SERVICE COORDINATION, GOVERNOR O’MALLEY AND LEADERS IN MARYLAND ENCOURAGE SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITES (IDPD)
Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Mayor Grim, County Executives Ulman and Kamenetz Issue Proclamations to Recognize December 3rd as IDPD
December 3rd is recognized around the world as International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPD). International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with a disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The 2012 theme is “removing barriers” and a local man is asking to help remove social barriers with the dialogue we use.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim issued local proclamations in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This is the first local observation of this day.
Read the press release with Governor O’Malley, County Executives Ulman, Leggett and Kamenetz and Mayor Rawlings-Blake here: http://www.servicecoordinationinc.org/news or just scroll down. Observance of this day stemmed from an 18-year-old Frederick man with a passion for helping others. His messaage is below.
A message from Troy Baisey:
“Hi, my name is Troy Baisey and I am almost 19 years old. I am from Walkersville near Frederick, Maryland and I’ve got some news to share with you!
I was born 3 months premature on December 4th 1993 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. I was only there for a couple of hours then I was transported to the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. I had to stay there for 3 months. My lungs weren’t developed and I had a hole in my heart when I was 10 days old. So the doctors had to operate on my heart and my twin brother Colby’s heart too. It didn’t work for Colby and he went to heaven.
I stayed at the hospital until March. I lost a lot of my hearing because of the antibiotics the doctors and nurses were giving me to keep me alive. I was born with Cerebral Palsy and the doctors told my mother and grandmother and uncle Mike that I was not going to ever learn how to walk or talk or learn. Well, we are proving them wrong!!!
I graduated from high school last spring. Now I am at the Success Program in Walkersville with other students with special needs or disabilities. I wear hearing aids, but I am able to walk without leg braces and I do Unified Special Olympics sports such as tennis, bocce ball, track and Challenger League baseball. And I’m pretty good!
I have 2 different jobs- I have my work study job at St. Timothy’s Roman Catholic Church where I do shredding, filing, cleaning and weekly bulletins and I also work as an Altar server and usher for mass. My other job is at the Frederick YMCA where I work for membership services. I make sure the towels are folded, assign locker keys, scan members cards and I greet them. I have just started working with Mr. Ashley, he’s my new service coordinator. He seems really cool because he likes to dress nice, he has an accent and he likes sports such as soccer, football and baseball.
A couple of months ago I went and did a speech about what it was like to be bullied when I was in school because it wasn’t very easy. Kids weren’t always very nice and sometimes said and did mean things. But I’m doing great now and I wanted to tell you that we should all use kind words and be nice to all people. It’s very tough for people like me and you shouldn’t say or think mean things just because people are different or special. I’m not special because of my disabilities, I’m special because they didn’t think I would walk or talk or learn—but I just wrote this letter and I’m pretty awesome so we proved them wrong!!!” – Troy Baisey, 11/19/12
See Troy in stories about bullying and overcoming obstacles: http://your4state.com/fulltext?nxd_id=243762 http://your4state.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=218077
Read about Troy helping cancer patients here in the Frederick News Post:http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/storyTools/print_story.htmstoryID=48088&cameFromSection=news
Read about Troy with the Challenger baseball league: “I’m not nervous, I’m pumped up!” http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display_comments.htm?StoryID=51005
See Troy throw out the 1st pitch at the Orioles game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKdVInIRYsA&feature=plcp
“Troy’s Birthday is December 4th and rather than asking for typical gifts, he said all he really wanted was for people to be nice to each other and use kind words, especially when talking to or about people with disabilities. Altruistic, perhaps … but it’s possible.
Throughout life, Troy and many others have received unwarranted judgments and labels because of disabilities. Around the world, December 3rd features events and acknowledgements for persons with disabilities. In support of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are asking you to do your part and help evolve our words into a universal, respectful dialogue.
It takes just a few seconds to support this pledge, followed by a lifetime of commitment to fulfill it. Please join us in the People-First Pledge by “liking” or commenting with your support below.” – Michael Baisey, Service Coordination
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Service Coordination, Governor O’Malley,
County Executives Kamenetz, Ulman, Leggett; Mayor Rawlings-Blake
Suppport IDPD on Dec. 3rd
NOVEMBER 30, 2012 (Baltimore, MD): December 3rd is recognized around the world as International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPD). International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with a disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim issued local proclamations in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Observation of this day also includes a Proclamation by President Barack Obama of the United States of America. In part, the 2011 Presidential Proclamation reads:
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recommit to ensuring people living with disabilities enjoy full equality and unhindered participation in all facets of our national life. We recognize the myriad contributions that persons with disabilities make at home and abroad, and we remember that disability rights are universal rights to be recognized and promoted around the world.
Service Coordination, a local nonprofit organization that coordinates resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, along with leaders in Maryland including: Governor Martin O’Malley, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are encouraging members of the community to support International Day of Persons with Disabilities. County Executives Ulman and Kamenetz have also issued official citations in observance of this day.
“In Maryland, we believe in dignity of every individual, and that’s why we work to ensure that our citizens with disabilities have the opportunity to be productive members of their communities,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “With this goal in mind, we are committed to supporting programs and policies that create new opportunities in employment, community living, education, housing and transportation for all Marylanders with disabilities.”
“In Baltimore County, we work hard to foster a culture and environment that provides the supports and opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of community life,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “By embracing our differences and adapting to one another’s challenges, we build a better community.”
“As we work to grow Baltimore in the next 10 years, we are focused on ensuring all residents have an opportunity to call this great city home,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “We are focused on improving services and policies to make Baltimore more accessible for everyone.”
Service Coordination has issued a call to action by asking citizens to pledge to learn about and use People-First language to demonstrate universal rights for all. People-first language is a style of speech that aims to avoid perceived and subconscious stereotypes when discussing people with disabilities.
“Putting people first is a basic tenet of good government. Today is just a reminder that treating all people with disabilities with respect and dignity is something we should practice 365 days a year,“ said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. “Nothing is simpler than embracing the concept of People-First language. We should never let our language give the perception that a person is defined by his or her disability. It’s a matter of equality for all. I applaud and I appreciate the countless contributions made every day by people with disabilities.”
“We need to continue to work every day to ensure that individuals with disabilities have an excellent quality of life—in housing, in employment and in every area of life,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “I urge all residents of Montgomery County and throughout the area to commit themselves to helping those with disabilities achieve this.”
Service Coordination created online forums including a blog and Facebook page where people can pledge to demonstrate integrity and equality with a commitment to use People-First language from December 3rd going forward. A pledge can be made by commenting on or otherwise supporting these forums from now thru December 3, 2012.
“Our organization strives to connect people to supports in their communities and also works to increase awareness about rights for people of all ability levels whenever possible. On behalf of the more than 13,000 Marylanders who we serve and many others around the world, we proudly recognize and embrace this important day,” said Executive Director of Service Coordination, John Dumas.
The People-First Pledge sites include additional information and are located at: facebook.com/ServiceCoordination and servicecoordination.wordpress.com.
About Service Coordination:
Service Coordination, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, those with mental health challenges, the elderly, transitioning youth, and court-involved individuals throughout Maryland. Service Coordination provides quality case management services to people with disabilities and other groups. We do this by helping people understand what their choices are and connecting them to resources in their communities in ways that respect their dignity and rights. Service Coordination serves more than 13,000 people around the state of Maryland.
Michael Baisey, Marketing and Communications Manager