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8:23 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Boosting Wages of Those Caring for the Disabled in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - People who provide care for the disabled are coming to Annapolis to push for an increase in direct care rates, if Maryland increases the state's minimum wage.

Advocates are planning on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to boost the wages of people who provide direct care to the disabled, along with any minimum wage increase.

The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on a minimum wage hike that already has passed the House of Delegates. It would phase in a minimum wage increase from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2017.

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9:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Death of Disabled Man Results in Calls for New Police Standards

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker is calling for statewide standards relating to approaching the disabled, after a man with Down syndrome died when police tried to remove him from a movie theater.

Del. Heather Mizeur asked Gov. Martin O'Malley in a letter Tuesday to launch an investigation under the state's health department.

Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat who is running for governor, requested a commission be formed to design statewide standards for workforce training.

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8:28 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Governor Markell Testifies on Disability Employment

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is in Washington for a congressional hearing on employment of disabled people.

Markell was to testify Tuesday at a meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

As chairman of the National Governors Association this year, Markell has chosen employing people with disabilities as his signature initiative.

Officials from Washington state, Oklahoma and Utah also were schedules to testify at Tuesday's Senate committee hearing on state leadership and innovation in disability employment.

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8:34 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Chimes Center to Help Disabled Opens in Millsboro

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - An organization that helps disabled people work and socialize has opened a new $1.8 million facility in Sussex County.

The new Chimes center on DuPont Highway in Millsboro replaces an older, leased space in the town. Marty Lampner, the company's CEO, says Chimes currently serves 35 people and will be able to help more than double that number at the new facility.

Irv and Phyllis Levin, whose son Jaime is disabled, gave $100,000 to help build the new Chimes center and it bears their name.

9:04 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Express Medical Transport to Continue for Disabled Residents in Ocean City

 The public express transport shuttle for the disabled in Ocean City will continue.

The resort’s Town Council voted unanimously to appoint Council member Brent Ashley who volunteered to take over – what’s called – MEDTRN.

It takes disabled patients to medical appointments in the Berlin area.

He replaces Bob Melvin who died at the age of 94 in February after promising to takeover if no one stepped up to the job.

8:24 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Advocates for Developmentally Disabled Rally in Annapolis


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for the developmentally disabled will hold a rally to highlight the need for more services.

     Advocates, family members and people who provide care will meet Tuesday in Annapolis.

     Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to address advocates before they hold a rally on Lawyers Mall near the Maryland State House.