5 Special Factors in IEP Development

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) lists five special factors that your child’s IEP team must consider while developing your child’s IEP. Use this factsheet to learn about these five special factors.

Resource: PDF 5 Special Factors in IEP Development
Tips to Support Mask-Wearing for Students with Disabilities

Check out this MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin about mask-wearing for students with disabilities.

Resource: PDF Tips to Support Mask-Wearing for Students with Disabilities
Virtual Learning Feedback Form

Use this form to collect data on your child’s learning during virtual/remote/distance learning. After you fill out the form, you should share it with your child’s IEP or 504 team.

Resource: PDF Virtual Learning Feedback Form
Common Accommodations and Modifications in School

There are many ways teachers can help kids who are struggling in school. Here are some
common accommodations and modifications that schools and families can discuss as possible options for kids.

Resource: PDF Common Accommodations and Modifications in School
Integrated Tiered System of Supports

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) supports using a multi-tiered or level system of supports. This gives educators the tools needed to meet the needs of ALL students. Learn about Integrated Tiered System of Supports with this factsheet.

Resource: PDF Integrated Tiered System of Supports
OSEP Question and Answer for IDEA Part B

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), within the U.S. Department of
Education’s (Department) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services,
issues this Question and Answer (Q & A) document in response to inquiries concerning
implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B provision
of services in the current COVID-19 environment. View here.

Resource: URL
Homeschooling, Home & Hospital Instruction, Remote Learning… What Do They All Mean?!

Understanding terms is important. Use this factsheet to understand the difference between home school, home and hospital instruction, and remote learning.

Resource: PDF Homeschooling, Home & Hospital Instruction, Remote Learning... What Do They All Mean?!
Free Appropriate Public Education

Use this factsheet to understand what it means to truly have Free and Appropriate Public Education.

Resource: PDF Free Appropriate Public Education
Lower Shore Judy Centers Webinar

Watch this webinar to learn about the Judy Centers on the Lower Shore of MD.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Lower Shore Judy Centers
School Policy vs. IDEA

School has started which means there are many policies and guidance being sent. Here is a quick one-pager to remind you of the importance of your child’s IEP.

Resource: PDF School Policy vs. IDEA
Specially Designed Instruction Is and Is Not

Use this guide to understand what is and what isn’t Specially Designed Instruction (SDI).

Resource: PDF SDI Is and Is Not
Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities

Watch our webinar about Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities to learn about the importance of discussing sexuality, comprehensive sex education, sexual development, and more with your children and adolescents.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities PDF Tips to Support Learning about Sexuality PDF Misunderstandings about Sex Education PDF Sexuality and DD Resources for Families
Questions to Ask Your Child’s School Team for Support with Behaviors

PPMD collaborated with TIES Center to bring you a factsheet that will help you ask questions to your child’s school team to support your child’s behaviors at home during distance learning.

Resource: PDF Questions to Ask Your Child’s School Team for Support with Behaviors
Transition in Maryland – 5 Tips for Families

Its Back to School Time! During this time of COVID when so many parents are figuring out and doing a great job around virtual learning, others are also thinking about transition. Transition planning is as important as reading and math. It is important for you, as the family of a student with a disability, to actively participate and partner in the transition planning process. In this video, we will provide you with Five helpful tips for developing a strong transition plan that will help your student with disabilities achieve their greatest potential. For questions about transition please contact The Parents’ Place of Maryland at 1-800-394-5694.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Transition in Maryland - 5 Tips for Families PPMD Webinar Transición en Maryland - 5 consejos para familias
Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person? Checklist

This checklist can be used to help you decide if you are comfortable with your child returning to school
in-person. Discuss your concerns with your child’s health care provider and school team.

Resource: PDF Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person?
Key Considerations for Special Educators and the Infants, Children, and Youth They Serve as Schools Reopen

The Council for Exceptional Children released an article about considerations for special educators and children as school reopens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read this article to learn what your family and your child’s school team should consider before school begins this fall.

Resource: URL Key Considerations for Special Educators and the Infants, Children, and Youth They Serve as Schools Reopen
Return to School During COVID-19

​​​​​​​With the start of a new school year, a lot needs to happen so that students can learn and thrive without raising the risk of spreading COVID-19. Read this article to learn what your child’s school can do to ensure children will be safe.

Resource: URL Return to School During COVID-19
COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a guidance for school re-entry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read it here to learn what school re-entry policies should consider before re-opening.

