It is with great joy that we present this award in Deborah Jackson’s honor and memory to Montel Medley who carries on her commitment to an independent life.
Montel went from Maryland Youth Leadership Forum Delegate to College Graduate! He says he’s made a lot of friends along the way.
“By meeting other students with a variety of disabilities, each delegate comes to realize that they are not alone in this world. It is amazing the positive transformation that students undergo within a short time period.”
As part of our Independent Living History series and in recognition of March being Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing the contributions of a local woman to events in Disability History.
During MDYLF youth learn the history of the Disability Movement and lesser-known facts about people with disabilities in history.
The 2021 Maryland Youth Leadership Forum will take place via Zoom from August 4th thru 7th. The deadline to apply is March 21, 2021.
Maryland Youth Leadership Forum alumnus Noah, Class of 2020, shared his thoughts on his experience with Independence Now. “I learned how to write a poem. Maryland Youth Leadership Forum impacted me by showing me how to live independently and showing that I am a leader for my rights. My experience with the Youth Leadership Forum[…]
At the start of services, Isaiah was a living in a nursing facility in Prince Georges County and was in the process of transiting to a Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) group home. Isaiah was only 23 at the time. He acquired his disability at age 14 from a traumatic brain injury that caused him to[…]
With learning disabilities, we always hear the statistics, and not always the stories. One of our consumers, Fatima M. shared some of her thoughts on having a learning disability in a school setting.
“I am still deciding what I want to do after I graduate, but some causes that interest me include reducing food waste, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, and advocating for more accessible housing spaces.”