Summer greetings! This is a busy time at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD). Every program continues to have projects and offer community and professional training, and new grants are underway as we work to fulfill our mission.

I am thrilled to announce that the MCDD has five new team members! Maria Oven joined the MCDD as our grants manager. Cheryl Hansen will be assisting with the vaccine access and confidence grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Griffin “Griff” Clabaugh-Bareford has joined People On the Go Maryland. Griff was previously a Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute intern and worked with the MCDD for one semester. Claudaya “Daya” Hood Bey and Cheryl Lyn Errichetti joined the team in early May as research coordinators and will support the MCDD’s efforts on a National Institutes of Health-funded grant, Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations. Both have worked with Kennedy Krieger in the past. Learn more about our new team members and their work in the MCDD News articles.

Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) has implemented an online intake system for those who want to complete the intake form online. Read more in MCDD News.

We’ve included several resources regarding COVID-19, vaccines, relieving anxiety and more. We’ve also provided a fact sheet about COVID-19-related harassment in schools, available in multiple languages. I hope these resources will be helpful.

Please stay safe.

In gratitude,

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Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS
Director, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
Founding Director, Project HEAL