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Doctoral Dissertation Participant Recruitment Request
Joshua Pulos, is a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma, who is completing his Doctoral Dissertation on parents’ expectations on the postsecondary environments of their children with disabilities.  Joshua is an independent student not affiliated with OCECD.  If you are interested in assisting Joshua, please click on the article title to learn more. 
The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. (IHSAA) to resolve the allegation that it violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying a student with disabilities a reasonable modification of its rule regarding minimum course enrollment as necessary to allow the student to compete interscholastically on her high school swim team.  Please click the title to read the entire article. 
OSERS Requesting Input - Technical Assistance to Improve Postsecondary Transition Services
OSERS is seeking input from the public, particularly SEAs, LEAs, SVRAs, parents and CTE educators, and other relevant stakeholders on how best to provide TA to States in order to improve postsecondary transition services to all students and youth with disabilities.   Please click the title to read the entire request for assistance. 
NEEDED: Youth and young adults ages 14-24 experiencing intellectual disability and their caregiver.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center needs your help to develop an interview about the mental health of youth and young adults with Intellectual Disability (ID). Participants will play an important role in an effort to improve the mental health outcomes of adolescents and young adults with ID.  Please click the title to read the entire article. 
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!!  Tip: Make it easier using the Smilematic browser extension which will automatically redirect you to AmazonSmile whenever you shop at Amazon!  Here's our custom link: OCECD Smilematic 
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. 
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