Finding Resources: For Newly Diagnosed Families

Welcome to our community of families living with autism in Howard County. The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) provides support, fellowship, and resources. As you learn more about your child’s diagnosis, here are a few resources to help you navigate the system. We know it can be overwhelming at first, but remember we are here…

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Discipline of Students with Disabilities: MSDE Manual

A Guide for Administrators, Educators, Parents, and Community Members This document addresses school behavior. It includes information about behavior assessments, the intervention process and the disciplinary requirements for suspension, detentions, etc. according to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Housing Initiative Named Changemaker Challenge Finalist

The Housing Initiative has been selected as a finalist for the Changemaker Challengecompetition! Sponsored by the Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland, the Challenge is designed to support innovative ideas to address some of the most pressing social challenges facing Howard County. We’ll compete with other finalists at a live “pitch event” on…

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Roadmap to Behavior Support

Making Access Happen Designed to support you in addressing behavior challenges with young children, each of the Making Access Happen behavior support segments uses a video scenario of a challenging behavior to anchor the learning, discussion, and resources that follow.

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Maryland Transition Planning Guide

In Korean and Spanish The Maryland State Department of Education Transition Planning Guide for Individuals with Disabilities provides information to students, parents/guardians, educators, and community agencies about the transition process.

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Out of School Time for All

Tips for Parents and Caregivers from Disability Rights Maryland Taking part in fun, engaging activities outside the school day is good for all children. Giving young people with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate together is beneficial to all. Your child should be able to participate fully in an out-of-school-time program

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Justice Department Settles Discrimination Complaint Against After-School Child-Care Provider

October 10, 2017 The Justice Department reached an agreement with Bar-T Year Round Programs for Kids (Bar-T), located in Montgomery County, Maryland, to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title III of the ADA prohibits public accommodations, including child care centers, from discriminating against individuals with disabilities and those associated with…

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Walk/5K Results are IN!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 11th Annual One Step Closer… Autism Walk/5K Run! We raised $61,230 and counting! Race results can be seen here. Our winning teams are: Teams Who Raised Over $1,000: Kyle’s Crew Matt’s Mavericks Stanley’s Team Rory & Danny Trey’s Train Teams Who Raised Over $2,000: Team Phoenix Ryan’s Troop…

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ReadyRosie: Family Engagement Resource

Quick videos show families how to find learning moments in day-to-day activities. ReadyRosie is an early education tool that is currently helping schools and communities across the nation deepen and scale their parent engagement efforts by leveraging the power of video modeling and mobile technology to meet and equip parents where they are.

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