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40th Annual Report to Congress Posted on Website

Now you can download the 40th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2018 from the website. The report includes national and state-level exhibits about infants and toddlers, children, and students with disabilities served under IDEA Part C and Part B. The most recent data the report presents represent the reporting periods associated with fall 2016 or school year 2015-16. Where the report presents trend data for certain exhibits, the oldest data are associated with fall 2007 or 2006-07. In addition, the report presents summaries of (Click on Title to Read Entire Article)

Public Comment Period Remains Open for the Transportation of Children with Disabilities Rule

Ohio Department of the Education is requesting public comment on proposed changes to the 2019 Transportation of Children with Disabilities rule and the Summary of Requirements for the transportation rule documents posted here.  Public comments, on both the rule itself as well as the proposed changes, will be accepted by the department through Tuesday, February 19, 2019, via email to

Please use this forum to ask questions or to express feedback that align directly to the language in the 2019 draft rule. A short presentation explaining the proposed changes is available here on the department’s website.
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 - February 12, 2019 thru May 14, 2019
*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
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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