‘Bul­ly­ing of In­di­vid­u­als with Spe­cial Needs’ work­shop set Oct. 25

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STEVENSVILLE — Part­ners for Suc­cess and SECAC (Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Cit­i­zens Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee) will host Mau­reen van Stone, Esq., M.S., As­so­ciate Di­rec­tor of MCDD (Mary­land Cen­ter for De­vel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties) at Kennedy Krieger In­sti­tute and Found­ing Di­rec­tor of Project HEAL, who will present “Bul­ly­ing of In­di­vid­u­als with Spe­cial Needs and Dis­abil­i­ties” work­shop on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary, Centreville Branch.

Van Stone’s pre­sen­ta­tion will in­clude an overview of the is­sues of bul­ly­ing, ha­rass­ment, and in­tim­i­da­tion of stu­dents with spe­cial needs and dis­abil­i­ties. She will also pro­vide an anal­y­sis of ev­i­dence-in­formed pre­ven­tion strate­gies, along with an overview of fed­eral guid­ance, state laws and poli­cies. Ad­di­tion­ally, she will share a case law sum­mary and best prac­tices to ad­dress the is­sues of bul­ly­ing. A ques­tion and an­swer pe­riod will im­me­di­ately fol­low the pre­sen­ta­tion. This ses­sion is ap­pro­pri­ate for par­ents, care­givers, providers/ther­a­pists and ed­u­ca­tors of chil­dren with spe­cial needs, dis­abil­i­ties, autism and other dis­or­ders.

She is the as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of the Mary­land Cen­ter for De­vel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties at Kennedy Krieger In­sti­tute and the found­ing di­rec­tor of Project HEAL (Health, Ed­u­ca­tion, Ad­vo­cacy, and Law), a MCDD com­mu­nity-based pro­gram. Project HEAL is Mary­land’s only com­pre­hen­sive med­i­cal-le­gal part­ner­ship, which pro­vides ad­vo­cacy and le­gal ser­vices to lowand mod­er­ate-in­come fam­i­lies and chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties who re­ceive ser­vices at KKI.

The pro­gram is free, and in­cludes food and re­fresh­ments. Regis­tra­tion is re­quired, and space is lim­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion about this pro­gram and to reg­is­ter, please con­tact Jen­nifer Doege, par­ent co­or­di­na­tor – Part­ners for Suc­cess: jen­nifer.doege@qacps.org or 410-758-3693.

MAU­REEN VAN STONE

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