Resource: URL COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry
Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

The CDC created this resource for families to use before their children go back to school. Back to school planning will look different this year than it has in previous years. Your school will have new policies in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may also be starting the school year with virtual learning components. Whatever the situation, these checklists are intended to help parents, guardians, and caregivers, plan and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Resource: URL Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians

The CDC developed this tool to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school.

Resource: URL School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians
Family Guide to At-Home Learning

This guide has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home.

Resource: PDF Family Guide to At-Home Learning
Eating During a Pandemic Webinar

Watch our webinar to learn how to prioritize your family’s nutrition in unprecedented times. Featuring a licensed dietician.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Eating During a Pandemic: Prioritizing Your Family's Nutirition in Unprecedented Times
Federal Public Health Emergency Extended

On July 24th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services renewed the federal public health emergency (PHE) as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Maryland Department of Health issued an official statement that all COVID-19 related flexibilities implemented by the Department remain in place, including the ability to offer telehealth services delivered using audio-only or non-HIPAA compliant technology. View the official statement below.

Resource: PDF Public Health Emergency Extension
Ditch the Clip! Why Clip Charts are NOT a PBIS Practice and What To Do Instead

Read this to learn why clip charts are inconsistent with a PBIS approach and can be harmful. This document also describes alternative strategies that are more likely to improve student behavior while promoting a safe, positive classroom.

Resource: PDF Ditch the Clip!
MSDE TAB: Home and Hospital Teaching Supplement on Students with Disabilities

View the Maryland State Department of Education’s Technical Assistance Bulletin on Home and Hospital Teaching. This document answers frequently asked questions, that you may have, about about Home and Hospital Teaching.

Resource: PDF MSDE TAB: Home and Hospital Teaching
Extending Transition Timeframe for Autism Waiver Participants Exiting the School System and/or “Aging Out” During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Maryland Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Administration, and the Maryland State Department of Education have continued funding for services covered by its waiver for individuals who are 22 years of age or older during COVID-19.

This means that Autism Waiver participants, who would have otherwise been disenrolled, can remain on the Autism Waiver after June 30th. Please see the attachments for more information.

Resource: PDF Memo for Autism Waiver Participants PDF Autism Waiver Transitioning Youth Guidance PDF At A Glance COVID-19 Transitioning Youth
Webinar: Data Collection during COVID-19

Watch this webinar to learn how to track your child’s progress while engaging in virtual learning from home.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Data Collection during COVID-19
Parent Tips for a Virtual IEP Meeting

IEP meetings will still be held despite not being able to meet in person. Read these tips on how to prepare and take part in a virtual IEP meeting.

Resource: PDF PDF Consejos Para Padres Para Reuniones Virtuales de IEP
How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot

Your phone carrier may allow you to set up a mobile hotspot through your smartphone at a lower cost to help with your internet needs during COVID-19. Use this guide to help set up your mobile hotspot on your android or iPhone.

Resource: PDF How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot
Transition Activities for School and Home

PPMD has compiled lists of transition activities to be used by educators and families. These lists include activities related to employment, postsecondary education, independent living, and activities specific for educators. Use these lists to find activities to support your transition aged youth.

Resource: PDF Transition Activities for Employment PDF Transition Activities for Postsecondary Education PDF Transition Activities for Independent Living PDF Transition Activities for Educators and Families
Special COVID Payments: Frequently Asked Questions

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, Department of Disabilities, Department of Health, and Maryland ABLE created a factsheet answering questions about the COVID-19 Stimulus Payment and provide information about ABLE accounts. Use this factsheet to help answer the questions you have had about the COVID-19 Stimulus Payment.

Resource: PDF Special COVID Payments FAQs
DOCUMENTACIÓN DE PROGRESO

DOCUMENTACIÓN DE PROGRESO y LOS ACTUALES NIVELES DE DESEMPEÑO

Resource: PDF
Youth Workforce Programs and Services Brochure

Use this brochure provided by the Department of Labor to learn about youth employment services and programs in your area.

Resource: PDF Youth Workforce Brochure
What Military Families Need to Know about COVID-19

The National Military Family Association has created a hub of information for military families regarding COVID-19. This website is updated regularly.

Resource: URL What Military Families Need to Know about COVID-19
Resources for the Rare Disease Community

The following fact sheet was adapted from the webinar, “A Rare Response: Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic” sponsored by National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD) on March 31, 2020

Resource: PDF Resources for the Rare Disease Community
Financial Resources for Military Families

For a military family, the need for a financial resource can pop up when least expected. Use this resource to learn about direct services, financial support, or information and referral.

