MDOD Newsletter                                                                           Summer 2019

Celebrate All Summer With Us!

29th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

30th Anniversary of MD Technology Assistance Program

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29th Anniversary of ADA

MDOD is honoring the 29th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by sharing all the ways summer fun has become more accessible thanks to the ADA.  Our campaign, #AccessibleSummer, will highlight many ways recreation and leisure activities have become more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.  Check out our website for a list of activities and events around the state this summer!  Know more accessible events?  Share your summer fun photos on social media and tag us @MDDisabilities using #AccessibleSummer.  

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For Summer events calendar:  CLICK HERE

CRAB Regatta in Annapolis!!
Boat dock with boats on both sides.  Crew members are disembarking using lifts and other accessible devices.

CRAB Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating held their annual Don Backe Memorial CRAB Regatta on June 15th.  CRAB provides sailing experiences and instruction to over 800 guests every year from its base of operations at Sandy Point State Park.
  Programs are held every week from April through October and include Family Sail Sundays, Group Sails, Sailing Camps and Clinics, and Regattas.  Governor Hogan proclaimed June "Accessible Boating Month" and Secretary Beatty presented the proclamation to CRAB.  Thank you for your efforts to make the wonders of the Bay and sailing accessible to everyone!  #AccessibleSummer
Secretary Beatty presents proclamation making June Accessible Boating Month in MD.

Deputy Secretary Miele Honors University of MD Adapted Sports Program

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Deputy Secretary Christian Miele presented the team at University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopeadic Institute's Adapted Sports Program a Governor's Citation for their dedication to bringing sports to all!!  Programs include rugby, golf, basketball and more!  Don't miss their Adapted Sports Festival on September 28th!!  CLICK HERE for more information. 

NFB Fellows Honored 

NFB staff stand with two fellows and Secretary Beatty against the wall.

National Federation of the Blind S ummer Fellows from  Washington College  Professor Susan Vowels and Professor Austin Lobo were honored at NFB by Secretary Beatty. Both are working to make accessibility part of their class curriculum and ensuring that accessibility is not an after-thought. By incorporating accessibility and it's features into required classes, we change how the next generation of leaders view universal design.

Deputy Secretary Miele joins YLF in Annapolis

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There's no summer off from learning for this great group of young adults!!  Deputy Secretary Christian Miele joined Youth Leadership Forum in Annapolis at the State House for a talk on legislative advocacy and how to make your voice heard in state government.  

Help us celebrate the ADA & MDTAP!!
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We are hosting several events next week to honor the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 30th anniversary of MDTAP.  For more information, check out our calendar and register following events!

Monday, July 22nd, 6pm-9pm, James Joyce Pub
ACS Maryland: Salon on the ADA and Technologies Shaping our Future

Wednesday, July 24th, 6-8pm, Workforce Technology Center
Accessible Gaming Night
Thursday, July 25th, 10am-2pm, MDTAP 
MDTAP Talks & Tours