Maryland Center For Developmental Disabilities At Kennedy Krieger Offers Free Informational Trainings On The Eastern Shore For Parents Of Children With Disabilities

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February 15, 2013
Free informational training sessions are being offered on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to parents of children with special needs.

BALTIMORE, Md. -- This year, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute will host several free informational training sessions on the Eastern Shore for parents of children with special needs. Sessions will cover topics concerning early childhood and school-aged children and are focused on parent advocacy and inclusion of children with developmental disabilities. Also, every family who attends will receive one $35 child care stipend. The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is committed to helping people with disabilities maximize their potential and enjoy success in community life.

Early Childhood Sessions

I Am My Child's Best Advocate
April 2 (Lower Shore)& May 13 (Mid Shore) at 6:00 p.m.
Learn about the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and your parental rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Effective communications strategies will also be shared.

August 12 (Lower Shore) & September 23 (Mid Shore) at 6:00 p.m.
Learn the differences between the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The transition process will also be addressed. 

School-Aged Sessions

Knowing Your Parental Rights: Advanced Training
February 26 (Lower Shore) at 6:00 p.m.
Learn distinctions in federal and state law and how the law relates to regional limitations.

Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities
March 26 (Mid Shore) & April 30 (Lower Shore) at 6:00 p.m.
Learn appropriate transition planning strategies (secondary to post-secondary) for your child.

Discipline for Students with Disabilities
May 28* & June 25 (Lower Shore) at 6:00 p.m.
Learn the discipline process for students with disabilities in Maryland public schools.

Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation
August 13 (Mid Shore) & September 24 (Lower Shore) at 6:00 p.m.
Learn the appropriate processes for documenting and reporting incidents of bullying and/or harassment.

Additional Information:

All events require registration. For more details on each event and to register, please visit


Mid Shore sessions held at:
Talbot Community Center, 10028 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 21601

Lower Shore sessions held at:
Holly Community, Inc., 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, MD 21804

*May 28 session held at:
Sojourner Douglass College – Cambridge Campus, 824 Fairmount Ave. Cambridge, MD 21613

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 16,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs.  Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis.  For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit

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