Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) is primarily funded through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) at the Ohio Department of Education provides funding to OCALI to build state- and system-wide capacity to improve outcomes for children with disabilities including individuals with autism and low-incidence disabilities through leadership, training and professional development, technical assistance, collaboration and technology.

The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) serves families, educators and professionals working with infants, preschool and school-age children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and low-incidence disabilities – including hearing impairments, visual impairments, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments and other health impairments.
OCALI develops and delivers high quality professional development and technical assistance to educators and parents through the State Support Teams (SST) and the Ohio Coalition on the Education for Children with Disabilities (http://www.ocecd.org/).

Services and Information Available from OCALI

Lending Library - a free lending library that includes books, DVDs and assistive technology devices.
Assistive Technology Lending Library – this service will help educators and other professionals "test drive" an assessment before purchasing or adopting it for their respective district or organization.  It provides a credentialed assessment team with the opportunity to examine and use various assessment tools for evaluation and educational identification of preschool and school-age youth with or suspected of having a disability. Assessment tools are available for a three-week loan.

Autism Internet Modules – a series of free online modules that present comprehensive information for those working and living with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) – presented in a format that supports the unique learning needs of adults.

Assistive Technology Internet Modules – from the latest trends to the basic foundations of assistive technology practice, the Assistive Technology Internet Modules provide educators, other professionals, families, persons with disabilities and others a convenient platform to gain the assistive technology information they need. The modules cover a wide range of topics, are conveniently available anytime and are in an easy to understand format. Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to showcase how assistive technology can dramatically improve the education and quality of life for people with disabilities.

Services and Supports Database – the OCALI Services and Supports Database includes providers who serve individuals with disabilities in Ohio. The database is not a complete listing of all service providers in Ohio. Service providers are encouraged to submit their information to OCALI so they can be included in the database.

OCALI Conference - an annual conference and exposition is the nation's premier event in autism, assistive technology and low-incidence disabilities.

Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders – an overview of the world of ASD developed by Ohio parents of individuals with ASD who have a broad range of experience with interventions, resources and services.

Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD – general information, tools and resources, activities and interventions and more to support comprehensive transition planning that leads to successful post-secondary outcomes.

Autism Service Guidelines - Ohio's Service Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder through the Lifespan are now available in a downloadable format. This document revises and expands the scope of the 2001 Guidelines to encompass the lifespan. The work was completed in collaboration with the Autism Society of Ohio (ASO) with funding from the ODE OEC.

Additional information, products and services can be found on the OCALI website www.ocali.org.

Last Modified: 4/30/2013 8:56:00 AM