Divisions/Programs

Early Intervention and Special Education Services

The MSDE Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES) provides leadership, accountability, technical assistance, and resource management to local school systems, public agencies, and stakeholders through a seamless, comprehensive system of coordinated services to children and students with disabilities, birth through age 21, and their families. 

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LIGHT IT UP BLUE! WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY 2021

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. We think every day should be Autism Acceptance Day. Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski and DEI/SES team members dressed in blue to promote awareness and acceptance of individuals with autism and their families. #CelebrateDifferences
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Division staff wear blue in collage photo made to look like a puzzle in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day 2021

CELEBRATE DIFFERENCES! APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

It’s April. That means it’s time to #CelebrateDifferences! Take time this month to increase your awareness of autism signs, symptoms, & realities. Promote acceptance. Find ways to be more inclusive of individuals & families with autism. #AutismAwarenessMonth
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WE WENT GREEN FOR CP

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski and DEI/SES team members dressed in green to support efforts that increase awareness and understanding of individuals and families affected by Cerebral Palsy. #gogreenforCP
DEISES wear green in a photo in recognition of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2021

HONORING ASHLEY DURING CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS MONTH

We recognize and appreciate the achievements, talents, and diversity of individuals living with cerebral palsy. During Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, we proudly honor the memory of Ashley Meissner, daughter of DEI/SES family support specialist Kelly Meissner. Ashley was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was a happy, sassy young lady who taught us all about the power of inclusion in school & community. #cerebralpalsy #cerebralpalsyawarenessmonth
Ashley Meissner, daughter of family support specialist Kelly Meissner

NEW IEP RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES DURING VIRTUAL & HYBRID LEARNING

Maryland Learning Links has printable resources with tips and information for before, during, and after a virtual IEP team meeting. Check out these resources and more to support school-age students with disabilities to have equal access to quality education and the ability to achieve in school and beyond. #marylandlearninglinks #narrowthegapMD

MARYLAND LEARNING LINKS: GATEWAY TO RESOURCES & INFORMATION TO NARROW THE GAP

Visit Maryland Learning Links for resources on early childhood; access, equity, and progress; secondary transition; and COVID-19 updates to support students during the pandemic.
Maryland Learning Links



Narrow the Gap Early Childhood

Discover birth to kindergarten resources to support young learners.

Narrow the Gap Access, Equity, Progress

Learn how to support all students, birth through age 21.

Narrow the Gap Secondary Transition

Find strategies to prepare students for life after school.

Learn how Maryland is working to Narrow the Gap.

​The Division's call to action is to narrow the achievement gap in Maryland by ensuring students with disabilities receive access to the general education curriculum and specially designed instruction.Learn about the Division's call to action to narrow the achievement gap in Maryland.