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.


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

 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 

 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

 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 

  • Alexandra Berry, 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
  • Colette Jackson, parent
  • Kathy Land, Service Coordination
  • Mary Manzoni, Humanim
  • Cindy Parr, Arc of Howard County

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 dates:

September 12, 2019, 8:30-10:30 am (Roger Carter Community Center)
November 14, 2019, 8:30-10:30 am (Roger Carter Community Center)
January 9, 2020, 8:30-10:30 am (Roger Carter Community Center)
March 12, 2020, 8:30-10:30 am (Roger Carter Community Center)
May 14, 2020, 8:30-10:30 am (Meeting Canceled due to COVID19)

September 10, 2020, 8:30-10:30 am (Virtual Meeting via WebEx)

Meeting time and location is subject to change. Please call the Department of Community Resources and Services at at 410-313-6400 (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: To request accommodations to participate in these meetings, please call the Department of Community Resources and Services at 410-313-6400 (Voice/Relay) at least seven (7) days in advance. 

Meeting Agendas


January 2020 Agenda

March 2020 Agenda 

September 2020


November 2019 Agenda 

September 2019 Agenda 

May 2019 Agenda

March 2019 Agenda

January 2019 Agenda


November 2018 Agenda

September 2018 Agenda

May 2018 Agenda

March 2018 Agenda






Meeting Minutes


January 2020 Minutes

January Powerpoint Document #1

January Powerpoint Document #2 

March 2020 Minutes 


November 2019 Minutes

September 2019 Minutes 

May 2019 Minutes

March 2019 Minutes

January 2019 Minutes


November 2018 Minutes

September 2018 Minutes

May 2018 Minutes

March 2018 Minutes

January 2018 Minutes