• Trainings, Workshops and Opportunities: 

    Save the Date: 2024 Transition Expo, Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9:00am-12:00pm at the Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Drive, Independence OH 44131.  What to expect at a Transition Expo?  You are able to meet exhibitors who focus on the postsecondary needs of your children as they prepare to exit school services. These exhibitors will focus on employment, recreation, technology and independence, housing, family support and more. I asked a Summit DD Rep about this fair last year and was told "There were some resources in the surrounding area. Summit DD and OOD, there was a representative from Kent State and a representative from the Solon Independent Living. There were even places in Portage County that were included". Flyer: Transition Expo 2024
    Understanding Effective IEP Goals: A virtual workshop for parents that will outline the key elements of well defined IEP goals, followed by hands-on examples and a Q&A. The 45 minute presentation is on November 17 at 12:00pm. The presenter is Dr. Piya Chaterjee, an Assistant Professor of Practice and Intervention Specialist, at the LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education, The University of Akron. She specializes in intervention program evaluations, and collaboration with community stakeholders in understanding student outcomes in culturally sensitive ways, mindful of diverse backgrounds while bringing data-driven ideas to action. The event flyer and registration link is here: Understanding Effective IEP Goals
    This event is hosted by a parent-facilitated Parent Advisory Group in Hudson, Ohio. Hudson City School's parents are invited to join the Parent Advisory Group IEP/504 here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/677002880842415/
    The Take Me Home Program is a law enforcement database to assist individuals with special needs who might have trouble communicating and may wander from home. Should an individual become lost or separated from caregivers, law enforcement personnel can search the database by inputting the individual’s name, phone number or physical characteristics in the hopes of learning their identity and thus reuniting them with their family or caregivers.
    Online fillable registration form can be accessed at: https://prosecutor.summitoh.net/programs/Take-Me-Home
    If your child is already enrolled in the Take Me Home program, please follow the same procedures and your child's picture and information will be updated in the database. Printable Flyer can be found here: Take Me Home Brochure

    The 2nd Annual Transition night at Kent Roosevelt High School is open to all IEP and 504 families ages 14-22. Come out and see one or all speakers or just stop by the fair tables. November 6, 5-7pm!  To view the speaker list and resources available click the flyer here: Kent Roosevelt Transition Night


    Archived Trainings/Events:  

    How to Teach Self-Regulation and Executive Function Skills for Independent Living
    Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
    Time: 1pm Eastern Standard Time
    Expert: Kristin Seymour, MSN, RN

    Academic demands, self-regulation challenges, and unreliable motivation can hamper success for students of all ages with ADHD. What can caregivers do to help? In this webinar, learn age-specific strategies to help kids and teens stay focused and motivated at home and at school; create daily routines that can help kids get and stay organized; improve sleep routines so children wake without a fight; and more.

    Register Now to Reserve Your Spot & Get the Replay Link »
    Pack your lunch and join us on Wednesday, January 18th at 12pm for a Lunch & Learn session on Understanding ADHD.  Participants will gain an understanding of the history of ADHD and some statistics on the prevalence of ADHD in the general population. Discussion about who is qualified to diagnose ADHD, how it affects children in school and life, and various techniques and accommodations to support children at home and at school will be presented by Martha Lausé, Information Specialist with the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD).
    This presentation is hosted by the Parent Mentors of Hudson, Nordonia and Twinsburg. Contact Hudson Parent Mentor Darlene LaFontaine with any questions at lafontad@hudson.k12.oh.us or 330-653-1296. Zoom link will be emailed to participants before the event. 

    "If I Knew Then, What I Know Now...". Each year Summit County Educational Service Center (ESC) and Summit County Development Disabilities Board (DD) host a Parent Training Academy.  This year's topics are "If I Knew Then, What I Know Now" and will feature families of former students sharing and answering questions on what would have been helpful to know in regard to support and services while their child was in Elementary School, Middle School, and High School (one session for each grade band). Here are the sessions with dates and times: High School Tuesday, January 24th 6:30p-8:00pm, Middle School Tuesday, February 7th 6:30p-8:00pm., Elementary School Tuesday, February 21st 7:00p-8:00pm.  Please register to receive the virtual webinar link through this flyer: If I Knew Then

    The next SST8 Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) meeting this year is coming up on Wed. 11/9/22, 9:00 - 11:15 am at the ESC, 420 Washington Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Topic: Mental Health Services In Your County.  Here is the link again to the meetings this year: PAC meeting calendar 22 23 Please register here: https://www.sst8.org/protected/EventRegistration.aspx?rCode=40GUI

    Transition Talk with Parents and Portage DD: Join us, via ZOOM, on Tuesday September 20 for an informal discussion about your teen's transition journey and what happens after graduation. Meet other parents, DD staff, community members, and former students to help support you through the transition process.  This month we will be talking about resources beyond the classroom walls that will help you design a productive school year. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 6:00 PM. To register please contact Laura Fechter - LauraF@portagedd.org  Flyer: DD Transition Talks Flyer

    Conquering Dyslexia, Family and Caregivers Book Study: State Support Team Region 6 is offering a book study on Conquering Dyslexia, specifically for families and caregivers of children with reading difficulties. Caregivers will learn instructional approaches that work best for their children who have this disorder, and the most current information for parents so they can advocate for their children and communicate with educators effectively. More information about how to sign up for the book study can be found in this linked flyer. Don't delay, as the registration window closes 9/16/2022! SST6 will provide the book for registered participants. 

    Parent Access Collaborative- PAC Calendar for 2022-23 meetings. Please join State Support Team - Region 8's for their annual PAC meetings where information is shared, free workshops, and speakers provided on various disability-related topics for parents, school districts, and agencies throughout the Summit, Portage, and Medina counties. All PAC meetings are free and held at the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Summit County, 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls. See the calendar, visit them on FaceBook at SST8 Parent Access Collaborative, or email Marianne Lesko for information at pac@sst8.org.  Calendar: PAC 2022 23 Calendar 

    Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is offering free one on one reading mentor training to parents/caregivers to help families mentor their own children. https://www.smore.com/pdmy9-summer-reading-resources?ref=email-content#w-7817065371

    Summer Reading Books with Neurodivergent topics: Neurodivergent Books/Articles

    Reminder: Two different ways to get information about Transition. One is in person at Summit County ESC 4/7/2022  in Cuyahoga Falls: Summit Cty. Transition Fair 4/7/22  and the other is a Virtual Transition Expo which you can watch in the comfort of your own home: Virtual Transition Expo 2021-22

    Section 504 Plan "Lunch and Learn" webinar by Tammie Sebastian from OCECD is on February 16, 12:00-1:30pm.  For the Section 504 training, participants will gain a functional knowledge of parents’ rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and how this can assist children with disabilities in the educational environment. Participants will review the history behind Section 504, learn the requirements of writing a Section 504 Accommodation Plan, and learn the differences between an IEP and a Section 504 Accommodation Plan. All are welcome and registration is required: Section 504 Webinar Information and Registration

    New Surrogate Parent Training available : A new and improved surrogate parent training is available. All current and new surrogate parents must take this training. A surrogate parent represents a student with disabilities in all matters relating to the identification, evaluation, educational placement and provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to the child. The superintendent of a student’s district of residence or a court appoints surrogate parents in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and the Operating Standards for Students with Disabilities.

