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Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) — www.AJE-DC.org
- Who & What: Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) is the Washington, DC Parent Training & Information Center. The mission of AJE is to education parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs. The organization is governed and run by parents, and includes staff members who are fluent in Spanish and Vietnamese.
- Special Note: Advocates for Justice and Education is a CBSS Partner.
- Useful Information: AJE programs include direct services to parents (e.g., assistance at IEP meetings), community education, the DC Parent Information Network, Parent to Parent leadership training, a training and resource center, and a transition advocacy project. Most of the events, activities, and services are offered at no cost to parents.
- Link: Visit the AJE website here…
ARC of Baltimore — www.ARCofBaltimore.org
- Who & What: The ARC of Baltimore is dedicated to providing advocacy and quality, life-changing supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They provide provide employment training and support, residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, public policy advocacy, information and referrals, and other resources.
- Special Note: The ARC of Baltimore is a CBSS Partner.
- Useful Information: The ARC of Baltimore recently developed a day program that includes housing for a small group of deaf-blind youth located in Baltimore. These young adults are former students who have transitioned from school and CBSS services. Now that the house is established, CBSS is partnering with the ARC of Baltimore to assist with in-service training for house staff. Areas of training will include topics such as understanding deaf-blindness, communication needs, family training, assistive technology, recreation and leisure, and customized employment. The ARC of Baltimore is overseen by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (DHMH). Through partnership with the ARC of Baltimore, CBSS will provide opportunities for training independent living staff and future job coaches on the life goals of deaf-blind youth.
- Link: Visit the ARC of Baltimore website here…
Arc of Frederick County (www.ARCFC.org)
- Who & What: The Arc of Frederick County assists persons with developmental disabilities and their families to obtain the services they need and want in order to become as independent as possible and to enjoy quality of life within the community. They support people with disabilities and their families in having, realizing, and making choices about their lives.
- Useful Information: Their website offers information about services, resources, and events in the Frederick, Maryland area. It also features family stories, and volunteer and employment opportunities.
- Link: Visit the Arc of Frederick County website here…
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) — www.COPAA.org
- Who & What: The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates, parents and related professionals. The organization offers a peer-to-peer network dedicated to protecting and enforcing legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.
- Useful Information: COPAA is premised on the belief that every child deserves the right to an equal and quality education that prepares them for meaningful employment, higher education and lifelong learning, and full participation in his or her community. The key to effective educational programs for children with disabilities is collaboration -as equals- by parents and educators. Access to quality representation protects student and parent rights and levels the playing field to enable full and meaningful participation as equal members of the child’s educational team.
- Location: COPAA, P.O. Box 6467 , Towson, MD 21285
- Contact: Phone – 410-372-0208 // Fax 410-372- 0209
- Link: Visit the COPAA website here…
DC Kids Count / DC Action for Children (www.dcactionforchildren.org/node/58)
- Who & What: DC Kids Count, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the well-being of children in the United States. By providing high-quality data and trend analysis, Kids Count seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children — and to raise the visibility of children’s issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens.
- Useful Information: The role of the DC Kids Count Advisory Board is to provide critical leadership and strategic input to develop and use data to inform policy discussions and decisions regarding children.
- Link: Visit the DC Kids Count / DC Action for Children website here…
- Link: Information on the DC Extended IFSP policy here…
DDA & DHMH (www.DDA.DHMH.Maryland.gov)
Development Disabilities Administration and Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
- Who & What: The DDA & DHMH partner with people with developmental disabilities to provide leadership and resources so that individuals can lead fulfilling lives in their communities. Their goals include helping people with disabilities direct their lives, have viable support options, and have information to make decisions.
- Useful Information: Many of the resources on the DDA/DHMH website are available in Spanish as well as English.
- Link: Visit the DDA/DHMH Maryland website here…
Delrey Demonstration Project (www.DelreySchool.org)
- Who & What: CBSS is working Delrey School in Baltimore, Maryland to support staff in learning about and providing evidence-based practices for children who have deaf-blindness and other disabilities. Similar to the Demonstration Classroom CBSS helped establish at the Maryland School for the Blind during the previous grant cycle, the Delrey School Project will become a role model of best-practice training and outreach for families and providers across Maryland and DC.
- Useful Information: During July, 2014, Delrey School received approval for programming for students with dual-sensory impairment (read the article here…).
