Happy World Down Syndrome Day! MDOD celebrated with First Lady Yumi Hogan, Maryland Catholic Conference, The Arc Maryland and GiGi's Playhouse Annapolis and a ton of Marylanders! Thank you all for braving the rain and making this day super special! Secretary Carol Beatty and Deputy Secretary Christian Miele presented Governor Larry Hogan's proclamation making today World Down Syndrome Day in Maryland! We work hard every day to make sure we #LeaveNoOneBehind! #WDS2019 #WorldDownSyndromeDay ... See MoreSee Less
Today, the "Fight for $15" Bill passed through the House and Senate, accepting Conference Committee suggestions for a flat 4% increase to funding for DD Services each year from FY21 to FY26. While we are deeply disappointed in the outcome, this scenario was better than the House's original Amendments or a true compromise by House and Senate. Thank you to all those who answered the calls for action and to the legislators who worked tirelessly to restore funding. Your presence was undoubtedly felt in Annapolis.
ACTION ALERT: We have just been advised that the Conference Committee on the "Fight for $15" Bill is meeting at 12:30 pm today. Please contact offices of the conferees with CALLS AND EMAILS IMMEDIATELY with the following message:
"The developmental disability community services system cannot sustain funding less than the senate amounts. We are counting on YOU, as a member of the minimum wage conference committee, to protect the lives of thousands of Marylanders with developmental disabilities. PLEASE FIGHT FOR US!"
Contact the Conference Committee Members Below: Chairwoman Delores Kelley Delores.firstname.lastname@example.org 410-841-3606 Senator Brian Feldman Brian.email@example.com 410-841-3169 Senator Malcolm Augustine Malcolm.firstname.lastname@example.org 410-841-3745 Chairman Dereck Davis Dereck.email@example.com 410-841-3519 Delegate Kathleen Dumais Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org 410-841-3052 Delegate C.T. Wilson email@example.com 410-841-3325 ... See MoreSee Less
Mark your calendar's for March 7th, 2020, for The 23rd Annual Chocolate Ball at Turf Valley Resort!! Oracle Band will be back and our wonderful Bakers and Chocolatiers! What is a Chocolate Ball without Chocolate? We would like to give a big shout out to our fabulous bakers and chocolatiers 2019 who generously donated their time, talent and chocolate to delight our guests! Chocolate Ball 2019 - The People's Choice was awarded to Chef Michael Sioris from Maryland Live Casino & Hotel, The Judges Choice was awarded to Chef Michi Shank of Michi Shank's Sweet Delights, The French Silk Award went to Chef Debi Fleury of Debi's Cake Studio, The Chocolatier Award when to Chef Genelle Balan of The Elkridge Furnace Inn and Garden House, and the French Silk Award went to Chef Eric Mark of Lincoln Tech Institute of Columbia. Special thank you to Bobby Mitchell of Putting on the Ritz Catering and kake korner in Laurel for their generous dessert donations!! See you in 2020!! #supportthedream #hopetoseeyounextyear #welovechocolate ... See MoreSee Less
Strong turn out in Annapolis tonight!We are strong! More than 200 advocates, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, parents, siblings, provider staff and fellow advocacy partners came down to Annapolis for another energized Action Night! We are calling on our members of the General Assembly to ”Fight for Us” in the Fight for $15 by ensuring that DD community services are protected! “Start with 5(%), Keep DD Alive!” ... See MoreSee Less