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Jul 8, 2022

Mental health and gun violence

As a lawyer with a physical disability who also has experienced depression, I’m disappointed at the tenor of how our society discusses a disease of millions of Americans – mental illness. Each tragic occurrence of a mass shooting results in the specter of mental health disability blamed as a factor. Most people both with physical […]

Oct 24, 2018

Gary C. Norman: A vote for greater access to the polls

I struggle in understanding our bureaucratic resistance to revolutionizing voting through technology.

Jun 28, 2016

High court will hear dispute over service dog at school

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal from an 11-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who wasn’t allowed to bring her service dog to school. The justices said Tuesday they will consider whether Ehlena Fry’s family can sue the school district for violations of federal disability laws. Fry’s family obtained a goldendoodle […]

Feb 15, 2016

Minimum wage bill for disabled Md. workers called a battle for civil rights

A bill that would eliminate a program allowing people with disabilities to be paid a subminimum wage was the subject of lengthy hearings last week before House and Senate committees. For both sides, House Bill 420 and Senate Bill 417, is about civil rights. For its supporters, the bill, called The Ken Capone Equal Employment […]

Jul 5, 2015

As ADA reaches 25, its impact felt in many ways

In 2011, Susan Burke wanted her 7-year-old daughter Emma to participate in Camp Bravo, a local summer camp in Towson that provides both educational and recreational opportunities for children. But the camp did not want Emma. Emma has epilepsy, and her potential need for Diastat, an at-home rectal gel emergency medication used to resolve repetitive […]

Apr 30, 2014

Kennedy Krieger Institute to build outpatient facility

The Kennedy Krieger Institute is planning to break ground next year on an outpatient facility for children with disabilities, thanks in part to an $8 million gift from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Aug 23, 2013

Virginia Knowlton Marcus: U.S. can lead on rights for those with disabilities

The U.S. Senate hit a new low on Dec. 4, 2012, when 89-year-old Bob Dole, disabled war veteran and former Republican leader, was wheeled into the chamber to urge passage of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), only to have it fall five votes short of the requisite two-thirds majority.

Apr 1, 2013

MTA unveils new vehicles to serve disabled riders

The Maryland Transit Administration is unveiling its new fleet of mobility vehicles to serve riders with disabilities. The transit agency is replacing its fleet of sedans and cut-away buses with new vehicles designed specifically for people in wheelchairs. They are called MV-1s. The first 10 MV-1 vehicles are now in service, and 30 more will […]

Mar 20, 2013

New taxis target disabled passengers

Veolia Transportation, the owner of Baltimore’s Yellow Cab Co. and 1010 Sedan, announced the addition of five new taxicabs specially designed to transport individuals with disabilities. Based on extensive research within the disabled community, the vehicle was custom designed to meet the unique physical needs of those with mobility and other disability issues, as well […]

Jun 25, 2012

Jury awards $55M for birth injury

A Baltimore jury on Monday awarded $55 million to a couple whose newborn suffered cerebral palsy and other serious medical problems during his birth at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2010 — a verdict that led Hopkins to say it was “stunned” and plans to appeal. Rebecca Fielding and Enso Martinez’s lawsuit against the hospital […]

May 16, 2012

Craig honored by The ARC Northern Chesapeake Region

Harford Couny Executive David Craig received The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region’s 2012 Award of Excellence on May 9. Craig was honored for  his initiatives that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  

Apr 4, 2012

Zimmerli named principal of The Children’s Guild’s Baltimore campus

Dr. Laurie Zimmerli has been named principal of the Baltimore campus of The Children’s Guild, which serves children and adolescents who are difficult to educate due to autism, multiple disabilities and trauma. Zimmerli holds a doctorate in education and has more than 15 years of experience. Prior to joining The Children’s Guild, Zimmerli was principal […]

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