Ideas that Work, office of special programs U.S. Department of Education

The contents of this website were developed in part under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M150052. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government or Project Officer, David Emenheiser.

News & Announcements
rss feed
Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month.  Please click on the article title for a listing of resources about Autism. 
Autism Speaks with Ivette Sarkar
In this episode we will talk with Ivette Sarkar about the challenges those with Autism and their families face when they don't fluently speak English.  Please click the article title for the full description and podcast. 
Discover Spark Community Spotlight: Elaine Hamilton
Please click the title to read the entire article about Information Specialist Elaine Hamilton and her family journey with Autism. 
Senators Brenner, Antonio announce formation of DD Caucus
COLUMBUS—Senators Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware County, and Nickie Antonio, D-Cuyahoga County (pictured, right), today announced the formation of the Ohio General Assembly’s first Developmental Disabilities Caucus, a group of lawmakers dedicated to tackling issues affecting Ohioans with developmental disabilities and Ohio’s DD support system.   Please click the title for the full article. 
Ohio State School for the Blind Summer Camp Opportunities
Registration is now open for the Ohio State School for the Blind summer camps. A total of 8 different opportunities, including a sports camp and a STEM camp, are being offered for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.   Click the title for the full article. 
TV Show To Profile Job Seekers With Disabilities
A new television series chronicling the experiences of people with autism and other special needs as they search for meaningful employment is set to debut.   Please click the title read the entire article. 
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity April 2019 Newsletter
Please click on the title to read the whole Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity April 2019. 
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. 
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. 
Upcoming Events
View text-based website