- Link: Visit our CBSS/Delrey collaboration news page here…
- Link: Visit our Training & Outreach page with more information about our Demonstration Project activities here…
- Link: Visit the Delrey School website here…
DORS (Department of Rehabilitative Services — www.DORS.State.MD.US/DORS)
- Who & What: Maryland DORS supports the employment and economic independence of people with disabilities. DORS is one of the CBSS Partners. Currently, CBSS and DORS are collaborating on the DORS Transition Training Project. DORS counselors and administrative staff have participated in panel presentations on transition issues and adult services during trainings in the previous grant cycle. Now, CBSS staff continue to work with DORS directors and case managers to develop appropriate supports for individuals who are deaf-blind as part of Connections statewide provision of both targeted and intensive TA.
- Special Note: DORS is a CBSS Partner.
- Useful Information: In an effort to better prepare all job coaches and transition specialists to meet the needs of consumers who are deaf-blind, small group training sessions will be conducted at the DORS office, the Work Force and Technology Center for specific needs as determined by the DORS Deaf-blind Specialist. Through small group and larger meeting activities, participants will be trained on topics such as customized employment, personal future plan (PFP) for the consumers,and MAPS, and assistive technology in collaboration with the Maryland Technology.
- Link: The DORS website offers videos, brochures, links, and other resources to support individuals with disabilities in employment opportunities and economic independence (click here for website…)
iCanConnect — Local State Partners (MD and DC)
- Who & What: iCanConnect is the National Deaf-blind Equipment Distribution Program. Their goal is to ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern communication tools and the training necessary to use these tools. They support those with deaf-blindness with opportunities to connect and interact with the world, and to be a contributing member of society. iCanConnect provides outreach, assessments, telecommunications technology, and training free of charge to those who meet federal eligibility guidelines. Visit the iCanConnect website here…
- Local Link: Maryland iCan Connection and Washington, DC iCan Connection — via Perkins School and Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (Click on these links for information about these resource — www.iCanConnect.org/Maryland or www.iCanConnect.org/District-Columbia)
- Video: iCanConnect information here…
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center — www.Gallaudet.edu/clerc_center.html
- Who & What: The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Their mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States.
- Useful Information: The Clerc Center maintains two demonstration schools — Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES is a CBSS Partner) and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf.
- Link: Visit the Laurent Clerc National Center website here…
Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) — www.MDRelay.org
- Who & What: The Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program is designed to benefit Maryland residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or are living with limited speech, mobility, or cognitive abilities. Personalized solutions are created one-on-one between the consumer and an MAT program specialist, and range from TTYs and captioned phones to tablets and iPads. Training is provided in addition to the technology solution.
- NEW: Free Tablet Program —
Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) — www.MarylandLearningLinks.org/MATN
- Who & What: The Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) is an online professional learning network that connects educators, families, and educational leaders who are engaged in improving learning and teaching through assistive and universally accessible technology. MATN is a service of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education (JHU CTE). MATN membership is free and open to all people.
- Useful Information: MATN members have access to: ongoing discussions with experts from around the state, country, and globe; opportunities to participate in conversations with leaders to shape policy and practice in Maryland and beyond; free access to the bi-annual MATN Institutes held at varying Johns Hopkins University campuses; priority registration for the MATN complimentary webinar series; and, exclusive access to web-content and live professional learning opportunities designed to complement an exemplary “tool box” for a parent or educator.
- Link: Visit the MATN resource page here…
Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE) — www.MCIE.org
- Who & What: The Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, Inc. (MCIE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the inclusion of students with disabilities in their neighborhood schools. Their mission is to be the catalyst for meaningful and successful participation of all students in their neighborhood schools. MCIE has a vision of a society where neighborhood schools welcome all students, engage them in learning, and form the foundation for inclusive communities. They envision that in neighborhood schools, students with disabilities will benefit from meaningful instruction, have friends, and be full members of their school communities.
- Special Note: MCIE is a CBSS Partner.
- Useful Information: MCIE advocates for families, supports schools in their work to improve instruction and inclusion, and shares current information on best educational practices. They work with schools, districts, and states and collaborate with universities, advocacy agencies, professional organizations, and a variety of disability groups. They offered customized services that lead to solutions for inclusive education on the system, school and student level. Their services include individual student planning, training and technical assistance, school- and system-wide reforms, professional development courses, legal representation, information sharing, and advocacy.
