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Resolution No. 1 – 18
Resolution No. 1-18, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council to establish a Citizens Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities.
Council Member Martin Mitchell
Phyllis Anderson-Nobles has worked at the Department on Disability Services, Washington, DC since 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Pre-Social Work in 1984. She is a dedicated Social Services professional and a committed team player and leader with proven ability to motivate and generate results through hands on management and a sound knowledge base. She is proactive in the community, serves as an advocate, and contiuallly seeks new resouces to aid individuals with disabilities. She currently lives in Laurel, MD and tutors students that are having difficulties in school and those wanting to earn their GED. Her email address is [email protected].
Kyla M. Clark grew up in Syracuse, New York.
She is a communications professional with 15 years of distinguished performance. Her portfolio achievements include marketing management, public relations, content writing, content writing and social media management. Kyla holds an MBA, from American Intercontinental University and BS from Le Moyne College.
She believes that "we have two hands. One to help ourselves and the second to help someone else."
Hello, my name is Brent Debnam, I am a member of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council appointed by Governor Larry Hogan. I have an Associates Degree in General Education from Montgomery College Takoma Park and a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a concentration in Emerging Media from Bowie State University.
Mike lives in Laurel with his wife, Jackie, and daughter, Erin. Erin is the youngest of their three children, all of whom graduated from Prince George’s County Public Schools. Through his family’s advocacy - and especially Erin’s - Erin received her special education services in the general education classroom of her neighborhood school for all but her last year of school eligibility.
Mike was a member of, and later Chair of the Disability Issues Advisory Board, an advisory to the Prince George’s County Board of Education. He served on the Steering Committee for the Independent IEP Facilitator Pilot program in PGCPS and 11 other state school systems. He was Co-Chair or Chair of the Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee of Prince George’s County, working closely with the PGCPS Department of Special Education. Mike was a member of the Education Committees of both The Arc of Maryland and The Arc of Prince George’s County, and was on the Board of Directors of both of those organizations.
Erin is a 23 year-old self-advocate who lives in Laurel. As a student with Down syndrome, learning among her typical peers in general education classrooms since kindergarten, Erin has been a self-advocate in training, from simple advocacy-by-example in her early years, to later proactive advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. Those included street demonstrations, testifying before the Maryland General Assembly on behalf of Rosa’s Law, and a number “Buddy Walks On Washington” with the National Down Syndrome Society where she interacted directly with members of Congress. Those federal efforts had a strong focus on the ABLE Act. So it was a privilege for Erin to be present in the House Chamber in 2014 to witness the historic vote that passed that landmark legislation. Erin was also honored to be in the White House with Rosa Marcelino’s family when President Barack Obama signed the federal version of Rosa’s Law. Erin spoke at the Ethan Saylor Commission that was formed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, and out of which came the Ethan Saylor Alliance for Self-Advocates as Educators. She participated in the initial pilot training video for the Alliance, and Erin looks forward to working with the Alliance and other groups to change hearts and minds towards people with disabilities.
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Tips on how persons with disabilities can cope with the COVID-19 crisis
- Ask your direct support provider if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has COVID-19;
- Ask your direct service provider to:
- Wash their hands when entering the home, touching you, dressing, bathing, showering, transferring, feeding etc.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. CDC recommendations
- Make a plan if your direct support provider gets sick.
- Create a contact list of family, friends, neighbors and local agencies that can provide support if needed.
- Plan at least two ways of communicating from home and work that can be used in the case of an emergency. Keep this information with you at all times.
- Have enough household items for a comfortable stay at home for at least a few weeks, plus a 30-day supply of over the counter and prescription medicines or medical equipment. Some health plans allow for a 90-day refill.
- Wear a mask
- Stay at least 6 feet from people who don’t live with you
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
- Wash your hands often, or use hand sanitizer made with at least 60% alcohol
How can I cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals
- Exercise regularly
- Get plenty of sleep
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Make time to unwind
- Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories
- Connect with others in a safe way while maintaining social distancing