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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Gayle Hafner, a senior staff attorney of the Maryland Disability Law Center and a co-founder of Medicaid Matters Maryland who was an outspoken advocate for those with disabilities, died March 22 of a heart attack during an operation at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Towson resident was 60. "A premier civil rights attorney, Ms. Hafner sounded a voice for children in foster care and people with disabilities," said Lauren Young, director of litigation for the Maryland Disability Law Center.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
A disabled vehicle on Interstate 95 South in Baltimore City at the U.S. 1 (Caton Avenue) exit has closed two southbound traffic lanes and the southbound left shoulder at 8:06 a.m. on Thursday, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT also reported emergency roadwork on I-95 South in Arbutus at the Baltimore Beltway exit at 8:53 a.m. No additional information was given. The Maryland Transit Administration reported that trains, buses and mobility vehicles are running on schedule at 9:10 a.m.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2014
With her seeing-eye dog by her side, Denna Lambert works to help ensure that up-and-coming scientists and engineers with disabilities can see a future at NASA. Lambert, the disability program manager at Goddard Space Flight Center, said she is answering President Barack Obama's call for greater diversity and inclusion in the federal government. When children, teens and young adults see more and more professionals with disabilities in the federal workforce, she said, they will know what they can achieve — and how they can contribute.
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By Debbie McFadden | April 7, 2014
My daughter, Tatyana McFadden, was born with a disability - an underdeveloped spinal cord that resulted in paralysis below her waist - in St. Petersburg, Russia. She fought for her life then, and later, with the same determination, for her right to compete in athletics. Now, we are fighting for the rights of others around the world. My daughter Tatyana McFadden is a world-champion athlete. She is the only person - man or woman, disabled or not - to win four premier marathon races in one year.
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March 11, 2013
I would like to applaud the wonderful op-ed by Alan Guttman regarding Head Start and the sequester budget cuts ("What can't be measured," March 6). It is so important that people understand the critical role of Head Start in educating our children. This key program is responsible for the success of so many. Few realize just how much early learning factors into a child's ability to succeed in later academics. You have done our community a service by highlighting this. For all of the great things I could say about the article, I found one thing wanting.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 24, 2013
The Harford County Commission on Disabilities hosted its annual Employment Recognition Luncheon Thursday at the Maryland Golf and Country Clubs in Bel Air, honoring several employers, individuals and organizations. The luncheon's main purpose is to "celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of people with disabilities who overcome obstacles in their pursuit of excellence," according to Committee Co-Chair Niki Biggs. "Their accomplishments are especially significant in this difficult job market.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2012
In the hospital supply room, Ricardo Thomas checks his list against the boxes he has put on a cart to take to an operating area, making sure he has it right. "You look at the stock number and you will know — so you don't get mixed up," Thomas says, pointing to the number on the form and then the number on the carton. "Right there is the stock number. " He double-checks to make sure the form and carton list the same materials. "I sign out the orders, and I take them where they have to go," Thomas says.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
Debora Coates-Consugar has a penchant for making math simple and enjoyable for students at Summit School, an Edgewater-based, not-for-profit education center for children with dyslexia and other learning problems. But sometimes the math department chair will encounter a struggling student who tells the teacher she can't possibly understand how frustrating certain subjects can be. Truth is, Coates-Consugar knows it all too well. "I'm dyslexic, too," says Coates-Consugar, fighting back emotions as she reflected upon once having endured the same struggles she now helps her students overcome.
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By Elizabeth Heubeck, For The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
Trent Stroup is a man of action. Two years ago, when the Towson-area father of three saw that his then 7-year-old daughter Addie was regressing significantly in the community public school she attended, he didn't waste any time acting. Addie, diagnosed with the rare brain disorder Aicardi syndrome before she was a year old, has epilepsy and autism. A switch in schools between kindergarten and first grade resulted in a serious downward spiral, according to her father. She lost many skills she had previously acquired, such as writing her name, and she strongly resisted attending school.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2012
When Christopher Booher opens his email at work, a robotic voice rapidly reads the words to him. As a blind employee at the National Institute of Mental Health in Rockville, Booher relies on the screen-reading software. But the 33-year-old says it's not just technology that makes him comfortable at work. When he interviewed for a job as a grants manager four years ago, the supervisor was open to working with someone who is blind. "That sort of drew me toward this," Booher said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Gayle Hafner, a senior staff attorney of the Maryland Disability Law Center and a co-founder of Medicaid Matters Maryland who was an outspoken advocate for those with disabilities, died March 22 of a heart attack during an operation at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Towson resident was 60. "A premier civil rights attorney, Ms. Hafner sounded a voice for children in foster care and people with disabilities," said Lauren Young, director of litigation for the Maryland Disability Law Center.
