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Feb 25, 2015 DD Council Recruiting Now for Vacant Positions
The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking candidates to fill open positions on the Governor-appointed Council.Who Can Apply The Council encourages anyone who is interested to apply. Council membership includes self-advocates and family members and represents the wide cultural and geographical diversity of our state. Selected council members will hold a three-year term and are eligible for reappointment for a second term. The Council covers all expenses, including travel to meetings, meals and lodging. The Work of the
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Feb 17, 2015 Promoting Inclusion: A Call for Micro-Grant Applications
We strongly believe that personal relationships and a sense of belonging are just as important to quality of life as employment and education. At the same time, we understand that overcoming barriers to social inclusion often takes some creative thinking and focused planning. In an effort to plant seeds of inclusion throughout the state, the Developmental Disabilities Council is working with Friendship Adventures to provide small grants to promote inclusion and innovation in building relationships through the Washington Community Integration
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Feb 12, 2015 What's the Difference? A Side by Side of the ABLE Act and DD Endowment Trust
This past December, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. Federal rules are expected to be written mid-June of this year. In addition, our state must take legislative action to make the accounts available (see video below to hear advocates respond). Although not enough is known at this point to make a definitive side by side comparison, we've created a simple fact sheet to address those areas that we can compare (subject to change with rules and legislation).PRINT IT!One-page Side by Side Comparison of the ABLE Act
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Feb 9, 2015 New App Makes Planning Easy
  We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new app that helps individuals and families think about and create a plan for all stages of a person’s life. My Life Plan—created by a partnership between the DD Council and The Arc of Washington State— puts the person at the center of life decisions every step of the way. The questions have been designed with input from families and professionals to identify age-specific questions related to a person’s strengths, interests.All age groups are organized by
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Jan 29, 2015 Off and Running: DD Advocacy Style 2015
Advocacy Day 2015 kicks off with an overview of the legislative session. Find out what's bringing advocates to Olympia this year. Featuring interviews with Representative Ruth Kagi (D-32), individuals and parents. Hosted by Ed Holen and Sue Elliott. 
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Jan 23, 2015 Sibling Leadership Comes to Washington
The director of the Sibling Support Project, Don Meyer, is proposing a meeting to explore creating a Washington State chapter of the Sibling Leadership Network.  Besides the potential for making history in our state, this meeting will be an opportunity to connect with other adult sibs and share stories, challenges, and a few laughs.  If you'd like to join the effort, please take this super-short survey.  Founded in 2007, the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing siblings of
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Jan 21, 2015 Earned Income Tax Credit: What's In It For YOU?
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a national program that helps low to moderate income working families and individuals by reducing their federal income tax burden. The amount of the tax credit is based on several factors, including the amount of an individual’s earnings from wages, self-employment or farming. The EITC can provide a refund for as much as $6,143. In order to claim the EITC, however, you have to file a tax return even if you don’t owe taxes for the previous year.Basic EligibilityTo qualify for EITC, you must
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Jan 15, 2015 New Billing for Medicaid Providers Is Now in Effect
 If you provide Medicaid services (such as personal care), the way you get paid has changed. You must submit your January claims online using the ProviderOne system. You will no longer receive monthly SSPS invoices.Below are some key points for you to be aware of as Medicaid providers transition from using SSPS to using ProviderOne.Social service providers* who receive a 1099 tax form from DSHS must now submit claims for Medicaid services using the ProviderOne system. A copy of the newsletter announcing today’s Go-Live is
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Jan 13, 2015 New: Videos on Changes to IFS and Personal Care Now in Spanish
Our recently released videos on upcoming changes to the Individual & Family Support program and Personal Care are now available in Spanish. Nuevo Video en Español: Cambios por Venir en Servicios para el Individuo & la Familia Sheila Collins, Administradora del Programa Servicios para el Individuo & la Familia del DDA (por las siglas en inglés IFS), habla acerca de cambios en el programa y lo qué significa para clientes actualmente registrados. Presentado por Ed Holen y Sue Elliott. 
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Jan 6, 2015 Free Training: ASD in Adolescence and Early Adulthood
Dr. Carol Schall, Director of Technical Assistance and Virginia Autism Resource Center – Virginia Commonwealth University is Returning to Washington for this well received workshop sponsored by DDA Roads to Community Living.Note: The original flyer listed the date of the training as February 16th. That date has been changed to February 18. Download a printable pdf version of the flyer.  
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