The mission of the Developmental Disabilities Administration is to provide leadership to assure the full participation of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life. In addition, DDA's goal is to promote their empowerment to access quality supports and services necessary to foster personal growth, independence and productivity.
DDA is committed to enabling all individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise the four principles of self-determination:
- FREEDOM to make choices,
- AUTHORITY over services and support,
- RESPONSIBILITY for organizing resources, and
- SUPPORTS necessary to live in the community.
We are the Howard County affiliate of NAMI, the Nation’s voice on Mental Illness. NAMI – Howard County, Maryland promotes the goals of support, education, and advocacy in our community.
The National Organization on Disability promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
The access board is a federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.
A guide to disability rights law
Housing information for people with diabilities
Howard County public transportation information
The Maryland One-Stop Career Center, part of a nationwide system that provides job information and services to job seekers and employers. The one-stop offices have resource areas equipped with internet access, a variety of job search resource materials, and resume writing software. The one-stop also provides on-line computer access, audio-visual libraries, free faxing, copying and telephone services for job search, and a variety of workshops to assist job seekers in finding employment. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services provides services to people with disabilities interested in employment
Job Accommodation Network
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), established in 1880, is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications.
With the Maryland Relay, people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or Speech Disabled can easily communicate through TTY (text telephone) with anyone using a standard phone.