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Ohio Department of Education Updates

• The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, recently issued a Dyslexia Guidance Letter to states and school districts. The letter reminds all that the use of terms such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia are appropriate when supported by a child’s comprehensive evaluation. Dyslexia Guidance Letter 10/23/2015

•The purpose of the Ohio Guidelines for Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is to provide decision-makers and families with a set of guidelines and information regarding services to meet the educational needs of students who are blind or visually impaired. The document highlights recommended standards and guidelines found in high- quality programming.

The Ohio Guidelines for Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is now available online. For questions, contact the Center for Instructional Supports and Accessible Materials (CISAM) (614) 644-8465 or pmauro@cisamoh.org

• Secondary Transition Training for Professionals That Serve Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Opportunity for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and Ohio’s Community Centers for the Deaf (CCDs) are partnering to improve transition outcomes for students 14-19 years old who are deaf and hard of hearing. The “Plan for After High School” (PAH) Program will use the MapIt Program to assist participants in creating student-driven transition plans. The MapIt system is an online, interactive transition program designed specifically for students who are hearing impaired. MapIt Mentors will provide additional support.

Not only are students being recruited for this project, but training is being offered for teachers, aides, interpreters, and other staff who serve these students. Send your staff for a FREE 2 day training November 18 and 19 at the OOD Training Center in Columbus to learn how to incorporate the MapIt curriculum into hearing impaired students’ transition planning.

  • Staff training registration is due November 6.
  • Student applications are due on November 20.For further information about the PAH Program and/or to register for the staff training, please contact Katie Scheetz, OOD Program Specialist at (513) 314-7650, Videophone: (513) 785- 0775 or Katie.Scheetz@ood.ohio.gov.

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