rights of people with disabilities were at the forefront of the conversation at the People On the Go Maryland (POG) 2016 biennial conference, held in Baltimore on September 10, 2016. Read more →

POG Presents Legislative Visionary Awards to Del. Waldstreicher and Sen. Kelley

People on the Go Maryland (POG) a partner of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD), presented Legislative Visionary Awards to Maryland Del. Jeff Waldstreicher, D-District 18, of Montgomery County and Maryland Sen. Delores Kelley, D-District 10, of Baltimore County on Sept. 10Read more →

National Federation of the Blind Recognizes POG for Work on Employment Act

The National Federation of the Blind recently ecognized Ken Capone, self-advocacy program director for People On the Go Maryland (POG) and Mat Rice, POG’s public policy advocate. Read more →

POG's Ken Capone Receives Award

Ken Capone, self-advocacy program director for People On the Go Maryland (POG),  received the Martin Lampee Leadership Award at the November 2016 By Their Side annual meeting. Read more →

Lifespan Respite Care Program Comes to Maryland

The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHR), Office of Adult Services, in partnership with more than 30 organizations and agencies throughout the state, has been awarded a Lifespan Respite Care Program grant by the Administration for Community LivingRead more →


MCDD News

MCDD Presents 10 Posters at AUCD Conference

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) staff members and trainees presented 10 posters at the Dec 5 annual conference of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in Washington, D.C. Read more

MCDD Director Chris Smith Shares Data Management Expertise at Social Solutions Conference

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) Director Chris Smith, PhD, gave a three-hour presentation on using data management systems effectively in a keynote address at Superhero Summit 2016 in Baltimore. Read more →

MCDD Associate Director Maureen van Stone Appointed to National Academies Committee, Named Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies) appointed Maureen van Stone, associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) and director of Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), to its Committee on Improving Health Outcomes in Children with Disabilities Read more →

MCDD Shares Expertise on Involuntary Psychiatric Admissions Process

Involuntary psychiatric admissions were the focus of a 3.5-hour presentation that Maureen van Stone, associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) and director of Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), and six other panelists gave to more than 50 Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) at the Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley, Maryland, on Oct 14. Read more →

Community Health Needs Assessment Featured at Rural Health Conference

Jacqueline Stone, PhD, PT, director of information dissemination for the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) and senior director and co-director of the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute, gave a presentation at the 2016 Rural Health Conference hosted by the Maryland Rural Health Association Read more →


Project HEAL Updates

Project HEAL Celebrates 11th Anniversary, Receives Support from DLA Piper

Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), Maryland’s only medical-legal partnership, celebrated its 11th anniversary on Sept. 8 at Bertha’s restaurant in Fells Point, Baltimore. Bertha’s, famous for its mussels, is a corporate sponsor of Project HEAL. Project HEAL also recently receives support from DLA Piper. Read more →


Student and Trainee Spotlight

Alicia Vooris, MSPH, In Her Own Words

While earning a Master of Science degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, I also completed an internship at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD). Meet Alicia→

High School Student Volunteers with Project HEAL

Preparing future leaders from a wide range of disciplines is a cornerstone of the MCDD mission. Each year, the MCDD provides meaningful work and learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Meet the Volunteers →


Upcoming Events

Attend the Upcoming Transitional Youth Summit

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is one of several organizations sponsoring the Transitional Youth Summit at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College on Jan 14. Read more →