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October Awareness Month
October is the Month for ADHD, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Mental Illness, Spina Bifida, Selective Mutism, Disability Employment, Sensory, Bullying, Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), and Hispanic Awareness! 
Statement from President Trump on Down Syndrome Awareness Month 
Statement from President Trump on National Dyslexia Awareness Month
OSERS will feature blogs on Dyslexia and Down syndrome throughout the month of October! 
Parents and Childcare Professionals of Young children with Disabilities - Univ of Toledo, Ohio DD Council Needs You!
Project Open House (POH) is a project housed at the University of Toledo and funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council.  Our goal is to improve access to high-quality, inclusive child care for young children with disabilities and their familes.  We need your help to achieve that goal!  We will keep your identity confidential.  The UT Institutional Review Board has approved this survey.  Please take 20 minutes to complete this survey before mid December by clicking on this link or if you prefer a hard copy, please call 800-POH-SURV.  See flyer here. Project Open House      
Scholarships to Study Abroad Available
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Experience a new world and expand your horizons – Study abroad in High School. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers scholarships to high school students (ages 15-18) to study abroad for one academic year. International exchange programs give you the opportunity to establish long-lasting ties with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop global leadership skills. Previous language study is not required. See read more for specific information.
Latino Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Focus Group

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD),
is interested in conducting a focus group  to determine how to best support Latino
families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  
Thursday, November 16    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM,
187 W. Schrock Road, Westerville, OH 43081
Registration and Questions:  Read More        English Flyer
El Centro para los Trastornos del Espectro Autista (Center for Autism Spectrum
Disorders, CASD), de Nationwide Children’s Hospital, está interesado en llevar
a cabo un grupo de enfoque para determinar la mejor manera de apoyar a las
familias latinas que tienen hijos con trastorno del espectro autista (autism
spectrum disorder, ASD).  

jueves, 16 de noviembre de 6:00 p.m. a 7:30 p.m.
187 W. Schrock Road, Westerville, OH 43081
Inscripción y preguntas: Read More     Spanish Flyer 

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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