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.


"Disability”  While the word “disorder” is a medical term, the word “disability” is a legal term that appears in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These federal laws protect the rights of students with disabilities. In order to receive special education services under the IDEA, a student must be a “child with a disability.” The IDEA defines “disability” in a particular way. It requires that the child have a condition that falls within one of thirteen specific categories and that because of that condition the child needs special education and related services. Similarly, Section 504, which allows for accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities, has its own definition of disability—”a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.” So even if a physician says your child has a “disorder,” a school may tell you that the diagnosis does not by itself establish a “disability” under federal law. 

ADHD SECTION 504  resource guide for serving children with ADHD under Section 504
ADHD Play Attention is the world’s indisputable #1 learning system to improve attention, behavior, and cognitive function for ADHD children and adults.  To avoid any confusion about anything else out
ADHD  David Rabiner, PhD, researcher at Duke University. Pleased to let you know that through my relationship with Attention Point, a health technology company, parents can now access convenient, secure, and comprehensive ADHD treatment monitoring for their child at no cost for a full year. You can learn more about this service - which you will implement in cooperation with your child's health care provider - at  
ADHD  Does your child melt down, act up, or outright refuse to comply? Here, experts show you how to discipline your defiant child before you reach the boiling point.
CDC report states : ADHD evaluations driven mainly by parents, not educators
ADHD  Music therapy : best 8 songs for ADHD minds   

ADHD  Attention Research Update: ADD Resources from a national non-profit organization that helps people with ADD/ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities. This site from Duke University provides a free, monthly e-mail newsletter that helps parents, professionals, and educators stay informed about important new research on ADHD. Parents, Health Professionals and Educators can subscribe.

ADHD  ADHD 101  practical advice and real-life stories for children and adults new to attention deficit disorder.
Common Challenges for College Students & How to Overcome TheM
AUTISM *Note: the Ohio Coalition does not endorse any products or services for fee included in these attachments.*    Also listed under Family Resources.
 Students with Autism
Guide to Helping Kids with Autism Sleep Better  
 Autism Resource Center     Creating an Autism Friendly Home  
Autism Support Network Resources  
 Moving with Kids with Autism  
 30 Ways to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month    
Traveling with Kids with Autism        
AUTISM resources for Ohio parents of children with Autism
How to support s pupil with Asperger's Syndrome.  Published in UK. Products listed in article not in U.S.
robots4autism  program is a comprehensive intervention program that uses evidence-based practices through a social, humanoid, facially expressive robot, Milo. Note: The Ohio Coalition does not endorse the use or purchase of this product.
AUTISM CAST Ohio State offers specialized primary care services through CAST for teens and adults who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other complex disabilities.  
AUTISM DIGITAL RESOURCES Included information on assistive technology, digital teaching aids, technology in treatment, etc.
*Note: the OHio Coalition does not endorse any for fee services or products listed on this website.*
Ohio State CAST program provides primary care for teens and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders or other complex disabilities
AUTISM  OCALI  Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI): OCALI is charged with providing information, technical assistance, training and support to Ohio educators and to parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and traumatic brain injury. They have an assistive technology lending library. 
AUTISM online parent training improves parenting skills for parents of children with autism  
AUTISM  Cure Autism Now (CAN): An organization of parents, clinicians and scientists committed to promoting biomedical research in autism, they are one of the largest providers of support for autism research and resources in the country. 
AUTISM  The Autism Research Institute (ARI): Devoted to conducting and disseminating research on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood. 
AUTISM  Life Journey Through Autism Series: A series of books to provide information and resources for education professionals and parents of children with autism. 
AUTISM--SAFETY  Autism Risk and Safety Newsletter: This website has a compilation of the some of the best past newsletter articles available in English and Spanish.
AUTISM SAFETY  Keepiing your child with autism safe
AUTISM--SAFETY- Keeping your child with autism safe--practical tips for parents
kitchen safety for children with autism 

AUTISM  Autism Society of America (ASA): A leading voice and resource of the Autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. ASA is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

AUTISM  Autism Society of Ohio Chapters: This is a list of Autism Society of Ohio Chapters in Ohio.

 Challenging behaviors took kit 
 100 day kit for newly diagnosed families of school age children
 100 day kit for newly diagnosed families of young children 
  School community tool kit
 Transition tool kit 
 contains visual supports for behavior and emotions. 

AUTISM provides these iPad app suggestions that are great for children with autism:

?      MathBoard ?      AutisMate ?      Proloquo2Go ?      Choiceworks ?      Pictello ?      My Playhome

?      Kid in Story ?      Word SLaPps ?      Balloonimals ?      Endless Alphabet


BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT/ FBA How to find a Board Certified Behavior Analysist in Ohio. Searchable by zip code. 

 BEHAVIOR  Review 360 - Behavior Matters: Provides information, resources, and software solutions for educators and family members to help children with behavioral issues. This website includes a monthly newsletter that you can sign up to receive through email or read the articles on the Review 360 website's blog. 

