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DRM‘s Adrienne Mallinson Presents at the 2019 TASH Conference

On December 7, Adrienne Mallinson, Managing Attorney for the Developmental Disabilities and Healthcare team at DRM, presented at the 2019 TASH Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH works to advance inclusive communities …

First Time Disability Rights Addressed

During the Democratic presidential debate on December 19, 2019, Tom Steyer was asked what specific steps a president could take to integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce and their local communities. This is one of the first times, this election cycle, …

Decriminalizing Disability: The Case for Crisis Response in Baltimore City

Disability Rights Maryland recently co-hosted a symposium, Decriminalizing Disability: The Case for Crisis Response in Baltimore City, with Behavioral Health System Baltimore and Open Society Institute-Baltimore on November 21st and 22nd at Coppin State University in West Baltimore. Attendees represented a broad …

Ethan Saylor Alliance Police Training and Appreciation Event

(From left ) Teri Sparks (Paralegal, Disability Rights Maryland), Erika Wheeler (Special Olympic Athlete and Self-Advocate), Carol Beatty (Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities), Jennifer Eastman (MBA Director of Community Living Policy, Maryland Department of Disabilities) Disability Rights Maryland’s (DRM) Terri Sparks, and …

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DRM’s Legal Programs

DRM creates an integrated and just society by advancing the legal rights of people with disabilities. Our scope of work reflects the disability community’s advocacy priorities, funding restrictions, and strategic efforts to maximize our impact within resource limits. Learn more about DRM’s advocacy programs.

Education

DRM assists students with all types of disabilities from birth – age 21 in K-12 special education matters, with an emphasis on placement in the least restrictive environment; appropriate assessments, educational and behavioral plans, services and supports; access to school curriculum and high school …

Housing

DRM provides information, advice, training and legal representation to help individuals with disabilities access and remain in public or subsidized housing, and obtain reasonable accommodations or modifications to allow them to live meaningful, integrated lives in their communities. DRM’s current focus is on Baltimore …

Mental Health

DRM monitors psychiatric facilities and advocates to prevent and address abuse, neglect, coercive practices, and barriers to discharge in adult mental health facilities and Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) for children. DRM also advocates for systemic reforms and policies that improve services and supports …

Developmental Disabilities

DRM advises and represents individuals, and advocates for better policies for people with developmental disabilities. Individual cases prioritize leaving or avoiding institutions, eligibility for services, and serious rights violations. Policy issues address improving the quality of and access to home and community based services. …

Transportation

DRM provides information, advice, training, and limited legal assistance on matters related to eligibility and rider rights to individuals with disabilities who need access to Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Mobility paratransit services becausethey cannot use the bus, light rail or subway system. …

Voting

DRM provides voter information, registration and advocacy to remove barriers, ensure accessibility, and promote full participation of people with disabilities in the electoral process. We provide information and resources to make the electoral process simple and accessible for all voters.    Election Day …

Medicaid

DRM’s Helping Obtain Medicaid Essential Services (HOMES) program assists recipients of Medical Assistance who are denied health care services they need to live healthy, safe lives in the community (including nursing and personal care, assistive technology, durable medical equipment, communication devices, mental health services) …

From Nursing Facilities to Community Integration

DRM assists individuals who are eligible for Medical Assistance, reside in nursing facilities, and wish to obtain the services they need to live healthy, safe, active lives in the community (including nursing and personal care, behavioral and personal supports) or those working on …

Social Security & Employment

Within our Social Security Administration (SSA) funding restrictions, DRM provides information, advice and limited representation to Social Security recipients with disabilities regarding work incentives and employment barriers, including prevention of SSA over payments, criminal record engagement and access to vocational services. DRM also …

Public Policy

DRM provides education and technical assistance in public policy matters affecting people with disabilities. DRM engages in a limited amount of policy advocacy within the legal restrictions established for nonprofit organizations. 2017 General Assembly Session 2017 Legislative Report (PDF) 2016 General Assembly Session …

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