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Accessibility Bridge is excited about our partnership with Diversified Counseling Services (DCS) whose mission is to improve the quality of life by facilitating evidence-based health behavioral changes for communities, organizations and individuals. Through this strategic partnership, we're creating mental wellness programs and crafting service delivery methods with the intricate needs of Accessibility Bridge clients in mind. Our Prince George's County Office is housed inside of the Diversified Counseling Services building with goals of allowing our physical proximity to enhance the outcome of our provided services, improve access for clients and create greater opportunities for all service providers to interact and perhaps improve their skills and service to our clients.
Project SELect is a social-emotional learning (SEL) and social skills program designed by Accessibility Bridge and DCS to help strengthen social-emotional and social skills that translate into long-term benefits for overall well-being. The SELect program is available as 9-week, 18-week, or 27-week enrollment options and is available to both children and adults. This program is run as a group and is managed by the Accessibility Bridge Corporation with service delivery by Diversified Counseling Services.
Supporting social-emotional regulation should be an important part of a student’s educational plan and oftentimes it is not. Seeing children with disabilities struggle with social skills motivates us to support and teach them socially appropriate ways of interacting and engaging with adults and their peers. Adults speak to children regarding what's expected of them, but this knowledge doesn't always translate well into real life experiences.
Each year, people with disabilities face new challenges as well as encounter new opportunities for growth, so the SELect program is designed with segments appropriate for each life and ability level, inclusive, and adaptable to existing program plans.
Our SELect program teaches techniques to:
There are many reasons why children are referred for an evaluation. Public schools are obligated to evaluate for specific reasons. If you have other concerns, you’ll want to consider a private evaluation, which is done by a professional that does not work for your child’s school.
You can have a private evaluation done at any time. The school doesn’t have to agree that it’s necessary, and the testing doesn’t automatically become part of your child’s school record. You aren't obligated to share this information with your child's school but can choose to do so if the evaluation provides valuable information that you believe should be included in your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Similar to the school's evaluation, a private evaluation includes individual standardized tests and interviews with you and your child. While public schools must consider reports you obtain privately, they don’t have to agree with them. Since schools are required to evaluate your child before making any educational decisions, a private assessment may or may not “speed up” the timelines or process of a public school evaluation. If you believe your child needs special education services, IDEA 2004 requires that schools conduct an evaluation within 60 days of parental consent, unless your state has a different established timeframe for conducting evaluations.
Through our partnership with DCS, we are able to provide increased access to an educational evaluation for your child. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in having your child evaluated for a suspected learning difference.
DCS accepts most insurance including Tricare and Medicaid
Physical address: 9006 Woodyard Rd, Clinton, MD 20735 (By appointment only)
Mailing address: 4660 Crain Hwy, #1622, White Plains, MD 20695
Phone: (202) 871-5522
The Accessibility Bridge Corporation is a qualified nonprofit public charity with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) (#84-4205456) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the Corporation are fully deductible for income tax purposes.
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