Resource: PDF Financial Resources for Military Families
Parent Guides for Face Mask Use

PPMD has created a factsheet with helpful hints for getting your child to wear a face mask.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School created these resources for parents to support their children in wearing face masks.

Resource: PDF PPMD's Helpful Hints for Face Masks PDF Consejos útiles para las mascarillas faciales PDF I Can Stay Healthy by Wearing a Face Mask PDF Helping Your Child Wear a Face Mask PDF Help Your Child Feel Good about Using and Seeing Others Wearing Face Masks
A Family Toolkit: Pediatric-to-Adult Health Care Transition

Got Transition and its National Family Health Care Transition Advisory Group developed a new toolkit for families to use during the transition from pediatric to adult health care. It includes a set of tools for youth and parents/caregivers to use to better prepare for the transition to adult care.

Resource: PDF
DD Council Resources

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has created a resource to support families engage in virtual meetings. View this resource here in English and Spanish.

Resource: PDF Virtual Meeting Infographic English PDF Virtual Meeting Infographic Spanish
TOP 10 TIPS for Distance Learning for Young Children

Use this resource to learn tips for distance learning if you have young children.

Resource: PDF Top 10 Tips for Young Children
MD Department of Health Issues Guidance for for Transitioning Youth and Families

On May 12th, The Maryland Department of Health issued guidance on Transitioning Youth Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resource: PDF Transitioning Youth Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
MD Departments of Disabilities and Health Issue Guidance for Patients with Disabilities

On May 11th, the Maryland Department of Disabilities and Department of Health issued joint departmental guidance on access to supports for patients with disabilities in hospital settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resource: PDF Access to Support for Patients with Disabilities in Hospital Settings
Telehealth Services: Webinar and Companion Resources

Watch this PPMD webinar to learn about telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Use these companion resources to view guides and other information about telehealth.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Telehealth in a Pandemic Webinar PDF A Children's Guide to Telehealth PDF Maryland Department of Health Guidance on Well-Child Visits and Preventative Care During COVID-19 PDF How Patients can Engage Telehealth URL Is it okay to call the pediatrician during COVID-19?
Self-Care Resources

Watch this PPMD webinar for helpful tips about taking care of yourself during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Use these companion tip sheets and resources.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Take Care of Yourself: Self-Care Webinar PDF Self-Care Resources PDF Ways to Improve Resilience and Well-Being PDF Reflective Questions for Mindfulness PDF Resources to Lessen COVID-19 Trauma
COVID-19 and What’s Next: What Parents Need to Know Webinar & Companion Resources

Watch this PPMD webinar for helpful resources on what you need to know about how the COVID-19 Pandemic and School Closures affect your child’s education and special education services on PPMD’s YouTube channel, linked below in the resource section. Use these companion tip sheets and resources.

Resource: PPMD Webinar COVID-19: What's Next? Webinar PDF Top 10 Tips for Parents - COVID-19 PDF Monitoring Progress How to Document the Impact of Online Learning PDF Sample Progress Monitoring Pages PDF Disability Rights MD Guide for Parents in Continuity of Learning URL PPMD's Youtube Channel PDF 10 Consejos PrincipalesComo Navegar la Educación EspecialDurante COVID-19
Dreambox Learning

Some schools are using Dreambox Learning – find out what you need to know about this tool.

Resource: PDF Dreambox Learning
Google Classroom for Parents

Your children are likely being asked to access learning via Google Classroom.  Here’s a great resource (in parent friendly language!)

Resource: PDF Google Classroom for Parents
Zoom & Tele-Therapy Resource Guides for Parents

PPMD has created three new resource pages to help parents prepare their children to participate effectively for Zoom classes and Tele-therapy. The resource pages focus on how to use Zoom, Zoom etiquette, and preparing for a virtual meeting.

Resource: PDF Zoom Etiquette Guide for Students PDF How to Prepare for Zoom Meetings and Tele-therapy PDF How to Prepare a Student for a Virtual Meeting PDF Cómo preparar a un alumno para una reunión virtual
MD Dept of Health Expands Definition of Telehealth

The Maryland Department of Health has expanded the definition of a telehealth originating site to include a participant’s home or any other secure location as approved by the participant and the provider for purpose of delivery of Medicaid-covered services. This expansion applies to services delivered to a Medicaid participant via fee-for-service or through a HealthChoice Managed Care Organization (“MCO”).

