The Ohio Department of Education is conducting an Intensive Awareness Campaign in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Ohio Revised Code, and the State Board of Education’s Rules for the Education of Handicapped Children. Each public school district and the Ohio Department of Education are trying to identify children with disabilities, birth through 21, who may be in need of special education services.
For children birth to three, a disability means an established condition known to result in delay or a documented development delay. For children ages three through five, a disability means that a child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following developmental areas: communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social emotional/behavioral functioning, self-help skills, and/or cognitive skills. For school-age students, a disability means that a student has been identified as having one or more of the following conditions: autism, deaf-blindness, hearing impairment including deafness, mental retardation (CD), multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance (ED), specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury and/or visual impairment including blindness.
The Scioto County Local Schools and Portsmouth City Schools offer Evaluation for all children with suspected disabilities, birth through age 21, and Education for all children with disabilities ages three through 21 years.
Once the school district is notified about a child who is suspected of having a disability: the child’s parent(s) are contacted and informed of their rights, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Ohio Revised Code, and the State Board of Education’s Rules for the Education of Handicapped Children. Arrangements are made to evaluate the child in cooperation with the parent(s)
If you know a child who is suspected of having a disability, contact your local school district listed below for assistance:
- Green Local, Amanda Sherman, 740-354-9150
- Northwest Local, Melissa Shannon, 740-259-2250
- Washington-Nile Local, Wilma Erwin, 740-858-3951
- New Boston Local, Jennifer Scherer, 740-456-4375
- Clay Local, Steve Williams, 740-354-6644
- Bloom-Vernon Local, Cathy McCoy, 740-778-2320
- Valley Local, Lisa Hartley, 740-259-6609
- Wheelersburg Local, Aimee Hall, 740-574-8130
- Minford Local, Carrie Kyne, 740-820-2287
- Portsmouth City, Charles Kemp, 740-354-1849
- Southern Ohio Academy, Patricia Ciraso, 740-259-6843
Source: South Central Ohio Educational Service Center