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Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities

25th Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

At the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities’ 25th Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Commission Chair Terri Parrish joined Ms. Kathleen Cairns of WBFF Fox45 to recognize 11 individuals, businesses and organizations for their achievements and contributions by and for citizens with disabilities. Over 250 guests attended the affair. View the photographs from the 25th Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.

Award Winners

Award winners this year included:

  • Disability Support – Dianna Morgan, The Arc Baltimore
  • Education Advocate – D. Jerry Easterly, Principal of Battle Monument School
  • Employee – Robert Zerance, Graul’s Market, Hereford
  • Employer – Valari Dorsey, Granny’s Restaurant, Owings Mills
  • Family Support – Ed Slattery
  • Innovative Community Program – Club 1111, The League for People with Disabilities
  • Outstanding Commitment to the Arts – Sara Egorin-Hooper and Susie Swindell, The Very Special Arts Festival, BCPS
  • Student – Ryan Henderson, UMBC
  • Teacher – Ryan Guimont, Kenwood High School
  • Volunteer – Ronald Day, The League for People with Disabilities
  • Chairperson’s Special Award – Boy Scout Troop 730, Parkville

The Commission wishes to thank all of those in attendance, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, our emcee, Ms. Kathleen Cairns, and especially our winners, for making this year’s Awards Ceremony a joyous and memorable event. See you next year!

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, Maryland Relay: 711

Revised November 5, 2015

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