Committees

Education Committee
This committee plans the biennial Expo for Transitioning Youth to be held next on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Bel Air High School. The committee also plans and participates in other community education programs and projects on disability-related issues.

Accessibility Committee
This subcommittee's focus is on promoting a fully accessible community.

21st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Art Without Boundaries Exhibit
The Harford County Commission on Disabilities, the Harford County Cultural Arts Board, and the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region marked the 21st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Art without Boundaries, an exhibit of work by artists with and without disabilities at the Student Gallery, Joppa Hall, Harford Community College (HCC).

At a reception at the gallery on July 26, 2011, Commission on Disabilities’ Chairperson Marc Weinstein quoted former President George H.W. Bush on the signing of the ADA, We’re here to rejoice in and celebrate another independence day, one that is long overdue. We believe that by partnering to sponsor inclusive activities like this wonderful art exhibit, we can influence others and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to take their rightful place in our community, added Weinstein.

Weinstein also thanked Dean Paul Labe of the HCC Division of Visual, Performing and Applied Arts, for hosting the event. Assistant Professor Heidi Neff welcomed the artists, their guests, and the public to the event.

Mary F. Chance, Director of Administration, Harford County Government, presented a proclamation on the 21st Anniversary of the ADA on behalf of County Executive David R. Craig. Councilman Dion Guthrie, who is also a member of the Commission on Disabilities, presented a proclamation on behalf of the County Council. Natalie Weeks, Coordinator of the Harford County Cultural Arts Board, stated, This exhibit is a wonderful example of inclusive partnerships where everyone benefits. Art is the creative voice of us all and together we make a resounding statement of joy and beauty.

The art exhibit, which continues through August at Joppa Hall at HCC, featured art from the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, Exploration Art School, Harford Artists Association, and Key Point Health Services. Music was provided by cellist Megan Beichler and refreshments were complements of the Cultural Arts Board.

To view some of the artwork and artists featured at Art without Boundaries, visit Key Point Heath Services online version of the exhibit.

Accessible Parking Subcommittee
In addition to the annual Disabled Parking Awareness Campaign at the holiday season, on July 6, 2011, members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office and agents of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration conducted a detail targeting handicapped parking violations. The detail took place in parking lots of retail establishment in the Edgewood and Joppa areas of Harford County. The detail yielded the following results:
  • 39 drivers approached/stopped
  • 6 MD Uniform citations for handicapped parking violations
  • 2 MD Uniform citations for driving suspended
  • 2 Harford County citations issued
  • 7 handicapped parking placards seized as a result of misuse
  • 1 Arrest Warrant from Baltimore City Police Department
Waiver Request Review Subcommittee
This subcommittee reviews, in partnership with the Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, Requests for Waiver of the Maryland Accessibility Code. Meets on an as-needed basis.

Accessible County Facilities
This committee monitors accessibility upgrades made to county facilities and makes recommendations for accessibility improvements.

Government and Community Relations Committee
The committee addresses the following through subcommittees:
  • Legislation reviews, monitors and supports disability-related legislation and programs which benefit citizens with disabilities. During the legislative session, the Commission's Legislative Guide provides information about bills before the Maryland General Assembly and provides access to wide variety of positions expressed by advocacy organizations.
  • Webpage develops features for the Commission's web page; updates the monthly spotlight on a community service for individuals with disabilities; updates web links; and evaluates web page effectiveness.
  • Voice of the Disability Community communicates on disability-related issues to the local press; represents the Commission on the inter-agency Summer Youth Employment Program; and promotes participation in the Maryland Youth Leadership Forum. Commission members also sit on the Harford County Transportation Steering Committee which developed You Can Ride...Harford Transit (PDF), a travel-training booklet. The Commission is also a member of the Maryland Alliance of Local Commissions and Committees on Disabilities.
  • Advocacy and Outreach contacts elected officials and attends public meetings.
  • The Employment Committee plans the Commission's annual awards ceremony celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October was held on October 20, 2011 at the Maryland Golf and Country Clubs.
  • The Membership Committee recruits, screens, interviews, and recommends candidates for Commission membership and associate membership. The Commission has no current vacancies, but may consider applications for Associate Membership. For more information and an application, contact Disabilities Coordinator Rachel Harbin at 410-638-3373 voice/TTY or via email.
Programs
Accessible Ramps Program
This Community Development Block Grant-funded program provides ramps for low-income homeowners and renters with disabilities. Working with Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna , the Commission works to improve accessibility one home at a time. For more information, call 410-638-4434.