    The training is available on the Ohio Surrogate Parent website. Please contact Karen Johnson and Chrissy Cline with questions.

    More information can be found online at:  https://education.ohio.gov/Media/Ed-Connection/December-2021/New-Surrogate-Parent-Training-available


    Summit County Transition Fair - Presented by Summit ESC and Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities on Thursday, April 7th from 4:30-7:30.  A Transition fair connects students and their families to resources that help them build successful lives after high school. The fair is in person at Summit County Educational Service Center, 420 Washington Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Several providers and agencies will be available to provide information and answer questions (not all are confirmed as of yet):  
    • Service providers
    • Offices of Accessibility - Kent State, Akron, Stark State
    • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
    • Financial Planners
    • Summit County Probate Court 
    • Akron Children's Hospital
    • And more!

    Flyer: Summit Transition Fair 2022 , please register on this flyer link. 

    Charting the Course, Sailing through Graduation and Beyond. A parent training at Woodridege High School. Date: October 27, 2021 Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Where: WHS Auditeria. Topics: Understanding the Transition Section and Services on my child’s IEP • Services provided by Summit Developmental Disabilities Board • Preparation for Competitive Employment • How to earn credit for graduation through employment • Supportive services for success at work. Flyer for the event: Preparing for After High School

    De-Escalating Challenging Behaviors: A free training for parents and caregivers on November 3, 2021.  For complete information on this training and to register please go to this link: De-escalating Challenging Behavior Training flyer

    State Support Team Region 8’s Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) offers free workshops for families of students with disabilities and parent mentors. Please RSVP – all meetings are free. Meetings start at 9:30. Please register on SST8.org by going to this events calendar and finding the date of the event to register SST8 Events Calendar, Register Here . Dates, times, and topics are subject to change.

    2021-2022 PAC Dates/ Topics /Presenters:

    September 29, 2021 Note: shorter meeting from 9:30 - noon SST8 Updates The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center – exploring a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) approach to planning for family engagement and the critical role of families and how Parent Mentors can use MTSS to support families in their districts Jenine Sansosti – SST8 Barbara Boone, Ph.D. – Principal Investigator and Director of the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center and CETE

    October 20, 2021 Note: shorter meeting from 9:30 - noon Dyslexia – specific strategies to communicate with families and ways to have productive conversations, learning about Dyslexia vs. Dysgraphia, differentiating between SDI and Accommodations, opportunities for independence through Assistive Technology, and more Mary Jo O’Neill, M.Ed. – Special Education Advocate, Hickman & Lowder Co., LPA

    November 10, 2021 Charting the LifeCourse – We’ll explore the framework and learn about the set of tools that help people and families organize their ideas for a good life and goals. And also identify how to use these tools and resources. Charting the LifeCourse is for ALL individuals across ALL ages and abilities. Barbara Sapharas – Ohio Ambassador for Charting the LifeCourse, University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC)

    February 9, 2022 TBD

    April 13, 2022 Gary Tonks - In this open forum you will learn about legislative issues, waivers, changes and updates in DD and Medicaid services, and anything else you wanted to know or ask! Gary Tonks and David Lewis – ARC of Ohio

    Meetings held at the ESC of Summit County, 420 Washington Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, unless otherwise noted. Questions about PAC? Please contact Marianne Lesko, PAC Consultant, at PAC@sst8.org. Other questions? Contact Alice Doyle at AliceD@sst8.org

    Special Education Family Survey: Hudson City School District has been selected by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to participate in a Special Education Family Survey along with several other districts across the state. Below is an invitation for families to participate. The invitation has a link and QR code where parents or guardians can access the survey which will be open until April 30, 2021.  It should only take about 10 minutes to complete and your responses will be confidential. Districts will ultimately be receiving aggregate data so that they can continue to support parent engagement in the special education process. As an added bonus the ODE will enter families who participate in the survey into a drawing for several $50 Amazon gift cards. Your chance of winning a gift card is approximately 2.0%. Please consider supporting the survey through this link: Special Education Family Survey

    Learning Aid Ohio Education Summer Program for Students: This summer from June 1- Sept. 30, 2021, families have the opportunity for meaningful educational experiences for thier children in response to the challenging school year of distance learning. Financially qualifying families will have access up to $2000 per child to subsidize the cost of tutors, aides, or in-home providers who can provide learning support for students on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or Section 504 Plans. Learn more at https://www.learningohio.com/

    DODD Waiver Virtual Town Hall: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities(DODD) is considering changes to the Level 1 and Self Empowered Life Funding (SELF) Waivers. DODD’s goal is to improve both waivers by making them easier to use and understand. The changes should provide more flexibility, creativity and choice for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families.

    On behalf of DODD, we are hosting a virtual town hall to get your feedback. We will hear a brief presentation from DODD and break into small groups to discuss:

    1. What is the most beneficial service or support you/your family member receive through your Level 1 or SELF waiver? Is there something that has really improved your life?
    2. What has been overly complicated or burdensome about the Level 1 or SELF waiver? What doesn’t make sense?
    3. Is there any service or support you/your family member have not been able to get through the Level 1 or SELF that you/your family member need? Do you have ideas or suggestions about what should be included in the future?

    Who: Anyone interested in the overall design of services/supports in DODD waivers – special emphasis on people with a Level 1 or SELF waiver and their families. Hosted by: OCALI .Ohio’s Interagency Work Group on Autism (IWGA), Autism Society of Ohio

    When: Tuesday, April 6, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 


    Register for the Webinar

    Northern Summit County Virtual Youth Transition Expo: A virtual gathering of agencies and community partners that offer services and assistance to students on IEP’s and 504’s ages, 14-22. There are 5 Virtual Rooms to explore, Room 1: Introduction: Penny Haser, Committee Chair. Room 2, Vendors/Speakers: Goodwill, UDS, Hattie Larlham, Help Foundation,Teammates, Creative Rehab and Koinonia. Room 3, Speakers: Transition 101- Kerry Agins Esq.; Guardianship - Magistrate Paula Haas; Benefits Analysis - Neil Burt,CESP/WIP; Stable Accounts - Nick Hancart. Room 4, Post-Secondary: College, Trade and Career Program Information. Room 5, Resources: SST8, Parent Mentors, METRO, ASPIES and Summer Camp information. The Expo is available from March 22, 2021 to June 4, 2021 you will need to sign in to enter the Expo, Click Here: Northern Summit County Virtual Youth Expo 2021

    Understanding & Writing IEP's : Please join us for Understanding & Writing IEP's presented by Laryssa Beatty, Information Specialist from OCECD.  Participants will gain an understanding of the components and documentation necessary to develop an IEP, who is involved in the process and roles of the parent and schools.  The Parent Mentors of Hudson, Nordonia & Twinsburg are hosting this Lunch & Learn webinar on Feb 23, 12:00- 1:30 pm, please register for the webinar link. Registration: https://tupperware.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvd-uprDwpH9VNBVOX8J6fy2QMTCxqk0n4

