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DDA Transitioning Youth Resource Document

Transitioning from high school is an exciting time for young adults and their families as they consider options for the future. The DDA offers services that help youth and their families navigate a path toward a “good life” as adults. Understanding DDA’s Transitioning Youth (TY) Services DDA-funded services are not an entitlement. Funding for TY services …
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December Employment First Webinar: Using Assistive Technology

Register and join us for DDA’s December Employment First webinar. Staci Jones, DDA’s  Employment Services Coordinator, will be joined by The Arc of Baltimore’s Director of Assistive Technology & Information Systems, Daphi Steffin. During the webinar, participants will hear all about what Assistive Technology is, how it can be accessed and how it can be used when …
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Ken Capone Equal Employment Act – 2018 Report

In October, 2018, the Maryland Department of Disability (MDOD) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) released their second joint report outlining progress on the plan and phase out of sub-minimum wage jobs and the use of 14c certificates, through the Individuals with Disabilities- Minimum Wage and Community Integration, also known as the Ken Capone Equal …
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Research Report on Disability Employment and Inclusion

Read and share the recently released report called Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage.  The report was produced in partnership with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). The report sought to answer the following question: Is there a positive correlation between how inclusive a company is of persons with disabilities …
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Developmental Disabilities Administration Employment First Webinar – Dec 21, 2018

When:  Friday, December 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST Where:  This is an online event. Register and join us for DDA’s December Employment First webinar. Staci Jones, DDA’s  Employment Services Coordinator, will be joined by The Arc of Baltimore’s Director of Assistive Technology & Information Systems, Daphi Steffin.  Daphi will share all about what …
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Action Alert

Please Tell Congress: Fund the “Money Follows the Person” Program through the IMPROVE Act Congress is expected to vote this week on the future of the “Money Follows the Person” (MFP) program. MFP has helped more than 88,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move into a setting of their choice, and has helped 44 states improve …
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Stakeholders Meeting

Supported Decision-Making Stakeholders Meeting Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) invites people with disabilities, their supporters, providers, and others to meet and discuss supported decision-making (SDM). SDM is a process by which people pick others who they know and trust to assist them in making, communicating, and effectuating decisions. It is gaining traction as a legal alternative to …
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MD DDA’s Family & Advocate Leadership Summit

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is partnering with the University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development (UMKC IUD) to conduct and launch its Family and Advocate Leadership Collaborative at its Family and Advocate Leadership Summit on December 4 & 5, 2018.  Led by the National Charting the LifeCourse Team, join us for a …
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Your voice counts — make a difference!

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) needs people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, family members, parent advocacy groups, and advocates to join the conversation. Basic qualifications include experience with receiving DDA-funded supports and services and a passion for making a difference. Change lives by getting involved in a committee! For more information, email Nicole C. …
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Maryland Medicaid to Cover Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants for Adults

Since July 1, Maryland Medicaid now covers hearing aids and cochlear implants for adults, which were previously only provided under Medicaid to children (under 21 years old). On October 12, Maryland finalized the regulation governing how these items will be covered (available in the Maryland Register here). In contrast to the proposed regulation, people for whom …
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BRAVE Speakers Needed!!

June 4, 2019 Towson University Are you a Marylander with intellectual or developmental disabilities? Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to be a role model for future generations? Are you a case manager, service provider, or family member for an adult with intellectual or developmental disabilities who may be interested in …
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Emergency Preparedness Planning for People with Disabilities

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM EST Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. CEU recipients must attend the entire session. Where: Heritage Crest 6670 Roberts Ct. Glen Burnie, MD 21061 Creating an emergency preparedness plan is important for everyone, and often requires additional resources when planning for a person with a …
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It’s Your Right..

A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Voters with Mental Disabilities and Advocates The guide was written by Autistic Self-Advocacy Network Legal Director & Director of Public Policy Samantha Crane and Policy Analyst Kelly Israel; Bazelon Center Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Jennifer Mathis and Senior Staff Attorney Lewis Bossing; National Disability Rights Network Disability Advocacy Specialist …
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month #NDEAM

SCI & The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate the community about disability employment issues as well as celebrate and highlight accomplishments related to disability employment. Throughout the month, SCI and DDA will be engaging in a social media campaign …
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Voter Engagement Forum

Learn how your organization can help promote voter participation in the 2018 midterm elections. Join Maryland Nonprofits, the League of Women Voters of Maryland, Common Cause Maryland, Maryland State Education Association, and others to discuss This free forum and discussion session will be an opportunity to learn and share information on issues such as: Why improving voter participation is important …
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Maryland Community of Practice (MD-CoP) for Supporting Families and Charting the LifeCourse Framework

Maryland joined the National CoP for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in 2016 to better support families caring for family members with developmental disabilities across the lifespan, using the Charting the LifeCourse Framework. For more information on national efforts, visit the National CoP for Supporting Families. What is a CoP? …
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Senior Call Check Pilot Program

Maryland is the first state in the country to start a free, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state. HOW DOES IT WORK? Every day a telephone call will be placed to a participant at a regularly scheduled time. These calls will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 …
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DDA Transformation Update

Waiver Services  Coordinators of Community Services continue to meet with people and their families who are candidates for waiver enrollment. As of July 26, 2018, 961 people have been approved for waiver enrollment from 1,571 current waiver packets that have been completed. Employment Do you need help understanding the new waivers, new service definitions, the …
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Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

As part of the DDA’s commitment to doing business efficiently, effectively, and professionally, the DDA’s transformation involves the reshaping of waiver programs, policies, processes and Information Technology (IT) systems to better serve Marylanders with developmental disabilities and support person centered practices. Over the last several years, the DDA has been working with an external system …
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DDA grant will create inclusive higher education program.

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced the allocation of $250,000 to the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) for a grant that will create an inclusive higher education program for students with developmental disabilities. The grant was awarded to Coopin State University. “This grant further helps us meet our goal to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities—starting …
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