Videos and Webinars of Support Group Meetings and Advocacy Workshops

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Understanding the IEP Process

Strengthening Relationships with Positive Advocacy

A presentation by Beth Benevides, Howard County Autism Society


Functional Behavioral Assessment

What Are Children Trying to Tell Us: Assessing the Function of Their Behavior

A presentation by Paul Livelli, Ph. D., Kids First Educational and Behavioral Consulting

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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


Maryland Statewide IEP

An Overview for Parents

Online Presentation by Maryland Learning Links


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,

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PARCC Assessments and Students with Disabilities

Karla Marty and Cecilia Roe, both from the Maryland State Department of Education, discuss the new PARCC Assessments going into effect this school year