Employment First in Maryland


State Policies & Initiatives: 
In 2008/2009, the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) engaged stakeholders in an intensive strategic planning process, including planning to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland.   The following position statement is in support of the DDA’s broader values, mission and vision and is a product of that strategic planning process.
“The DDA believes that all people with developmental disabilities CAN work, and contribute to their community, when given opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  Employment will be the first option considered for all people of working age who receive DDA services.”
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships