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DRM assists students with all types of disabilities from birth – age 21 in K-12 special education matters, with an emphasis on placement in the least restrictive environment; appropriate assessments, educational and behavioral plans, services and supports; access to school curriculum and high school diplomas; inclusion in school based and out of school activities; and student discipline matters, including inappropriate school exclusion, restraint, seclusion, and the use of school police and arrests. DRM also advocates for appropriate educational programming and related services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. We provide information, advice, training, and selected individual and class representation for issues of systemic significance.

DRM provides resources and publications regarding special education:

1. Special Education Rights: A Handbook for Maryland Families and Professionals 12th Edition (2016) – a 60 page handbook designed as a guide for helping families navigate the special education system and IEP process. Includes sample forms and letters. (PDF)

2. The School Discipline Process: A Handbook for Maryland Families and Professionals  (2015) – a 44 page handbook about the school discipline process for all students, especially those with disabilities. (PDF)

3. Extended School Year Services (PDF format) an advocate’s guide to the legal issues involved in obtaining ESY services for school-aged children. This 28-page outline was developed with a grant from, and posted with the permission of, the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Services (now called National Disability Rights Network).

4. Chronology of the Vaughn G. special education lawsuit against Baltimore City Public City Schools. This documents sets out the history of the case from 1988 to 2008.

5. In the Name of Treatment: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child From the Use of Restraint, Aversive Interventions, and Seclusions. This 18-page handbook produced by the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions, and Seclusion (APRAIS) can be downloaded here. *This is not a DRM publication.

6. Special education and juvenile justice power point presentation (approx. 60 slides) October 2010.

7. Obtaining Special Education Services for Children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). January 2011.

8. Together Beyond the School Day: Including Youth with Disabilities in Out of School Time Programs. August 2012.

9. Together Beyond the School Day: TIPS for parents and caregivers. August 2016

10. Know Your Rights! Printable Suspension Card. September 2016.

Students in Sports

1. Fitness and Athletic Equity law (Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article, § 7-4B)

2. Corollary Athletic Programs (Code of Maryland Regulations, COMAR 13A.06.04)