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Commission on Disabilities

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
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses in programs, services and resources available to citizens with disabilities
  • 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.

2020 Awards Program Video Presentation

The Commission on Disabilities is pleased to present a video presentation of our 30th Annual Awards Program. View the video. Learn more about our honorees (PDF).

Due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission opted to produce a video presentation rather than hold its traditional luncheon event.

The 40-minute video features introductory remarks by Commission Chair Terri Seitz-Parrish and County Executive Johnny Olszewski. Program host Kathleen Cairns, formerly of Baltimore’s Fox 45 News, introduces each award recipient and describes their accomplishments and activities. Interviews and still photographs from location shoots with the award recipients are presented in conjunction with Ms. Cairns’ narrative.

Members

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. Commissioners serve three-year terms. There are no term limits. Apply for a vacancy online.

NameDate AppointedCurrent Term ExpiresAppointed By
Jerry Bullinger07/01/201106/30/2017County Executive
Mike Bullis05/04/201106/30/2017County Executive
Benjamin Dubin09/06/201206/30/2015County Executive
Kathleen Durkin07/01/201106/30/2017County Executive
Hal Franklin  County Executive
Julie Gaynor04/05/201106/30/2017County Executive
Romelle Goodman07/04/201606/30/2019County Executive
David Greenberg04/08/201206/30/2015County Executive
Larry Hughes09/15/201206/30/2015County Executive
Brad Kressman01/22/201306/30/2016County Executive
Tony Lawson12/22/201506/30/2017County Executive
Elizabeth Lazarro07/01/201506/30/2018County Executive
Kali Mallik07/01/201006/30/2016County Executive
Angela Manning07/04/201606/30/2019County Executive
Mary Manzoni05/01/201106/30/2017County Executive
Greg Miller09/05/201209/04/2015County Executive
Calvin Mitchell03/04/201506/30/2018County Executive
Terri Parrish07/01/201106/30/2017County Executive
Ellen Platt03/02/201206/30/2015County Executive
Lieutenant Jay Ringgold07/01/201106/30/2017County Executive
Mary Scott11/12/201106/30/2017County Executive
Douglas Smith03/14/2019 County Executive
Paulette Spriggs04/15/201506/30/2018County Executive
Michael Tan10/20/201306/30/2016County Executive
Brian Trees12/11/201106/30/2017County Executive
 Judy Volkman07/01/201106/30/2017County Executive
Karen Volz07/01/201106/30/2017County Executive
Sally Wagner07/01/201106/30/2016County Executive
Joan Walen02/04/201506/30/2017County Executive
Santa Wallace12/30/201406/30/2017County Executive
C. David Ward05/14/201306/30/2016County Executive

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.

Meetings

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 and the Community Center is physically accessible. For questions regarding the cancellation of a meeting or to request an additional accommodation (request must be made at least one calendar week before the meeting), call the Commission office at 410-887-3580.

Note: If Baltimore County schools are closed due to inclement weather, all Commission activities are canceled.

For the majority of agenda items, the Board first introduces members and guests, then proceeds with a guest presentation, followed by a discussion of its agenda. Guests are invited to participate in the discussion. Subscribe to receive email notifications when the latest Commission on Disabilities meeting documents have been posted.

2020

DateTimeLocationMeeting Documents
January 1512:30 p.m.Stembridge Community Center
March 18
Canceled
12:30 p.m.Stembridge Community CenterNot available.
April 15
Canceled
12:30 p.m.Stembridge Community CenterNot available.
May 20
Canceled
12:30 p.m.Stembridge Community CenterNot available.
June 2411 a.m.This meeting was held via Webex. 
July 151 p.m. to 3 p.m.This meeting was held via Webex. 
September 1612:30 p.m.This meeting was held via Webex. 
November 1811 a.m.The Commission on Disabilities will be held virtually via Webex.
December 1612:30 p.m.Stembridge Community CenterWill be posted when available.

2019 Meetings

DateTimeLocationMeeting Documents
January 1612:30 p.m.Stembridge Community CenterWill be posted when available.
February 2012:30 p.m.Stembridge Community CenterWill be posted when available.
March 2012:30 p.m.Stembridge Community Center
April 1712:30 p.m.Stembridge Community Center
May 1512:30 p.m.Stembridge Community Center
September 1112:30 p.m.Stembridge Community Center
November 2012:30 p.m.Stembridge Community Center
December 1812:30 p.m.Stembridge Community Center

Staff Contact

Jay Doyle
Phone: 410-887-2483
TTY users call via Maryland Relay 711
Email: plncod@baltimorecountymd.gov

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