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Empowerment · Opportunity · Inclusion

Advancing the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life.

What's New

Stories of Struggle and Success in Creating Meaningful Days

The Council’s newest publication, What Matters, tells the stories of nine people with developmental disabilities who work and have meaningful days in their communities. The Council developed What Matters with input from people with developmental…

New Spanish Version of Planning Now Available (Una Nueva Versión en Españolde Planificar Ahora)

A new Spanish version of Planning Now: A Futures and Estate Planning Guide for Families of Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities makes this Council resource available to even more families. Download the guide in…

New Informational Sheets about the DDA and Its Services Available in English and en Español.

The Council, Disability Rights Maryland, and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities recently produced four informational sheets on specific topics related to the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and its services in English and Spanish. You…

State Plan

Every five years, the MDDC develops a State Plan. The plan entails a comprehensive review of major service systems and issues in Maryland where we outline goals, objectives and specific activities that will be implemented to bring about change. The State Plan guides the Council regarding how staff and fiscal resources are allocated. The Council State Plan is developed in accordance with the DDA and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. Click to view the full 2017-2021 State Plan.

The Council's 2017-2021 State Plan Goals


GOAL 1

People with developmental disabilities effectively advocate for themselves and others and influence issues that are important to them.

GOAL 2

People with developmental disabilities and their families are empowered to lead the lives they want and transform communities.

GOAL 3

Children and adults with developmental disabilities meaningfully participate in all facets of community life, and are valued and supported by their communities.

By the Numbers 2018

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People

3928

3,928 people trained through Council supported initiatives

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More Funds

122878

$122,878 leveraged from other organizations for additional grant funding

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General Public

26610

26,610 members of general public educated about developmental disability issues

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Child Care Providers

123

123 Child Care Providers received training & technical assistance

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Programs & Policies

25

25 programs/policies created or improved

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Legislators

188

188 legislators educated about issues related to developmental disabilities

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Committees / Councils

21

21 Committees/Councils served on to improve policies, program & practices