AACPS Special Education Family Support

  • Partners for Success is a partnership between Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Anne Arundel County Schools (AACPS) to provide the tools and information necessary to empower parents to support their child's educational program.

     

    Two hands coming together inside a house.  AACPS Partners for Success

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Partners for Success staff are committed to empowering parents and families to work as equal partners with Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Partners for Success seeks to:

    • Increase parental involvement in the early intervention and special education decision-making processes;
    • Increase collaborative relationships through information and training;
    • Assist families in resolving concerns and making informed decisions regarding their child's education; and
    • Provide information about disabilities and school system and community resources.

     


     

    *NEW* Education Opportunity from The Arc of Maryland!

    TheArc@School

    The Arc Maryland is partnering with The Arc of the United States and The Lids Foundation to provide free access to TheArc@School: The Arc US’s online education advocacy curriculum. The Arc@School, provides information that parents and family members need to support their loved ones in navigating special education, including understanding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Early Intervention Services, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), 504 Plans, and more!

    Who Is the Curriculum For?

    TheArc@School curriculum is designed for individuals who are working with or advocating on behalf of children with disabilities in special education matters, including:

    • Parents and other family members
    • Educators and related services providers
    • Chapters of The Arc
    • Non-attorney advocates not affiliated with The Arc

    What Does the Curriculum Include?

    TheArc@School’s Advocacy Curriculum includes eight modules that are each roughly an hour long and include a pre-test, a listening guide, narrated video presentations, a post-test,  and additional resources. The module topics are:

    1. Building a Foundation for Advocacy
    2. IDEA and Early Intervention Services
    3. IDEA and Special Education Services
    4. Anatomy of an IEP
    5. Procedural Safeguards
    6. Section 504
    7. Educational Records
    8. Advocacy Skills

     


     

    *New and Improved* MSDE Parent Information Series

    A series of booklets that provide essential information for families of students with disabilities from ages 3 through 21 on important topics that increase collaboration between home and school in planning for their child's education. It is MSDE's hope that families use these resources as tools to actively engage as equal participants in the special education processes for their children.

    Topics include:

    • A Companion Guide to the Alternate Education Framework
    • Special Education Process - Guide 1
    • Parental Rights - Guide 2
    • Understanding the IEP - Guide 3
    • Secondary Transition - Guide 4

     


    **New Autism Society of Maryland - Anne Arundel Family Support Group on February 6th**

    Past Partners for Success Newsletters in both English and Spanish

    Parent's Guide to Recovery/Compensatory Service

    Maryland Coalition of Families 2023 Family Leadership Institute

    Check out the exciting offers from Chesapeake Downs Syndrome Parent Group!

    MSDE Social Emotional guide for parents

Contacts

  • B - 5 Family Outreach/Infants & Toddlers Program

    The Resource Center at Point Pleasant
    1450 Furnace Avenue
    Glen Burnie, MD 21060
    410-424-3260 

     

    PreK - Age 21

    Catherine Tolman

    Ctolman@aacps.org

    Barbi Chapman

    Bchapman@aacps.org

    Point Pleasant Resource Center
    1450 Furnace Avenue
    Glen Burnie, MD  21060
    410-424-3258