Parent Resources

In Ohio, Whose IDEA Is This? A Parent's Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) serves as the procedural safeguards notice in accordance with and as required by 34 Code of Federal Regulations Part 300.504.

The district or community school must give parents of a child with a disability a copy of Whose IDEA Is This? once a year, and at each of the following times:

  • Upon initial referral or parental request for evaluation;
  • Upon receipt of the first state complaint in a school year;
  • Upon the receipt of a filing of a due process complaint in a school year;
  • Upon a change in placement because of disciplinary action; and
  • Upon request by a parent.

A school district or community school may place a current copy on its website. However, website posting shall not be the sole method of providing the procedural safeguards notice. The school district or community school must still provide a printed copy of the procedural safeguards notice.

Please note that the Memorandum to Amend Whose IDEA Is This? must now be distributed anytime Whose IDEA Is This? is provided to parents until notice of a revised parent procedural safeguards notice is made available for dissemination.

Please note that Ohio’s procedural safeguards notice, Whose IDEA Is This?, was updated with technical changes on April 2, 2012. A summary of the changes made can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact the Office for Exceptional Children, Specialized Services and Procedural Safeguards section at (614) 466-2650 or (877) 644-6338.

Whose IDEA Is This? Translations

To assist districts with meeting the requirement of providing the procedural safeguards notice to parents in their native language (3301-51-05 (H)(3)), ODE translated this document into the top 11 foreign languages in Ohio (Albanian, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese). The translations are available below.

Whose IDEA Is This? Accessible Format

Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, compact disc) by contacting the Center for Instructional Supports and Accessible Materials (CISAM) at the Ohio State School for the Blind.


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