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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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Kessler Foundation 2020 Signature Employment Grant

The Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grant supports innovative solutions to increase employment for people with disabilities. For the 2020 grant, the Foundation has a special interest in projects that address the intersection of race, class, gender, disability and poverty within the framework of helping individuals with disabilities obtain employment or re-enter the job market following …
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Disability Employment Awareness Month: Frederick County Collaborative Video

The Frederick County Commission on Disabilities, the Human Relations Department of Frederick County Government, Scott Key Center, Community Living Incorporated and local businesses created a video to celebrate disability employment awareness month. To watch the video, click HERE.

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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 the time to participate in the critical survey that was sent out in August; …
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SMRO- Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative – February 5, 11, 12 & 19, 2020

When:  February 5, 11, 12 & 19, 2020 Time:  4:00PM-6 :00PM 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 …
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Register now for Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature

One of the biggest days of the year for disability advocates across Maryland is coming up on February 12th: Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature! Join hundreds of fellow advocates, families, policy makers, and colleagues in Annapolis to make your voice heard. Learn about 2020 priorities and meet with your representatives to create a better tomorrow …
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Transformation Update – Launch of the Provider Transition of LTSS Advisory Group

With the LTSSMaryland pilot beginning in December, and a larger roll out to begin July 2020, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) convened the Provider Transition of LTSS Advisory Group. Thirty-five people, including providers, Coordinators of Community Services (CCS), representatives from the Maryland Association of Community Services and family members, joined Deputy Secretary Bernard Simons and …
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State Employment Leadership Network Annual Accomplishments Report

Maryland is a long time member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN).  Each year, SELN publishes an Accomplishments Report, which outlines how states are transforming their systems. SELN accomplishments reports are a collection of diverse examples illustrating how states achieve both the small steps and big leaps of systems improvements. Our Network activities and …
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