Resource: URL MD Expansion of TeleHealth
MD DDA COVID-19 Updates

Families on MD DDA – make sure you check out the MD DDA COVID-19 Updates.  The DDA Waivers Appendix K was submitted to the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday, and posted on the MD DDA website.  In addition, the DDA COVID-19 Questions and Answers has been updated on this website – check them out!

Resource: URL
MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education TABs on Serving Children w/Disabilities During School Closure Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education TABS:

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Serving Children w/Disabilities Under IDEA During School Closure Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities Through Nonpublic Special Education Schools during COVID-19

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning to Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low-Vision, and DeafBlind Students during COVID-19

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Navigating Secondary Transition Services for Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Continuity of the IFSP for Young Children (Birth – Age 4) with Developmental Delays/Disabilities and their Families during Extended School/Agency Closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning for Students with Disabilities who require Extensive, Intensive, Individualized Instruction and Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Supporting the Use of Assistive Technology in a Virtual and/or Distance Learning Environment

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education – Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education – A Parents’ Guide: Navigating Special Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education – A Guide for Emotional Well-Being

COPAA’s FAQ: Let’s Work Together to Embrace the IDEA and Educate Students

Resource: PDF TAB on Serving Students w/Disabilities during COVID-19 Pandemic PDF TAB on Providing Continuity of Learning to Students w/Disabilities at Nonpublic Special Ed Schools PDF TAB on Providing Continuity of Learning to Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low-Vision, and DeafBlind Students during COVID-19 PDF TAB on Navigating Secondary Transition Services for Students with Disabilities during COVID-19 PDF TAB on Continuity of the IFSP for Young Children with Developmental Delays/Disabilities PDF TAB on Providing Continuity of Learning for Students with Disabilities who require Extensive, Intensive, Individualized Instruction and Support PDF TAB on Supporting the use of Assistive Technology in a Virtual and/or Distance Learning Environment PDF TAB on Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities PDF Tips for Supporting Engagement for Students with Disabilities through Alternative Service Delivery Models PDF Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF A Parent's Guide to Navigating the Pandemic PDF A Guide for Emotional Well-Being URL COPAA's FAQ: Let’s Work Together to Embrace the IDEA and Educate Students
Resources for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Resource: URL Virtual Activities for Teachers and Families COVID-19 PDF Teaching Remotely to Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students URL Brief Video (signed and captioned):Tips for preventing the spread of COVID 19 from the CDC. URL Brief Video (signed and captioned): how to manage at home if you suspect that you might have COVID 19 from the CDC.
OCR Issues Bulletin on Civil Rights Laws & HIPAA Flexibilities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that privacy restrictions on platforms for telehealth have been waived during the COVID-19 Emergency. OCR’s Notice of Enforcement Discretion allowing providers to serve patients where they are through commonly used apps like FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom to provide telehealth remote communications. (Otherwise HIPAA and FERPA rules could have gotten in the way of online delivery of therapy and other health services
).

Resource: URL
PPMD Resource List for Coronavirus Pandemic

PPMD links to many Maryland based resources, available in English and Spanish

Resource: PDF PPMD Resource List - Coronavirus PDF PPMD Resource List - Coronavirus (Spanish)
Updated Coronavirus Links for MD Dept of Health and MSDE

Update Information on Coronavirus Pandemic in Maryland to include the Maryland Department of Health

The Maryland State Department of Education: closure of all public schools in Maryland for an additional four weeks through April 24, 2020

Resource: URL Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Website URL Maryland State Department of Education
US Dept of Ed COVID-19 Supplemental Fact Sheet

March 21, 2020 Document: reaffirms the rights of students to receive educational instruction and related services under federal special education law during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they offered additional clarification about how states can creatively serve all students including students with disabilities. 

Resource: PDF
US Dept of Ed-OSEP Q&A

U.S. Dept of Education-Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released this informal guidance a set of questions and answers about the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on federal special education policies supporting school-aged children with disabilities

Resource: PDF
Wrightslaw Q&A on FAPE and Coronavirus

Wrightslaw just put out a newly published resource to answer questions about IEPs, IEP meetings and evaluations, and additional resources for at home support.

