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Organizations: SCHOOL SERVICES

This list identifies local and national organizations that provide resources and support for students with challenges in school as well as diagnosis-specific organizations (for example, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), learning disabilities and cognitive disabilities).

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For featured resources, including our "top four" organizations as recommended by local experts in the field, see the School Services Resource Guide.

The Arc of Greater Cleveland & The Arc of Ohio
Nonprofit with both local and state-level offices that can assist families and individuals with problems in educational, residential and vocational systems.

The Arc of Greater Cleveland
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The Arc of Ohio

Center for Parent Information and Resources
National support center for state-level parent dissemination centers. This site offers resources from a high level, including webinars, highlights from state centers and news.

Disability Rights Ohio (DRO)
DRO provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues.

The Mentoring 4 Reading Achievement Program (M4RA)
M4RA is a coming together of parents, schools and volunteers to support the reading achievement of Ohio’s students reading below grade level. M4RA is an outgrowth of the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD). The intent of this collaboration between M4RA & OCECD is to engage families in the reading achievement of their students by providing 1:1 reading mentoring for students needing supplemental reading intervention.

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)
State-level organization with the mission of ensuring 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.
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Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The Department’s tasks include administering the school funding system, collecting school fiscal and performance data, developing academic standards and model curricula, administering the state achievement tests, issuing district and school report cards, administering Ohio’s voucher programs, providing professional development, and licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel.

Ohio Early Intervention (EI)
Ohio EI is a statewide system that provides coordinated early intervention services to parents of eligible children under the age of three with developmental delays or disabilities. Families who wish to enroll in the EI program may call 1-800-755-4769 or complete an online referral.

Autism Speaks - Northeast Ohio
Offers online resource guides, advocacy and IEP support for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
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The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland
Offers advocacy and IEP support for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
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Milestones Autism Resources
Local nonprofit that offers consultations, training and resources to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Families can take advantage of consultations to help with IEP goals, educational challenges and transition planning.
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National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
National organization with the mission of improving the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. The NCLD hosts the Understood portal, which contains many articles and resources on special education and provides information on special education law and advocacy on their main website.

NOBIDA: Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Local branch of the International Dyslexia Association that offers advocacy and IEP support, connection to local dyslexia service providers and seminars/conferences.
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The Up Side of Downs
Local nonprofit, providing education and family support to individuals with Down syndrome. Resources include an online IEP toolkit and The Learning Program classes.
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