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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Special Education’s Future Depends on Your Vote!

While it is our practice not to be political, special education and other disability-related issues have found their way into politics.  Ipso facto, we’re political, especially with the mid-term elections around the corner.  We know that many factors go into a person choosing what political affiliation they are, but if […] The post Special Education’s…

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In 2012, when we set out to empower parents of children with disabilities, we knew the need was great. Every year, millions of children qualify to receive special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). But for many children, those services are routinely denied. While school districts […] The post YOUR SPECIAL…

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Transportation and Special Education Students

What legal rights do students have? By Diane Wiscarson, Attorney at Law School transportation is frequently a source of confusion, and even frustration, for students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and their families. When does the district have to provide transportation? Who decides how and when transportation occurs? Is transportation on my child’s IEP? How…

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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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Top Five Questions to Ask an OT

By Ashley Lankford, OT, Cecil County Maryland Learning Links Occupational therapists have a unique skill set to provide support and enhance your child’s participation in school. Their ideas can be applied at home to help with homework, self-care and other daily routines.

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HCPSS Collaborative Funding Program

For Children with Autism or a Related Disorder–Birth through Kindergarten ONLY Children who receive services through the HCPSS Infants and Toddlers program or a Regional Early Childhood Center with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or a related disorder may be eligible for collaborative funding. The reimbursement is for supplemental in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)…

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Considering Assistive Technology on the IEP

by Lisa Brodjieski, M.S., CCC-SLP The 1997 revision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) included many new requirements for school districts. One of those requirements is the group of “special factors,” which each IEP team must consider. Assistive technology is one of those special factors.

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Regional Early Childhood Centers Locations and Programs

Howard County Public Schools offer a continuum of services for eligible children birth through five years of age who have developmental delays and/or autism or related disorders. The continuum provides for a range of services and methodologies. The frequency and intensity of services may be adjusted at any time based on the child’s needs.

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