Resource: URL Q&A on FAPE regarding Coronavirus Pandemic URL Wrightslaw resources for home during Pandemic
Coronavirus Social Story

New Coronavirus Social Story from The Autism Educator

Resource: PDF
Maryland Emergency Refill Protocols

Per 2010 Maryland Code: HEALTH OCCUPATIONS–TITLE 12 -PHARMACISTS AND PHARMACIES, Subtitle 5 -Practice of Pharmacy and Operation of Pharmacies, Section 12-506 – Guidelines for unauthorized refills:

Under normal circumstances: A pharmacist can provide one refill of a prescription (not exceeding a 14-day supply) WITHOUT authorization. In this case the pharmacist must notify the authorized prescriber of the refill within 72 hours.

Under a state of emergency: A pharmacist can provide 1 refill not exceeding a 14-day supply. Pharmacist must notify authorized prescriber of the refill within 7 days.

Resource: URL
Maryland Free Student Meals During Coronavirus Pandemic

List of Maryland distribution sites for Free Student Meals in both English and Spanish

Resource: PDF PDF
US Dept of Education-Office of Civil Right Fact Sheet

March 18, 2020: US Department of Education-Office of Civil Rights released a Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students

Resource: PDF
Stop the Spread of Germs – Multiple Languages

Graphic developed in several languages

Resource: PDF
Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus

This easy to read booklet about the Coronavirus is from SARTAC was written by and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). It focuses on “need to know” information (not “nice to know” information).

Resource: URL Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus URL Spanish Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus
Cartoon for Kids About Coronavirus

For your children, National Public Radio (NPR) collaborated with experts in social work and mental health to provide this cartoon for kids.

Resource: PDF URL NPR Story about Cartoon for Kids About Coronavirus
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Resource: URL google
GOT Transition Webinar Healthcare Webinar & Companion Fact Sheet

Watch this PPMD webinar with GOT Transition for helpful resources on healthcare transition for your youth on PPMD’s YouTube channel, it includes the exciting new Health Care Transition Readiness Assessment for Students with an IEP!  Use this companion fact sheet for all the helpful links.

Resource: PDF GOT Transition Webinar Companion Fact Sheet URL PPMD Webinar with GOT Transition on HealthCare Transition for Youth
MSDE Bulletin on Secondary Transition Services

Secondary Transition is the process of preparing students for adult life after they leave high school. Transition planning begins in Maryland at age 14 as students explore and discover what they want their post-school goals and outcomes to be through career awareness activities.

Resource: PDF Secondary Transition
Questions to Ask When Selecting an Adult Service Provider

Ready to Select an Adult Service Provider for Your Young Adult with Disabilities?

If choosing an adult service provider or agency is part of your youth’s transition from school, you will want to be prepared with questions to ask to help you and your young adult determine which provider or agency is going to be the best suited to support his/her desired employment outcomes.  Here is a list of questions that may be helpful in making this important decision!

Resource: PDF
IDEA Dispute Resolution Guides from CADRE

CADRE’s IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides inform parents about their dispute resolution rights and options. These Parent Guides now have companion videos. The videos include:  IEP Facilitation, Mediation, Written State Complaints, and Due Process.

Resource: URL CADRE IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides
CDC’s Milestone Moments Booklet

The Milestone Moments booklet includes full milestone checklists for all domains of early development. It covers ages 2 months through 5 years and matches the recommended ages for well-child visits. It includes age-appropriate activities that a parent can use at home to engage their child and encourage development.

Resource: URL CDC Milestone Moments URL Spanish: Indicadores del desarrollo
A Guide for Transition to Adulthood (Available in English and Spanish)

Created by the Organization for Autism Research, this guide provides information about autism and the transition to adulthood.

Resource: URL Transition Guide from Organization for Autism Research
Current resources and information on the Coronavirus Pandemic

You can find resources from the State of Maryland and national groups in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in our Resource Section

Resource: URL
Navigating the Special Education System Guide

Created by the Organization for Autism Research, this special education guide is designed to give each family the information and tools needed to successfully navigate the education system anywhere in the country.

 

Resource: URL Navigating Special Education
A Guide for Military Families

Created by the Organization for Autism Research, this guide is a resource for military families that have children with autism. Their purpose is to give each family the tools and access to information that it needs on its unique life journey through autism.

Resource: URL Guide for Military Families: Autism
A Guide to Safety

Created by the Organization for Autism Research, this guide is an autism safety resource that covers a range of topics, including safety network development; prevention and management of wandering and elopement behaviors; relationship, physical, and sexual safety discussions; strategies to address bullying and online threats; and tips on money and workplace safety.

