The DD Council is recruiting new members! Are you a person with a developmental disability? A family member? Did you reside in an institution or nursing home, or are you a family member of someone with a developmental disability who did? If so, and you believe in equal opportunity, empowerment, and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities, learn more here: Maryland DD Council Member Information or call us at 800.305.6441 or MD Relay: 711.

Three Ways People with Disabilities Can Prepare to Vote in the Presidential Elections— Find information here on upcoming Presidential Voter Forums in the fall, a comprehensive yet brief REV UP Campaign Toolkit including a basic guide to polling center accessibility, contact information to schedule your own voter training, a voting rights hotline # and more– all to ensure people with disabilities have the information needed to vote on in the November presidential election.

Stay connected with Council Connection! In our June edition we respond to the Warner Brothers movie Me Before You–with commentary from people with disabilities and family members. Also, find a teaser on the launch of our 3rd annual photo contest–Check it out!

The LEAD Center’s Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability has information about relevant updates regarding Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, a new HCBS toolkit from the HCBS Advocacy Coalition, and newly released StatsRRTC Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and more.

Side by Side: Providing child care for children with disabilities alongside typically-developing peers
View and share inclusive child care videos, a part of our ongoing efforts to increase access to child care for children with disabilities.


Building the Future, Now! Save the dates of this upcoming webinar series on the Developmental Disabilities Administration–Click here for a summary of each webinar and presenters. Everything You Wanted to Know about DDA, but Were Afraid to Ask. Registration now open!
October 20: Part 2— You’re Approved for DDA Services: What’s Next?
November 10: Part 3 — Employment First: New Opportunities, Dispelling Myths & Misconceptions

September 28 and October 6 2016 Presidential Voter Forums for People with Disabilities sponsored by Disability Rights Maryland (DRM–Formerly Maryland Disability Law Center)
Wednesday, September 28 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Dove Pointe Salisbury AND Thursday October 6 12:00 – 2:00 at The League for People with Disabilities in Baltimore City — Register to vote, learn about Democratic and Republican campaigns regarding disability issues, test the ballot marking machines, get informed and energized! Download more information and directions here.

September 29 at 12:00 noon — Parents’ Place of Maryland is offering a free webinar on September 29 at 12:00 PM titled, Guardianship & Alternatives: What Parents Need to Know. Register here.

October 13 – 14 The 16th Annual Autism Conference in Timonium– For educators, clinicians, families, researchers, and other healthcare professionals hoping to increase their understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Register now!

October 19 9:00 – 4:00 The Developmental Disabilties Administration is hosting a conference on Employment First — Who should attend? Job seekers with disabilities, Family members, Job Coaches, Employment Specialists and consultants, Agency Management, Administration and Boards of Directors. Save the date– Registration is to follow.

October 24 is the deadline to apply for LEADers Training with Parents’ Place of Maryland. If you are a parent of a student with an IEP interested in learning about education law, understanding where health care and education intersect, increasing advocacy and leadership skills, and more — Download a flyer and apply here.

October 27 – 28 The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services presents: Partnering Toward Employment. People on the Go’s Ken Capone, a recognized leader in Maryland’s self-advocacy movement, will be a featured speaker among many other presenters providing information on employment, training, assistive technology, and more. More information and registration here.

Building the Future, Now! If you missed these webinars find links here:

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE): New Opportunities to Save for Disability-Related Expenses

Post Secondary Options for Transitioning Youth and a comprehensive FAQ’s generated from the webinar!

Making Inclusive Child Care a Reality

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