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Driver Education Special Needs Classes

The goal of special education programs is to make learning easier through individualized and differentiated instruction. Special education in driver education is possible too


Build Employment Skills Now

Obtaining meaningful employment that allows our children to be self-sustaining is a fundamental goal for any parent to support. For parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) however there are many additional barriers that must be overcome


Going to College

Going to College, a web site for high school students with disabilities, helps students prepare for college. It provides video clips, activities, and


Project SEARCH Job Training Program

Howard County Launches Project SEARCH to Help Transition Interns with Disabilities to the Workplace


New Pathways Program at Howard Community College

The Disability Support Services (DSS) office at Howard Community College is pleased to announce that a new program to provide additional educational support for individuals on the autism spectrum will be offered starting this spring semester.


A Guide for Transition to Adulthood

One’s transition to adulthood is more than a chronological age. It is a time of increased independence, responsibility, and accomplishment. Why, then, should adulthood for the person with an autism spectrum disorder be viewed any differently? The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) publishes A Guide for Transition to Adulthood, part of the OAR Life Journey Through Autism series.



Transition Planning Manual

The transition from school to adulthood requires careful planning. The Transition Planning Manual written by Parents for Parents for the Howard County Autism Society provides important information on the parent’s role, self-determination, high school, college, representation portfolios, social security (SSI and SSDI), health care, relationships and sexuality, and transportation.  Transition Manual_HCAS


Transition Planning

The Maryland State Department of Education and the Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities offer helpful articles on transition, college, employment services, health care, transportation, and more.


Maryland Transitioning Youth Website

The Maryland Transitioning Youth website is designed for families and youth with disabilities. It is loaded with information and resources for transition planning, postsecondary education, employment services, and much more. Visit.

Transition Planning Guide: Preparing Students with Disabilities to Move from School to Appropriate Postsecondary Outcomes. Read more.



HCPSS Transition Planning Timeline, Checklist, and Work Study Coordinators

Formal post-secondary goals are set during the year a student reaches the age of 14. At each annual IEP meeting, the team discusses the student’s post secondary goals.