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 nine (9) 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 General Services, Department of Recreation, Department of Transportation, the Human Rights Commission, Department of Libraries, Housing Opportunities Commission, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools, Office of Human Resources, Maryland Department of Rehabilitation Services, and M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks.

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

  • 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.

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, November 18th, 2020.  *Please note: This meeting is being held the 3rd Wednesday of the month. The 2nd Wednesday of the month falls on Veterans Day which is a County holiday and offices are closed.* Given the concerns of the coronavirus, the Commission will be meeting virtually via Zoom.  Please view the agenda for instructions on how to join the meeting. Agenda to be announced.  If you have any further questions, please contact Betsy Luecking at 240-418-4865 (V), via MD Relay at 711, or e-mail  Betsy.Luecking@montgomerycountymd.gov .

Meeting Accessibility Notice: Sign language interpreter services and other auxiliary aids or services will be provided upon request with as much advance notice as possible, preferably at least three (3) full business days before the meeting/event.  To request any other reasonable accommodation or to advise us of any dietary considerations, please contact Betsy Luecking at 240-418-4865 (V), via MD Relay at 711 or send a request to Betsy.Luecking@montgomerycountymd.gov . Taking these steps will help us have sufficient time to best meet your needs.

Boards/Committees/Commissions (B/C/C) Inclement Weather Policy:

  • If Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) open late, B/C/C morning meetings are cancelled.
  • If MCPS closes early, or if afternoon or evening activities are cancelled, B/C/C afternoon and evening meetings are cancelled.
  • If MCPS is closed all day, all B/C/C meetings for that day and evening will be cancelled.

Calendar

Full Commission Meeting Schedule - 2020

Meetings are 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.

2020
November 18th, 2020 **Please note: Held 3rd Wednesday of the month**
December 9th, 2020

Steering Committee Meeting Schedule - 2020

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

2020
Due to the coronavirus, Steering Committee meetings have been put onhold. Updates will be posted here if meetings resume.

Annual Reports

Cover Letter for Commission on People with Disabilities 2020 Annual Report
Commission on People with Disabilities - 2020 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include Montgomery County COVID-19 pandemic information and resources; the commemoration of the Commissions' 42nd year; Montgomery Parks completes fully accessible boat launch at Seneca Landing; Montgomery County Government employment and hiring data of people with disabilities; Community Support Network FY21 budget; Montgomery County's waiting list for DDA services; statistics on people with disabilities in the County; FY21 operating budget testimony; letter to County Executive Elrich regarding e-scooters; testimony on Council Bill 8-20 - E-Scooters; comments, recommendations and testimony on Montgomery County Planning Board's Complete Streets Draft and Vision Zero; Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education; and Design for Life Property Tax Incentive Program.

Cover Letter for Commission on People with Disabilities 2019 Annual Report
Commission on People with Disabilities - 2019 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include the commemoration of the Commissions' 40th year and 41st year; County employment and hiring data of people with disabilities; Council Work Group on Needs of Residents with Developmental Differences System-Wide Recommendations; Montgomery County's waiting list for DDA services; statistics on people with disabilities in the County; FY20 operating budget testimony; letter to County Executive Elrich regarding bike lanes and floating bus stops; FY21 policy priorities; Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education; and Design for Life Property Tax Incentive Program.

Cover Letter for Commission on People with Disabilities 2018 Annual Report
Commission on People with Disabilities - 2018 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include the commemoration of the Commissions' 40th year; County employment and hiring data of people with disabilities; Council Work Group on Needs of Residents with Developmental Differences; Montgomery County's waiting list for DDA services; Design for Life Property Tax Incentive Program; HOC awarded housing vouchers; bike lanes and people with disabilities; transition plan for elected officials; National Disability Employment Awareness Month proclamation; Commission FY19 operating budget priorities, CDBG FY18 funding priorities, and FY20 policy priorities; and statistics on people with disabilities in the County.

Cover Letter for Commission on People with Disabilities 2017 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 Letter for Commission on People with Disabilities 2016 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 sources; 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 Letter for 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 Letter for 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.

 

Developmental Disability Advisory Committee (DDAC)

Next Meeting: Monday, November 9th, 2020 from 4pm to 5:30pm. Given the concerns of the coronavirus, the Commission will be meeting via Zoom.  Instructions on how to join the meeting are in the agenda. Agenda to be announced. If you have any further questions, please contact Betsy Luecking at 240-418-4865 (V), via MD Relay at 711, or e-mail  Betsy.Luecking@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 e-mail Carly.Clem@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 Schedule - 2020
November 9th, 2020
December 14th, 2020


Meeting Summary Minutes - 2020
July 13, 2020
June 8th, 2020
March 9th, 2020
February 10th, 2020

January 13th, 2020


Meeting Summary Minutes - 2019

November 19th, 2019
October 14th, 2019
September 9th, 2019
June 10th, 2019
May 13th, 2019
April 8th, 2019
March 11, 2019
January 22, 2019


Meeting Summary Minutes - 2018
May 14th, 2018
April 2018 - No Meeting
March 12th, 2018
February 12th, 2018

January 2018 - No Meeting

Meeting Summary Minutes - 2017
December 11th, 2017
November 13th, 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 .


County Council Work Group on Meeting the Needs of Residents with Developmental Differences

The goal of the work group is to advance the fair and equitable treatment of County residents with developmental differences (also called developmental disabilities). The group includes representatives from major County departments – Health and Human Services, Transportation, Housing and Community Affairs, Recreation, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and Montgomery College – as well as the Maryland Developmental Differences Administration, community organizations, and the public at large.  

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


Montgomery County Transition Work Group

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.

Brochures
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 )

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  facebook.com/transitionworkgroup . To contact the Work Group, please e-mail  transitioningsuccess@gmail.com

Current Transition Work Group Members

Abilities Network

MMARS, Inc.

ArtStream

Montgomery College Dev Education/Workforce Access

BroadFutures

Montgomery County Local Behavioral Health Authority

Catholic Charities

Montgomery County Public Schools

College Living Experience

My Child's Special Needs Advocacy

Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc.

Optimal Health Care, Inc.

Family Service Foundation

Potomac Community Resources (PCR)

Hispanic Business Foundation

Project Access

Independence Now (INNOW)

Quality Trust for Individuals w/ Disabilities

Integrated Living Opportunities

SEEC

M&L Special Needs Planning

Service Coordination

Jewish Federation

Special Needs Navigator

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (MOST)

Sunflower Bakery

Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)

The Arc Montgomery County

Kennedy Krieger Institute

The Ivymount School/Programs

Learning Disabilities Assoc (LDAMC)

The Pathways Schools

Main Street Connect

Treatment & Learning Centers/Outcomes Services

MD Dev. Disabilities Admin (DDA)

Total Care Services, Inc.

MD Div. Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Upcounty Community Resources (UCR)

MCTransitions.org

 


Staff

Support to the Commission is provided by:

Betsy Luecking, Community Outreach Manager
Carly Clem, Administrative Specialist I
DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov

 

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