Three county residents were among the eight people with disabilities honored for outstanding achievement by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
At an awards ceremony Tuesday afternoon, the governor praised theeight for their strength and determination in overcoming obstacles. He also honored three organizations that provide treatment and support for people with disabilities.
"It's time to recognize that people with disabilities are productive members of society," Schaefer said.
Among the recipients were:
* James Cutter, a 53-year-old Glen Burnie resident who has cerebral palsy.
Cutter participated in a program run by Alternative Living Inc., a private, non-profit organization that helps clients find jobs and live in the community.
He now works at a bowling alley in Glen Burnie and spends three afternoons a week tutoring a severely retarded, blind and mute 8-year-old boy.
* Norma DeMent, a 39-year-old receptionist with the county Department of Parks and Recreation.
Four years ago, DeMent received help from the United Cerebral PalsyAssociation of Maryland and gradually gained self-confidence and independence. * Norma Lobell, a 35-year-old Annapolis resident who has developmental disabilities.
After counseling from Alternative Living, she shares an apartment with two roommates and is looking for another job, after working nine months at a pet store.
* The board of directors of Alternative Living was honored for its community integration program, the Citizens Project. The program allows mentally retarded and other disabled people to live with roommates in the communityand gain the independence needed for daily life.