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October is Awareness Month
October is the Month for National Bullying Prevention Awareness, Learning Disabilities and National Disabilities Employment Awareness. See these links for more information:
Use Kroger Community Rewards Program and Help OCECD Serve Kids!
To use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:

Register online at

Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy if you have one and register your card with our organization after you sign in.

Click on "Read More" for instructions if you are new to the Kroger online account or if you already have an account but want to designate Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities as your charitable organization. Do you use your phone number at the register? Call (877) 576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number and follow the same instructions.

Thank you very much! These donations from Kroger will help us serve the over 270,000 children with special needs in Ohio and those at risk of being identified.
November 10th - Ohio Coalition's Annual Statewide Conference: Jo Mascorro, M.Ed. returning to Ohio to Present on new Topic "Avenue to the Experience . . . "

New Topic This Year - Avenue to the Experience....Strategies to Assist in Working With Individuals Who Experience Special Needs from Mild to Severe, Profound and/or Multiple Disabilities

Crowne Plaza Hotel North, 6500 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH  43229  
9:00 - 3:30            Registration 8:30

When planning for the instructional needs of individuals with various disabilities, we must recognize our responsibility as the "avenue to the experience" in making the learning/teaching criterion meaningful.  This presentation will provide strategies to assist in the development, selection, and implementation of various intervention techniques, as well as "frameworks" to help determine chronological, age appropriate activities, that are purposeful and learner specific. 
Ms. Jo Mascorro, M.Ed. is an independent consultant who provides training throughout the nation in areas specific to behavior intervention practices, communication strategies, parenting skills and programming for students who experience severe/profound disabilities (birth-adult). Ms. Mascorro has over 34 years of experience in the field of Education and received both her Bachelor and Master's degrees from Texas Tech University. She is a native Texan and resides in San Antonio.

Who should attend this FREE conference?
Any individual involved in the education/instruction/supervision of children (Pre-K thru 12) with severe/profound disabilities who experience challenging behavior demonstrations (parents/guardians, teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, diagnosticians, related-service personnel, etc.)
A working lunch will include personal transition experiences and entertainment by Inner Vision. 

CEUs and contact hour certificates will be available at no additional charge and will be emailed to the email you provide approximately 6 weeks following the conference
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities - 5 Hrs. pending
Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapists Units - 5 Hrs. approved
Step Up to Quality - 5 Hrs. . Approved             Contact Hours - 5

Click Here to Register
Questions? Contact: Connie Hudson or no computer access 937-842-2150.
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, 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 800-374-2806. 
Welcome to our New Website
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 800-374-2806 or email 
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