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Virtual IEP Check in & Tune up

Sign up for a slot here!

IEP Check in and Tune Up! When: Tuesdays at 10am, Wednesdays at 3pm, Thursdays at 7pm. These meetings will be held virtually on Zoom. Sign up for an one-hour slot to meet with one of PPMD's parent educators to discuss and review any of the following: your child's IEP, compensatory education services, state complaints, testing and evaluation results, S.M.A.R.T. goals

IEP Check in & Tune Up!

When? Tuesdays at 10:00 am, Wednesdays at 3:00 pm, Thursdays at 7:00 pm.

These meetings will be held virtually on Zoom.

Sign up for a one-hour slot to meet with one of PPMD’s Parent Educators to discuss and review any of the following:

  • Your child’s IEP

  • Compensatory education services

  • State complaints

  • Testing and evaluation results

  • S.M.A.R.T. goals

Sign up for a time here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA4A72BA7FEC70-iepcheck

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2021 Virtual Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference

The Parents’ Place of Maryland proudly presents the 2021 Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference. Virtual!

When: October 12-13, 2021, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Join us for a 2 day virtual conference on special education and advocacy. Topics that will be covered are:

  • Special education law, rights, and responsibilities;

  • Tests and measurements to measure progress and regression;

  • Smart IEPs (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Limited) and;

  • Introduction to tactics and strategies for effective advocacy.

This training will be virtual and held on Zoom.

Cost:

$160 for Families*

$210 for Professionals*

*The increased cost includes the set of books mailed to you.

Purchase your family ticket herePurchase your professional ticket here.

 

Happy Birthday, ADA!

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Thirty-one years ago this week, President H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. Today the provisions incorporated in the ADA are more obtainable than ever before in history thanks to advancements in assistive technology (AT), the increasingly ubiquitous nature of AT in common devices, and a growing awareness about the power of technology to empower lives.

Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the ADA is a landmark piece of legislation that makes accessibility a civil right and ensures that all people with disabilities have equal access to goods and services, public accommodations, employment, transportation, and other areas of public life. 

Under the ADA’s Title I, advancements in assistive technology over the past three decades have made it even more advantageous for employers to hire individuals with disabilities.  Advances in the development of laptop computers and tablet devices, in adaptive computer innovations such as speech-to-text and text-to-speech, as well as a host of other devices and systems have made accommodating individuals with disabilities more affordable.  Many employers continue to report the accommodations they provide often cost nothing, such as widening aisles, come built-in to a computer operating system, or require a one-time expenditure of $500 or less. (Job Accommodation Network, JAN, survey.)

Under Title II, services provided through state and local governments have vastly improved program accessibility and equal access as a result of advancements in AT and accessible information technology.  These days, the requirements for effective communication with auxiliary aids and services can be anything from an assistive listening system in a courtroom to an on-line system for paying property taxes usable by residents who are blind. 

Assistive technology under Title III, Public Accommodations, such as ramps that allow individuals with a walker or wheelchair to access a store, restaurant, museum, or doctor’s office allow anyone wishing to purchase related goods and services equal access and are increasingly celebrated as Universal Design (accommodating durable medical equipment but also strollers for parents and childcare providers). More and more it is understood that good access is good business!

Under Title IV, Telecommunications, advancements in digital and website accessibility have advanced broadly and strides continue to be made although much more yet needs to be done.  A wide range of assistive technologies are now standard in our telephones and other connected devices providing a direct communication link between everyone regardless of ability.

State and Territory AT Act Programs anticipate technology advances will continue to support increased equity in employment, state and local governments, public accommodations, and telecommunications. In all areas, AT Act Programs assist individuals with disabilities, families, employers, educators, therapists, and service providers discover and explore a wide range of options so they may choose and decide what assistive technology will work for them.

Find your AT Act Program

Equipment Connections for Children is hosting an Adaptive Toy Workshop this November! This workshop will teach health professionals and caregivers how to convert a toy requiring fine motor skills into an adaptive toy that children of any ability can operate, by demonstrating how to install a switch cable to a toy that can be used to plug in a variety of alternative switches, buttons, and and/or pressure pads. Participants will learn by adapting a toy provided by ECFC and will go home with the toy and the switch at the end of the session, a $100 value! Continuing Education Units are available for this workshop. 

The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1 pm until 4 pm at ECFC’s new office space at 7125 Riverwood Drive D1, Columbia, Maryland.

Equipment Connections For Children is a small nonprofit serving Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia by sourcing costly adaptive pediatric equipment, refurbishing that equipment, and then giving it to kids with disabilities who need it, free of charge. This semiannual event raises funds for ECFC’s programs and is a part of the Kids Connect Program that seeks to provide opportunities for learning and exploration for kids with disabilities, and community building and networking for their families.

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Get a Free ElliQ Robotic Companion With the ElliQ Care Program

ElliQ®, by Intuition Robotics, is a personal care companion, here to help you lead a healthier, happier lifestyle at home. ElliQ offers companionship, entertainment, tips and advice, answers to your questions, and much more.

How does the ElliQ Care Program work?

By participating in this program, you will receive a free ElliQ, access to a real-life wellness coach, and concierge services. Your wellness coach will suggest health tips, track your patterns, and bring any concerns to your attention (as they may arise) – to help you stay on track of your health and wellness goals. Your concierge will be at your disposal to assist you with all your day-to-day needs.

How can ElliQ help you?

ElliQ was designed to empower older adults and people with disabilities to achieve maximum independence, and offers many useful activities to keep them healthy, thriving, and engaged at home.  Throughout the day, ElliQ will proactively engage and guide them through a variety of activities, including:

How will ElliQ evolve over time?

ElliQ will learn what you like and what you don’t like. Over time, based on your feedback and preferences, ElliQ will evolve to offer new features. As you use ElliQ, your coach may add or remove health and wellness goals, and ElliQ’s suggestions and behavior will adjust to help you achieve these new goals.

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or call: 1-888-230-2432

 

Seeking Donations & Volunteers
 
DONATE
Our High-tech AT Reuse Center (MATR) accepts donations of gently used assistive technologies such as adapted keyboards, CCTV’s, eye gaze systems, and more. If you have equipment you no longer need, contact us!
 
VOLUNTEER
We’re in need of volunteers to help us clean, repair, and prep donated electronics. If you have technical or mechanical experience and would like to volunteer either at our Columbia location or from home, please send us an email! 
 
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