Greetings, readers! Autumn brings not only cooler temperatures and falling leaves, but the return to school, the Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Virtual Conference, and of course, exercising our right to vote.
Early voting is available to Marylanders from Thursday, October 27, through Thursday, November 3 (including Saturday and Sunday), from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find your local early voting location here. For those voting on Election Day, November 8, use this link to find your local polling place.
A Maryland law will allow adults to use supported decision-making to receive support in understanding, considering and making decisions for themselves. This guide from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council provides helpful details about supported decision-making.
I am thrilled to welcome several new employees and trainees who recently joined our team. You can learn more about them in this issue.
Be sure to read the COVID-19 Resources for information on Kennedy Krieger Institute’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. You can also find several resources on back-to-school guidelines for teachers and families to follow. I hope they will be helpful.
Take care and stay safe.
Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS
Director, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
Founding Director, Project HEAL