NEWS
March 25, 2014
Melwood applauds Sen. Thomas M. Middleton's efforts to increase pay for caregivers who directly support people with disabilities ( "Fairness for caregivers," March 20). Based in Upper Marlboro, Melwood is one of the largest employers of people with differing abilities in Maryland, providing more than 760 dedicated workers with good jobs and direct supports. In the Baltimore area, Melwood employs more than 100 people at the U.S. Coast Guard's Curtis Bay facility and at Fort Meade.
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March 24, 2014
As the CEO of Abilities Network, a member of the Maryland Association of Community Services and a provider of services to individuals with disabilities, I just want to add my voice to those advocating for an increase in wages for our direct support staff ( "Fairness for caregivers," March 21). These staff are asked to do a difficult and high level job at very low pay. All of our consumers work in individually selected jobs in their communities, and staff must be highly trained to support them to ensure that they provide the high quality job performance each employer expects.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- With Opening Day one week away - the moving trucks parked outside the Ed Smith Stadium complex and Orioles players preparing to flock north for the beginning of the regular season - manager Buck Showalter has watched third baseman Manny Machado closely in recent days. While it always appeared that Machado might not be recovered from offseason left knee surgery in time for Opening Day, Showalter removed any doubt about the spring's top storyline on Sunday afternoon, announcing that the Orioles' 21-year-old All-Star third baseman will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
There is still no timetable on when third baseman Manny Machado will play in a game this spring, but the Orioles received reassurance Thursday that he's on the right track with his surgically repaired left knee. Showalter said athletic trainer Richie Bancells received word from surgeon Neal ElAttrache that Machado's checkup in Los Angeles went well Thursday afternoon. “Nothing's changed, but it's good news to hear somebody else say what our training staff is saying,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Names and Social Security numbers of about 9,700 Marylanders with disabilities were exposed when a hacker breached a state contractor's computer systems in October, state health officials said Monday. The breach of Service Coordination Inc. involved a document that contained information on 70 percent of its clients, a company spokesperson said. The document also included clients' medical assistance numbers, Medicaid status, demographics and other information related to their case management.
NEWS
By Debbie McFadden | April 7, 2014
My daughter, Tatyana McFadden, was born with a disability - an underdeveloped spinal cord that resulted in paralysis below her waist - in St. Petersburg, Russia. She fought for her life then, and later, with the same determination, for her right to compete in athletics. Now, we are fighting for the rights of others around the world. My daughter Tatyana McFadden is a world-champion athlete. She is the only person - man or woman, disabled or not - to win four premier marathon races in one year.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2011
The lively young woman and a fragile older man walked hand-in-hand on a nature walk, slowly trailing a long line of fellow participants in a residential summer camp for adults with disabilities. Ronnie Meusel, the 23-year-old counselor, and Eugene Harvey, 58, are longtime attendees at Camp Glow, begun nearly 40 years ago by a Catholic nun and funded annually by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and its parishes. "I won at bingo last night," said Harvey, who lives in Gambrills and prefers "Dude" to his given name.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
Thanks for posting Laura Howell's letter supporting higher wages for Maryland's developmental disability support professionals ( "Minimum wage debate ignores crucial group," Jan . 15). These professionals provide critical support for those with developmental disabilities. We need to raise awareness that direct service professionals are not viewed as minimum wage workers and that they continue to make more than the minimum wage. Our most valuable assets are the staff that do the hands-on work.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
The op-ed from Laura Howell ( "Minimum wage debate ignores crucial group," Jan. 15), touches on the heart of the issue: Should those who render care and assistance to people with special needs be forgotten as we try to address the issue of the minimum wage? Obviously the answer is no. Further, while her excellent piece focuses on the here and now, I would urge legislators to also look forward. The people served by this workforce present plenty of challenges today, but like everyone else they are aging.
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