Education Digest


April 14, 2004

School board to hold its regular meeting tomorrow

The Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum, when members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

The board will meet with the Howard County Council at 8:15 a.m. April 21 in the boardroom at the Department of Education.

The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-313-7197 or 410-313-6682.

To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410- 313-7046, two weeks in advance, if possible.

Conference on inclusion to be held April 24

A conference on inclusion, "Creating Community Classrooms," is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at Glen Mar United Methodist Church.

The event will focus on recent research and examples of quality inclusion settings, as well as discussion of the difference between inclusion and mainstreaming.

Janice Fialka, author and mother of a 19-year-old son with cognitive disabilities, will speak about "The Dance of Partnership: Why do my feet hurt? Strengthening the parent-professional partnership." Her son, Micah Fialka-Feldman, will also speak. He is a board member of Kids as Self Advocates.

Everyone is welcome.

The conference is sponsored by the Howard County Down Syndrome Resource Network, in cooperation with the Howard County public school system, The Arc of Howard County and other groups.

Information: 410-974-6139.

Howard schools seek input on special ed plan

The Howard County public school system seeks comment and suggestions from the community for its Special Education Staffing Plan 2004-2005.

To obtain a copy of the 2003-2004 plan, call Cynthia Barnard, 410-313-6659, or visit

Comments and suggestions can be sent or e-mailed to

Group supports parents of children with AD/HD

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) of Greater Baltimore sponsors a support group for parents of children diagnosed with AD/HD.

Meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Loyola College Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia.

Information: www.chadd

HCC's Project Access offering talk on disabilities

Project Access of Howard Community College will sponsor its second conference on students with disabilities, "Transitioning the High School Student with Disabilities to the Postsecondary Level," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Larry B. Silver, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington.

Workshops are scheduled on understanding learning disabilities, Asperger Syndrome, the role of the rehabilitation counselor in the college transition process, advances in assistive technology and other topics.

The cost is $125. A sign language interpreter, enlarged print or Braille materials and other accommodations are available upon request.

Information: 410-772-4625.

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