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Advocacy & Training Opportunities

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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The Path to Employment Starts with Community

When I was asked to start the new Community Based Day Program for Progress Unlimited, I heard “Day Program” and immediately said yes because that’s been all I’ve done my entire adult life. Then the “Community Based” part started sinking in, and my 38 + years of sheltered work started choking me up. But if …
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The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Invests $15,000 in Ready At Five Initiative.

Project Will Increase Parent Leadership and Advocacy Skills The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council is investing $15,000 in an initiative to expand family engagement efforts. The Council will support Ready At Five’s Parent Leadership Learning Parties for parents and caregivers of children with and without developmental disabilities throughout the state. This initiative addresses the Council’s Five-Year State …
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DDA replacing Behavior Principles and Strategies (BPS) training with the Mandt System

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) provides behavioral support services to support people in a variety of settings including Community Services, State Residential Centers (SRCs), Secure and Evaluative Therapeutic Treatment (SETT) programs, and other areas where people are experiencing or are likely to experience difficulty in community living as a result of behavioral, social, or …
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Autism Awareness Month…Get Involved!

April is autism awareness month.  Join us in the celebration for 2018 National Autism Awareness Month! National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.  See the list of links to see how you can get …
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Training Opportunity for Self- Advocates

Steps Toward Independence & Responsibility People On the Go of Maryland in partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Administration is seeking individuals with disabilities who want to learn about effective ways to advocate for themselves and others. The goal of Project STIR is to: Communicate effectively Problem solve Understanding rights and responsibilities How to get involved …
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Governor Hogan Shares Expectations Matter Message

Official Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Proclamation Governor Larry Hogan helped spread the “Expectations Matter Expect Ability” message in Annapolis today with an official proclamation celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  Back, left to right: DD Council Executive Director Brian Cox; Council Member Kalani Brown; Governor Larry Hogan holding DD Month proclamation; Council Member Julie Randall; Council …
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The DDA Wants Your Input!

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) routinely partners with stakeholders for a variety of standing committees. Currently, the DDA is seeking volunteers for three committees, the Transition Advisory Team, Mortality Quality and Review Committee and the Quality Advisory Council. Transition Advisory Team (TAT) The Transition Advisory Team provides information and guidance to the Maryland Department of Health …
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Call Your Legislative Representatives!

Ask them to Keep the DD Promise and Restore the 3.5% for Developmental Disabilities Community Services. The BRFA is the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act and it is the mechanism through which budget adjustments are made. The 3.5% increase in DDA funding that was mandated through the Minimum Wage Act of 2014 can be procedurally adjusted through …
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DD Day 2018: Record-Breaking Crowd Calls for Increase in Provider Rates/Direct Support Professional Wages

800 Advocates Gather to Learn About Priority Legislation & Meet with Elected Officials Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature 2018 was one for the record books with more than 800 advocates gathering in the state capital to learn about budget issues and priority legislation pertaining to education, ABLE accounts, and provider rates. The crowd brought …
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Governor Hogan’s FY 2019 Budget Released

Highlights of Interest to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families Governor Hogan released his FY 2019 proposed budget yesterday, which covers the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Below you will find highlights of particular interest to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The FY 2019 state operating budget totals $44.4 …
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Update on the Rate Study

Dear Stakeholder, I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) rate setting study. In November 2017, the DDA released a report initiated based on 2014 legislation requiring DDA to conduct an independent, cost-driven study, develop and implement a plan, provide for specified payments, develop a …
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