BIPOLAR DISORDER  Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens: A Parent's Guide: This booklet is a guide for parents who think their child may have symptoms of bipolar disorder, or parents whose child has been diagnosed. Published by the National Institute on Mental Health, it is available in PDF format on the web and can be requested in hard copy.  

BLIND See Visually Impaired
CEREBRAL PALSY  The United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc. (UCP): UCP strives to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society. Its website provides a variety of resources for families of children with multiple disabilities. 
CEREBRAL PALSY Entertainment guide for families of children with special needs. Website, also includes information about children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Lists vacation and daytrip locations in the United States for families of children with special needs. 
CEREBRAL PALSY We provide vital guidance and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.

CEREBRAL PALSY  Cerebral Palsy Children Happy: Children with cerebral palsy are no less happy than others, showing no negative effect on relationships, moods or welfare, according to a study of 500 children with cerebral palsy published in The Lancet, a British publication. 

CEREBRAL PALSY   Understanding Cerebral Palsy--a helpful guide to life with CP.   Call for free information 1-800-791-5435
web based comprehensive resource on cerebral palsy, including financial assistance resources

DEAF-BLIND  National Center on Deaf-Blindness
DEAFBLIND  Ohio Center for Deaf-Blind Education provides services in Ohio for individuals birth through 21 yeasrs with deafblindness, including free collaborative technical assistance to families, educational personnel and service providers through training and information dissemination

DEAF-  listing of resources based on specific needs and situations. From help adapting to life with low or no vision, to financial assistance for the vision-impaired, these resources can provide assistance and helpful insights for easier daily living and a higher quality of life.  

DEAFBLIND  Register a child on the Ohio Deafblind census

 Ohio Center for Deafblind education OCDBE --who we are

DOWN SYNDROME  Down Syndrome Awareness Bracelet Available: A new bracelet is now available through Kelly's Jewelry in conjunction with Up Side of Downs in Mentor Ohio. Kelly's Jewelry designs bracelets for use in spreading awareness and gaining public consciousness for Down syndrome. Each bracelet is made of the finest materials, using only sterling and bali silver, with Swarovski crystals and pearls. It comes packaged with an information card explaining the organization's mission.
DOWN SYNDROME COLLEGE The mission of the O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund is to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome – 18 and older – who are continuing to enrich their lives by taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs. Read more and download the application here:
DOWN SYNDROME  Clothing Line   


Downs Designs Dreams--a special clothing line for individuals with disabilities  440-954-1675 - Cell  877-390-4851 - Office  


DYSLEXIA resource provides information on identifying and helping students with Dyslexia using their reading program

DYSLEXIA OHIO Decoding Dyslexia OH is a grassroots movement driven by parents concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia. 
Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc. provides tutoring at no charge to children from early elementary through high school who have been diagnosed as dyslexic. Children are eligible regardless of economic status. The positive impact of early intervention on the lives of these children and their families is enormous and inspires our commitment to this program. 
DYXLEXIA  includes resources for parents and teachers
DYSLEXIA   Dyslexia--what you are seeing [lists of symptoms by grade level]
DYSLEXIA  Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity | Site provides information about research on dyslexia, and is as well a leading source of advocacy and information to better the lives of people with dyslexia.

DYSLEXIA International Dyslexia Association or IDA Central Ohio's main goal is to educate the public about dyslexia and to promote effective teaching methods by disseminating information to public school administrators, teachers and parents regarding the implementation of research-based reading instruction.

The IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.   
DYSLEXIA  Nessy Philosophy
Nessy aims to rebuild self confidence, rediscover self esteem and establish a love of learning. Nessy believes that when children laugh then learning becomes more memorable. Where children play games the increased level of engagement leads to dramatic improvements. Combine this philosophy with a highly structured, incremental system based on well established Orton-Gillingham principles of learning and you can see the reason why academic results show such dramatic gains.
DYSLEXIA  Guide to overcoming dyslexia--a comprehensive resource guide for teachers and students

FAS National Organization on Fetal Alchohol Syndrome
HEALTH ISSUES AT SCHOOL [CHRONIC] The following guide looks at the most common chronic conditions and provides tips on balancing health and happiness from both an expert and a student with insider knowledge on what it takes to succeed.
HEARING IMPAIRED revised education service guidelines for deaf or hard of hearing 2018
HEARING IMPAIRED [Ohio] Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness  Accessing Early Intervention and school-aged services and supports
HEARING IMPAIRED National Association of the Deaf  The NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in USA. 
HEARING IMPAIRED  Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART): With CART, everything that is said is "captioned" live for deaf and hard of hearing clients. In fact, it can be thought of as captioning for non-broadcast settings, such as classrooms, churches, meetings, and conferences. 

HEARING IMPAIRED  Keepsake Theme Quilts: This is a non-profit organization that employs deaf and hard of hearing adults. The organization designs and create t-shirt quilts for our customers that are not only a keepsake, but functional and beautiful as well. 

HEARING IMPAIRED COLLEGE RESOURCE  Today’s wide range of tools, devices, and systems can help students who are deaf or hard of hearing thrive in an educational setting. This guide focuses on those resources, tech tools and expert tips that students of all ages can use achieve academic success.

