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Commission on Disability Issues

To promote and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.


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Commission on Disability Issues

The Purpose of the Commission is to:

  • Promote and enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities by advising the County Executive and the County Council on the coordination and development of government policies, programs, services, and allocation of resources for persons with disabilities and by proposing the means to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.

The Duties and Responsibilities of the Commission:

  1. Review available services and activities for disabled persons, gather data regarding their needs, and review reports and publications of governmental agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities;

  2. Review County, State and federal legislation that may impact persons with disabilities and make recommendations to the County Executive, County Council, and the County delegation to the State legislature regarding legislation;

  3. Recommend ways of maximizing the use of facilities and services available to persons with disabilities;

  4. Provide direct communication among disabled persons, private and public organizations, and the general public regarding programs and services for persons with disabilities;

  5. Assist interagency planning groups and special task forces to identify and assess needs of persons with disabilities;

  6. Identify barriers to service delivery and advocate for services to persons with disabilities in the County;

  7. Promote the coordination of services among all public and private agencies, departments, and organizations, which provide services and programs to persons with disabilities; and

  8. Identify and recommend to the County Executive sources of State and federal financial assistance available for the purpose of expanding or improving services and programs for persons with disabilities.

Commission Meetings

The commission regularly meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Independence Conference Room at 2664 Riva Road, Room 170, Annapolis, MD, 21401, except for July and December.  
Anyone planning to attend who needs accommodations should contact the Americans with Disabilities Act office at (410) 222-4383 or by e-mail at at least seven days in advance of the meeting. TTY users should please call via Maryland Relay at 7-1-1. All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.
  • Commission Members
    Name Officers
    Callahan, Vicki Chair
    Elion, Jeanne  
    Haxall, Bolling  
    Ireland, Dr. Robert Co-Vice Chair
    Jenkins, Nancy G.  
    Leopold, John  
    Littig, Iris  
    McCord, Barbara  
    Yanchulis, Colleen O'Neill  
    Palmer, Ginger  
    Pantelides, Andre  
    Riefe, Geoffrey  
    Sabo, Maryann  
    Scordo, Richard  
    Sinclair, Jane Co-Vice Chair
  • Ex-Officio Representatives
    Name Agency
    Brandi Francis Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities
    John Lane Anne Arundel County Fire Department
    Greg Africa Department of Public Works
    Isha Alston Anne Arundel County Health Department
    Vacant Department of Inspections & Permits
    Rebecca Hass Anne Arundel County Public Library System
    Vacant Anne Arundel Community College
    Sgt. Matt Snyder Anne Arundel County Police Department (alternate)
    Alderwoman Sheila M. Finlayson City Council
    Janet Pantaleo Division of Rehabilitation Services
    Kirstin Cook Anne Arundel County Planning and Zoning
    Ryan Stewart Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks
    Dawn Thomas Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks
    Gavin Buckley City of Annapolis
    Linda Donahue Anne Arundel County Board of Education
    Jerry Shandrowsky Anne Arundel County Detention Center
    Jane Holland Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services


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