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A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course, but it is ideally designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12-18 — teachers, coaches, leaders of faith communities, social workers, and other caring citizens.
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SIBS Looking Forward: Transition Retreat is a weekend where individuals with disabilities (ages 17-22) and their siblings (ages 15-25) can explore transition topics and enjoy time together. The retreat will be held this year at YMCA Camp Wilson in Bellefontaine, Ohio on April 4-6, 2014. Participants have the opportunity to learn about the transition process, get to know their sibling better, and develop self-awareness and confidence about the future. Siblings pairs are asked to donate $50/each to help offset the cost of the weekend, but any additional donation would be appreciated. We hope you will be able to join us for this fun and informative weekend! For more information and to register please contact Nichele Lyndes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Trainings for Parents

Triumph Through the Challenges of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Who should attend:

 Parents, foster and adoptive parents, guardians, respite care supports, and relatives raising or interacting with children with a diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This proven curriculum examines characteristics of FASD, strategies for addressing a child’s inappropriate behavior, coping skills for parents, and much more.

Fall Classes: Thursdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 2014

Winter Classes:  Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 12, 19, 2015

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Double ARC: 3837 Secor Road, Toledo, Ohio 43623 Corner of Secor & Monroe, Toledo, Ohio

Fee:  $150.00  per participant, includes workbook

How to register:  Check class choice (Fall or Winter), then complete form below and return it with your check made payable to:  Double ARC, 3837 Secor Road, Toledo, Ohio 43623

TRIUMPH FLYER  2014-2015

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.

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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:

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