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Charles County, Maryland

Annual Report 2016

Briefings
Friday, February 17, 2017

CHARLES COUNTY COMMISSION ON INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2016

Our mission is to provide the Charles County Commissioners with advice, information and assistance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to increase social acceptance and ensure full participation of individuals with disabilities in the many facets of County life.

During 2016, we had many invited guests to continually learn about available services for citizens with disabilities in Charles County. We also hosted two major events - the 2nd annual Employer Recognition Breakfast for those employers who hire disabled workers. The other was our first Artists without Limits exhibit at the Charles County Commissioners Gallery from July 1 to September 26th with a reception on July 19th. We had partners for both events. For the Employer Recognition Breakfast, we partnered with the Job Developers Alliance and for the Art Exhibit, we partnered with the Charles County Arts Alliance. We also have new signage for the Gallery in the Charles County Government Building.

To summarize our monthly meetings in 2016 (we meet the 3rd Monday of each month from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., in the Charles County Government Building). If it is a holiday, the meetings are held on the 4th Monday. These are highlights for 2016:

January 2016 - Guest speaker, Darrell Brown, Director of Economic Development for Charles County.

February 2016 - planning session for Artists without Limits and Employer Recognition Breakfast.

March 2016 - (March 14) Participated in a public hearing in Charlotte Hall, Maryland for the Statewide Plan for Independent Living.

April 2016 - (April 19) Presentation to the Charles County Commissioners.

May 18, 2016 - 2nd annual Employer Recognition Breakfast with Job Developers Alliance. Our keynote speaker was Darrell Brown, Director of Economic Development.

June 24, 2016 - Participated with a booth at Community Day Event in La Plata.

July 19, 2016 - Special reception for Artisis without Limits with Charles County Arts Alliance.

August 2016 - Nomination of Officers

September 2016 - Discussed the comprehensive work plan for Tri-County Council and the phone app for VanGo (available in real time).

October 2016 - Guest Speaker, Pam Ford, Southern Maryland Center for Indpendent Living, on Transition Youth.

November 2016 - Guest Speakers, Don litten and Brad Pelczar from Charles County Planning and Growth Management on housing inspections for disabled residents.

December 2016 - Two grant proposals are pending - National Aging and Disability Transportation Center and the Rural Maryland Council.