Back To School

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.

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MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-09: Tips to Support Concurrent Virtual and Face to Face Instruction

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips to Support Concurrent Virtual and Face to Face Instruction

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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.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Waiver (AW) & Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

On January 25, 2021, AW providers and Service Coordinators (SCs) received updated guidance that given an announcement from the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) the PHE would likely be extended through 2021; the Appendix K flexibilities will remain in place at this time and likely through calendar year 2021.In response to this new and exciting news, we have received a number of questions from AW SCs and providers. The following guidance has been prepared by the MSDE and MDH to address frequently asked questions.

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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.

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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.

 

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Behavior

ADHD Facts

This fact sheet provides information about ADHD, definition, symptoms, and tips for parents.

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MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-09: Tips to Support Behavior & Social Emotional Well-Being During Transitions Across Service Delivery Models

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips to Support Behavior & Social Emotional Well-Being During Transitions Across Service Delivery Models

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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.

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Bullying

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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Community Resources

Transitioning Youth Initiative

This factsheet has information about the Transition Youth Initiative and how to become eligible and understand TY services and the application process.

Esta hoja informativa tiene información sobre la Iniciativa de Jóvenes en Transición y cómo ser elegible y comprender los servicios de TY y el proceso de solicitud.

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Maryland Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Administration Application for Eligibility

To determine eligibility for the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) services, whether state or medicaid funded, you must complete this form. Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) do not require an application.

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The Asian Americans with Disabilities Resource Guide

The Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative has published the first Asian Americans with Disabilities Resource Guide. This guide contains sections on advocacy, accessibility, culture, allyship, and more!

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COVID-19 Resources

ReSET Family Decision Making Tool

Restarting Safe Education and Testing (ReSET) for children with medical complexity has created a decision making tool for families. This tool will help you make the best decisions for your child and family with COVID-19’s frequent changes.

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Plain Language COVID-19 Fact Sheets

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) have created 7 different fact sheets about COVID-19. Fact sheet topics include: Testing, High Risk Health Conditions, Vaccines, Vaccinations at Home, Vaccines for Children Age 5-11, Monoclonal Antibody Treatment, Booster Shots.

All fact sheets are translated into multiple languages! Spanish, Russian, Korean, French, Chinese, and Amharic.

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Korean Translated COVID-19 Materials

Information for families who speak Korean!

CIDA is excited to share a Korean translated version of COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers. The original materials were developed by the Center for Disease Control.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Plain Language COVID-19 Fact Sheets

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) have created 7 different fact sheets about COVID-19. Fact sheet topics include: Testing, High Risk Health Conditions, Vaccines, Vaccinations at Home, Vaccines for Children Age 5-11, Monoclonal Antibody Treatment, Booster Shots.

All fact sheets are translated into multiple languages! Spanish, Russian, Korean, French, Chinese, and Amharic.

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Korean Translated COVID-19 Materials

Information for families who speak Korean!

CIDA is excited to share a Korean translated version of COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers. The original materials were developed by the Center for Disease Control.

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COVID-19 Vaccination for children ages 5 -11 (and up!)
COVID-19 Vaccination for children ages 5-11 (and up!)
This is a safe and effective vaccine. Like other pediatric vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was thoroughly tested and then reviewed by the FDA and CDC before these agencies authorized and recommended it for wide use. The vaccine will be available at no cost and regardless of citizenship or insurance status. Check with your child’s healthcare provider about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination or check here!

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MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletins

MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-09: Tips to Support Behavior & Social Emotional Well-Being During Transitions Across Service Delivery Models

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips to Support Behavior & Social Emotional Well-Being During Transitions Across Service Delivery Models

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MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-09: Tips to Address Special Education Staff Shortages, Scheduling, and Logistical Challenges Across Varied Service Delivery Models

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips to Address Special Education Staff Shortages, Scheduling, and Logistical Challenges Across Varied Service Delivery Models

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MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-03: Tips for Supporting Engagement of Students with Disabilities through Alternative Service Delivery Models

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips for Supporting Engagement of Students with Disabilities through Alternative Service Delivery Models

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Face Masks

Parent Guides for Face Mask Use

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

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Virtual Learning

What is Virtual Learning

We hear so many terms like E-learning, Hybrid, Distance and Asynchronous Learning, but what actually is Virtual Learning? Use this resource for the most parent friendly definition of Virtual Learning.

