Commission on Disability Issues

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues (CDI) was established by statute in 1988 to: 

  • Increase public awareness of disability-related issues, 
  • Serve in an advisory capacity on County Government programs, policies, and budget, and
  • Assist County Government to ensure compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The commission’s mission is facilitated through the efforts of its members and its subcommittees.  

Commission on Disability Issues Members

Chairperson: Ande Kolp

Vice Chairperson: Doug Lea

Riffat Ashai, M.D.

Heidi Burghardt

Cynthia Coburn 

Nicole Czarnecki

Elliott Finkelstein

Arthur Gold

Martin Jones, Ph. D.

Leslie Kornreich

Bridget McCarthy

Diane Mikulis

Chelsea Stanton

Marian Vessels

Karen Wood

Commission on Disability Issues (CDI) Meetings

Meets six times a year on the fourth Monday of the month (*unless otherwise noted)  at 6:30 p.m.

2017 Upcoming Meeting Dates:

December 4, 2017   (Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD, 21043)



CDI Access Committee Meetings

Meets quarterly on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am (unless otherwise noted).

2017 Upcoming Meeting Dates:


November 14, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (9590 North Laurel Road, Laurel, MD 20723)

CDI Provider Committee Meetings

Meets quarterly on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

2017 Meeting Dates: 


November 15, 2017 (Cancelled)

Meeting times and places are subject to change; please call 410-313-6402 to verify. All meetings of Howard County Government boards and commissions are open to the public, except under those circumstances in which a closed meeting is permitted by law. To request accommodations to participate in these meetings, contact Erica Lewis, 410-313-6402 (voice/relay) or at least seven days in advance. 

Contact Us

Voice/Relay: Michelle Henry at 410-313-6431 or Erica Lewis at 410-313-6402 
FAX: 410-313-6424



CDI Meeting Records