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The Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities

The Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities 24th Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

At the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities’ 24th Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Commission Chair Terri Parrish joined Ms. Deborah Weiner of WBAL TV to recognize 13 individuals, businesses and organizations for their achievements and contributions by and for citizens with disabilities. Over 290 guests attended the affair.

The highlight of the ceremony was the Commission’s Student of the Year Award given to Nikita Gibbs of Parkville Middle School, an amazing young man who is a role model for all students, those with disabilities and those without. Other award winners this year included:

Education Advocate: Mr. David Frank - Golden Ring Middle School
Student: Nikita Gibbs - Parkville Middle School
Teacher: Ms. Meryl Hawkins - Lansdowne High School
Employer: Acadia Windows and Doors - Mr Neill Christopher
Employee Advocate: Ms. Melanie Hood-Wilson - Community College of Baltimore County
Employee: Mr. Tavon Brown - Atwater's of Belvedere Square
Elected Official:  Senator Thomas Middleton - Senate of Maryland
Disability Advocate: Brenda Johnson-Perkins - Randallstown Library
Volunteer: Quinten Fury - Maryland Council for Special Equestrians
Community Involvement: The Harbour School - Dr. Linda Jacobs
Public Awareness: St. Paul's School for Girls Club for Student Disability Awareness - Ms. Josie Pfeifer and Ms. Paige Barton
Chairperson's Award: Talmar Gardens and Horticultural Center - Ms. Catherine Murphy

The Commission on Disabilities wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to its sponsors. Without them, our annual ceremony would not be possible: The Arc Baltimore, Chimes, The League for People with Disabilities, Mosaic Community Services, and Penn-Mar Human Services. We'd also like to thank our good friend Brian Glock, from Sheppard Pratt, who took our wonderful photographs.

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, Maryland 21221. Meetings are open to the public, please call the Commission for additional information about the meetings and to request special accommodations.

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.

Public Awareness

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.

Staff Contact

Hal Franklin
Phone: 410-887-3580, TTY: 410-887-2799, MD Relay: 711

Revised October 31, 2014

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