Special Education

The Howard County Public School System acknowledges and supports the rights of all students to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that will enable them to develop their unique talents and abilities, thus preparing them to participate in and serve their community with dignity and pride. We offer a continuum of services and programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

Upcoming Special Education Events

Howard County Transition Outreach – Getting Started: Self-Directed Services, Sept. 20

The workshop will focus on steps for parents and youth to get started on the path to self-determination through self-directed services.

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2016 Transition Fair, Oct. 5

Join us at the Transition Fair on Wednesday, October 5th at Wilde Lake High School to learn about options available to young adults receiving special education services and transition planning for life after graduation.

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Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee (SECAC) Executive Board

  • Barb Krupiarz, Chair
  • Dannene Drummond, Vice Chair
  • Michelle Bedsaul, Secretary

Budget Information

Information and Resources

Additional Information

Howard County Transition Council

Transition Council Executive Order

Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility and IEP Process in Maryland (PDF) – A Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Parental Rights (PDF) – Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice (updated July 2013)

Maryland’s Differences among Assessments Chart for Students Receiving Special Education Services(PDF)