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A Great Loss

posted by Super Admin

Message from AACPS Office of Special Education:

On Friday, Maryland lost the most fair, reasonable and supportive advocate for students, families and schools that Maryland has ever seen. The loss of Linda Carter-Ferrier will be felt by many for a long time. Those of us in AACPS who considered her a colleague and a member of the team for students will do whatever we can to ensure that her works are celebrated and that her legacy is not forgotten. Linda worked diligently to raise community awareness, to support students, families and schools. Most importantly she never lost sight of what was best for the individual student while maintaining awareness regarding the needs and concerns families and the tremendous efforts and commitment made by teachers and other school personnel.

Linda will be greatly missed in our community and we will honor her for years to come. 

Secretary Position Filled

posted May 28, 2019, 4:04 PM by Super Admin

Congratulations to Dominique Pichard on her election as secretary to the SECAC Executive Board! We know that you will do amazing things!

Guest Speaker Presentation: Supporting Student Use of Assistive Technology in the Home

posted Apr 30, 2019, 12:16 PM by Super Admin

Join Caroline Pusey and Kaity Harris in learning more about how to implement AT in the home with your child! Both presenters are members of the AACPS Assistive Technology team, working to connect students and families with the technology they need to enhance their life.

Prior to the start of the presentation, SECAC membership will meet to review the meeting minutes from April. Voting for the open secretary position will occur during this time. If you or someone you know is interested in running for this position (and meets the requirements as stated in the bylaws), please consider submitting a nomination via our contact form. Please state the name of the nominee and a brief description as to why that person would be a great fit for the role.

The meeting and presentation will take place in the board room of the AACPS Board of Education building located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis on May 9th at 6:30PM. We hope to see you there!

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!

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