Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

The focus of this technical assistance bulletin is curriculum, instruction, and assessment for students with disabilities. If curriculum, instruction, and assessments are implemented effectively, they result in positive outcomes for students with disabilities.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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