Estate Planning for Special Needs

– Basic estate planning and how conventional estate planning should be structured in coordination with special needs planning
– Universal concepts about planning for how to leave assets at death, along with how to plan for potential incapacity
– Financial and tax planning aspects of special needs planning

Guest speaker is Mr. Stephen Elville, principal of Elville and Associates. Mr. Elville’s work is centered in elder law, special needs planning, and estate planning with special emphasis in the areas of tax planning and asset protection.

Resource: PPMD Webinar
Putting it all Together Planning Financially for Special Needs

– What is an ABLE account?
– What is a Special Needs Trust
– How an ABLE account can compliment a Special needs Trust
– The difference between a First & Third Party Trust

Resource: PPMD Webinar
Guardianship and Alternatives

Among the topics to be covered are:
– What is guardianship
– The benefits and drawbacks
– The questions every family should ask before making the decision to pursue guardianship
– Alternatives to guardianship

Guest speaker is Mr. Stephen Elville, principal of Elville and Associates. Mr. Elville’s work is centered in elder law, special needs planning, and estate planning with special emphasis in the areas of tax planning and asset protection.

Resource: PPMD Webinar
Maryland ABLE Informational Webinar

ABLE accounts allow individuals who receive benefits to maintain those benefits while building assets in a tax advantaged account. This session will provide an overview of the ABLE Act, a look at the features and specifications of the Maryland ABLE plan, information on treatment of account funds, and an opportunity for questions and answers.

Resource: PPMD Webinar
Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts

Among the topics to be covered are:
– What is a Special Needs Trust?
– What is the ABLE Account?
– What are the benefits and drawbacks of both?
– What are the questions every family should ask before opening a Special Needs Trust or ABLE account?

Guest speaker is Mr. Stephen Elville, principal of Elville and Associates. Mr. Elville’s work is centered in elder law, special needs planning, and estate planning with special emphasis in the areas of tax planning and asset protection.

Resource: PPMD Webinar
Maryland Medicaid Home and Community-Based Long Term Care Services

This guide describes the range of home and community-based services available through Medicaid and can help consumers, families, and health care professionals make informed decisions about long-term care services.

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Alternatives to Guardianship Supported Decision Making

Join Morgan Whitlatch, Legal Director of Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and Lead Project Director of the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making to discuss practical alternatives to guardianship, particularly supported decision-making. Supported Decision-Making is a way people can make their own decisions and stay in charge of their lives, while receiving any help they need to do so.

Resource: PPMD Webinar
Transition Planning Guide For Individuals with Disabilities

The Maryland State Department of Education Transition Planning Guide for Individuals with Disabilities provides information to students, parents/guardians, educators, and community agencies about the transition process. Although every student will have individualized transition goals and outcomes, this guide provides “preliminary” information about the requirements of the transition process under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) as well as recommended strategies and resources to acquire a positive outcome.

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Hear to Learn

The Hear to Learn website was developed to house these resources, bring people together, and foster a community of learning. We have had the opportunity to work with many individuals – students, parents and other professionals, passionate in their desire to help children succeed.

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Sign it (American Sign Language Classes Online)

Learn American Sign Language at your own pace with our fun online course taught by talented ASL professionals.

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Family Leadership in Language and Learning Cooperative

Ensures that EHDI programs, supported by federal funding in the United States, use research-based concepts known to support families, parents and caregivers of deaf or hard of hearing babies, toddlers and young children identified through newborn hearing screening.

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Visual Language Visual Learning (VL2)

Informs the education community of research findings,  to present recommendations that educators and parents can use when addressing the multifaceted challenges of educating deaf and hard of hearing children.

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Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

Information and resources for families and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Hands and Voices

Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Described and Captioned Media Program

The Described and Captioned Media Program provides premium media designed for students with disabilities and leads as a resource for families and teachers, supported by the Department of Education

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National Association of the Deaf

The NAD is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States of America.

