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DRM Reports: “Segregation & Suicide at MCIW”

12/14/2018 Disability Rights Maryland hosted a Press Conference at our offices today to announce the release of our report, “Segregation and Suicide: Confinement at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women“ (PDF). The report was completed by DRM and Munib Lohrasbi, a community fellow …

Views from the Field: Medicaid and Long-Term Care

Views from the Field: Medicaid and Long-Term Care By Sarah Steege, Attorney for Disability Rights Maryland  |  August 14, 2018, originally posted on Medicaid Supports Maryland.  One of the great successes of Medicaid is in providing community-based long-term services and supports (LTSS). This enables …

NDRN Statement on Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

For Immediate Release 10/29/2018                         Washington, DC – Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network, issued the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and …

2019 Annual Survey

DRM would like to hear from you! We are developing our annual Advocacy Services Plan and would like to know what issues are important to the community. Please take 10-15 minutes to complete our annual survey and help us plan next year’s …

DRM Champions Progressive School Police Policies

June 20, 2018 Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), alongside its partners in the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline, has for several years advocated for Baltimore City Public Schools to pass policies governing the interaction between school police, students, and the community. City …

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 …

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 …