SB 185 and HB 98 – Co-Navigation Services

Greetings MWADB DeafBlind and Friends,

Blaise Delahoussaye and Eddie Martinez are the MWADB representatives who will be representing for MWADB community that supports  the bill with MDAD’s concrete support as solditarity. The team encourages all DeafBlind Marylanders and general community members to show your support to this important bill. The Maryland House and the Senate must witness huge numerous of DeafBlind Marylanders and the community supporters attend two separate hearings. It does not mean that you are require to give your testimony. However, your presence is most important to both the House and the Senate. The CN Bill team strongly encourages everyone to join us. That said, please review the instruction/explanation below.

SB 185 and HB 98 – Co-Navigation Services

The Senate and Delegate has scheduled the hearing for Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. for the CN Bill! Below are instructions and tips for you.  Please meet us at 12:15 p.m. in the House of Delegates Lobby

REGISTER ON THE WEBSITE

Maryland General Assembly’s website: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite

  1.   Click on My MGA on top right

  2.   Click on Sign In

  3.   Create an account

  4.   Click on Witness Sign up on left

  5.   Look for SB 185 under the Education, Environment, and Energy Committee

  6. Look for HB 98 under the Appropriations Committee

SIGN UP FOR TESTIMONY

You need to sign up on Friday, January 26, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for HB 98
You need to sign up on Monday, January 29, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for SB 185.

You have three choices:

  1.   Written Testimony

  2.   Oral – In Person

  3.   Oral – Zoom

Be sure you click in the column of favorable when you submit the written or oral testimony.

You can have written and oral if you want.  If you want to testify in person in Annapolis or on zoom, please let MDAD Vice President Jacob Leffler know at vicepresident@mdad.tv if you need an interpreter by 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2024.

If you want to testify on zoom, they will email you the zoom link and please let Kevin Steffy know that you need a communication facilitator for the virtual hearing. You can submit a Communication Facilitator service request by sending Kevin an email at cf.scheduler@maryland.gov.

TRANSPORTATION:

If you need transportation, please let Jacob Leffler know at vicepresident@mdad.tv that you need transportation and MDAD will coordinate the transportation with volunteers 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2024. We have volunteers who will be driving.

PARKING

John Whitmore Parking Garage
37 Clay Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

BUILDING

SENATE

2 West
Miller Senate Office Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

The building is for Senate only and when you enter the building, go on the elevator, and go to second floor and look for “Education, Energy, and Education Committee”

HOUSE

Room 121
House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

DRESS

Business Casual or dress appropriate for the hearing.

TESTIMONY TEMPLATE

You only will have 3 minutes to testify.  Below is a suggested template.

Good Afternoon Chair and Vice Chair of the Education, Environment, and Energy Committee/ Appropriations Committee and members of the Committee.  My name is --------------------. I live in ------------------------.

I am DeafBlind.

I am here in support of SB 185/ HB 98; the Co-Navigation bill.  This bill is important because  (TELL YOUR STORY)

Passing this bill will improve my life by ---------------

Thank you for allowing me to testify today. I ask for a favorable report on SB 185/HB. 98.

Respectfully,

CN Bill Committee Team

Annual Cookout (picnic) on May 20, 2023

Welcome

Metropolitan Washington Association of the DeafBlind

Free admission!!!

WHAT:  MWADB Annual Cookout 2023
WHEN:  Saturday, May 20, 2023
TIME:  11 am – 5 pm
WEATHER:  Shine or Rain
WHERE:  Wheaton Regional Park, Shelter H
ADDRESS:  2000 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, Maryland 20902
RSVP BY:  Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Direction: The location/direction to Wheaton Regional Park is off Georgia Ave. between Randolph Road and University Blvd, east on Shorefield Road. The entrance to Shorefield Road is between Georgian Woods Apt and the shopping center. Free parking is available. Look for Shelter H. There are a few blocks short walk from Wheaton Metro Station. Approximately 10 miles are from 495 Capital Beltway, exit at Georgia Ave (north) marked Wheaton. Picnic Shelter Map click here

RSVP:
  Pls email your name, how many guests include yourself, side dish, and choice of proteins (Hamburger, hot dog, Vegetarian burger, or none) at board@mwadb.org.

SSP/RIDE: If you need SSP/Ride, contact Rebecca Blumenfeld at ssp@mwadb.org.

MWADB provides hamburgers, hotdogs, and buns.

Please let John and Bruce know what side dish you will bring to share for 15 people.

Here is the example of side dish below:
Bake Beans, Cole Slaws, Potatoes Salads, Fruit Salads, Devil Eggs, Corn Cods, Chips, Crackers, Tomatoes, Lettuces, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Butter, Pickles, Your Favorites dish, and Desserts.

You will bring your own beverage (BYOB). (We will provide water bottles).

You can bring lawn chairs (Optional), cash for train ride or carousel, and bug spray.

If you are not able to bring food, a donation will be appreciated.  You can give to Bruce at the park or go to https://mwadb.org/donation/.

We look forward to seeing you all there and having fun!

Host and co-host of Annual MWADB Cookout 2023
Bruce Denhart and John Reske

Holiday Party 2022

MWADB Holiday Party and Membership Meeting / Elections

COME ONE! COME ALL! LET’S CELEBRATE TOGETHER SINCE THE PANDEMIC!

When: Saturday, November 12, 2022 

Time:  2pm to 9pm.  Doors open at 2pm. membership meeting starts at 3pm.
Where: Gallaudet University
Building/Room: Student Academic Center (SAC) – Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Address: 800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington DC 20002 

We will have a membership meeting and board elections. Randy Pope is the
elections Chair.

After the meeting, a delicious dinner will be served. 

There will be a bazaar, bake sale and raffle ticket sale with prizes! Bring
extra money!

FREE admission!  Donations are greatly appreciated.

RSVP
Everyone – DB, SSP/CN, family/friends – is required to RSVP using the Google
Form at this link.  If you can’t access the RSVP form, please contact
event@mwadb.org.  
Deadline to RSVP is November 9, 2022. 

Come and join us for fun and begin to shop for the holiday!

MWADB EVENT COMMITTEE
Ann Black
Blaise Delahoussaye
Eleanor Brown
Arlyce Watson