Resources

DRM endeavors to maximize its resources and empower people with disabilities to the greatest extent possible by providing information, training, and resources that will help people advocate for themselves, or for others who have a disability.

DRM attempts to assist all individuals who contact us, even if the inquiry falls outside our service areas, by providing information and referrals to connect them to useful resources.

Listed below are a number of excellent publications created by DRM to assist individuals with disabilities and inform the public. DRM has also compiled various websites where more helpful information can be found.

Publications

Please contact DRM at 1-800-233-7201 if you would like any of the following documents in an alternative format(s).

SPECIAL EDUCATION:

SOCIAL SECURITY/MEDICAID FOR WORKING ADULTS:

CHILDREN MEDICAID SERVICES:

ADULT MEDICAID SERVICES:

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES:

  • Rosewood Center: A Demand for Closure (February 2007): This public report issued February 1, 2007 documents violations of rights, inadequate treatment, illegal use of restraint and seclusion, failure to protect from harm, continued illegal segregation of persons with intellectual disabilities, the failed mission within the forensic program (including individuals determined “incompetent to stand trial”) and unjustifiable institutional costs. DRM makes recommendations for closing the institution and taking advantage of new federal money to transfer individuals to the community.

VOTING:

MENTAL HEALTH:

DRM VIDEOS:

  • SunShineFolk: The Sun Shines Brighter at Home: A link to YouTube to view a 10-minute film by people with disabilities who left nursing facilities to live in their own homes.
  • Behind Closed Doors: A 20-minute film about 4 women struggling to reconcile violence within the psychiatric system.
  • Healing Neen: A 54-minute film following one woman’s powerful transformation from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration to becoming a nationally renowned speaker on the devastating effects of untreated trauma and the hope of recovery.
  • Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace: A 4-minute video produced by Rooted in Rights, explaining the rights of people with disabilities to receive reasonable accommodations in the workplace.
  • Olmstead Rights to Community Integration: A 3-minute video produced by Rooted in Rights, explaining the rights of people with disabilities to live in integrated community settings rather than institutions.

OTHER RESOURCES:

  • Mobility Rider Rights and Advocacy Guide (2019): An informational brochure produced by DRM and the rider-advocacy group Consumers for Accessible Ride Services (CARS).
  • Segregation and Suicide: Confinement at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (2018): This report was completed by DRM and Munib Lohrasbi, a community fellow with the Open Society Institute of Baltimore (OSI). The report discloses the extreme isolation and harm, or risk of harm, to numerous women with significant disabilities housed in the segregation, infirmary, and mental health units at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW). Conditions in the units varied, but DRM observed problems with access to outdoor and indoor recreation; natural light; mattresses or bedding; insufficient treatment plans; and a lack of confidentiality for health care services.
  • Planning Now Guide (2018): A comprehensive, easy-to-use futures and estate planning guide for families of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Topics include financial and healthcare benefits, wills, trusts, tax considerations, financial planning, and more.

En Español:

USEFUL WEBSITE:

Listed below are some websites that you may find useful as you seek information about programs and laws related to people with disabilities. Clicking on these sites will take you away from the DRM site. Each of these sites may also have links to other helpful sites.

ADA
ADA Center for Mid-Atlantic Region  www.adainfo.org
ADA document portal  www.ADATA.org
ADAPT  www.adapt.org
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center  www.adainfo.org
US Access Board  www.access-board.gov

Assistive Technology
AbleData  www.abledata.com
Closing the Gap  www.closingthegap.com
MD Technology Assistance Project www.mdtap.org

Centers for Independent Living
Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council  Email: marylandsilc@gmail.com
Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living.  Email: esciled@escil.org
The Freedom Center (Carroll, Frederick) www.thefreedomcenter-md.org
Independence Now (Montgmery, Prince George’s)  www.innow.org
The IMAGE Center (Baltimore City, Baltimore Co., Harford)  www.imagemd.org
Accessible Resource for Independence (Anne Arundel, Howard) www.arinow.org
Resources for Independence (Allegany, Garrett, Washington) www.rficil.org
Southern MD Center for Independent Living (Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s). Email: mrobinson@smcil.org

