Tell us what you think about the draft goals and objectives for the Council's next 5 Year State Plan

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) partners with people with developmental disabilities and their families, state agencies, and other organizations to bring about change. We create change to make it possible for people with developmental disabilities to live the lives they want with the support they need. 
 
How we create change:
 
We Lead: we take bold steps to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities. We help lead the way with new ideas. 
 
We Partner: we bring together people with developmental disabilities, their family members, organizations and others. Together we find solutions to problems and take action to bring about change. 
 
We Advise: we are a trusted advisor to leaders in state government and the state legislature. We work with them to improve laws, policies, programs, and services. 
 
We Advocate: we advocate for people with developmental disabilities to have the same opportunities in life that other members of the community have. We advocate for people to be included and supported so they are successful. 
 
We Inform: we provide information and resources so people with disabilities and their families can understand their rights, increase their independence, and find the services and supports they need. 
 
We Empower: we fund advocacy and leadership training. People with developmental disabilities and their family members learn how to effectively advocate for themselves and others. 
 
We Educate: we help teachers, employers, and other community members understand developmental disabilities. Our goal is for them to welcome and include people with disabilities. 
 
We Find Solutions: we are the leading organization in Maryland that funds grants focused on developmental disabilities. Grantees develop and test new ideas. We use what we learn to bring about change throughout Maryland. 
 
We change lives
 
 
 
For the past year we have been writing our next Five Year State Plan. We asked you what is working well in Maryland for people with developmental disabilities and their families, and what is not. We heard from people with developmental disabilities and their families, advocacy organizations, and state agencies. We also did a lot of research. 

We are a small organization with limited resources. We know there are many important issues that need attention, and we made some hard decisions. After much discussion, we are excited to share our draft goals and objectives for our 2022-2026 Five Year State Plan. Each year we will develop a work plan that will add more detail about what we will do that year. 
 
The next Five Year State Plan will guide our work through 2026.

Now it is your turn to take a look and let us know what you think! We will finalize the draft plan at our June Council meeting. The survey will close on May 14, 2021. 
 
Here are a few questions to think about when you read each goal and objective:
 
1. How does the goal or the objectives impact your life?
 
2. Is anything missing from the goals and objectives?
 
You can answer one or all of the questions.
 

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Goal 1:

People with developmental disabilities are leaders and advocates. 

Objectives:

1.1: Support People on the Go of Maryland to grow, maintain, and train membership so they are strong, effective, and influential. 

1.2: Support initiatives and opportunities to train people with developmental disabilities to be leaders in their community. 

1.3: Support and expand participation of people with developmental disabilities in cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership coalitions. 

This goal and the objectives support the statewide self-advocacy organization, People on the Go of Maryland. It also helps people with developmental disabilities become leaders and train other people with developmental disabilities. We want policies and support systems that better help people with developmental disabilities to be leaders and advocates.

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Goal 2:

People with developmental disabilities and their families are empowered to live the lives they want with the support they need and want. 

Objectives:

2.1: Increase the knowledge and skills of people with developmental disabilities and families through education and training. 

2.2: Increase the awareness and understanding of issues of importance to people with developmental disabilities and their families by sharing information and resources. 

2.3: Increase access to information, resources, and trainings for people with developmental disabilities and their families from underserved communities, especially those that are Black and African American, Latinx, and Asian-American and live in areas of concentrated poverty (Targeted Disparity Objective). 


This goal and the objectives support leadership development and training for people with developmental disabilities and their families. It also raises awareness and knowledge about many important issues like health, transportation, and relationships. We will also make sure that the information we share is accessible to more people by translating our publications and resources in more languages and into plain language and accessible versions. We want people with developmental disabilities and their families to live the lives they want with the support they need and want. 

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Goal 3:

People with developmental disabilities and their families have access to their communities and services and supports, and are treated with dignity and respect. 

Objectives:

3.1: Increase access to informal and formal supports for children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. 

3.2: Increase access for people with developmental disabilities to have the same opportunities in life that other members of the community have. 

3.3: Increase access to child care and education where all children and youth play and learn together with the services and supports they need to succeed.

3.4: Increase career exploration and community-based employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, including people with significant support needs. 

3.5: People with developmental disabilities are appropriately supported in all aspects of the criminal justice system. 

3.6: The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) will work together to increase the knowledge of attorneys, judges, and other professionals within the criminal justice system about people with developmental disabilities (Collaboration Objective). 

This goal and the objectives support people with disabilities to live, learn, work, and play together. It also supports people with developmental disabilities and their families to access services and supports and makes sure people are treated with dignity and respect. Finally, it supports the training of professionals, including people who work in the criminal justice system, to increase knowledge about people with developmental disabilities. 

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