Compensatory Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many students with disabilities have not made progress or have lost skills during the COVID-19 pandemic because their individualized education programs (IEPs) have not been implemented fully during virtual learning. These students may qualify for compensatory (make-up) education to get them to where they would have been educationally if they had received services in accordance…

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College & Career Guide for Students with Disabilities

Study.com College students with disabilities have rights that allow for specific accommodations to help them succeed in school. Learn about legal protections, scholarships, technologies, and other assistance available to students with disabilities. Topics include: Rights of college students with disabilities What qualifies as a disability Services for students with disabilities Online education for students with…

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April is Autism Acceptance Month!

#CelebrateDifferences! On April 2nd and throughout the month of April, people around the world come together to celebrate differences by observing Autism Acceptance Month. This year HCAS acknowledges a shift from Awareness to Acceptance as we work in partnership with the Autism Society of America and others to advocate for lawmakers to federally designate April as…

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Vaccine Update: Eligibility for Ages 16+ with Disabilities Who Receive Benefits

Beginning March 30th Phase 2B of Vaccines will open for Marylanders ages 16+ with disabilities who receive certain benefits will be eligible to receive vaccines.  You may preregister NOW at https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine/#prereg Howard County residents in all phases who are interested in receiving vaccine from HCHD are encouraged to complete a vaccine interest survey at Information…

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Advocacy Alert! HCPSS Budget 21-22!

Implore the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to follow through on the Superintendent’s Requested Budget! Background: Superintendent Martirano has asked the Howard County Board of Education for a $5.4 million increase in the special education budget. The majority of this increase, $3.8 million will go to teachers and paraeducators, that will directly work with…

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IMPORTANT VACCINATION UPDATES FOR THE IDD COMMUNITY:

Click to read a message from County Executive Ball to the IDD community on the Eligibility and Pre-Registration Survey and steps Howard County is taking to ensure the “safe, quick and efficient distribution of vaccines to our residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”   If you or a loved one have any questions regarding how…

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Self-Directed Services: A Handbook for People with Developmental Disabilities Who Are Interested in Directing their DDA Services in Maryland

This is a handbook for people who are interested in directing their DDA funded services using the self-directed service delivery model. It is also a resource for people who are currently self-directing their services. This handbook will help you understand the ways you can receive services. Self-Directed Services: A Handbook for People with Developmental Disabilities…

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Extended School Year (ESY): What to Expect in 2021

February 9, 2021 A two-part webinar in the Parent Empowerment Series, sponsored by the Howard County Public School Systems Dept of Special Education (HCPSS-DSE), the Howard County Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Council (SECAC) and the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS). PART 1: What is ESY, Who is Eligible, and What are the Plans for 2021?…

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