Meeting Minutes of May 20, 2013 |

Charles County, Maryland

Meeting Minutes of May 20, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Meeting Minutes for the Commission on Individuals with Disabilities

Monday, May 20, 2013

County Government Building, Rm. B125


In Attendance:                        Excused: 

Amy Blandford                         Sandra Dent

Linda Clem                               Elaine Lancaster

Emily Ferren                             Kelly Reynolds

Joane Gulvas

Jim Howard                                             

Robin Lincoln

Tony Silva                                                                                   


Meeting called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Chair, Amy Blandford. The attendance roster was checked for today’s mtg.                                                                                                                      


Minutes Approved Robin Lincoln moved that the April 15th minutes be approved. Tony Silva seconded. The April minutes were approved.  


For your information

Our schedule of meetings for the rest of the calendar year is as follows:

 June 17, 2013

July 15, 2013

August 19, 2013

September 16, 2013

October 21, 2013

November 18, 2013

December 16, 2013

All meetings are held at 3 p.m. in Room B125 at the County Government Building.

All postings have been made to the Charles County website. We are listed under Boards and Commissions.


Membership Updates

Bonnie Hampton has been approved for a 4 year term beginning July 1, 2013 and ending on June 30, 2017.

Kelly Reynolds will be leaving High Roads and withdrawing her membership.


Our officers for 2013-2014 (beginning July 1st) are:

Chair, Tony Silva

Vice-Chair, Emily Ferren

Secretary, Robin Lincoln


Meeting with the Charles County Commissioners on April 23rd

Amy Blandford, Tony Silva, and Emily Ferren met with the Charles County Commissioners. Our changes in by-laws were approved. We gave our annual report for 2012 and membership roster. We requested 1000 brochures to be printed. It will come from the County’s ADA budget. There was a request from the Commissioners to report public buildings that are not in ADA compliance.


Updated Brochure

The updated brochure was handed out for any corrections before we go to print.

The brochure needs to be formatted as a word document for printing.



Nineteen students graduated from the Adult Independence Center.

The Adult Independence Center is a centralized community-based hub for a model vocational training program, serving students who have completed the requirements for a state certificate, but continue to require assistance transitioning into adult life. Instruction occurs in the community, where students experience adult life first hand, acquiring environmentally specific skills that support personal goals for employment, travel and community participation. They gain skills and confidence, and are fully engaged in adult life upon exit from the program. Their first day as an independent adult is no different than their last day as a public school student.


Abilities Network has a summer program from July 8-August 16. It is a paid work experience and includes workers with disabilities. Contact Robin Lincoln or Serena Norman. Serena’s number is 240-346-8363. Abilities Network’s employment services cultivate partnerships with employers to support inclusion within the work place and independence for individuals with disabilities within competitive employment through customized services. The Community and Employment Partners program provides services designed to support adults with developmental disabilities to live and work as independently as possible in their communities. Abilities Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that assists people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and reach their maximum potential. Abilities Network helps to create a personal path to independence by seeing abilities, not disabilities.


The school system, DORS, and Pax River have a partnership with Disability Mentoring Day. They have sponsored an internship in past years. This summer the program was suspended, after the intern was selected.


Tutoring rooms are being used at Waldorf West library to teach Braille.


The ARC in Calvert will have their annual fundraiser on May 23rd.


People on the Go operate in Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s with transportation as their primary focus.


Meeting Adjourned

The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Next Meetings

The next meetings are scheduled for Monday, June 17th at 3 p.m. at the County Govt. Bldg. (office of Joane Gulvas---B125)  and Monday, July 15th, 3 p.m. The July meeting will be our first meeting with our new officers. Cake will be served in celebration of service for our past officers and welcoming our new officers.


Respectfully submitted,

Emily Ferren

Emily Ferren, Secretary