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A Disability-Friendly December: Wheelchair Safety and Winter Break Activities Guide

With the arrival of winter, the cold, snowy, and icy weather can provide challenges for people in wheelchairs or those with different abilities. However, there are still ways for the entire family to stay safe and have fun during December and throughout the winter. Here are a few ways to ensure mobility devices are prepared […]

Independent of Autism Strives to Meet Needs in Carroll County

Anna Curtis had a small blue puzzle piece with a tiny heart cut out tattooed on the top of her right foot three years ago to serve as a both a reminder and a conversation starter about her life’s passion. She inked her commitment to autism awareness during her second year of graduate studies in autism at Towson University. But Anna did more than get the degree and tattoo while at Towson. She started a small nonprofit called Independent of Autism.

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Training Videos for Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute developed a series of online training videos to provide classroom tips and practical strategies for working with students on the autism spectrum. See the library of videos covering topics such as sensory supports, communication needs, helping victims of bullying and harassment, legal issues around school removal, and addressing behavioral challenges.

State Knowledge Utilization Spotlight: Maryland

Although all steps of the TAP-IT process are critical, this spotlight describes how the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services uses the plan and implement stages of TAP-IT to assist local school systems (LSSs), instructional coaches, and educators with implementation


Coaching:  A Brave New World for PTs and OTs in Early Intervention

The world of early intervention is undergoing a seismic shift. Physical therapists (PTs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) are rethinking the focus of visits with families and caregivers who have an infant, toddler or preschooler with a developmental delay or disability. 

Marcella E. Franczkowski Receives the 2017 Hero Award from the Harbour School

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, was honored by the Harbour School, a private school individualized education services for students with disabilities ages 6-21, grades one through twelve.