Treatment to Schooling Roadmaps:

Kids with cancer still need school! Our roadmaps will help you navigate the process of schooling during and after treatment.

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Linking Research to Classrooms Blog Posts:

The Linking Research to Classrooms Blog, authored by the Center for Innovation and Learning in Special Education at Kennedy Krieger, focuses on topics related to classroom practices that support a wide range of neurodiversity through a developmental lens.

We've compiled a list of blog posts with a focus on pediatric cancer survivors, assistive technology, and learning from home to help guide you through your child's education journey.

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Home and Hospital Teaching:

Home and hospital teaching (HHT) provides educational continuity to students who are unable to attend their usual school of enrollment due to an emotional disability, physical illness or chronic illness. To qualify, the student must provide a statement from the relevant doctor stating why the condition prevents the student from attending school and for how long. Most school systems have an HHT application form that must be completed by the student’s parents or guardians, and the student’s physician, psychiatrist or psychologist.

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Eligibility for Special Education and Related Services for Homeschooled Students in Maryland:

Federal law governs how special education and related services are provided to students with disabilities enrolled in their local school system (LSS). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires an LSS to: Identify, locate and evaluate students who may be eligible for special education and related services (a process known as “child find”). Identify, assess and provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities. If a homeschooling parent or guardian suspects their child may be eligible for special education and related services, the parent or guardian may request a free evaluation through their LSS.

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Supporting Mutual Understanding Of Special Education Other Health Impairment Eligibility

Children with chronic and complex health conditions, such as childhood cancer and sickle cell disease, often have neurocognitive impacts related to their health conditions and require special education and related services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes a federal eligibility category for other health impairment (OHI), however, due to the uniqueness of the category, gaps in educator and medical provider training, and difficulties with interdisciplinary communication, children with health conditions may not be found to be eligible for special education and related services under the IDEA. Supporting communication and understanding of the legal parameters of the OHI federal eligibility category can improve access to special education and related services and educational outcomes for children with chronic and
complex health conditions.

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Higher Education Academic Accommodations After Cancer and Treatment

Students with a history of cancer may be eligible for academic accommodations, such as extra time on assignments, permission to make audio recordings of classes, reduced course load, and priority registration for courses.

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Other Digital Resources:

View resources from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the National Children's Cancer Society, and other organizations.

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