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Information for Families

In celebration of the National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the Maryland DDA will be hosting a webinar – led by the Deputy Secretary, Bernard Simons.   The topic will be on “The State of DDA.” 

This webinar will be open to:

All DDA staff,

Persons receiving services,


State Agencies, and

Community Providers

Please join us for this exciting webinar on Friday, March 24, 2017 by clicking on the link below:

Register Now for Webinar!

You are cordially invited to attend this Webinar in recognition of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. 

Edward Willard, Director of Advocacy Supports, and Goli Balakhani, Advocacy Specialist for the Central Region will present this webinar on Wednesday, March 29th from 6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) wants to take the opportunity to promote respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), and to educate people on the spectrum of abilities that people with ID/DD possess.

The Developmental Disabilities Administration is dedicated to promote and protect the rights of the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). It is very important to include individuals with ID/DD to full participation within the community, and remove barriers within the workplace, so they can be successful as well as viewed as valued members of their communities.

In this webinar, we want to generate understanding, skills and knowledge to confront stereotypical perceptions of disability, increase work productivity and effectiveness through improved awareness of human disabilities and increased levels of comfort in working with people with ID/DD.

The DDA invites you to join us on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and break down the social barriers. This is your chance to personally help raise awareness just by attending and participating.

Please click “Register Now” and join in!

Learn about Maryland ABLE savings accounts.

Connect to the website for the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).

Read more about changes with DDA regarding Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in this post from September 2016.


Read our Family Handbook online. If you require a hard copy, please contact Agnes Diaz to request one.


Information on Down syndrome and dementia FACT SHEET

The Alzheimer’s Association has a section on Down syndrome and dementia, here: