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Highlights – Employment First Summit: October 11

 Maryland 2019 Employment First Summit Partners in TransformationThe DDA hosted its annual Maryland Employment First Summit. Partners convened to support the efforts of people with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining competitive and integrated employment.Opening remarks were provided by Maryland State agency partner leadership. Remarks discussed state and local level collaboration and shared vision related to …
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Council Awards $284,712 for Leadership Development Initiatives

      The Arc Maryland received $199,712 for a two-year continuation of its Partners in Policymaking® grant.This grant will train individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members to become effective advocates for long-term change affecting their lives and the lives of others in meaningful ways.  The Parents’ Place of Maryland received $75,000 for continuation of their …
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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 time to participate in the critical survey that was sent out in August; the …
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Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and Maryland Works partner for the Fourth Round of TIP Grants.

      The Council, in partnership with Maryland Works, funded seven service providers licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration to obtain customized technical assistance to improve services so more people with developmental disabilities are supported to obtain and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities, and to have meaningful days when not …
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Maryland Food Bank – Thank You!

    To The SCI Team members from the Baltimore City catchment for volunteering your time and sweat on Saturday, October 30th! They were part of a team that processed 3800 pounds of food which equates to 3168 meals to hungry Marylanders.       From Left to Right on the photo with the yellow …
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Maryland Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program Survey

The Maryland Department of Health is considering some potential changes to the eligibility for Maryland’s  Medicaid Buy In also known as the Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) program.   EID allows individuals with disabilities to work and earn more without loss of Medicaid, in terms of eligibility, and a survey is being disseminated to obtain feedback …
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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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Sprout Film Festival returns to Cheverly, Maryland

A quick note to make you aware that the Sprout Film Festival, showcasing short films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will take place in Cheverly, Maryland on Wednesday, October 16th. The festival, presented by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will take place at the Publick Playhouse – 5445 Landover Road Cheverly, MD. Check out …
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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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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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