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.


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



  • DRM’s Education Team’s Live Q&A Sessions (2020-Present): Disability Rights Maryland’s Education Team began hosting live Q&A sessions to help parents and families understand their children’s rights to special education services amid COVID-19. Click to watch past sessions on our YouTube channel.

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  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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.


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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. 

ADA Center for Mid-Atlantic Region

ADA document portal
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
US Access Board

Assistive Technology
Closing the Gap
MD Technology Assistance Project

Centers for Independent Living
Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council  Email:
Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living.  Email:
The Freedom Center (Carroll, Frederick)
Independence Now (Montgomery, Prince George’s)
The IMAGE Center (Baltimore City, Baltimore Co., Harford)
Accessible Resource for Independence (Anne Arundel, Howard)
Resources for Independence (Allegany, Garrett, Washington)
Southern MD Center for Independent Living (Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s). Email:

U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
Association of Persons in Supported Employment
ADA and Equal Employment Opportunity
Department of Labor
Maryland Promise – Employment resources for transitioning youth with disabilities

General Disability Issues/ Support Groups/ Advocacy Groups
Arc of Maryland
Families USA focuses on health care issues
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Hispanic community (health and human service needs)
Public Human Service
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
National Disability Rights Network
Enabled OnLine
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council
National Senior Citizen’s Law Center

Children’s Defense Fund
Neighborhood Legal Services
Family Net Works Maryland Family Network
Maryland Community Services Locator
Maryland Out of School Time Network

Housing and Urban Development information and news
Housing and Urban Development site
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

Legal Research – Federal
Congressional bills, Federal Register
US Supreme Court opinions
US Dept of Justice Freedom of Information Act
Library of Congress
Federal government statistics
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Find Law research
US Federal Government Agency Directory

Legal Research – State
Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)
People’s Law Library
MD Public Interest Law Web (attorneys and advocates only)
MD Legal Aid Bureau
MD “Free Legal Answers” administered by PBRC

Medicare/ Medicaid/Health Care
Baltimore Health Care Access
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
National Health Law Program
Medicare information
The Medicine Program (free prescription program)
Your Medicare rights

Social Security
Social Security forms, information, rulings, regulations
Benefits Check-up (for senior citizens)

Special Education
US Dept of Education
Learning Disabilities OnLine
Wrights Law
MD State Dept of Education
Parents Place of Maryland
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Advocates for Children and Youth (in Baltimore)
MD educational resources for people with disabilities
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
MD Coalition for Inclusive Education
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
Families & Advocates Partnership for Education
Special Education Survival Guide for Parents
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders
Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF)

State of Maryland Government
State of Maryland homepage
MD General Assembly
MD court decisions
MD Attorney General opinions
MD Dept. of Human Resources Information
MD Public Information Act handbook
Maryland Department of Disabilities

Maryland Mass Transit Administration
Washington Metro Area Transit Authority
US Federal Transit Administration
American Public Transportation Association
Project Action

Maryland State Board of Elections
Bazelon Center