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Ohio Coalition for the Education
of Children with Disabilities

About Us

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, and agencies who provide services to them. OCECD works through the coalition efforts of over 40 parent and professional disability organizations which comprise the Coalition. OCECD has also been funded since 1984 to serve as the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for the state of Ohio from the federal government, U.S. Dept of Education, Office for Special Education Programs.

Established in 1972 and staffed primarily by parents of children and adults with disabilities, persons with disabilities, and education professionals, the Coalition mission is to ensure that every Ohio child with special needs receives a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment to enable that child to reach his/her highest potential. Throughout Ohio, the Coalition’s services reach families of children and youth, birth through twenty-six, with all disabilities.

OCECD’s programs help parents become informed and effective representatives for their children in all educational settings. In addition, youth are assisted to advocate for themselves. Through knowledge about laws, resources, rights and responsibilities, families are better able to work with agencies to ensure that appropriate services are received for the benefit of their sons and daughters. Below (after the Public Policy Priorities) are links to OCECD's Executive Committee, Governing Board Member Organizations, Constitution, Bylaws, Regional Map, Annual and Financial Reports, policies and other pertinent information.

Public Policy Priorities, March 2012

Below are the 10 Topics that are Addressed in the Policy Paper

  1. Educational Growth Assessment
  2. Early Education
  3. Teacher Evaluation
  4. Regular Education
  5. Special Education and Juvenile Justice
  6. Special Education Legislation
  7. Special Education Teacher Recruitment and Training
  8. Redesign Project and Policy Priorities
  9. School Funding Reform
  10. Best Practices and Innovation

Read the Policy Paper: OCECD Policy Priorities March 2012

More about OCECD

OCECD Executive Committee List

OCECD Governing Board Member Organization List

OCECD Constitution


OCECD Regional Map

OCECD 2013 Annual Report

OCECD 2012 Income and Expense Report

OCECD Privacy Policy

OCECD's 2012 990 Report may be seen at

Ohio Special Education Profile 2013: This report was developed and disseminated with OCECD discretionary funds. No federal funds were used.

OCECD's Special Education Redesign Project identifies special education system design problems and related reforms that can improve educational outcomes. Fiscal Year 2014-2015 state budget related policy redesign recommendations are outlined in a report. Download the report: OCECD FY 2014-2015 Special Education System Improvement Recommendations, December 2012

Parent and Professional Member Organizations
that Comprise the OCECD Governing Board

Serving or Representing a Regional Area of the State:

Achievement Centers for Children

Allen County Educational Service Center (ESC)

Brown County Educational Service Center

Central Ohio Branch of International Dyslexia Association

Central Ohio Chapter Autism Society

Central Ohio Region Parent Mentors go to button on right Parent Mentors of Ohio

Clermont County Educational Service Center

Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio

Learning Disabilities Association of Northeast Ohio (LDA)

Logan County Educational Service Center

Mercer County Educational Service Center

Montgomery County Educational Service Center

North Central Ohio Educational Service Center

North Central Ohio Region Parent Mentors go to button on right Parent Mentors of Ohio

Northeast Ohio Parent Mentors go to button on right Parent Mentors of Ohio

Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center

Northwest Ohio Support, Training and Research Support Group (N.W.OH.S.T.A.R.S.)
No Website

North Point Educational Service Center

Ohio Protection & Advocacy Association
No Website

Ohio Valley Educational Service Center

Perry-Hocking Educational Service Center

Putnam County Educational Service Center

Region 2 State Support Team (SST)

Speech & Hearing Committee of Northern Ohio
No Website

State Support Team Region 1 (SST)

Summit County Educational Service Center

Warren County Educational Service Center

Western Buckeye Educational Service Center

Serving or Representing the State of Ohio:

Association for Education & Rehabilitation of Blind & Visually Impaired of Ohio (AERO)

Autism Society of Ohio

Brain Injury Association of Ohio

Council for Exceptional Children – Ohio

Ohio Association for Career & Technical Education Special Needs (Ohio ACTE Special Needs)

Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB)

Ohio Association Pupil Services Administrators (OAPSA)

Ohio Association of Supervisors and Coordinators for Exceptional Students (OASCES)

Ohio Council of Administrators of Special Education (OCASE)
No Website

Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA)

Ohio Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (OFCEC)
No Website

Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA)

Ohio School Psychologists Association (OSPA)

Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA)

Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC)