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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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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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DDA Transitioning Youth Resource Document

Transitioning from high school is an exciting time for young adults and their families as they consider options for the future. The DDA offers services that help youth and their families navigate a path toward a “good life” as adults. Understanding DDA’s Transitioning Youth (TY) Services DDA-funded services are not an entitlement. Funding for TY services …
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Ken Capone Equal Employment Act – 2018 Report

In October, 2018, the Maryland Department of Disability (MDOD) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) released their second joint report outlining progress on the plan and phase out of sub-minimum wage jobs and the use of 14c certificates, through the Individuals with Disabilities- Minimum Wage and Community Integration, also known as the Ken Capone Equal …
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Research Report on Disability Employment and Inclusion

Read and share the recently released report called Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage.  The report was produced in partnership with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). The report sought to answer the following question: Is there a positive correlation between how inclusive a company is of persons with disabilities …
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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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Your voice counts — make a difference!

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) needs people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, family members, parent advocacy groups, and advocates to join the conversation. Basic qualifications include experience with receiving DDA-funded supports and services and a passion for making a difference. Change lives by getting involved in a committee! For more information, email Nicole C. …
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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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National Disability Employment Awareness Month #NDEAM

SCI & The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate the community about disability employment issues as well as celebrate and highlight accomplishments related to disability employment. Throughout the month, SCI and DDA will be engaging in a social media campaign …
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Voter Engagement Forum

Learn how your organization can help promote voter participation in the 2018 midterm elections. Join Maryland Nonprofits, the League of Women Voters of Maryland, Common Cause Maryland, Maryland State Education Association, and others to discuss This free forum and discussion session will be an opportunity to learn and share information on issues such as: Why improving voter participation is important …
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Maryland Community of Practice (MD-CoP) for Supporting Families and Charting the LifeCourse Framework

Maryland joined the National CoP for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in 2016 to better support families caring for family members with developmental disabilities across the lifespan, using the Charting the LifeCourse Framework. For more information on national efforts, visit the National CoP for Supporting Families. What is a CoP? …
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