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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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Community of Practice Supporting Families- Charting the LifeCourse

The Maryland Community of Practice (CoP) Statewide Leadership Team’s next quarterly meeting is on Feb. 26 at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Amy Milar, supporting families statewide initiative coordinator from the Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Disabilities will share how Pennsylvania has embraced the principles of Charting the LifeCourse Framework (CtLC) to better support …
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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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Legislative Session 2019

            Bills that Affect People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families How to Stay Informed: Council 2019 Legislative Activity The 2019 legislative session is underway. Each week of the session, we publish a list of bills we are monitoring and those that are a priority with links to the bills, …
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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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PLANNING NOW available! A Futures and Estate Planning Guide for Families of Children and Adults with Disabilities

An updated version is now available! Planning Now is a comprehensive, easy to use futures and estate planning guide for families of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Future & estates planning includes envisioning a desired future for your child. Topics covered include financial and healthcare benefits, wills, trusts, tax considerations, financial planning, and others. …
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A TRANSITION TRAINING FOR PARENTS

The transition from school to adulthood for children with special needs can be challenging. It can be difficult to know where to begin or what the priorities should be. This FREE four session training, which includes the use of Life course Tools, will help parents navigate this process and develop a unique Transition Action Plan …
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Action Alert

Please Tell Congress: Fund the “Money Follows the Person” Program through the IMPROVE Act Congress is expected to vote this week on the future of the “Money Follows the Person” (MFP) program. MFP has helped more than 88,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move into a setting of their choice, and has helped 44 states improve …
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Maryland Medicaid to Cover Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants for Adults

Since July 1, Maryland Medicaid now covers hearing aids and cochlear implants for adults, which were previously only provided under Medicaid to children (under 21 years old). On October 12, Maryland finalized the regulation governing how these items will be covered (available in the Maryland Register here). In contrast to the proposed regulation, people for whom …
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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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