August 23, 2019

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
State Support Team Region 5 consultants provide families opportunities to build their capacity to navigate through the education process and state/federal special education initiatives, laws, and regulations. Highlights of our services are the following:

  • Personal development events for families
  • Information on state and federal laws and regulations which govern the provision of special education services
  • Information related to timely transition from early intervention services (Help Me Grow) to preschool special education by a child's third birthday
  • Post secondary transition planning for children with disabilities with regard to education, employment, and life beyond high school
  • Training for surrogate parents to advocate for children in individual education program (IEP) meetings

Please view the Events Calendar for upcoming events for parents.




Frequently Asked Questions Resource for Surrogate Parents of Children with Disabilities
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that children with disabilities who do not have parents to advocate for them in the special education process be given a surrogate parent to make decisions about special education issues. This FAQ describes the process for determining when a child with a disability needs a surrogate parent and the surrogate's responsibilities. Visit Surrogate Parent Resource.

A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education
To help parents understand their rights and their child’s rights according to federal and state standards, the Ohio Department of Education provides A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education. The informative document also gives parents information and resources to help them understand their child’s special education supports and services. Your local school district also can help you understand your rights under the law. If you have questions about the information in the guide, please contact the director of special education for your district. View Guide to Parent Rights..

Hearing and Vision
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Children's Hearing and Vision program is a program of early detection, diagnosis and treatment of children with hearing and vision problems. Besides providing school screening standards, the program conducts a statewide survey of hearing and vision screening programs and provides training for people who do screenings.
The information and links are designed to be a resource for parents, districts and programs. The agencies listed provide helpful information for families and educators of children identified with vision or hearing impairments. The resource directory specifies the screening requirements and guidelines for school based preschool and K-12 schools. Children who do not pass school hearing and vision screenings should be referred for follow-up care.

The resources may also be accessed at the following links:

ODH Children’s Hearing and Vision Program

ODH Hearing Resources

ODH Vision Resources