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Balt. City Public Schools Add New Policy

June 20, 2018 Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), along with our partners in the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline, have been advocating for Baltimore City Public Schools to adopt a set of policies that govern the interactions between students, school police and …

Out of Reach

June 19,2018 According to a new study released Monday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Maryland has the 5th highest cost of housing in the country.  The Out of Reach Study, conducted by NLIHC, concluded that residents in Maryland must earn at least $29.04 …

DRM Goes the Distance

June 12, 2018 Over 12 years ago, Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) (then known as Maryland Disability Law Center) attorneys, Lauren Young and Luciene Parsley, represented Tatyana McFadden, a sophomore in high school in Maryland.  DRM’s attorneys filed a successful federal law suit …

Mother’s Day Message

May 11th, 2018 This month one of DRM’s attorneys, Leslie Margolis, was invited to attend the high school graduation of a young man, Nick, who she provided legal advice and assistance from the time he entered middle school. Nick’s mother wrote to Leslie: “Nick …

Pushing Back on School Pushout in MD

April 26th, 2018 was the Pro Bono Resource Center’s 20th Annual Maryland Partners for Justice Conference! This conference is Maryland’s only statewide legal services conference for advocates, community members, elected officials, and judges. DRM was excited to be a part of this wonderful …

MD General Assembly Passes Bill to Eliminate Suspension for MD’s Youngest Students

With the passage of HB425/SB651 suspensions and expulsions for Pre-K through second grade students will be limited except in extreme circumstances. Schools must strengthen and implement currently used student support strategies such as creating behavioral intervention plans which are designed to foster …

MD Sends 5 Teens to Facility in MA

DRM Managing Attorney Leslie Margolis was featured in an article that attempts to understand why the State of Maryland continues to send teenagers with intellectual and behavioral disabilities to an out-of-state facility that has faced a long history of scrutiny over their disciplinary …

DD Day Recap

February 23, 2017 – The largest turnout ever recorded for Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature with 725 people with developmental disabilities and their families, staff and advocates registered for the event in Annapolis, MD. Governor Larry Hogan, DHMH Secretary Shrader and …

Share Your Story and Help Protect Healthcare

Congress and the Trump Administration are moving toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changing the fundamental structure of the Medicaid program. Below, we have provided additional information about these proposals and some suggested ways to get more involved. Your story …

Defending the Housing Rights of Tenants with Disabilities

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued an opinion in Hosford v. Chateau Foghorn, LP holding that Maryland landlord-tenant law is not preempted by federal law and policy that requires federally subsidized landlords to include lease provisions that permit landlord to evict …

Project Homeless Connect

Disability Rights Maryland had another successful year participating in United Way’s 5th annual Project Homeless Connect.  Project Homeless Connect provides free, on-site, direct services such as medical, dental, employment, and legal services, all held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Over 2,000 people …

The Civil Rights Crisis in Our Schools

The term “school to prison pipeline” refers to the link between school failure, zero-tolerance discipline policies, exclusionary discipline, school-based arrest and the likelihood that youth who have these experiences in school will become involved in the juvenile, and later, adult criminal justice …

Prima Pro Bono!

Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) celebrates Caitlin McAndrews and the McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. for their compassionate representation of DRM’s clients at no cost to the families in the area of special education.  This past year alone, Ms. McAndrews and McAndrews Law represented …

Feel The Power March!

Vote My Sisters! Vote My Brothers! Vote My People NOW!! This chant and others rang out from the streets of Washington, DC today as a proud group of disability activists marched the final leg of their 5-day journey from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor …