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Ken Capone Equal Employment Act - 2018 Report

In October, 2018, the Maryland Department of Disability (MDOD) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) released their second joint report outlining progress on the plan and phase out of sub-minimum wage jobs and the use of 14c certificates, through the Individuals with Disabilities- Minimum Wage and Community Integration, also known as the Ken Capone Equal Employment Act.

The MDOD and the DDA also work in partnership with other relevant Maryland State agencies, including the Department of Commerce (MDOC), the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) on the development and implementation of the plan to phase out sub-minimum wage jobs on or before Oct. 1, 2020.

Click here to view the final October 2018 report.


Maryland Works Honors Eight Recipients at the 11th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon

Maryland Works, Inc., a statewide membership association that advances employment, economic strengthening and business ownership opportunities for individuals, including veterans with disabilities, is pleased to announce that eight award recipients were honored at its 11th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at The Marriott BWI Airport Hotel.

The Employment Awards honored individuals that have achieved their career goals regardless of having a disability including workforce professionals who have made a significant contribution in the employment of people with disabilities, transition professionals, employers, public policy champions, and community service providers that have advocated and expand skills training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities or other barriers to employment.

More than 250 attendees were inspired by the keynote address of Christine Ross, President & CEO of Maryland Chamber of Commerce who gave a passionate and inspiring address that focused on the business community hiring this pool of skilled and dedicated workers. Ms. Ross stressed the need to dispel the myth that hiring people with disabilities comes with an employer having to make expensive accommodations. Justin Schlegel the morning radio personality for 98 Rock served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The Employment Awards were presented by Mike Bullis, Chairperson, Maryland Works, Christine Ross, President & CEO, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, The Honorable William Frank, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities and Bob Hofmann, President & CEO, Maryland Works, Inc.

Awards were presented to the following individuals: 

Employee of the Year
Darrell Barnes

Workforce Professional of the Year
Liana Kahn

Employer of the Year
Annapolitan Assisted Living

Provider of the Year
Somerset Community Services

Business Owner of theYear
John Sheehan, John’s Shred Cycle, LLC

Transition Professional of the Year
Simone Geness

Public Policy Champions
Senator Delores Kelley
Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk
Sponsors for the event include
: Gold: Chimes MD/DC , Rock Creek Foundation Silver: Alliance, The Arc of Central Chesapeake Region The Benedictine School, Center for Social Change, Inc. Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), HNB Services, LLC, The League for People with Disabilities, M&T Bank, NCIA, Penn-Mar Human Services, St.Peter's Adult Learning Center, Wegmans Bronze: The Arc Baltimore, The Arc Northern Chesapeake, Cornerstone Montgomery, Didlake, Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC., Humanim, Providence Center

The Center for Excellence in Employment of People with Disabilities in Partnership with the Maryland DD Council, Announces Additional 12 TIP Grants

Maryland Works, Inc. andthe MD DD Council have partnered for a third round of TIP (Transforming and Improving Practices Through Customized Technical Assistance) grants, providing $116,335 to agencies statewide, three of which are in rural areas. These grants will fund technical assistance from subject matter experts so that people with developmental disabilities have improved employment outcomes and meaningful days when not working. To date, Maryland Works has invested $116,778 and the MD DD Council has invested $224,274--bringing the total investment in TIP grants to $341,052.

Year-one grants resulted in approximately 130 people with developmental disabilities working in competitive employment and 200 people engaged in the community and having meaningful days when not working. Year-two grantees are currently working with subject matter experts to improve services and supports; their results are forthcoming.

In addition to improving the agencies' organizational structures and the employment and community-based outcomes for people with developmental disabilities, TIP grants also provide grantees with an engaging learning community that allows them to share successes, challenges and strategies.

TIP grantees selected for this round of funding are:

Delmarva Community Services - to help the agency transform from a facility-based to a community-based model.

Gallagher Services - to help the agency change its organizational structure and redefine its employment services.

•New Horizons Supported Services/Compass, Inc.: - to help develop and implement a peer mentoring service.

The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) - to help create a skills and interest assessment tool, a training curriculum for staff, and new policies and procedures.

•Penn-Mar Human Services - to help implement a successful program to help people become self-employed.

•Spectrum Support - to help management develop an employment plan for people in day programs in Baltimore and Cumberland.

•The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region - to help create an inclusive workforce training center in a hotel where people with and without developmental disabilities learn about the hospitality industry.

Jewish Community Services - to help develop a comprehensive employment model.

•The Arc Carroll County - to help infuse a consistent person-centered thinking and planning process throughout the entire agency.

•The League for People with Disabilities - to help the agency learn about best practices in employment supports.

•SEEC: (Seeking Employment, Equality, and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities) - to help streamline and expand employment supports and build the capacity of the agency.

•Community Options - to help improve employment outcomes by strengthening the resiliency of the board, staff, and people with developmental disabilities.



































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