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Do You Run an Assistive Technology Loan Program in Ohio?

Do you run an AT loan program in Ohio? It may be open to anyone or select members of your organization. Your program may include AT equipment, adaptive toys or medical equipment. If so, your assistance is requested to participate in a short electronic survey to identify these programs. This work is funded through a grant from the Developmental Disabilities Council.  

A Snapshot of Statewide Family, School and Community Engagement From State Support Teams
 In the fall of 2016, each State Support Team selected one of their many family and community engagement activities to study as a year-long action research project. This report describes the diverse and innovative set of practices studied by the State Support Teams and offers a glimpse of the wide array of supports provided to families and schools to enhance home-school-community partnerships.  Voices From the Field
Endrew Decision Creates Important New Opportunities
The Supreme Court’s March 2017 decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District announced a new and more demanding standard for educating students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).1
The Court’s unanimous decision, authored by Chief Justice Roberts, requires schools to:
- Provide students with disabilities capable of keeping up with (or catching up to) their non-disabled peers with special education that enables them to meet grade-level standards and advance from grade to grade.2
- Provide the small group of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are not able to meet grade-level standards with the instruction and services they need to meet ambitious and challenging goals.3      Brazelon Endrew Paper LH 9-8-17
If You Shop Kroger, Use Their Community Rewards Program and Help OCECD Serve Kids!
To use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:
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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.
Use This Link (Amazon Smile) When You Order from and Help OCECD Assist Children with Disabilities
When you order from use this link instead of the usual link and help Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities assist students with disabilities across Ohio. It's easy, just copy and paste this "Amazon Smile" link below in your Favorites list and use it everytime you order!  It doesn't cost you anything to use it!  OCECD receives a refund from Amazon when this link is used!  We thank You!!     
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. 
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. 
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