Serving school districts in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion,

Medina, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties in Ohio

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Mansfield, Ohio 44906

Telephone: 419.747.4808

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The Ohio Amblyope Registry is the first and only statewide program in the United States designed to serve the needs of children with amblyopia,

commonly known as lazy eye, their families and eye doctors. It is a voluntary registration program to increase knowledge about amblyopia, its

treatment and prevention. The Ohio Amblyope Registry provides free eye patches for the treatment of amblyopia, free literature about amblyopia and causes, as well as other important services to help families of children with amblyopia. All services provided by the registry are free of charge and restricted to Ohio residents.

The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists.

The active membership of more than 12,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders. Review the Academy’s accomplishments and ongoing innovations.

In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted, which prohibits discrimination against persons because of their

disabilities. The ADA serves as a "comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities." (42 U.S.C. 12101(b)(1)) The ADA targets three major areas:


  * Title I addresses discrimination by employers

  * Title II addresses discrimination by governmental entities

  * Title III addresses discrimination in public accommodations operated by private entities


This resource guide on the assistive technology (AT) decision-­making process was created to assist Ohio school districts in understanding their

obligation to provide needed AT devices and services to students with disabilities. General information on the school district’s responsibility to consider the AT needs of all students who are receiving special education services and on the legal implications for districts is provided.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 145,000 members and affiliates

who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

The Arc of Ohio is a statewide membership association made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends, interested

citizens and professionals in the disability field. Together with our individual members and local chapters, we represent more than 330,000 Ohioans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Autism Society of Ohio is dedicated to improving the lieves of all affected by autism in Ohio through information and referral, family support,

advocacy, professional development, raising awareness and resource development.  The Autism Society of Ohio is the voice for autism in Ohio,

advocating for individuals with autism, their families and those who work with them in Ohio by working with all of the different state agencies and the General Assembly to improve and increase services.

The Autism Source™ Resource Database, created in 2004, is the most comprehensive database of its kind. The Autism Society strives to

offer only credible and reliable resources to our constituents, therefore we have employed our nationwide network of affiliates and collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. It is because of these collaborative relationships that the Autism SourceTM Resource Database continues to grow and is kept current with comprehensive resource listings.

CETE introduces a forward-looking vision, a larger staff, and an expanded commitment to research and development through the 2013

merger of The Ohio State University's Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE), Center for Special Needs Populations (CSNP), and Center for Learning

Excellence (CLEX).  The merger of these three College of Education and Human Ecology research centers sets the stage for expanded services in Education, workforce, and community development.

The Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH) is a health care program in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).  BCMH links families of

children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.


U.S. Government web sites for parents and educators.

A useful handout on hearing conservation.

Battelle for Kids is a national, not-for-profit organization that provides strategic counsel and innovative solutions for complex educational-improvement


The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed

to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities.

GroundWork is a non-partisan advocacy initiative working to advance quality early learning and development as th emost transformative

strategy to improve school outcomes, increase the life-long success of Ohio's children, and lay a strong foundation for economic

prosperity in our state.

InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® - the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care

becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, participating optometrists provide a

comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service. Click here to learn more and locate a

doctor in your area who can provide the free infant assessment.

The Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) is a unified grants application and verification system that consists of two parts:  

the Planning Tool and the Funding Application.  The Planning Tool contains the goals, strategies, action steps and district goal amounts for all grants in the CCIP.  The Funding Application contains the budget, budget details, nonpublic services and other related pages.

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional

development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of

Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of

English language learners (ELLs).

IData-Driven Decisions for Academic Achievement (D3A2) is an Ohio Department of Education initiative that provides a systematic approach for

Ohio educators to access data and aligned resources. Users are able to identify and access resources to meet specific needs from different systems that communicate using common standards, for example, Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) to ensure consistent data standards and the Ohio Standard Identifier Code (OSIC) to show alignment to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards.

The Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodation for Instruction and Assessment of Students with

Disabilities presents a five-step process for Individualized Educational Program (IEP) teams, 504 plan committees, general and special education

teachers, administrators, and district level assessment staff to use in the selection, administration, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the use

of instructional and assessment accommodations by students with disabilities. A companion Professional Development Guide has been developed to support the use of this manual. The guidance in the manual pertains to students with disabilities who participate in large-scale assessments and the instruction they receive.

