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MDDC: Record-Breaking Crowd Calls for Increase in Provider Rates/Direct Support Professional Wages

2/26/2018, 6 a.m.
Maryland Development Disabilities Council Gather 800 Advocates to Learn About Priority Legislation & Meet with Elected Officials.

Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature 2018 was one for the record books with more than 800 advocates gathering in the state capital to learn about budget issues and priority legislation pertaining to education, ABLE accounts, and provider rates. The crowd brought signs and enthusiasm, sharing the messages, "Expectations Matter," "Expect Ability," "Actions Matter," and "Keep the Promise 3.5%."

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The Arc Central Chesapeake Region and The Arc of Prince George's County share an important message: Expectations Matter. Expect Ability. '

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Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Chair of the Appropriations Committee, speaks about the DDA's Fiscal Year 2019 budget expansion and her commitment to addressing developmental disabilities budget priorities.

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Senator "Mac" Middleton told the crowd that rate increases for community service providers are a priority, and spoke about supporting families of people with developmental disabilities.

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Delegate Shelley Hettleman, spoke about the "Fight for 15" bill (HB664) she has sponsored which includes rate increases for providers as the minimum wage increases.

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Senator Craig Zucker, a champion for education and family issues, spoke about an ABLE program bill he is sponsoring (SB550) that will help more individuals and families save for disability related expenses.

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Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher talks about sponsorship of the ABLE bill in the House (HB782) and his support for the developmental disability community.

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