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DD Day is on as scheduled tomorrow, Wednesday February 10, starting with breakfast at 8:00. Pre-registration required– we hope to see you there!

The DD Council is hiring a Director of Grants & Initiatives. The deadline to apply is February 15– click here for more information and to access the application.

Priority Legislation 2-5-16
Legislation to Monitor 2-5-16

Governor Hogan unveiled his proposed budget for FY2017 today. The budget includes a $71M (6%) increase for DDA. This additional funding includes $35.7M to fully fund the minimum wage increase for service providers, funding to support people in emergency and crisis situations, and transitioning youth services. It also includes funding to continue supporting people who started receiving services in FY2016. The budget covers July 2016 through June 2017. Budget Highlights here.

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has just released our 2016 Public Policy Platform!

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! Get ready by clicking here for access to resources and webinars to support the effort to raise awareness in March.

The Maryland Department of Disabilities has just released the final report from the ABLE Act Task Force. Find additional resources about ABLE on this MDDOD webpage.

Side by Side: Providing child care for children with disabilities alongside typically-developing peers
Two new inclusive child care videos have just been released! View and share! They are a part of our ongoing efforts to increase access to child care for children with disabilities.

SAVE THE DATE

Pre-register now for DD Day at the Legislature! Wednesday, February 10 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel Atrium & Ballroom. We hope to see you there!

Applications being accepted now through Monday February 22 for the 2016 Youth Leadership Forum scheduled for June 23-25 at Towson University. Find more information here.

April 11-13 2016 Disability Policy Seminar in Washington DC Registration opens in January

July 31- August 2 2016 Reinventing Quality in Baltimore

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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