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Extended School Year (ESY) 2019

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 ESY Eligibility Presentation.

2019 HCPSS ESY begins July 1, with no school on July 4.

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Issues Affecting Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Feb. 27, 2019
Pathfinders for Autism Brown Bag Workshop
Presenter: Katie Kane, Psy.D., Clinical Director of Autism Services, Division of Pediatric Psychology & Neuropsychology at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

This workshop covers a range of issues that children who have siblings with autism spectrum disorders may face, including the impact on their emotional and behavioral functioning, as well as social and relationship factors.

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Bienvenido a nuestra comunidad de familias con autismo que viven en el Condado de Howard

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La Sociedad de Autismo del Condado de Howard (HCAS, por sus siglas en inglés) está aquí para ayudarle brindándole apoyo, becas y recursos. Llamamos a los más de 850 estudiantes con autism de las escuelas públicas del Condado de Howard (HCPSS) “nuestra familia” y abogamos activamente por ellos. ¡Aproveche todo lo que tenemos para ofrecerle a usted y a su familias!

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Parent Tips: Riding a Special Needs Bus

What parents can do to help ensure students are safe

By Howard County Autism Society

The IEP team has decided that your student qualifies for special needs transportation to and from home and school. Now what? Your student’s bus ride can set the tone for her school day and help with the transition from school to home or after-school activities. With so much at stake, how can parents help ensure students are safe and secure while riding the school bus?


Maryland Waiver Programs

What is a waiver program?

A special Medical Assistance (also known as Medicaid) program in which the federal Centers on Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) allows states to waive or bend the usual rules to allow Medicaid and other services to be delivered to people with different needs, in the community, or different income levels.

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Natural Environments Support Early Intervention Services

Pacer Center

All young children tend to thrive when they’re in familiar surroundings and with the people and objects that are most dear to them. For young children with disabilities, those reassuring surroundings are an essential part of their early intervention services. Called “natural environments,” they’re where children can practice new skills and reap the full benefits of professional intervention services.

Natural environments are more than people, places, and objects. They’re an essential part of your child’s right to inclusive early childhood special education services under Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).