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Labor Dept Rules IEP Meetings a Valid Reason for Family and Medical Leave

by Linda Jacobson

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an opinion letter stating parents and guardians are allowed to use the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) intermittently to attend Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings with teachers, school administrators and others involved in planning education services for children with special needs.

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Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Fact Sheets

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is the principle funder of community supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Maryland. Understanding key aspects of the DDA service system, including rules, rights, processes, and timelines is essential to accessing the supports.

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Children with Special Healthcare Needs Require Individual Health Plans in IEPs/504s

By Lauren Agoratus, M.A
ep Magazine

Students with special healthcare needs may need extra medical support to attend school.  Special healthcare needs could impact attendance, academic performance, or even require emergency intervention.  Children with special healthcare needs can have an Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP) as an addendum to their IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 plan.

Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth

Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth

Many free and low-cost mobile apps are available to support transition-age youth with disabilities as they embark on their journey towards post-secondary education, job training, employment, and independent living. This PACER Center guide lists mobile apps that have been reviewed by parents and professionals

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Special Education Mediation Fosters Conflict Resolution

By Ann Logsdon
verywellFamily

Special education mediations take place when parents and schools disagree on special education programs for students with learning disabilities. Because reaching a resolution can be difficult when such conflicts arise, mediation often follows.

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HCPSS Dept. of Special Education Annual Update

Terri Savage, Ed.D. Executive Director of Special Education
March 21, 2019

Dr. Terrell Savage,  executive director of special education, and members of her staff led a discussion with the community on efforts to narrow the gap for students receiving special education services in the Howard County Public School System.