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. 


Interested in becoming an Autism Waiver Provider?

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Join the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health at the Autism Waiver Prospective Provider Workshop, on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 9am to 12:30 pm to learn more about Maryland's Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to become an Autism Waiver provider. Register online.

​IDEA 45 Years Later

November 29, 2020, marks the 45th anniversary of President Gerald Ford signing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) into law. The 1990 amendment to Public Law 94-142 changed the law’s name to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Follow the Department of Education to celebrate 45 years of providing education, supports and services to infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families through the IDEA. IDEA–45 Years Later. #IDEA45Years. @ED_Sped_Rehab

It's Official! BUILDING BETTER BEGINNINGS (B3) Has Launched!

Maryland Family Network officially launched Building Better Beginnings (B3) on November 10th. B3 is a five-year interagency collaboration focused on building better beginnings for Maryland's prenatal to three population. Funded by a one million-dollar children's initiative grant, B3 will harness the knowledge, talent, and ideas of dozens of state and local agencies and organizations. Visit Maryland Family Network to learn more. 

Join us on November 10 at 10 o'clock am. Help us build better beginnings for Maryland’s prenatal to three population.

The American with Disabilities Act Turns 30 #ADA2020

Throughout the year, we celebrate 30 years of progress in access and inclusion. Signed into law July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act affirmed the inherent dignity of every person, regardless of disability.Learn how the country has made progress in access and inclusion.

​Maryland Learning Links is the Division's online portal to resources 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.
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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.