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This is a time of tremendous change regarding funding, ideology and governance of the service delivery process for persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Federal funding is threatened as never before by proposals such as those put forth by

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Comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed regulations on Home and Community Based Services Waivers [CMS-2296-P]
 
May 23, 2011
By Jill Barker
jillrbarker@sbcglobal.net
Friends of the Developmentally Disabled
The DD News Blog http://theddnewsblog.blogspot.com/
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS is the federal agency that regulates Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. [...]

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Harbor House –Michigan Group Home for Severely Disabled  (by Jill Barker, The DD News Blog. October 2010)
A few weeks ago, I made a trip to Ottawa County in Western Michigan and visited what many consider a model program for people with the most severe developmental disabilities. I am always on the look-out for homes that [...]

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Detroit, MI –March 30, 2011: DD Advocates of Michigan has formed a coalition of advocacy groups from various areas of the state to improve the distribution of information pertaining to the needs of persons  with  Developmental Disabilities (DD) in Michigan.
The coalition was formed because there is a critical need for sharing news of events, legislative [...]

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Concept Paper: The Future for Students with Disabilities ages 2 to 26
by the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE)
Purpose and Background:
This concept paper proposes ideas to improve transition to adult life at an earlier age for students with disabilities (SWD)
ages 22-26 through increased relationships with community support agencies.
The intent of the federal Individuals [...]

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DD Advocates Newsletter – March Madness (Lansing Style)
 Last year we expressed concern that many of our newly elected officials needed to be informed of the importance of programs for persons with Developmental Disabilities. We are now in the midst of the most far reaching budget discussions in history. We have documents from two Departments [...]

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Dear Friends,
When I opened my mail this morning I had a request to forward the following message (Blue Test).
The Federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) has been collecting stakeholder feedback to assist them in designing how their funding and resources will be applied over the next five years.  The ADD website is being bombarded with [...]

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From: Dehem, James 
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:37 AM
Subject: FW: VOR at work. Administration on Developmental Disabilities – Envisioning Site Open for Testimonies through March 4th
Good Morning:  I write to ask that you consider offering a statement of testimony to the Administration on Developmental Disabilities by Friday, March 4th.  It can be a very brief response and can [...]

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In keeping with the ddAdvocates initiative to recognize exceptional, programs and people that make a difference in the life or lives of persons with Developmental Disabilities, I’d like to recognize my Dad who will be 100 years old next week.  Dad is a strong, quiet man, not afraid of work, always ready to pitch in, [...]

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This document contains the results of the ddAdvocates Process Improvement Survey conducted through May 2010.  124 clients and advocates responded to the survey. The referenced document explains the the purpose of the survey, its results and the plan for addressing issues progressively through 2011.
Process Improvement Presentation Final 20101202

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