Autism Spectrum Disorder

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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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.

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Behavior

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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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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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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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

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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COVID-19 Issues

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. Use these companion tip sheets and resources.

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MSDE TAB on Serving Children w/Disabilities Under IDEA During School Closure Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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

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Resources for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

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Early Childhood

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.

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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.

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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.

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En Español

Maryland Free Student Meals During Coronavirus Pandemic

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

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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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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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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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Taking Charge of My Health Care Toolkits

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Military Family Resources

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.

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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

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.

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Section 504

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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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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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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Special Education

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.

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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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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.

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Transition

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.

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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.

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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!

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