In an effort to support ALL people with disabilities and their families during COVID-19, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is hosting a series of webinars, which started on April 29, 2020. DDA is hosting the Maryland Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families interactive biweekly webinar series every other Wednesday starting at 12 p.m.
Facilitated by Mary Anne Kane-Breschi, both a parent of a young woman with multiple disabilities and the Director of Family Supports for DDA, the webinar series will take place biweekly on Wednesdays:
- May 27 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST
- June 10 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST
- June 24 — 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST
The May 27th webinar will focus on Transition. Kathleen Walker, DDA’s Acting Statewide Career and Employment Services Coordinator, and Mary Anne Kane-Breschi will discuss some of the challenges facing students and their families with the transition from high school to work, particularly during a pandemic. They will offer strategies to assist students and their families as they plan for this life stage. In addition, Kathleen will provide critical information related to the process by which transitioning youth access services through DDA.
The hourly webinars will utilize the principles and tools of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework and address different topics and areas of concern including:
- Connecting with Family Members during COVID-19
- Lessening the Trauma of COVID-19
- Activities To Do at Home
- Practicing Social Distancing
- Virtual Person Centered Planning Meetings
- Self-Care-Caring for the Caregiver
Families will have the opportunity to share stories, ask questions, and provide feedback on topics for future webinars. Click here to REGISTER.