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DD Day Registration

Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature, February 22 Registration is now open! Registration is now open for this year’s DD Day! Join hundreds of fellow advocates February 22 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 that impact …
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SMRO-Know the 10 Signs Early Detection Matters.

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST Where:  312 Marshall Ave., Suite 700, Laurel, MD 20707 A workshop presented by the Alzheimer’s Association KNOWthe 10 SIGNS EARLY DETECTION MATTERS The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is …
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Together We’re Better! 2017-2018 Campaign:

The Arc Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 “Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education Campaign and Artwork Contest. The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of the value and importance of unity, inclusion, and …
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Employment First Webinar – January 19

When:   Friday, January 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST Where:   This is an online event. Are you growing weary with the idea of transformation, new waivers, new services, new initiatives, final rule compliance, end of 14c, etc.? If so, this webinar is for you! Staci Jones, Statewide Career and Employment Services Coordinator …
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NPR will air a series on abuse of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

PLEASE SHARE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON YOUR LISTSERVES! At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong NPR investigation finds that there’s little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: adults with intellectual disabilities. The series starts on Monday, January 8 …
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Responses to Questions about the Rate Study

Rate Setting Study Recently, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) was required to conduct an independent, cost-driven study, develop and implement a plan, provide for specified payments, develop a billing and payment system, establish a payment schedule, and consult with stakeholders. This rate setting study marked the first time the provider rate structure has been reviewed …
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DDA’s Frequently Asked Questions about Self-Directed Services

Self-Directed Services Traditionally people with disabilities did not have the say or control over their lives. From choosing who they lived with, deciding how they spent their day, participating in the community in ways they wanted to, and spending time with people important to them, were often not the foundation to them receiving services. One’s …
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The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Raises Small Grant Funding Total

Small Grants Can Now Total $5,000 Each The Maryland Developmental Disabilities recently voted to raise the small grant total award amount from $2,500 to $5,000 per grant. While not all small grants require this amount of funding, this move is an effort to increase the number of viable and strategic grant requests that the Council …
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Action Alert: Keep Up the Advocacy

Congress is on a fast track to pass the tax reform bill; the Senate is debating right now! This bill will be devastating for people with disabilities and yet the public has not even seen the final bill.  We have to stop this from happening, we need you to take action now. TODAY, please call and ask your …
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Maryland Receives Federal Approval for New Developmental Disabilities Support Waiver

November 30, 2017 State Will Expand Services Through Family Supports Waiver ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland has received federal approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand services for individuals with developmental disabilities through the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) Family Supports Waiver. Services offered through …
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