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Advocacy & Training Opportunities

Caregiver Town Hall and Resource Fair-Sept. 15, 2018

Creating a flexible, person-centered, family-oriented system of supports so people can have full lives.  Caregiver Resource Fair and Town Hall Sept. 15, 2018 at Salisbury University The Maryland Commission on Caregiving (MCC) is mandated to hear from family/informal caregivers across the lifespan. Last November the MCC held its first town hall during the “Care for All” …
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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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Quarterly Membership Meeting!

When:  September 8, 2018, 11am-3pm Where:  The Arc Maryland 130 Lubrano Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401 Lower Level Please bring $5 for lunch Meeting Agenda Items Membership Recruitment POG Conference updates Guest Speaker:  Angela Rapp Kennedy  Learning Session:  The Council on Quality and Leadership  Overview of the CQL Council on Quality and Leadership’s tools and processes Topics to be …
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CMRO – CQL- Overview training for Families and Self Advocates – August 21, 2018

When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT Where: CMRO Training Room 1401 Severn St. Baltimore, MD 21230 Overview of CQL Basic Assurances®, Personal Outcome Measures® and Network Accreditation Join us for a brief, high-level overview of the CQL Council on Quality and Leadership’s tools and processes which will be used to move Maryland …
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Transition Survey for Students with Disabilities

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and The Parents’ Place of Maryland developed a survey to learn from families about their experiences, concerns, and possible issues with the Transitioning planning services. Transition planning starts in Maryland around age 14 for students with disabilities to help them transition out of school and into post-school activities such as …
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Transition Survey: Deadline Extended!

Share your experiences about secondary transition for students with disabilities We want to hear from you! Deadline Extended to August 17th The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with the Parents’ Place of Maryland, has developed this survey specifically looking at the transition of students with disabilities from school. We want to learn from families about …
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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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SMRO- CQL- Overview training for Families and Self Advocates – August 28 & 29, 2018

When: August 28 & 29, 2018 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm  Where: SMRO- DDA 312 Marshall Ave Suite #700 Laurel, MD 20707 Overview of CQL Basic Assurances®, Personal Outcome Measures® and Network Accreditation Join us for a brief, high-level overview of the CQL Council on Quality and Leadership’s tools and processes which will be used to move …
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SMRO – Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative September 12 & 20, 2018

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM ED Where:   SMRO- DDA 312 Marshall Ave, #700 Laurel, MD 20707 Driving Directions Transition is more than about just services; it’s also about values. The DDA has adopted an Employment First philosophy and seeks to align its service delivery system with that philosophy. …
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Survey about Secondary Transition

We want to hear from you! Please share your experiences and ideas about the transition of students with disabilities from school. The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with the Parents’ Place of Maryland, has developed this survey specifically looking at the transition of students with disabilities from school. Transition planning is a process mandated by …
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Community Pathways Waiver

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Community Pathways Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver renewal application on June 27, 2018. The renewal application reflects informal and formal feedback from various stakeholders over the past several years. The renewal application includes: …
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SMRO- Support Broker Initial Certification Training, September 5th & 6th, 2018

When- 2 days: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM AND Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Where: SMRO- DDA 312 Marshall Ave,  Suite #700 Laurel, MD 20707 The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is sponsoring a one and a half day Initial Support Broker Training on September 5th & …
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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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Apply to be a Member of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Be a Part of an Organization that makes a Difference in the Lives of Maryland Residents with Developmental Disabilities and their Families The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking applications from potential members to fill several membership slots that will be open in June of 2019. For this recruitment cycle, applications will be accepted through …
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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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DDA Employment First Webinars – Supported Decision Making

Joining us for our May Employment First webinar is Megan Rusciano, a staff attorney with Disability Rights Maryland. Megan will be discussing alternatives to guardianship, including supported decision making. These are important discussions as we support people to become participating members of their communities. Date: Friday, May 18, 10:00am-12:00pm  Click here to register for this webinar. …
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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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Brave in the Attempt

Join the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the Developmental Disabilities Administration, Special Olympics Maryland, and V-LINC, Inc. for The Second Annual Brave in the Attempt Talks Transform June 6, 2018 Towson University University Union, Third Floor Chesapeake Room 281 University Ave Towson, MD 21204 When have you taken a risk to be your best self? How have you transformed? …
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Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Community Pathways Waiver Renewal Now Available on the DDA website

The DDA’s Community Pathways (CP) Waiver was submitted by the Office of Health Services (OHS) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) April 2, 2018. The document is now available on the DDA website, including tracked changes of the original submission. The Community Pathways Waiver program provides support services to people with developmental …
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