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*NEW DATE* DDA Changes Info Session-March 22

DDA Changes Information Session

The Arc hosts Bernie Simons, Deputy Secretary of DDA,  &  Patricia Sastoque,  Deputy Director of Programs, for Q&A

Transformational changes in the developmental disabilities field have started and will be occurring  over the next several years. We are very aware of the need for all of us to better understand just how these changes will affect services as we know them today.Therefore, The Arc of Howard County will hold quarterly family meetings to hear information from and ask questions of Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) officials and Arc leadership. The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at The Arc headquarters on Homewood Road.  It is important that you RSVP by Friday, March 18th, 2016, to Keyanna Turner at or 410-730-0638, ext. 226 so we are able to accommodate those interested in attending.


Overview of Presentation

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has created a vision and a call to action that is at the core of how services and supports will be administered to people with disabilities going forward.

DDA Vision

People with developmental disabilities will have full lives in the communities of their choice where they are included, participate and are active citizens.

To better understand this, one must fully comprehend the meaning of community living. It is not just about living free of institutions.  

It is about people:

1) living where and with whom they choose;

2) working in real jobs of their choice and earning real wages;

3) practicing faiths of their choice;

4) being connected to an array of friends and family with whom they have deep personal and intimate relationships;

5) growing and developing personally through opportunities for education and lifelong learning;

6) experiencing physical and emotional well-being;

7) having membership in community organizations;

8) making choices, taking risks and determining the course of their own lives; and

9) accepting the responsibilities of citizenship, such as paying taxes and voting.

DDA Call to Action

To create a flexible, person-centered, family-oriented system of supports so people can have full lives that do not include facility-based programs, but activities located throughout their communities.

To accomplish this, DDA will focus on five essential areas:  Self-advocacy, Self-determination, Supporting Families, Employment First and Independent Supported Living.

DDA is committed to listening to what people want their lives to look like and create the supports and services they need to achieve their own personal vision. As part of this transformation, practices and policies will be affected and funding processes changed to create flexibility. Realignment of waivers will occur and technical support and training will be offered to self-advocates, their families and the providers of services.


We hope you will join us on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 pm to hear Bernie Simons, Deputy Secretary of DDA, and Patricia Sastoque, Deputy Director of Programs, talk about DDA’s vision and call to action. Please RSVP by March 18, 2016.