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Disability forum scheduled for Oct. 15

October 05, 2007

The Washington County Disability Advisory Committee and Deafnet will host a regional disability forum Monday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Robinwood Medical Center, Room 122.

Participants should use the green or orange entrances.

The event is designed to assess emerging or ongoing needs of people who have disabilities in Western Maryland. Maryland Office of Disabilities Secretary Cathy Raggio will participate.

People with disabilities will be able to ask questions about disability policy in the state, present their successes in life and voice concerns about problems in Western Maryland.

Deafnet will provide interpreters at the event.

Preregistration is required and may be made by sending an e-mail to pmartin@myactv.net or by calling 301-223-1316.

In Washington County, the Disability Advisory Committee to the Board of County Commissioners conducted a countywide formal needs survey in 2004. One result of the survey was the creation of Washington County's Transportation Consolidation Committee to study and implement coordinated cost-effective transportation services for clients of service agencies in the county. A draft implementation plan is scheduled to be presented to the commissioners Oct. 16, according to a Washington County press release.

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The Disabilities Advisory Committee is looking for new members. Although more than 50 percent of the committee members have disabilities or have family members with a disability, anyone may apply for membership. Applicants must live in Washington County and be available to meet the second Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Meetings are in the Commission on Aging offices in the Aspire to Serve Building at 140 W. Franklin St.

Information is available at www.washco-md.net. On the main page, choose the link to eGeorge, the county's guide to online services. Click on "Volunteer for a County Board."

You also may call the Office on Disability Issues at 240-313-2077 for an application.

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