Creating a Roadmap... What do people with developmental disabilities need and how do we get there?

June 30, 2011

Throughout the month of June, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute will be holding community forums to get input from people with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, providers and advocates about the service and support needs of people with developmental disabilities in Maryland.  These forums are part of MCDD's comprehensive needs assessment process which includes:

  • Survey of needs (available in both web-based and in paper formats):  click here to view the survey  or contact MCDD to receive a copy of the paper format
  • Focus groups
  • Structured interviews with key stakeholders
  • Follow-up forum in Baltimore City
  • Analysis of data from external sources relevant to people with developmental disabilities in Maryland

The needs assessment process, which is being done in partnership with the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), the Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC), People on the Go, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), and many other partnering agencies will help the MCDD and our partners plan for services and systems changes.  It will also provide the foundation for MCDD's new direction and commitment to emulating and developing leadership in Maryland.  This needs assessment process is unique among UCEDDs across the country and strives to provide a framework for future comprehensive assessment and evaluation processes. 

Below is the schedule for the community forums.  Registration is not required.  If you have any questions, please contact Aisha Mason, Administrative Coordinator, at 443-923-9555 or by E-mail at

If you have any special needs for accomodations please call us in advance so that we can make arrangements.

We look forward to so many helpful suggestions and insights.


Eastern Shore

  • June 1: Dove Pointe, 1225 Mt. Hermon Rd., Salisbury, Md. 21804
  • June 2: Chesapeake College, Rm HEC 110, Rts 50 and 213, Wye Mills, Md. 21679

  Western Maryland

  •  June 8: Allegany College, Rm CE 12-14, 12401 Willow Brook Rd., Cumberland, Md. 21502
  • June 9: Urbana Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick, Md. 21704

 Central Maryland

  • June 20: Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, Md. 21128
  • June 21: The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, Md. 21045

 Southern Maryland

  • June 28: Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Blvd., Bowie, Md. 20715
  • June 29: Spring Dell Center, 6040 Radio Station Rd., La Plata, Md. 20646