mportant Announcements

April 2019 General Membership Meeting

posted Apr 9, 2019, 11:21 AM by Super Admin   [ updated Apr 10, 2019, 12:58 PM ]

Please join us for our next SECAC General Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 6:30PM. The meeting will take place in the board room of the AACPS Board of Education building located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis. We hope to see you there!

Guest Speaker Presentation: Helping Your Child with Special Needs Navigate Social Cues and Peer Relationships 3/14/2019

posted Mar 13, 2019, 5:34 PM by Super Admin

Join Drs. Maisha Gillins and Lorenzo Hughes for an engaging presentation about how parents can help their special needs children navigate different experiences and to identify the social cues that will help foster positive peer relationships. The presentation will be held at the Board of Education Parham Administration Building, 2644 Riva Rd in Annapolis on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. This free event is sponsored by the AACPS Department of Special Education and the Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC).

Megan McGowan 2/7/19

posted Dec 17, 2017, 4:51 AM by Super Admin   [ updated Dec 18, 2018, 6:40 AM ]

MSDE Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

posted Mar 12, 2017, 8:48 PM by Super Admin

Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services were mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services on February 1, 2017.  Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope by May 1, 2017.  The survey may also be completed online.  Please look for details in your survey packet.  Your feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services in your local school system.  Your voice can make a real difference for your child and many other children across the state of Maryland.  To learn more, please visit https://www.mdparentsurvey.com

Visual Impairment Definition Updated by AACPS

posted Jan 18, 2017, 6:25 PM by Super Admin

AACPS has revised the definition of a visual impairment in the Parent eHandbook and on the Public Website.  The definition has been revised to clarify that convergence deficiencies and binocular disorders are considered when determining the presence of an educational disability affecting a student’s access to curriculum.  The revisions can be found at the following locations:


Parent eHandbook, Appendix marked Disabilities

"Visual impairment" refers to a visual impairment, which, even with correction, adversely affects a student's educational performance. The term includes but is not limited to diagnoses of:

§ "Legal blindness" - visual acuity is 20/200 or less, in the better eye, after correction, or a field restriction of less than 20^; and

§ "Partial sight" - visual acuity is 20/70 or less, in the better eye, after correction.

§ Other visual impairments that adversely affect educational performance (e.g. convergence insufficiency


AACPS Website:  http://www.aacps.org/specialed/blind.asp

Anne Arundel County Public Schools has recently updated its definition of students under the disability category of Visual Impairment, Including Blindness.  In accordance with COMAR 13A.05.01.03B(84), a Visual Impairment is defined as an impairment in vision, which, even with correction, adversely affects a student's educational performance and includes both partial sight and blindness.   Any impairment in vision, regardless of severity, is covered, provided that such impairment, even with correction, adversely affects a student's educational performance.  Convergence Insufficiency, and other binocular visual disorders, are not excluded from the definition of Visual Impairment.

Scholarships Sponsored for Students with Autism and Down Syndrome

posted Aug 29, 2016, 7:03 PM by Super Admin

Two law firms are sponsoring scholarships in 2016 for students with a diagnosis of Autism or Down Syndrome. The Kelly Law Team of Phoenix AZ is sponsoring two scholarships for students with Down syndrome. Not to be outdone, Feldman Royle Attorneys as law, also of Phoenix AZ, is sponsoring two scholarships for students with Autism. The deadlines for submission for each is November 7, 2016. Click on the included links in this post for the details on each scholarship. Thank you to our AACPS and Arc of Maryland partners for sharing information about these opportunities with us!

AA SECAC 2016-2017 School Year Kickoff

posted Aug 8, 2016, 8:04 PM by Super Admin   [ updated Aug 9, 2016, 4:32 AM ]

Hello! Anne Arundel County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee is excited to kick off our 2016-2017 school year with a board planning meeting to be held virtually this Thursday, 11 Aug. Are you interested in specific topics for our speakers this year or helping work on one of our objectives to improve special education? We want to hear from you! Please submit your ideas to us via our Contact Us form. 

Our first general meeting of this year will be held Thursday, September 8 from 7-9pm at the The Dr. Carol S. Parham Board of Education Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD. Also, save the date for our annual resource fair, back to school night for Special Education, October 10 at Severna Park Middle School.

Our updated meeting schedule for this school year has been posted. Please check back for updates on our speaker topics. We are looking forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming meetings or events!

SECAC Special Education Parent Survey Open for Your Input

posted May 21, 2016, 1:33 PM by Super Admin

Hello!  The Anne Arundel County Special Education Citizen's Advisory Committee is gathering parent input on Special Education in AACPS. This is our second annual survey. The results of our survey are provided to the AACPS Department of Special Education to help guide future planning for improving special education in AACPS.

Please take this opportunity to have your voice be heard and complete our survey! Please pass the word to other parents you know.    The link to our survey is here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AASECAC2016

We would also like to thank those of you who took the opportunity in March and April to provide input on the MSDE Special Education survey. We understand you may wonder, why should you complete yet another survey?  Aren't they basically the same thing? In fact, they are different, which is why we are conducting an additional survey.

Our survey is shorter than the MSDE survey, and asks questions much more specific to Special Education in OUR schools here in AACPS. Each survey provides different types of information so both provide valuable input to AACPS and Special Education leadership. The Director of Special Education will receive the results of our SECAC survey within a month after the survey is completed and we compile the results. Because of the increased size and scope of the MSDE survey, it takes much longer for the results to be compiled, assessed and provided to each county.  We know your time is limited and valuable, so we appreciate the time you spend providing input for our survey. For your convenience, our survey will be open through June 30, 2016.

Thank You!!

US Dept of Education Publishes Updated Guidance on FAPE

posted Feb 8, 2016, 11:23 PM by Super Admin

The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services published updated guidance on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in November of 2015, which we are posting here for your reference.

Spring SECAC Meetings

posted Feb 8, 2016, 11:01 PM by Super Admin

We hope you will plan to join us at our upcoming spring meetings where we will be discussing several great topics:
Feb 11:  OT/PT/SLP and other related services
March 10:  Social Skills and defining social pragmatic goals
April 14: Behavioral Challenges

Each meeting will start at 7pm
We meet in the Parham Board of Education Building, 2644 Riva Rd, Annapolis
A copy of our flyer is included below.
We are looking forward to meeting you!

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