Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood

Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood Making Quality Community Care Affordable!

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Military Parents: Guide for Schools & Parents Compact


What is the Compact?

The Compact deals with the challenges of military children and their frequent relocations. It allows for uniform treatment as military children transfer between school districts in member states.

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Independent IEP Meeting Facilitation

The goal of the facilitated IEP meeting is to help IEP team members communicate effectively and develop an educational program to meet the child’s need.

Facilitated IEP Brochure

Medicaid and Military Families

Children with disabilities in military families, if qualified, can get benefits from BOTH Medicaid and TRICARE. Learn about the options.

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Extended Care Option (ECHO)

This resource explains ECHO which provides supplemental services and supplies to active duty families* who have a child (or other family member) with disabilities.

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Extended Early Intervention Services

This fact sheet informs families about extending services from age 3 until kindergarten, through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

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What Is The 5-day Rule and How Does It Affect Me?

This resource explains Maryland’s 5-Day Rule, a law that enables parents to prepare and participate in their child’s IEP.

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Section 504

This brief fact sheets gives an overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a law banning disability discrimination in public schools.

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Formulario de denuncia de abuso, acoso e intimidación

Si desea denunciar un incidente de presunto de abuso, acoso e intimidación, este es el formulario que debes devuélvar al Director de la escuela del estudiante.

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MSDE Technical Assistance on Missed IEP Services

This MSDE bulletin provides guidance on the decision-making for missed IEP services. See questions related to missed services that are often asked by local school systems.

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Introduccion a la Tecnologia de Asistencia

Infórmese sobre las opciones de la tecnología de asistencia (TA) que puden mejorar la independencia de personas con discapacidades.

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Conozca a las Educadoras para Padres de PPMD

Conoce a nuestros educadores de padres de habla hispana. Conoce a nuestros educadores de padres de habla hispana. Conozca sus historias y cómo se unieron a PPMD …..

Toolkit to Help Boost Successful Transitions for Adolescents

This toolkit offers resources for Title V programs and public health professionals to ensure that adolescents with or without special health care needs receive the services necessary to transition to adult health care.

Healthy Living

This factsheet includes questions to consider when you are beginning to plan for healthcare transition into adulthood.

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Approximate Timeline for Transition

This fact sheet provides an approximate timeline, by age, that can be used to guide transition-related activities.

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Positive Behavior Support: Top 10 Tips for Parents

Get tips on positive behavioral support which involves strategically giving positive encouragement for desired behavior.

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IEP Meeting Tips

Parents are equal members of the IEP team. Finding ways to effectively advocate for your child during IEP meetings can be difficult. These tips will help prepare you for your next meeting.

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Finding Adult Providers

Looking for a healthcare provider for transition to adulthood is vital.  This factsheet offers key questions to consider, and to ask, while on your search.

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Maryland Assessment, Accessibility, and Accommodations Policy Manual

This policy manual outlines the process for use in the selection, administration, and evaluation of the effectiveness of instructional and assessment accommodations for students with disabilities and Section 504.

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Maryland’s New Model Policy for Behavior Threat Assessment

The MD Safe to Learn Act of 2018 enacted updates for behavioral threat assessment teams in K-12 schools. This is MD’s policy and procedure guide.

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Picking a Summer Camp for a Child with a Disability or Different Needs

Here’s a great article from Exceptional Parent magazine on picking a summer camp! “Every child with a disability has different needs, even those with the same diagnosis. Families may be at a loss to find summer activities for their children with special needs.”

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Tips to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP

A child’s IEP has lots of moving parts including forms and documents which can feel confusing. This fact sheet has tips that can help families be better prepared.

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10 Rules of Advocacy

You are your child’s best advocate but we all need help to advocate effectively. This fact sheet has 10 tips that can be helpful.

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Tips for Participating in Your Child’s IEP Meeting

IEP meetings can be overwhelming with lots of moving parts but it is important that families contribute and partner in the meeting. This checklist has some tips to help families more fully participate in their child’s IEP meeting.

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Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) Factsheet

A child with a disability has unique learning needs that need to be addressed as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) but we may not know what this means. This fact sheet defines what is Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and gives some examples of what it is and what it is not.

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Emergency Preparedness Checklist

It is always important to be prepared in case of an emergency but this is even more true when you have a child with a disabilities or a special healthcare need. The checklist will help to get you started in developing your plan.

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Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice

This notice includes an explanation of parental rights for children receiving services through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

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The Role of School Nurses in Transition Planning

The nurse can be a vital member of the IEP team. This short video explains their role in the development of the IEP.

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IEP Process Guide

This document, developed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), details the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

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MSDE Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Process and Document Guide

This document,  developed by the Maryland State Department of Education,  details the Early Intervention Process for the state.

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Estate Planning for Special Needs

This PPMD webinar, featuring Stephen Elville, covered basic estate planning, universal concepts about leaving assets and financial and tax planning aspects of special needs planning.

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Putting it all Together Planning Financially for Special Needs

In this PPMD webinar, Eric Jorgensen dicussed ABLE accounts and Special Needs Trusts and how they can work together as well as First & Third Party Trusts.

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Guardianship and Alternatives

In this PPMD webinar, guest speaker Stephen Elville discussed benefits and drawbacks of guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and the questions every family should ask before making the decision to pursue guardianship.

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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.

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Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts

In this PPMD webinar, guest speaker Mr. Stephen Elville discussed Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts, the benefits and drawbacks of both and what are the questions every family should ask before opening these accounts.

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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

Morgan Whitlatch joined us for this PPMD webinar to discuss practical alternatives to guardianship particularly supported decision-making,  a way people can make their own decisions and stay in charge of their lives, while receiving any help they need to do so.

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Hear to Learn

This website houses materials for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and aims to foster a community of learning.

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Sign it (American Sign Language Classes Online)

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

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Family Leadership in Language and Learning Cooperative

This cooperative ensures that federally-funded EHDI programs use research-based concepts that support families and caregivers of deaf or hard of hearing babies and young children.

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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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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

Use this form to report an incident of alleged bullying harassment, or intimidation of a student.

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Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Incident School Investigation Form

This is the form that is used by school personnel when investigating reported incidents of 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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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

This form can be used to record duration, frequency, and other details about your child’s seizures that can help in treatment.

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Seizure Action Plan For School

This form helps in creating an action plan for your child with epilepsy which explains their condition and steps to follow when a seizure occurs.

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Warning Signs that a Child is Being Bullied

This resource informs about warning signs that your child has been the victim of bullying. Find helpful information on what to do if you think your child is being bullied 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

This document provides detailed steps for parents 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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Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans

Learn about the Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) process and developing a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP).

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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 includes 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 delays, screening and assessments.

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