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Smile Amazon is 3 x Your Donations to OCECD for Purchases from March 12-31!!
  The AmazonSmile triple donation promotion starts today! Amazon is tripling the donation amount  from .5% to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible purchase from March 12 - 31. This is a great opportunity to increase Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children With Disabilities’ AmazonSmile donations.  3x your impact! Go to and order any purchases today!!  Then copy and paste this "Smile Amazon" link in your Favorites list and use it everytime you order all year long at the .5% rate!  It doesn't cost you anything to use it! OCECD receives a refund from Amazon when this link is used! We thank you for supporting the children with disabilities in Ohio!     
Intervener Basics: An Introduction to Intervener Services Training Offered by OCDBE and Univ of Cincinnati
The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) and the University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center are Offering - Intervener Basics: An Introduction to Intervener Services. 

This is a one-day, free training using the Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Modules created by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). It will include excerpts from several modules with discussions and hand-on learning experiences.   

For:  Parents, educators, paraprofessionals, OT, PT, SLP

Date:  April 18, 2018     Time:  10:00-3:00 p.m.

Location:  Ohio School for the Deaf, 500 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43214

Registration Deadline:  April 9, 2018

Contact Kathy Richards ( to register.    

Trauma-Informed Care: Foundations to Supports - Free OCECD Regional Conference - Wood County - April 13th
Free Conference                  April 13th                 9:00 - 3:00 PM                 Registration 8:30   
Lunch is on Your Own      See Flyer!!      Click "Read More" for Additional Information
Co-sponsored by Owens Community College, Dept of Teacher Education and Human Services
Held at Owens Community College - Toledo Campus,  30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, OH  
Click Here to Register:        
  Darlene Mack, Professional School Counselor, Findlay City Schools  
  Kelly Glick, Ed.D.; Assistant Principal, Findlay City Schools  
CEUs FEE IS $25  
For those requesting CEUs an email with a link to pay by credit card will be sent once CEUS are approved.   Cash, checks or purchase orders will not be accepted.  

CEU APPROVED:   Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapists - 5 CEU
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities - 5 CEU for EI, Superintendent, Adult Services, Service and Support Administration                FREE Contact Hours will be available.
OSPA Conference - Celebrating 75 Years of School Psychology in Ohio: Past, Present and Future

Celebrating 75 Years of School Psychology in Ohio: Past, Present, and Future, will be held April 18-20 at the Columbus/Polaris Hilton Hotel and features NASP President John Kelly, Ph.D. and William Pfohl, Psy.D. April 19 presentations focus on Integrating Social and Emotional Learning Within Multi-tiered Systems of Support; and April 20 focuses on Recognizing and Helping Students who have Experienced Crisis and Trauma. Early registration prices are good through March 19. Please peruse the website or conference brochure and contact the OSPA Office if you have any questions.  

Ohio's IDEA Part B Application Available for Public Review

All states making application for funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to publicize their application packet for those federal funds. These funds support provision of special education services to children ages 3 to 21 in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children has developed their draft application packet for this fiscal year and by this notice is making the application available for review on the Department’s website here.  

If You Shop Kroger, Use Their Community Rewards Program and Help OCECD Serve Kids!
To use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:
Register online at
Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy if you have one and register your card with our organization after you sign in.  OCECD number is 83788 in the Kroger Rewards Program. Click on "Read More" for instructions.
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OCECD's informational publications are free.  Click on "Read More" to download them in English or Spanish.  The publication list, fact sheet and training descriptions can also be downloaded.  If you need information on other topics call OCECD's Executive Office at 740-382-5452 or 844-382-5452. 
Download One Page Tip Sheets on IEP, ESY, Evaluation, Transition, Communication and More
 Click on "Read More" to be able to Read and Download One Page Informational Sheets on Individual Education Program, Extended School Year, Progress Reports, Evaluation/Evaluation Team Report, Independent Educational Evaluation, School Work, Informed Parental Consent, Postsecondary Transition, Related Services, and Communication. 
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