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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I AM: Monday, October 25, 2021

Are you taking care of yourself?  This I AM session can help!! We have Debbie Feierman from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Program Operations and Local Engagement, speak about their FLU campaign message as well as Medicare Open Enrollment and the upcoming Open Enrollment for people on Marketplace plans. Dionne Haney from the Maryland Healthy Smiles Program presents on the benefits of their program.

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

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I AM: Monday, October 18, 2021

The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled provides comprehensive library services to Marylanders unable to access standard print. The library provides books and magazines options in braille and audio formats, books in large print, and accessible newspapers. Additionally, the library provides:

  • Assistive technology training and a Technology User Group for peer to peer support
  • Accessible college textbooks for students enrolled in 2 to 4 year Maryland colleges
  • Programs and events via telephone, Zoom, and tactile engagement
  • Collaborative programs and events with community partners to provide access to other organizations

All services are free to qualified Marylanders. Applications and additional information can be found on the library’s website: www.lbph.maryland.gov

Recording of the Independence Amplified Maryland event from October 18, 2021.

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I AM: Monday, September 20, 2021

Jade Gingerich, MD Department of Disabilities’ Director of Employment Policy will provide an Overview of the Impact of the Workforce I (WIOA) Changes on Maryland Employment Services. This session provides you a better understanding of what changed, why the Federal partners thought the changes would be beneficial, and how the disability community can educate key partners regarding their concerns.

Recording of the Independence Amplified Maryland event from September 20, 2021.

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I AM: Monday, September 13, 2021

The Maryland Mortgage Program has numerous programs that provide assistance for down payment and closing cost assistance to future homebuyers. The Home Ability Program (one of their many programs) offers up to $45,000 in assistance for people who have a disability or for people who are the primary caregiver for a person who has a…

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