    Special Education Eligibility and the Initial Evaluation Process Webinar for Parents/Guardians: This webinar will cover what the special education eligibility evaluation is, the purpose of it, the Evaluation Team Report (ETR) and it's meeting as well as give you an overview of the evaluation process. Additionally, it will cover the eligibility categories for special education and the role of a parent/guardian in the process. Morning and Evening Sessions are available on January 21st, from 11:00 am- 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm. Register to receive the link: Initial Special Education Evaluation Webinar

    Milestones Parent On Demand Trainings: SERIES: Growing Family Resilience, Presented by: Sarah Buffie MSW, LSW from Soul Bird Consulting; Claudia Lopez, MA from Profluence.  Parenting with Success: The COVID Edition Presented by: Rachel Torrance, MEd, BCBA, COBA, Owner and Director, Accessing Abilities, LLC, Supports for Increasing Safety for Children and Adults with ASD Presented by: Salina Miller and Beth Thompson, MSSA, LSW, from Milestones Autism Resources, SERIES: Families at the Center of a Connected Community, Presented by: Candice Jones-Peelman, Tim Vogt, and Bridget Vogt, from Starfire , Your Vote Matters: Disability Rights and Voting, Presented by: Will Gallup, Cuyahoga County Board of DD Good Life Ambassador, Socially Distanced, Not Socially Isolated: Strategies for Maintaining Connections with Family & Friends, Presented by: Melissa Baker M.S., CCC-SLP, and Jennifer Blankenship, LISW, BCBA from Bright Futures Therapeutic Services  REGISTER HERE: https://www.milestones.org/services/ohio-family-network/register-for-an-event

    Ocali Webinar Series: January 7: More Transition Mythbusting! Transition Planning Myths, Realities and Resources: This session is a continuation of exploring the transition planning process and the importance of planning for the transition to adult life and dispelling myths. Discover how multi-agency teams can work together with youth and families to create a meaningful plan using information from the transition assessment. Strategies and resources for virtual transition planning will be shared.  January 14: Strategies to Support Early Learning and Well-Being in Changing Times, Early childhood settings have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19. From changing safety guidelines to creating engaging environments and connections, supporting children to be resilient in times of stress and change is essential. This session explores foundational strategies to help guide and build resilience in young children. January 21: Online Instruction Based on Communication ModeFrom face-to-face to online, or hybrid—school has taken many forms during the pandemic. Ensuring all learners have access to the curriculum has been essential, which starts with identifying each learner’s preferred communication mode. Learn how to identify learners’ preferred communication mode and what that means for access. January 28: Why Checklists, Especially Now When the World is Upside Down Checklists can be a great way to keep organized. As we multi-task in our professional and personal lives during this pandemic, checklists can help take the edge off of thinking. Discover an eye-opening experience and leave with outstanding examples that can be used immediately. Learn More and Register Today!

    State of Ohio: Webinar Series, Student Success:Preparation for Adulthood. NTID FutureQuest is partnering with Ohio Hands & Voices, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, and Ohio School for the Deaf in a four-part webinar series for parents and students in Ohio. Each hour-long workshop will address topics specific to the transition of students from high school to post-high school. This will be a four-part series happening via Zoom, and designed for parents, students, and VR professionals. Register for individual workshops or all four. You may register at any time before the start of each workshop. Register at rit.edu/ntid/futurequest#register-today under the Ohio workshops. Flyer: Transition Webinar Series

    Make 2021 the year in which you start taking care of yourself for a change. Register for The Art of Thriving While Caregiving - offered virtually on Wednesday evenings in January (6,13, 20, and 27). This four-part training will cover topics such as communication skills, self-care, dealing with emotions, and decision-making. For more information and to register, go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-of-thriving-while-caregiving-a-four-week-training-tickets-133996195227
    Transition Bootcamp conference for family members, caregivers or professionals who wants to learn more about supporting a successful transition from school to adult life for youth with developmental disabilities? This event is put on by the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  This is an annual event, usually held in Columbus, that will be held virtually this year.  The cost of the event is $25 and will run 3 half days (1/19-1/21) This years topics are, "Safety & Community", "Technology & Independence", "Behavior, Mental Health & Adult Health" and general transition topics.  Flyer: Transition Bootcamp Information

    Families Are First Teachersa video series by State Support Team 8: More than ever, families are called to support their children's learning at home. Parents are taking on new roles to help their children find success in remote instruction, navigate the challenging times we're all living through, and just get through daily life activities. Summit ESC and State Support Team Region 8 have come together to create short videos with practical strategies that parents and caregivers can use immediately when helping their children in learning and in life.  Visit the Summit ESC YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARBESenidXg&list=PLVu6mOCkI0lNVj8O2C7rB1qVs0jZo3awN

    Learning Aid Ohio is a new state program designed to provide additional supplemental learning support for students with IEPs on remote learning.  Learning Aid Ohio, connects tutors, aides, and in-home providers who can offer distance learning support with students who have IEPs. Students with IEPs have individualized accommodations that are difficult to achieve without in-person help and Learning Aid Ohio will help bridge the gap in services to help promote academic success this school year. Support comes in the form of funding up to $1,500 per family per quarter to help subsidize the cost of your chosen learning providers, providers have to be approved by the state. To qualify for additional learning support the student must be an Ohio resident, be learning full-time remotely, be on an IEP during the 2020-2021 school year and be experiencing financial hardship as outlined by the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.  If your student meets these requirements please visit the state website and apply for support https://www.learningohio.com/ .  Additionally this is a new service, the Provider list currently states it will be available on 11/5/20.  If you have a tutor or service that has experience in educational support, know someone with educational credentials or is good working with students with disabilities, please encourage them to apply.  


    Educating Your Child with Mental Health Needs: Special Education and Distance Learning: This workshop focuses on the challenges students with mental health needs may experience with distance learning, including hybrid models, and offers strategies for using the IEP to provide support and instruction. 
    Date: Monday, November 2, 2020
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location: Online Web Streaming 
    Register for this workshop

