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Commission on People with Disabilities

The Commission advises the County government on the coordination and development of policies for people with disabilities. The County Executive appoints Commission members subject to confirmation by the County Council. The Commission advises the County Executive and the County Council on the needs and concerns of the County's residents who have psychiatric, developmental, physical or sensory disabilities.

The Commission has 25 voting members, and at least five (5) non-voting members, including:

  • Thirteen (13) voting members who are people with a disability;

  • Three (3) voting members who are parents of people with disabilities;

  • Nine (9) voting members who represent organizations and agencies that provide services or represent people with disabilities;

  • One (1) non-voting member from the Department of Recreation, Department of Transportation, and the Human Rights Commission.

  • Two (2) non-voting members from the Department of Health and Human Services.

View the current membership list .

View the  Enabling Legislation - Chapter 27 - Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Article VI, Commission on People with Disabilities .


InclusionMontgomery:  Dedicated to the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in our Community

We believe that people with disabilities have a right to equitable treatment, a fair allocation of community resources and social connectedness through engagement in the community at the level of his or her choice.  Self-determination and supporting caregiver families should be at the core of short or long term support planning. Individuals indicate their need for transportation, medical, legal, housing, respite, employment, volunteerism, and leisure activities and the activities that will make for a meaningful day.  We are dedicated to planning with, for, and serving the whole community regardless of disability, race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic status, family responsibilities, gender identity, presence of children, and family structure or any other characteristic.

  • County Executive Ike Leggett Launches Innovative Design for Life Website  -   Designforlifemc.org  promotes Montgomery County's property tax incentives offered to help residents install basic accessibility design features to make their homes welcoming to persons living with a temporary or permanent disability, accommodate friends or relatives who have a mobility limitation, and, ultimately, to help people age in place at home.
  • New Initiative for Respect the Space Campaign Seeks to Make Disability Parking Signs Compliant with Maryland ADA Laws  - During the anniversary month of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Montgomery County’s continuing “Respect the Space” campaign has launched a new initiative to help ensure that the signage for disability parking spaces in Montgomery County complies with the state of Maryland’s Accessibility Code adopted under the Public Safety Code.
  • Non-Competitive Hiring Database: Have You Created Your Profile? The County passed a charter amendment that allows for the non-competitive appointment of persons with severe disabilities to County merit positions.  There are no specific jobs designated or set aside for people with disabilities. However, if a non-competitive position becomes available, make sure you are considered. Don't miss a potential employment opportunity... sign up today and create a profile! View flyer for instructions.

The meetings of the Commission on People with Disabilities are open to the public. The Commission welcomes visitors to join us as we serve the County and its residents. Please contact the office to confirm meetings.  

Agendas

Next Meeting - Commission on People with Disabilities Meeting - Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Held at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Lobby Level Auditorium, Rockville, MD 20850. The Commission will welcome Pazit Aviv, Villages Coordinator, Aging & Disability Services; and Miriam Kelty, President of the Washington Area Villages Exchange & President of Bannockburn Neighbors Helping Neighbors who will discuss Strengthening Communities to Support Neighbors Living at Home. Meetings are open to the public. To request an accommodation to attend the meeting or to request an alternative format of the agenda please call 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711, or e-mail  Carly.Clem@montgomerycountymd.gov.  

Accommodations: The Commission will make all reasonable good faith efforts to provide accommodations, aides, services, or barrier removal to enable all members and meeting participants full inclusion. Accommodations are provided upon request with advance notice. Please make your request as early as possible, at least three full working days in advance of the meeting. To make a request, please call 240-777-1246 (v), MD relay 711 or e-mail  DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov .

Inclement Weather Policy: For consistency, if Montgomery County Public Schools open late, morning Commission meetings are cancelled; if schools close in the early afternoon, then late afternoon and evening Commission meetings are cancelled; or if schools are closed all day all Commission meetings for that day and evening are cancelled.  This applies to full Commission meetings as well as subcommittees and every activity organized by the Commission.

Calendar

Full Commission Meeting Schedule - Present to June 2018

Meetings are held at the  Executive Office Building - 101 Monroe Street, Lobby Auditorium, Rockville, Maryland, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month , except for July and August.  As possible, we adjust meeting dates in order to accommodate days of major religious observances.

November 8th, 2017
December 13th, 2017
January 10th, 2018
February 14th, 2018
March 14th, 2018
April 11th, 2018
May 9th, 2018
June 13th, 2018 - **Location To Be Determined**

Steering Committee Meeting Schedule - Present to June 2018

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor Conference Room, Rockville. 

October 18th, 2017
November 15th, 2017
December 20th, 2017
January 17th, 2018 
February 21st, 2018
March 21st, 2018
April 18th, 2018
May 16th, 2018
June 20th, 2018

Commission meeting minutes are posted once they are approved by the Commissioners.

