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Katherine Holman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at Towson University, who is helping to develop a new generation of Autism Leaders that will shape the way teachers, parents and the media educate, connect and speak about children with ASD. Click here for the full story.
New blogger Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D, of B2K Solutions℠ Ltd, shares her thoughts about a holistic approach to assessing kindergarten readiness. Her latest blog post is here.
Apps for Everyday
Text Grabber and Translator is an inexpensive app that can actually turn an iPad or iPhone into a scanner. You simply take a picture of a document with your device and the app uses Optical Character Recognition to create an editable text file. Not only that, but it can translate documents from more than 40 different languages. This app can be very useful for anyone who prefers to read (and manipulate) digital text documents rather than print documents.
Best Buddies Thriving in Maryland
Tom Waite, Deputy Director of Operations for Best Buddies Maryland, sat down with us for an in-depth interview about this unique program that helps to build social connections between typically developing youth and teens and their peers who have disabilities. Learn how the program is now expanding to serve adults.
Maryland Hearing Aid Loan Bank
Infants and toddlers with hearing loss have limited access to communication through auditory means. Even mild hearing loss can significantly affect receptive and expressive language and subsequent educational performance. The Maryland Hearing Aid Loan Bank (HALB) was formed to provide amplification services to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children in the State of Maryland before they enter the formal educational environment. Click here to learn more about who qualifies for this program and how to apply.
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Read Across Maryland
March is Read Across Maryland month. Learn about fun activities, challenges, events and the fun ways you can participate by clicking here.
Leadership to Go
We know that school leaders have little time to spare. So we have created a set of “Leadership to Go” professional development cards to help you. Read the information online or print it out and you are ready to go whenever you want to share information with members of your team. Topics include professional development, teachnology, creating a school vision, teacher evaluation, student assessments and community. To learn more visit the Leadership Channel.
Publications for Families
The Maryland State Department of Education publishes a series of easy-to-read booklets designed to support families in the early intervention and special education birth through five system of services. Topics include the IFSP, the IEP, Services for Birth to Age 3, and Parental Rights. Click here to see all of these great resources.