Information Session: Residential Services Discussion with Self Advocates 2016
When Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
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Where: Arc of Montgomery County
11600 Nebel Street Rockville, MD 20852
The Advocacy Supports Team is offering information sessions, for people in services, to promote advocacy toward a meaningful life, by choosing where to live and with whom to live with.
You are invited to this free event to discuss and get information about DDA Residential options. Come and have an open conversation with Advocacy Supports Specialist, Angelina Washington on June 27, 2017.
Participants will get a better understanding of the different housing supports that DDA offers. As a result, you can make an informed choice about the settings in which your services are delivered and those who provide it. This session will provide tips for you…we call it, “Self Determination through Self Advocacy”.
If you have any questions about this session, please contact Angelina Washington at email@example.com or call, 301-362-5136.
Should you want information regarding the statewide Information Sessions, please contact the Director of Advocacy Supports, Edward Willard at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Information Session is for people in services to get information, tools, and have a conversation among their peers. We look forward to seeing you!
Did you know that the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Funds Small Grants and Education and Training Events?
What is a Small Grant?
Small Grants support initiatives and activities that are consistent with the Council’s mission and will have an impact that lasts beyond the period of time the grant is funded. Activities must benefit more than one individual or family.
Small Grant Information and Application
What is an Education & Training Event Sponsorship?
Education and training sponsorships support events that:
1) empower Marylanders with developmental disabilities and their family members to impact issues that affect their lives and the lives of others by increasing their knowledge, skills and capabilities
2) increase the knowledge, skills and capabilities of professionals and others in Maryland to support and include individuals with developmental disabilities in community life.
Event Sponsorship Information and Application
Submit Small Grant and Event Sponsorship requests any time. Applications must be submitted well in advance of the start date of the proposed activities. Requests cannot exceed $2500.
Read about Small Grants and Event Sponsorships the Council funded in 2016.
To celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we are featuring Council members and their thoughts and perspectives on the topic,
Sharon and her daughter, Logan
Sharon Dockery is a mother of three-her daughter, Logan, is 16, and her sons Harrison and Chase are 12 and 4. Her husband is a retired military serviceman. Sharon, a member of the DD Council for nine years, says that her work on the Council has helped her learn about all the possibilities and positive things in the disability world.
When asked about what matters to her as a parent of a daughter who has autism, Sharon says, “We never stop thinking that our daughter’s life deserves the same amount of fight as our children who do not have disabilities. So what matters is looking at people for who they are and what they have to offer, not a diagnosis. Logan is funny, fashionable, gorgeous, and super kind. She also happens to have autism. What matters is that we all keep pushing to make life as good as it can be for everyone. It can’t just be the work of those who live this every day, it also has to be the fight of those working in our school systems, of those making the hiring decisions…then it will be a bigger, social issue, when we all embrace this fight.”
“Logan is funny, fashionable, gorgeous, and super kind.
She also happens to have autism.”
FREE SPACE FOR YOU…Please share: Don’t miss the 13th Annual World of Possibilities disAbilities Expo on April 8th in Timonium, MD.
The Council is pleased to announce that it will fund training and technical assistance by Tilson & Diaz Solutions, Inc. to provide transition professionals from school systems in Caroline, Carroll, and Anne Arundel counties with tools to help students increase their self-advocacy skills and become actively engaged in the development and use of Digital Transition Portfolios.
In collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Tilson & Diaz will present trainings through September 2017. Participants will mentor colleagues both in their local school systems and statewide through portfolio academies.
Digital Transition Portfolios are personalized online tools that prepare students with disabilities for life after school. These platforms assign real-world projects that align with student-specific needs, providing the opportunity to develop valuable skills and feedback on accomplishments. Students can make their portfolios public as personal websites displaying their achievements.
As a result of this training, transition professionals from each school system will be equipped to ensure students increase their self-advocacy skills and use portfolios to their fullest capabilities. For more information about this initiative, click here.