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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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.

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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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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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
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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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
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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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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