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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Back To School

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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Free Appropriate Public Education

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

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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.

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Behavior

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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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.

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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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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

Lower Shore Judy Centers Webinar

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

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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.

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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.”

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COVID-19 Issues

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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Coping in the 2020/21 School Year

The Maryland Department of Health came out with this resource guide for students and young adults. Use this guide to learn about coping during the 2020/21 school year.

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Tips to Support Mask-Wearing for Students with Disabilities

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

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Virtual Learning

Coping in the 2020/21 School Year

The Maryland Department of Health came out with this resource guide for students and young adults. Use this guide to learn about coping during the 2020/21 school year.

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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.

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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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Early Childhood

Early Intervention Services: The IFSP

Once you know your child is eligible for an IFSP, you may have some questions. How do you get started on an IFSP? Who attends these meetings? What can I expect? Read on to learn the answers to these questions.

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Parent IFSP Checklist

Now that your child is eligible for Early Intervention services, you will have a meeting to build the IFSP, or Individualized Family Service Plan. View this handy checklist as you plan for your IFSP meetings.

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IFSP Process

Early Intervention Services are for children with disabilities ages 0-2. It begins with a parent concern about your child’s development. Read more on how this process begins and what it looks like.

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En Español

Política Escolar vs. IDEA

¡AYUDA! La escuela de mi hijo ha enviado una nueva política / procedimiento / práctica escolar y sí lo seguimos, el IEP de mi hijo no se puede implementar.

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Preguntas para hacerle al equipo escolar de su hijo para obtener apoyo con las conductas

¡Todo comportamiento es comunicación! ¿El comportamiento de su hijo se interpone en su aprendizaje durante su clase virtual? Primero, infórmeselo a su equipo IEP (por escrito). A continuación, se encuentran las preguntas que puede hacer y la información que pueden necesitar para poder ayudarlo a usted y a su hijo.

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Educación en el hogar, instrucción en el hogar y en el hospital, aprendizaje remoto … ¡¿Qué significan todos?!

Es importante comprender estos términos. Esta hoja informativa le ayudará a conocer las diferencias
para que pueda tomar una decisión informada para su familia.

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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

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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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.

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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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Military Family Resources

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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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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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

Maryland IEP Timeline

When will your child’s IEP be developed? When should updated evaluations of your child be conducted? Find answers to your questions about the timeline of the IEP process using PPMD’s Maryland IEP Timeline.

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Model Letters

To make sure your requests, concerns and/or questions are understood, it is important to document them in writing. PPMD has a new resource that parents can use for specific requests and situations. Use these samples letters as models when you write your own.

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Coping in the 2020/21 School Year

The Maryland Department of Health came out with this resource guide for students and young adults. Use this guide to learn about coping during the 2020/21 school year.

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Transition

Supported Decision-Making for People with Disabilities

Watch PPMD’s webinar about Supported Decision-Making for People with Disabilities here! Also, see here a resource on Supported Decision-Making from The Arc.

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How to Think College

Students should use this guide to help them conduct a college search.

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Student College Resource Guide

Thinking about college can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions and so many options. It can
feel like the biggest decision of your life. But it’s really just a lot of little choices. This student guide pulls
together some information that we hope will help. Remember, you have to do what’s right for you. Trust yourself!!

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