Transition Planning That WORKS

Interagency Transition Council
2017 Professional Conference

Transition Planning That WORKS

March 20, 2017
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Ten Oaks Ballroom
5000 Signal Bell Lane
Clarksville, MD 21029
 $40 per participant
Includes light lunch 


  • Network with fellow Transition Professionals and share best practices from the field
  • Hear from local employers who are benefitting from business models which include workers with disabilities
  • Find out what businesses are looking for in the next generation’s workforce
  • Stay up to date with current federal and state initiatives supporting the employability of transitioning youth in Maryland
  • Discover how financial literacy training, college readiness preparation, and situation specific approaches can benefit youth
CEUs may be available

 All accommodation requests must be received via the RSVP link or by emailing before March 1st to be guaranteed.

This invitation is available in alternative accessible formats by calling Carrie McGraw at 410-767-3660 or emailing

Participant fee scholarships may be available for professionals who wish to attend.  Email Carrie McGraw at for information.

Questions may be directed to Carrie McGraw at 410-767-3660 or


Cultivating Youth Leadership and Self-Advocacy through the Maryland Transition Digital Portfolio

The Council is pleased to announce that it will fund training and technical assistance by Tilson & Diaz Solutions, Inc. to provide transition professionals from school systems in Caroline, Carroll, and Anne Arundel counties with tools to help students increase their self-advocacy skills and become actively engaged in the development and use of Digital Transition Portfolios. 

In collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Tilson & Diaz will present trainings through September 2017. Participants will mentor colleagues both in their local school systems and statewide through portfolio academies.

Digital Transition Portfolios are personalized online tools that prepare students with disabilities for life after school. These platforms assign real-world projects that align with student-specific needs, providing the opportunity to develop valuable skills and feedback on accomplishments. Students can make their portfolios public as personal websites displaying their achievements.

As a result of this training, transition professionals from each school system will be equipped to ensure students increase their self-advocacy skills and use portfolios to their fullest capabilities. For more information about this initiative, click here. 


Announcing the 2017
UMD Disability Summit

Friday, April 21, 9 am – 4 pm
University of Maryland
College Park

REGISTER NOW for this FREE EVENT that brings focus to key current events impacting disability in society by confronting the question:

 Why does bias against people with disabilities remain socially and politically acceptable?

In its first year, the summit drew nearly 200 participants including representatives from a range of universities, local governments, state governments, funding agencies, federal agencies, and non-profit and advocacy groups. Many presenters and attendees were people with disabilities.

Click here for more information  

For FREE Registration
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Sponsors include:  Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the President’s Commission of Disability Issues of the University of Maryland, the Graduate Student Government of the University of Maryland, the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion of the University of Maryland, the College of Information Studies of the University of Maryland, and the Information Policy & Access Center of the University of Maryland. 

John Dumas Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2017

John Dumas Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2017

Service Coordination, Inc. Executive Director/CEO and Frederick resident one of 52 selected for professional development program

Annapolis, Md. (February 13, 2017) – Leadership Maryland announced today that John T. Dumas, MBA ’17, Executive Director/CEO at Service Coordination, Inc., has been chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Dumas is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 25th class – the Class of 2017, who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-cultureless/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“The selection process for the Class of 2017 was very competitive this year, as we had an extraordinary pool of diverse and experienced applicants to choose from,” said Renée M. Winsky ‘05, president and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Maryland. “The 52 selected participants represent a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit, call 410-841-2101 or email

About Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,100 leaders from all industries and regions of the state. To learn more, please call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit

About Service Coordination, Inc.

Service Coordination provides quality case management services by helping people understand what their choices are and connecting them to resources in their communities in ways that respect their dignity and rights.  Please visit for more information. 

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Quarterly Membership Meeting!

Our meetings are open to everyone

Guest Speaker – Virginia Knowlton Marcus – Disability Rights Maryland

When:   March 4, 2017, 11am-3pm

Where:   The Hussman Institute for Autism
5521 Research Park Drive, First Floor Catonsville, MD 21228

Please bring $5 for lunch


Contact Tami Goldsmith ( RSVP and/or communicate any transportation needs


Featured Events

  • Learn from your Peers – Advocacy Skill Building and Person First Language Exercises
  • Lets Talk Politics –  Mat Rice- POG Public Policy Advocate – Bring us update about legislation and talk about how you get involved
  • Non-Profit organization structure presentation – Guest Speaker – Virginia Knowlton Marcus – Disability Rights Maryland
  • Law Enforcement Trainers – learn about positive interactions with law enforcement



Alex’s Christmas Light Extraganza

Alex has competed in his community Christmas light contest for many years now. He has a light show that takes 2-3 days to set up and is synced with over 120 songs on his iPad through an app. The songs are a mixture of traditional Christmas songs and Pilipino Christmas songs. The show starts every evening at 5pm and music plays until 10pm with a speaker outside. Alex won in the category for best light display- townhomes. Alex lives in the community and having such a fun display that he was very proud of has provided him the opportunity to meet and connect with neighbors. Alex is very proud of his work and has already started planning what new elements he will add to the show next year. 


