The DDA Connection


Deputy Secretary Monthly Webinar Tomorrow!

Please join us tomorrow for the DDA’s Deputy Secretary Updates webinar. As usual, this monthly webinar provides you with our statewide updates, and if you have not registered, please do so by clicking the link below. We look forward to you joining us!


Technology First Anniversary Celebration

On Tuesday, August 22, the Developmental Disabilities Administration, together with the Maryland Technology First Task Force, hosted our first-anniversary celebration of Maryland becoming a Technology First State! Over 100 in-person attendees and over 100 who participated virtually heard from invited innovators of technology including presentations from Dr. Bradley Schlaggar, CEO of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Jessica Stine, DDA western region advocacy specialist, Kyra Harvey, Abby George, Mercedes McKeel and Rodney Jackson from SEEC, Linda Mayhue, of Xandar Kardian, and our keynote speaker, Beth Bullard from Safe in Home.

Attendees had the opportunity to engage with over 14 vendors who demonstrated and displayed innovative technology and enjoyed festivities with coffee from Park n Perk, pizza from Pizza di Joey and Taharka Brothers ice cream. The Task Force and the DDA thank our sponsors for our ASL interpreters, captioning, and food trucks!

We were able to celebrate virtually through our livestream on Facebook, and if you missed it, you can view it anytime here:


In the upcoming newsletters, we will be featuring some of the vendors who shared with us. Stay tuned!

Have feedback about the event? We would love to hear from you!


DDA New Services Webpage!

We are happy to share our newly updated Services webpage. It includes an overview of our Meaningful Day Services, Support Services and Residential Services service categories and service models (self-direction and traditional services). Click a service category to view a list of services, a brief description and a link to additional information from the DDA’s Guide to Services

DDA Policy Stakeholder Feedback Request: Nursing Support Services Extension

The DDA is seeking public input on the following proposed policies posted to the DDA’s Policy Stakeholder Input webpage: 

You can access the proposed policy here: DDA Policy Stakeholder Input Dedicated Webpage

Public comments will be accepted through September 8, 2023.

Please submit comments electronically to [email protected] or mail them to the DDA Federal Program Unit at 201 West Preston Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201. Please include in the subject line of your email, ‘Input on Nursing Support Services Policy.’

If you have questions or need any accommodations, please reach out to the DDA Federal Programs Policy Lead, Danielle Coles at D[email protected].

Upcoming Events

8/25 Deputy Secretary’s Webinar Series of Monthly Updates

8/29 Support Broker Initial Certification Training

8/31 Monitoring and Follow-up Webinar

9/5 Pilot Group Introduction: MyLTSS Test Run

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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.

DDA Mission

Create a flexible, person-centered, family-oriented system of support so people can have full lives.

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Baltimore, MD 21201

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