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SDAN Receives SpArc Tank Grant from Arc Maryland!

Two videos regarding self-direction coming soon! See the trailer for the first one that introduces the possibilities of self-direction -- aimed at those transitioning into services or those considering other choices. Second one wil be a staff recruitment video! SDAN:...

FMS RFP Info & Docs

As of 7-28-2020: Contract Still Not Awarded! Keep Watching this Space. THANK YOU to current FMS providers for keeping our programs running during this contract uncertainty and during this national health emergency! We would love to see you to remain a choice as FMS...

DDA Waiver & Amendments: Links and Comments

SDAN believes we need an Amendment 3 and is working with other advocacy organizations on this as of 7-28-2020. Among ongoing concerns are: Definition of Personal Supports Designated Rep potentially being required -- should always be only an option. Reimbursement to...


DDA Waivers



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Our Mission: To promote and support the use of self-directed services to empower
individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve purposeful and
fulfilling lives.

  • Every person, regardless of disability or socioeconomic status, has the right to a self-directed life.
  • All individuals can self-direct their programs given appropriate supports.
  • The participant is always the team leader.  All team members must work together to ensure that the participant’s unique strengths, needs, and desires are reflected in the person-centered program.
  • CMS (The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) guidelines permit flexibility and participant choice/control of services, thus allowing participants real budget and employer authority.  Maryland’s HCBS Waivers should reflect those principles as well.  



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My son, Desmond has made significant progress under the Self Directed Service Waiver. We were able to develop a program tailored specifically to his personality and interests which allowed the inappropriate behaviors to greatly diminish. The SDS Waiver has enable...

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My daughter is now learning event planning and setting her goals! I am the mother of a extraordinary and inspirational young woman.  She has a diagnosis that includes an intractable seizure disorder/epilepsy, cerebella atrophy and a mitochondrial disorder. Her...

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