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Community of Practice Supporting Families – Charting the LifeCourse

      The Supporting Families Community of Practice hosted its 2019 Annual Meeting on June 25 and 26 at the Hussman Institute for Autism in Catonsville. Deputy Secretary, Bernie Simons and the MD CoP Statewide Leadership Team welcomed the National CoP Consultants and the Lewin Evaluation Group to celebrate and review our work of …
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Self-Directed Services

Did you know… You can contact NaToya Mitchell, Statewide Coordinator of Self-Directed Services to share ideas and provide feedback and recommendations through our designated self-directed email address. The email address is dda.selfdirection@maryland.gov. We’ve heard you… We thank all of you who participated in the statewide stakeholder town hall meetings providing insightful recommendations and feedback to …
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Employment

              The DDA and several Marylanders attended the national APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment First)conference in St. Louis Missouri this month. Each year, APSE honors individuals, organizations and employers for their individual and collective contribution to Employment First. During this year’s APSE conference, a Maryland individual and a Maryland provider organization received …
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Waiver Amendments #1 2019 Approved

We are pleased to inform you that the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved our three Amendment #1 2019 requests to amend the State of Maryland’s Family Supports, Community Supports and Community Pathways Waivers. Amendment #1 2019 aligns the services scope, requirements, limitations, qualifications, and effective date for the three home …
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Save the Date-Employment First Summit: October 11, 2019

              October is Disability Employment Awareness month. To help us celebrate and learn together, please mark your calendars for the Developmental Disability Administration’s (DDA) annual Employment Summit on Friday, October 11, 2019. Join us to receive Employment First updates, messages from collaborating partners, and guest speakers highlighting success stories and best …
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DD Council publishes: What Matters

              The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) recently released a publication called What Matters. What Matters tells the stories of nine people with developmental disabilities who work and have meaningful days in their communities. The Council developed What Matters with input from people with developmental disabilities, families, providers, and advocates. To …
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Meaningful Day Service Provider Survey

In the next month, the DDA will be sending out a short survey to all current Meaningful Day service providers.  This survey seeks to collect information about numbers of people each provider projects may be aligning to DDA’s Meaningful Day service called Career Exploration. Because we are in the middle of a transition year before …
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DORS/DDA Joint Staff Development Day

On June 26,  The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and  The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) held their first joint staff development day with staff from both agencies at the DDA Southern Maryland Regional Office. Back in June of 2018, DORS and DDA signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two state agencies, seeking to …
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2019 APSE Conference- St. Louis

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) held their 30th national conference June 18-20 in St. Louis, Missouri.  APSE  is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First. Every year , the APSE National Conference brings together over 1,000 community leaders, businesses, individuals and organizations impacted by Employment First – people with disabilities …
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Team Member SCoop

We would like to give a shout out to Southern Region Supervisor Mary Ellen Stephens who has been a volunteer with Special Olympics Maryland for 25 years! Beginning in high school in Charles County and continuing through college and beyond, Mary Ellen has had many roles including coaching soccer, bowling and basketball. Over the past …
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