Families with a child with a disability often need specific information, including: details about the disability, school services, therapy, local policies, funding sources, transportation, medical facilities and much more. As parents, you know your children best, so look for a professional team that will truly listen to your interests and concerns. By developing a non-judgmental and nurturing team, you will receive the support to succeed under very difficult circumstances.
The BJAA offers an array of support services in partnership with the agencies of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. These include:
- Clinic: Small informal group sessions designed to assist families with topics such as the IEP, IFSP and SSI.
- Parent-to-Parent Network: A network designed to match families with similar concerns and circumstances to offer guidance and support.
- Support Programs: Classes led by social workers to discuss specific challenges such as behavior, sexuality and family dynamics.
- Workshops: One-time information sessions led by a qualified facilitator on topics like guardianship, living trusts and higher education.
Outside the Jewish community, the State also offers support services for families with a special needs child. Partners for Success, established as part of each local system in Maryland, works to increase parental involvement in the special education decision-making process. It also provides information and resources about disabilities and community services and assists families in resolving concerns and making informed decisions regarding their child’s education. A parent of a child with a disability and an educator staff each Partner for Success Center.