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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.

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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

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Ask questions about special education services and rights

1:1 Parent Consults on Special Education Issues

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Top Ten Parental Rights in Special Education

By Dennise Goldberg
Special Education Advisor Blog

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

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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.

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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.

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Howard Community College Offers Workshop on Self-Advocacy

A workshop last week at Howard Community College focused on self-advocacy — a means of enabling people, particularly those with developmental disabilities, to speak up and communicate their needs.

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The IEP Team Process Explained

The IEP Team Process:  A Framework for Success is a five-part video series for parents. The videos are between four and five minutes long. 

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The Use of Restraint and Seclusion

MSDE Fact Sheet

The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services has issued a fact sheet

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Inside an IEP Meeting

Meet the staff of Jeffers Hill Elementary School in Howard County as they conduct an IEP team meeting for a student with intellectual challenges.