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Alexander Graham Bell Association

AG Bell is working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and speak. They provide support, information, resources and more to help guide you on your journey.

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American Society for Deaf Children

The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) is a national organization that is committed to empowering diverse families with deaf or hard of hearing children and youth by embracing full access to language-rich environments through mentoring, advocacy, resources, and collaborative networks.

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Hearing and Speech Agency

A private, nonprofit organization located in Baltimore City, The Hearing and Speech Agency leads the way as a direct service provider, information resource center, and advocate for people of all ages and incomes who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech-language disabilities.

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Maryland School for the Deaf

The Maryland School for the Deaf is Maryland’s school for the Deaf and hard of hearing students.

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Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Promotes the general welfare of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Maryland by addressing policy gaps, providing expertise related to Deaf and hard of hearing issues, and facilitating the ability to access resources and services.

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What is the 5 Day Rule and how does it affect me?

This document contains information about the 5 day rule, documents you should receive from the IEP team before a meeting, and what to do if you do not receive these documents five business days in advance.

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Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process in Maryland

This document contains information to help you understand your child’s rights, your rights and responsibilities, and the school’s responsibilities to meet the needs of your child. It also contains a description of the Child Find process, information about evaluation and eligibility, and information about the IEP process.

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Tips for Participating in Your Child’s IEP Meeting

This document provides tips for preparing for an IEP meeting as well as things to do after the IEP meeting to help you advocate for your child.

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Ten Rules of Advocacy

This document contains a list of ten important rules to follow when advocating for your child’s special education needs and services at school.

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Questions and Answers on OCR’s Complaint Process

This document will answer questions about the OCR complaint process. It includes how to file a complaint and what to include.

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OCR Complaint Consent Form

Here you will find a consent form needed for when you file an OCR complaint against a school or other educational program.

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Directions for Completing the Victim of Bullying, Harassment, Or Intimidation Form

This document has instructions on how to complete a bullying, harassment, or intimidation form.

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Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form

You can fill out this form f there is an incident where your child has been bullied and you would like to report it.

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Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Incident School Investigation Form

Here you will find the form that can be filled out to report bullying.

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Bullying Among Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Needs

This resource contains information about bullying of children with disabilities as well as what you can do if you think your child is being bullied.

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OCR Complaint Form

This link will take you to an online form that can tell you if the Office of Civil Rights can help you with a complaint against a school, college, or education program, This website also provides alternative resources if you find an OCR complaint is not the best option.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities

This document includes general information about Section 504 and IDEA as well as answers to some questions about this topic.

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ADA Q&A, The ADA, Section 504 & Postsecondary Education

This document will help you understand the difference between the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504. It also contains information about how colleges and other education programs are accessible and provide services for students with disabilities.

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School Accommodations and Modifications

In this document you will find several examples of specific accommodations your child may receive through an IEP or 504 plan to allow access and success in school. The accommodation categories include grading, testing, classroom, and handwriting accommodations.

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Provided here is a list of questions to ask when contacting your insurance company about therapy/habilitative services for your child.

In this document you will find information on how to make sure your child has a supportive health care team that meets your child’s needs. It also covers how to make improvements by talking to your child’s doctor.

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Questions to Ask Your Health Insurance Company About Your Child’s Habilitative Services Benefits

Provided here is a list of questions to ask when contacting your insurance company about therapy/habilitative services for your child.

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Parents’ Guide to Habilitative Services

Here you will find detailed information about different therapy options and the steps you can take if your insurance company does not cover these services.

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Prescription Assistance Programs

Here you will find prescription assistance programs listed that may help with paying for medications. Links are provided with a short description of how to apply for each program specifically.

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Maryland Oral Health Resource Guide

In this document you will find a list affordable dental care services organized by county for Maryland.

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Maryland Health Connection

This link will take you to the Maryland Health Connection website.

