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OOTA Summer Pediatric Regional Trainings - July 11 Thru August 23
A Practice Update for School-Based Practitioners!
Facilitator:  Brenda George, MS, OTR/L
Pediatric Special Interest Section Coordinator
7 regional trainings are being offered.  Register for the date/location that best suits your summer schedule, regardless of your OOTA district.    Most trainings are 9:30-4:00 PM      Check in at 9:00 AM 
Click here to see flyer for dates and locations!
$65 for OOTA Members and $90 for non members (join when you register to get member price)    CE: 5.75 contact hours including one hour of ethics credit.  A CE certificate will be emailed following the workshop.  
Developing Credit Pathways for Students who are English Learners

The Ohio Department of Education offers guidance to help districts develop courses that yield credit in World Languages and Integrated English Language Arts.

Updated Information on the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)
  The FAQ page for the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment provides information on planning, implementing, and communicating results of the OELPA 
The Rights of All Children to Enroll in School

Under the U.S. Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe, schools must provide equal access to public education to all students, regardless of immigration status.

Hurry and Order Food or a Gift Card by September 9th from Schwan's Foods for OCECD to Receive a 5% Donation
It’s real easy for you to help us raise funds through Schwan’s Cares for Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities. If you want to learn more about this great nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that’s been helping families with disabilities since 1972, you can go to our website  Our group earns 5% until September 9th. Schwan’s offers over 300 high-quality, family-pleasing foods that are flash-frozen and delivered to your door. It’s incredibly easy.  There are no subscriptions.  Order at your convenience and get fresh food delivered to your home!  You can just click on, click on the navigation drop down menu, click on "Team Members" then click on my name (Lee Ann Derugen) as the team member you are purchasing from or you can be anonymous.  If you call to place your order be sure to tell them your charity organization campaign number is 37987 BUT you have to order before September 9th for us to receive any donation on food purchases during this campaign.  Just think you can order e-gift cards for birthdays or anniversaries and we receive 5%!  It’s real easy for you to help us support families of children with disabilities!   See Flyer!
Use This 'Smile Amazon' Link and Amazon Donates to the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
It's easy, just click on the link below, place your order through Amazon, then copy and paste this "Smile Amazon" link in your Favorites list and use it everytime you order!  It doesn't cost you anything to use it!  Our name will show up in the top middle of your screen once you use it.  OCECD receives a 1/2% donation of your total order from Amazon each time this link is used! We thank you for supporting the children with disabilities in Ohio!!  
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.

OCECD Publications to Download Free
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. 
Welcome to our Website
Our website is now more easily accessed by parents and professionals with the intuitive navigation. This site has new sections to the left titled For Parents, Newsletters, Multicultural, Preschool, Reading Mentoring, Disability Definitions, Public Policy and Policy Letters. We hope these are helpful. If you have any suggestions, please contact Lee Ann Derugen, Webmaster at  If you are a parent needing assistance, please call 740-382-5452 or email   Click here to view our Website Privacy Policy Website Privacy Policy or see a link for it in the footer of each page.  Click here to view our Website Accessibility Statement. 
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