Commission on Disability Issues

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues 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.  

NEW! Howard County Commission on Disability Issues seeks nominees for annual awards program

Nomination forms are now available for the 2018 Commission on Disability Issues Annual Awards program. These awards recognize outstanding efforts that advance full participation in community life for all residents, while promoting the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws. To be eligible, nominees must live, work or conduct business in Howard County. The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 20, 2018. Download a nomination packet. 

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

General Meeting Information

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. 

Commission on Disability Issues Meetings

Meets six times a year on the fourth Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043.

2018 Meeting Dates:

  • February 26, 2018
  • April 23, 2018
  • June 25, 2018
  • August 27, 2018
  • October 22, 2018
  • December 10, 2018

Commission on Disability Issues Access Committee Meetings

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

2018 Meeting Dates:
  • March 13, 2018
  • May 15, 2018
  • September 25, 2018
  • November 13, 2018

Commission on Disability Issues Provider Committee Meetings

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

2018 Meeting Dates: 

  • March 14, 2018
  • May 16, 2018
  • September 26, 2018
  • November 14, 2018

Contact Us

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