University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy Client Named Best-Run Company

Service Coordination, a client of the University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy, has been named a Best-Run Company by Smart CEO Magazine. The magazine’s annual publication, the Best-Run Book, compiles top business stories and ideas from the Baltimore-Washington region. The center is credited with helping Service Coordination recast its business strategy.

Founded in 2005, Service Coordination is a non-profit that connects Maryland’s disabled residents with vital resources. After several years of successful case management, Service Coordination’s business took a turn when new government regulations were introduced in 2014. To meet these unexpected changes and prepare for new challenges ahead, the nonprofit enlisted the help of the Schaefer Center to create a new business plan.

“It’s thrilling to have Service Coordination be recognized for its amazing transformation and gratifying to know the Schaefer Center had played a role in that transformation,” said Ann Cotten, director of the Schaefer Center. “I am continually impressed by Service Coordination’s leadership team and their approach to innovation. This is a well deserved recognition.”

In their Best-Run Book story, president and CEO John Dumas and program director John Whittle cite the organization’s “data-driven processes” and “shared leadership” as cornerstones of their resiliency and success.

Read the full story and other Best-Run Company stories.

Learn more about UB’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

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Congratulations to Service Coordination Staff,

On Thursday night, January 5th, 2017 Service Coordination Inc. (SCI) was recognized by Smart CEO as one of Baltimore’s Best-Run Company’s. I want to thank each of you personally for the great work you do making SCI one of the best places to work. Every day, thorough your efforts, we have a lasting impact on tens of thousands of Marylanders. I cannot think of a greater group of professionals than each of you and I am personally honored to be able to work with you to continue to make SCI a great company. It is though the practice of shared leadership and keeping to our core competencies of relationships and navigation that we can make a difference in the lives of the people we support. Please see the link below.

Again, thanks!!

John Dumas
CEO / Executive Director

About Smart CEO Best-Run Companies:

SmartCEO’s Best-Run Book is a compilation of the best business stories and ideas from the Mid-Atlantic’s best-run companies. In this book you will learn how these companies have honed their strategic vision, implemented processes, managed fast growth, perfected their brand and communications, honed their leadership development and talent acquisition strategies, crafted a customer-service mindset and nurtured top corporate cultures. These firms have experienced consistent growth and are leading their industries. They have created lasting value in their communities and exemplify leadership, character and vision.

SmartCEO identified the region’s best-run companies and invited the CEO and a member of the executive team to be interviewed on camera by SmartCEO’s editorial team. Each company’s video interview served as their application for inclusion in the Best-Run Book – A collection of stories and ideas from the region’s top companies. Companies featured in SmartCEO’s Best-Run Book will gathered at a private celebration on January 5th, 2017 to commemorate the launch of the Best-Run.

All the Best-Run companies have been indexed and listed on

Please see the quote below from the SmartCEO, Craig Burris.

“For more than 15 years, SmartCEO’s mission has been to share inspirational stories about the region’s top companies. The Best-Run Book is a shining example of how companies like Service Coordination and their leadership teams are able to become industry leaders, overcome significant challenges and create lasting value in their communities,” says Craig Burris, founder and CEO of SmartCEO. “The Best-Run Book is a one-of-a-kind resource that not only honors Service Coordination for modeling excellence but also affords growing companies and aspiring leaders the opportunity to glean advice that could change the way they approach one or many aspects of their own business. It’s no question that Service Coordination and its fellow Best-Run Companies have achieved something truly remarkable.”

New Location is Open!

Service Coordination’s NEW Central Region Office is now open! Our new location and mailing address will be 9 Park Center Court, Suite 301, Owings Mills, MD 21117. All coordinators will continue to have work cell phones and can be contacted directly. The Central Region office phone number will remain the same, 410-235-8110.

If you have any program questions, please feel free to contact Marc Weinstein, Central Region Director. For general questions regarding the office, please call the main line.