Did you know that the Hillcrest PTA has a Special Education Liaison, Rachel Didovicher? If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Special Education process for Baltimore County in general, or Hillcrest Elementary in particular, feel free to reach out to her! And thanks to her own experiences navigating these waters, she can also help connect families with community-based resources (i.e. speech therapy, tutoring, sensory-friendly dentists, etc.)
To learn more about the resources available to parents of children with IEPs or 504 plans, take a quick tour of the Special Education Resource Center, below.
The Special Education Resource Center offers many trainings throughout the year. Check their website for a complete list.
And don’t forget to check out the Virtual Calming Room created by the Division of School Climate and Safety. It is a wealth of resources!
To learn even more about what the SERC has to offer, including links to resources and information about their lending library, click around this interactive PDF.
And to learn about the Baltimore County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC), an organization that has provided a forum for issues pertaining to children with disabilities since 1978, check them out online. Members of SECAC advocate at the county, state and federal level to make recommendations and assist Baltimore County Public Schools about issues including the education budget, inclusion, assessments, support services and other issues concerning children and special education services.
- Developing an IEP? Check out Wrightslaw’s new IEP Pop-Up Tool for answers to the most commonly asked questions.
- Special Needs Answers is a great resource for answers to common questions related to guardianship, special needs trusts, financial planning, SSI and related topics.
- Pathfinders for Autism
- CHADD Maryland (ADHD)
- Decoding Dyslexia
- Athletes Serving Athletes
- Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group
- Baltimore Chesapeake Chapter Autism Society of America
- Special Olympics Maryland
- KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore
- The Parents’ Place of Maryland
- The Image Center
- Spirit Club Fitness for All
- Maryland Coalition of Families
- 8 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child with ADHD (understood.org)
- How to Grandparent a Child with Special Needs (AARP)
- The University of Maryland Hub for Inclusive Higher Education has launched the application to recruit their first pilot cohort of TerpsEXCEED students! TerpsEXCEED is a 2-year certification program at the University of Maryland College Park for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who may not be applying to UMCP through a traditional pathway.
- The Nuts & Bolts of Inclusive Higher Education Programs, from the Maryland HUB for Inclusive Higher Education
- Employ Ability, from the Maryland Department of Disabilities
- Student Resource Map MD Transition
- MD Transition Continuum
- MD Transition Path to Adulthood
- MD Transition Path to Adulthood folder
- MD Transition Resource Guide
- BCPS Virtual Transition Expo