I sincerely hope you are well, despite all that is going on around us. We’ve now surpassed four months of life in the pandemic of 2020. Every day, we find ways to adjust to what is now called our “new normal.”
I sincerely hope you are well, despite all that is going on around us. We’ve now surpassed four months of life in the pandemic of 2020. Every day, we find ways to adjust to what is now called our “new normal”—perhaps by creating a pleasant space in which to work from home, or by finding a way through the emotional turmoil of too much solitude or a lapse in direct services. Our creativity and resilience will bring us through this period of uncertainty.
Like much of the community, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) has pivoted to make its programs and services accessible despite stay-at-home orders, and I am proud of the MCDD team in this regard. People On the Go Maryland has developed virtual activities to engage its members during this time. Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) quickly developed webinars detailing educational guidance for students with individualized education programs during the COVID-19 pandemic—don’t miss this issue’s articles about both programs. Our Summer Learning Series made the immediate switch to virtual workshops for the duration of the summer—read more on that in this issue as well. And be sure to read the article by two of our recent trainees about their experiences at Maryland’s annual Developmental Disabilities Day.
In addition to these and other articles, we are sharing some important pandemic-related resources from external agencies. Please be sure to read them, and take care and stay safe.
Maureen van Stone
Director, Maryland Center of Developmental Disabilities
Director, Project HEAL