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Visit the new online “Special Education News Center” designed to provide parents with essential resources for understanding, accessing, and succeeding in the world of special education. The information provided here is meant to encourage parent advocacy and promote collaboration between home and school. It is intended to educate parents on the rights guaranteed by IDEA. And, most importantly, it is available to assist parents in accessing key special education staff at the county level and the state level.

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High School Listening Post

The Special Education Community Advisory Committee (SECAC) and the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) Education Committee are inviting parents of children in HCPSS High School programs to an open forum. We wish to engage parents in a discussion of what is working well and what may need improvement. These listening posts provide us with useful information as we outline our advocacy efforts. This is not an autism-specific forum. All parents are welcome. HCAS Resource Center, 10280 Old Columbia Road, Suite 215, Columbia, MD 21045 410-290-3466. Wednesday June 4, 7 to 8 pm

LISS Meeting

Join us to learn about the new Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) application process. The more you know the better you chance of getting funding. HCAS Resource Center. Thursday, May 29, 7-9pm:

HCAS General Support Group

Representatives from Pathfinders for Autism, Autism Speaks and the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysts will discuss recent changes to autism insurance laws in Maryland and the implementation process ahead.

Topics covered to include:

  • What are Habilitative Services
  • The NEW ABA Regulation – WHAT is it and WHO is covered by the law
  • Next steps in the Board Certified Behavior Analysts licensure process
  • Question & Answers

The presentation is geared towards people covered by policies regulated under Maryland law, including people covered by Individual and Fully Funded Plans purchased in Maryland, Plans purchased on the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange, and Maryland State Employee Health Plans.

The new law does not apply to Employer Self-funded Plans (Self Insured Plans), Federal Employee Health Plans, Medicaid or Military Health Plans. However, relevant information will be offered to individuals covered by these plans.

Click on this link for more information or to register.

HCAS Resource Center.

Transitioning Youth/Adults Support Group Meeting

The Howard County Office of Service Coordination, Inc. provides case management services to people with disabilities in ways that respect their dignity and rights. William Webster, who will be presenting to us, is the Supervisor of Service Coordination, and has had several years of experience helping people successfully transition from the educational system to adult services. Wednesday, May 14, 7-9pm:

Planning With Your Service Coordinator
A Service Coordinator can assist the student and family with transition planning and is also the person that would help a student go through the process to access funding under the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

As part of the discussion and planning process with your Service Coordinator, you may be provided with a variety of resources pertinent to the county in which you live, as well as other regional, state or national resources. This may include information about employment, government benefits, advocacy, college, health insurance, housing, futures and estates planning, recreation, transportation, and so much more. The information is tailored to address each person’s individualized planning.

Topics include:

  • The role of Service Coordination
  • Changes to Resource Coordination Services
  • Changes to DDA Services
  • Services and Supports to consider in planning
  • Self-directed Services

HCAS Resource Center

Managing Life’s Transitions

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The Lifespan Perspective

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Autism 101

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