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Here it is! The “Fan Favorite” of the Council’s Story/Photo Contest!

Here it is! The story/photo that received the most likes in the “Fan Favorite” portion of our contest!  Congratulations to Tracy and Jake Smith and to everyone who participated and voted–you all helped us spread the Expectations Matter message to almost 6,000 people! To read more about the campaign and for resources about how expectations …
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Announcing the Winners of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council’s Expectations Matter Story/Photo Contest!

First – Third Place Winners The Council created the message Expectations Matter Expect Ability to raise awareness about expectations. The power of this message is in the real-life stories, so this year’s contest focused on the everyday examples of how expectations play a role in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. We received so many …
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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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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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New Attacks on Medicaid: Drastic Cuts, Work Requirements and Lifetime Caps

By Susan Goodman, JD  This memo applies to all people with disabilities who are receiving services from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).  These services are funded by the state and the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program that funds most community-living and employment supports for adults with disabilities and many children in …
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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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Don’t Miss Out!

Breaking Legislative News, Interesting Articles, Powerful Videos There is a lot of information out there, and things are happening quickly. It’s important to us to keep you informed about issues impacting people with developmental disabilities and their families in Maryland–breaking news, grant information, important resources for parents, employers, educators, and providers–and much more that is …
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