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Informational Bulletin

The purpose of this informational bulletin is to clarify the requirements for individuals to receive services through the Community Supports Waiver and the Family Supports Waiver without interruption. Individuals are required to maintain waiver eligibility to receive services. If a person becomes disenrolled from the Community Supports Waiver or the Family Supports Waiver, then services will be discontinued. Please …
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2019 Funding Priorities

DD Council to Invest $200,000 in New Initiatives Earlier this month, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council voted to invest $200,000 in new initiatives in 2019, building on current projects that total over $500,000. These priorities include:  Person-Centered Planning: A request for proposals will be released in the next few months to solicit proposals to develop …
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The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council’s 2019 Legislative Overview

Legislation Affecting People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families The 2019 legislative session has come to a close.  The state’s FY2020 budget will expand support to more individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and numerous bills addressed issues of importance to people with developmental disabilities and their families. For details on budgets and bills, …
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National Autism Awareness Month!

          Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.  This year they wanted to go beyond …
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“Fight for $15” Bill Passes with 4% Yearly Increases to DD Services

(courtesy of The Arc Maryland) Today, the “Fight for $15” Bill (HB166/SB280) passed through the House and Senate after a vote on both chambers to accept the Conference Committee report. These final bill changes see a flat 4% increase to DD Services each year from FY21 to FY26 as the minimum wage increases from $10.10 …
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How do I choose a Coordinator of Community Services Agency?

A letter will be mailed to you explaining your right to choose your CCS provider. The letter will include information about each of the CCS agencies within your region and a form that you need to send back to your DDA regional office indicating your choice. You have 30 calendar days from the date noted on the …
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Community of Practice Supporting Families- Charting the LifeCourse

        The Maryland Community of Practice (CoP) Statewide Leadership Team met for its quarterly meeting on Feb. 26th at the MD Center for Developmental Disabilities. The guest speaker, Ms. Amy Milar, Supporting Families Statewide Initiative Coordinator from Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Disabilities, shared compelling stories and relevant information pertaining to the structure of …
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Employment

Please note the following language changes to the current waiver amendments related to the Meaningful Day service called Career Exploration: The 90-day limit will not apply to people currently receiving services. People currently receiving Career Exploration will create an employment goal within their Person-Centered Plan during their annual team process that outlines their trajectory and transition time …
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Self-Directed Services

Statewide Coordinator of Self-Directed Services The DDA is happy to announce the hiring of the statewide coordinator of Self Directed Services.  Ms. NaToya Mitchell joined the DDA team on February 27, 2019. Ms. Mitchell has more than 15 years of experience working in non-profit and governmental agencies. NaToya brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Intellectual and …
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Waiver Amendment

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) received input on the DDA Waiver Amendments #1 2019 from various stakeholders including self-advocates, family members, advocacy groups, and providers. We are considering all input that has been shared with us to support participants as they work toward individually defined life outcomes, self-determination, community living, socialization, and economic self-sufficiency. We …
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World Down Syndrome Day

Each year on March 21, people across the globe come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. The Arc Maryland will spend the special occasion in Annapolis, where the First Lady, Yumi Hogan will provide a proclamation issued by her husband, Governor Larry Hogan in honor of the day. People are invited to recognize and …
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SMRO- Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative – April 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2019

      When Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT Where SMRO- DDA 312 Marshall Ave, #700 Laurel, MD 20707 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. Transition …
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URGENT ACTION ALERT ON MINIMUM WAGE AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES!

Last evening (March 24th, 2019), the Senate passed the minimum wage bill with rate increases for DD services that are a good bit higher than those passed by the House of Delegates. The Senate passed increases for FY 21-26 with rate increases at 5%, 5%, 4.5%, 4%, 4% and 3%, as compared to the House, …
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March is Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), partners with Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks to …
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Sibling Conference

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL EVENT! Sibs 2019: Connecting. Listening. Learning. Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM The Hotel at Arundel Preserve Back by popular demand, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has partnered with the District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council to host Sibs 2019 to help siblings of all ages and …
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Employment First Pre-recorded webinar

In lieu of a live employment first webinar in January, please note that a presentation was pre-recorded and uploaded to the DDA archived webinar page. This presentation is a re-recorded presentation of the two-part webinar series called Bringing it All Together: Parts I and II from July and November of 2018.  Both presentations have been consolidated into …
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Self-Directed Services

The DDA is very excited to report that we have approximately 900 people that have selected to participate in self-direction and are enjoying the flexibility of budget and employer authority. The DDA would like to take this opportunity to provide clarification related to the initial and annual person-centered plan (PCP) as well as the self-directed services …
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Employment First Webinar – Work Incentives on Feb. 15

When:  Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Where:  This is an online event. Register and join us for the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) February Employment First webinar. Staci Jones, DDA’s employment services coordinator, will be joined by David Mitchell, program director with Independence Now, Inc. David, a certified benefits counselor, will present on work incentives and talk through some of the common fears about …
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Recorded Versions of the Council Sponsored Education and Transition Series Webinars are Now Available!

Webinar descriptions, recorded presentations, transcripts, and presentation slides are now available using the links below:  Webinar 1: Transitioning from School to Adult Life: How to Use the Special Education Process Effectively Webinar 1 provided an overview of the legal requirements regarding transition plans and the IEP process, issues to consider as a transition plan is developed …
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DD Day Registration

Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature February 13 Registration is now open! Registration is now open for this year’s DD Day! Join hundreds of fellow advocates February 13 and meet with your legislators to ensure your voice is heard. The Developmental Disabilities Coalition will be holding a briefing on the top legislative and budgetary issues …
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