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2015 Annual Conference
Success in Literacy for Students with Disabilities: Expectations and Best Practices

Saturday, January 31, 2015
8:15am – 12:15pm
Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center
8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045 “Snow Date” February 21, 2015



The conference is open to all and is free for all CEC members. Continental Breakfast will be 
served.  A $25.00 registration fee will be charged for non‐members. We encourage you to join and 
enjoy the numerous professional benefits of membership including attending the conference for
free. For membership info or to join CEC, visit www.cec.sped.org

Keynote Speaker
Vicki McQuitty, PhD. Assistant Professor, Towson University Co‐Director, Maryland Writing Project

Poster Session and Interactive Sessions:
Current and Future Special and General Educators of Students with Disabilities in Pre‐K, 
Elementary, and Secondary Classrooms

Sponsored by
Maryland Council for Exceptional Children
District of Columbia Council for Exceptional Children
Montgomery County Maryland Council for Exceptional Children: CEC Chapter 246
Maryland Chapter of the Council for Learning Disabilities

Please join us! Registration is now open at
https://2015annualpdsuccessinliteracy.eventbrite.com 

If you are interested in presenting a poster or interactive session to share best practices in 
literacy for students with disabilities, please submit your proposal at 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MDCEC2015. Click here to download the proposal template. 















If you have any questions or need further information, please contact
Rosemary Garr rgarr@towson.edu or Laila Richman lrichman@towson.edu
 

 

 



2015 Annual Conference
Success in Literacy for Students with Disabilities: Expectations and Best Practices

Saturday, January 31, 2015
8:15am – 12:15pm
Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center
8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045 “Snow Date” February 21, 2015



The conference is open to all and is free for all CEC members. Continental Breakfast will be 
served.  A $25.00 registration fee will be charged for non‐members. We encourage you to join and 
enjoy the numerous professional benefits of membership including attending the conference for
free. For membership info or to join CEC, visit www.cec.sped.org

Keynote Speaker
Vicki McQuitty, PhD. Assistant Professor, Towson University Co‐Director, Maryland Writing Project

Poster Session and Interactive Sessions:
Current and Future Special and General Educators of Students with Disabilities in Pre‐K, 
Elementary, and Secondary Classrooms

Sponsored by
Maryland Council for Exceptional Children
District of Columbia Council for Exceptional Children
Montgomery County Maryland Council for Exceptional Children: CEC Chapter 246
Maryland Chapter of the Council for Learning Disabilities

Please join us! Registration is now open at
https://2015annualpdsuccessinliteracy.eventbrite.com 

If you are interested in presenting a poster or interactive session to share best practices in 
literacy for students with disabilities, please submit your proposal at 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MDCEC2015. Click here to download the proposal template. 















If you have any questions or need further information, please contact
Rosemary Garr rgarr@towson.edu or Laila Richman lrichman@towson.edu
 

 

 



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Tell your senators to vote “NO”
on any bill that cuts or caps Medicaid!

In a key procedural vote—with Vice President Pence breaking the tie—the U.S. Senate voted to open debate on the Republican health care legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate has 20 hours to debate and vote on unknown versions of the disastrous repeal bill. Senators can now submit amendments that will be voted on through a process called vote-o-rama, which will move very fast and is often erratic. Last night the Senate also voted on a slightly revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act that includes very significant cuts and caps to Medicaid. The Senate needed 60 votes for the bill to pass, but there were only 43 “yes” votes. Nine Republicans broke ranks and voted “NO.”

A path forward through Friday’s debate and votes is not entirely clear. One thing is clear: no matter what version the Senate votes on, millions of children and youth with disabilities will lose access to health related Medicaid services in schools and early intervention programs.

CEC has held a strong opposition for reform of the ACA, as the reforms would severely cut and cap funds for Medicaid services for children and youth with disabilities.

It has been reported that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) plans to introduce an amendment to the Republican health care bill that would protect Medicaid services for schools from cuts. The amendment would require “that no provision in the bill would reduce or eliminate the amount, duration, or scope of Medicaid services available in schools under current law.“

 

Take action to protect Medicaid today! Here's how:

Step 1: Go to CEC’s Legislative Action Center and send a letter to both of your senators and tell them to vote “NO" on ANY bill that cuts or caps Medicaid services for children and youth with disabilities in schools and early intervention programs. If you have already sent a letter, SEND ANOTHER ONE! Use our prepared letter or personalize your letter to tell your story.

Step 2: Call the Congressional switchboard at
202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to each of your senators. Once connected, say: “As your constituent, I urge you to vote 'NO' on ANY bill that cuts or caps Medicaid services for children and youth with disabilities in schools and early intervention programs. Vote 'YES' on Senator Hassan’s amendment that no provision in the health care bill would reduce or eliminate the amount, duration, or scope of Medicaid services available in schools under current law."

We cannot give up now!You have the power to make a difference!

Write and call your senators today!

Thank you for taking action!


Policy Insider: Legislative Update

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