News & Announcements
May 7, 2015 Transitioning Youth: How Occupational Therapy Can Help
Kroc Corps Community Center, 527 East Liberty Street, Ashland, OH 44805   1:00-4:00pm

Free Transition Conference for Parents, Educators and Related Service Providers!

Presented by: Brenda M. George, MS, OTR/L;
Ohio Occupational Therapy Association Pediatric Special Interest Section Coordinator;
Pam Cotrell, RN, BA; Information Specialist/Trainer;
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities

This conference will overview transition planning, how it relates to the Individualized Education Program (IEP), and how transition services can help prepare students to move from school to adulthood. Occupational therapists have expertise in technology, task and work analysis, behavior and psychosocial needs, sensory processing, and independent living skills, which prepares them to assume a vital role in transition planning for students.  Learn how the occupational therapist can work collaboratively with the IEP team to share resources and responsibility in addressing the student's goals and plans.  Registration Ends: Wednesday, May 6, 2015   To register click here
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"Where Hope Grows" New Movie Starring a Young Man with Down Syndrome to Come Out May 15th!
This is a trailer from a movie starring a young man who has Down Syndrome.  Due out May 15th!   Click here to see the trailer!

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State Support Team 10 and Bricker & Eckler Legal Issues Update January 14, 2015
Ohio Civil Rights Updates Relating to Students with Disabilities
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OCECD Booklets and Lists to Download
OCECD's informational booklets and brochures are free.  Click on "Read More" to download them in English or Spanish.  The publication list can also be downloaded.  If you need information on other topics call OCECD's Executive Office at 800-374-2806. 
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  
Welcome to our New Website
Out with the old and in with the new!  We are very excited about rolling out our completely redesigned website. Parents and professionals will find information more easily with the intuitive navigation. This site has new sections to the left titled For Parents, Multicultural, Preschool, Reading Mentoring, 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 Martha Lause at 800-374-2806 ext 20 or email her at 
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