tags: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

Staff members from Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Resource Finder attended an open house this past spring at the Assistive Technology Library of the Workforce & Technology Center, located at Morgan State University and a facility of the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services, to see the technology available to Marylanders with disabilities. The library’s staff is available for in-depth consultations about assistive technologies available for any Marylander who has a disability or works with people with disabilities. Some of the more popular technologies include a feeding robot and several types of accessible keyboards. For details, contact James Whitney or call 1-800-832-4827.

On April 5, three of the spring 2022 semester trainees for the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD), Olivia Bowley, Ashley Turcios and Lindsey Turlik, presented project posters at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Core Course Poster Day.

On April 22, Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, LCSW-C, the MCDD’s director of training, presented an overview of the MCDD to the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company.

On April 27, Red Star Fells Point hosted a restaurant night and raised $200 in unrestricted funds to benefit Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law).

On April 28, MCDD Director Maureen van Stone received an award for Legal Excellence in the Advancement of the Rights of the Disadvantaged from the Maryland Bar Foundation at the Blue Heron Center in Anne Arundel County.

Resource Finder staff members attended the Maryland Technology Assistance Program’s open house on May 3.

Van Stone presented a guest lecture about the MCDD and interagency collaboration to graduate students at Towson University on May 3.

Maureen van Stone smiles while holding a plaque.

On May 9 and 10, van Stone attended the national Health Equity Summit in Rockville, Maryland, hosted by Makom. The summit included healthcare practitioners and leaders of state agencies and organizations seeking to conceptualize a health system to deliver accessible, culturally competent healthcare that results in excellent health outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project HEAL attorney Mallory Legg and van Stone conducted a training session at the 2022 Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services, Legal Aspects Seminar on May 11.

On May 13, van Stone, Dr. Ofonedu and Tracy Waller participated in the one-day Prenatal Disability Health Education Summit hosted by Johns Hopkins Medicine and sponsored by Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities, among many other sponsors.

The MCDD and People On the Go Maryland (POG) participated as exhibitors at and sponsors of The Arc Maryland’s annual conference at Turf Valley Resort on May 17.