The Council for Exceptional Children is an international community of professionals who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education.  

CEC's mission is to improve, through excellence and advocacy, the education and quality of life for children and youth with exceptionalities and to

enhance engagement of their families.


This Web site contains information about living college life with a disability.  It's designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a heard start in planning for college.

DMOZ is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a passionate, global community of

volunteers editors. It was historically known as the Open Directory Project (ODP).

Relating to the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP), the Decision Framework (DF) is a needs-assessment tool that uses essential questions

that can only be answered with student achievement data, perceptual data, and other forms of data at the state and local level.


Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) provides diagnostic reports to district and school staff regarding the effectiveness of the

school experience. EVAAS tools provide a precise measurement of student progress over time and a diagnosis of opportunities for growth that help to identify which students are at risk for under-achievement.

We have over 25 years of state and federal grant appoication and funding experience.  Please use the "Contact ecQ-net" link to submit

your name, email address, phone number, and how we can best support your grant proposal.

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to

better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research

designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates

information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

The Lau Resource Center at the Ohio Department of Education makes sure that students in Ohio with limited English proficiency receive the same

education opportunities as their English-speaking peers.

Intervention Central provides teachers, schools and districts with free resources to help struggling learners and implement Response to Intervention and attain

the Common Core State Standards. Spread the word about IC!

In-depth & timely education & healthcare information that will make a difference in the lives of parents & children.

The Center on Response to Intervention at the American Insitutes of Research (AIR)  continues the work of the National Center on

Response to Intervention (NCRTI), which AIR ran from 2007-2012 with a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs.

When the Center’s federal funding ended in 2012, AIR took over upkeep and maintenance of the Center’s website and products and continues to provide support for states, districts, and schools implementing RTI. 

The National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) is a national voluntary coalition of more than 40 organizations and

advocacy groups representing special education, general education, career and technical education, youth development, multicultural perspectives, and parents.

NAEYC Position Statements state the Association's position on issues related to early childhood education practice, policy, and/or professional

development for which there are controversial or critical opinions.  Position statements are developed through a consensus-building approach.

Agencies that provide health care services and referrals to the local/county/city communities.

LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning

disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s

writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Organization that aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale including sight conservation programs.

In Ohio, most individuals who have Medicaid must join a managed care plan to receive their benefits. Managed care plans are companies

that work with Ohio to provide all the health care services you can get with an Ohio Medicaid card. These plans work with doctors, hospitals,

and medical specialists who will give you the care you need.

The state of Ohio uses the Local Report Card to report district and school building data, as mandated by The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

(NCLB). The state and local report cards show the progress of districts and schools using a series of measures, which include State Indicators, Performance Index, Adequate Yearly Progress, and Value-Added reporting.

Medicaid provides health care coverage to certain individuals with limited income.  In Ohio, a person is entitled to free or low-cost Medicaid health

care coverage if they meet specific income and eligibility requirements.

The Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA) is a non–profit member association serving Ohio's eight local child care resource

and referral agencies (CCR&Rs). These CCR&Rs are regional hubs providing professional development, technical assistance, and parent services

to Ohio's 12 service delivery areas (SDAs). OCCRRA's centralized staff provides statewide coordination of professional development services for

early care learning and afterschool programs and professionals.

Ohio AEYC is the premier membership organization & voice of early care & education professionals in Ohio.

The national Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is working with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and

care for young children with disabiliteis in settings with their typically developing peers.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood

education for all young children. Such education enhances their physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life.

NLTS2 is intended to provide a national picture of the experiences and achievements of students in special education during high school and as they

transition from high school to adult life.

Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical

education, and community colleges.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth

through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence

disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries.

The purpose of NSTTAC is to provide technical assistance (TA) and disseminate information on (a) implementing and scaling up

evidence-based practices leading to improved academic and functional achievement for students with disabilities, preparing them

for college or other postsecondary education and training and the workforce; (b) implementing policies, procedures, and practices

to facilitate and increase participation of students with disabilities in programs and initiatives designed to ensure college- and career-readiness; and (c) achieving  100% compliance with IDEA, Part B Indicator 13 (I-13). 

