February 25, 2021
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Stephanie Adibe, Deputy Director, Department of Community Resources and Services, 410-313-6400 (voice/relay)
Deadline to apply is Friday, March 26th
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is currently seeking applicants, specifically from the business community, interested in serving on the Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 26th.
"Residents of all abilities should be provided opportunities for self-determination and independence, whether in pursuing a higher education or starting a career," said Ball. "I encourage members from our business community, who are looking to play an integral role in ensuring all our students are ready and successful, to apply to this commission."
Comprised of 28 members, the Commission’s responsibilities include:
- Advocating for policy on behalf of students with developmental, intellectual and/or physical disabilities;
- Examining current practices and making recommendations on ways to improve postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities;
- Making recommendations that would facilitate successful customized employment and postsecondary education for students exiting the Howard County Public School System; and
- Fostering 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.
To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be Howard County residents, have an interest in the issues impacting transitioning students with disabilities and be able to attend the Commission’s meetings which are held on the second Thursday in the months of January,
March, May, September and November, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive in Ellicott City. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings are currently being held virtually via Webex.
Applicants should send a resume and brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the Commission to Kimberly Pruim either by email to [email protected] or by mail to: Howard County Government, Office of the County Executive, Attn: Kimberly Pruim, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The names of eligible applicants will be submitted to the County Executive for approval and then to the County Council for confirmation.
The Department of Community Resource and Services’ Office of Disability Services strives to promote the self-sufficiency and well-being of people with disabilities through information, referral, advocacy and education. The goal of the Office is to serve as a critical link to a network of community services focused on ensuring that those living with disabilities who reside and/or work in Howard County have the supports they need to be successful.
For more information about the Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/ctsd or call the Office of Disability Services at 410-313-6400 (voice/relay).