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  • 2017 Photo Contest Winners

    The Council’s 4th Annual Photo Contest was a success with more than 60 entries portraying the meaningful bonds that families share in their everyday lives. The winning photo, left, shows siblings Cameron and Ellie Ochalek. Cameron, who was adopted at 15 months, calls his big sister Ellie his best friend.

Empowerment · Opportunity · Inclusion

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

What's New

Increasing Access to Inclusive Child Care

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council is reviewing proposals from organizations that provide technical assistance to improve the ability of child care providers to support children with disabilities and special health care needs. This initi...

#ExpectationsMatter #ExpectAbility

Why expectations? Why a hashtag? Read about the roll-out of the Raising Expectations campaign from Council Executive Director Brian Cox and Council Cha...

Announcing 10 New TIP Grantees!

The DD Council and Maryland Works, Inc. are awarding TIP (Transforming and Improving Practices Through Customized Technical Assistance) grants that total $96,405 to ten provider agencies, three of which are in rural regions of Maryla...

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 2016

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People

2725

2,725 people trained through Council supported initiatives, including leadership, self-advocacy, and self-determination activities

54 people involved in systems advocacy

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More Funds

130000

$130,000 leveraged from other organizations for additional grant funding

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General Public

2700

2,700 members of general public educated about developmental disability issues

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Programs & Policies

18

18 programs/policies created or improved

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Legislators

188

188 legislators educated about DD issues

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Organizations

160

133 organizations involved in coalitions, networks, or partnerships

27 organizations engaged in systems change efforts