Resources for Families and Professionals
Ohio’s Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders
This manual provides an overview of the world of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It was developed by Ohio parents of individuals with ASD who have a broad range of experience with interventions, resources, and services. The group’s work began with the question: What do you wish you had known the first year your child was diagnosed?
http://www.ocali.org/ - Click on “Resources”
Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Program
The Autism Scholarship Program (ASP) gives the parents of children with autism who qualify the choice to send the child to a special education program other than the one operated by the school district of residence to receive the services outlined in the child’s individualized education program (IEP). http://www.autismohio.org – click on “Information, Autism Scholarship Program”
Service Guidelines for Individuals with ASD - Birth through 21
These guidelines offer basic concepts in providing supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (ASD/PDD). The information and recommended strategies and modifications were compiled by committees and agreed upon by the “Task Force to Develop Guidelines for Educating Individuals with ASD/PDD Ages Birth to 21.” The guidelines are intended to serve as a tool that can be used to help families, educators, medical professionals, care providers and other service providers make informed decisions about children and young adults with ASD/PDD. They can be viewed as a map to the development of independence for the individual with ASD/PDD at the highest level possible in all life areas. The Guidelines are not a required standard of practice for the education of these individuals in Ohio. Visit http://www.autismohio.org and click on “Resources, Parent Resources”
Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD
The OCALI Transition Task Force identified the need for a comprehensive product that provides guidance and resources for parents and professionals during the process of transition to adulthood for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The resulting document developed with their support, Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, aligns with the requirements of IDEIA 2004 and reflects best practices in transition planning for individuals with ASD. Visit http://www.ocali.org and click on “Transition” under Topics on the left side of the page.
OCALI Lending Library
The OCALI Lending Library offers books, videotapes, DVDs, and other media on autism spectrum disorders and low-incidence disabilities. We also have an extensive collection of assistive technology that can be used for evaluation. The library is available to educators and parents throughout Ohio. And it’s all FREE! Visit: http://forms.ocali.org/
Whose IDEA is This?
This manual provides an overview of your student’s rights under Ohio Law. It boils down language of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) to main points that will help you be an effective partner in your child’s education. This guide has been prepared by the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children (ODE/OEC).
http://www.edresourcesohio.org - Click on Whose IDEA is This?
IEP and ETR Forms
ODE/OEC has again reviewed and updated the annotations for the IEP and ETR forms. The latest updates are noted in bold and underlined in the annotations dated October 2009 and posted at http://www.edresourcesohio.org under Required Forms.