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LIVE CHAT – MD Strong, Roadmap to Recovery – May 18, 2020

Maryland Strong—Roadmap to Recovery and How does it affect people with disabilities and all Marylanders?

This is a transcript and some notes of the Chat Box from our recent LIVE Chat.

Image Center Live Chat 5/18/20

Special Guests: Secretary Carol Beatty, Secretary, MD Department of Disabilities

Christian Miele, Deputy Secretary, MD Dept. of Disabilities.

From Me to Everyone (in Waiting Room):

Hi all! Welcome to the IMAGE Center! If you’d like to contact us later, please email us at or visit

From DeeDee to Everyone:

Can someone put that website in the chat?

From Me to Everyone (in Waiting Room):

For food insecurity issues, please call 211

From Me to Everyone (in Waiting Room):  02:29 PM

Please stay muted until we open up for questions

Please check with your county’s or jurisdiction’s website for the latest because Maryland is taking a regional approach to reopening

or visit their website:


From Josh Rouch to Everyone:

and the email –

From Me to Everyone (in Waiting Room):

thank you, Josh!

From Me to Everyone (in Waiting Room):

If you’d like to sign up for the agency’s email list, there’s a link on the website:

From Kim McKay to Everyone:

MDOD website:

From Me to Everyone:

From Kim McKay to Everyone:


From Kim McKay to Everyone:

MDOD Constituent Services:  -email: or call 410-767-3660

From Me to Everyone:

thank you!

From Kim McKay to Everyone:

MDTAP email   Or use the request form on the MDTAP website. for connection on focus groups

From Me to Everyone:

Thank you Kim!

From Marlene Riley to Everyone:

totally agree! Why is there a wait list for a program that makes sense financially and for quality of life???

From paula to Everyone:

I agree too!

From Kim McKay to Everyone:

For connection to any of the food programs, call 2-1-1.  2-1-1 Maryland operators have the info on each of the programs mentioned.

From Me to Everyone: or 410-982-6311





IMAGE Live Chat – Monday, May 11th Voting

Update, May 21

Training Opportunity from People on the Go Maryland, Friday May 22nd.

This is a transcript of some of the discussion and the Chat box in our weekly Zoom call.

Thank you to our Special Guests on Voting Issues:

Sharon Manecki – National Federation of the Blind of Maryland.

Ben Jackson – Disability Rights Maryland

Sharon provided an overview of the challenges to voting in Maryland starting in 2016. They have been telling the Board of Elections concerns about the voting process particularly accessibility and privacy protections with regard to the secret ballot.  They have also been working through the legislature and the courts to address it.

This upcoming election, there is a Paper ballot – complete it, sign it and either mail it in, drop it off at the designated locations. If you need an electronic copy, you will need to contact the Board of Elections.

Email will have a link, you’ll get a password and you’ll get the electronic ballot. Then you have to print it out, sign it, drop it off in person or mail it back.

Online Resources:

Transcript from the Chat Section:

From Cheryl (she/her) to Everyone: these are the in person voting locations PDF

From Ben J to Everyone:

From Susie M to Everyone: So, you can fill out the paper ballot and send it back?

From to Everyone: What about plain language

From Ben J to Everyone:

From Me to Everyone: is a non-partisan website that usually breaks down the poll questions and they send out information to candidates

From Mika Wills to Everyone: if you do not belong to a political party, you should not expect to receive anything in the mail for the primary election, correct?

From NDeVaughn to Everyone: when is the very last date to register if you want to vote in the upcoming election?

From Me to Everyone: you can register in person on election day – June 2nd. You have to go in person to one of the polling places.

From NDeVaughn to Everyone: thank you

From Cheryl (she/her) to Everyone: you can register online up until the 27th

From NDeVaughn to Everyone: great! thank you

From Cheryl (she/her) to Everyone: I think Donna is trying to ask a question

From Me to Everyone: If you assist a voter to vote, there’s an affidavit to complete. Try to ensure as much privacy as possible.

From Me to Everyone: Thank you!

From Martin Zimmerman to Everyone: Baltimore county has update for Seniors  food pickup  410 887 2040 for appointment

Live Chat

IMAGE Live CHAT – Monday, May 4th – Health & Wellness

IMAGE Center LIVE CHAT – Monday, May 4th

This is a transcript of some of the discussion and the Chat box in our weekly Zoom call.)

Welcome to our weekly chat series. Today’s topic is health and well-being including mental health!

Some Tips from Mike Bullis:

  • Brush your teeth, wash your face, get dressed.
  • Listen to your favorite music or favorite movie.
  • Don’t use marijuana or alcohol too much.
  • Take a nap. If you need a rest, get one. Sometimes you need to recharge. These times are stressful and simple things aren’t as easy as it seems
  • Get outside!
  • Don’t watch too much news.
  • Stay connected with family, friends, colleagues. Get outside your own bubble. Connect with people are GOOD for you!
  • Know the difference between being depressed and depression. It’s okay to be depressed from depressing situations, but recognize when you need to get some professional help
  • When you’re at home, try to separate from work. Take a break and push work out of your mind.

