The 2016 legislative session came to a close April 11! With it came good news on several fronts for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The DDA budget included funding for emergencies, urgent needs, transitioning youth, and a provider rate increase. Bills passed will establish the Maryland ABLE program, phase out subminimum wages, and support families to be more meaningful participants in their child’s IEP meetings. Read all about it in our 2016 Legislative Overview

Listen in to Cristy Marchand ED of The Arc Maryland, and Andrew Barnhart, brother of a man who is on the waiting list discussing DDA’s Waiting List for services and Crisis Resolution Funding legislation with WYPR’s Sheilah Kast on Midday!

Stay connected with Council Connection! Our April edition explores the debate about Autism Awareness vs. Autism Acceptance Month. Learn why the conversation matters, and more of what you need to stay in touch and informed.

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.

Our 2016 Public Policy Platform!

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.


Tuesday May 3rd at 2 p.m. Webinar from Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE): Developing a Meaningful Day-via the Use of Person Centered Planning and Community Focused Support The type of supports people are asking for is changing, and the funding and regulations for support arrangements are changing too. Now is the time for service providers to start adapting their service array to provide the supports that people want and need to achieve community based outcomes.

June 13-14 Register now for: Person Centered Thinking Workshop with Lisa Meyer – a 2 day session at the Holiday Inn Express in Easton on the Eastern Shore sponsored by the DDA

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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