How to Find Inclusive Childcare

Parents’ Place of Maryland Choosing care for your child with a disability means you have to decide which program and facility best meet your child’s needs. Finding a welcoming, educated childcare provider that cares for each child’s differences is important. To help find the right fit for your child, use this checklist when you visit…

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3 Kinds of Autism Assessments

Organization for Autism Research The autism assessment process can feel overwhelming to many families — particularly families whose children are just entering the special education system. Families are likely familiar with an initial diagnostic assessment, but some may be surprised to learn that assessment is not a one-time event. In fact, assessments continue throughout your…

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911 Address Flagging Program In The News!

Terrific article in Columbia Inspired Magazine about the development of the 911 Address Flagging Program by HCAS and the Howard County Police Department. It features Lt. Bill Cheuvront who has been an integral part of both this program and the autism community. The program allows families/individuals with autism and other disabilities, mental health challenges, Alzheimers,…

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FREE In-Person Outdoor FITNESS CLASS

Sign Up NOW! FREE In-Person, Outdoor FITNESS CLASSES Saturdays, June 19 – August 28, 2021 9:00AM-10:00AM These in-person, outdoor fitness classes for individuals of all abilities and their friends and family will be led in  a SPIRIT Club instructor.  No special equipment is required. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that allow you to move freely. This…

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Navigating Compensatory Education/Recovery Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Parent’s Guide Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services Updated April 2021 The Navigating Compensatory Education/Recovery Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic parent’s guide helps parents understand how compensatory education/recovery services will be determined for their child to address any loss of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that…

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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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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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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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