Educational services include state and county initiatives (shown in the right column) as well as resources where families can learn more about advocacy and tools to help children learn.
Alternate Education Providers
Connecting for Kids maintains a list of alternate education providers in our Service Provider Directory for families with children who struggle in the traditional public education environment. To show alternative schools that accept students with attention issues, visit the Service Provider Directory page, click Anxiety under the Concern heading and click Alternative School under the Program/Service heading.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
National support center for state-level parent dissemination centers (the state level organization for Ohio is OCECD - see right column). While different states have different special education policies, this site has great resources from a high level, including webinars and news.parentcenterhub.org
Free mobile application, developed by the Syracuse University School of Education containing strategies, a compilation of approaches that parents can pursue as advocates and resources. Available for iOS and Android.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Parent’s Guide to IDEA
This online guide (via the NCLD's Understood portal) covers important topics under IDEA in easy-to-understand question/narrative format, from requesting an evaluation to handling discipline and disputes.
Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504
This NCLD Parent Advocacy Brief (via the NCLD's Understood portal) will help you understand the changes brought about by the ADAAA, how they apply to Section 504 and how these changes may impact children with learning and attention issues.
WorryWiseKids Educational Rights and Accommodations Articles
Brief article explains how anxiety can be classified under IDEA and the process for requesting an evaluation for a child with anxiety. Additional resources on this site include sample accommodations and what schools can do.
Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Note: The Westlake Porter Public Library’s special-needs section also keeps a print copy of “Wrightslaw.” To check availability, search for “Wrightslaw” in the library's online catalog.
Online educational games for grades K-5 that reinforce many skills such as sight words, spelling, math facts, money and typing.
Provides thousands of free social skills, fine motor, academic and behavioral regulation activities along with guidance, songs and games, communication cards, academic materials and transition guides for employment and life skills.
Two scholarships (The Autism Scholarship and the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship) are available through the state of Ohio which allow students to waive public education and use state reimbursement to cover education and supportive services. For more information see the Scholarships section in our Funding Therapy Guide.
A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education
Prepared by the Ohio Department of Education, this guide can help families understand their rights and their child’s rights according to IDEA and the Ohio Operating Standards. It also gives families information and resources to help understand their child’s special education supports and services.
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)
This state-level program offers programs to help parents become informed and effective representatives for their children in all educational settings. One-to-one support available.