Sometimes you can do it alone; sometimes you need guidance and expertise in order to get the job done right. Filing your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or transitioning to an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a process that may require professional assistance. Negotiating the best educational plan for your child is one of the most important gifts you can give them as what you decide will impact them for years to come. When advocating for your child, do your research and get support from a professional or a friend.

In Baltimore, The Macks Center for Jewish Education offers MDSNAP to help Jewish families negotiate the best education plan for their children.

“Who is rich? He/she who rejoices in his/her portion.”

Pirkei Avot - Ethics of the Fathers


  • Provides free educational advocacy services for Jewish children with special needs, from birth to age 21
  • Listens to concerns and helps parents help their children
  • Assists over 200 families to navigate the special education system each year
  • Works with parents to prepare for IFSP and IEP meetings and will accompany them to these meetings
  • Educates parents about their legal rights (does not provide legal counsel)
  • Offers information, resources and referrals
  • Maintains confidentiality at all times
  • Serves as the family relations arm of the PEN Project

For more information about MDSNAP, email or call

Quick Links
Individualized Education Program
504 Plans
Early Intervention Rights

Americans Live With an Autism Spectrum Disorder
of Children Have Been Diagnosed with a Developmental Disability
Contact Us