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SCI attends Maryland Disabilities Day!

Several SCI Team Members attended Developmental Disabilities (DD) Day at the Maryland Legislature.  DD Day is an opportunity for advocates to influence policy. This year, over 900 advocates attended the event.  The group heard from leaders of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition, members of state department leadership and legislators on the proposed state budget for …
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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Every five years the Council identifies ways to make a positive difference in the lives of those with developmental disabilities and their families. This survey will help us plan for our work to support people with developmental disabilities be included and meaningfully participate in all aspects of life. Mission The Council’s mission is to advance …
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The DDA Educational Series Webinar Recordings

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)’s Employment First Community of Practice  (CoP) webinar series is structured to augment the technical assistance areas of primary focus in Employment First systems change (Capacity Building, Provider Transformation, School-to-Work Transition, Employer Engagement, and Policy/Funding Alignment). CoP participants hear from national subject matter experts (SMEs) presenting information and resources to support Employment First efforts. January’s …
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State Agencies’ Transition Collaborative of Maryland Leadership Round-table

Leadership from Maryland partner agencies met in December to hear updates related to intensive technical assistance the state has been receiving through the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) since 2016. The core partner agencies of this collaborative include Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Coalition of Inclusive Education (CIE), Department of Labor (DOL), Developmental Disabilities …
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Join the Maryland Chapter of the APSE

Maryland now has an APSE Chapter!  Are you a current APSE member and want to get connected to fellow Maryland APSE members, please join the full membership meeting.  If you’re not currently a member or would like to get more information, contact Chapter President Stacey Herman. Meeting Info: Date: March 17th from 10:00 -11:30 am Location: …
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A Vision for 2020

The start of a new year is a good time to refocus on Maryland and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)’s Employment First initiative within the context the administration’s vision: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have full lives in the communities of their choice where they are included, participate, and are active citizens. The …
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Governor Hogan’s FY 2021 Budget Released

    Highlights of Interest to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families Governor Hogan released his FY 2021 proposed budget last week, which covers the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Below are highlights of particular interest to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The FY 2021 state operating budget totals …
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Advocacy 101 Workshop – RSVP BY 1/17/20

ADVOCACY 101 & MARYLAND’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY WORKSHOP INFO On Thursday, January 23rd, meet Maryland officials and experts on what to expect from developmental disability issues and funding in the upcoming General Assembly. Participants will also learn: Nuts and bolts for being an effective advocate and visit with other advocates Priorities for the upcoming legislative session …
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WorkforceGPS Entrepreneurship Support and 2019 Resource Recap

WorkforceGPS is an online technical assistance website with workforce development resources with a information to support entrepreneurship. The information includes a toolkit with innovative practices and organizations that support entrepreneurship. Click HERE to access the material. 2019 Resource Recap – One location to find all the employment resources of 2019. Topics include work-based learning, employer …
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A Challenge to American Business – Including People with Disabilities in Talent Pipelines

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) invites businesses to compete for cash prizes to help expand the recruitment and retention programs for workers with disabilities. ACL seeks innovative models to help businesses across the country reach a wider talent pool and to create more opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. The Challenge:   ACL …
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