Commission on People with Disabilities
A man who is blind and has a service animal, a young man with Down Syndrome, a person using sign language, a child who uses a wheelchair learning to play baseball, a husband comforting his wife, a man who uses a wheelchair, and several individuals with intellectual disabilities

Patricia Gallalee , Chair  •  Karen Morgret, Vice-Chair

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Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration

Criteria for Determining Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Eligibility
Per Onesta Duke, Regional Director, Southern Maryland Regional Director, DDA: A person will need to meet the below criteria in order to be determined "DD" eligible. During the eligibility process, the DDA review adaptive functioning assessments to determine whether a person can live independently or not. Developmentally Disabled Eligibility means: 

  • The person has a physical or mental impairment, but not just mental illness, or it can be a combination of mental and physical impairments;
  • It will probably continue forever;
  • It started before the person turned 22;
  • You need supports or assistance to live independently; and
  • You need the support of a team to help with your services and treatment.

For more information, visit DDA's website.

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Access to Services - Maryland Access Point


Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities Developmental Disability Advisory Committee (DDAC)

Next Meeting: April 10, 2023 from 4pm to 5:30pmThe Committee will be meeting via Zoom. Agenda and Zoom link to be announced. If you have any further questions, please email

Accommodations:  The Committee 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 email

Maryland Open Meetings Act - Model Regulations for Open Meetings:
1.01. Public Attendance.  (a) At any open session of the [name of public body], the general public is invited to attend and observe. (b) Except in instances when the [public body] expressly invites public testimony, questions, comments, or other forms of public participation, or when public participation is otherwise authorized by law, no member of the public attending an open session may participate in the session.  1.02. Disruptive Conduct.  (a) A person attending an open session of the [public body] may not engage in any conduct, including visual demonstrations such as the waving of placards, signs, or banners, that disrupts the session or that interferes with the right of members of the public to attend and observe the session. (b)(1) The presiding officer may order any person who persists in conduct prohibited by subsection (a) of this section or who violates any other regulation concerning the conduct of the open session to be removed from the session and may request police assistance to restore order. (2) The presiding officer may recess the session while order is restored. View more information on Maryland Open Meetings Act

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:  Meetings are from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on designated days . As possible, we adjust meeting dates in order to accommodate days of major religious observances.

Montgomery County Council Information on Meeting the Needs of Residents with Developmental Differences

Briefing and Discussion:  Report of the Work Group on Meeting the Needs of Residents with Developmental Differences

PowerPoint:  Report of the Work Group on Meeting the Needs of Residents with Developmental Differences

Independent Group - Montgomery County Transition Work Group

Karen Leggett, Chair - Contact: or

The Transition Work Group includes parents of young adults with intellectual/developmental disABILITIES/Autism as well as representatives of adult service providers, state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations and advocacy groups. The Work Group works to improve transitions from school to post-secondary education, work - and as much independent living as each person desires. They have advocated for improved career readiness, as well as employment and educational opportunities, improved housing and financial choices. They also work to make more and better information available to students and their families.

The Transition Work Group welcomes new members. They meet the second Tuesday of each month from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at TLC Outcomes, 2092 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD.  For more information, please  visit

A Parent's Guide to Helping Career Seekers with Disabilities Find Jobs ( English  /  Spanish )
A Transition Checklist for Students with Disabilities and Their Families ( English  /  Spanish )

Current Transition Work Group Members

Abilities Network



Montgomery College Developmental Education/Workforce Access

Best Care Connect

Montgomery County Local Behavioral Health Authority

CHI Centers

Montgomery County Dept of Health and Human Services -
Aging & Disability Services

College Living Experience

Montgomery County Public Schools

Consulta Montgomery, Inc.

Montgomery County Recreation

Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc.

Optimal Health Care, Inc.

Disability Rights Maryland

Opportunities, Inc,

Down Syndrome Network of MC

Potomac Community Resources, Inc. (PCR)

Edlavitch JCC, DC

Project Access

Enriqueciendo Vidas

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

Integrated Living Opportunities

Rock Creek Foundation

Ivymount School


Jewish Fed of Greater Washington

Service Coordination

Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)

Sheppard Pratt Schools

Jubilee Association

Special Needs Navigator

Kennedy Krieger Institute & School

Sunflower Bakery

Learning Disabilities Assoc (LDAMC)

The Arc Montgomery County

Main Street Connect

Sunflower Bakery


The Arc Montgomery County

MD National Capital Park & Planning

The Pathways Schools

MD Dev. Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Total Care

MD Div. of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)


Treatment & Learning Centers/Outcomes Services & Katherine Thomas School

MC Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health 

Upcounty Community Resources (UCR)


Support to the Commission is provided by:

Betsy Luecking, Community Outreach Manager
Carly Clem, Administrative Specialist I


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