Special Education

Special Education

Improving Results for Children with Disabilities

Four children smiling SST8 is committed to helping districts increase their capacity for improving the functional and academic achievement of all students, including students with disabilities. We offer a variety of special education-related professional development and technical assistance services for district personnel, with particular emphasis in the areas of Alternate Assessment, Assistive Technology, Autism, IDEA/Compliance Monitoring, Inclusive Teaching Practices, and Postsecondary Transition. Additionally, we welcome questions from parents of students with disabilities on these and related topics. Please contact the SST8 consultant(s) at the bottom of each of the Special Education webpages for additional information.

Online Toolkit of ODE Resources for ETR, IEP and Transition

The Office of Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education has created an online repository of tools and resources to support LEAs' implementation of IDEA (2004) and Ohio's Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities. This toolkit contains many of the checklists, rubrics, and SmartSheets used in past SST8 and ODE trainings to guide teams in the development of compliant and high-quality special education documents.

Check out the new ETR/IEP/Transition LiveBinder and be sure to save it as a "Favorite" or "Bookmark" in your web browser.

Operating Standards

The revised Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies Serving Children with Disabilities, which are Ohio Administrative Code Rules 3301-51-01 to 09, 11 and 21, became effective on July 1, 2014. Additional updates will be posted to the ODE and SST-8 websites as they become available.

The Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies Serving Children with Disabilities identify the state requirements and federal Part B Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requirements that apply to the implementation of special education and related services to students with disabilities by school districts, county boards of developmental disabilities and other educational agencies.

Questions about Parents' Rights in IDEA?

A new special education procedural safeguards notice, A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education, is now available for district and parent use in English and 11 foreign language translations. This publication replaces the earlier procedural safeguards notice, Whose IDEA Is This?  As of August 1, 2017, districts may no longer use the Whose IDEA publication.
 
Individuals with disabilities can obtain a accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, compact disc) version of A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education by contacting The Center for Sensory Disabilities.
 

For more information, please contact

Kathryn Vuchak
Kathryn Vuchak
Educational Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511272
Helen Brophy
Helen Brophy
Educational/Transition Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511268
Sarah Jackson
Sarah Jackson
Early Learning/School Readiness Coordinator
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511254
Jenine Sansosti
Jenine Sansosti
SST-8 Director
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511242
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