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HCPSS Dept. of Special Education


HCPSS Dept. of Special Education Annual Update

Terri Savage, Ed.D. Executive Director of Special Education
March 21, 2019

Dr. Terrell Savage,  executive director of special education, and members of her staff led a discussion with the community on efforts to narrow the gap for students receiving special education services in the Howard County Public School System.

Mediation & Due Process


‘Why would we even try?’ Parents of disabled students almost never win in fights against Maryland districts

By Talia Richman
The Baltimore Sun
May 2, 2019

It’s rare for the parents of students with disabilities to prevail in legal battles against Maryland school districts. In the past five years, they’ve lost more than 85 percent of the time,

Special Education Services


Extended School Year (ESY) 2019

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) offers a continuum of ESY services. See the links to the programs below for times, locations, target populations, and services provided. To learn what HCPSS considers when determining ESY eligibility and what services are offered, see the ESY Eligibility Presentation.

2019 HCPSS ESY begins July 1, with no school on July 4.

Autism Resources


Issues Affecting Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Feb. 27, 2019
Pathfinders for Autism Brown Bag Workshop
Presenter: Katie Kane, Psy.D., Clinical Director of Autism Services, Division of Pediatric Psychology & Neuropsychology at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

This workshop covers a range of issues that children who have siblings with autism spectrum disorders may face, including the impact on their emotional and behavioral functioning, as well as social and relationship factors.



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!