2019 Breaking Barriers Awards Gala

The Breaking Barriers Awards Gala is Disability Rights Maryland’s (DRM) signature celebration where individuals, law firms and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and achievement in safeguarding the legal rights of people with disabilities in Maryland are recognized and honored. Bringing together attorneys, corporate and foundation leaders, government representatives and disability advocates, DRM’s gala shines a powerful spotlight on noble individuals who further the rights of Marylanders with disabilities. Funds raised at the Gala will directly support DRM and expand our capacity to provide critical legal assistance so Marylanders with disabilities, regardless of income, age or race, can live full independent lives in the community.

2019 Breaking Barriers Awardees

Master of Ceremonies Dr. Timothy Shriver Chairman, Special Olympics International DRM and our awardees are privileged to have Dr. Shriver present the awards to our honorees. . Excellence in Journalism Award Erica L. Green Correspondent, The New York Times, Washington Bureau Honors an individual who, through journalistic excellence, has advanced or challenged public understanding of discrimination experienced by children and adults with disabilities. Public Policy Award Chris Van Hollen United States Senator, Maryland Honors an individual who has demonstrated a strong commitment toadvancing the civil legal rights of people with disabilities through policy work and legislation. Gayle Hafner Grassroots Advocacy Award Patti Saylor Gayle Hafner Grassroots Advocacy Award Patti Saylor Disability Advocate, Mother of Ethan Saylor Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in enhancing a grassroots advocacy program and has promoted awareness and inclusion of people with disabilities in Maryland. Contact Robin Murphy for attendee tickets and sponsorship opportunities 443.692.2482|RobinM@DisabilityRightsMD.org

Legal Advocacy Awardees: Jennifer Bruton, Daniel O'Brien and Stephanie Hales. Honors law firms and individuals who have made significant contributions advancing access to justice for people with disabilities in Maryland.