O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and


The Office for Exceptional Children provides leadership, assistance and oversight to school districts and other entities that provide differentiated

instruction for students with disabilities and gifted students.

The goal of the Ohio Hearing Conservation Program is to increase awareness of preventable hearing loss among school-aged children and

to provide information on hearing conservation programs for school personnel who are developing local programs.

Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) is a partnership of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s

children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families.  OFCF's vision is for every child and family

to thrive and succeed within healthy communities.

Hearing and Vision Screening programs provide technical assistance to those communities seeking access to hearing and vision care.  Staff

can be contacted to work with local health officials to develop sustainable models of care and link families to care within their communities.

As a professional organization, we are dedicated to advocacy, training and providing support which enhances and fosters growth of our individual

members, member agencies, partners and others who impact the lives of children and families.

Ohio is committed to the implementation of a unified state system of support directly focused on improving the academic achievement of all

students. Ohio’s statewide system of support includes State Support Teams and Educational Service Center personnel who use a connected set of tools to improve instructional practice and student performance on a continuing basis.

Our vision is to be the premier school which meets the needs of Ohio's Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students and their families.

This Web site serves as a starting point for tools that can help in understanding Ohio’s statewide assessments for the Ohio Achievement

Assessments (OAA) and for the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT).

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality

employment and independence. We are also charged with making determinations on Social Security disability.

The Office for Exceptional Children has contracted with Kent State University's Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment (CITE) to collect,

manage, and analyze the results of surveys that study students with disabilities and their progress after graduation.

The Registry is a centralized information system for early childhood and afterschool professionals. Individuals track their professional growth and

development and are recognized for their experience, education, credentials and training.

The goal of is to put tax dollar expenditures and other monies used or spent by our federal, state and/or city governments before your eyes and in your hands.

The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single

resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental

Disorder/ Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).

Welcome to Special Education Guide, a special education community where parents and professionals share information and offer support. Please submit your articles and links. 

A listing of audiological services by county.

OCECD's programs help parents become informed and effective representatives for their children in all educational settings.  In addition, youth are assisted to advocate for themselves.  Through knowledge about laws, resources, rights and responsibilities, families are better able to work with agencies to ensure that appropriate services are received for the benefit of their sons and daughters.

A program provided by Prevent Blindness Ohio that provides comprehensive eye care (eye exam, glasses and aftercare) for medically indigent children

and adults.

Reading Rockets offers a wealth of readin gstrategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.

Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension


A program, funded by the Ohio Department of Health Save Our Sight Fund, which provides qualified children a free pair of prescription sports goggles.



This framework was designed to help schools develop effective and lasting relationships with families to support their children’s learning. It

provides districts and schools with guidance for developing family engagement plans within their existing continuous improvement plans, which address the varied needs of Ohio’s families and their children and youth.

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers,

children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, and agencies who provide services to them. OCECD works through the coalition efforts of over 40 parent and

professional disability organizations which comprise the Coalition. OCECD has also been funded since 1984 to serve as the Parent Training and Information

Center (PTI) for the state of Ohio from the federal government, U.S. Dept of Education, Office for Special Education Programs.

The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school

districts and charter schools. The department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and childcare programs, and private schools.

The Registry is a centralized information system for early childhood and afterschool professionals. Individuals track their professional growth and

development and are recognized for their experience, education, credentials and training.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Children's Hearing and Vision program is a program of early detection, diagnosis and treatment of

children with hearing and vision problems. In addition to providing school-screening standards, the program conducts a statewide survey of

hearing and vision screening programs and provides training for people who do screenings.


The information and links are designed to be a resource for parents, districts and programs. The agencies listed provide helpful information for families and educators of children identified with vision or hearing impairments. This directory of resources specifies the screening requirements and guidelines for school-based preschool and K-12 schools. Children who do not pass school hearing and vision screenings should be referred for follow-up care.

ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for

people with disabilities.