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MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-09: Tips to Support Data Collection by Parents During Virtual or Hybrid Learning

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips to Support Data Collection by Parents During Virtual or Hybrid Learning

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MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-09: Tips to Support Concurrent Virtual and Face to Face Instruction

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips to Support Concurrent Virtual and Face to Face Instruction

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Resources for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

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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.

The Signing Time Foundation also offers a program that provides free access to this course for families with deaf or hard-of-hearing children under age three (36 months). To apply for their My Deaf Child program, parents can fill out the short application at www.mydeafchild.org.

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Early Childhood

Transitioning from Early Intervention Services to Preschool Services

This document explains transitioning from Early Intervention Services to Preschool Services. It includes a list of things to think about and ask your child’s team and a flow chart of important steps.

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Child Find and How to Refer – Age 0-3

This document describes the school systems obligation to locate, identify and evaluate children who are suspected of having a disability; age 0-3. Local Early Intervention Agency phone numbers are provided.

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How to Find Inclusive Childcare

Choosing care for your child with a disability means you have to decide which program and facility best meet your child’s needs. Finding a welcoming, educated childcare provider that cares for each child’s differences is important. Use this checklist to help you find the right fit for your child.

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En Español

Transitioning Youth Initiative

This factsheet has information about the Transition Youth Initiative and how to become eligible and understand TY services and the application process.

Esta hoja informativa tiene información sobre la Iniciativa de Jóvenes en Transición y cómo ser elegible y comprender los servicios de TY y el proceso de solicitud.

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Maryland Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Administration Application for Eligibility

To determine eligibility for the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) services, whether state or medicaid funded, you must complete this form. Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) do not require an application.

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Transición de los servicios de intervención temprana a los servicios preescolares

Este documento explica la transición de los Servicios de intervención temprana a los Servicios preescolares. Incluye una lista de cosas para pensar y preguntarle al equipo de su hijo y un diagrama de flujo de pasos importantes.

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Emergency Preparedness

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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Epilepsy

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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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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Healthcare

Maryland ABLE User’s Guide

This guide was written to help you understand Maryland ABLE. It is a resource developed by the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. Understand the Maryland ABLE program so you can know if it is right for you!

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Social Story: Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute is part of a national collaboration to create a virtual “Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities.” The Center created the attached plain language social story regarding getting the vaccine.

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Supported Decision Making for People with Disabilities

Watch this webinar on Supported Decision Making for People with Disabilities presented by Yetta Myrick, PPMD’s Health Information and Communications Specialist, sponsored by the Maryland Hub for Inclusive Higher Education. Also find related resources below.

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Military Family Resources

Public School Questionnaire

Information for Military Families: You know those survey cards public schools pass out in the beginning of the year? The ones that ask you if your child is military connected? Ever wonder what those are for? Read this short Fact Sheet for more information.

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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.

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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.

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Section 504

IDEA vs. Section 504

This document contains a chart that compares key components of the federal laws protecting students with disabilities.

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Section 504

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

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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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Special Education

IDEA vs. Section 504

This document contains a chart that compares key components of the federal laws protecting students with disabilities.

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Child Find and How to Refer – Age 3-21

This document describes the school systems’ obligation to locate, identify and evaluate children who are suspected of having a disability; ages 3-21. Local “Maryland Child Find” phone numbers are provided.

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S.M.A.R.T. IEP Goals: Questions to Consider

It is important for IEP goals to be measurable, specific, realistic and attainable. This factsheet explains and provides examples of SMART IEP goals.

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Transition

Transitioning Youth Initiative

This factsheet has information about the Transition Youth Initiative and how to become eligible and understand TY services and the application process.

Esta hoja informativa tiene información sobre la Iniciativa de Jóvenes en Transición y cómo ser elegible y comprender los servicios de TY y el proceso de solicitud.

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Supported Decision-Making for People with Disabilities

Watch this webinar on Supported Decision Making for People with Disabilities is presented by Megan Rusciano, Esq. from Disability Rights Maryland. Also find related resources.

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Transition to Adulthood: A guide to helping you and your student

This tool will help guide families of transition age youth on next steps during transition planning by their youth’s age.

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Videos

The Parents’ Place of Maryland – Who We Are!

Watch this short video to learn about who we are, what our mission is, and the work we do for Maryland families!

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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.

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Specially Designed Instruction with Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) for students with disabilities is made up of unique supports and services that are included with the Individual Education Program (IEP) to enable them to access and make progress in general education. SDI may not be the same for every student. It is created to suit each student’s individual needs. Learn about SDI with this video in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services.

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