Ed Caldwell is here to talk about some of the physical fitness and nutrition tips:

The number one excuse, the most popular excuse for not being physically active, they don’t have enough time. But you have to make the time because you have to make it fit in with your schedule.

Walking is a great exercise. You can burn a lot of calories and helps build immunity by getting outside. Embrace the outdoors. You get vitamin D from the sunshine. That’s one of many exercises. While you have time now, try rearranging to create a space for home workouts.

Beware of Boredom Eating! Find something to do instead. Try a new hobby. A bright side of the lock down is the focus on small local business especially food such as locally grown food. That benefits the local community and often the food is healthier.

From Me to Everyone:

Have everyone! Welcome to our Live Chat and Happy May the 4th!

You can reach the IMAGE Center at 410-982-6311 or

From Shiffon Gray to Everyone:

great list Mike very helpful thanks -Shiffon

From Me to Everyone:

Hi Ed from Planet Fitness! Thank you for joining us!

From Cheryl to Everyone:

I’ve gotten some good accessible exercise resources from ARI’s FB page. hold on while I find everything

From Me to Everyone:

Thanks, Cheryl!

From Cheryl to Everyone:

Accessible Exercise videos:

also, I mentioned last week that BCBS, Aetna, & United waived co-pays for telehealth physical therapy during covid, so now might be a good time to get some fitness advice from a physical therapist for free, especially if you have a physical disability

From Amanda Taylor to Everyone:

Special Olympics also has a great program right now for adaptive exercises.

here is a Facebook group you can join

From Me to Everyone:

(part of the discussion about healthy home food delivery options)

Butcher Box –

From Amanda Taylor to Everyone:

Sprout Natural Market has wonderful options for healthy eating. You can also contact me for additional options if you are interested.

From Cheryl to Everyone:

Baltimore County Together is doing pop up produce pick up every Saturday. you have to order in advance

From Me to Everyone:

Where to buy local while social distancing: on farm pickups and more

From Cheryl to Everyone:

healthy harvest, territory foods, and imperfect foods are also mailing

From Amanda Taylor to Everyone:

Thrive Market is also a great delivery service for healthy food options.

From Cheryl to Everyone:

Axis Project out of NYC is also doing a lot of great wheelchair accessible FB live videos on their FB page

From Me to Everyone:

Thanks, Cheryl!

From Amanda Taylor to Everyone:

also Infinite Flow Dance on Facebook has a lot of videos –

adaptive dance videos

From Stephanie Schwartz to Everyone:  02:35 PM

There are some classes available through the Baltimore County Senior Centers for older and disabled individuals who live in Baltimore County.  I have a link here:

Additional information:

From Jaanine S to Everyone:  02:35 PM

The One Voice Recovery Community Center (RCC)

3 Milford Mill Rd. Pikesville MD. 21208 Open M&W 3-9pm

Jaanine Smith/Coordinator

office. 410.653.6190 x1110

waterline. 410.935.6721

Monday through Saturday 9am-7pm

Susie Michaels warm line is


From Me to Everyone:

Welcome Susie Michaels! Susie is with One Voice Recovery Center West. We are a peer run center offering services to people with substance abuse disorders or co-occurring disorders.

Thank you, Jaanine! We’re glad to have you here!

From Jaanine S to Everyone:

Please send either Susie or I a friend request and we will send you an invite

oops sorry. Susie has warm line hours Monday through Friday 10 to 5

From Paula to Everyone:

Susie, I notice on your page you ask people how they’re doing, and if they’re not doing well you follow up by saying do you want to talk. Do you spend a lot of time on the phone?

From Jaanine S to Everyone:


From Audrey Sellers to Everyone:

And great job, Jaanine!

From Shiffon Gray to Everyone:

thanks for sharing Susie

From Jaanine S to Everyone:

I love you Susie ?

From Cheryl to Everyone:

can we have Baltimore Votes come do their Vote by Mail 101 training?

From Amanda Taylor to Everyone:

a lot of local health departments have mental health departments and peer support programs. I know they hire individuals who are in recovery themselves. Check out your county’s health department

From Cheryl to Everyone:

Amanda there’s a specific certification process and most counties want you to be certified prior to hire. it’s 46hrs of training and 500 hours of paid or volunteer fieldwork

From Amanda Taylor to Everyone:

ok that makes sense, Cheryl. I wasn’t sure of the requirements.

From Sharon Payne to Everyone:

and accessible voting.

From Me to Everyone:

Thanks everyone!

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