HEARING IMPAIRED  Deaf Ohio Resources:, compiles a wealth of local resources gathered by combining information from the Community Centers for the Deaf (CCDs) around Ohio.  Resources on advocacy organizations, communication methods, Deaf culture, education, health, technology, and other relevant areas are all in a searchable Excel document
LEARNING DISABILITIES  National Center for Learning Disabilities

LEARNING DISABILITIES The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has released this report in 2014 on the status of children and adults with learning disabilities (LD) in America. The comprehensive report shatters common myths about LD and provides benchmark data to compare and contrast how people with LD are faring in school and work

MENTAL HEALTH  NAMI Ohio: The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio (NAMI Ohio) is a grassroots organization advocating for mental health issues. NAMI Ohio has an outstanding history of affecting public policy and legislation regarding care and resources for persons with serious mental illness. NAMI Ohio members testify before the General Assembly, educate business and education leaders, and sit on state planning and advisory committees, Community Mental Health Boards, and various task forces. NAMI Ohio's network of 55 local affiliates plays an active role providing support, education, and advocacy on a local level.

MENTAL HEALTH  An Employer's Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health: In 2008, the National Business Group on Health convened the Advisory Council on Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health to develop recommendations for the comprehensive delivery of employer-sponsored child and adolescent mental health benefits. The Advisory Council identified employer-based strategies to help reduce caregiver burden as well as common barriers to care that should be addressed. This document includes recommendations that focus on employer-based strategies for health plans, Employee Assistance Programs and workplace policies. Specifically, these recommendations can help improve employee health and productivity; improve the health status of the future workforce; reduce unnecessary healthcare expenditures; and reduce the use of Family Medical Leave (FMLA).

MENTAL HEALTH Parents and Teachers As Allies: This is a link to order this NAMI publication providing guidance for recognizing early onset mental illness in children and adolescents

MENTAL HEALTH Strength of Us: An online community sponsored by NAMI where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25.

MENTAL HEALTH Mental health resources at the Hub. There are many, many organizations and groups that deal with mental health. This resource page will help you find the one or ones that offer the type of assistance, intervention, or information you're seeking. You can also connect with information about mental health services in schools and where to find mental health services in the community. in English and Spanish. This federal website is an excellent source of information and connection on mental health issues and concerns. The webpages and resources are available in English and Spanish, and are organized into sections such as eating disorders, mental health experts and resources, help for young people, and an ongoing conversation about mental health that you can join.
OTHER HEALTH IMPAIRMENT [OHI]…meanshaving limited strength, vitality, or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment, that—

(a) is due to chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, sickle cell anemia, and Tourette syndrome; and

(b) adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

Importance of reading fluency for success in school and college

READING  Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.

SENSORY PROCESSING Managing sensory processing at home

VISUALLY IMPAIRED  AFB American Foundation for the Blind  Resources for Adults new to vision loss

VISUALLY IMPAIRED is legal blindness--a resources guide [legally blind]

VISUALLY IMPAIRED Low Vision Internet Gateway

VISUALLY IMPAIRED [Ohio] Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness  Accessing early intervention and school-aged services and supports 
Ohio guidelines for working with students who are blind or visually impaired 2015

VISUALLY IMPAIRED National Federation of the Blind Natalie Shaheen, Director of Education, Jernigan Institute -  [email protected] NFB STEM2U is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.NFB in partnership with museums and science centers, will facilitate three regional science, technology, engineering and math STEM programs.  Each program will serve 20 blind elementary school students (the appentices).  All students will engage in hands-on, inquiry-based STEM learning at some of the country's largest museums and science centers.  Apprentices (the older students) will also have the chance to develop and refine their leadership and mentoring skills as they give back through their work with the juniors (the youngest students) throughout the program.  Blind and low-vision students who are looking for more opportunities to learn about STEM, should apply to attend

VISUALLY  IMPAIRED  NFB STEM2U.  Application deadline: Juniors: Sept 13, 2015; Apprentices; August 18, 2015; Teachers: Sept 13, 2015.  You don't need to live by the program site to apply.  The locations and dates are:  Baltimore, MD; Oct 2-4, 2015;  Phoenix, AR; Nov 5-7, 2015; San Francisco, CA; March 3-5, 2016; Minneapolis, MN; May 19-21, 2016.  
VISUALLY IMPAIRED  National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI): NAPVI is a non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to providing support to the parents of children who have visual impairments.  

VISUALLY IMPAIRED American Foundation for the Blind (AFB): AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED   Helping students with visual impairments : resources, tools and technology

VISUALLY IMPAIRED  Vision and Hearing Resources:, primarily contains Internet links and other information on general resources, advocacy groups, media and communications access, hearing aid assistance, learning resources and other information useful for deafness, blindness and deaf/blind community members. This is a Word document accessible to screen reader users.
VISUALLY IMPAIRED My manipulatives are used in many parts of the US and Canada, including assistive technology centers and deaf and blind schools. 
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VISUALLY IMPAIRED SLEEP  Sleep tips for those that are blind or visually impaired.  NOTE: OCECD does not endorse any products listed on this webiste.
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