EDS 632 Project

Hot Topics in Special Education: Legal Issues Update

LOCATION: Kettering Fairmont High School – Recital Hall

Presenter(s): Laura Anthony, Melissa Bondy & Sue Yount, Bricker & Eckler, LLP

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Target audience: Superintendents, Principals, Special Education Directors and Supervisors, Psychologists, Special education staff and Parent Mentors

Follow-up time: Consultation and technical assistance as needed

Description: Topics include OCR/504, recent case law, IEP/ETR, discipline, model policies, special education practice pointers and question and answer.

IEP Process for Parents and Professionals

Presenter(s): Patricia Gay, Sue Nelson and Dena Shepard, Region 10 Consultants

Dates: Monday, February 8 & Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (1 hour lunch on your own)

Target audience: Special Education Directors, Supervisors, Teachers and Parents

Follow-up time: Consultation and technical assistance as needed

Description: What does it mean to align the IEP to content standards? What is functional performance? How do intervention specialists and general education teachers’ work together to develop an IEP? What is the role of family members in IEP development? Are there new requirements for IEP? Come learn the answers to these questions and more. Participants are asked to bring an actual student IEP (with personally identifiable information removed) with them.

Early Learning Special Education Program

This half-day, center-based Early Learning program provides trans-disciplinary services to preschoolers with disabilities in public school buildings and childcare centers. 

The program is designed to provide child-centered, enriched learning activities that are age appropriate and aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Content Standards. Classrooms are divided into interest centers such as art, dramatic play, block building, manipulatives, sensory and language. Materials and activities at each interest center are individualized for the children. Busy and quiet activities alternate and time is set aside for the children to meet as a group with the teacher for planned activities.

Students with disabilities benefit from small group instruction in a supportive environment that includes interacting with typically-developing preschool peer models.

Early Learning programs at the ESC are supported by a team of highly qualified and licensed/certified professionals, which may include a teacher, paraprofessional, occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist, physical therapist and adapted physical education teacher as deemed appropriate by an IEP team.

Itinerant preschool special education services are also available to assist children in their home, preschool or childcare setting. Staff work collaboratively with district personnel and families to support transition planning and develop and implement Individualized Education Program goals designed to meet the unique needs of preschoolers with a disability.

Services are provided in the child’s natural setting by a certified early childhood intervention specialist at a minimum of four hours per month.

Contact Information:
Rhonda Dickson
Assistant Superintendent

Lynn Brannon