Disability Resources – Eastern Shore MD (Updated)

Disability Resource List

This is a list that will be updated whenever there’s new resources for our Lower Eastern Shore, MD community. Please feel free to share ones that you don’t spot here! As of now, it’s only in English, but check back soon!

Disability Resources – Lower Eastern Shore, Md. (2021)

This was updated March 26th 2021. 

If this format isn’t accessible due to your disability or you need a translation of Spanish or Haitian, send an email to thegirlinthepinkwheelchair@gmail.com

If you would like to add additional resources, please share. Thank you!

Accessibility Practice (A Guide):

Resource Guides for the Eastern Shore:

Eastern Shore Non-Profits/Agencies:

  • Shore Up!: (serves all disabilities and offers lots of financial resources)
  • Benedictine School: (a co-ed residential school caring for students with Intellectual or multiple disabilities from 5-21)
  • MAC Inc.: (cares for our elderly by providing multiple services)

DORS (Lower Shore Office):

Telephone: (410) 546-1580

Salisbury.dors@maryland.gov

116 West Main Street

8737 Brooks Drive

Salisbury, MD 21801

Developmental Disabilities Eastern Shore Regional Office:

Telephone: (410) 572-5920

DDA – Eastern Shore Regional Office,

926 Snow Hill Road, 

Building 100 

Salisbury, MD 21804

carriea.day@maryland.gov

Transportation: 

  • Paratransit via Ocean City, MD: (Ocean City Transportation offers Origin-to-Destination service to disabled residents and visitors. This service is available during the same operating days and hours as our fixed-route Coastal Highway bus service)
  • Medical Assistance Transportation  – Wicomico County (The Maryland Medical Assistance Transportation Program provides rides to those who have active Medicaid & no other means of  transportation available to medical appointments)

Accessible Beaches:

  • Assateague Island:  “All visitor centers, most nature trails, bathhouses and wayside exhibits are accessible. The seashore has established two accessible campsites which may be reserved. Contact the Ranger Station at 410-641-3030 for campsite information.”
  • Ocean City, MD: to view an entire listing of accessible beaches, please scroll down the listing. Beaches are marked with ‘yes’ to and ‘no’ to their accessibility. 

Beach Wheelchair Information: 

  • Sand Helper:  (available at Assateague, Ocean City, Fenwick, Bethany, Rehoboth, Lewes & Dewey. NOTE: this is a motorized beach chair & is not free like the ones provided on the beach)
  • Assateague: “Beach wheelchairs with balloon tires are available for use on the oceanside beaches in Maryland and Virginia. These beach wheelchairs are not self-propelled and need someone to push the chair. For more information please check at the Toms Cove Visitor Center in Virginia, (757-336-6577) or the Ranger Station in Maryland (410-641-3030).”

Accessible Running/Biking, etc:

  • Team 360: (they host varying different running events, etc, so those with disabilities can participate in running events. Open to all disabilities)

Accessible Equestrian Riding/Therapy:

Non-Profits Helping Those with Disabilities During COVID-19:

  • Tri Community Mediation: (providing free masks, sanitizer, etc, – if you are in need, reach out to @LowerShoreTaskForce on social media or direct to Tri Community Mediation)
  • Rebirth Inc.: (providing multiple resources like job training, Covid19 education, and now providing a center for education for kids for Haitian residents in SBY. If you are a SBY resident who is Haitian and disabled, please reach out to Rebirth to get referred for advocacy)

Accessible Parks/Playgrounds:

Resources for Disabled Families/Children:

ADA Information: 

Maryland Universal Disability Park Pass

Maryland Department of Disabilities

Maryland Accessible State Parks:

Maryland Assistive Technology Program 

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

Maryland Disability Organizations:

PLEASE NOTE: These organizations serve all disabilities and will serve the Eastern Shore even if they are not local to the Eastern Shore. 

  • Abilities Network: (employment, family support, living arrangements, individual support services, etc)

Respite Charities:

Caregiver Resources:

Caregiver Resources via Md. State:

Disability Organizations (At Large):

Medicare/Medicaid Resources:

  • cms.gov (official Government website)

Way2Work:

Way2Work Maryland is a partnership between the University of Maryland’s Center for Transition and Career Innovation (CTCI) and DORS, the Division of Rehabilitation Services through the Maryland State Department of Education. It is a project designed to improve the academic and career success of students with disabilities in Maryland through work-based learning experiences. The project serves students with either an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan who will complete high school with a diploma or certificate in 2019 or 2020.”

MD Promise 

Many of these resources are also translated in Haitian, Spanish, Korean, etc, and so on! MD. Promise is for youth transitioning.

Wor-Wic Tuition Waiver:

This waiver is available for Maryland residents who are receiving disability benefits from one of the following retirement systems:

  • Social Security Administration: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Railroad Retirement Board
  • A Federal Retirement/Pension System for former federal employees receiving total and permanent disability

The waiver covers up to 12 credit hours per term for courses designated as part of a degree or certificate program that leads to employment, and 6 credits if you are enrolled in credit courses for any other reason. Continuing education courses that lead to employment, including life skills instruction, are also eligible. A course must have space available with at least 10 regularly-enrolled students.

The tuition waiver covers tuition charges not covered by other financial assistance (last dollar funding after any grants and scholarships are applied). You are responsible for fees and the cost of books/supplies.

[Link info here.]

Salisbury Disability Advisory Committee:

  • Go to the official Salisbury City website here and read about the SBY Disability committee

Maryland 2-1-1

Financial Assistance for Those with Disabilities: 

  • findhelp.org (search for available resources in your area by zip code)
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