March 09, 2018 - Special Education Updates


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Ohio's IDEA Part B Application Available for Public Review

All states making application for funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to publicize their application packet for those federal funds. These funds support provision of special education services to children ages 3 to 21 in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children has developed their draft application packet for this fiscal year and by this notice is making the application available for review on the Department’s website here.

OSPA Conference

Celebrating 75 Years of School Psychology in Ohio: Past, Present, and Future, will be held April 18-20 at the Columbus/Polaris Hilton Hotel and features NASP President John Kelly, Ph.D. and William Pfohl, Psy.D. April 19 presentations focus on Integrating Social and Emotional Learning Within Multi-tiered Systems of Support; and April 20 focuses on Recognizing and Helping Students who have Experienced Crisis and Trauma. Early registration prices are good through March 19. Please peruse the website or conference brochure and contact the OSPA Office if you have any questions.

The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) and the University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center are Offering - Intervener Basics: An Introduction to Intervener Services

This is a one-day, free training using the Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Modules created by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). It will include excerpts from several modules with discussions and hand-on learning experiences.

For:  Parents, educators, paraprofessionals, OT, PT, SLP
Date:  April 18, 2018
Time:  10:00-3:00 p.m.
Location:  Ohio School for the Deaf, 500 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43214
Registration Deadline:  April 9, 2018

Contact Kathy Richards ( to register.  

March 02, 2018 - Five Year Forecast Stakeholder meeting

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Dear Community School Treasurers and Sponsors,

The Ohio Department of Education will host a Community School Five Year Forecast Stakeholder meeting for school treasurers and sponsors on Friday, March 9, 2018.

To help us better understand the stakeholders’ perspective the Department invites you to attend this meeting to share your comments and suggestions.  The meeting will be an opportunity for community school treasurers and sponsors to provide feedback to the Department on the current forecast template and its review criteria.

To register, please log into the STARS system through your SAFE account and register for this meeting by searching for “OCS”. If you do not have a SAFE account you can sign up for one here:

The meeting will be held at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front Street; Columbus, Ohio 43215. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10 am until 12 noon.

Registration is limited to 40 attendees. You must provide identification to allow for check in at the security desk in the lobby. Please note that no backpacks are permitted in the building. We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the event to allow the meeting to begin on time.

Should you have any questions please contact Deneice Cooper at or by phone at 614-387-2244

Thank you,

Colleen D. Grady
Executive Director, Office of School Options
Ohio Department of Education 

May 2017

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