The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services, is pleased to announce that North Carroll Middle School (NCMS) in Carroll County Public Schools was recently honored with the 2021 McLean Yoder Award for Professional Excellence.
NCMS was selected to win the award by the American Speech and Hearing Association’s National Joint Committee for the Communicative Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities. The award was established to honor a team that exemplifies high quality professional service to individuals with severe disabilities. According to the National Joint Committee (NJC), “nominations were solicited from throughout the United States and judged according to the NJC’s published quality indicators specific to communication assessment, goal setting, and program implementation.”
NCMS was chosen for its commitment to schoolwide inclusive practices, creation of universally accessible materials, and the increased independence of students who use augmentative and alternative communication systems. As a local school system, Carroll County Public Schools has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to inclusive practices for students with significant cognitive disabilities through their collaboration with the DEI/SES and with TIES, the national technical assistance center for inclusive practices and policies.