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How to Be Prepared

2019-09-16T17:58:19-04:00

HOW TO BE PREPARED How to Be Prepared has checklists and ways to prepare for all kinds of events in your life. An Individualized Education Plan, also known as an Individual Education Program, is defined as a written plan that is designed to meet the unique needs of one child. Parent teacher

Advocacy – Transition Years

2019-10-28T13:06:37-04:00

ADVOCACY Self-awareness is generally the first step in self-advocacy. As you become an adult and seek independence, it is important to determine what is important to you. You can begin by determining what it is you need, speaking up for yourself and learning how to describe your needs and wants. Know your

Howard County Expanded Housing – Transition Years

2019-09-16T17:05:02-04:00Tags: |

HOWARD COUNTY AFFORDABLE OPTIONS Affordable, appropriate adult housing for individuals with disabilities is difficult to obtain and in short supply. The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) is currently working on a potential solution. HCAS hopes to partner with local developers to explore building inclusive housing, using the Generations of Hope model.   For

Advocacy – Early Years

2019-10-28T10:56:15-04:00

ADVOCACY 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

Health Services – Adulthood

2019-10-31T13:12:13-04:00Tags: |

HEALTH SERVICES Making sure you have regular checkups and are receiving the appropriate medical treatment is very important. Some people with disabilities may be at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions, and may require extra health and related services. Access to a quality practitioner that provides the best

Transportation – Adulthood

2019-09-23T19:40:45-04:00Tags: |

TRANSPORTATION Transportation is helpful in maintaining employment, education, healthcare and community life. Transportation services will allow you to live independently within the community. If you do not drive, there are generally two options: public transit and paratransit. Public transit includes fixed route public transportation by bus, subway and light rail. Paratransit includes

Housing – Adulthood

2019-10-31T14:27:46-04:00Tags: |

HOUSING A home of one’s own, either rented or owned, is the cornerstone of independence for any individual. Many people with disabilities face tremendous difficulties in getting and keeping adequate housing. They face obstacles like discrimination, inaccessible construction and unaffordable housing. There are many government supports for home ownership and rental housing

Health Services – Transition Years

2019-09-16T17:01:05-04:00

HEALTH SERVICES As you become an adult, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will become your responsibility. Understanding health care is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. “Greet all people with a smile.” Tips Start early! Learn about your health care needs at an early

Summer Programs – Transition Years

2019-09-23T19:39:21-04:00

SUMMER PROGRAMS There are so many camp choices for children with disabilities! From highly specialized camps to general inclusion programs, there are options for every child. With thorough research, you should be able to find the right camp for your child. The American Camp Association makes it easy to find a great

Advocacy – Adulthood

2019-09-16T17:32:55-04:00Tags: , |

ADVOCACY Disability advocates provide assistance and support to ensure that: Your rights are upheld You are an active participate in the decision-making processes Your needs and views are presented to government, service providers and the broader community However, it is very important to advocate for yourself. Even though there are numerous experts