Behavior Talks

Resources to Support Student Success from HCPSS Behavior Talks is a series of brief trainings for parents/caregivers created by HCPSS staff. Each video shares useful tips to promote student success related to behavior, social/emotional needs, organization/self-management at home, and more. Current videos include: Being a Flexible Thinker Breaking Down a Task Giving Feedback and Praise…

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2020 Extended School Year Services

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) offers a continuum of ESY services. See the links to the programs below for times, locations, target populations, and services provided. To learn what HCPSS considers when determining ESY eligibility and what services are offered,

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10 Special Ed “Back To School” Readiness Questions

essay writing help online It’s “back to school” time!  While many of my clients receive Extended School Year (ESY) services over the summer, I have learned over the years in my special education law practice that, regardless of whether your child receives ESY services, a number of things can occur over a summer that might…

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Safety First

When I learned the news about Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance, I reacted as a mother of a teenage son who has an autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and is non-verbal.  I reacted as a mother whose own child had gone missing on the way home from school.  I also reacted as […] The post Safety First…

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Proud Working

In Jen Laviano’s guest blog on, she explains what to do if you suspect your child might have a disability. Read more here: Something’s Not Right: A Mother’s Intuition The post Proud Working appeared first on Your Special Education Rights.

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Special Education in Connecticut: Parents, schools face labyrinth without clear solution

Julie Swanson is featured in this New Haven Register special education article. Here’s yet another example of how empowerment (and knowing your rights) can improve your child’s life. Special Education in Connecticut: Parents, schools face labyrinth without clear solution The post Special Education in Connecticut: Parents, schools face labyrinth without clear solution appeared first on…

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The Last Wave

Like most Civil Libertarians, we were thrilled when the US Supreme Court recently issued its Decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which finally made marriage equality the law of the land. As professionals who are in the Civil Rights advocacy business, we were especially savoring these words of Justice […] The post The Last…

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COPAA Round-up from Paradise

We’ve just returned from Paradise, as in Paradise Point Island, San Diego, where we attended the 17th annual COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates) conference.  We can’t say we missed the snow! COPAA’s conference is an annual source of inspiration to us, as we join our colleagues in protecting the […] The post COPAA Round-up…

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