Community Resources

Common Abbreviations in Special Education


Charles County Public Schools

Department of Special Education  (Infant and Toddler, Early Intervention, SOAR, Life Skills, Emotional Adjustment and Adult Independence Programs)

Charles County Parent Center

Department of Student Services

Elementary Program of Studies

State of Maryland Links

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

MSDE Special Education/Early Intervention 

Maryland Learning Links

Helpful Documents from MSDE

Building IEPs with Maryland Families: What a Great IDEA!   

Parent’s Guide to Understanding IEP Rights and Responsibilities in Maryland

Maryland IEP Process Guide

Maryland Assessment, Accessibility, & Accommodations Guide 

Curriculum and Instruction Guide

             Parental Rights: Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice

Family Support Services

Special Education State Advisory Committee

Emergency Planning Guidelines for Local School Systems 

 On April 18, 2017, Governor Hogan approved House Bill 1061 (Chapter 327 of the Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland), requiring the MSDE, in consultation with disability advocacy groups, to update the Emergency Planning Guidelines for Local School Systems and Schools to accommodate, safeguard, and evacuate students, staff, and visitors with disabilities on public school grounds in accordance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. On or before July 1, 2018, each local school system is required to update its local emergency plan to comply with the updated MSDE Guidelines.

MSDE Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

     DDA Providers:

Charles County Department of Health   &   Infants and Toddlers

Maryland Families Engage



Ainsley’s Angels

Bambino Buddy Ball

Charles  County Camp Co-Op

Melwood Recreation 

Special Olympics Maryland


Additional Resources and Organizations

U.S. Department of Education IDEA

Parents Place of Maryland

PPMD Resource Library

       Parents Place Information and Resources

      Parents Place Top Ten Tips

Disability Rights Maryland

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland

Decoding Dyslexia Maryland

Pathfinders for Autism

Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland

Maryland Coalition of Families

Resource Finder at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Project HEAL – Resources for Parents

Charting the Lifecourse – a helpful framework for families and professionals

Equipment Connections for Children

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The ARC of Southern Maryland

Pacer Center: Champions of Students with Disabilities

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Center on Technology and Disability

National Center on Accessible Education Materials