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Ohio Coalition for the Education
of Children with Disabilities

Giving a voice
to parents and children
dealing with life's challenges

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Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities works with parents to help them obtain the assistance they need. If you need one-to-one assistance, call (800) 374-2806 ext. 20 or email


  • Multicultural Special Education, Health and Resource Fair - Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Thank you to everyone who made the Fair a hugh success! Watch for plans for next year because they are already in the works thanks to Marbella Caceres and crew!


  • Register Now - Transition Conference - Oct 7th

    "Who Cares About Kelsey?" is coming back to Ohio!! OCECD and State Support Teams 4 & 5 are cosponsoring "Who Cares About Kelsey? “How to Achieve Positive Outcomes Using PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) at Your School”

    October 7, 2014
    9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
    Quail Hollow Resort ( Ballroom)
    11080 Concord-Hambden Road
    Painesville, Ohio 44077 (Lake County)

    Click Here for Conference Flyer

    Click Here to Register by September 26th

    Parents and professionals are invited to attend this event that will help
    participants reconsider the “problem kids” in their own high schools and spark new conversations about an education revolution that’s about empowering– not overpowering –our most emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth.

    Kelsey Carroll has one goal – to graduate from high school – and plenty of reasons why she shouldn't. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, abuse, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn't earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs. 'Who Cares About Kelsey?' is the story of Kelsey's transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman.

    Certificates with contact hours will be available as well as
    Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Continuing Professional Development Units - 4 hours approved
    and Step Up To Quality Units 5 hours approved and will be available
    . Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Units are pending approval.

    There is a $10 conference fee.

  • OCECD's 12th Annual Partnering for Progress Conference - November 6, 2014

    “You Can’t Fight the Frontal Lobe!... What ALL Adult Brains Should Know About All Children Brains”
    Jo Mascorro, M. Ed.

    Register here

    Jo Mascorro, M. Ed., author of “Don’t Look Now, Your Behavior is Showing!” is an outstanding national speaker with 30 years of experience in education. She provides training in behavior intervention, communication strategies, and programming for students with disabilities.

    She will be presenting: “You Can’t Fight the Frontal Lobe!... What ALL Adult Brains Should Know About All Children Brains” About anticipation, expectations, individual brain, ownership and accountability.

    November 6, 2014
    9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
    Crowne Plaza North Columbus
    Columbus, Ohio

    Step Up To Quality units have been approved for 5 hours
    Ohio Department Of Developmental Disabilities and
    Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Units– pending approval

  • OCECD Updated Analysis of Ohio’s Special Education Weighted Funding Formula May 2014

    This Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) 2014 special education funding and policy analysis is the third update to our original
    2001 report, Special Education Finance in Ohio: Analysis and Recommendations. This initial report served as the basis for Ohio’s current six-weight, cost-based, special education funding system, which provides educational services for Ohio’s nearly 220,000 students with disabilities. It’s a system that continues to garner solid support from state policy makers and education stakeholders, including OCECD. Click Here for the report

  • OCECD Resources Now Available to Download Here

    Fact Sheet 2-2014

    Outreach Brochure 7-2014

    Fill in Publication Order Form 9-2014

    Training Descriptions 3-2014

    Training Descriptions Spanish 3-2014

    Building Communication Thru Letter Writing 11-2012

    Building Communication Thru Letter Writing Spanish 10-2011

    Parents' Rights in the Special Education Process 8-2014

    Understanding Special Education Process Spanish

    Call 800-374-2806 if you have any questions or need additional resources on other topics or in a different language.

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  • Disability Definitions

    OCECD's list of definitions of services under IDEA 2004 and Section 504.