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Webinar: “Improving Education and Careers for Youth with Disabilities – Lessons from Maryland”

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Since being founded in 2013, RespectAbility has been dedicated to analyzing and tracking best practices for improving educational and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities nation-wide. One of the most exciting efforts to improve those outcomes has been the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The PROMISE grant has achieved remarkable results in the lives of diverse, low-income children with disabilities receiving SSI and their families. 

This webinar featured a dynamic discussion with one of the key state leaders responsible for the various successes and lessons from the PROMISE Grant program. Jade Gingerich, the Director of Employment Policy at the Maryland Department of Disabilities, is a key leader who has many lessons to offer professionals committed to improving the lives of Americans with disabilities.

About Our Speaker

Jade Gingerich is the Director of Employment Policy at the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD). Gingerich has been a critical leader with MDOD since 2004. Prior to the founding of MDOD, Gingerich served the people of Maryland as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. She holds an M.Sc in Special Education with a Specialization in Transitions from the John Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from Wheeling Jesuit University. 

You can read more about Gingerich’s work on the MDOD’s website here: and you can learn more about the lessons of the PROMISE program in Maryland here: 

Meet the Author

Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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