Videos and Webinars of Support Group Meetings and Advocacy Workshops

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HCPSS Special Education Annual Update

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS)
March 22, 2018

Dr. Terrell Savage,  HCPSS acting executive director of special education, and members of her staff shared school system efforts to support students requiring special education services, as outlined in the HCPSS Special Education Strategic Plan.

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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,


Planning for Transition Success

June 1017 Presentation by Katie Collins-Ihrke, MBA, MS
Executive Director
Accessible Resources for Independence


Reach Indpendence Through Self Employment (RISE) Program

Presented by Morris Tranen at the Transition Symposium March 18, 2017

Self-employment is a vocational option for individuals with severe disabilities. The RISE Program facilitates and encourages the successful launch and operation of consumer-owned ventures.

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


How to Know if Your Student is Making Progress

Parents Place of Maryland Webinar

Parents of children with disabilities often ask, “How will I know my child is learning and making progress?” Parents can answer that question by looking at a variety of data,


Maryland Statewide IEP

An Overview for Parents

Online Presentation by Maryland Learning Links


Using Visual Supports

Presentation by Rebecca Mina, M.S., CCC-SLP
HCPSS Speech Language Pathologist

Explore how you can use visual supports at home and in the community to positively impact your child’s independence and to positively impact behavior.


Transition to Kindergarten Programs Webinar

A rcorded family training and support webinar from the HCPSS Office of Early Intervention Services

Learn how services and programs for children of school age may differ from early childhood services. The webinar provides information about special education and related services for kindergarters.


Basic Special Education Rights: A Legal Tour of the “Parental Rights Handbook”

Presented by Leslie Margolis, Maryland Disability Law Center, on Oct. 27, 2014. Learn more about the rights discussed in the “Parental Rights Handbook” (blue book) offered at each IEP meeting. What rights do parents have in regard to written notice, consent, evaluations,