- Link: Visit the MCIE website here…
Maryland Learning Links (www.MarylandLearningLinks.org)
- Who & What: Maryland Learning Links is a resource for educators and families about issues related to special education and early intervention in Maryland. The website offers resources, videos, blogs, tips and strategies, and more…
- Useful Website Resources: Information for both families and professionals; information about school and community issues; information about early learning through transition; information on self-determination and self-advocacy; newsletters and interactive blog; section and resources specific to deaf-blindness (click here…)
- Link: Visit the Maryland Learning Links website here…
- Link: Maryland Learning Links — Network of Resources — Assistive Technology — resources by category and by county — here…
Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) — www.MDSchBlind.org
- Who & What: The Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) is a private, statewide resource center providing outreach, school, and residential programs to children and youth from infancy to age 21 who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. MSB endeavors to help each student reach the fullest potential, and to meet or exceed the expectations of families and local school systems. Their statewide services include diagnostic evaluations, training, consultations, and functional vision exams.
- Special Note: MSB is a CBSS Partner.
- Useful Information: During the 2008-2013 CBSS grant cycle, CBSS supported MSB in the development of a “Demonstration Classroom” in the school. The classroom demonstration project has become a statewide hands-on training opportunity for families and professionals working with children who have dual sensory impairment. Building on those lessons, CBSS is now working with Delrey School in Maryland to create a school-wide demonstration project. Their website offers information about their academic programs, as well as their student life and extra-curricular activities, extended school year programs, and more.
- Link: Visit the MSB website here…
- Link: Learn more about the MSB Demonstration Classroom Project from our archived newsletter articles:
— 2010 MSB Demonstration Classroom article here…
— 2011 MSB Demonstration Classroom article here…
Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) — www.MSD.edu
- Who & What: The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a With campuses in both Columbia and Frederick, MSD endeavors to be a diverse bilingual community that works in partnership with families and providers to create an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment. MSD works to ensure that their students achieve personal excellence and become responsible lifelong learners. CBSS and MSB work together to meet the educational and technical assistance needs of students at the school who have both hearing and vision disabilities.
- Special Note: MSD is a CBSS Partner.
- Useful Information: MSD offers free public education for children birth through age 21 who are deaf or hard of hear, reside in Maryland, and meet the MSD criteria. All MSD programs are fully accredited, and graduating seniors who meet course and testing requirements earn Maryland High School Diplomas or MSD Diplomas. They offer both day and residential programs and provide transportation throughout the state of Maryland. Their website offers information about their academic programs, as well as their student life activities, anti-bullying campaign, athletics, and more.
- Link: Visit the MSD website here…
Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) — www.MarylandPublicSchools.org
- Who & What: MSDE is the Maryland State Department of Education.
- Useful Website Resource: Information and links related to early intervention (Part C), special education (Part B), and transition; curriculum and assessment accountability; state policies and programs.
- Link: Visit the MSDE website here…
Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) — www.MDTAP.org
- Who & What: The Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) is a program run by the Maryland Department of Disabilities. Their mission is to enhance the lives of all Marylanders with disabilities, older Marylanders, and their families by helping support access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services. They have a lab that is available by appointment.
- Useful Website Resource: Information and links related to technology, trainings, presentations, AT equipment funding, and more is available on their website. They also have information about equipment demonstrations and loans, and resources about APPs that are beneficial and useful for people with sensory impairments.
- Link: Visit the MDTAP website here…
Metro Washington Association of the Deaf-Blind — www.MWADB.org
- Who & What: The mission of the Metropolitan Washington Association of the Deaf-Blind (MWADB) is to encourage, recognize, and promote the social, cultural, and educational objectives of people with deaf-blindness in the Metropolitan Washington area toward the goal of economic security, social equality, access to community resources, and privileges as citizens.
- Useful Information: Their website offers information on MWADB meetings, as well as resources, links, and information on relevant topics such as SSP Training and communication.
- Link: Visit the MWADB website here...
National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (www.NFBMD.org)
- Who & What: Affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. Nonprofit made up of blind people of all ages, their families and friends. Information and resources for students, seniors, parents, and diabetics. Local chapters and divisions and well-trained leaders help newly blind people adjust to vision loss, and promote the full participation and integration of blind people in our communities.
- Useful resources on their website: Information tabs for students, seniors, parents, and friends, and information about NFB chapters and divisions. Also offered newsletters, success stories, resources and other useful information.
- Link: Visit the NFB Maryland website here…
ODR (Office of Disability Rights DC Office –– www.ODR.DC.gov)
- Who & What: The mission of the DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) is to ensure that the programs, services, benefits, activities and facilities operated or funded by the District of Columbia are fully accessible to, and useable by people with disabilities. ODR is committed to inclusion, community-based services, and self-determination for people with disabilities. ODR is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the City’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as other disability rights laws.
