HCPSS Dept. of Special Education & Student Services

DSES Spring Update 2017

HCPSS Department of Special Education Spring Update

March 16, 2017

Nancy FitzGerald, executive director of the HCPSS Department of Special Education & Student Services, and her team

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Extended School Year (ESY) 2017

HCPSS offers a continuum of ESY services. See the links to the programs below for times, locations, target populations, and services provided.

HCPSS ESY will be from June 26 – July 21, 2017, with no school on July 4.


Middle School Workgroup on Autism

Report and Recommendations
Howard County Autism Society and Howard County Public School System

In June 2014, a workgroup was formed to address concerns from parents, the Special Education Community Advisory Committee (SECAC), and the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) with regard to the middle school experience for students with autism. 


HCPSS Collaborative Funding Program

For Children with Autism or a Related Disorder–Birth through Kindergarten ONLY

Children who receive services through the HCPSS Infants and Toddlers program or a Regional Early Childhood Center with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or a related disorder may be eligible for collaborative funding. The reimbursement is for supplemental in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.

dsess spring update

Annual Meeting with Nancy FitzGerald

March 21, 2016
HCPSS Department of Special Education and Student Services
Presentation to the Howard County Autism Society

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HCPSS Special Education Opportunities Review

Read the 2015 Special Education Opportunity Review documents:


Navigating Middle School

A presentation by HCPSS Department of Special Education and Student Services

HCPSS delivered a presentation on the Ins and Outs of Middle School for parents of students with disabilities who are preparing for the transition from elementary to middle school


Important Contacts in Special Education

Navigating the resources within one’s school can be a challenge. But did you know there is an entire stable of educators outside of the building able to assist you?

The Office of Special Education, commonly referred to as the “central office,” consists of instructional facilitators, resource teachers, program specialists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, assistive technology specialists, school psychologists, reading specialists, and behavior specialists.


HCPSS Special Education Update

March 20, 2014
HCAS General Support Group Meeting with Patty Daley and Judy Pattik, HCPSS Department of Special Education and Student Services