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Current Initiatives Funded by the Maryland Development Disabilities Council: Fiscal Year 2016-2017


Upper Shore Inclusive Child Care Project
Maryland Family Network

The purpose of this project is to increase the skill and knowledge of child care providers on the Eastern Shore through the development of community of practice (peer-to-peer) strategies combined with targeted training and technical assistance so that more children with disabilities and special health care needs are supported in child care settings. Funding for the project is in partnership with the Office of Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs. The Inclusive Child Care Project will develop and deliver six (6) in person training modules and provide follow-up technical assistance to at least twenty (20) child care programs on the Upper Shore. Those twenty (20) child care programs will be part of a community of practice (peer network) and support one another as they increase knowledge, skill and capacity to include children with disabilities and special health care needs into their programs.

Contact: Steve Rhode | Website | Detailed Summary


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

POG, Maryland’s Statewide Self-Advocacy group, supports local self-advocacy groups by providing leadership trainings, mentoring opportunities, and sponsoring a Legislative Internship. POG supports the self-advocacy movement of Southern Maryland by forming new groups and supporting activities on transportation advocacy.  The result is an increase in the number of people with developmental disabilities who are active in the process of creating laws, services and programs that promote inclusion.

Contact: Ken Capone | Website | Detailed Summary

Professional Development and Coaching: Cultivating Youth Leadership and Self-Advocacy
Tilson & Diaz Solutions, Inc.

The purpose of this initiative is to increase the capacity of local school system professionals to ensure active student engagement in the transition process and to promote the self-advocacy skills of transition age youth that will be using the newly developed Digital Transition Portfolio. Tilson & Diaz Solutions will work with 3 pilot school systems – Anne Arundel, Caroline, and Carroll Counties – so that transition professionals in those counties will be able to train and mentor their colleagues, not only within their own counties, but statewide.

Contact: Monica Simonsen | Detailed Summary


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

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.

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Video about People having Meaningful Days When Not Working
Wilkum Studios

The video will highlight 1-2 adults with developmental disabilities who have significant support needs engaging in meaningful activities in their communities when not working. The video will be used to increase understanding and enhance training experiences by providing examples for staff, families and other stakeholders, of real-life scenarios that show the importance of inclusion and the ability of community service providers to support people with significant support needs to have meaningful days in their communities, when not working.

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My Support
My Support, Inc.

The purpose of this project is to assist with start-up costs for MySupport to become operational in Maryland. MySupport is an online provider directory platform that people with disabilities and their families can use to find support staff.

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