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Reminder: October’s Employment Data Collection

What:  Twice a year, all DDA Meaningful Day providers are required to submit data for all people they support who receive Day Habilitation, Employment Discovery and Customization, Career Exploration, Community Development Services or Supported Employment. Providers of Meaningful Day Services are to document various employment and community outcomes via the DDA web-based, Employment Outcome Information System …
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Highlights – Employment First Summit: October 11

 Maryland 2019 Employment First Summit Partners in TransformationThe DDA hosted its annual Maryland Employment First Summit. Partners convened to support the efforts of people with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining competitive and integrated employment.Opening remarks were provided by Maryland State agency partner leadership. Remarks discussed state and local level collaboration and shared vision related to …
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Council Awards $284,712 for Leadership Development Initiatives

      The Arc Maryland received $199,712 for a two-year continuation of its Partners in Policymaking® grant.This grant will train individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members to become effective advocates for long-term change affecting their lives and the lives of others in meaningful ways.  The Parents’ Place of Maryland received $75,000 for continuation of their …
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REMINDER Provider Survey – Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The DDA and the Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) want to support provider agencies as they serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are deaf and hard of hearing. The DDA and ODHH thank those who took time to participate in the critical survey that was sent out in August; the …
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Long-Term Services and Supports

Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) The DDA is continuing its efforts to prepare for the DDA LTSS pilot by working closely with Coordinator of Community Services (CCS) agencies and service providers. CCS agencies are creating and entering service plans for all pilot participants. Providers will electronically accept the service plans for all pilot participants within LTSS. …
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Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and Maryland Works partner for the Fourth Round of TIP Grants.

      The Council, in partnership with Maryland Works, funded seven service providers licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration to obtain customized technical assistance to improve services so more people with developmental disabilities are supported to obtain and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities, and to have meaningful days when not …
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Maryland Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program Survey

The Maryland Department of Health is considering some potential changes to the eligibility for Maryland’s  Medicaid Buy In also known as the Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) program.   EID allows individuals with disabilities to work and earn more without loss of Medicaid, in terms of eligibility, and a survey is being disseminated to obtain feedback …
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Council Awards $250,000 in New and Continuation Grants

The Council recently funded two advocacy initiatives supporting training for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Council awarded $150,000 to Shared Support Maryland, Inc. for the project Expectations Matter: “My Life, My Plan, My Choice.” This initiative focuses on the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s person-centered planning (PCP) process. People with developmental disabilities should be informed and …
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Council Funding Available for Small Grants and Event Sponsorships

Do you or your group/organization have an idea for a project that would benefit people with developmental disabilities in your community? Do you need funding for an event or training? We welcome your proposal! See the Funding tab on our website for details about how to submit a proposal for a small grant or event/training …
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. (NDEAM) Throughout this month, we’ll share information, resources, and ideas for what you can do to support people with disabilities, businesses, and our communities in helping all people work.       Did you know….. The theme for this year, created by the Office of Disability …
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Administration for Community Living Releases New Issue Brief on Assistive Technology

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has released a new Issue Brief on Assistive Technology. This issue brief discusses: 1) the important role of assistive technology in helping people of all ages with disabilities to live full and independent lives in their communities; and 2) the sources of public funding that are available for technology, …
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The Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities Request for Sponsorship Proposals

About the Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities (IATC) Request for Sponsorship Proposal (RSP) The IATC is a partnership of State and local government agencies, educators, family members and advocates. The IATC’s purpose is to help improve the policies and practices that affect Maryland’s transitioning youth with disabilities preparing to transition from high school to …
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Looking for Stories to Highlight

There is power in sharing stories; this is especially true when talking about the many facets of the Employment First transformation. The DDA would like to highlight stories related to employment outcomes, community participation and exploration, relationship building or stories  about your organization’s transformation efforts. If you have a story to share, please send information …
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Reminder: October Employment Data Collection

What: All DDA Meaningful Day providers are required to submit data, twice annually, for all people they support who receive Day Habilitation, Employment Discovery and Customization, Career Exploration, Community Development Services or Supported Employment. Providers of Meaningful Day Services are to document various employment and community outcomes via DDA’s web-based, Employment Outcome Information System for a two-week …
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SMRO- Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative – November 14, 2019

When:  Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT Where:  SMRO- DDA 312 Marshall Ave, #700 Laurel, MD 20707 Driving Directions Contact:  Developmental Disabilities Administration 301-362-5141 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 …
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SMRO-Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative
November 13, 14 & 21, 2019 & December 10, 2019

When: November 13, 14 & 21, 2019  and December 10, 2019 from 4:00PM-6 :00PM Where:   SMRO- DDA 312 Marshall Ave, #700 Laurel, MD 20707 Driving Directions Contact:  Developmental Disabilities Administration 301-362-5141 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 …
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Employment First Webinar – Oct. 18, 2019

When:  Friday, October 18, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT Where:  This is an online event. Join us for our next Employment First webinar as we discuss the ongoing collaborative efforts of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). Jill Pierce (DORS) and Staci Jones (DDA) will …
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DDA Educational Series Webinar Recordings

In case you missed them, just a reminder that DDA’s Education Series webinars were recorded and are available to view by going to DDA’s archived webinar page.  You will find a complete list on the right side of the web-page. Below is a list of webinar offerings in this series. They can also be found on …
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CQL Webinar: Transforming Employment

        Check out this free webinar from The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) on the concepts of the Transformational Leadership Model in moving from traditional site-based day programs to more person-directed day services and employment. Still think pre-vocational services (train-then-place model) lead to higher employment rates or increased wages?  This webinar …
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Begin Preparing for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2019 is “The Right Talent, Right Now” Visit the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) website now …
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