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A Family Guide to Understanding the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

A Family Guide to the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is designed to help families understand the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program and support families in the early intervention and education birth through five system of services. It will help guide families through the IFSP process and written documentation.


Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Process and Document Guide

An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a process and a document provided to children under the age of 3 who are eligible for early intervention services. Services are delivered in the home or community-based settings and are family centered. The Maryland Infants & Toddlers Program IFSP Process and Document Guide explains the purpose and necessary documentation of each step in the IFSP process.


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.


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.


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