Under her leadership several programs were created which are still in effect today. Ms. Crawford worked closely with multilevel personnel as well as outside vendors such as: various presidents of the university, their families and office staff; deans; directors; professors; parents; students; the board of trustees; the provost and staff; support staff; etc. In these roles it was critical that she create policies, manuals, contracts, and other specified documentation; headed, organize and structure teams for individual and group projects, etc. with and without budgets.
In addition, as a single parent, from home, she ran her own desktop publishing business, home décor business and Mary Kay business while caring for her son who has been given multiple diagnoses such as Asperger Syndrome and Bipolar-NOS; while advocating for others in the state of Maryland. In the early 90’s she served as a Therapeutic Foster Parent for both young boys and girls. At one point she also worked for the Maryland Department of Disabilities.
After injuring her spine at work and her son was given his first diagnoses, she did not return to the mainstream workforce; instead she started volunteering to work closely with schools, doctors and others in helping them better understand her son and those similarly to him with the hope to help them lead fuller, more productive and more successful lives.
Because of this Ms. Crawford fills her days advocating, giving speeches and presentations; attending training sessions, conferences, workgroups, fairs or participating in training sessions, etc. to help make life more comfortable and more equal for those having to learn a little differently, she has received several awards over the years for her efforts from agencies such as NAMI, Parents’ Place of Maryland-B’More Leaders, Maryland Coalition for Families, and CityWide Special Project Advocacy Project, etc.
She created a new program with the NAMI-UMMS partnership, “You, Me and NAMI” which has since been expanded to allow all new UMMS participants to hold similar groups with inpatients. Also, she participates with the training of the police department’s “BEST Officer’s” training and leads the “Families in Crisis” training to help increase awareness of mental illness as well as provide safety and sensitivity training for our police departments and other agencies. In addition, she sits on the board of the newly combined Maryland Behavior Health Administration and Planning Council as well as the new Maryland Outpatient Workgroup and participate in the Integration of Care Workgroups and in the IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee) public sessions to name a few. She also works very close with legislators on issues concerning those with special needs/mental health, education and neighborhoods