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Building the Future, Now! is a series of webinars providing tools, information, and ideas for people with developmental disabilities and families to improve quality of life and effect change. 
You asked, we are delivering…
a 2016 fall series of free webinars with registration to follow. 
This series is a result of input from a recent survey askingyou about priorities for webinar topics.
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
Building the Future, Now! is a collaboration between The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and The Arc Maryland. 
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council
217 E. Redwood St., Suite 1300, Baltimore, MD 21202 | | 1.800.305.6441 | MD Relay: 711

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