MARYLAND FAMILIES REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE STATE For Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

The Parents’ Place of Maryland (PPMD) is the statewide special education and health information center.

Our mission is to empower families as advocates and partners in improving education and health outcomes for their children with disabilities and special health care needs.

There are so many people who made this report possible. The families who took the time to answer our surveys and participate in focus groups, the PPMD staff, our partner Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Office for Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs (OGPSHCN), the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Sally Chan, Ph.D. for her stellar data analysis, and last but definitely not least, one of our founding members and long term leader, Josie Thomas. Her dedication, hard work, and passion are an inspiration to us all.

See the full report here.



Social Story: Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute is part of a national collaboration to create a virtual “Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities.” The Center created the attached plain language social story regarding getting the vaccine.

Supported Decision-Making for People with Disabilities

Watch this webinar on Supported Decision Making for People with Disabilities is presented by Megan Rusciano, Esq. from Disability Rights Maryland. Also find related resources.

Resource: PPMD Webinar PDF PDF
Self-Directed Services: A Handbook for People with Developmental Disabilities Who Are Interested in Directing their DDA Services in Maryland

A handbook for people with Developmental Disabilities who are interested in directing their DDA services in Maryland.

Resource: PDF PDF

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