Special Education News

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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.


Ohio’s Accessibility Manual now available

Ohio’s Accessibility Manual is a comprehensive policy document providing information about the accessibility features of Ohio’s State Tests for grades 3-8 and high school in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. 

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