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Required and Optional Forms

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Operating Standards for Ohio

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Whose IDEA is This?

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The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence , OCALI, has multiple resources to support the education of students with disabilities.

Go to the OCALI Webiste

Autism Modules

Assistive Technology Modules

Ohio’s Part B Federal Application for Federal Fiscal Year 2015 (FFY15) is available for review through May 12, 2015. ODE will accept public comments from April 1, 2015, through May 1, 2015. Comments may be submitted by email or by mail to:

Attn: Jo Hannah Ward
Office for Exceptional Children
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street, MS 409
Columbus, OH 43215

Situations may arise where parents or other family members believe a school has violated federal or state law. ODE encourages parents, family members and schools to work together to resolve differences. If those attempts are unsuccessful, the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, provides free facilitation and mediation to assist the parties in resolving their differences.

Several new resources have been developed to assist families and districts in understanding the dispute resolution processes available to them through the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children.

  • Facilitation Information Sheet - Facilitation takes place in a team meeting such as an individualized education program (IEP) team meeting, evaluation planning meeting or an evaluation team meeting. The facilitator is a neutral, third party who is not a member of the team and does not make any decision for the team. Having a facilitator assists the team in being productive and keeping the focus on the student. Facilitators are professional mediators who have been trained by the Office for Exceptional Children in special education processes.
  • Mediation Information Sheet - Mediation is a voluntary process for resolving disputes between two parties. For mediation to occur, both sides must agree to mediate. The mediation process is facilitated by a trained impartial third party, the mediator, who helps the parties communicate with each other about their concerns in an effort to reach a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Ohio’s Dispute Resolution Processes Information Chart – Outlines all the available dispute resolution processes available from the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children.

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, announces the release of Memorandum 2014-1 Documentation of English Language Arts Assessment Accommodations on IEP and 504 Plans. This memorandum references the recently released FAQ on read aloud accommodations for state assessments and the new IEP or 504 Plan Decision-Making Tool. The IEP or 504 Plan Decision-Making Tool is not a required form.  However the tool contains required guidelines and will assist teams in making data-based decisions about the use of read aloud accommodations for statewide testing by students with disabilities.

Memorandum 2014-1 Documentation of Assessment Accommodations on IEP and 504 Plans

Read Aloud Accommodations FAQ

IEP or 504 Plan Decision-Making Tool

Information about Highly Qualified Teacher guidelines for intervention specialists of students eligible for the alternate assessment in grades 7-12 has been recently posted to the Ohio Department of Education website at . This page includes a Frequently Asked Questions section.

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Special Education Contacts

For information and resources realted to special education contact:

Lead Special Education Consultant, Alternate Assessment
Amy Becher


Secondary Transition, Mild Needs Assistive Technology, Universal Design for Learning, Alternate Assessment
Bill Nellis


Alternate Assessment, Extended Standards, Low Incidence Disability Supports, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology
Caryn Timmerman