    Building A Positive Relationship With Your School: Positive relationships in schools are central to the well-being of both students and teachers.  Participants will learn communication techniques and understand the importance of building relationships with their school. They will also understand how to build that partnership for the benefit of their child to ensure their best education. Items Covered in this Webinar:
    -Communication techniques
    -Fostering a partnership attitude
    -Focusing on the student
    -Having those difficult conversations
    -Q & A
    October 22nd Morning or Evening Session! 11:00AM-12:30PM or 8:00PM-9:30PM. 
    2020 Virtual Employment Symposium: Join us for a day of information about the vital role people with developmental disabilities play in the workforce. Find out more about Ohio’s priorities regarding employment as well as current Employment First strategies and initiatives. Other topics include: • Hiring and supporting candidates with disabilities from a business’ perspective • Ohio APSE the leading national organization focusing solely on Employment First • Mental Health and work • Employment Q & A Speakers include: • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Panelist of local employers, OOD, Stable Account, a competitive employed employee, and other employment support professionals. • 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Ohio APSE – Justin Blumhorst • 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Employment and Community Life Lead, Stacy Collins • 12:15 p.m. – 12:45p.m. Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director, Jeff Davis.  
    This event is virtual and open to job seekers with disabilities, parents, employment providers and businesses. Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Register for the event in advance at: https://summitdd-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItc-2hrjgpEt1MH22hy3ejOLIRORBcUGOM For more information about the symposium or to RSVP, contact Jan Dougherty at 330-634-8171 or jdougherty@summitdd.org
    Parents or Practitioners: Clarifying responsibilities of caretakers and practitioners of students with disabilities in remote learning environments. Thursday, Sept 17 (2:00-2:30 EST) Register here: https://amypleet.com/PVSEwebinar1 
     Questions this webinar will address:
    • What does IDEA say about the role parents or caretakers should have in their child’s education?
    • Have there been hearing decisions related to the role of parents or caretakers in remote and online learning environments?
    • What does research say about how parents or caretakers support their child with a disability in remote and online learning environments?
    • What are the differences between the duties of a special education teacher and parent or caretaker in remote learning environments?

    Get Ready, Get Set, VOTE! An Inclusive Step-by-Step Program- to help all voters. September 23, 2020, 7:00pm. FREE Virtual Zoom Program. Are you registered to vote?  Do you need help getting registered? Will you vote by mail or in person? This session will teach you everything you need to know to vote for this important November election. Doug Blecher, Autism Personal Coach & Maggie Scotece, Disabilities Right Ohio -will discuss the importance for ALL voters to exercise their right to vote AND how to vote. Questions Contact: Wendy  wendy@livespecial.com or 216-509-5015.  Register: https://www.wizevents.com/register/register_add.php?sessid=11757&id=7519

    Virtual Family Q&A Sessions: Special Education, School and COVID-19 Join The University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD)us on the second Thursday of each month, September – December 2020, in a facilitated, open format event where we focus on your child's Special Education Services and school experiences. We will provide the latest in federal guidelines, and state information on best practices for schools during COVID-19. You will be able to ask questions and share your experiences with other families. The sessions are offered free of charge; however, registration is required. Space is limited. Dates (attend any number of sessions): • Thursday, September 10 Register here, https://bit.ly/32MWDmp • Thursday, October 8 Register here, https://bit.ly/32O7Cw7 • Thursday, November 12 Register here, https://bit.ly/32OKugL • Thursday, December 10 Register here, https://bit.ly/2EUlSv1 Start time for each session: • 6:30 pm Questions: Email Celia Schloemer, UCCEDD Family Support Coordinator, at celia.schloemer@cchmc.org  Link to flyer: Q and A Session on Special Education

    PAC MEETING CALENDAR 2020-21: State Support Team–Region 8’s Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) offers free workshops for families of students with disabilities and parent mentors. Meetings will be held virtually in 2020. All meetings are from 9:30 – 12:00. Please register on SST8.org. To register on the SST8.org website select News & Events, then choose the Event Calendar and then select your Meeting Date. Dates, times, and topics are subject to change.

    -PAC Mtg., September 23, 2020, SST8 Updates Behavior – what an FBA/BIP process looks like, what information can and should be included, who is involved and how. Jenine Sansosti / Helen Brophy – SST8 Jessica Campagna – Behavior Specialist, ESC Summit County.

    -PAC Mtg., October 21, 2020, Sexuality - teens and young adults , pre-teens & younger children Donna Bernert, PhD, LSHE, Kent State University Katherine Antall, MS, Human Sexuality Specialist, Cuyahoga County Board of DD November 18, 2020 Early Intervention and Transition Pre-K and School Age Stacey Smith – SST8 Educational Consultant.

    -PAC Mtg., February 17, 2021, Office of Exceptional Children- The Office for Exceptional Children provides leadership, assistance and oversight to school districts and other entities that provide differentiated instruction for students with disabilities and gifted students. Visit their website for family resources. http://education.ohio.gov/Parents

    -PAC Mtg., April 14, 2021,  Gary Tonks from ARC of Ohio- In this open forum you will learn about legislative issues, waivers, changes and updates in DD and Medicaid services, and anything else you wanted to know or ask! Gary Tonks / David Lewis – ARC of Ohio All meetings will be held virtually for the 2020 session. Meetings are from 9:30 – 12:00. SST8 | 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

    STATE OF MIND: HUDSON: is a non-profit organization which seeks to raise the awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health issues in our community. Below are this year's annual awareness events during October. For further information on the following events please visit the facebook account State Of Mind Hudson, https://www.facebook.com/stateofmindhudson/events . Please see Hudson School's Peachjar flyer for a list of all sessions. https://share.peachjar.com/flyers/1031887/schools/106182
    -Mental Health Benefits of Yoga for Families, October 4th, Sun. 11 AM · by State of Mind Hudson, location: Barlow Farm and Online with Facebook Live. 
    -Strengths and Challenges: How Participation in Sport Can Increase Student Mental Health October 5th, Mon. 12 PM and at 6 PM by State of Mind: Hudson, Online 
    with Facebook Live
    -Parenting Through Love & Logic October 6th, Tue. 12 PM and at 6 PM · by State of Mind: Hudson, Online with Facebook Live
    -Ohio Mental Health Resources for Families October 7th, Wed 12 PM · by State of Mind: Hudson, Online with Facebook Live
    -Increasing Developmental Assets in Children October 8th, Thu 12 PM · by State of Mind: Hudson, Online with Facebook Live 
    -The Roots of Resilience in Children and Adolescents October 8th, Thu 6 PM · by State of Mind: Hudson, Online with Facebook Live
    Family Workshop: The Growing Family Resilience: a three part workshop will support parents and families in finding safe ways to navigate stress and connect to a felt sense of safety. These sessions will combine knowledge about navigating stress with practices that we can take with us wherever we go to support our sense of calm and groundedness. Join us, Wednesday, each week (September 9, 16 and 23) as we will build upon the skills and practice reducing our stress levels together. Register: https://www.milestones.org/services/ohio-family-network/register-for-an-event  For more information, contact: Belinda Saldana at bsaldana@milestones.org. Sponsor: Milestones Autism Resources, Ohio Family Network Cost: Free.  See flyer: Growing Family Res Flyer

    Deaf Is Diverse Webinar: Presenter: Tabitha Belhorn, Parent Mentor at Ohio School for the Deaf. In this webinar you will have an introduction to deaf culture and the unique needs of students who have any degree of hearing loss, from mild to profound or unilateral to bilateral. We will discuss how IDEA and ADA specifically support the educational needs of students with hearing impairments or deafness and can how they can be applied to real-life situations. A variety of tools and resources to support families, teachers, and related services providers will also be presented. Recording: https://vimeo.com/413608039/b40d9228ca

