In the 2012-2013 school year, 859,643 children, ages three through 21, were educated through Maryland’s public education system; of these, 102,502 (11.9%) were children with disabilities. Early intervention services are provided through the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program (MITP) to over 16,000 children and families annually, representing a 78% increase over the past ten years. Infants and toddlers are eligible for the program by demonstrating a 25% delay in development, atypical development, or a condition that puts the child at high probability for delay. Maryland is the only state in the country offering families the choice to remain in the early intervention program up to the beginning of the school year following the child’s fourth birthday.
On any given day:
- Over 20,500 children ages birth through five with developmental delays or disabilities are provided with early intervention or preschool special education services in their homes, in childcare settings, and in public and private preschool classes. The program implements a family-centered services model empowering families as partners in the education process and provides services in natural environments and least restrictive environments where young children typically spend time.
- Maryland provides special education services to more than 90,000 students with disabilities, ages 6 through 21 years, eligible through one of the IDEA 14 disability categories. The program offers a full continuum of services while striving to educate school-age children and youth with their nondisabled peers in the school that they would attend if they did not have a disability. With specialized instruction, related services, accommodations, and program modifications, students with disabilities can acquire the skills needed to be ready for college, career, and community living.