The Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) has rescheduled the regional meeting hosted by State Support Team (SST) Region 6 to gather public feedback on the draft Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies Serving Children with Disabilities.
Date: March 27, 2013
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1045 Dearbaugh Ave., Suite 1, Wapakoneta, OH 45895
The draft Operating Standards are posted on the ODE website and can be found using the keyword search “Revision of the Operating Standards for Students with Disabilities”.
Ohio Occupational Therapy Transition Outcome (OTTO) Study - Invitation to Participate
The Ohio Occupational Therapy Transition Outcome (OTTO) Study is recruiting additional Occupational Therapists (OTs) to become involved in Cohort II of this research study. Cohort II OTs will participate in this research study from spring 2013 to spring 2015.
The purpose of the study is to test the effectiveness of OT transition services for students with mild disabilities, 14-16 years of age over two academic years.
If you have questions about joining the study, contact:
• Doris Pierce, email@example.com
• Cathy Csanyi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to participate for Cohort II: May 10, 2013 Occupational therapists offer a unique role in transition services by providing occupation-based evaluation and intervention. This form of therapy uses functional, real-life tasks and task analysis to help students develop functional living skills. Moreover, occupational therapists participate in achieving transition outcomes that involve the student in planning and use relevant school and community environments. OTs may develop and provide prevocational programs, facilitate functional living skill development, modify environments and educate parents and other staff. (Spencer, Emery, Schneck 2003)
Non-ODE Items of Interest
SAVE THE DATE - Opportunities to Improve Postsecondary Transition for Youth with Disabilities What: David Test and Catherine Fowler, National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center(NSTTAC) When: 9 am to 3 pm each session
• Monday April 29: NORTHEAST: Kent State University Student Center
• Wednesday May 1: NORTHWEST: SST Region 1 Office, Toledo
• Tuesday May 21: S0UTHWEST: Miami Valley Regional Center, Dayton
• Wednesday May 22: SOUTHEAST: ESC of Athens-Meigs Counties, Chauncey
Free Sponsored by the Ohio Secondary Transition Improvement Grant, A federally funded project: administered by the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission. The Ohio Department Of Education is a collaborative partner on the grant.
NSTTAC staff is recognized as national experts in the field of secondary transition for students with disabilities. NSTTAC conducted the research that identified Evidence Based Practices and Predictors of Postsecondary success for Transition Youth. David Test and Catherine Fowler from NSTTAC will be the primary trainers.
Intended Outcome: Adult Rehabilitation professionals (VR, DD) and educators (Intervention Specialists, Transition Coordinators) will strategize on ways to work collaboratively to improve postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities.
• Removing Barriers to Interagency Collaboration
• Coordinating services in the IEP and IPE
• Implementing Evidence Based Practices
• How VR can Contribute to IEP development
• How Educators can analyze assessment information in vocation terms
• Work Together as District/Region Teams to Formulate Plans for Collaboration
Registration Information Coming Soon!Questions? Contact Mike Kinney at 614-438-1724 or at Michael.Kinney@rsc.ohio.gov or Karen Kriss at 330-643-3080 or at Karen.Kriss@rsc.ohio.gov
Ohio Amblyope Registry
Amblyopia (am-blē-ˈō-pē-ə) sometimes referred to as "lazy eye" is the loss of one eye's ability to see details. It is the most common cause of vision problems in children. Amblyopia occurs when the nerve pathway from one eye to the brain does not develop during childhood. When this is present, the abnormal eye sends a blurred image or the wrong image to the brain. This confuses the brain, and the brain may learn to ignore the image from the weaker eye. Amblyopia is a treatable condition. The most common treatment of amblyopia is patching the strong eye. Patching forces the brain to recognize the image from the amblyopic eye and correct itself.
The Ohio Amblyope Registry (OAR) is the first and only state wide registry for children and families with amblyopia. We provide free treatment supplies (eye patches), educational information and support to any child (under the age of 18) and their family in the state of Ohio diagnosed with amblyopia. Once a child is diagnosed with amblyopia, a registration form is completed and registers them with the OAR. Upon registration, the child receives 53 adhesive eye patches, a report card to follow the progress of patching, incentive charts and patching posters along with educational information for the caregiver. When the child needs additional patches, the caregiver can call the office or visit the website to request additional patches. Every child, regardless of household income, can receive up to 1,500 free patches during their patching treatment.
For additional information on the Ohio Amblyope Registry visit www.ohioamblyoperegistry.com or call 877-808-2422. You can also visit the Facebook page for helpful tips and parent testimonials.