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Empowerment · Opportunity · Inclusion

Advancing the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life.

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Virtual Meeting Tips

Whether you have already participated in your first video meeting or are about to, we know how critical clear, plain guides are for a successful meeting.   To help, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, in…

Photo Contest Announced – Comfort and Connection

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting to everyone, including people with developmental disabilities and their families. We are discovering new and creative ways to find comfort and stay connected to friends and family, despite social distancing,…

Stories of Struggle and Success in Creating Meaningful Days

The Council’s newest publication, What Matters, tells the stories of nine people with developmental disabilities who work and have meaningful days in their communities. The Council developed What Matters with input from people with developmental…

State Plan

Every five years, the MDDC develops a State Plan. The plan entails a comprehensive review of major service systems and issues in Maryland where we outline goals, objectives and specific activities that will be implemented to bring about change. The State Plan guides the Council regarding how staff and fiscal resources are allocated. The Council State Plan is developed in accordance with the DDA and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. Click to view the full 2017-2021 State Plan.

The Council's 2017-2021 State Plan Goals


GOAL 1

People with developmental disabilities effectively advocate for themselves and others and influence issues that are important to them.

GOAL 2

People with developmental disabilities and their families are empowered to lead the lives they want and transform communities.

GOAL 3

Children and adults with developmental disabilities meaningfully participate in all facets of community life, and are valued and supported by their communities.

By the Numbers 2019

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People

3973

3,973 people trained through Council supported initiatives

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More Funds

541700

$541,700 invested to build a more inclusive community

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General Public

26011

26,011 members of general public educated about developmental disability issues

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Child Care Providers

110

110 Child Care Providers received training & technical assistance

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Programs & Policies

37

37 programs/policies created or improved

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Legislators

188

188 legislators educated about issues related to developmental disabilities

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Committees / Councils

26

26 Committees/Councils served on to improve policies, program & practices