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Autism Resources

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Finding Resources: For Newly Diagnosed Families

Welcome to our community of families living with autism in Howard County. The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) provides support, fellowship, and resources.

As you learn more about your child’s diagnosis, here are a few resources to help you navigate the system. We know it can be overwhelming at first, but remember we are here to help.

Procedural Safeguards

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Changes in Maryland Law Regarding Parental Consent in the IEP Process

Disability Rights Maryland

The Special Education Fact Sheet from Disability Rights Maryland provides guidance to parents so they can make better, informed decisions before signing the new consent prepared in the technical bulletin from MSDE.

Behavior & Discipline Issues

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Roadmap to Behavior Support

Making Access Happen

Designed to support you in addressing behavior challenges with young children, each of the Making Access Happen behavior support segments uses a video scenario of a challenging behavior to anchor the learning, discussion, and resources that follow.

Parent to Parent Tips

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Out of School Time for All

Tips for Parents and Caregivers from Disability Rights Maryland

Taking part in fun, engaging activities outside the school day is good for all children. Giving young people with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate together is beneficial to all.

Your child should be able to participate fully in an out-of-school-time program

Other

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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.