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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The New Normal: Addressing the Social-Emotional Needs of Students and Staff

Maryland State Department of Education The re-opening of schools in the 2020-2021 school year presents unique challenges for staff, students, and families. Addressing academic gaps will remain an important objective; however, students will not be ready to engage in formal learning until they feel physically and psychologically safe. The information provided within the “The New…

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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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Supplementary Aids and Services in the Virtual Environment

January 21, 2021 Speakers: Beth Benevides, Howard County Autism Society, Hussman Institute Leslie Margolis, Disability Rights Maryland Yvonne Cox, Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) Families often mention the lack of follow through or “adaptation” of certain supplementary aids and services in the virtual environment. This webinar addresses: The importance of supplementary aids and services…

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Vaccine Update! Actualización de vacunas!

The Vaccine Registration Survey for adults with developmental disabilities and intellectual impairments in Howard County is now available – CLICK TO REGISTER  The Howard County Health Department is planning COVID-19 vaccine clinics for adult residents with developmental disabilities and intellectual impairments. Please complete the registration survey so you can be contacted when vaccine is available.…

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