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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.

SAVE THE DATE

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. Registration information to follow.
September 21: Part 1— Everything You Wanted to Know about DDA, but Were Afraid to Ask
October 20: Part 2— You’re Approved for DDA Services: What’s Next?
November 10: Part 3 — Employment First: New Opportunities, Dispelling Myths & Misconceptions

Parents’ Place of MD offers a FREE WORKSHOP SERIES FOR PARENTS! The Saturday series starts in September, featuring: 1)Preparing for a successful IEP meeting 2)Is my child making progress? 3) Writing S.M.A.R.T. IEP Goals 4) Organizing the Documents! Register now-space is limited!

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.

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is hosting a series of webinars to inform ALL stakeholders of proposed changes to the Community Pathways Waiver and to ask for your input. Click here to download a flyer listing of all upcoming webinars and registration links. Also on the flyer are links to the recorded webinars on proposed changes to Employment & Day Services and Behavior Supports & Nursing.  

SUPPORT SERVICES Pt. 1
August 26, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
August 27, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
SUPPORT SERVICES Pt. 2
August 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
September 2, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
September 3, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
September 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
September 9, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
September 10, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m

September 10 — Registration open! People on the Go MD (POG) 2016 conference: “Moving forward civil rights for all; Don’t stop believing, the future is here!” coordinated by and for people with developmental disabilities. All advocates, family members, and staff interested in self-determination, choice, and topics such as employment, health, and housing should attend.

September 13 – 14 23RD ANNUAL MID-ATLANTIC ADA UPDATE CONFERENCE Hilton Baltimore 401 West Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201 Register now!

September 24 The 2016 Diamonds in the Rough Conference–A  full day conference especially for parents of students with disabilities. Topic:  “Using the ‘P’ Word: Identifying and Developing Potential” with a keynote: “College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong.” Register now!

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!

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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