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What are your needs for webinars that inform and support? We have ideas about what topics would be helpful, but the DD Council and The Arc Maryland want to know what topics are most important and most useful to your needs – now. Let us know with this quick 5 minute survey found here — rate 13 different webinar topics that inform advocacy, increase understanding, and provide insight into ways to enhance the quality of life for people with I/DD and their families. The survey is open through July 8.

Now through July 31— you are invited to participate in a research study investigating the accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. Conducted with the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA PARC) and ADA National Network, the purpose is to improve understanding of the accessibility of public transportation to make improvements at regional and national levels. The study will examine the experience of public transportation from the perspective of people with disabilities across the nation.

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.

SAVE THE DATE

June 27 DDA is hosting the second quarterly Employment First Statewide Gathering 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. followed by a Roundtable Discussion from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at The Meeting House in Columbia. Meet subject matter expert Nancy Brooks-Lane who will discuss the path to organizational transformation and hear the stories directly from those who are in the process of change. Register now!

June 28 – 30 Billed as “Not your typical conference” registration is now open for Transformation to Community Based Services: The Nuts & Bolts for Success — at the Hilton in Old Town Alexandria Virginia. Space is limited to 170 registrants.

June 30, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Does “collective family empowerment” mean something to you? Download the flyer to learn more about this nationally promoted free webinar titled: The Next Generation of Advocates — Siblings of people with developmental disabilities.

July 26, Register now for the 26th Anniversary ADA Event sponsored by the MD Department of Disabilities. The keynote is Haben Girma, a nationally acclaimed access and inclusion advocate. The first Deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben champions equal access to information and technology for people with disabilities.

July 31- August 2, 2016 Register now for Reinventing Quality in Baltimore- This year’s theme is Assuring Quality Lives for Everyone: Moving from the Why to the How.

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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