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The State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (SAPEC) is accepting applications for membership through Oct. 31, 2014 for the 2015-2016 school year. The panel is seeking members to represent the categories of parents of children with disabilities and individuals with disabilities from southern and northwestern Ohio.

For the application and additional information on the panel, visit the SAPEC webpage.

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.

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.


Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.


Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.


Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.


Please contact the Ohio Department of Education’s legal office at (614) 466-4705 if you have questions.

The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.

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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
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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