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Making the Unfamiliar Familiar: Children with Disabilities in Child Care Settings

By Christie Timms
Maryland Learning Links

When child care providers have difficulties with children who have disabilities, it’s often a case of the provider simply never having worked with a child with a disability. Typically developing children are, of course, individuals – each their own flavor – but their profiles tend to fit into a range with which most providers are familiar. In the case of children with disabilities, a provider may be entirely unfamiliar with how to work with the child. There is usually a solution to this problem: Make the unfamiliar familiar.


Extended School Year (ESY) 2018

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) offers a continuum of ESY services. See the links to the programs below for times, locations, target populations, and services provided. To learn what HCPSS considers when determining ESY eligibility and what services are offered, see the 2018 ESY Eligibility Presentation.

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Parental Consent and IEPs: Important Changes to Maryland Law

Presented by Leslie Seid Margolis, Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland
January 29, 2018

In July, a new Maryland law took effect to expand the rights of parents in the special education process—the right to consent or refuse to consent to certain actions proposed by the IEP team. In order to prepare parents for IEP discussions where parental consent may be requested, Leslie Seid Margolis explains the new law to parents,


Extended School Year Eligibility and Services

A Presentation by the Howard County Public School System

Extended School Year (ESY) is the continuation of certain Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals related to critical life skills beyond the regular school year. ESY services will vary in intensity, location, inclusion of related services, and length of time, depending upon the student’s needs.


A Family Guide to Preschool Special Education Services in Maryland

The Preschool Special Education Services Guide provides families with an overview of the steps in Maryland’s IEP team process for preschool children,


Changes in Maryland Law Regarding Parental Consent in the IEP Process

Disability Rights Maryland

The Special Education Fact Sheet from Disability Rights Maryland provides guidance to parents so they can make better, informed decisions before signing the new consent prepared in the technical bulletin from MSDE.