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Bienvenido a nuestra comunidad de familias con autismo que viven en el Condado de Howard

Estimado padre:

La Sociedad de Autismo del Condado de Howard (HCAS, por sus siglas en inglés) está aquí para ayudarle brindándole apoyo, becas y recursos. Llamamos a los más de 850 estudiantes con autism de las escuelas públicas del Condado de Howard (HCPSS) “nuestra familia” y abogamos activamente por ellos. ¡Aproveche todo lo que tenemos para ofrecerle a usted y a su familias!


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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Maryland’s Nonpublic Schools

A nonpublic school is the appropriate choice for many Maryland students who are unable to have their needs met in the public schools.

These schools, which are members of the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF), serve students ages 2 to 21

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Graduation Participation for Students with Disabilities Seeking a High School Diploma

Howard County Public School System, Department of Special Education
April 19, 2018

A change in practice has been implemented for students with disabilities who are seeking a high school diploma. This is NOT applicable to students who are not diploma bound. This practice applies to students who will not earn a diploma within four years. These students will be given the option to select the graduation ceremony in which they participate.


Extended School Year Eligibility and Services

A Presentation by the Howard County Public School System

Extended School Year (ESY) is the continuation of certain Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals related to critical life skills beyond the regular school year. ESY services will vary in intensity, location, inclusion of related services, and length of time, depending upon the student’s needs.

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Justice Department Settles Discrimination Complaint Against After-School Child-Care Provider

October 10, 2017

The Justice Department reached an agreement with Bar-T Year Round Programs for Kids (Bar-T), located in Montgomery County, Maryland, to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title III of the ADA prohibits public accommodations, including child care centers, from discriminating against individuals with disabilities and those associated with them.


Native Language and the IEP Process

Maryland State Department of Education DSE/EIS Technical Assistance Bulletin
Revised Aug. 15, 2017

If the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team is not cognizant of the native language of a student, it may not accurately assess what the student knows and can do. The IEP team must consider the language needs of the student


Ask questions about special education services and rights

1:1 Parent Consults on Special Education Issues


Top Ten Parental Rights in Special Education

By Dennise Goldberg
Special Education Advisor Blog

Top Ten

10.  Parents have the right to request that their child be assessed for Special Education without delay.


10 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Child

As a parent, you are your child’s best education advocate—until he’s old enough and informed enough to speak up for himself. You know your child’s strengths and challenges, and you can help identify and push for the resources your child needs to succeed. Here are some tips to help you advocate for your child at school.