Disabilities

Biased landlords ignore disability rights, uphold segregation, activists say

WASHINGTON — Disability, race, gender, mental illness, and criminal history are used by landlords against low-income renters to deny access to public housing. That’s according to Lydia Brown, a fellow with Washington’s Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health…

Annapolis-based nonprofit seeks funds to make sailing more accessible

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Paul Bollinger can recall many memories that exemplify the work his organization, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, does for people with disabilities. But one sticks with him. About a year ago, CRAB gave a sailing lesson to an…

Local Special Olympian’s family worries about possible loss of federal funding

Desiree Holland, 48, is a Special Olympics champion. Her mother says she’s been participating in the games since she was 8. But Desiree’s mother also says she worries about the impact a possible loss of federal funds might have on the program.

Annapolis native with Down syndrome enjoys lobbying, working

By HANNAH KLARNER Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Madelyn Monzo doesn’t spend her paychecks — she’s saving them to take her father to Walt Disney World. The 24-year-old Annapolis native works in a discount store — her third job…

A couple creates Bennett Blazers to serve physically challenged children

BALTIMORE — One Baltimore couple is giving physically challenged children the chance to be their best on the court and on the field. Through Bennett Blazers, an adaptive sports program, kids have the chance to learn and play in various…

Disabled Voters March from Baltimore to DC to encourage voter turnout

LAUREL, Md. – A group of disabled voters of the group, ADAPT, hit the road from Baltimore to DC to encourage those in and out of the disabled community to vote in the upcoming general election.

Gaithersburg deli offers opportunities for special workers

That’s a Wrap is a deli that hires people with developmental disabilities to prepare and serve its wraps, salads, smoothies, and other healthy meal options. It is run by Montgomery County nonprofit Community Support Services.

A Special Olympian strives for success even when the road gets tough

Ben Collins, a special olympic athlete has a heart of a champion. When adversity strikes his only option is to persevere. His coach Jim Downs says against all odds Ben is one the hardest working athletes in Maryland.

Blind residents speak up about challenges in Prince George’s County

The National Federation of the Blind’s National Harbor Chapter visit the Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker to discuss problems and possible solutions. One woman says there’s still life after vision loss.

New Law Phases Out Sub-Minimum Wages for Disabled Workers

WINDSOR MILL – Legislation to end the payment of sub-minimum wages to disabled workers in Maryland takes effect Oct. 1.