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What Autism Used To Look Like

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Carrie Cariello,

Dear Christopher, I’m not sure if you remember me, but we were in the same class in third grade. I was tall for my age, and I had long, blonde hair that I usually wore in messy braids. You had very dark hair and brown eyes. You were a little chubby, and I remember you wore a white t-shirt and jeans a lot. Sometimes your jeans slid down and your underwear showed.  

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Parents of Special Needs Students File Complaint Over English-Only Services
By Jennifer Smith Richards, The Columbus Dispatch, Tuesday January 27, 2015 2:28 pm.

Advocates for students with special needs filed a federal complaint today against six central Ohio school districts, Toledo schools and the Ohio Department of Education, saying they have failed to provide Spanish-speaking families translation and interpreter services.
Survey for Parents of Preschool Children
OCECD would like this annual survey to be completed by families of preschool children 3, 4, or 5 years of age with disabilities who are transitioning to preschool, currently in preschool, or are transitioning to Kindergarten. This information is being collected through a contract to OCECD from the Ohio Dept of Education, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness in order to prepare and distribute resources to support families. You will not be contacted after completing the survey as it does not ask for any contact information.  Click Here for the Survey   Thank you, Marcie Beers, Statewide Preschool Parent Mentor, Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities 800-374-2806 ext 23  Click on Read More for an option to print the survey  
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