The agencies listed provide helpful information for families and educators of children identified with vision or hearing impairments.

A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities. Find expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities,

as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation.

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus

donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and

advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

The Parents' Guide to Student Success (listed in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics that more than 45 states have adopted.

This website has a directory of finanacial aid opportunities for students with disabilities.  It countaines an expanded and updated list of finanacial aid resources and scholarship opportunities, without any extraneous information.  It includes easy-to-navigate scholarship listings for the following groups:  General Disability; Chronic Health conditions; Hearing Impairments; Intellectual Disabilities; Learning Disabilities; Mental Illness; and Physical Disabilities.

Every Moment Counts is a mental health promotion initiative developed to help all children and youth become mentally healthy in order to succeed in

school, at home and in the community. This work, developed by occupational therapists, focuses on reframing mental health as a positive state of

functioning – mental health is more than the absence of mental illness.1  Positive mental health is associated with feeling good emotionally and doing

well functionally in everyday life.2  For children and youth, this means doing well during academic (classroom) as well as nonacademic (recess, lunch,

afterschool extracurricular activities) times of the school day. A multi-tiered public health approach is used to provide a range of services and supports geared to meeting the mental health needs of children and youth with and without disabilities and/or mental health challenges.

This site has been designed to provide early childhood professionals with the latest resources and updates to promote school readiness for the children in Ohio.  Early childhood professionals are key to supporting young children in achieving their potential.

Ohio Department of Education link to the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness.  Documents, Reports and Resources.

This website was designed to be a library of vetted age-appropriate transition resources for educators working with transition-aged youth in Ohio schools. The assessments and other resources offer formal and informal assessments to support transition-aged youth as they work toward life experiences beyond high school.



The assessments are grouped under various topics, such as General and Comprehensive, Employment Readiness, College-Bound, Independent Living, Health and Medical Concerns, Classroom, Teacher and Program Self-Assessment Tools, Non-Assessment-Based Transition Resources, and Autism Transition Resources from the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence.

Project MORE, Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence, is a scientifically based reading research volunteer reading mentoring

project for students with disabilities, that has demonstrated statistically significant reading results since 1999.  Independent research findings consistently report students with specific learning disabilities make month for month reading level gains when they are 1:1 reading mentored four times/week for 30 minutes.  Project MORE is coordinated by the Putnam County Educational Service Center and funded by the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children.


Project MORE's Scientifically Based Reading Research is published in the 12/07 issue of Council for Exceptional Childrens Division on Developmental Disabilities "Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities Journal".

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.

Cerebral palsy is the most common type of physical disability in childhood.  It affects just over 2 children in 1,000 live births.  While a number of factors may contribute to Cerebral palsy, difficulties during very late pregnancy, during birth, or shortly after birth are all known as “birth injury” and are major cause of the disorder.   Our goal is to raise awareness globally for cerebral palsy and other birth injuries.

The Center for Instructional Supports and Accessible Materials (CISAM) is a statewide project serving students with print disabilities,

including students who are blind and visually impaired. CISAM’s mission is to provide free quality accessible educational materials,

professional development/learning opportunities, and technical assistance for Ohio's students with print disabilities including students with visual impairments and their families, educators, and collaborative partners.  (Click here for a Professional Development PDF)

The Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities was created by the college and careers experts at The

purpose of this guide is to provide disabled students with comprehensive information about how to pay for college as well as scholarships and other information that is

specifically helpful for students with disabilities.


This guide was built to accommodate the special needs of students with disabilities. The design, formatting and style were developed to be easily interpreted by students with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities. It was built to work with a broad range of assistive technologies.

"ASD Strategies in Action" gives families and service providers tools to ensure that they are equipped to effectively care for, support, educate, employ or work with individuals on the autism spectrum from early childhood to young adulthood.

OCDBE is a federally funded technical assistance and dissemination project designed to improve academic achievement and adult-transition

results for Ohio children who are deafblind (DB).  For more than 30 years, Ohio's DB project has worked with local districts and their schools,

state agency personnel responsible for IDEA Part B and Part C implementation, state and national parent and professional association

representatives, and a variety of other partners committed to improving results for all children.