The Howard County Commission on Disabilities (CoD) 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
  • 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. 

Commission Information
Board Members
  • Chairperson: Doug Lea
  • Vice Chairperson: Marian Vessels
  • Adeniyi Michael Adekoya
  • Beth Benevides
  • Heidi Burghardt
  • Nicole Czarnecki
  • Joshua Hirsh
  • Greg Schuckman
  • Steven Towne
  • Mia Williams
  • Karen Wood
Meeting Schedule

Meets six times per year on Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Meetings are held virtually via Webex, unless otherwise noted, and may adjourn earlier or later than the time specified in this notice. The agenda will be posted here three (3) business days before the meeting.

All Commission meetings are open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Persons requiring reasonable accommodations should submit a request by email to [email protected] or call 410-313-6402 (voice/relay) at least five (5) business days before the meeting.

2022 Meeting Dates:

  • February 28
  • April 25
  • June 27
  • August 22
  • October 24
  • December 5


Report on the Status of People with Disabilities in Howard County

County Resolution 23-2018 required the Commission on Disabilities to research, review and prepare a report with recommendations “on how the County can facilitate full inclusion of all residents in all aspects of community life” and best practices in disabilities services, specifically in the areas of Education, Employment, Housing, Peer Relationships and Transportation. Staff of the Department of Community Resources and Services prepared this report on behalf of the Commission on Disabilities.

Access Committee

Meets quarterly on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Meetings are held virtually via Webex, unless otherwise noted.

2022 Access Committee Meeting Dates

  • March 8
  • May 10
  • September 13
  • November 8
Meeting Agendas & Minutes

December 2021

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August 2021

June 2021

April 2021

February 2021

Boards & Commissions

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