The MDSE division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services provides leadership and guidance for all local school systems. Their publications and technical assistance bulletins are available for parents and staff to learn about best practices and latest research.
The HCPSS Department of Special Education website contains staff contacts, the Special Education Strategic Plan, programs such as Extended School Year (ESY) and Project SEARCH among others.
The Parents Place of Maryland offers resources for families with children with disabilities or other health concerns.
Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) provides free legal services to Marylanders of any age with all types of disabilities who live in facilities, in the community or who are homeless.
Their resources page contains downloads and links to many of their own publications and other disability rights information from the Maryland State Department of Education and other disability advocacy sites.
In January 2017 the Supreme Court of the United States took up the case of Endrew F. vs the Douglas County School District. The parents of Endrew F. thought that under the country's Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), he was entitled to more services under his IEP than he was getting. The school district argued that he was only entitled to minimal benefit from his IEP. In March 2017 SCOTUS unanimously disagreed with the school system stating that the education for children with disabilities should be set an a higher bar. See SCOTUS blog's review of the case with documents on the judgements issued.
ESY Fact Sheet from The Parents Place of Maryland
2017-2018 Agendas (zip)Download
HCPSS Parent Questionnaire for Transition (docx)Download
HCPSS Transitioning Youth High School Timeline (doc)Download
HCPSS Adapted Physical Education Referral and Assessment Process (pdf)Download
SECAC Final Report June 2019 FINAL FOR SECAC Board (docx)Download
HCPSS Parent concern form (pdf)Download
HCPSS Endrew F Special Ed Forum By Ashley vanCleef (pdf)Download
SECAC Bylaws (revised 2017-18) (docx)Download
SECAC BOE Report Winter 2018 (docx)Download
Different is the new Cool - AES/K. Alfonso (pdf)Download
SMART Goals April 2018 (pptx)Download
BCBA Special Ed Forum - Kim Lund (pptx)Download
SECAC Report to the BOE May 2018 Final (docx)Download