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 report by the Howard County Commission on Disabilities examines Howard County’s ability to provide services to the County’s residents with disabilities in the areas of Education, Peer Relationships, Employment, Transportation and Housing. The goals of the nearly year-long study were to identify unmet needs of persons with disabilities and their support networks in those areas and to provide a range of recommendations to address those needs. The entire report may be viewed online by clicking on the link or image, above. A limited number of hard copies are available; to request one, contact Erica Lewis at 410-313-6402 (voice/relay) or ealewis@howardcountymd.gov

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 ealewis@howardcountymd.gov 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 (meeting date to be announced)
  • 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

Email:  cdi@howardcountymd.gov

 

Commission on Disabilities Meeting Records