The Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities
23rd Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
At the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities’ 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Commission Chair Terri Parrish joined Ms. Kathleen Cairns of WBFF Fox45 to recognize 15 individuals, businesses and organizations for their achievements and contributions by and for citizens with disabilities. Over 300 guests attended the affair.
The highlight of the ceremony was the acceptance of the Commission’s Student of the Year Award by Noah White of Church Lane Elementary School. Noah, an exceptional student, won three gold medals at the 2012 Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games Sport Stacking Championships. He favored the audience with a demonstration of his cup stacking ability. Other award winners this year included:
- Education Advocate – Cheryl Whittaker, Kingsville Elementary School
- Student Advocate – Sophia Semeniuk, Hereford High School
- Student - Noah White, Church Lane Elementary School
- Teacher – George Price, Maiden Choice School
- Employer – Cheryl Salski, St. Joseph’s Medical Center
- Employee Advocate – Douglas Smith, Chimes, Inc.
- Employee – Imani Graham, The IMAGE Center
- Disability Advocate – Kay Holman, Towson University
- Volunteers – Chelsey Barrett and Kaitlyn Marzullo, The Arc Baltimore
- Accessibility – The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
- Family Support – Maureen Shanklin
- Media – Michelle Butt, WBAL TV
- Innovative Community Program – Nora Moynihan, Port Discovery
- Special Chairperson's Award – Darren Guest
The Commission on Disabilities wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to its sponsors. Without them, our annual ceremony would not be possible.
- Platinum Sponsors: The Arc Baltimore, Chimes, and The League for People with Disabilities
- Gold Sponsors: Alliance and Sheppard Pratt Health Systems
- Silver Sponsors: Associated Catholic Charities Family Navigator Program, Curran Knittle Group at Morgan Stanley, Elizabeth Cooney Human Operations, and United Community Connections
About the Commission
Baltimore County believes that a Commission on Disabilities is necessary to advise on the coordination and development of the County's policies for citizens with disabilities. The County endorses the policy that no qualified person shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity within Baltimore County. The goals of the Commission are: to achieve an effective and systematic delivery of public, private, and consumer resources to all people with disabilities in the County; to identify the strengths and weaknesses in programs, services, and resources available to citizens with disabilities; and to propose the means whereby the needs of citizens with disabilities can be met.
In support of these beliefs and goals, the mission of the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities is to foster attitudes and promote behaviors which respect and value people with disabilities among County government, its citizens and others.
In fulfillment of this mission, the Commission on Disabilities holds a vision of the future where a culture and environment exist in Baltimore County which provides the supports and opportunities for all people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of community life.
The Commission normally meets on the third Wednesday of every month except June, July, August and October from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Stembridge Community Center, 99 Stemmers Run Road, Essex, MD 21221.
Meetings are open to the public, please call the Commission for additional information about the meetings and to request special accommodations.
Please note: if Baltimore County schools are closed due to inclement weather, all Commission activities are canceled.
Members of the Commission are appointed by the County Executive. The Commission includes people with disabilities, family members, representatives of public and private service-providing agencies, and State and local government.
In an effort to keep the public aware of issues related to persons with disabilities, the Commission has developed a number of publications which are made available to the public free of charge.
Phone: 410-887-3580, TTY: 410-887-2799, MD Relay: 711
Revised January 6, 2014