Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Maryland DDA Wants to Use A National FMS for Self-Directed Services




Well this sucks, because this could mess up Budgets. I picked my FMS based on what they charged since that had to worked into my budget. If my new FMS charges more will Maryland DDA increase my budget, or make me redo my budget to cover the new FMS cost?

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region takes great pride in playing a role in Maryland's self-directed services program, which offers unparalleled choice, authority and flexibility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We've had the distinction of serving as one of two Fiscal Management Service (FMS) providers for the program for over 10 years.
At this time, the Request for Proposal (RFP) is forthcoming from Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). A Request for Proposal is the process DDA will use to award a contract for a FMS provider for the self-directed services program. While the RFP has not been made public as of this writing, during recent state-wide waiver information sessions, DDA has made it clear that they will contract with a sole source national vendor for FMS services going forward. As a long-time vendor for the program, this was challenging information for us to process, but it was helpful to our understanding of the intentions of DDA and their trajectory for Maryland's self-directed services program.
After thoughtful consideration, we will honor DDA's plan for advancing self-direction and will respectfully transition with grace and excellence. We've made the tough decision not to respond to the RFP when it is posted. We will, instead, focus our efforts and resources on providing quality services to our program participants and other stakeholders to help ensure a successful transition to a new FMS vendor. We look forward to partnering with DDA in transition planning when the time comes, which will likely be for FY'19.
The Arc Central Chesapeake FMS team thanks you for your support and continued patronage. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to reach out to us.
Your FMS Team
The Arc Central Chesapeake Region

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I have a pair of friends that need their Son tested for Autism?


Can anyone give use some resources for this? They were also told to apply for SSI for him, but their son is only 14. Is this so he can get into the Medicaid/medicare system? Please let me know your thoughts and I will pass them on to the family.

I need an autism diagnosis to replace his current diagnosis of non-specific spectrum disorder. This so we can get proper services for him at school and proper support therapy outside of school. I am also exploring the notion of a more appropriate school setting with structures in place to help him. Right now the school is cobbling together support for him and I am not sure they can really manage.

Thank You,

There has been good links posted on my facebook

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Why Sex Education for Disabled People Is So Important



If PWDs are not sexual aware of the owner being, how can they protect their selves? Most people think sexuality can lead to promiscuous behavior, but can't it also help protect one from sex predators? Being aware of one's sexuality can help understand your feeling. I would also thing it would help you determine the difference between good and bad attention from others.
Both sides of sexual should be brought to the table, sex can be the most dangerous weapon but ultimately it is the most v experience two people can have together!

Friday, September 29, 2017

When Passion Needs to Be Seen


I am someone how has more respect for the constitution and the amendments then I do the flag and I know that is a contradiction. When I look at the flag, it is a symbol of unity, equality and everybody as one, but I have never seen the country in that light. Ever since I have been 18, I have voted because that is my job in return for the rights that people have given with their lives. Also, the men and women who served and now live their daily lifes with the nightmares from what they experienced.

It is also my job to speak up when seen an injustice taking place and I have done that since being a little boy. That is why I respect the constitutional amendments more, because the amendments let us be seen as individuals and that is the reason why people are just pissed off. Our leaders are not listening to the people they serve and the boil is about to pop. The problem is actions can drown out the message, especially when passion takes over. The bigger picture is there needs to be a conversation that we live in a country that we all are not treated equally and the divide is growing every day.

If our leaders are going stick their heads deeper in the sand, then it will take a tornado to unburied their heads. I am a that guy who can go talk with a CEO and left the office with their jaws on the floor using my words as weapons. The other end of the spectrum is acting as a lunatic when seeing someone parked in disability space just to drop off at a red box. I have blocked them in the space screaming my head off to make my point. So, I do what I need to get my message across.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sophomore Year for ABC's Speechless


I am very happy to see J.J. and family back for season number 2, something that most shows have not done when a character with a disability is the focus.  This might be a show that you are more drawn to, because one can relate to the different characters.  I relate to J.J. because I have been through that experience, other people can relate to the parents and others might be in the shoes of Kenneth.

I have talk to friends that think the show should be more edgier I know Speechless is rolling a fine line. It is under the eye of many groups, the two big one is those with disabilities and those without.  something that may be gimp humor to us, could turn off a lot of people.

I would like to see this show keep its humor, because if I did not see the humor in life things would get very depressing for sure.  In Sophomore year of high school student start thinking about college and if they want to go out of their home state. I think issues as this should brought into the show. This would be more complex for J..J. due to his disability. A few weeks ago, I had the thought of what if, the Medicaid fight popped up in the show, it could affect the support they got in school and at home?  Although it would strike a chord with the disabled community, others could see it as not the right platform for the issue.

The Key to the show is to keep it topical, but funny in order to keep its appeal to the masses and that is a monumental task in these times.

Our Country is Going Backwards Not Progressing

Protests fill Senate hallways as Cassidy-Graham gets its hearing

I know this is a bit late, but this is just another sign the of how President and other government leaders are not listening to the people they serve. I think the members of the #NFL that are protesting peacefully are brave, because they but their jobs on the line to start a conversations that are long over due. Veterans should be more made at the VA systems, because is sucks.

Just because the fight for #medicaid is over for now, does not mean white flaps are being waved. In fact the war is just regroup it's troops. The #ADA is also on the autopsy table, the "business President" wants to undo the civil rights of People With #disabilities, so business owners will not need to make expensive accommodations for us! Our country is going backwards not progressing.