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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires states and territories to provide early intervention or special education services to children and young adults. Early intervention is available for children from birth to 3 years old, and special education services are available to children from 3 to 21 years old. Each installation provides specific resources for these programs and services in local schools or health departments. Before moving, identify programs in your area, be prepared and understand while not all services offered are the same – they are required to be comparable.
The IDEA requires that all states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 through 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program, or IEP, team or school-based committee that supports students with special education needs.
The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the new school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the previously held IEP is adopted or a new one is developed and implemented. If a child transfers to another state, the receiving district must provide comparable services until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new IEP, if appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents, including the IEP and current evaluation reports. Hand-carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school district to begin the process as soon as you move.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth through 3 years of age who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays.
Local school districts or health departments often provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C because it is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention. The national Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of State Part C coordinators and funded programs on their website.
When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan, or IFSP, and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, offers the Parent Center Hub – also known as the Center for Parent Information and Resources – which has collections of links to serve families and adults with special needs from birth through age 26. They assist families in getting appropriate education and services for their children, work to improve education services for all children, train and inform parents and professionals, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect those with disabilities to community resources. Find your local parenting center and more by visiting their website.
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Calvert County Public Schools serves children who are identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and receive special education and related services. Services are determined on an individual basis and are delivered in accordance with each child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).
The majority of the students receive their services in their neighborhood schools. Related services such as vision, hearing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language, and assistive technology are available throughout the school system. In addition to the school-based programs and services, the county has a variety of specialized regional programs including an active Child Find program, early intervention services, behavioral development programs, and functional living skills to meet the Federal requirement of continuum of special education services to provide a free appropriate public education for all students.
Detailed information regarding special education programs offered through Calvert County Public Schools are posted on the school systems website at https://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/special_education
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has special education programs for children from birth to age 21. Each school offers special education and related services for students who require specialized instruction. Vision and hearing services, as well as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services are also available.
Regional programs in the elementary and secondary schools provide alternative curriculum or behavioral approaches for students who may require more intensive academic or behavioral support. Early intervention services are available through the Infants and Toddlers program and through Child Find. Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of Early Intervention Program or Preschool Special Education. The Adult Independence Program (AIP) offers job training and placement assistance to older students who will receive a certificate of completion.
Detailed information about special education programs offered through CCPS are posted on the school system website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/special-education.
St. Mary's County
St. Mary's County Public School System provides learning activities and experiences that will guide all students. The commitment of special education is to fulfill the promise of an effective education that prepares students academically, socially, emotionally, and functionally for adult life. A specifically designed instructional program is set forth to meet the needs of students identified as having educational disabilities.
Services include specialized classroom instruction, speech/language therapy, counseling, nursing services, services for the visually impaired, assistive technology, resource assistance to classroom teachers, home instruction, and related services. The county offers a continuum of special education programs at all schools.
Detailed information about special education programs offered through SMCPS are posted on the school system website at https://www.smcps.org/se