OCECD participates in web conferences with PACER Center and partners from two other states. We participate in on-line space for sharing information and resources, determining service gaps. Individual assistance is provided to those seeking information including families, families from diverse communities, professionals, and youth in regard to transition and/or related services. Workshops on transition or employment are presented to students on transition for employment and independent living in the community. OCECD has presented “workshop without walls” presentations to culturally and linguistically diverse individuals in Ohio.
Ohio Department of Health
OCECD began working with the Ohio Department of Health through the Joint Commission on Infant Hearing, an early detection and intervention program. OCECD contacts families of newly diagnosed newborns and infants who are diagnosed as hearing impaired, in order to connect them with enrollment into PART C Early Intervention Services. This not only lets families know that there are services and supports available to them to address their needs and those of their child, but that there will be someone who will be able to guide them through the process of obtaining support and locating resources.
Development Grant (SPDG)
The goal of the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program’s (OSEP) funding program is to assist state education agencies and their partners to reform early intervention, educational, and transitional service systems to improve results for students with disabilities. To achieve this goal, states receive funds from OSEP through State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG), which may be used to improve systems of professional development, technical assistance, and/or dissemination of knowledge about best practices across districts. The Ohio Department of Education (the Department), Office for Exceptional Children’s SPDG is aligned with Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement to improve early language and literacy outcomes for all students, including those with disabilities, English learners, and other at-risk learners. SPDG activities will provide systemic supports to increase and extend evidence-based early language and literacy instruction. Ohio’s SPDG also aims to increase partnerships with institutions of higher education, professional associations, family organizations, and others. Collectively, these efforts will build capacity at the regional, district, and building levels to support language and literacy learning for all students. The Department is contracting with the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) to increase access to resources for families of students with reading difficulties.