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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.
 
One Voice Inspiring Change
The Mechanics Bank in Mansfield, Ohio was inspired by a teen's plea for wheelchair accessibility.  Speaking up can make a significant difference. That was the case for a 17-year-old Madison High School girl when she spoke up to Mechanics Bank in favor of providing wheel chair accessibility at their branches. Mechanics Bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the branch's efforts to provide wheelchair accessibility. The ribbon was cut by 17-year-old Jenna Stigall. In attendance were her parents, Mechanics Bank President Debra Schenk and other bank administrators.  
 
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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NY7VM9L.   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 leeannd@ocecd.org.  If you are a parent needing assistance, please call Martha Lause at 800-374-2806 ext 20 or email her at ocecd@ocecd.org. 
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. 
165 W. Center St., Suite 302
Marion, Ohio 43302
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