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Help Buying Drugs: Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs)
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Healthcare Coverage Options for Maryland Transitioning Youth

This chart contains healthcare options for transitioning youth with special needs in Maryland.

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Healthcare Coverage Options for Children with Special Health Care Needs in Maryland

This chart contains healthcare options for children with special needs in Maryland.

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Emergency Information Form for Children With Special Needs

Here find an emergency information form that you can complete for your child in preparation for a disaster or emergency.

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Emergency & Disaster Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities and Other Special Needs

In this document find tips on what you can do to prepare for an emergency or disaster as well as how to create an emergency plan for your child with special needs.

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Prior Written Notice

Here you will find information on the right parents have to Prior Written Notice when a decision is made in an IEP meeting. The document includes when it is necessary and what should be included in Prior Written Notice.

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Parent Rights under IDEA and FERPA

This document will answer questions about accessing yout child’s school records and what rights they have under the IDEA and FERPA laws.

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Maryland Relay

Maryland Relay provides assistive telecommunications equipment to qualified Marylanders.

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Heading for College with Special Health Care Needs, Student Preparation for a Successful Transition

This document shares helpful tips for students with special needs for preparing for transition into college.

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Extended School Year Services (ESY)

In this document you will find information about how an IEP team makes the decision for eligibility for ESY (Extended School Year).

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Checklist: Preparing for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

This detailed checklist will assist you in asking the right questions during your child’s IEP meeting. It covers topics from transition to accommodations to placement.

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Maryland High School Graduation Requirements

This document provides a list of the Maryland high school diploma requirements.

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OSEP A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities

This guide has information about transition planning, including education/work opportunities and programs, transition services and requirements, and real life examples. It also includes an overview of the transition process and a list of key terms.

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Navigating the Transition Years

In this document you will find a guide to the transition process that will help you better plan for transition. It includes information about education and work opportunities and programs, transition services and requirements, and real life examples. It also includes an overview of the process and a list of key terms.

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Seizure Log/ Registro de Convulsiones

You will be able to track your child’s seizures with this form. It helps you record duration, frequency, and other details that can help your child’s doctor with treatment.

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Seizure Action Plan For School

This form will help you create an action plan for your child with epilepsy. It includes information about your child and the steps that need to be taken when a seizure occurs.

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Warning Signs that a Child is Being Bullied

In this resource you will find information about warning signs that your child has been the victim of bullying and what to do if you think your child is being bullied. It included helpful information of who to talk to and what actions you can take to ensure your child’s safety.

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Model Section 504 Plan for a Student with Epilepsy

This form contains a sample list of accommodations and services that a student with epilepsy may require while they are at school.

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Individualized Seizure Action Plan/ Plan De Accion Durante Un Ataque

Here you will find form to complete your own seizure action plan for your child with epilepsy.

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Care Book (English & Español)

In this epilepsy care book you will find important forms to ensure you have your child’s medical needs recorded.

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What to Do if Your Child is Being Bullied

In this document you will find more detailed steps about what you can do if your child is being bullied including who to contact, how to report it, and how you can improve your child’s safety to prevent further bullying.

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Suspending a Student with a Disability

This document features information about suspension for students who have disabilities. It reviews how the IEP team looks at the disability, behavior, and the discipline process when making decisions.

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Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans

Learn how the IEP team uses observations while conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) to develop a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) for your child. This document included things that should appear in a behavior plan.

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Discipline of Students with Disabilities: MSDE Manual

This document addresses school behavior. It includes information about behavior assessments, the intervention process and the disciplinary requirements for suspension, detentions, etc. according to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones

This document includes the CDC developmental milestones in a map format.

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Developmental Milestones Checklist (In both English & Español)

This CDC checklist included the developmental milestones a child should reach between the ages of 2 months old and 5 years old.

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Developmental Screening

This fact sheet contains information about developmental screening and answers questions about developmental delays and assessments.

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