FCC ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT!

FCC ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT!The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households having difficulties paying for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms. Read more here:

Resource: PDF FCC Broadband Benefit PDF Spanish PDF French PDF Chinese PDF Russian PDF Haitian Creole
FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Learn more by clicking here.

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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.

Resource: PDF What is Virtual Learning?
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

Resource: PDF Tips to Address Special Education Staff Shortages, Scheduling, and Logistical Challenges Across Varied Service Delivery Models
MSDE TAB: Recovery Efforts: Addressing the Provision of FAPE through Alternative Service Delivery Models for Students with Disabilities during the Re-Opening of Schools

Recovery Efforts: Addressing the Provision of FAPE through Alternative Service Delivery Models for Students with Disabilities during the Re-Opening of Schools

This document has been developed in alignment with Technical Assistance Bulletin (TAB) #20-01,
Serving Children with Disabilities under IDEA during School Closures due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
and TAB #20-03, Providing Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities during COVID-19.

Resource: PDF Recovery Efforts: Addressing the Provision of FAPE through Alternative Service Delivery Models for Students with Disabilities during the Re-Opening of Schools
¿Estoy listo para que mi hijo asista a la escuela en persona?

Esta lista de verificación se puede utilizar para ayudarlo a decidir si se siente cómodo con que su hijo regrese a la escuela en persona. Discuta sus preocupaciones con elproveedor de atención médica de su hijo y el equipo escolar.

Resource: PDF ¿Estoy listo para que mi hijo asista a la escuela en persona?
10 Consejos Principales Como Navegar la Educación Especial Durante COVID-19
Resource: PDF 10 Consejos Principales Como Navegar la Educación Especial Durante COVID-19
Consejos útiles para las mascarillas faciales

Su hijo puede sentirse incómodo o asustado al usar una mascarilla. Use esta hoja de consejos para aprender por qué las mascarillas faciales son importantes, cómo ayudar a su hijoa adaptarse a usar una y cómo puede hacer fácilmente una mascarilla en casa.

Resource: PDF Consejos útiles para las mascarillas faciales
Tips to Support Mask-Wearing for Students with Disabilities

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

Resource: PDF Tips to Support Mask-Wearing for Students with Disabilities
OSEP Question and Answer for IDEA Part B

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), within the U.S. Department of
Education’s (Department) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services,
issues this Question and Answer (Q & A) document in response to inquiries concerning
implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B provision
of services in the current COVID-19 environment. View here.

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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.

Resource: PDF Homeschooling, Home & Hospital Instruction, Remote Learning... What Do They All Mean?! PDF Educación en el hogar, instrucción en el hogar y en el hospital, aprendizaje remoto ... ¡¿Qué significan todos?!
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.

Resource: PDF School Policy vs. IDEA PDF Política Escolar vs. IDEA
Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person? Checklist

This checklist can be used to help you decide if you are comfortable with your child returning to school
in-person. Discuss your concerns with your child’s health care provider and school team.

Resource: PDF Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person? PDF ¿Estoy listo para que mi hijoasistaa la escuela en persona? PDF Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person? - French PDF Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person? - Haitian Creole PDF Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person? - Russian PDF Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person? - Chinese
Key Considerations for Special Educators and the Infants, Children, and Youth They Serve as Schools Reopen

The Council for Exceptional Children released an article about considerations for special educators and children as school reopens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read this article to learn what your family and your child’s school team should consider before school begins this fall.

Resource: URL Key Considerations for Special Educators and the Infants, Children, and Youth They Serve as Schools Reopen
Return to School During COVID-19

​​​​​​​With the start of a new school year, a lot needs to happen so that students can learn and thrive without raising the risk of spreading COVID-19. Read this article to learn what your child’s school can do to ensure children will be safe.

Resource: URL Return to School During COVID-19
COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a guidance for school re-entry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read it here to learn what school re-entry policies should consider before re-opening.

Resource: URL COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry
Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

The CDC created this resource for families to use before their children go back to school. Back to school planning will look different this year than it has in previous years. Your school will have new policies in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may also be starting the school year with virtual learning components. Whatever the situation, these checklists are intended to help parents, guardians, and caregivers, plan and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Resource: URL Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
Eating During a Pandemic Webinar

Watch our webinar to learn how to prioritize your family’s nutrition in unprecedented times. Featuring a licensed dietician.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Eating During a Pandemic: Prioritizing Your Family's Nutirition in Unprecedented Times
Federal Public Health Emergency Extended

On July 24th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services renewed the federal public health emergency (PHE) as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Maryland Department of Health issued an official statement that all COVID-19 related flexibilities implemented by the Department remain in place, including the ability to offer telehealth services delivered using audio-only or non-HIPAA compliant technology. View the official statement below.

Resource: PDF Public Health Emergency Extension
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
Extending Transition Timeframe for Autism Waiver Participants Exiting the School System and/or “Aging Out” During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Maryland Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Administration, and the Maryland State Department of Education have continued funding for services covered by its waiver for individuals who are 22 years of age or older during COVID-19.

This means that Autism Waiver participants, who would have otherwise been disenrolled, can remain on the Autism Waiver after June 30th. Please see the attachments for more information.

Resource: PDF Memo for Autism Waiver Participants PDF Autism Waiver Transitioning Youth Guidance PDF At A Glance COVID-19 Transitioning Youth
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
How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot

Your phone carrier may allow you to set up a mobile hotspot through your smartphone at a lower cost to help with your internet needs during COVID-19. Use this guide to help set up your mobile hotspot on your android or iPhone.

