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OCECD announces Marbella Cáceres and Lee Ann Derugen as Interim Co-Executive Directors
OCECD recently experience leadership changes.  Marcie Beers has resigned as Executive Director, effective November 30, 2018.  Marcie will be relocating to another state due to her husband accepting a new job opportunity there.  The OCECD Governing Board has appointed Marbella  Cáceres and Lee Ann Derugen as Interim Co-Executive Directors, effective December 3, 2018.  See Entire Announcement Here! 
Transition Boot Camp at Delaware County DD Office - January 8, 2019 thru May 14, 2019
*January 8, 2019 – Transition to adult healthcare services  *February 12, 2019 – Behavioral issues during puberty and beyond *March 12, 2019 – Transitional IEP’s  *April 9, 2019 – Case management – what should/can you expect?  *May 14, 2019 – Transportation
Project Connect - An Online Education Program for Grandmothers Raising Adolescent Grandchildren

We are conducting a nationwide study through Kent State University and Arizona State University to improve the health and well-being of families where grandmothers are raising ADOLESCENT grandchildren in absence of the child’s birth parents. Known as Project CONNECT, this program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (1R01AG054571-01A1) and approved by Internal Review Board of Kent State University.  Project CONNECT is provided online for free to both grandmothers and their grandchildren (ages 12-18).   Incentives for participating:  Families will receive a tablet computer, which they can keep afterwards. Grandmothers and grandchildren who finish the study will also receive $150 apiece. Those completing the daily diaries will receive an additional $126, and those completing telephone interviews will receive another $30.  Interested families can contact Project CONNECT either  toll-free (855-260-2433) or by email (
Dr. Gregory C. Smith                                                              Dr. Frank J. Infurna
Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences                  Department of Psychology
Kent State University                                                              Arizona State University

Use This 'Smile Amazon' Link and Amazon Donates to the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
It's easy, just click on the link below, place your order through Amazon, then copy and paste this "Smile Amazon" link in your Favorites list and use it everytime you order!  It doesn't cost you anything to use it!  Our name will show up in the top middle of your screen once you use it.  OCECD receives a 1/2% donation of your total order from Amazon each time this link is used! We thank you for supporting the children with disabilities in Ohio!!  
If You Shop Kroger, Use Their 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.  OCECD number is VK317 in the Kroger Rewards Program. Click on this article's title for more instructions. 

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. 
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. 
Welcome to our Website
Our website is now more easily accessed by parents and professionals with the intuitive navigation. This site has new sections to the left titled For Parents, Newsletters, Multicultural, Preschool, Reading Mentoring, Disability Definitions, 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 740-382-5452 or email   Click here to view our Website Privacy Policy Website Privacy Policy or see a link for it in the footer of each page.  Click here to view our Website Accessibility Statement. 
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