Documents & Resources/Information

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law  Mission and Vision – The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

Caroline Agencies Resources available in the Caroline County area (English and Spanish)

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Child Find Flyer2011

Early Reading Tips for Parents of Preschoolers   Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics announced an emphasis on reading with recognition that “an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills.   The group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud”.  (New York Post: Pediatric Group Recommends Reading Aloud to Children from Birth).  We would like to support this goal in the Caroline County community.

Educators Guide To Asperger  An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome is the third book in the Life Journey Through Autism resource guide series.  Asperger Syndrome is a complex disorder that presents numerous challenges within the inclusive classroom setting.   This book provides guidelines for meeting the needs of the student with Asperger Syndrome in your class, from elementary to high school.  Specifically, the Guidebook contains information on

  • Understanding the common characteristics of Asperger Syndrome and how they affect each child on a case by case basis
  • Promoting positive social goals and educating peers to avoid bullying
  • Cooperating with the parents and student’s IEP team
  • Implementing strategies to better facilitate learning in the student with Asperger Syndrome.

Educators Guide To Autism  An Educator’s Guide to Autism, the second book in the Life Journey through Autism series of resource guides published by the Organization for Autism Research provides parents, teachers and education professionals with a plan for teaching a child with autism in the general elementary classroom setting. The heart of An Educator’s Guide to Autism is a six-step approach for a teacher preparing to teach a child with autism in his or her classroom. The steps include the following: (1) educate yourself (2) reach out to parents (3) prepare the classroom (4) educate peers and set social goals (5) collaborate on the implementation of an educational program and (6) manage behavioral challenges. The discussion of each step includes practical tips on what a teacher should look for and how to navigate the challenges that may arise. Following these steps offers the teacher the potential to create the most favorable educational environment for all learners in the classroom, including the student with autism.

Medicaid Waiver Guide 2011 Medicaid Waiver Services Guide. Home and Community-Based Services for People with Disabilities. Medicaid Waiver Information Center Medicaid Basics Medicaid Waiver Overview Financial Considerations Medicaid Waiver Services Your Waiver Services, Choices and Decisions AIDS Waiver Developmental Disabilities Waiver Elderly or Disabled with Consumer-Direction Waiver Intellectual Disability Waiver Technology Assisted Waiver Procedural Safeguards Other Services

Military Guide for Families Military sources indicate that more than 13,000 military dependents, the majority of them children, have some form of autism. Their families face all the emotions and challenges that accompany having a child diagnosed with autism, compounded by the realities of military service: war, extended family separation, frequent moves, varying access to specialized healthcare, and other stressors that complicate and often work against effective treatment for children with autism. These families need help navigating these uncharted and difficult waters. This Guide and its companion Web site( are designed for these families. The purpose of these resources is to give each family the tools and access to information that it needs on its unique life journey through autism. More specifically, the goals of this Guide are to provide:

  • An understanding of autism and related intervention and treatment
  • Strategies for addressing the challenges of autism from the time of diagnosis through adulthood
  • An overview of the Department of Defense (DoD) and service policies related to having a child with autism
  • Information on autism treatment options and coverage within the military healthcare system
  • Practical information and tools to guide your child’s education
  • Tips and advice relative to transitions such as permanent change of station (PCS) moves, new schools and more
  • Links to additional resources relative to autism and military families

Parents Guide To Assessment The formal assessment process can be a daunting experience for parents of children newly diagnosed with autism. By using highly technical language and focusing on “deficit performance,” assessments can often overwhelm and dishearten parents. In addition, outcomes are rarely explained in terms that parents can use to set goals for their children. This new Parent’s Guide to Assessment will serve to provide the tools to better understand the assessment process and, subsequently, utilize assessment outcomes to improve services and interventions for their children. Among the topics covered in the Assessment guide will be:

  • The strengths and weaknesses of the assessment process
  • The technical language contained in the reports
  • Who is qualified to complete an assessment
  • What specific assessment tools measure
  • How to interpret the results in a way that informs proactive, individual decision making

Parents Guide to Research OAR addresses this situation through the creation of a basic primer on autism research for use as a reference by parents. A Parent’s Guide to Research includes a glossary of terms, an overview of scientific research, how to determine if a particular study may or may not be pertinent to a particular child, and questions to ask with respect to treatments, therapies, and other methodologies under consideration. The Guide is currently available as a publication as well as a downloadable document on this web site. OAR provides the Guide at no cost to parents and families affected by autism, that is, those who have a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

PRC broch14 Information about the Caroline County Parent Resource Center

Prior Written Notice – SPED Guidance on Prior Written Notice in the Special Education Process The Virginia Department of Education Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services offers an excellent resource on Prior Written Notice. 

Procedural Safeguards– Your families’ rights in Special Education in VA.

Quick Tips for Families –  A series of brochures to answer questions families may have. Thanks to Fairfax County Public Schools.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network
RA is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Currently there are about 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with RA. RA is a systematic disease, which means in severe cases it can affect your major organs such as the heart and lungs, raising the risk of heart attack by up to 60%. By increasing awareness and including this resource on your page, millions of Americans will have the best opportunity to understand their prognosis, and improve their quality of life!

Section 504   Protecting Students With Disabilities Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities

Special Education Advocacy Law PELE Clinic  Our Mission  The Special Education Advocacy Clinic was formed to assist special-needs children and their families with eligibility or Individualized Education Program meetings, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings.  The clinic is designed to bolster the partnership between families and schools and is part of the Law School’s Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE) Initiative.  Law students, working under Professor Crystal Shin’s supervision, offer their services to families at no charge. The clinic relies on law school and private donor support to assist families.

SPEDGuide-Navigating the SPED system This Guide is designed as a resource for  parents. Its purpose is to give each family the information and tools  needed to successfully navigate the education system anywhere in the  country. More specifically, it offers:

  • Background  on special education in the United States
  • An  understanding of the laws and regulations about special education
  • An  overview of the timeline of services
  • A  detailed explanation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Tips  and techniques for being an effective advocate
  • Sources  and links that will help you identify specific state resources and find more  in-depth information
  • Lists  and definitions of terms that are frequently used in school systems

Transfer_of_Rights_Revision_2012 Transition To Adulthood Guide Adulthood is more than just a chronological state. Adulthood represents a time in one’s life where there are increased levels of independence, choice, responsibility, and personal control. Adulthood is the defining period of one’s life and, while we may look back fondly on our childhood, it is our accomplishments as adults for which we are generally most proud. Why, then, should adulthood for the person with an autism spectrum disorder be viewed any differently? In this, the fourth volume in the OAR Life Journey Through Autism series, we provide an overview of the Transition-to-Adulthood process, with an emphasis on:

  • The importance of early planning beginning no later than age 16 years and, at times, as early as age 14 years (or younger).
  • The importance of collaboration between the transitioning individual, their family and friends, interested community members, the schools’ professional staff, and representatives from adult service systerms in the transition to adulthood process.
  • The importance of community-based instruction in the development of skills associated with a more independent adulthood.
  • The fact that individualized, effective transition planning is effortful and time consuming but, when done well, a fulfilling life as an adult is possible.

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