MDOD Newsletter                                                                           February 2020
Secretary Beatty represents 
Governor Hogan at DD Day in Annapolis

Secretary Beatty spoke on behalf of the Governor to the over 900 people gathered in Annapolis for Developmental Disabilities Day on February 12th at The Graduate Hotel.  Topics included budget highlights, Ethan Saylor Alliance work and Ken Capone Equal Employment Act updates.  
Sec Beatty stands at podium with banner behind her saying _MD Developmental Disabilities Coalition_
First Lady Yumi Hogan honored the winners of the Arc Maryland's "Together We're Better Awards" along with Secretary Beatty and MSDE Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski.  Winning artwork was selected from more than 90 submissions from across the state. 

Winning young artist stands with First Lady Hogan_ Sec Beatty_ Asst Sup Franczkowski and Laura Carr.  They are holding art piece_ certificate and check.

2020: Year of the Woman Highlight
Janice Jackson
Close up of Janice Jackson.
Governor Hogan has proclaimed 2020 the Year of the Woman, and we will be highlighting exceptional women in Maryland's disability community each month.  This month we are honoring Janice Jackson. 

Janice Jackson, a former Ms. Wheelchair Maryland, is currently a commissioner for the Maryland Commission on Disabilities.  She also serves as a board member for The League for People with Disabilities, The Image Center for Independent Living, and Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics.   Janice is also a peer mentor with The Christopher Reeve's Foundation, Good Samaritan Hospital, the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute, and nursing homes throughout Baltimore.  Janice is the Founder and Executive Director of Woman Embracing Abilities Now (W.E.A.N.). W.E.A.N. is a nonprofit mentoring organization servicing women and young ladies with varying degrees of disabilities throughout Maryland.   She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore, where for the last 15 years she has taught Business Ethics to undergraduate students.  

All of Janice's hard work has not gone unnoticed as she has received many honors and awards, such as being a three time winner of Maryland's 100 Top Women. Her most notable recognition was receiving the 2012 Citizens Medal from President Obama. This award is the second highest civilian award bestowed by a president of the United States for exemplary community service.  

Thank you Janice for all you do to change Maryland for the better!

MDOD is on the move!
Governor Hogan helps kick off the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park.

Deputy Secretary Christian Miele presented to KKI's LEND trainees in Annapolis, and Secretary Beatty toured Summit School. 

Secretary Beatty helps cut the ribbon at the grand opening of 
Bitty & Beau's Coffee Shop in Annapolis.
Statewide High-Tech AT Reuse Center Opens!!
Denise Schuler is interviewed by reporter with cameraman filming behind reporter.  
Thank you to WBAL for helping us spread the word about the Maryland AT Reuse Center (MATR)!  Check out the full story:  Loan Closet

Also check out the MD Assistive Technology Equipment Reuse Facebook page for more items you need or to donate.  


Want to learn more about the state's commitment to ensuring accessible information technology, evaluating & procuring technology with accessibility in mind, and ensuring your documents are accessible? We'll be offering webinars all year long on key accessibility topics. Check out our next topic-document accessibility!!  Don't forget to register! 

March 17, 2020 @ 1pm - Document Accessibility 101

To request an accommodation, please contact Andrew Drummond at or 410-554-9552 no later than one-week prior to each scheduled training.

Everyone Counts!!

2020 with the first 0 has gold_black from MD flag_ the second 0 has red white from flag.  Underneath says Census Maryland
The Census is coming and everyone needs to be counted!  This information determines federal dollar allocations, representation and redistricting.  The Census is safe, important and easy.  Be ready!  
For more information visit Census Maryland 2020

2020 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session Begins!
State flag next to words _Maryland General Assembly
The 2020 legislative session is in full swing.  Use our legislative tracker to keep up to date on bills related to disability issues:  Legislative Tracker

Each January, the MD General Assembly meets for 90 days to consider legislation.  For more information about the General Assembly, MD General Assembly 

Don't know who your representatives are?  No problem!  Use the locator at:   Who Are My Elected Officials?