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 the following subcommittees:  

  • Access Committee
  • Provider Committee

Commission on Disability Issues Members

Chairperson: Arthur Gold

Vice Chairperson: Lynn Albizo, Esq.

Riffat Ashai, M.D.

John Blake

Heidi Burghardt

Cynthia Coburn 

Nicole Czarnecki

Elliott Finkelstein

Ande Kolp

Martin Jones, Ph. D.

Douglas Lea

Bridget McCarthy

Diane Mikulis

Chelsea Stanton

The Commission on Disability Issues (CDI)

Meets six times a year on the fourth Monday of the month (*unless otherwise noted)  at 6:30 p.m. in Room 303 at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD, 21046.

2016 Meeting Dates:
February 22, 2016 
April 25, 2016 
June 27, 2016 
August 22, 2016 
October 24, 2016 
December 5, 2016 * 

CDI Access Committee

Meets quarterly on Tuesdays in suite 303 of the Gateway Building, 9:30 to 11:30 am (unless otherwise noted)

2016 Meeting Dates:
January 12, 2016 
April 12, 2016 
June 14, 2016 

October 18, 2016 (Cancelled)

CDI Provider Committee

Meets quarterly on Wednesdays in room 303 of the Gateway Building, 9:30 to 11:30 am

2016 Meeting Dates: 
March 9, 2016 (cancelled)
May 11, 2016 

September 21, 2016 

November 16, 2016 

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
Email:  Michelle Henry or Erica Lewis 
CDI Meeting Records