WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Every five years the Council identifies ways to make a positive difference in the lives of those with developmental disabilities and their families. This survey will help us plan for our work to support people with developmental disabilities be included and meaningfully participate in all aspects of life.

Mission

The Council's mission is to advance the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life by eliminating barriers, creating opportunities, empowering people, and promoting innovation. 

Vision

The Council envisions a state where all people with developmental disabilities exercise control over their lives, reach their full potential, and lead healthy, fulfilling lives with enriching relationships. 

Your views are important to us. What do we need to think about to make this vision a reality?

Let your voice be heard!

The survey will be available online in English and Spanish. Please direct your questions, requests for alternative formats, request for paper copy, and requests for assistance completing the survey, by phone 410-767-6249, or email info@md-council.org

The survey will be available until July 31, 2020. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. 

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* 1. Select the category that best describes you:

If you are a person with a disability or a family member, please answer questions 2 - 5.

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* 2. Please provide your age (as a person with a disability), or the age(s) of the family member(s) with a disability.

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* 3. In which Maryland County/ City do you live?

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* 4. What is your ethnicity/ race? Please check the box that best describes you.

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* 5. What is your gender?

The Council has identified the following areas of importance related to children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 

For each of the identified areas, please select the option that best fits your opinion of how well the services and supports are currently working, and whether the Council should direct more attention and resources to those services and supports.

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* 6. Children and their families receive early intervention services they need.

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* 7. The Council should direct more attention and resources to early intervention services.

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* 8. Families can access quality child care and after school care, where children with and without disabilities are together.

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* 9. The Council should direct more attention and resources to quality child care and after school care, where children with and without disabilities are together. 

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* 10. Children with disabilities, ages 3 - 5 attend preschool programs where children with and without disabilities are together.

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* 11. The Council should direct more attention and resources to children with disabilities, ages 3 - 5 to attend preschool programs where children with and without disabilities are together.

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* 12. Children and their families are supported in the transition between early intervention services or preschool programs and elementary school.

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* 13. The Council should direct more attention and resources to the transition between early intervention services or preschool programs and elementary school, for children and their families.

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* 14. Students with disabilities in public schools are taught in classrooms alongside children without disabilities. 

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* 15. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring students with disabilities in public schools are taught in classrooms alongside children without disabilities. 

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* 16. Families receive support services, such as respite care.

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* 17. The Council should direct more attention and resources to families receiving support services, such as respite care.

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* 18. Youth transition from school with a job or inclusive activities in the community. 

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* 19. The Council should direct more attention and resources to youth transitioning from school with a job or inclusive activities in the community.

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* 20. People have opportunities to attend college or a trade school.

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* 21. The Council should direct more attention and resources to people having opportunities to attend college or a trade school.

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* 22. People have the supports they need to be employed in the community. 

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* 23. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensure people have the supports they need to be employed in the community. 

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* 24. People have opportunities to learn about and engage in self-advocacy, with support as needed.

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* 25. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring people have opportunities to learn about and engage in self-advocacy, with support as needed. 

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* 26. Adults participate in meaningful, integrated community activities during the day. 

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* 27. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring adults participate in meaningful, integrated community activities during the day. 

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* 28. People exercise their rights, for example, to vote.

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* 29. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring people are able to exercise their rights, like voting.

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* 30. People have the information and support they need to self-direct their services. 

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* 31. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring people have the information and support they need to self-direct their services. 

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* 32. Maryland is making progress closing institutions for people with developmental disabilities. 

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* 33. The Council should direct more attention and resources to closing institutions in Maryland.

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* 34. People have the services and supports that they need, as they age. 

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* 35. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring that people have the services and supports they need, as they age. 

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* 36. People receive needed healthcare services, from healthcare professionals that understand their disabilities.

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* 37. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring people receive needed healthcare services, from healthcare professionals that understand disabilities. 

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* 38. People receive needed behavioral health services, from professionals that understand their disabilities. 

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* 39. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring people receive needed behavioral health services, from professionals that understand their disabilities.

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* 40. People receive needed dental services, from professionals that understand their disabilities. 

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* 41. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensure people receive needed dental services, from professionals that understand their disabilities.

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* 42. People can rent their own housing that is affordable and integrated in their community. 

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* 43. The Council should direct more attention and resources so that people can rent their own housing that is affordable and integrated in their community.

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* 44. People have access to affordable and reliable transportation.

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* 45. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring that people have access to affordable and reliable transportation.

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* 46. Accurate and reliable information about services and supports is available in translated languages. 

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* 47. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring information about services and supports is available in translated languages. 

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* 48. Accurate and reliable information about services and supports is available in accessible formats, i.e. braille, large print, etc. 

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* 49. The Council should direct more attention and resources ensuring that accurate and reliable information about services and supports is available in accessible formats, i.e. braille, large print, etc.

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* 50. Adults have choice and control over their lives.

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* 51. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensure that adults have choice and control over their lives.

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* 52. People have friends who are not paid support professionals. 

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* 53. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensure that people have friends who are not paid support staff.

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* 54. People have a social life. 

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* 55. The Council should direct more attention and resources so that people have a social life.

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* 56. People have romantic and sexual relationships if they want them. 

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* 57. The Council should direct more attention and resources so that people can have romantic and sexual relationships if they want them.

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* 58. Siblings have the information and peer support they need. 

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* 59. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring that siblings have the information and peer support they need. 

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* 60. Maryland is making progress reducing waiting lists for services. 

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* 61. The Council should direct more attention and resources ensuring that waiting lists for services are reduced.

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* 62. People have access to assistive technology.

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* 63. The Council should direct more attention and resources to people having access to assistive technology.

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* 64. Children and adults have opportunities to participate in inclusive recreational activities. 

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* 65. The Council should direct more attention and resources so that children and adults have opportunities to participate in inclusive recreational activities. 

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* 66. Training is available and effective for police and first responders when interacting with people with disabilities.

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* 67. The Council should direct more attention and resources so that training is available and effective for police and first responders when interacting with people with disabilities.

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* 68. Members of the LGBTQIA community have information they need related to their disabilities. 

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* 69. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring thta members of the LGBTQIA community have information they need related to their disabilities.

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* 70. Immigrants have access to information they need related to their disabilities. 

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* 71. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring immigrants have access to information they need related to their disabilities. 

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* 72. Racial and ethnic minorities have information they need related to their disabilities. 

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* 73. The Council should direct more attention and resources to ensuring that racial and ethnic minorities have information they need related to their disabilities. 

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* 74. What other services and supports would people with developmental disabilities and their families like, so they can live the way they want?

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* 75. What is Maryland doing now that you think has made the biggest impact for people with developmental disabilities?

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* 76. What else do you want us to know?

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