Commission on Disability Issues

Nominations are now being accepted for the Commission on Disability Issues' 2017 awards program. Click here for a nomination packet. All nominations must be received by August 18, 2017. For more information, contact Erica Lewis, 410-313-6402 (voice/relay) or email

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 (next meeting September 12, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Belmont Manor and Historic Park, 6555 Belmont Woods Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075)
  • Provider Committee (next meeting TBA at the Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD, 21043)

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:


June 26, 2017 (Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD, 21043)

August 28, 2017

October 23, 2017

December 4, 2017 

CDI Access Committee Meetings

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

2017 Upcoming Meeting Dates:


May 9, 2017 (Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD, 21046)

September 12, 2017

November 14, 2017

CDI Provider Committee Meetings

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

2017 Meeting Dates: 


May 10, 2017 (Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD, 21043)

September 13, 2017

November 15, 2017

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