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Pathways to Justice Kick Off Event, Tuesday, August 7, 6-8pm, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
 Click here for details on this event as well as our many transition events across the state   University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, 3430 Burnet Ave., MLC 4002 Cincinnati, OH 45229  
OCECD Announces a New Statewide Training! It's My Turn GPS (Goals, Planning, Success)

We are excited to tell you about our new Transition training opportunity we have designed for students that are in the Transition process. This transition training is intended for students who struggle in the learning process or those who may need extra time learning skills to assist them in deciding and reaching their goals for life after high school.  During this self-determination training, students will learn about themselves by developing a personal profile, exploring options regarding their future after high school, learning how to set goals and planning outcomes. IMT-GPS was developed for students with mild to moderate needs having an IEP, 504 plan, or students at risk.  For more information about "It’s My Turn GPS" or to schedule a presentation for students in your area, please call the Ohio Coalition at 1-844-382-5452.  GPS Brochure GPS Introduction Letter

Christine Meder's Personal Statement About Teaching Children with Disabilities
"Educators hold the most crucial role in childhood development.  As a creative individual I believe I hold great insight as to how I can enhance a child’s learning experience.  Many children have a unique learning style and I want to help those who require alternative teaching methods to strive.  When I walk into a classroom for the first time and am made aware of a student who has a learning disability, cultural difference or language barrier, I make the choice to set the same expectations for them as I do for anyone else.   I am a passionate, patient and creative educator. I am an advocate for the right to education equality for everyone no matter their individual circumstance. I believe that every educator should look further than the classroom to help achieve this goal. Whether I am using my resources to educate a community or to push legislation, I will always help to ensure the further equalization of the learning experience for all."
Read entire personal statement by Educator, Christine Meder Here: 
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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