Review the Document Archive

Below are links to materials provided by past HCAS meeting speakers.


Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents with Autism: It is about More than Handwriting (March 25, 2021)

Aaron Dallman, PhD, OTR/L, MT-BC (Emily Bravman, OTS)

Presented in Partnership with Pathfinders for Autism / Brown Bag Workshop Series

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A two-part webinar in the Parent Empowerment Series sponsored by HCPSS Department of Special Education, SECAC, and HCAS (Tuesday, February 9, 2021)


PART 1:   What is ESY, Who is Eligible, and What are the Plans for 2021?

Part 1 will be a presentation of information on:

*  Extended School Year (ESY) services offered through HCPSS
*  Eligibility criteria
*  The timeline for ESY eligibility meetings and determinations
*  ESY 2021 details – when, where, how (hybrid or in-person)


Janice Yetter – Director, Department of Special Education, HCPSS

Marcella Randall  ESY Consultant, HCPSS


PART 2:  Parent Participation in ESY Planning / Q&A

Part 2 will offer tips to help parents prepare for ESY discussions, including:

*  Information to document and share at the meeting
* How to prioritize goals
*  Questions to ask during the ESY meeting


Beth Benevides – Parent Advocate, Howard County Autism Society / Hussman Institute for Autism

Leslie Seid Margolis  Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland

Janice Yetter – Director, Department of Special Education, HCPSS

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Supplementary Aids and Services in the Virtual Environment

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 for student success
-The legal requirements behind this section of the IEP and ASDM plan
-Tips on how to address issues with teachers and the IEP team

-Ideas on specific kinds of accommodations for virtual learning


Beth Benevides,  Howard County Autism Society, Hussman Institute
Leslie Margolis, Disability Rights Maryland
Yvonne Cox, Howard County Public School System (HCPSS)
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You Can’t Drink From An Empty Cup: Supporting Your Own Social and Emotional Well-Being.  Helping Parents Survive the Roller Coaster of Parenting a Special Needs Child

December 2, 2020


Stacy Hurley, LCSW-C, Family Navigator, Howard County Autism Society
Brad Bernstein, LCPC, Crossroads Psychological Associates

ABC’s of Challenging Behavior Management

December 9, 2020

Panelists: Cathy Judkins

Women and Autism: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020


Carly Fulgham, Self-Advocate, Mother, Wife, and operations strategist for a major national bank
Caitlyn Conklin, Self-Advocate
Allison B. Ratto, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Children’s National Health System
Molly Whalen, Mother of a daughter with autism, Director, Best Buddies Capital Region

Video What About The Girls? (PPT) Resource List

Police Training on Autism: Overview of the Howard County Police Department Curriculum (10.16.20)

Lt. Bill Cheuvront, HCPD

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Alternative Service Delivery Model (ASDM) (9.9.20)

Beth Benevides, Howard County Autism Society, Leslie Seid Margolis, Dsability Rights Maryland, and Patricia Gunshore, HCPSS

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The IEP Process During Virtual Learning (9.29.20 – HCPSS Parent Empowerment Conference)

Beth Benevides, Howard County Autism Society, Leslie Seid Margolis, Dsability Rights Maryland, and Patricia Gunshore, HCPSS

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Homeschooling Children with Special Education Needs: Important Implications with Leslie Seid Margolis, Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland and Patricia Gunshore, HCPSS
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Update on the MD Autism Waiver During COVID-19 and Beyond with Sheri Weissman, LCSW, C-ASWCM
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Monthly Speaker Series: Rebecca Landa, PhD, CCC-SLP, Founder & Executive Director, Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute
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SSI & SSDI for Young Adults with Disabilities by Michael Dalto (PPT & Video of Webinar)
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Special Education During COVID-19 by Leslie Seid Margolis, Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland
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Brown Bag Workshop: Challenging Behaviors with Catherine Judkins, BCBA
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Cannabis & Autism with Dr. Leslie Apgar
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Housing Meeting
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MD Partnership for Affordable Housing
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ARI & Room Surf Presentation
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Sibling Issues
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IEP Presentation
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DDA 101
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DDA 101 Integrated Support Star Worksheet
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DDA 101 Life Course Infographic
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Department of Disabilities Administration HCBS Waivers Overview
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Special Needs Planning – Caring for all of your Family Members
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Maryland Autism Waver
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Low Intensity Support Services – LISS
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