Employment
U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration www.doleta.gov/usworkforce
Association of Persons in Supported Employment www.apse.org
ADA and Equal Employment Opportunity  www.eeoc.gov
Department of Labor www.dol.gov
Maryland Promise – Employment resources for transitioning youth with disabilities https://mdtransitions.org/

General Disability Issues/ Support Groups/ Advocacy Groups
Arc of Maryland  www.thearcmd.org
Families USA focuses on health care issues  www.familiesusa.org
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities  www.c-c-d.org
Hispanic community  www.cossmho.org (health and human service needs)
Public Human Service www.aphsa.org
ADAPT  www.adapt.org
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law  www.bazelon.org
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund  www.dredf.org
National Disability Rights Network  www.ndrn.com
Enabled OnLine   www.enabledonline.com
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council  www.md-council.org
National Senior Citizen’s Law Center 
www.nsclc.org
Children’s Defense Fund  www.childrensdefense.org
Neighborhood Legal Services www.nls.org
Family Net Works Maryland Family Network
Maryland Community Services Locator www.mdcsl.org
Maryland Out of School Time Network www.mdoutofschooltime.org.

Housing
Housing and Urban Development information and news https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips
Housing and Urban Development site  www.hud.gov
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance www.bniajfi.org/

Legal Research – Federal
Congressional bills, Federal Register https://www.federalregister.gov/
US Supreme Court opinions  www.supremecourtus.gov
US Dept of Justice Freedom of Information Act  www.usdoj.gov/oip/foi-act.htm
Library of Congress  www.loc.gov
Federal government statistics https://www.usa.gov/statistics
US Dept of Health and Human Services  www.dhhs.gov
Find Law research  www.findlaw.com
US Federal Government Agency Directory  https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/a

Legal Research – State
Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)  www.dsd.state.md.us
People’s Law Library  www.peoples-law.com
MD Public Interest Law Web  www.mdjustice.org (attorneys and advocates only)
MD Legal Aid Bureau  www.mdlab.org
MD “Free Legal Answers” administered by PBRC Maryland.FreeLegalAnswers.org

Medicare/ Medicaid/Health Care
Baltimore Health Care Access www.bhca.org
EPSDT/SSI/Medicare https://www.ssa.gov
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services www.cms.hhs.gov
National Health Law Program  www.healthlaw.org
Medicare information www.medicare.gov
The Medicine Program www.themedicineprogram.com (free prescription program)
Your Medicare rights www.medicarerights.org

Social Security
Social Security forms, information, rulings, regulations  www.socialsecurity.gov
Benefits Check-up  www.benefitscheckup.org (for senior citizens)

Special Education
US Dept of Education  www.ed.gov
Learning Disabilities OnLine  www.ldonline.org
Wrights Law  www.wrightslaw.com
MD State Dept of Education  www.msde.state.md.us
Parents Place of Maryland  www.ppmd.org
Learning Disabilities Association of America https://ldaamerica.org/
Advocates for Children and Youth (in Baltimore)  www.acy.org
MD educational resources for people with disabilities  www.linc.org
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports www.pbis.org
MD Coalition for Inclusive Education www.mcie.org
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights www.pacer.org
Families & Advocates Partnership for Education www.fape.org
Special Education Survival Guide for Parents www.fetaweb.com
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders www.chadd.org
Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) www.mansef.org

State of Maryland Government
State of Maryland homepage www.maryland.gov
MD General Assembly  www.mlis.state.md.us
MD court decisions  www.courts.state.md.us
MD Attorney General opinions  www.oag.state.md.us
MD Dept. of Human Resources Information  www.dhr.state.md.us
MD Public Information Act handbook  www.oag.state.md.us
Maryland Department of Disabilities   www.mdod.maryland.gov

Transportation
Maryland Mass Transit Administration  www.mtamaryland.com
Washington Metro Area Transit Authority  www.wmata.com
US Federal Transit Administration  www.fta.dot.gov
American Public Transportation Association  www.apta.com
Project Action  www.projectaction.org

Voting
Maryland State Board of Elections www.elections.state.md.us
Bazelon Center www.bazelon.org