A district’s responsibility is to make sure that children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education.
Both federal and state laws require that every student with a disability receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
The Ohio Department of Education is partnering with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to increase the availability of vocational rehabilitation services for students with disabilities beginning at age 14.
The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) is conducting an annual count of children and youth (birth through age 21) with combined hearing-vision loss (deafblindness) or at-risk for deafblindness within the State of Ohio. The results of the count (or census) is used by the federal government of generate funding for each state. OCDBE is Ohio’s federally-funded technical assistance and dissemination project serving children with combined hearing-vision loss, their families, and the district and agency personnel who support them on a statewide basis. To register a child for the online census, to provide an update for a child already registered, or to report no deafblind children in the district, please visit the OCDBE website at http://www.ohiodeafblind.org/. Click on the census tab at the top of the page to complete the census by Feb. 29th. Please review this flyer for additional information. If you have questions or are in need of assistance contact Thomas Lather, Low Incidence Program Administrator, at (614) 785-1163 x 103.
On November 17th, the US Department of Education issued guidance on access to a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities. The guidance clarifies that students with disabilities should not only have access to a free appropriate public education, but also they should have individualized education programs (IEPs) that are aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled. This will help to ensure that all students receive high-quality instruction that prepares them for success in college and careers.