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xMindsWire Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to our xMindsWire Archives. Below is a list of our past newsletters and their main headlines.

April 2024

Our Bullying & Autism Series Continues

May the Fourth Be With You!

Legislative Highlights: Maryland General Assembly 2024

March 2024

Self-Advocate Stephen Shore Speaks Out on Bullying

xMinds Job Posting: PT Communications Specialist

xMinds Welcomes New Board Members: Kim Hiller and Julie Suh

February 2024

What's the Right MCPS Placement for Your Child?

Now Available: xMinds Summer Camp Guide

xMinds Welcomes New Board Member: Cara Fletcher

January 2024

Celebrating 15 Years of xMinds

What If Your Child Wanders or Runs Away?

New Maryland Law Provides Alternative to Guardianship

December 2023

Get the Facts on Restraint and Seclusion: Save the Date for Our January 23 Webinar

xMinds Team Fighting for Autistic Students

Welcome to the Board, Dan Amodeo

November 2023

A Discussion with the Writers of "Is This Autism?"

Calm Your Holiday Stress with xMinds

xMinds Stands Up Against Disparities: Coalition Advocates for Equitable Access to Services for Hispanics and Other Underserved Groups

October 2023

Join Us for the Annual xMinds IEP Clinic

Get the Scoop on Neuropsych Evaluations with Dr. David Black

Recognizing an Extraordinary Staff Member, Thank You, Saanvi Shashikiran!

September 2023

Save the Date! xMinds IEP Clinic, Nov. 4

"Cash for Classrooms" Now Available! 

Spotlight on MCPS Staff:  Dr. Winter Bingham

July 2023

Team xMinds Gears Up to Bike to the Beach

Cool Off With xMinds This Summer at SplashPark

Sensory-Friendly Outings

June 2023

xMinds Guide to MCPS Special Education Placements

Meet New Executive Director: Melanie Carlos

Last Call for Summer Camps!

May 2023

Autistic Self-Advocates Panel: Starting a Career

Support xMinds’ Bike to the Beach Fundraiser

See You at the Playground, Sunday, May 21

April 2023

Learn How to Write SMART IEP Goals

Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month!

Check Out the xMinds Summer Camp Guide

March 2023

Enjoy a Good Laugh With xMinds

Understanding Neurodiversity-Affirming Care

Join Team xMinds for Bike to the Beach

February 2023

Now Online: Updated & Expanded IEP Resources
Now Available: xMinds Summer Camp Guide
xMinds Honors Black History Month

January 2023

See You Sat., Jan. 21, at We Rock the Spectrum!
Wondering About Employment Opportunities After High School?
Educators: What's on Your Classroom Wish List?

December 2022

What’s the Right Education Support Plan for Your Child?

Join Us for a Lunch and Learn on Executive Functioning Challenges, January 13

November 2022

Get the Scoop on Psychological Assessments

Get Free Help Navigating the IEP Process

Cash for Classrooms Funding Still Available!

October 2022

Join xMinds for an Overview of Special Ed Law

Get Free Help Navigating the IEP Process

New Law Cuts the Wait for Autism Waivers

September 2022

IEP Clinic on Saturday Oct. 8

New Online Resource: Social Development Support

Cash for Classrooms Campaign

July/August 2022

We Want to Hear Your MCPS Experiences!

BIPOC Meetup at Germantown SplashPark

June 2022

Highlights of the xMinds Program Year

Team xMinds Is on a Roll!

May 2022

Join Us for "Autistic Self-Advocate Panel: A Discussion of Social Lives"

New WhatsApp Group for Spanish Speakers

April 2022

Join Us for "Gender Diversity and Autism"

xMinds Now Serving Preschool Families!

March 2022

Successful Inclusion of Nonspeakers in School

Gap Year Options with Judith Bass

February 2022

New Online Resource: Transition to Adulthood  

Summer 2022 Camp Guide

January 2022

Disability is Not a Dirty Word

xMinds Receives $9,150 Grant to Fund Educators

December 2021

Disability is Not a Dirty Word

Student Internship

November 2021

Panel Discussion on Trauma-Informed Education

Parent Discussion Groups

October 2021

Documentary Screening and Interview with Jordyn Zimmerman

Q&A on Compensatory Education

September 2021

Annual xMinds IEP Clinic -- Keynote on Compensatory Education

Starting Free Online Parent Discussion Groups

June 2021

Highlights of the Program Year

View our Video Tribute

May 2021

Autistic Self-Advocates Panel: What We Want You to Understand

Teacher Tribute Video -- Submit Your Video

April 2021

Navigating Special Education in English and Spanish

Website Translation Feature Available 

March 2021

Spanish Interpretation Available for xMinds Events

Summer Camp Guide 

February 2021

Understanding Behavior: What are Autistic Children Communicating?  

Open House for Parents of Black Autistic Students 

January 2021

Does Your Education Team Presume Competence in Your Autistic Student?

Identity-First Language: What Does it Mean? 

December 2020

Anxiety Plus Autism: Anything but Neurotypical

No More Fees for Family Membership 

November 2020

Alternatives to Guardianship

The Importance of Listening to Autistic Voices

October 2020

Nonspeaking Students: A New Resource

Navigating Online Instruction: Saturday Q&A Series 

September 2020

Including More Autistic Voices in xMinds Programming

Navigating Online Instruction: Saturday Q&A Series

(No issue in August)

July 2020

It's Not Too Late to Join Camp Read-a-Lot

Racial Justice in Special Education

June 2020

xMinds Camp Read-a-Lot Starts July 1

How Should MCPS Re-Open this Fall? 

May 2020

Autistic Self–Advocates Panel on May 27

xMinds Steps Up During COVID–19

April 2020

Special Education in the Time of Distance Learning

Supplementing Your Student's Distance Learning 

March 2020

xMinds in MCPS Forum

xMinds Exploring NYC's NEST Program         

February 2020

Academics We Can Use: Making the Most of the Alternative Learning Outcomes (ALO) Curriculum

Save the Date for the 12th Annual xMinds Forum 

January 2020

Sign Up Your Teen for the Self-Advocacy Workshop

Announcing the New xMinds Advisory Council

December 2019

Plugged-in Parents: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy, and Healthy in the Digital Age

Bowling with xMinds Families

November 2019

Workshop for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children or Adolescents

Financial Planning for Your Autistic Family Member

October 2019

Annual IEP Clinic

xMinds Now Providing Free Special Education Advocacy Assistance

September 2019

Prepared, Proactive, and Positive -- Getting Ready for School Success

Advocacy News/New Leadership Team

(No issue in July or August)

June 2019

Highlights of Program Year

Summer Safety Event and Social Hour

May 2019

Upcoming Change in Leadership

xMinds -- Volunteer Openings, Logo Contest

April 2019

Self-Advocates Panel: #ActuallyAutistic Adults

Summer Camp Guides

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