- Useful resources on their website: The ODR website includes resource guides for home and community living, basic handbooks on ADA, manuals on accommodating employees, information on conducting inclusive meetings, a web accessibility guide and more.
- Video link: Disability Sensitivity Training & Tips — a brief, humorous, informational video from the Office of Disability Rights (Features CBSS Advisory Committee member, Paul Khouri).
—> Watch the video here…
- Link: Visit the ODR DC website here…
Parents’ Place of Maryland (PPMD) — www.PPMD.org
- Who & What: Parents’ Place of Maryland (PPMD) is the Maryland Parent Training & Information Center. The mission of PPMD is to ensure that families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need have the knowledge and assistance they need to make informed decisions that support their child’s health, education, and development. The organization is run by members of the community, including parents of children with special needs.
- Special Note: Parents’ Place of Maryland is a CBSS Partner.
- Useful Information: PPMD offers peer support to families, and information and education to families, professionals, and the community at large. They offer workshops, individual assistant by phone or in-person, and many resources including information packets and factsheets. Most of the events, activities, and services are offered at no cost to parents.
- Link: Visit the PPMD website here…
The Pediatric Development Center (PDC) — www.PDCandME.com
- What: The Pediatric Development Center, located in Montgomery County, specializes in helping children with motor, communication, feeding and sensory challenges. Their interdisciplinary team provides evidence-based treatment through play and exploration. Their goal is to help children and families who are facing challenges developmentally or in school, to support them when they need a team who understands their priorities, and to facilitate family advocacy during such challenges.
- Useful Information: The PDC offers a range of services and resources, including —
- Occupational, speech-language, physical and feeding therapy in one location.
- Convenient back-to-back appointments.
- A large sensory gym and well equipped private treatment rooms.
- A family liaison to coordinate workshops and connect you with resources.
- An office manager to walk you through the insurance process.
- Ground-level location with plenty of onsite parking.
- Acceptance of BlueCross BlueShield, UnitedHealthcare, and Medicaid.
- Contact information:
Address 1 — 17620 Redland Road Bldg A, Rockville, MD 20855
Phone — 301-869-7505
Address 2 — 12520 Prosperity Drive, Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20904
E-mail — email@example.com
- Link: Visit the PCD website here…
Patapsco Valley State Park, Anne Arundel County, MD
- What: The first all-sensory trail in Maryland state parks opened during October, 2014. Designed for individuals with blindness and disabilities, the area includes guide drops lining a one-tenth of a mile path loop. Planting boxes are set high off the ground to enhance opportunities for smelling and touching the foliage.
- Where: Hilton Area of Patapsco Valley State Park in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
- News story: Read the news story about the all-sensory trail HERE…
State Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC)
- Who & What: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to establish and operate an advisory panel. In Maryland, this panel is called the Special Education State Advisory Council. The purpose of the committee is to advise the state on unmet needs of students with disabilities.
- Useful Information: SECAC has local chapters in counties throughout the state of Maryland.
- Bulletin: SECAC: Frecently Asked Questions & Information — from MSDE (click here…)
- Link: View Maryland.gov links for SECAC here…
Tri-Area Family Connections (MD-DC-VA)
- Who & What: Building on the “family engagement” initiatives of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and the National Family Association for Deaf=Blind (NFADB), CBSS has created a “Tri-Area Family Connections” group for families in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area.
- Special Note: The Tri-Area Family Connections group is a CBSS initiative.
- Useful Information: The goal of the Tri-Area Family Connections group is to create family activities as well as training opportunities for area families whose children have deaf-blindness or sensory impairments. In addition, CBSS hopes to launch the effort as a local NFADB affiliate chapter. Creating a local NFADB affiliate chapter is a win-win-win situation for families, providers, and administrators. It will result in stronger family engagement activities, and a greater understanding by families of the law and education regulations, so that they can better partner with providers and advocate for their children.
- Link: Read the Fall 2012 CBSS e-Connection Update featuring the Tri-Area Family Connections group here…
- Link: Visit the CBSS Celebrating Families page here…
- Link: Parents’ Place of Maryland — the Maryland Parent Information and Training Center here…
- Link: Advocates for Justice and Education – the DC Parent Information and Training Center here…
- Connect: If you would like to join the CBSS Tri-Area Family Connections group, please send us an e-mail here…
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