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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the closure of the Rosewood Center

On Friday, May 22, 2009, the last resident of Rosewood left the institution for the very last time. Today, former residents and others with developmental disabilities are our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends. They are leading meaningful lives in the community. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=hy8_BfvgGNU&feature=youtu.be Roslyn Johnson’s Own Home: Submitted by Muna Elia-Abass Roslyn’s family was filled …
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DDA Educational Webinar Series

      When:  First session begins Tuesday, May 7; all sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. Register once and get access to all the webinars! Where:  This is an online event. Please join the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) every Tuesday from May 7 through May 28 for an Educational Webinar Series. The weekly webinars, …
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EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Recording Link

      The Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLP) continues to host monthly webinars with national subject matter experts on topics related to organizational transformation and Employment First. If you missed the last webinar on  Unique Funding Ideas for Providers, you can view the webinar here. If …
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Western Maryland Region Meets for Employment Community of Practice

The Western Region Employment Community of Practice (COP) met in early February in Hagerstown for their regular quarterly meeting.  12 DDA Meaningful Day provider organizations, local Coordinators of Community Services (CCS), local  Division of Rehabilitation staff, Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) staff and DDA regional office and headquarters staff were all in attendance. Representatives …
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SMRO- Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative: May 8, 14 and 22, 2019

When:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT Where: SMRO- DDA 312 Marshall Ave, #700 Laurel, MD 20707 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 system with that philosophy. Transition planning is when …
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Preparing for May’s Employment Data Collection

      A reminder to be preparing for this year’s first Employment Data Collection period in the month of May. Providers of Meaningful Day Services (Supported Employment, Employment Discovery & Customization, Community Learning Services, Career Exploration and Day Habilitation Services) are to document various employment and community outcomes in DDA’s Employment Outcome Information System …
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DDA Webinar Educational Series….Save the Dates!

The DDA will continue to conduct weekly webinars to inform and educate all stakeholders related to DDA’s service delivery system. Webinars will include an overview of the topic with opportunities for questions and answers specific to the presentation topic. All stakeholders (people in services, self-advocates, families, providers, advocacy organization, state staff, etc.) are encouraged to …
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Provider Relations- Deadline for DDA Licensed and Certified Renewal extended to May 31!

      The electronic Provider Revalidation and Enrollment Portal (ePREP) applications are currently being reviewed. The site based provider enrollment has been extended to May 31. Please be sure to check you ePREP account frequently for messages and notifications on your application. DDA Licensed and DDA Certified renewal requirements All providers will need to …
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Personal Supports versus Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services

Prior to considering services to request, it is important to first envision what the person’s specific “Good Life” would look like. People can then start to consider their own unique trajectory and various services and supports to get to their “Good Life,” including informal supports, community programs, waiver and state plan services. Examples of a “Good …
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Community of Practice Supporting Families- Charting the LifeCourse

      Five members of the Maryland Community of Practice (CoP), Mary Anne Kane Breschi, Nichole Drummond, Jamie Stoner, Sarah Thornton, and Kathleen Walker – are attending the The National Supporting Families Community of Practice 2019 Annual Meeting on April 30, in conjunction with the Charting the LifeCourse Showcase on May 1 and 2 …
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