Special Education News

Ohio Department of Education Topic News


Universal Special Education Forms Project

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children is currently exploring the feasibility of creating a universal system for electronic special education forms in Ohio. The universal system would be designed so that appropriate staff members in districts would have immediate availability of special education records for students transferring in to their districts, while also minimizing the burden of sharing documents to receiving districts when students transfer out. The first phase of this initiative is to determine the cost effectiveness, risks, technical constraints and needs both at the district and state levels related to implementation of a universal special education forms solution.  


Report Confirms Investment in Early Childhood is Important in Student Success

Report confirms investment in early childhood is important in student success




New calculator helps districts determine workload of service providers for special education services

A district’s responsibility is to make sure that children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education.


Serving Students with Disabilities in Community Corrections Facilities and Juvenile Detention Centers

Both federal and state laws require that every student with a disability receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). 


Annual Census of Deafblindness in Ohio

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 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.

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