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Ohio Coalition for the Education
of Children with Disabilities

Giving a voice
to parents and children
dealing with life's challenges

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  • Register Now - Transition Conference - Oct 7th

    "Who Cares About Kelsey?" is coming back to Ohio!! OCECD and State Support Teams 4 & 5 are cosponsoring "Who Cares About Kelsey? “How to Achieve Positive Outcomes Using PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) at Your School”

    October 7, 2014
    9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
    Quail Hollow Resort ( Ballroom)
    11080 Concord-Hambden Road
    Painesville, Ohio 44077 (Lake County)

    Click Here for Conference Flyer

    Click Here to Register by September 26th

    Parents and professionals are invited to attend this event that will help
    participants reconsider the “problem kids” in their own high schools and spark new conversations about an education revolution that’s about empowering– not overpowering –our most emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth.

    Kelsey Carroll has one goal – to graduate from high school – and plenty of reasons why she shouldn't. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, abuse, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn't earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs. 'Who Cares About Kelsey?' is the story of Kelsey's transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman.

    Certificates with contact hours will be available. Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Units and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Continuing Professional Development Units are pending approval.

    There is a $10 conference fee.

  • OCECD Resources Now Available to Download Here

    Fact Sheet 2-2014

    Outreach Brochure 1-2012

    Fill in Publication Order Form 3-2014

    Training Descriptions 3-2014

    Training Descriptions Spanish 3-2014

    Building Communication Thru Letter Writing 11-2012

    Building Communication Thru Letter Writing Spanish 10-2011

    Special Education Rights Book 10-2011

    Understanding Special Education Process Spanish

    Call 800-374-2806 if you have any questions or need additional resources on other topics or in a different language.

  • Ohio Special Education Research Project
    Implementation of Successful Practices for Students with Disabilities in Ohio School

    Conducted by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
    Funded by the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children

    Ohio Schools are in a period of major redesign of curricular and instructional processes.  Students with disabilities are central to the success of these efforts, and this context of change provides opportunities to move the overall system of special education in the direction of improved results.  The purpose of this Special Education Research Project is to identify the practices that shape improved levels of achievement of students with disabilities.  It began with an extensive Literature Review of evidence-based practices to identify the most current findings of successful school, district and state-level implementation.  A comparative case-study design was implemented with sample school districts.  Onsite visitations of selected schools were conducted by a research team with well-designed protocols.  An online teacher survey followed the onsite visits to gather information from the classroom perspective.  A Final Report of findings and recommendations was prepared that includes eight recommendations for practice and nine recommendations for further research.  The entire project is summarized in condensed Executive Summary format.

    Ohio Special Education Research Project
    Executive Summary (October 2013)

    Download Report (72 pages)

    Identifying Successful Practices for Students with Disabilities in Ohio Schools
    Final Report (October 2013)

    Download Report (190 pages)

    Identifying Successful Practices for Students with Disabilities in Ohio Schools
    Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education: A Review of the Literature (July 2013)

    Download Report (42 pages)

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  • Disability Definitions

    OCECD's list of definitions of services under IDEA 2004 and Section 504.