Announcing the Council’s 2nd Annual Photo Contest: A Picture is Worth 1000 Words! The 1st place winner receives $200, 2nd place winner $175, 3rd place winner $125 and Fan Favorite $100! Find contest guidelines and more here: Side-by-Side: Living a Full Life in the Community. Submissions due by July 31st. Good luck!

How engaged is your County in providing input directing our priorities for children and adults with developmental disabilities, and their families? See the percentage of responses by County and encourage participation by distributing the link to the survey to your network of stakeholders. Don’t delay, the deadline is July 31st! Add your voice to our Five Year State Plan Survey The survey is also available en Espanol!

Governor Hogan signed bills to move two important issues forward in Maryland, both of which the Council helped guide to passage. One ensures an ABLE program will be established in Maryland to help people save for disability-related expenses.The Saylor Alliance will focus on training law enforcement and other sectors. Both will be housed at the Maryland Department of Disabilities (DOD).

New Resource to Support Advocates with
HCBS RuleNew website


Key legislation that passed and overview of budget issues impacting access to services: 2015 Legislative Overview


Don’t miss the September 17-18 22nd Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference!

MDSibs.com has launched! Save the Date for October 17, 2015! For the first time, we are bringing together siblings of people with developmental disabilities and others that care about sibling issues in a one-day conference. Join us to meet, connect and learn about siblings of all ages across the State of Maryland. MDSibs2015

Maryland Rehabilitation Association & MSDE Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) Present Embracing Change & Empowering Abilities October 29-30

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