IEP / IFSP / 504 Basics

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Training in the IEP for School Bus Drivers / Attendants

The need for training and support applies to all school personnel, including bus drivers and school bus aides.


What is Close Adult Supervision?

Close adult supervision is a service provided to students to access instruction and/or be safe in the instructional setting. The need for close adult supervision services is reviewed on an annual basis at an IEP team meeting. The instrument that is used to determine whether HCPSS students quality for close adult supervision services is the Close Adult Supervision Worksheet.


What is the Least Restrictive Environment?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that all children with disabilities must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) that is appropriate for them. The spirit of this requirement is to ensure that children are not unnecessarily removed from the regular classroom or isolated from other non-disabled children of their age.

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A Parent’s Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools

This important civil rights law can provide educational benefits to kids with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD in public schools.


Independent Educational Evaluations

Parents and school personnel are often confused about what constitutes an independent educational evaluation (IEE) and how the evaluation is to be used. This article addresses what constitutes an IEE, the value of an IEE, what the law requires of school districts,


Parent Involvement in Placement Decisions

Decisions about placement are to be made after the child’s IEP is developed. Parents are members of any team that develops the IEP and decides on placement.


A Family Guide to Next Steps

A Family Guide to Next Steps: When Your Child In Early Intervention Turns Three – Families Have a Choice. This publication informs families of children receiving services in early intervention in Maryland regarding the next steps for their child and family.


Members of the IEP TEAM

Whether it’s your first IEP meeting, or you’re a seasoned veteran, we’ve all been at the IEP table, looked around the room and wondered: who are all these people, and why are they at this IEP meeting?


Resources for Writing IEPs Aligned to Common-Core Standards

A few weeks ago, I hosted a chat on writing standards-based individualized education program goals aligned to common core reading and math standards.


Understanding the Evaluation, Eligiblity, and IEP Process in Maryland

A guide for parents of students with disabilities, published by the Maryland State Department of Education.