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Free Advocacy Assistance 

We have listed below organizations that can provide assistance with special education advocacy.  To find more resources and guidance for parents advocacy in special education see our Parent Advocacy Guidance. 

Free xMinds Team Consult

A small group of xMinds parents who have both experience and training navigating the MCPS special needs system provides help to parents who are new to the system or who need guidance or support in finding a school placement or advocating within the IEP process. These volunteers provide guidance, support, and can connect parents with resources (including educational consultants and lawyers, if needed), but these volunteers do not provide legal advice and do not accompany you to IEP meetings. 

If you want to speak to one of our volunteer advocates, please complete this form. This service is offered free of charge.  Complete this form in Spanish here. 

Free Information from Parents' Place of Maryland

You can contact Parents' Place of Maryland for free resources and information to help you ensure your child receives the support they need at school. Experts from the "Ask the Expert" program are available in Spanish or English. Contact Parents' Place of Maryland here: https://www.ppmd.org/contact/ 

Free Q&A with Disability Rights Maryland Every other Wednesday Night

FACEBOOK LIVE Q&A EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY @6:30pm  -- March 24, 2021 and every other Wednesday after that date

Every other Wednesday, Disability Rights Maryland’s (DRM) Education Team hosts a live Q&A (on Facebook) to help parents and families understand their children’s rights to special education services, IEPs and 504 plans. This is a great opportunity to get your special education questions answered!  No registration is required and it is free.  Just use this link to the DRM Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/DisabilityRightsMD

Spanish Interpretation is provided. Transcription using Maryland Relay Services is provided for hearing impaired. Recordings are available.  If your questions can't wait -- send it any time to Susana Barrios at SusanaB@disabilityrightsmd.org.

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