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I AM: Monday, January 10, 2022

Speaker: Ian Edwards, Durable Medical Equipment Re-Use Program Director with the Maryland Department of Aging

Many residents of Maryland require the use of durable medical equipment (DME), such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and other adaptive devices, in order to maintain their safety and mobility. Often the cost of this equipment is a serious burden, not only to uninsured residents but also to insured residents whose insurance will not approve the equipment needed or whose approval is delayed. To address this need, the Maryland Department of Aging (MDoA) has developed an innovative statewide Durable Medical Equipment Program that will provide durable medical equipment to Maryland residents in need.

Recording of the Independence Amplified Maryland event from January 10, 2022.

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I AM: Monday, December 13, 2021

Community planning is a portion of the government involving the creation of strategies to achieve social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Planners have the power to make changes at the neighborhood level so knowing your local planners and what they do is important if you want to have a voice in those changes. Community planning has a history of exclusion when it comes to disability and that needs to change. This presentation discusses how to include those with disabilities in neighborhood planning and the ways in which community members can get involved in the planning process. 

Recording of the Independence Amplified Maryland event from December 13, 2021.

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I AM: Monday, December 6, 2021

Do you know about chronic disease self-management programs and how to access them? In this I AM, we heard from Wendy Farthing, Director of Evidence Based Integration CDSME/Falls with the Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence at MAC, Inc., who gives the who, how, why, when, and where of these programs. After the presentation, we discussed barriers to access of these vital programs and how the State of Maryland can implement innovative solutions to the barriers. 

Recording of the Independence Amplified Maryland event from December 6, 2021.

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I AM: Monday, November 29, 2021

In January 2013, Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome, died following an altercation with off-duty police officers at a movie theater. This incident highlighted the lack of training law enforcement had on how to appropriately and effectively interact with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since then, Maryland has made lots of progress through regulatory and legislative efforts. This presentation covers the state’s efforts to improve interactions between these two groups through the standardization of training objectives, the development of a model curriculum, and the inclusion of self-advocates in training.

Presenter: Jennifer Eastman

Since 2014, Jennifer Eastman has served as the Director of Community Living Policy at the Maryland Department of Disabilities. In addition to her work with the Ethan Saylor Alliance project, she oversees the state’s Attendant Care Program; manages the Money Follows the Person Peer Outreach and Support Program which supports the transition of people from nursing facilities; serves as the team lead for a caregiving learning collaborative; and assists the Department of Health with its efforts to improve the health outcomes of people with disabilities through public health programming. Prior to coming to the Department, Jennifer was a Service Coordinator for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Frederick. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University.


Recording of the Independence Amplified Maryland event from October 25, 2021.

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I AM: Monday, November 15, 2021

Special Guest Kristin Patterson of the Maryland Department of Labor provides an update on the operation status of the American Job Centers across the state as we emerge from pandemic closings, flow of services that an individual will have access to at the job center, and finally how she can be a resource to navigating services at the job center. 

Kristen Patterson serves as the Disability and Youth Services Coordinator at Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. She has been working in the field of workforce development for over 10 years. Her primary responsibilities at the Department are to provide training and technical assistance to the 13 local workforce areas across the state. 

Recording of the Independence Amplified Maryland event from November 15, 2021.

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