MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY RAGGIO
Governor O’Malley, in his inaugural address, shared his vision of “One Maryland,” a Maryland where we are united by our belief in the dignity of every individual; united by our responsibility to advance the common good; and united in our understanding that what we choose to do in our own lifetime matters.
The Maryland Department of Disabilities strives to make the Governor’s vision into reality for every Marylander with a disability. When our citizens with disabilities fully participate in their communities, our entire state is stronger. To that end, the Department, in partnership with other State agencies, works to remove barriers for people with disabilities and create new opportunities in education, employment, housing and transportation.
I have witnessed wonderful changes for people with disabilities in Maryland over the past 25 years. Today many people with disabilities are employed with meaningful jobs, have moved from institutions to independent living and are building new lives. And while we have made some progress, we still face a number of challenges to ensure people with disabilities are able to fully participate in their communities.
As Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, I will continue the important work of the Department to ensure that all Marylanders have the support, training and opportunity they need to live independent, productive and full lives. I believe that through strong, productive partnerships between state agencies and individuals and organizations within the disability community we will truly make the Governor’s Vision of “One Maryland” a reality.