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OOD Youth Leadership Forum Accepting Applications for Summer 2018 Session
The Opportunity for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is now accepting applications for the summer 2018 session. YLF is an annual event hosted by OOD through which high school juniors and seniors with disabilities learn about choosing a career, self-advocacy and leadership development. To learn more about YLF and to apply, visit  Youth Leadership Forum  
Questions and Answers (Q&A) on Endrew F. U. S. Supreme Court Case Decision - December 7th
Today the U.S. Department of Education released the Questions & Answers document below about the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District U.S. Supreme Court Decision. In that decision that examined the Court stated that “every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives.”  The Q&A document provides stakeholders an overview of the case and information from the Department about how the decision impacts implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the definition of a free appropriate public education.  
aVIation Study Now Open for Children and Adolescents with Autism
Can we help children and adolescents with autism make sense of the world?  Recruitment is now open for the aVIation study – a clinical study that will ask if an investigational medicine can improve the social communication and interaction skills of children and adolescents who: 
- Have autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Are 5-to-17 years old
- Are ‘high-functioning’ (for this study, that means an IQ of at least 70) 
For more information about participating at the Ohio State University,

please contact:     Taylor Wong,  Clinical Research Assistant        614-685-3219      
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