Maryland HB 1457
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We are launching a campaign to bring awareness to Young Invisibles, young adults aged 18-35 who live with invisible chronic conditions.
Young Invisibles often appear healthy, but they have conditions that can interfere with their personal, academic, social and/or professional lives. These conditions are episodic, unpredictable and wax and wane. A few examples are migraines, autoimmune conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, congenital heart disease, epilepsy, mental health issues, chronic pain, GI issues, and cancer.
Many young adults with these conditions struggle in college and the workplace, because the disability laws, supports and services that are supposed to protect them are not designed to address the specific needs for chronic health conditions. Health exacerbations, medical appointments, hospitalizations and treatment regimens may impact attendance and performance. Without accommodations specifically designed to address chronic health care needs, these students cannot receive a reasonable, effective and appropriate education.
This session the Maryland General Assembly is voting on House B1457, Higher Education- Students with a Chronic Health Condition- Reporting Requirement. The main goal of the bill is to gather data to better understand what services young adults with chronic conditions are or are not getting and how they are faring. On March 8th, the Maryland General Assembly is hearing testimony, and we ask for your support as we testify on behalf of the bill. Please sign our petition, add your own personal stories, volunteer to testify and/or join us on March 8 in Annapolis to support this bill.
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