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UPDATED: Maryland Medicaid to Cover Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants for Adults in July

*Updated June 25, 2018: Starting on July 1, Maryland Medicaid will be covering hearing aids and cochlear implants for adults, which were only provided under Medicaid to children (under 21 years old) until now. Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) has been working with …

NDRN Focus Group

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is conducting a study of the enforcement of federal disability rights laws, and is seeking participants with disabilities for focus groups to be held online February 20th or March 7th;  or in person February 26th (D.C.) or …

NFB-MD Urges Increase Use of ExpressVote in 2018

On December 7, 2017 Sharon Maneki, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (NFB-MD), delivered the resolution passed by NFB-MD during their convention in November to the Maryland State Board of Elections. The resolution calls for increased usage of …

DRM Reports: Beyond Incarceration

Disability Rights Maryland has released it’s detailed report of findings related to segregation and its negative impacts, particularly for persons with disabilities. DRM’s report exposes the harm and misuse of segregation, legal violations and offers recommendations; including references to better and safer …

MD Medicaid Now Covering Adaptive Car Seats

As of September 19, 2017, Maryland Medicaid will now cover adaptive car seats when medically necessary for Medicaid enrollees. These seats can enable people who need more or different support than non-specialized, off-the-shelf car seats provide — or who have outgrown such …

HUD Report Reveals Rental Discrimination Based on Mental Disabilities

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development released an important pilot study which revealed that persons living with mental illness, intellectual or other developmental disability continue to face significant discrimination in the rental housing market. Among the findings, persons with …

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 …

Settlement Reached on MTA Mobility Paratransit System

After two years of data collection, litigation, and negotiation, Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) have signed a settlement agreement to address issues with the MTA Mobility paratransit system. The Agreement was submitted to …

U.S. Dept. of Education Releases New Guidance for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These documents clarify the rights of the students, …

DRM & Venable Reach Proposed Agreement with DHMH

Two years ago, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) was sued by Jane Doe, an individual who, while in the custody and care of two separate DHMH facilities, was sexually assaulted twice, by two different patients, resulting in severe …

DRM on WYPR Midday

DRM Attorney, Nicole Joseph appeared on Midday by WYPR to discuss Suspensions, Discipline and the School to Prison Pipeline. Access the podcast of the 9/15/16 Interview    

Comment on SGP (for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities)

Comment sought on the DRM 2016-17 Statement of Goals & Priorities (for I/DD) until November 1, 2016. §1326.22   Periodic reports: State Protection and Advocacy System. (a) By January 1 of each year, each State Protection and Advocacy System shall submit to AIDD, an …

National Report Addresses Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness

Between 80,000 and 100,000 inmates are currently segregated in prison cells nationwide for 22-24 hours per day, for days, months, years, and in some cases decades at a time. Segregation disproportionately affects inmates with mental illness and research shows that individuals may …

Raise the Disability Vote for Affordable Housing in Baltimore!

A referendum on whether Baltimore City should create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund will be on the November 8th ballot! This summer, a coalition of advocacy organizations came together as Housing for All and gathered more than 18,000 petition signatures demanding that a …

DRM Issues Report on Behavior Support Services

DRM has issued a report on the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s Behavior Support Services, describing numerous problems and urging a series of reforms. The comprehensive report, authored by Managing Attorney Nancy Pineles, can be accessed HERE.

DRM on Steiner Show to discuss DOJ’s disability findings

DRM Executive Director, Virginia Knowlton Marcus, appeared on the Marc Steiner Show to discuss the disability aspects of DOJ’s Letter of Findings regarding the Baltimore City Police Department. Access the podcast of the 8/31/16 interview. Read DRM’s joint press release with NDRN …

Joint Statement on the Justice Department’s Investigation of Baltimore City Police

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and its member organization, Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), are pleased to see the treatment of individuals with disabilities by law enforcement officers included throughout the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division’s (CRD) recent investigation into the conduct …

CRSD Response to DOJ’s Baltimore City Police Investigation Report

As advocates for youth and families in Baltimore City, the Coalition to Reform School Discipline thanks the Department of Justice (DOJ) for its thorough investigation and applauds its recommendations for sweeping reforms in response to overwhelming evidence of decades of constitutional violations …

DRM Files Fair Housing Lawsuit Against Prince George’s County Housing Authority

DRM has filed a federal law suit against the Housing Authority of Prince George’s County (HAPGC) alleging violations of the Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act Amendments, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit was filed by five public housing residents in Prince …

DRM to receive national award at NDRN event with HUD Secretary Castro

DRM will receive an award from the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) for our successful housing advocacy on June 15, 2016 at NDRN’s annual conference during a plenary session with HUD Secretary Castro delivering the keynote address, and our plaintiffs and allies present. See …

Early Voting Begins in MD 10/27

Same day voter registration is allowed with proof of residence. All Early Voting locations are accessible to people with disabilities. Voters can vote from today until Thursday Nov. 3. Polls are open 8AM to 8PM. DRM provides resources to make the voting …

DRM Seeks Fair Housing Attorney

DRM is hiring a full-time staff attorney to work in our Housing Unit. Please view the job description for more information; submit application by October 24th for priority consideration.  

DRM Seeks Bi-Lingual Advocate

DRM is hiring a part-time temporary (one year) bi-lingual advocate for outreach and assistance to Spanish-speaking communities in Maryland. Please view the job description for more information;  submit application by September 30th for priority consideration.  

DRM Seeks Housing Attorney

DRM is seeking to hire an attorney to advocate on behalf of the fair housing rights of people with disabilities. Join our dynamic disability rights team! See the full job description for details and info about how to apply. Please share this announcement!

Maryland to Phase Out 14(c) Subminimum Wage

The Ken Capone Equal Employment Act (EEA), named for DRM Board member Ken Capone, will abolish the payment of subminimum wages to people with disabilities inMaryland by 2020. The legislation makes Maryland the second U.S. state to eliminate this discriminatory exception to Section 14(c) of …

SB 765 Signed Into Law, Protects Against Child Custody Discrimination

SB 765 will protect people with disabilities and their families from discrimination in private custody, visitation, adoption and guardianship proceedings by requiring any findings that a person’s disability affects the best interest of a child to be recorded in writing; allowing the party with …

DRM 2016 General Assembly Report

The 2016 General Assembly session was extraordinarily busy and productive with over 2,850 bills introduced. DRM provided information regarding the potential impact of bills and budget proposals on Marylanders with disabilities.The full 2016 Legislative Report is available here, and several bills DRM worked on are …