We have an active community of families with special needs students at Bethesda Elementary and, together with the PTA, we work to help provide a support network for parents and the best possible experience for our students.  

We have a separate listserv dedicated to special needs concerns on which we share resources, experiences, and offer a way for families to connect with others in the SN community. To sign up, send an email or go to the yahoo groups page and click on “join group.” You are also welcome to contact Mai Nguyen, BEPTA Special Needs VP, with questions or for information about how to get involved. 

Here are a list of some of the things we have been working on recently:

  • Working on a pilot to bring Best Buddies to BE
  • Working with Disability Inclusion Guild to coordinate activities for inclusion month (December 2017)
  • Successful collaboration with PTA STEM and Education chairs to obtain a grant from the KID Museum and Google to develop inclusive “maker carts” filled with Legos, circuits, and other STEM materials that can be adapted to kids of all ages and abilities.
  • Quiet room at Multicultural Night

Helpful Links:

Pediatric Development Center has lots of free workshops for parents.

Arc of Montgomery County runs a great series of free workshops called Tools for School that is specific to parents of MCPS kids.

Parents’ Place of Maryland is an organization whose mission is to support families of children with disabilities.  They have a free conference coming up on 5/20 called Powerful Parents – Pulling It All Together:  Coordinating Care for Your Child with Special Needs.

Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is a nonprofit, educational organization provides classes, events and other educational resources to parents and all who care for children, toddlers through teens.

Parent Child Journey—Programs led by Dr. Dan Shapiro are designed to help parents identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it. 

Parent Academy workshops give parents tips and tools to help their children succeed in school.