Commission For Transitioning Students With Disabilities

The Howard County Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities was established by statute in September 2016 to advise the county government in establishing an effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of services that will most successfully meet the transition needs of Howard County students with disabilities as they transition from high school to postsecondary education, employment, and adult life.  

The Commission envisions a community that values each student’s abilities and provides diverse college, career, and community opportunities that lead to individual success. The Commission promotes opportunities for students and young adults with disabilities to exercise self-determination, and to be independent, productive, integrated, and included members of the community.

The Commission will:

  • Advocate for policy on behalf of students with developmental, intellectual, and/or physical disabilities;
  • Examine current practices and make recommendations on ways to improve postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities;
  • Make recommendations that would facilitate successful customized employment and postsecondary education for students exiting the Howard County Public School System;
  • Foster greater collaboration between the business, academic, non-profit, and public sectors to engage in successful initiatives designed to immerse students with disabilities in a work environment and provide important job skills.

Membership

The Commission is chaired jointly by a representative of the Department of Special Education, Howard County Public School System, and a family member of a student with a disability. It is comprised of educators, transition specialists, and leaders of the local school system; county government and state government employees; representatives from the Developmental Disabilities Administration, the Division of Rehabilitative Services, and several adult service provider agencies; business members; parents or family members; and individuals with disabilities. 

Ex-Officio Members

HCPSS:
 program head, transition services 
 instructional facilitator, secondary education 
 coordinator, career and technology education 
 executive director, special education and student services 
 parent coordinator, Family Support and Resource Center 
 coordinator, school counseling services 
 manager, teacher recruitment and retention 

HOWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENT:
 director, Department of Community Resources and Services 
 ADA coordinator, Department of Community Resources and Services 
 administrator, Office of Human Resources 
 administrator, Office of Workforce Development 
 administrator, Office of Human Rights 
• administrator, Office of Children and Families
 representative, continuing education, HCC 
 manager, therapeutic recreation, Department of Recreation and Parks 
 child and adolescent coordinator, Mental Health Authority

STATE GOVERNMENT:
 administrator, Division of Rehabilitative Services (DORS) 
 regional director, DDA / DHMH 

Appointed Members

The co-chairs of the Commission are Elizabeth Benevides (parent) and Dawson Robertson (transition facilitator, Howard County Public Schools). The Commission reports to the Howard County Office of Children and Families.

(2) Appointed Members 
William Alexion, student
Elizabeth Benevides, parent
Rob Baynard, Abilities Network
Patrick Boxall, parent
Katie Collins-Ihrke, Accessible Resources for Independence
Chris Glover, Race Pace Bicycles, business member
Ananta Hejeebu, representative, Chamber of Commerce
Colette Jackson, parent
Kathy Land, Service Coordination
Mary Manzoni, Humanim
Cindy Parr, Arc of Howard County
Dana Shourbaji, Little Lighthouse Daycare Center, business owner

Meeting Schedule

Commission meetings are generally held the second Thursday of the months January, March, May, September, and November, 8:30-10:30 am at the Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042.

Meeting time and location is subject to change. Please call the Office of Children and Families at 410-313-1940 (Voice/Relay) to verify.

All meetings of Howard County boards and commissions are open to the public, except under those circumstances in which a closed meeting is permitted by law.

NOTE: If you need accommodations to participate in these meetings, please call the Office of Children and Families at 410-313-1940 (Voice/Relay) at least seven (7) days in advance. 

Meeting Agendas

May 2017 Agenda

March 2017 Agenda

January 2017 Agenda

November 2016 Agenda

 

 

 

Meeting Minutes

March 2017 Minutes

January 2017 Minutes

November 2016 Minutes

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