    ESY and Compensatory Education During COVID-19, Speakers: John Price, Esq. Disability Rights Ohio And Krushawna Harper, Parent Leader. John Price: Preparing for ESY and Compensatory Education Discussions Post-COVID-19 • Legal Standards for Compensatory Education and Extended School Year (ESY) • Impact of COVID-19 Guidance on Comp Ed and ESY • Steps you can take to help make sure your child gets what they need • Notes on what services might look like during the pandemic.  Link to PDF presentation: https://www.ohiof2f.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/DRO-ESY-PPT-Final-5-19-2020.pdf and the webinar presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL1AGYjSx7k&feature=youtu.be

    Special Needs Planning:Join us for a virtual program provided by Attorney Logan Philipps to learn more about special needs trusts, STABLE Accounts, guardianship, waivers and other aspects of special needs planning.Time May 27, 2020 06:00 PM. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsf-GppjMtEtEJFBZy1W4dfqViPQRbkDrK?fbclid=IwAR10kzMjkMlG9s0cLy5S7x4lw2DSaDTr9z_Oo_duYB4s_GmaIlQbumo_dng

    Cincinatti Childrens Hospital, Promoting Positive Behaviors at Home During COIVID19.  Webinar Postinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRwWvdTTanU&feature=youtu.be

    National Federation of Families for Childrens Mental Health: The collection of resources in the following link includes videos, toolkits, activities to use at home and more to support parents and caregivers and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.ffcmh.org/covid-19-resources-for-parents?fbclid=IwAR2i3emNeU24bj2t3axDHSeFuxGSyonaxxafNC6-C1pcrtqI8SgR4TWqyDY

    Do you have questions about your child’s rights to FAPE? Do you have questions on what schools are required by law to provide this school year? Join us this evening at 7:00 p.m. for a zoom session with Kerry Agins Esq. who specializes in special education law. She will help answer the questions that you may have. RSVP to ina@usod.org . Click on the link for more information 👉http://ow.ly/iFp750BasuJ  (After you register you will receive a link to the presentation to view at a later time if need be.)

    Connecting for Kids Virtual Programs: As we all face this new normal and more days of distance learning, please know that you are not alone. We hear every day from families that are dealing with children who are hurting and missing their old routines, friends and activities. They are displaying this hurt in meltdowns, defiance and other behaviors. We have created a lineup of virtual programs to help you during these difficult days. Sign up for one of our upcoming programs:

    Reach Out Please don't hesitate to reach out to me or one of our Family Resource Specialists. We are happy to talk with you and find resources to help. Call/text 440-570-5908 or 440-907-9130 (for Spanish), Email info@connectingforkids.org Join one of our Facebook Groups. CFK FamiliesCFK Gifted ChildrenCFK Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities and CFK Familias Hispana
    Parent Survey:What's Happening with Your Child's Special Education Program? by Pete and Pam Wright of Writeslaw.com We partnered with Diane Willcutts, Education Advocate from Connecticut, in creating and disseminating a Parent Survey to collect information about special education programs for children with IEPs and 504 Plans after COVID-19 closed schools.

    If we gather enough information from parents, we will be in a stronger position to educate legislators and members of Congress about the urgent need to protect the rights of children with special needs and their families. This Parent Survey is short (10 questions) and anonymous. After you complete the Parent Survey, please pass it on to others who can help.
    The University of Akron K-12 Reading Program. Many parents are seeking solutions to keep their children productively engaged and ready to hit the ground running when in-person school resumes. Univ of Akron has opened early, reduced rates, and converted all classes to a live online format, to help parents and schools maintain student education during these unusual times. Our live, teacher-led online classes are available now and throughout the summer, for Pre-K through 12th grade students. The curriculum is high caliber and has been taught in a live, online format for 5 years already with over 50,000 school-age students.  The classes are led by highly-trained teachers with many years’ experience teaching effectively in online classrooms.  Skills taught include:
    • Early Elementary: letter recognition, phonemic awareness, sight words, phonics
    • Mid-to-Late Elementary: fluency, phonics, long-word decoding, comprehension, textbook reading, writing
    • Middle and High School: doubling reading speed, comprehension, writing, notetaking, test preparation, textbook strategies

    See flyer Univ of Akron Spring Summer Reading Programs or if you are having trouble opening the flyer please visit our website at https://uakron.readingclasses.org/.

    Transition Booster Session:Pre-Employment Skills and Employment Preparation. Are you a parent, caregiver or professional working with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities and/or complex medical needs and would like to learn more about Pre-Employment Skills and Employment Preparation? Then this in-depth, interactive and FREE session is for YOU! In this session you will learn how to support youth with Developmental Disabilities (DD) in gaining pre-employment skills, such as how to complete tasks and interact with others, that will prepare them for success in the workforce. This session will be VIRTUAL via Zoom. All registrants will receive an email the morning of the session with the Meeting ID and Password. Speakers: Erin Riehle, RN, MSN, Senior Director of Project Search and Celia Schloemer, Family Support Coordinator at CCHMC. Date And Time, Mon, May 18, 2020. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transition-booster-session-pre-employment-skills-and-employment-preparation-2020-virtual-tickets-94087194331

    The Autism Society of Greater Akron ASGA’s mission is more critical than ever as we serve one of the most vulnerable populations in our community – individuals with autism and their families – at a time when we cannot physically come together. Like all Ohio families, this is tough. For families with a child with autism, who often have communication challenges, thrive on routine, and depend on the village of teachers, therapists, and other support professionals – it can be a disaster! The Autism Society of Greater Akron’s Board of Directors and staff have worked hard to re-prioritize our budget and programs to respond to the many requests we have received for help and support that meet people’s needs today. Our goals have not changed, we are just doing them a little differently. Sign up for our newsletter to receive weekly updates, or join us on Facebook or Twitter.

    First Virtual Milestones National Autism Conference, June 11-16: Registration open! Join professionals, parents and individuals with autism online for the first virtual Milestones National Autism Conference, June 11-16, for world-class speakers, networking and support. With more than 90 sessions and CEUs offered in 12 disciplines, this is the must-attend autism event of the year to gain evidence-based, practical strategies for work, at home or to use in your community, all from the comfort of your computer, phone or tablet. Attendees this year will receive on-demand access to sessions through August 31, ensuring you can catch more speakers than ever before, all at a new discounted registration rate. Financial scholarships are also available! Don’t miss the opportunity to connect, learn and raise the bar for what is possible. Register today at milestones.org/conference.

