children with disabilities

Sharing information and making it accessible to everyone is what Maryland Learning Links is all about. Everyone who experiences a child with a disability faces their own challenges and successes, but one thing all educators and families share is questions. Each disability has unique behaviors and characteristics that place it in its own category according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA).

It is important to know about these categories, so you can advocate effectively for a child’s unique needs that may require specialized instruction. Here, you’ll find the technical IDEA and State definitions of disabilities followed by more easy-to-understand Maryland Learning Links facts. Follow the links to fact sheets that include more in-depth information as well as personal stories of children with disabilities.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the on-line source for credible health information in the United States. Here you will find the latest information about health issues ranging from disease, emergency responses, injuries, healthy living and food related illnesses.

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is the place to find information about Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.


Paula Kluth is a special education expert who offers simple tips for teachers who are working with children with autism for the first time. Click here to watch and listen.