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! View the Commission on Disabilities 2019 Annual Report


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


Howard County Announces 2019 Disability Awards Winners and Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Commission on Disabilities today announced the winners of the Commission’s 25th annual Awards Program. The program honors the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations that advance full participation in community life for all people and promote the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws. Read more...

Commission on Disabilities Members

Chairperson: Elliott Finkelstein

Vice Chairperson: Doug Lea

Riffat Ashai, M.D.

Heidi Burghardt

Cynthia Coburn 

Nicole Czarnecki

Arthur Gold

Joshua Hirsh

Ande Kolp

Randy Murbach

Marian Vessels

Mia Williams

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 per year on Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Please check website or call 410-313-6402 to verify meeting locations.


2020 Meeting Dates:

  • March 16 Special Meeting - Meeting Cancelled
  • April 27 – Meeting Cancelled     
  • June 22 – WebEx Meeting
  • August 24 – Webex meeting. To attend the virtual meeting, email
  • October 26 – Meeting held in the Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City
  • December 7 – Meeting held at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia





Commission on Disabilities Access Committee Meetings

Meets quarterly on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, Maryland, 21046 (unless otherwise noted).

2020 Meeting Dates:

  • September 8
  • November 10

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.

2020 Meeting Dates

  • March 18 - Meeting Cancelled
  • May 20 - Meeting Cancelled
  • September 16
  • November 18





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