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The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council  The Arc Maryland announce three FREE webinars this fall! 

Save the Dates of Sept. 21, Oct. 20 & Nov. 10

2016 fall series of free webinars with registration to follow. This series is a result of input from a recent survey about priorities for webinar topics.

The DDC hoping to open registration after August 30. Stay tuned for an announcement that registration is open! 

Part 1: Everything You Wanted to Know about DDA but Were Afraid to Ask

Wednesday September 21, 2016 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Part 1 will cover the basics: Who? What? Where? How? and Why? of the DDA system. Starting with an overview of services and the organizational structure of the DDA, presenters will explain the process of determining eligibility and define the various categories/functions of the waiting list–followed by Q & A.


Cristy Marchand, The Arc Maryland

Patricia Sastoque, Developmental Disabilities Administration

Joyce Sims, Resource Connections


Part 2: So, You’re Approved for DDA Services– What’s Next?

Thursday, October 20, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

This session will explain how the DDA waiting list is funded and how YOU can help influence this. Presenters will also outline the process and timeline once selected to receive services, provide a family perspective on how the Service Plan and Individual Plan really work, and how to appeal DDA decisions, followed by Q&A.


Brian Cox, The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Joyce Sims, Resource Connections

Robb Doub, Family member

Nancy Pineles, Disability Rights Maryland (formerly MD Disability Law Center)


Part 3: Employment First: New Opportunities, Dispelling Myths & Misconceptions

Thursday, November 10, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. 
This session will provide insight into the principles behind Employment First, explain the Employment First initiative, provide a family perspective, and answer the question, “How do we help people with significant disabilities benefit from Employment First?” Followed by Q&A.

Mat Rice, People on the Go Maryland

Family member – To be determined….

Rachel London, The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Staci Jones, The Arc of Washington County


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