28th Anniversary of the ADA                                                                   July, 2018
  President George H.W. Bush signed t he Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law on July 26, 1990
The ADA owes its legacy not to one person, but to thousands of people who make up the disability rights movement - people who have worked for years organizing and attending protests, sending out alerts, drafting legislation, speaking, testifying, negotiating, lobbying, filing lawsuits - doing what they could for a cause they believed in. It began with the establishment of local groups advocating for the rights of people with disabilities and the establishment of the independent living movement which challenged people with disabilities being institutionalized. 

The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination. It guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.  It is modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The ADA is an "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities.  Disability is defined by the ADA as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment." 

ADA.gov  has detailed technical information regarding standards, compliance, and accommodations. The 
Mid-Atlantic ADA Center  is part of the ADA National Network  and educates the public and is a resource for guidance on compliance of the ADA requirements.

Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the ADA

The Maryland Department of Disabilities is hosting a free reception honoring the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the reception,  a video PSA, " employABILITY " produced by Maryland Public Television will be presented. This video will be available for presentations that encourage hiring individuals with disabilities in the workforce.  Request a presentation  for your professional network.                                             

July 30, 2018
1:00-2:00 pm
The Lowe House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Invited reception speakers include:  The  Honorable   Governor Larry Hogan;   Secretary Carol Beatty,  Maryland Department of Disabilities; professionals and advocates promoting employment of individuals with disabilities. Register here to attend the free reception. Seating is limited and will be closed when capacity is reached.

Secretary Beatty participates in Mid-Shore 
Cabinet Meeting

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford visited the Benedictine Adult Services Easton office. He was joined by MDOD Secretary Beatty and Acting Assistant State Superintendent for DORS Scott Dennis and DDA Eastern Shore Regional Director Kim Gscheidle

Governor Larry Hogan held a Mid-Shore Cabinet Meeting at American Legion Dorchester Post 91 in Cambridge, Md. The day-long visit included stops by the Governor, Lt. Governor, Cabinet Secretaries, and administration officials throughout the area. Secretary Beatty joined the Governor to kick the day off with a breakfast tour of the Benedictine School. Following the cabinet meeting, she visited the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. The Hyatt partners with Dorchester County Schools and community agencies to provide job training and employment for people with disabilities. Secretary Beatty joined MD Department of Human Services Secretary Lourdes Padilla at Delmarva Community Services to learn more about the 2Gen pilot project focused on breaking the cycle of multi generational poverty. Deputy Secretary Frank and Director of Health and Behavioral Health Policy, Kirsten Robb-McGrath, visited  Chesapeake Voyagers Wellness and Recovery Program, where peer support is the foundation of the program. Secretary Beatty joined Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford for a late afternoon stop at Benedictine Employment and Community Services. Participants in Benedictine's Supported Employment program have the opportunity to work competitively in local and regional businesses including food service, hospitality, and retail. 
National Champs Shooting Stars Cheer Team kicked the cabinet meeting off with a rousing start. Afterwards, they were presented a Governor's Citation. You make Maryland proud!

Secretary Beatty, Secretary Kramer, and Secretary Padilla,  jointly recognized Delmarva Community Services President & CEO, Santo Grande, for his years of service and commitment to the mid-shore community. 

Farewell Erin

MD Technology Assistance Program sadly said goodbye to one of our assistive technology specialists, Erin Swann. Erin made a tremendous impact with her extensive knowledge and can-do attitude. She was always willing to try something new, and even appeared on Al Jazeera's  The Stream.  We wish her the best on her new adventure.

DSP Recognition Week September 9-15th, 2018 

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are vital to the life experiences of many people with disabilities in Maryland. From employment support to community living assistance, DSPs are many times the key difference between community participation and isolation for those with disabilities.
The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) join others throughout the United States in marking  September 9th through September 15th, 2018 as DSP Recognition Week.  MDOD and DDA plan to travel the state thanking Direct Support Professionals for their dedication and expertise. We will also be highlighting local employers who have gone above and beyond  to successfully utilize the talents of those with disabilities in the workforce.
Join us in our celebration by nominating an outstanding DSP or employer for recognition.  Nominations are due by August 10th.