Commission Meeting Summary Minutes for 2017 (PDF)

October 11th, 2017
September 13th, 2017
June 14th, 2017
May 10th, 2017
April 12th, 2017
March 8th, 2017
February 8th, 2017
January 11th, 2017


Commission Meeting Summary Minutes for 2016 (PDF)

December 14th, 2016
November 9th, 2016
October 5th, 2016
September 14th, 2016
June 8th, 2016
May 11th, 2016
April 13th, 2016
March 9th, 2016
February 10th, 2016
January 13th, 2016


To request a hard copy or an alternative format, please call 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711 or e-mail DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov

Annual Reports
 

Cover - Commission on People with Disabilities 2016 Annual Report

Commission on People with Disabilities - 2017 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include the Commission's InclusionMontgomery Statement; Design for Life Permitting Services report; Department of Transportation, Montgomery College, and DGS ADA Compliance Team Updates; FY18 priorities; Developmental Disability Advisory Committee Update; Montgomery County's waiting list for DDA services; County employment and hiring data of people with disabilities; employment resources; and statistics on people with disabilities in the County.

Cover - Commission on People with Disabilities 2015 Annual Report

Commission on People with Disabilities - 2016 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include launch of Design for Life website; Design for Life property tax credit program; Respect the Space accessible parking space compliance campaign; Project Search graduates; employment resources; County employment and hiring data of people with disabilities; Maryland's and Montgomery County's waiting list for DDA services; and statistics on people with disabilities in the County.

Cover - Commission on People with Disabilities 2015 Annual Report

Commission on People with Disabilities - 2015 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include 25th Anniversary of the ADA; Design for Life tax incentive program; Respect the Space accessible parking space compliance campaign; legislation that improves the County's taxi services; County employment and hiring data of persons with disabilities; Project Search graduates; Maryland's and Montgomery County's waiting list for DDA services; and statistics on people with disabilities in the County.

Cover - Commission on People with Disabilities 2014 Annual Report

Commission on People with Disabilities - 2014 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include Developmental Disability Transition Advisory Workgroup recommendations; Design for Life legislation; accessible renovations and development of County parks; bus stop accessibility improvement program; background on health disparities; County employment initiatives to increase hiring of persons with disabilities; Maryland's and Montgomery County's waiting list for DDA services; and statistics on people with disabilities in the County.

To request a hard copy or an alternative format, please call 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711 or e-mail DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov .

NEXT MEETING - Developmental Disability Advisory Committee - Monday, December 11th, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Held at Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville. The Committee will welcome Patricia Sastoque, Deputy Director of Programs, Developmental Disabilities Administration; Joyce Sims, Resource Connections; and Allan Sheehan, Service Coordination Inc., to discuss Person Center Planning, the Community of Practice Supporting Families, Long Term Support Services (what it is and next steps). The Committee will also welcome the Honorable George Leventhal, Chair Health and Human Services Committee, County Council, who will discuss the Montgomery County Council Work Group on Meeting the Needs of Residents with Developmental Differences. Meetings are open to the public. To request an accommodation to attend the meeting or to request an alternative format of the agenda please call 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711, or e-mail  Carly.Clem@montgomerycountymd.gov.  

Meeting Schedule - Present to June 2018

The meetings of DDAC are open to the public.  Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m, unless otherwise noted. Meeting location list below.

December 11th, 2017 - Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville
January 8th, 2018 - Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville
February 12th, 2018 - Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville
March 12th, 2018 - Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville
April 9th, 2018 - Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville
May 14th, 2018 - Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville
June 11th, 2018 - Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville


Accommodations:
 The Commission will make all reasonable good faith efforts to provide accommodations, aides, services, or barrier removal to enable all members and meeting participants full inclusion.  Accommodations are provided upon request with advance notice. Please make your request as early as possible, at least three full working days in advance of the meeting.  To make a request, please call 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711 or e-mail  DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov

Inclement Weather Policy: For consistency, if Montgomery County Public Schools open late, morning Commission meetings are cancelled; if schools close in the early afternoon, then late afternoon and evening Commission meetings are cancelled; or if schools are closed all day all Commission meetings for that day and evening are cancelled.  This applies to full Commission meetings as well as subcommittees and every activity organized by the Commission.

Meeting Summary Minutes - 2017
October 16th, 2017
September 11th, 2017
June 12th, 2017
May 8th, 2017
April 17th, 2017

March - No Meeting (Cancelled)
February 13th, 2017
January 9th, 2017


Meeting Summary Minutes - 2016

December 12th, 2016
November 14th, 2016
October 17th, 2016
September 12th, 2016
June 13, 2016
May 9th, 2016
April 11th, 2016
March 14th, 2016
February 8th, 2016

January 2016 - No Minutes

To request a hard copy or an alternative format, please call 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711, or e-mail DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov.

 

Staff

Support to the Commission is provided by:

Betsy Luecking, Community Outreach Manager

Carly Clem, Administrative Specialist I

240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711
DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov

 

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