Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) is committed to ensuring students with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) from birth through age 21 as identified on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). City Schools encourage parents and families to work directly with your child’s school first if there are questions or concerns about your child’s IEP. If there are additional concerns and question regarding the IEP process that could not be resolved at the school, our Parent Response Unit or Partners for Success can assist. Please review the tabs below to better assist you.


Assistive technology

Devices, software, or equipment can help with learning for students with disabilities. A student's IEP or 504 plan often indicates the technology needed. The following may be helpful in meeting a specific student's needs.

Digital text (written text to speech) and computer accessibility

Picture communication and vocabulary boards

  • PrAActical AAC provides resources, visual supports, and strategies to improve communication and literacy for students with significant communication difficulties.

  • Core Vocabulary Boards can be used with nonverbal and low verbal children to help them learn to use picture symbols to communicate. Contact your school's speech-language pathologist for support.

  • The Speaking of Speech Materials Exchange provides picture-based ideas, resources, and activities in the areas of augmentative communication, literacy, recipes, life skills, language, and more.

  • SET Picture Set has a collection of downloadable visual supports that can be used by students for both receptive and expressive language.

  • Symbol World from Widgit software has picture-based stories, games, and interactive activities for all levels.

  • Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly library of images that can be used in an educational setting.

Universal Design for Learning

To meet the needs of students with disabilities and support their academic success, City Schools provides a range of services and supports.