Children with disabilities from birth to age 21 may be eligible for
special education. Federal law defines “children with disabilities”
as having any of the following types of disabilities.
Other Health Impairment
Specific Learning Disability
Speech or Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment (including blindness)
Special Education means specially designed instruction, at no cost
to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a
disability. Special Education can include:
Additionally, once Special Education is determined, related services
may also be implemented based on student profile/need (eligibility)
NOTE: AACPS assures full educational opportunities by providing
free and appropriate educational programs and related services for
students with disabilities. “At no cost” means that all specially
designed instruction is provided without charge, but does not
preclude incidental fees which are normally charged to non-disabled
students or their parents as part of the regular education program.
Identification, Assessment and Evaluation:
Infants and Toddlers Program
Point Pleasant Elementary
Burnie, Maryland 21066
Children Birth to Age 3
Infants and Toddlers Program is a countywide system of coordinated,
interagency and multidisciplinary early intervention services.
Parents, medical personnel, or other concerned individuals may make
a referral. Evaluations are completed to determine if the child is
eligible for early intervention services.
Child Find Teams
Burnie, Maryland 21060
Children Ages 3-5
Preschool Child Find Team is an interdisciplinary team that provides
identification services to children from three to five years of age
who are may have a disability.
Parents, medical personnel, or other concerned individuals may make
a referral. If the IEP team suspects that the child has a disability
after reviewing all screening information, assessments in all areas
related to the suspected disability are recommended.
Upon parental approval, the recommended assessments are conducted by the school-based staff and reviewed by the IEP team at an IEP team meeting. For those children eligible for services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Extended Individual Family Service Plan (Extended IFSP) is developed. The IEP team reviews the IEP/Extended IFSP, identifies services needed to implement the IEP/Extended IFSP, and considers options for the provision of services in the least restrictive environment.
student who is suspected of having a disability is referred to the
IEP team. The IEP team meets to review the referral and existing
data, information from the parent, previously implemented
instructional interventions and strategies, current classroom-based
assessments/curriculum measures and observations. Based on this
information, the IEP team shall determine the need for assessment.
assessments are recommended, the school staff obtains permission and
the recommended assessments are conducted by the school-based staff
and reviewed by the IEP team at an IEP team meeting. For those
children eligible for services, an Individualized Education Program
(IEP) is developed. The IEP team reviews the IEP, identifies
services needed to implement the IEP, and considers options for the
provision of services in the least restrictive environment.
If a parent has an educational concern and/or believes their child
may have a disability, please contact your school’s administrator.
there is a concern or belief that a school-age child who attends a
private or religiously affiliated school in Anne Arundel County may
have a disability, contact the Compliance Office Technician at 410
Anne Arundel County School System provides a continuum of services
ranging from consultation and general education programming to
specialty classes, regional programs and separate public and private
(approved nonpublic) school placements. Each elementary, middle, and
high school in Anne Arundel County provides special education and
related services for students who are identified as eligible for
- Provide the general educator with guidance from the special
education teacher on appropriate strategies for instruction,
behavior management, data collection, observation, and feedback
in the general education setting.
- Facilitate service delivery through ongoing communication
between general and special educators and related service
- Assistance in completing functional behavioral assessment (FBA)
and developing a behavioral intervention plan (BIP) to address
areas of concern.
Direct Service Delivery (within the general education setting)
Direct special education instruction within the least
restrictive environment of the general education classroom
through TEAM teaching, and collaborative instructional models.
Direct support for individual students by the special education
teacher or instructional assistant by making adaptations or
modifications to the general education curriculum and
Individualized or small group instruction to meet the academic and behavior needs of the student, either within the general education classroom or with pull-aside resource services for specific skill development. Anne Arundel County Public Schools recognizes the individual needs of students. In such, the continuum includes specialty programs (Autism, Multiple Intensive Needs (MINC), Emotional Disabilities, and Functional Life Skills [FLS]). Specialty program decisions are IEP Team determined and based on the student’s accommodations/modifications, supplemental aids, and service requirements. They are co-located in comprehensive schools throughout the county.
Direct Service Delivery
(outside the general education setting)
Direct intensive or multi-sensory instruction utilizing
specialized strategies and techniques in a small group,
self-contained environment with an alternative curriculum when
More specific skill training in remediation of academic skill
deficits or in the social, emotional, and behavioral areas.
Supports that address behavioral difficulties that interfere
with the student's learning or the learning of other students.
Direct Service Delivery (combined)
Students may receive direct service in both the general education
and special education classrooms. This is an IEP team decision
based on individual student need.
Direct Service Delivery (Regional Options/Separate Day Facility)
A limited number of students may need a regional program within a
comprehensive school or a separate day facility. Based on the unique
needs and the IEP of the student, the local school or central office
IEP teams determine the appropriate placement.
Direct Service Delivery (Approved Nonpublic School)
For those students whose educational needs require services beyond
those of the county's regional or separate day facilities, AACPS
utilizes Maryland State Department of Education approved nonpublic
schools. The nature and severity of the student's disability which
significantly impact educational performance may necessitate more
intensive resources and may require a more therapeutic segregated
setting in order for a student to receive an appropriate educational
Arundel County strongly believes in a shared accountability with
both general education and special education teachers
collaboratively supporting ALL students.
Service may be provided by the following personnel: