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Special Education

Parent Involvement

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.

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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 children.


  • 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.

 Resources Available 

 Resources Available 


Effective Partnership in Special Education:  Advocating in Harmony – A workshop to assist parents in gaining skills needed to advocate for their child.

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 member.

Individualized Education:  An Overview of the Special Education Process – 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.

Other Workshops - Seminars and in-services specially designed to meet the needs of families and educators.

Anne Arundel Special Education Citizen’s  Advisory Committee (SECAC)
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Contact Information:
Anne Arundel – Special Education Citizens' Advisory Committee

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 education services.


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.


The 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 within AACPS

  • 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 needs

  • 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.   

 See the Infants and Toddlers Program website for resources and links.