Resource: URL Guide to Safety: Autism
A Parent’s Guide to Research: Autism

Created by the Organization for Autism Research, this guide made specifically for parents includes information about how to find high-quality information about autism; distinguish between evidence-based and non-research-based information; and interpret and apply research findings to their individual situation and needs.

Resource: URL Guide to Research: Autism
Concerned about Development: How to Help Your Child Tip Sheet (English and Spanish)

CDC Tip Sheet for parents of children 0-5 who may have concerns about development.

Resource: URL CDC Tip Sheet on 0-5 Development
How to Talk to your Doctor Tip Sheet (English and Spanish)

CDC Tip Sheet for parents of children 0-5 who may have concerns about development.

Resource: URL CDC Tip Sheet for parents of children 0-5
Baby’s Busy Day-Being One is So Much Fun

Baby’s Busy Day is a CDC children’s book that helps parents learn what one-year-old milestones to look for in their baby and provides them with tips on how they can help.

Resource: URL English Book URL Spanish Book
Where is Bear? A Terrific Tale for 2-Year-Olds

Where is Bear? is a CDC children’s book that teaches parents developmental milestones as they read to their child. It includes milestones for two-year-olds, warning signs of delay, and tips on how parents can support their child’s development.

Resource: URL English URL Spanish
Amazing Me-It’s Busy Being 3!

Amazing Me is a CDC children’s book for ages 2-3 that teaches parents developmental milestones as they read to their child. It includes milestones for three-year-olds, warning signs of delay, and tips on how parents can support their child’s development.

Resource: URL English URL Spanish
Maryland Transition Resource Guide
Resource: URL Maryland Transition Resource Guide
Taking Charge of My Health Care Toolkits
Resource: URL Taking Charge of My Health Care Toolkit URL GOT Transition's Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™
Medical ID: Guide to Use this Feature on Phones
Resource: URL The “Medical ID” Feature on Apple’s Health app URL In Spanish: The “Medical ID” Feature on Apple’s Health app
Perspectives on Neurodivergent Students’ Transitions

UMARC Videos Showing: Perspectives on Neurodivergent Students’ Transitions from High School to Higher Ed or Other Ventures

Resource: URL UMARC Series: Perspectives on Neurodivergent Students' Transitions
Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood

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

Resource: PDF
Military Parents: Guide for Schools & Parents Compact

GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS/PARENTS

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.

Resource: PDF PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
Extended Early Intervention Services

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

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF PDF ¿CUÁL ES LA REGLA DE LOS 5 DÍAS? ¿Y CÓMO ME AFECTA?
Section 504

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

Resource: PDF URL
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: PDF Introduccion a la Tecnologia de Asistencia
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.

Resource: URL TOOLKIT
Healthy Living

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

Resource: PDF
Positive Behavior Support: Top 10 Tips for Parents

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

Resource: PDF PDF APOYO DE COMPORTAMIENTO POSITIVO: 10 CONSEJOS PRINCIPALES PARA PADRES
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.

Resource: PDF IEP Meeting Tips
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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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.”

Resource: URL Read the article!
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.

Resource: PDF Tips for Participating in Your Child’s IEP Meeting
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).

Resource: URL Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice
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.

Resource: PPMD Webinar The Role of School Nurses in Transition Planning
IEP Process Guide

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

Resource: URL IEP Process Guide
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.

Resource: URL IFSP Process and Document Guide
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.

Resource: PPMD Webinar
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.

Resource: PPMD Webinar
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.

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

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.

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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PPMD Webinar
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.

Resource: URL
Sign it (American Sign Language Classes Online)

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

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
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

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
Maryland School for the Deaf

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

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form

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

Resource: Document
Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Incident School Investigation Form

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

Resource: Document
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: URL URL Spanish: Parents Guide to Habilitative Services
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.

Resource: PDF
Maryland Oral Health Resource Guide

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

Resource: URL
Maryland Health Connection

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

Resource: URL
Help Buying Drugs: Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs)
Resource: PDF
Healthcare Coverage Options for Children with Special Health Care Needs in Maryland

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

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
Maryland Relay

Maryland Relay provides assistive telecommunications equipment to qualified Marylanders.

Resource: URL
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.

Resource: PDF
Maryland High School Graduation Requirements

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

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
Care Book (English & Español)

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

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
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).

Resource: PDF
Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones

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

Resource: PDF
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.

Resource: PDF
Developmental Screening

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

Resource: PDF

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