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Employment First Webinar – Friday, Nov. 22

Friday, November 22, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST Where:   This is an online event. Join us for our next Employment First Webinar as we discuss ongoing collaborative efforts between the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). Please Note:  This session was rescheduled from the October 18 date.  If you already …
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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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Change Forum: Sheltered Workshop Conversion To Community Employment

Vermont APSE is organizing a two-day National Organizational Change Forum: Sheltered Workshop Conversion to Community Employment, on October 21-22, 2019 in Burlington, Vermont. The event focuses on employment for individuals with disabilities. Hear from leaders who have aligned federal, state, and local systems and agencies to move from sheltered work to offer exceptional community-based employment supports.” The forum …
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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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Maryland DDA Employment Data Initiative- May 2019 Data

The DDA recently completed the May 2019 Employment Data Initiative tracking period. As a reminder, this is individual-level data that is collected twice annually (May and October) from service providers for people who receive employment or related day supports funded by the DDA. The data includes variables such as employment, type of employment, volunteering, total wages and …
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About the Self-Directed Services Financial Management and Counseling Services RFP

      Financial Management & Counseling Services Request for Proposals MDH OPASS 20-17751 Frequently Asked Questions The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is committed to ensuring that Self-Directed Services provide autonomy, flexibility and individualized support for people with developmental disabilities. The Financial Management and Counseling Services (FMS) Request for Proposals (RFP) preserves an individual’s existing …
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We’re hiring young leaders! Please help us spread the word…

          Fall 2019 Fellowships – We’re Hiring! As someone with a disability myself who knows that well-prepared and passionate leaders with disabilities are needed at decision-making tables, I wanted to share a key opportunity with you. We’re looking for talented people with disabilities and their allies who have an interest in public service, running for office, advocating …
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Apply Now for Partners in Policymaking®

What Is Partners in Policymaking®? Partners in Policymaking® prepares parents of children with developmental disabilities and adults with developmental disabilities to be effective advocates at state and local levels. Over 30 states have a Partners program, including Maryland. This year, the Council has awarded a $100,000 grant to The Arc Maryland to manage the state’s …
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Developmental Disabilities Administration Amendment #2 Response

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) greatly appreciates the recommendations, concerns and feedback from individuals, families, advocates, partners and providers during the public comment period for Community Pathways Waiver – Amendment #2 2019. The mission of DDA and the basis of the amendment is to support the full integration of people with disabilities in community settings …
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