Essential resources for understanding the world of special education in Howard County and beyond.


Forrest Gump and The History of the IDEA

When we talk to parents about the history of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), we often refer the to movie Forrest Gump.  Forrest, portrayed by Tom Hanks, is a child in the 1950’s with a low IQ and leg braces.  In the movie, Forrest is prohibited from attending […] The post Forrest Gump…

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YSER Featured in Autism Asperger’s Digest

Autism Asperger’s Digest — a premiere publication that regularly feature columns by disability experts such as Temple Grandin, Ellen Notbohm and James Ball! We are proud to be mentioned (and quoted) in the “What’s New” section of their March 2014 edition! Click here to access the issue. The post YSER Featured in Autism Asperger’s Digest…

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Important Federal Appeals Court Ruling on Summer Services

Introduction by Jennifer Laviano The IDEA provides for Extended School Year (ESY) services for many students with disabilities.  The IDEA further requires that these summer services be individualized, and based on the unique needs of the student.  Despite these requirements, the usual approach we hear at IEP meetings when ESY […] The post Important Federal…

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No Days From Snow Days & Other Acts of Nature

We are often asked here on the East Coast if the instruction lost from snow days for students who receive special education should be made up by the school district. While snow days certainly don’t happen in all parts of the country, there are lessons to be learned for other cancellations […] The post No Days…

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