About Special Education

Learn about the special education process and your role as a parent in this process.

Screenshot of a downloadable handout defining IFSP and IEP terminology

Defining IEP Terminology: A Handout for Families

One way a child’s teacher can help families feel more at ease and make the first IEP meeting as successful as possible is to provide families with a handout that defines IEP terminology and acronyms.

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Requesting an Evaluation for Special Education Services for Your Child

If you wish to request an evaluation for your child, you must send a written request to the child’s principal or local special education administrator. If you need assistance writing a request for evaluation for your child, Maryland Learning Links has drafted a template for your reference.

Marcella E. Franczkowski smiling at a baby held by another woman at the 2018 Garrett County We C.A.R.E. event.

Garrett County’s We C.A.R.E. Event – April 5, 2018

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services at the Maryland State Department of Education, presented the opening guest speech at Garrett County Public Schools’ third annual “We C.A.R.E” event on April 5.

Early Childhood Training Resources

These training resources are good opportunities for parents and providers to share information and learn from experts in the Early Learning field.

Engaging Families in the COS Process

These videos were created to help early intervention service providers develop a deeper understanding of the importance of the following in relation to the integrated COS/IFSP Process

Autism Waivers

All about Autism Waivers and how to meet the criteria to receive one.