An African American teacher provides specially designed instruction to a student sitting at a desk in a diverse classroom

Specially Designed Instruction

Specially designed instruction, defined by IDEA as “adaptations to the content, method, or delivery of instruction,” is the foundation of special education.

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Accessible Education Materials

Ensuring that all students have appropriate Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) is essential to creating an equitable learning environment in which all students can progress towards high standards.

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52 Tips for Successful IFSP and IEP Meetings

Maryland Learning Links has compiled 52 tips to help families and service providers alike hold successful and smooth IFSP and IEP meetings. One tip each week will be shared on the Maryland Learning Links Facebook and Twitter pages, and the tips will also be listed below throughout the year for your reference.

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Early Childhood Resources

  Are you an early childhood professional in the state of Maryland? Access even more materials and forums related to the 2017 Professional Learning Opportunities in the Early Childhood PLO Resources community group.

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services

What’s Happening: News & Events from the DEISES

Find out the latest happenings from Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

making access happen. A young boy with an intellectual disability sits at a table and works on fine motor exercises. Another toy in a black shirt sits behind him.

Making Access Happen

The Making Access Happen (MAH) program works to increase the participation of 3- to 5-year-old children with disabilities in public and private community-based early learning programs.

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Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN)

The Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) connects educators, families, and leaders interested in the effective use of assistive, accessible, and everyday technology to benefit diverse learners and individuals with a variety of needs.