The Anne Arundel County Public School System believes working as
partners, parents and professionals in the delivery of special
education will result in excellent educational opportunities for all
children. National studies affirm that the interest and involvement
of parents in their children's education are the most important
predictors of success for a child.
Special Education is defined by the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act and outlines the process of education for those
children and youth with a disabling condition that impacts their
ability to learn. Educational professionals bring expertise and
experience to the process. However, only the parents and the family
nurture an individual with a disability throughout the educational
journey. Each component depends upon the other for success in
achieving mutual goals.
Partners for Success
Partners for Success is a partnership between
the Maryland State Department of Education and Anne Arundel County
Public Schools. The Center provides families, professionals, and the
community with information, training, and support. The purpose of
the Center is to provide the skills and knowledge that will enable
families of children and youth with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, and
professionals to function as partners in the educational decision
making process and to assist families in accessing services for
Providing support, information, and resources on disabilities
and community services.
Assisting families to resolve concerns and make informed
decisions regarding their child's education.
Increasing parent involvement and collaborative partnerships
between families and professionals.
brochures and referral services to answer your questions.
Effective Partnership in Special Education: Advocating in Harmony
workshop to assist parents in gaining skills needed to advocate for
How to be an I.E.P.
(Informed Effective Parent) Team Member -
A workshop designed to help families attain the knowledge and skills
for being an effective Individualized Education Program (IEP) team
Individualized Education: An Overview of the Special Education
– A workshop designed to help families and educators understand the
special education process.
Life Transition Series
- A series of workshops that will assist families and educators with
the process of transitioning from school into adult life.
- Seminars and in-services specially designed to meet the needs of
families and educators.
Anne Arundel Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee
Anne Arundel – Special Education Citizens'
Anne Arundel County Division of Special
Education 410 222-5410
AA-SECAC is a partnership between parents, families, community
leaders, advocates, educators and administrators. The committee
works to enhance services available to students with disabilities
and to advocate for positive changes in special education in the
Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Active, involved parents and supporters of children receiving
special education services comprise the Anne Arundel Special
Education Citizens' Advisory Committee (AA-SECAC).
AA-SECAC meets monthly with the director and staff of the Division
of Special Education and other Anne Arundel County Public Schools
staff to share information and help provide direction for special
To advise and provide meaningful
input to Anne Arundel County Public Schools regarding the
achievement of a Free and Appropriate Education for students with
disabilities/special needs in Anne Arundel County.
goals of the committee are to:
Work collaboratively with the AACPS Director of Special
Education and community stakeholders to identify priorities,
goals and potential solutions designed to improve achievement
and outcomes of students with disabilities or special needs
Work with all stakeholders to help shape AACPS special education
accountability process in a way that drives and supports
improved results for students with disabilities and special
Support the efforts of parents to be actively and meaningfully
involved in the education process
Advocate for positive changes in Special Education in AACPS
Friends of Early Childhood Intervention
Support and networking among parents can be provided through the
Friends of Early Childhood Intervention, an entity founded in 2008
to assist parents of children in the Birth to Five age range.
Meetings are held monthly.
Toddlers Program website
for resources and links.