Coronavirus resources and online activities

Coronavirus resources and online activities

From Pathfinders for Autism

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCE PAGE
Covid 19
We are trying to keep track of as many resources as we can find to help you while we are home and working, playing, learning and living.  This list is being updated regularly.  Please feel free to email Neal Lichter with any resources you would like to see added.
This resource page is divided up so you can find resources for at-home activities, educational websites, virtual field trips and other categories

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My autistic baby is growing up. Yikes! What’s a transition plan?

My autistic baby is growing up. Yikes! What’s a transition plan?

Transition planning for disabled and autistic adolescents is exactly what it sounds like. Yes momma… yes daddy… you will cut those apron strings and help your child become a productive adult. Your baby is growing up! As scary as that may seem it is actually a great time in your lives. It’s a new adventure for you and your child; an opportunity to start a relationship with a person you nurtured infancy and see the results of your effort. So exciting!

Transition planning

Maryland Department of Education describes transition planning the following way

Transition Planning Guide focuses on the movement of your child with disabilities from school to appropriate postsecondary outcomes and supports the preparation for moving on to the next stage in life. Not every student will have the same goals and outcomes. All students should have goals for future employment whether it is full or part time or employment that includes assistance to be successful. All students should have goals and outcomes for postsecondary education or training that they will need to reach their employment goals. Your child may even have specific independent living goals.

Transition services are further defined as a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that: • Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education; vocational education; integrated employment; continuing and adult education; adult services; independent living or community participation; • Is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account their strengths, preferences, and interests; and • Includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives and when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

CLICK HERE to access the Maryland Department of Education Transition Planning Guide.

The transition plan is developed with your child’s school. It prepares you, your child, and the school for his transition out of school and into the world. The plan can include college, housing, or entering the workforce, but either way you want to know what resources are available and what type of support your child will need as they become a adult. HAVE FUN WITH IT!


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Disabilities support jargon. What’s LISS?

Disabilities support jargon. What’s LISS?

“Disabilities support jargon. What’s LISS?

As much as we love to give our disabled children and family affection we can give it in may ways. LISS is not “kiss” misspelled. Actually, LISS stands for low-intensity support services. It’s a little bit of money for a little bit of support. But as we know, the little things can help BIG for children with an IEP or adult self-advocates.

Maryland State Developmental Disabilities Administration describes LISS as

The Low Intensity Support Services program is low level funding designed to improve an individual or family’s quality of life, increase or maintain independence, and participate in their communities. The program uses an automated system called the Random Selection Process to select individuals who may be eligible for funding, granting up to $2000 for services and items to address their needs.

What will LISS pay for?

The money can be used for things such as adaptive equipment and direct care support (or attendant care). Believe it or not, the money can be used for clothing like bibs and orthopedic shoes.

Find out more

For more information on how to apply to the LISS program visit the DDA website.

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Where is Seth’s Mom? Gateway to Success Learning Center

Where is Seth’s Mom? Gateway to Success Learning Center

Where is Seth’s Mom? Gateway to Success Learning Center

In December 2017, Doc Mo and Seth held a meet and greet with Seth’s Mom and the Gateway to Success Learning Center parents. It was a huge hit! The director, Ms. Tiara Montgomery, asked us to come back and speak with her staff. A special thank you to Ms. Cookie for being so engaged and charming.

It was an incredible experience. Staff shared stories about their struggle with receiving the proper special education training and providing accommodations to special needs children. One of the most interesting topics was how difficult it is for them to provide services when they’re not aware of a child’s diagnosis. This lead to a very in-depth discussion about the stigma associated with having a diagnosis and the rampant discrimination many parents experience when daycare staff find out about a child’s diagnosis. It was refreshing to hear such candid conversation from staff who are genuinely interested in being there for every child, whether they are disabled or non-disabled.

We will certainly visit with the wonderful staff and parents of Gateway again. We wants to continue the dialogue. We want to continue building bridges between service providers, parents, and service recipients so we can all better understand the other’s needs. As we’ve said before, it takes a village. And we shouldn’t judge. All the members of that village should work to find ways to support each other.

 


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Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch. Who are they and why you should know.

Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch. Who are they and why you should know.

Maryland State Department of Education Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch

Most schools and special educators are in it for the love of the job. They want to see our children succeed. Even if progress is incremental or can only be gauged in smiles, they take on the responsibility of educating our children because they have a tremendous sense of pride in their work. BUT… what if there’s a problem? What if you​ find yourself in a position where you have no voice. Where you have taken off work and sat at your child’s school so many times you can’t remember? What if you suspect that your child’s IEP is not being followed? Where do you go for help? In the State of Maryland there is the Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch which is part of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). From the MSDE website

The Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch fosters family engagement and positive family/system partnerships through the provision of technical assistance and support to a statewide network of family support specialists serving families of children with disabilities.

The Branch facilitates informal dispute resolution by responding to parent inquiries, assisting parents with navigating Maryland’s early intervention and special education systems, and connecting parents with community resources and local personnel who can assist with concerns.

Additionally, the Branch ensures the dispute resolution processes under the IDEA are available and conducted in accordance with all requirements. Staff investigate and resolve formal State complaints that allege violations of State and federal IDEA requirements regarding the special education of students with disabilities and maintains data and reports on the dispute resolution processes, including complaint investigations, mediations, and due process hearings.

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Special needs financial planning checklist. Time to plan! The clock is ticking!

Special needs financial planning checklist

We are busy people. We have work. We have school. We have businesses. We have a family. And we have children or family with special needs. Whether it’s autism or some other developmental disability. Whether it’s schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s, it’s important to take a breath and consider who will care for our disabled children or relatives if something were to happen to us. For those that are able to self advocate, it’s still necessary to plan for the future. But where do you start? It can all be so confusing like time is working against you. Sifting through a sea of information can be daunting. The fine folks at Maryland Financial Advocates have created a special needs financial planning checklist to help get us started. The checklist includes ticklers and reminders of milestones we should consider during special needs planning such as what financial resources (like an ABLE account) we need to create. And who will be in charge of those resources in our absence? Click here to find out more.

 


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