Current Initiatives

Current Initiatives Funded by the Maryland Development Disabilities Council

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Enhancing Self-Advocacy and Public Policy Work
People On the Go of Maryland (POG)

POG, a group of advocates with developmental disabilities, is supported by the Council and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD). The group advocates for people with developmental disabilities and educates people with developmental disabilities through leadership trainings and mentoring opportunities, and provides support and training to local self-advocacy groups. The group works to achieve improvements in policies, practices, services and laws in Maryland to ensure people with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities.


Child Care

Nurse Consultation and Coaching Demonstration Project
PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs

This demonstration project supports an experienced pediatric registered nurse to train, coach, and consult with 50 licensed child care providers in the Baltimore metro area to increase their knowledge, skills, and capacity to care for and support children with developmental disabilities who also have special healthcare needs in inclusive child care settings. As a result of this initiative, more children with developmental disabilities who also have special healthcare needs will be in childcare settings alongside their peers without disabilities and a model of nurse consultation and consulting will be developed and expanded statewide.



Southern Maryland Provider Technical Assistance
The Arc Southern Maryland

This project funds a subject matter expert to provide technical assistance and training to licensed DDA providers in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. This technical assistance and training will increase the knowledge and skills of provider professionals and facilitate organizational transformation so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities and to have meaningful days when not working.


Transforming and Improving Practices through Customized Technical Assistance (TIP) Grants 

Round One: Appalachian Parent Association, Bay Community Support Services, CHANGE, Inc., CHI Centers, Head Injury Rehabilitation & Referral Services, Humanim & Compass (jointly funded), Itineris, Providence Center, Spring Dell Center, The Arc of Howard County, The Arc Prince George’s County, The Arc Southern Maryland, The Arc of Washington County

Round Two: Ardmore Enterprises, Bayside Community Network, Community Living, Inc., Gallagher Services, Opportunity Builders, Rehabilitation Opportunities, The Arc Baltimore, The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, The Arc Montgomery County

Round Three: Delmarva Community Services, Gallagher Services, New Horizons Supported Services/Compass, Inc., The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA), Penn-Mar Human Services; Spectrum Supports, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, Jewish Community Services, The Arc Carroll County, The League for People with Disabilities, SEEC: (Seeking Employment, Equality, and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities), and Community Options. 

The purpose of this initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities by building the capacity of community service providers licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Through customized technical assistance by subject matter experts, providers will improve the way services are provided so that more people with developmental disabilities are supported to get and keep the meaningful work they want in their communities and to have meaningful days when not working. All grant recipients will participate in a learning community to share their efforts to improve employment outcomes and receive mutual peer support.

Summary – Round One

Summary – Round Two

Summary – Round Three

Publications: Success Stories

The publication will highlight success stories from different perspectives to address concerns of various audiences (people with disabilities, families, direct support professionals, and employers). By addressing known concerns such as safety, dignity of risk, and opportunities in rural areas, the publication will allay fears and negative perceptions and improve employment and other meaningful opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the state.


Community Supports

Building Frontline Leaders: Coaching and Supervision Training
Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS)

This project funds comprehensive training for frontline supervisors working for DDA-licensed service providers in Maryland. This coaching and supervision course will build organizational capacity and help key agency staff develop the leadership skills and knowledge needed to implement the CMS Community Settings Rule, strengthen the DSP workforce, and enhance the quality of community supports for people with developmental disabilities.


Information and Resources

Planning Now
In-house initiative
The Planning Now guide is a comprehensive, easy to use futures and estate planning guide for families of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Future & estates planning includes envisioning a desired future for your child. Topics covered include financial and healthcare benefits, wills, trusts, tax considerations, financial planning, and others. This publication is available in English and Spanish on our website. Limited hard copies are also available in English.

Raising Expectations Think Tank

The purpose of this initiative is to identify challenges and related strategies to increase expectations of people with developmental disabilities.


User Friendly ABLE Guide
Creative Words and Visions, contractor
This user friendly guide will help people with disabilities and their families understand Maryland ABLE. Maryland ABLE is a savings and investment program that offers eligible people with disabilities the opportunity to save money for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing access to federal and state means-tested benefits.

Leadership Development

Eastern Shore LEADers
Parents’ Place of Maryland

The purpose of this project is to provide leadership training on the Eastern Shore for parents of children with developmental disabilities and ensure ongoing engagement by participants in advocacy and leadership.


Parent Leadership Learning Parties
Ready At Five

This project will allow Ready At Five to expand its family engagement efforts by funding eight Parent Leadership Learning Parties (PLLPs) statewide designed specifically to include parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities and delays.


Partners in Policymaking®
The Arc Maryland

The Council is funding the Partners in Policymaking® program (Partners) to train individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to become effective advocates for long-term change Partners is the the most prominent leadership development program for individuals with disabilities and their families in the country.  The Council works closely with The Arc Maryland, which manages the program through this grant and provides matching funds.


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Quick Links

Council Brochure

Current Annual Report

Impact Summary: Child Care

Impact Summary: Employment

Impact Summary: Advocacy