Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Newsroom

Welcome to the DDA online newsroom. You can find the latest public information from the DDA here.

Press Releases

Governor Hogan Funds Grant to Create Inclusive Higher Education Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities, May 17, 2018
Coppin State University Selected as Recipient of $250,000 Grant

Maryland Receives Federal Approval for New Developmental Disabilities Support Waiver
The Developmental Disabilities Administration will expand services through the Community Supports Waiver. Dec. 14, 2017

Maryland Receives Federal Approval for New Developmental Disabilities Support Waiver, Nov. 30, 2017

State’s Developmental Disabilities Administration completes 2-year rate setting study  Nov. 3, 2017


DDA Blog

Welcome to My Good Life

My Good Life is the official blog of the DDA. You’ll find helpful information, including stories about people with developmental disabilities in Maryland.

Shari Carver Shares her experience as a Director of Day Habilitation, May 9, 2018
When I was asked to start the new Community Based Day Program for Progress Unlimited, I heard “day program” and immediately said yes. That’s been all I’ve done my entire adult life. Then the “community-based” part started sinking in, and my more than 38 years of sheltered work started choking me up.

Daniel Evans, See Me As a Coworker, April 2, 2018
My name is Daniel Evans. I work as the records coordinator for the Eligibility Department at the Southern Maryland Regional Office (SMRO) for the Maryland Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).

Shawn and I, We See Eye to Eye, March 12, 2018
A poem from Michael Bryan about his DDA coworker, Shawn Payne. This is part of the DD Awareness Month theme, See Me as a Coworker.

President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) Releases Report on Direct Support Workforce, March 9, 2018
PCPID has released its 2017 report, America's Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy.

In My Brother's Words, Susan Mercogliano, March 7, 2018
The following is an excerpt from In My Brother's Words, a memoir of Susan Mercogliano told by her brother, Chris Mercogliano. He began writing it while she was nearing the end of her life last summer. He decided to tell the story in Susan's own voice because he wanted a vividly portray the story of developmental disability in America. 

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Offers Development Opportunities for Leaders in the Developmental Disabilities Field  Feb. 2, 2018
The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware will hold a week-long, intensive leadership development program for teams of leaders of DDA-funded agencies from Monday, Feb. 5 to Friday, Feb.9.

Employment First provides Salisbury with a Sub and a Smile  Oct. 30, 2017
DDA-funded participant Louis Sampson works at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Salisbury, Md. in Employment First services.

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More Information

If you have questions, need additional information or would like to share your story contact:

Tana Stevenson
DDA, Director of Communications and Professional Development 
Telephone: (410) 767-5635
Email: Tana.Stevenson@maryland.gov

If you are a member of the media seeking assistance, please contact:

Brittany Fowler
Deputy Director of Communications, Maryland Department of Health
Telephone: 410-767-1368
Email: brittany.fowler@maryland.gov