For some students, printed instructional materials can be a barrier to participation and achievement in the general education curriculum. Accessible educational materials (AEM) remove that barrier. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, state and local education agencies must ensure that children with disabilities who need AEM in the four specialized formats (audio, braille, digital text, and large print) receive those materials in a timely manner, which is defined in Ohio as the delivery of the accessible materials to a student at the same time as their peers receive their materials.
The Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT & AEM Center) works with school districts to locate AEM for students with print disabilities through their onsite collection, the annual Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students, and other sources. The AT & AEM Center assists Ohio school district personnel in accessing National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) electronic files, adapting the NIMAS files into the four specialized formats, assigning the NIMAS files to accessible media producers, and/or producing the accessible materials for eligible students. To request AEM for students who can benefit from specialized formats, complete and return a Materials Request form. Now is the time to send in requests for AEM for the 2017-2018 school year to the AT & AEM Center.
Please share this information with the appropriate personnel in your district. Questions regarding submitting an AEM request can be directed to Kelly Houston at 614-410-1039 or [email protected] ; Judy Siens at 614-410-1041 or [email protected] . [...click for more]
Posted Thursday, April 27, 2017
Parents we need your help. The Metropolitan State University of Denver is conducting a research project on how families experience suspensions and expulsions in early childhood programs. They are hoping to reach families nationwide. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, click on this link and complete the survey. Thanks, Lee Ann Derugen, OCECD https://msudenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bfkrDEhktB0CT53 [...click for more]
Posted Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities is seeking a full-time Statewide Preschool Parent Mentor. Click on Read More for the Job Description.
To apply, please send your resume and letter of interest to: [email protected] by April 24th An Equal Opportunity Employer
Marcie Beers, Director of Early Childhood
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
165 W. Center Street Suite 302, Marion, OH 43302
844-382-5452 Ext. 23 740-383-6421 Fax [...click for more]
Posted Friday, April 7, 2017
The Guide dated April 2017 below replaces the Whose IDEA Is It? booklet which has been published and revised for several years by the Ohio Dept of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. School districts can use the current Whose IDEA Is It along with required memorandum dated January 21, 2014 through July 31, 2017. Beginning August 1, 2017 this document must be used. OEC is working to translate this document into several languages. A Guide to Parent Rights Additional information, including the memorandum, can be found at the Ohio Dept of Education website http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/A-Guide-to-Parent-Rights-in-Special-Education [...click for more]
Posted Thursday, April 6, 2017