    Family ECHO is a series of video conference calls for parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities, sponsored by Nationwide Childrens. Family ECHO uses ZOOM technology to connect you with a team of interdisciplinary experts for presentation and discussion on topics related to improving and managing behaviors, self care, family supports and resources. This unique format allows you to learn from home during this unique time. Families and caregivers are encouraged to sign up for sessions early as space is limited. Topics for the next month include Family and Community Resources, Family Support and Behavoir Management. For complete information and to register please click here: Family ECHO Info and Registration , Direct Registration link https://redcap.nchri.org/surveys/index.php?s=JLKWCKM9YW

    Archived Posts:

    Virtual PAC Meeting on May 6, 2020 with the Gary Tonks from the ARC of Ohio, Everything You Wanted to Know About Waivers, Legislative Changes, and Updates in DD & Medicaid Services: Gary Tonks, CEO of the ARC of Ohio and David Lewis, COO, will be available for a virtual Zoom meeting to share their vast knowledge about waiver options, legislative changes, and updates in DD and Medicaid services. In this shortened open forum they will take our questions about this complicated process. We hope you can join us on May 6 from 9:30 - 11:30. Register here. This meeting will be held virtually with Zoom. Once you register, you will receive information about how to participate in this session. If you already registered for the 4/15 meeting, you will automatically be registered for this meeting. Follow up: YouTube Video of Meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=oCpIf1RlMVI&feature=emb_title

    Parent’s Rights in the Special Education Process Training, Sponsored by theOhio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities - OCECD. Participants will gain a functional knowledge of parent’s rights under IDEA 2004. The six components of FAPE will be discussed and explained. Timelines under IDEA, as well as, the evaluation, referral and testing process will be covered. Participants also will learn the basic facts about mediation, ODE complaint procedures, resolution meetings and due process procedures. Tammie Sebastian, OCECD, will present this training.May 7, 2020  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Click the following link to register for the training: Parent's Rights Webinar 

    Transition Bootcamp, for parents, caregivers, or professionals working with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs. Topic: Achieving Quality Employment – For All, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm Reed Memorial Library, Jenkins Room, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna OH 44266. Register online: https://portagecoachievingemployment.eventbrite.com Attendees will explore tools and resources to help plan for, obtain, and maintain community employment, including Pre-Employment transition Services (pre-ETS) learn a person-centered and outcome focused manner for preparing students and young adult(14 and up) for community jobs, receive an agency overview of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and Vocational Rehabilitation. Speakers:Employment & Community Life - Britta Hough - Regional Community Life Engagement Project Manager for NE Ohio Region of Employment First. Employment First ensures that individuals eligible for DD services in Ohio have as many opportunities as possible to work and thrive in their communities. Community Employment - Roya Hood - Rehabilitation Program Specialist for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities in the Supported Employment and Transition Unit, providing technical support and assistance to projects and partnerships related to Supported Employment and students with disabilities. Questions or need accommodations for this Transition Booster session? Contact Jeanne,  parentmentor@kentschools.net, 330-676-7661.  Flyer: Transition Bootcamp Spring 2020

    NEW! Transition Exploring Program – a separate session for transition age youth The Program will guide transition age youth through hands-on social and career activities. This month will focus on money management. Contact: Laura Fechter, School-Age Transition Coordinator, with questions or to RSVP- (330)678-2400 x2204 lauraf@portagedd.org

    Transition Bootcamp, Cleveland: Booster sessions are intended to provide information on the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend these sessions at no cost. All Sessions are from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Boulevard, Cleveland, OH, 44131. MAR. 5 Social Media & Safety: Attendees will learn about specific issues that exist related to internet safety; such as cyber bullying, sexting and texting, taking and sending photos, and spending money, and how to use visual supports to teach rules and expectations when using technology/social media about hardware and software options that can limit and monitor the use of technology, such as apps, guided access, and services available through internet providers Speakers: Jessica Goetz Ambrose, M.Ed. & Others from the Behavior and Curriculum Intervention Specialist Department, CCBDD Register Online: https://tinyurl.com/yg9h24ch  Flyer: CLE 2020 Transition Boosters

    PAC (Parent Training): WAIVER QUESTIONS & ANSWERS WITH GARY TONKS FROM THE ARC OF OHIO. Gary Tonks, CEO for the ARC of Ohio, and Dave Lewis, COO, will host this open forum where you will learn about waiver options, the latest legislative changes, and updates in DD and Medicaid services. Date: April 15, 2020, 9:30am - 1:30pm. Location: Summit ESC, 420 Washington Street Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Questions? Call Marianne Lesko at 330-945-6634 x: 513927 or email at pac@sst8.org. Find PAC on Facebook at SST8. Please register if attending, lunch is served: https://tinyurl.com/yy5c2jg2 FlyerPAC mtg Waivers 4 15 20 

    Northern Summit County Youth Transition Fair 2020: An event to learn about various topics on transition from high school to postsecondary adult life. There will be speakers who will talk about Transition Goals on the IEP, The difference between OOD and DD services and Guardianship. Additionally there will be a dozen other organizations in attendance to share their information. The event is taking place on Saturday April 4th, 2020, 9:30 am -1:00pm at the Nordonia High School Media Center, 8006 S. Bedford Rd. Macedonia, OH. Please see the fair flyer for full details: Youth Transition Fair Flyer

    Parent Transition Academy, an opportunity to explore various transition areas. 1. January 23- The Route to Self-Efficacy & SelfAdvocacy:  Self-Determination! @ Summit ESC, Presented by: Vonnie Michali & Kelly Weitzel– Kent State University 2. February 20-Navigating Transition: DD, OOD, and the IEP at Summit DDPresented by: Jacquie Owens–Summit DD, Michele Shockey– OOD, Matt Marino– Summit ESC  3. March 12- Financial Planning for Students with Disabilities at Summit ESCPresented BY: Brian Aikens– Aikens Financial Northwest Mutual 4. April 23- Guardianship and Healthcare Transitions at Summit DDPresented by: Magistrate Paula Hass– Summit County Probate Court, & Erica Krapf– Akron Children’s Hospital Flyer: Parent Transition Academy 2020

    When and Where: January 23 @ Summit ESC, Feb 20th @ Summit DD, March 12 @ Summit ESC, April 23 @ Summit DD 6:00- 8:00 pm, Doors open at 6:00 pm, Session begin at 6:30 pm. Who: Parents/ Guardians of Middle & High School  students identified with a disability, Address: *January 23 & March 12—Summit ESC– 420 Washington Ave. Cuyahoga Falls, February 20 & April 23– Summit County Board of DD  89 E Howe Rd, Tallmadge 

    PAC (Parent Training): February 12, 2020 - Guardianship and STABLE Accounts 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, A Judge or Magistrate from Summit County Probate Court will guide us through guardianship.  We'll hear from the Treasury of Ohio as they explain STABLE accounts.  They'll also discuss STABLE accounts versus Special Needs Trusts. All PAC meetings are free and held at the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Summit County. 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls. Please visit SST8.org to register for each meeting. Questions? Email Marianne Lesko at pac@sst8.org Find us on Facebook at SST8 Parent Access Collaborative. Flyer: PAC meetings 2019-20
    Parents/Guardian’s Special Education WorkshopMy Child’s Rights to FAPE & A System for Organizing RecordsThis make-it and take-it workshop will assist participants in organizing records and documentation that pertain to their child’s education and health needs.  There will be discussion on rights and how the documentation can assist in developing an IEP.  Presented by Laryssa Beatty from OCECD, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00—8:00 pm at the Twinsburg R.B Chamberlin Middle School Media Center, 10270 Ravenna Rd. Twinsburg, OH.  Questions, please contact Parent Mentor Darlene LaFontaine, lafontad@hudson.k12.oh.us or 330-653-1296. Flyer: Parent Workshop Flyer

