Carol A. Beatty
Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities
State of Maryland
(2019 Circle of Excellence inductee)
Carol A. Beatty grew up with a physical disability before the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990. She said she was fortunate, though, because her family, friends and teachers encouraged her to have big dreams.
In her four years working for Gov. Larry Hogan, Carol A. Beatty has built partnerships with other state agencies and grassroots groups to address the challenges facing the more than 650,000 children and adults in the state with disabilities.
Under Beatty, the department has focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities by increasing their safe interactions with police, providing more opportunities for them to advocate for themselves and helping them save money.
What are some key moments that have affected your journey?
A key value that has affected my journey is the belief that members of the disability community have the right to live, work, play and prosper in our Maryland neighborhoods alongside their non-disabled peers. Every step of my journey and every organization I’ve been a part of has embraced inclusion and created opportunities to bring people together to further these values. I’m working now to make sure that the next generation of disability advocates are speaking for themselves and bringing their gifts and talents to the ongoing struggle for equal rights.