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Employment First will host Project STIR: Training for Job Seekers and Families. Steps Towards Independence Responsibility (STIRTM) Training is by and for people with disabilities.

Read more: Training for Job Seekers and Families

The Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program (OHAAP) provides assistance to families with children under twenty-one years of age with permanent hearing impairments to purchase hearing aids.

Read more: Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program

The Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies launched the Ohio Child Care Finder Website on October 1, 2014.  Using the website,, families can find child care locations close to them.

Read more: Ohio Child Care Finder Website

Terri McDonald 2014 Franklin B Walter award winnerThe 2014 Franklin B Walter Outstanding Educator Award Recipient from the SST Region 6 area is Terri MacDonald.

Many teachers begin their careers hoping to change the lives of each student they have the opportunity to work with and Terri has done that. Terri has been employed by the Madison Champaign Educational Service Center for 8 years as the teacher of their adult transition program. Terri has developed an instructional program that successfully incorporates functional, social and academic instruction into the work setting. By incorporating speech and occupational therapy into the work setting, as well as providing job coaching and opportunities for direction instruction and reflection, Terri’s students graduate from the adult transition program with skills that allow them to successfully work in the community. Terri works tirelessly to help students develop self-advocacy skills, understand the many responsibilities of adult life and collaborate with local agencies to ensure that students graduate with the skills and supports needed to live independently in the community.

The lives of every student enrolled in the MCESC’s adult transition program are better because Terri MacDonald has been in their life. Perhaps the best way to describe Terri is with the following quote: “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Terri is a champion for her students and through her every day work, helps them reach goals they may never have thought possible.

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What Is a Parent Mentor?

What is a Parent Mentor? A Parent Mentor is a parent of a child with a disability and is a support network to school districts and parents of children with disabilities. A Parent Mentor can provide information and resources to families including education laws, district programs and services, and community resources. Reasons you might call a Parent Mentor:

  • I am worried about my child moving from one school to the next.
  • I feel alone and wish I could talk to another parent who understands my concerns
  • I have many questions about my child’s education but forgot to ask about them at the school meetings.
  • I am worried about my child’s progress and don’t know what to do.
  • I feel like nobody is listing to my concerns about my child.
  • I would like to have someone attend and support me at IEP and/or other meetings at school

Margaret Burley, Executive Director Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
Address:165 W. Center St., Suite 302, Marion, OH 43302
Phone:1-800-374-2806, Ext. 10
Web Site:

Contact for Parents

For information and questions about the identification and evaluation of students with disabilities, individualized education programs (IEPs), student discipline,educational placement, and related services contact:

Parent and Family Support
Gloria Wright


Allen County

Linda Kayser, Parent Mentor

Allen County Educational Service Center,
1920 Slabtown Road, Lima, Ohio 45801

(419) 222-1836 x 114

School Districts Served:

  • Bath Local
  • Bluffton Exempted Village
  • Delphos City
  • Elida Local
  • Lima City
  • Perry Local
  • Shawnee Local
  • Spencerville Local
  • Apollo Joint Vocational School District
  • Allen County Board of MRDD
  • Marimor School
  • Allen East Local

Champaign County

Jacqueline Howley, Parent Mentor

Madison-Champaign County ESC,
1512 S. U.S. HWY 68, Suite J-100, Urbana, OH 43078


School Districts Served:

  • Graham Local
  • West liberty-Salem
  • Triad Local
  • Mechanicsburg Exempted
  • Urbana City
  • Madison-Champaign ESC

Mercer County

Carol Meyer, Parent Mentor

Mercer County Educational Service Center,
441 East Market Street
Celina, OH  45822

419-586-6628 ext. 250

School Districts Served:

  • Celina City
  • Coldwater Exempted Village
  • Fort Recovery Local
  • Marion Local
  • Parkway Local
  • St. Henry Consolidated Local