    The Northeast Ohio Transition Symposium will have great information for both parents and educators!  Educators will be sharing innovative practices and programs to support positive secondary outcomes for students. Additional details provided in attachment. Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Lunch on your own, Kent State University Student Center, Second Floor, 1075 Risman Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242. Keynote Speaker: Melissa McClain, Akron Children’s Hospital, Topic: Building Resiliency to Strengthen Employment Skills.  Please see flyer for additional information: Transition Symp. Flyer  Registration is required: https://qrgo.page.link/dAZfD

    2019 Northeast Ohio Regional Transition Collaborative Panel Discussion: Medical Transition 101 Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:00 – 8:30pm This new, free training is for families and caregivers who have youth and young adults with developmental disabilities and special health care needs and who are interested in learning more about the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare systems. Location: Educational Service Center 6393 Oak Tree Blvd. South Independence, OH 44131 Sign In 6:00 - 6:30pm Panel Discussion 6:30 – 8:00pm Erica Krapf, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist Akron Children’s Hospital  Talk with panelists from local health systems  Learn about the process of medical transition  Develop skills that can prepare you and your child  Discover strategies to begin the process and make a plan Meet Community Professionals: 8:00-8:30pm Register: https://tinyurl.com/y5fmydf2 Questions? Contact Amy Clawson, amy.clawson@cchmc.org, 513-814-0674 Flyer: Medical Transition 101 Meeting

    Project STIR Training [Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility] June 19 - 21, 2019 To register for this training or click this link: www.osdaohio.org/ This training is designed to provide you tools to learn about YOU and advocate for yourself, connect with others, gain leadership skills and create a path to the good life YOU want! Topics include: ✓ Speaking up about things important to you: • Knowing Yourself & Standing Up for Yourself • Communicating (effective and non-effective ways) • Solving Problems (individually and as a group) • Rights and Responsibilities • Self Determination and Being in the Community ✓ Learn to start or strengthen a local network group ✓ Charting your “LifeCourse” ✓ Plan next steps for training, advocacy and leading others. Participant Fee = $550 If you receive SELF Waiver services, you may arrange to pay part ($260) through Participant Goods and Services. See flyer for full details: Project STIR Advocacy

    Transition – Hands On!
    OCECD presentation by Karen Prokop https://www.ocecd.org/ Life after high school can be both exciting and overwhelming as it is filled with a variety of choices. Teens, young adults, and their parents are encouraged to attend this 90 minute hands-on training during which we will investigate community living and employment. Becoming a better self-advocate requires skills. You will gain confidence and a belief that you can do just about anything as you determine what things are important to you. Tuesday, May 21st - 6:30 to 8:30pm RSVPs by May Friday, May 17th To RSVP or for more info about this meeting, contact Joy at 330-745-5115 or Rreindeer@aol.com Location: Compass Christian Church 1900 East Avenue, Akron 44314. Flyer: Transition Hands On, OCECD Presentation 
    Entrepreneur Boot Camp! Registration for Entrepreneurship Essentials is open! Have you ever wondered about how to start your own business? We currently have 25 small business owners/artisans whose work is sold at Artful 21. Entrepreneurship is an avenue for meaningful employment for individuals with Down syndrome. Join us for this NEW program for individuals with Down syndrome ages 15 and older interested in learning how to start their own business!
    At the Boot Camp you will learn all about:
    • Creating a business idea
    • Creating a business name & tagline
    • Competition
    • Finances
    • Marketing
    • And more!
    Participants will attend with a sidekick (parent, sibling, friend) committed to partnering to complete the boot camp. At the end of the course, you will be assigned a mentor from the business community and have the opportunity to attend Artful 21 small business support meetings. USOD will help promote your product or service and, if applicable, carry your product at Artful 21! Curriculum has been developed and will be taught by the Ohio Small Business Development Center. Class dates: Mondays, May 13 & 20, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 6:00-8:00 pm. A light dinner will be served beginning at 5:45 pm. Boot Camp Cost: $30 per participant/sidekick pair Questions? Contact Toni Mullee, USOD Executive Director attoni@usod.org or 216-447-8763, ext. 100.

    Milestones National Autism Conference is June 11-12, 2019 at the Cleveland IX Center.  You can now view the full 2019 conference schedule over at milestones.org. This year, Milestones is proud to provide more than 100 sessions and 10 specialized workshop tracks!  Register by May 14 and save with their Spring Special rates!

    The Take Me Home program is a law enforcement database for individuals who have trouble communicating vital information in a law enforcement situation.  If a person in the Take Me Home program is encountered alone by a police officer, or is reported missing the officer can access the database by name or the person's decription to locate thier enrollment record.  With the information at hand, the officer can appropriately assist the person.  Please see the following link for more information and how you can enroll a person with a disability in the Take Me Home program. Summit County Take Me Home Initiative .  Website: http://www.co.summit.oh.us/prosecutor/index.php/services/take-me-home

    2019 Cuyahoga County Transition Expo Fair: You are invited to attend the 2019 Cuyahoga County Transition Expo on Saturday, April 27, 2019, Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm Where: Cuyahoga Valley Career Center 8001 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141. This free event is for family members and caregivers of transition-age youth, interested professionals, and young adults who have developmental disabilities. There will be exhibitors, networking, resources and breakout sessions on topics such as housing, law enforcement and safety, employment, college, financial and more. Registration is now open!. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/transitionexpo2019 .  More information, https://www.ohiof2f.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Transition-Expo-flyer-April-2019-Attendee-Reg.pdf

    April is National Autism Awareness Month.  See The Autism Society of Greater Akron's flyer, which includes a calendar of third-party fundraisers and autism awareness events taking place throughout April. National Autism Awareness Month Flyer

    Technology Fair 2.0 - Come join our half day technology fair to learn more about remote support and other exciting forms of enabling technologies. April 16, 2019, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM. LOCATION-Portage County Board of DD Building, 7008 OH-88, Ravenna, OH 44266. More details and Registration: http://portage-county-technology-fair2.eventcreate.com/

    Family Town Hall Meeting: Families of students with disabilities share your thoughts to create and enhance opportunities for students with disabilities! The Ohio Department of Education is developing recommendations to improve educational experiences and outcomes for students with disabilities in Ohio. As our most important partners, we are calling on you — parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents, family members and advocates — to assist in developing those recommendations. Attend the Family Town Hall Meeting in your region. April 3 and then again April 17th, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Summit County Educational Service Center 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 RSVP: surveymonkey.com/r/GRR8YZZ  See attached flyers. Town Hall Flyer April 3, 2019 , Town Hall Flyer April 17, 2019

    Transition Bootcamp: Medicaid Eligibility, Application & Appeals Process. Join us too discuss the Medicaid, Eligibility, Application, and Appeal process. This session is for parents, caregivers, or professionals working with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities and/or require significant support. Light refreshments provided. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm Reed Memorial Library, Jenkins Room, 167 E. Main Street Ravenna OH 44266 Speaker: John Ballard Executive Director & Tami Gaugler Asst. Director of Tri-County Independent Living Center:  John is a former Director at Summit DD responsible for Residential Services, Transition Services and former Board member.  Tami is a current Board member and handles benefits advocacy. Flyer: Transition Medicaid Eligibility

