The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at disability definitions.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Maryland reported the following:

  • Autism - 9,798 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 5,268 students, seventh highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 6,923 students, sixth highest among disability populations

Support service structure

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools. Partners for Success Centers are located in each district to support parents. Preschool Partners assists parents with the transition from early intervention to school services.

Task forces

Maryland's 2004 Autism Task Force Report contains data and recommendations for improving autism services. Maryland also established the Task Force to Explore the Incorporation of the Principles of Universal Design for Learning into the Education Systems in Maryland. Its 2011 report, A Route for Every Learner, contains recommendations for increasing universal design for learning usage.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Autism Connect is an online resource that provides information and resources related to autism.

Disability scholarship program

Maryland does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Maryland has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Maryland had 65 supervisors (direct service providers) and 218 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information centers

Parents' Place of Maryland is Maryland's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Maryland are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Maryland is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district, the local Partner for Success Centers and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information and resources are available from support services.

Military education resources

Information and resources specifically identified for military-connected families in Maryland may be found at military education resources.

Students at school