A paraeducators works one-on-one instruction with a child sitting at a bright yellow table

How Paraeducators Help Students and Teachers

A paraeducator’s role in the classroom typically involves providing extra support during a teacher’s instruction to allow students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to participate in general education lessons.

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Self-Determination Survey

The Department of Special Education at Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities is looking for adults with any disabilities age 18 to 65 to take a quick online self-determination survey.

Tourette Awareness Month 2018

Students of all ages shared their stories as part of the National Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month on social media to help raise awareness about the neurological disorder, which usually becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence.

Transition: Links to Learn More

Maryland Resources The Maryland Department of Disabilities offers help with employment, housing, transportation and disability benefits. The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) helps eligible students who are leaving school and need assistance with job training and transportation. Maryland Transitioning Youth is the website of the Governor’s Interagency Transition Council (IATC) that provides a wealth of information and resources […]

Get to Know – Rocco Aiello

Rocco Aiello, Coordinator for Adapted Physical Education and Corollary Sports, St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Talk to Rocco Aiello about his amazing journey as an Adapted Physical Education teacher and you soon discover that he is all about inspiration. In fact, Aiello is either inspiring children with disabilities to discover the joys and benefits of […]

Developmental Disabilities Day: Feb 22, 2018

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, represented the Maryland State Department of Education and showed her support for students and their families at Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature on Feb. 22, 2018.

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.

Improving Students’ Lives by Engaging Their Minds

Principals at schools in Baltimore and Dallas believed they could transform students’ lives and improve academic performance by trying strategies that changed the way students engaged their brains.
The novel approaches worked.

Celebrating Disabilities in October

Several campaigns run during October that make the month the perfect time to raise awareness and celebrate different physical and mental abilities. National Disability Employment Awareness Month: “Inclusion Drives Innovation” is the theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services under MSDE fully support employment training and […]