Resource: PDF How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot
Special COVID Payments: Frequently Asked Questions

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, Department of Disabilities, Department of Health, and Maryland ABLE created a factsheet answering questions about the COVID-19 Stimulus Payment and provide information about ABLE accounts. Use this factsheet to help answer the questions you have had about the COVID-19 Stimulus Payment.

Resource: PDF Special COVID Payments FAQs
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.

Resource: URL What Military Families Need to Know about COVID-19
Resources for the Rare Disease Community

The following fact sheet was adapted from the webinar, “A Rare Response: Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic” sponsored by National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD) on March 31, 2020

Resource: PDF Resources for the Rare Disease Community PDF Chinese PDF French PDF Haitian Creole PDF Spanish PDF Russian
MD Department of Health Issues Guidance for for Transitioning Youth and Families

On May 12th, The Maryland Department of Health issued guidance on Transitioning Youth Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resource: PDF Transitioning Youth Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
MD Departments of Disabilities and Health Issue Guidance for Patients with Disabilities

On May 11th, the Maryland Department of Disabilities and Department of Health issued joint departmental guidance on access to supports for patients with disabilities in hospital settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resource: PDF Access to Support for Patients with Disabilities in Hospital Settings
Telehealth Services: Webinar and Companion Resources

Watch this PPMD webinar to learn about telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Use these companion resources to view guides and other information about telehealth.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Telehealth in a Pandemic Webinar PDF A Children's Guide to Telehealth PDF Maryland Department of Health Guidance on Well-Child Visits and Preventative Care During COVID-19 PDF How Patients can Engage Telehealth URL Is it okay to call the pediatrician during COVID-19?
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.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Take Care of Yourself: Self-Care Webinar PDF Self-Care Resources PDF Recursos de autocuidado PDF Self-Care Resources - Russian PDF Self-Care Resources - Haitian Creole PDF Self-Care Resources - French PDF Self-Care Resources - Chinese PDF Ways to Improve Resilience and Well-Being PDF Ways to Improve Resilience and Well-Being - French PDF Ways to Improve Resilience and Well-Being - Haitian Creole PDF Ways to Improve Resilience and Well-Being - Russian PDF Ways to Improve Resilience and Well-Being - Chinese PDF Reflective Questions for Mindfulness PDF Reflective Questions for Mindfulness - Chinese PDF Reflective Questions for Mindfulness - French PDF Reflective Questions for Mindfulness - Haitian Creole PDF Reflective Questions for Mindfulness - Russian PDF Resources to Lessen COVID-19 Trauma PDF Resources to Lessen COVID-19 Trauma - Chinese PDF Resources to Lessen COVID-19 Trauma - Spanish PDF Resources to Lessen COVID-19 Trauma - French PDF Resources to Lessen COVID-19 Trauma - Haitian Creole PDF Resources to Lessen COVID-19 Trauma - Russian
MD Dept of Health Expands Definition of Telehealth

The Maryland Department of Health has expanded the definition of a telehealth originating site to include a participant’s home or any other secure location as approved by the participant and the provider for purpose of delivery of Medicaid-covered services. This expansion applies to services delivered to a Medicaid participant via fee-for-service or through a HealthChoice Managed Care Organization (“MCO”).

Resource: URL MD Expansion of TeleHealth
MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education TABs on Serving Children w/Disabilities During School Closure Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education TABS:

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

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities Through Nonpublic Special Education Schools during COVID-19

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning to Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low-Vision, and DeafBlind Students during COVID-19

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Navigating Secondary Transition Services for Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Continuity of the IFSP for Young Children (Birth – Age 4) with Developmental Delays/Disabilities and their Families during Extended School/Agency Closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning for Students with Disabilities who require Extensive, Intensive, Individualized Instruction and Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Supporting the Use of Assistive Technology in a Virtual and/or Distance Learning Environment

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education – Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education – A Parents’ Guide: Navigating Special Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education – A Guide for Emotional Well-Being

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

Resource: PDF TAB on Serving Students w/Disabilities during COVID-19 Pandemic PDF TAB on Providing Continuity of Learning to Students w/Disabilities at Nonpublic Special Ed Schools PDF TAB on Providing Continuity of Learning to Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low-Vision, and DeafBlind Students during COVID-19 PDF TAB on Navigating Secondary Transition Services for Students with Disabilities during COVID-19 PDF TAB on Continuity of the IFSP for Young Children with Developmental Delays/Disabilities PDF TAB on Providing Continuity of Learning for Students with Disabilities who require Extensive, Intensive, Individualized Instruction and Support PDF TAB on Supporting the use of Assistive Technology in a Virtual and/or Distance Learning Environment PDF TAB on Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities PDF Tips for Supporting Engagement for Students with Disabilities through Alternative Service Delivery Models PDF Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF A Parent's Guide to Navigating the Pandemic PDF A Guide for Emotional Well-Being URL COPAA's FAQ: Let’s Work Together to Embrace the IDEA and Educate Students
PPMD Resource List for Coronavirus Pandemic

PPMD links to many Maryland based resources, available in English and Spanish

Resource: PDF PPMD Resource List - Coronavirus PDF PPMD Resource List - Coronavirus (Spanish)
US Dept of Ed-OSEP Q&A

U.S. Dept of Education-Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released this informal guidance a set of questions and answers about the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on federal special education policies supporting school-aged children with disabilities

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Wrightslaw Q&A on FAPE and Coronavirus

Wrightslaw just put out a newly published resource to answer questions about IEPs, IEP meetings and evaluations, and additional resources for at home support.

Resource: URL Q&A on FAPE regarding Coronavirus Pandemic URL Wrightslaw resources for home during Pandemic
US Dept of Education-Office of Civil Right Fact Sheet

March 18, 2020: US Department of Education-Office of Civil Rights released a Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students

Resource: PDF

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