New Maryland State Disabilities Plan Released
BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — On Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced the release of the new Maryland State Disabilities Plan.
The plan, comprised of five key principles —self-direction, financial well-being, accessible communication, maximizing resources and health and wellness— was created to ensure all Marylanders can make a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them.
State officials say health and wellness was added as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our state is committed to ensuring all Marylanders living with disabilities have the knowledge and influence to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others,” said Governor Hogan. “This plan will guide us there, and I want to commend Secretary Beatty and all those involved in preparing this bold and ambitious roadmap.”
Developed by the Interagency Disabilities Board,the document offers community-based supports, emergency preparedness, housing, transportation, employment, health care, technology, education and family resources for residents with disabilities.
“The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the lives of Marylanders with disabilities,” said Secretary Carol A. Beatty of the Maryland Department of Disabilities. “This plan builds on lessons learned and will improve and enhance our state’s service delivery systems.”