Commission on Disabilities

The Howard County Commission on Disabilities 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! 2019 Report on the Status of People with Disabilities in Howard County

Cover of the 2019 Disability Report on the Status of People with Disabilities

The entire report may be viewed online by clicking on the link or image, above. A limited number of hard copies are available upon request by contacting Erica Lewis at 410-313-6402 (voice/relay) or

Commission on Disabilities Members

Chairperson: Elliott Finkelstein

Vice Chairperson: Doug Lea

Riffat Ashai, M.D.

Heidi Burghardt

Cynthia Coburn 

Nicole Czarnecki

Arthur Gold

Martin Jones, Ph. D.

Ande Kolp

Leslie Kornreich

Diane Mikulis

Randy Murbach

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 Disabilities 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.


2019 Meeting Dates:

  • January 14 - Special Public Meeting, 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. (Cancelled)
  • February 25
  • April 29
  • June 24
  • August 26
  • October 28
  • December 9

Commission on Disabilities Access Committee Meetings

Meets quarterly on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, Maryland, 21046.

2019 Meeting Dates:

  • March 12
  • May 7
  • September 10
  • November 5

Commission on Disabilities Provider Committee Meetings

Meets quarterly on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, Maryland, 21046.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • March 28, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Room 211
  • May 8
  • September 11
  • November 6





Contact Us

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



Commission on Disabilities Meeting Records