    Parent Access Collaborative (PAC):  Upcoming dates: April 17, 2019, 9:30-1:30pm Topic: ARC of Ohio Presentation. In this open forum, you will learn about legislative issues, waivers, changes and updates in DD and Medicaid services, and anything else you wanted to know! Gary  Tonks graciously takes our questions and helps us navigate the complex world of services. The meeting is FREE but, please use this link to register as we provide lunch for attendees. https://tinyurl.com/y564sudb

    Northern Summit County Youth Transition Fair: A gathering of agencies and community partners that offer services and assistance to students on IEP’s and 504’s ages 14-22. Date: Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00 am- 1:00 pm at Nordonia Hills High School Library, 8006 S. Bedford Rd. Macedonia, Ohio 44056  See Flyer: Northern Summit County Youth Transition Fair 

    OCECD Facebook Live Educational Choice Options and Special Needs Scholarship Programs in Ohio. Tuesday, March 26th, 2:30pm This is an online event. Register and find more information here: https://www.smore.com/ctbd8

    Sexuality Education Series: For those with Cognitive Disabilities
    It can be difficult and uncomfortable to explain puberty and relationship boundaries to anyone, but sharing this information with those with cognitive disabilities poses additional challenges. We can help! USOD is pleased to announce a very special weekend workshop series facilitated byTerri Couwenhoven on Friday, March 8 & Saturday March 9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Independence. Terri Couwenhoven, M.S. is an AASECT certified sexuality educator who specializes in developing programs and resources for people who have cognitive disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them. She is the author of several books on this topic. When she is not teaching or writing, she is the Clinic Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. She is the mother of two girls. Her oldest daughter has Down syndrome.
    The Sexuality Education Series is comprised of five sessions, all of which are open to the community.
    • The Friday evening workshop provides an overview of normal sexuality across the lifespan (physical, emotional, and psychological). This workshop is only for parents/guardians, caretakers, educators and medical professionals.
    • The Saturday morning workshops cover puberty and parents are encouraged to attend with their children with Down syndrome, age 9-18. There will be separate sessions for parents/sons and parents/daughters. Medical professionals and educators may also attend.
    • This will be a comfortable, safe, and fun environment. Videos, slides, pictures, and games will used to improve comprehension for tweens/teens.
    • The Saturday afternoon workshops are a two-part series that cover relationships and boundaries. The subject matter will include a discussion on rules for private parts and is adult in nature. Therefore, we suggest that only adults/self-advocates with cognitive disabilities who are 18+ attend. A parent waiting room will be available.
    • Course descriptions and workshop times are listed on the event flyer.
    There is a $10 registration fee per adult, per session. Individuals with cognitive disabilities will receive FREE admission. The last day to register is Sun. March 3.
    REGISTER HERE: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=usod&id=42

    Transition Services are activities that prepare students with disabilities to move from high school to post-school life. To learn more about the topic families are invited to attend this year’s Parent Transition Academy evening meetings. Next Topics: Determination and Self-Advocacy Skill Building During and After High School, Parent Panel on Transition and The Post-High School Parent Perspective and a Transition Fair will begin at 4:30.  A few of the Fair Vendors scheduled are Summit Developmental Disabilities Board, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Summit County Probate Court, Tri-County Independent Living, Guided Transitions for Supported Individuals, Summit Metro Parks and Ohio Means Jobs. This year's final session is February 21, 4:30 - 8:30 pm, Sessions begin at 6:00 pm, Transition Fair at 4:30pm. Location: Norton Middle School 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd. Norton, Ohio. Flyer: Parent Panel and Transition Fair

    Green Schools Provider Expo Featuring Providers of Special Needs Services.  The Green School's Parent Mentors have invited surrounding community families to join them during their Celebration of Education to learn of opportunities and servives availble to families. Saturday, February 23rd, Green High School, Green OH, 9:00 am—2:00 pm. Green Parent Mentor Provider Expo 2019

    Summer and Beyond for Children and Youth with Disabilities.  The 21st Annual Summer and Beyond Fair is Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00 am to 1 pm at Woodside Event Center at St. Michael's (5025 Mill Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147).  This annual event offers educators, families and those who support children and youth with disabilities an opportunity to talk to agencies and organizations who offer academic, social-emotional, therapeutic and recreational supports year round in order to assist in developing independence, enhance growth and development, and prepare for post-secondary options of students with disabilities. While there pick up your free copy of the '2019 Summer and Beyond Directory'.  There will be demonstrations from the world renown - Cleveland Dancing Wheels, Face Painting by Dixie, and Flower Clown Entertainment.   “Don't miss out on this FREE event and special guest visit – Cleveland Indians mascot, Slider”!  See Flyer: Summer and Beyond Fair

    Parent Engagement Meeting:  "Understanding and Writing an IEP"   Presented by Karen Prokop, Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities(OCECD).  Wednesday, February 13, 6:30-8pm, Room 113-115. Kent State University Regional Academic Center, 2745 Creekside Dr. Twinsburg.  Arranged by Twinsburg, Hudson and Nordonia Hills Parent Mentors. Flyer: Understanding and Writing an IEP

    “Parent’s Rights in the Special Education Process” A meeting for parents of students with Individual Education Plans (IEP’s).  Participants will gain a functional knowledge of parent’s rights under IDEA 2004 and learn facts about student's Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).  Topics include the evaluation, referral, and testing of students, parental IEP collaboration as well as the basic facts on disagreement resolution in the special education process. Presented by Karen Prokop, OCECD, www.ocecd.org  Location: Kent State Regional Academic Center, 2745 Creekside Dr., Twinsburg. Date: Monday, November 5, 2018 6:30-8:00 pm, Room 113-115. Organized by Twinsburg, Nordonia, and Hudson Parent Mentors.  For questions please contact Hudson Parent Mentor Darlene LaFontaine, 330-653-1296, lafontad@hudson.k12.oh.us No registration necessary.  Please make child care arrangements.

    Transition Services are activities that prepare students with disabilities to move from school to post-school life. To learn more about the topic families are invited to attend this year’s Parent Transition Academy evening meetings. First meeting is October 25 at Norton High School from 6:00- 8:30 pm. Topic: Transition Law and Evidence Based Predictors & Practices. See flyer for details and registration: Transition Academy Flyer  Remaining meeting dates are November 29, January 24 and February 21. 

    Transition Bootcamp Conference: Are you a family member, caregiver or professional who wants to learn more about supporting a successful transition from school to adult life for youth with developmental disabilities? Then join us! Thursday, November 1, Registration 7:30am; Conference 8:15am – 4:00pm. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH. For details and registration see website: https://www.ucucedd.org/?page_id=2075  or link Cincinnati Transition Bootcamp .

    PAC Field Trip to UDS, November 7, 2018 -  9:30 am – 1:30 pm United Disability Services is one of Summit County's largest non-profit providers of comprehensive services for individuals with developmental disabilities.  UDS is also one of the County's largest providers of employment services that range from in-house job training to community employment placement and supports. UDS Field Trip

    2018 Portage County Area Transition Booster Sessions: Free for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals who care for/work with youth and young adults with developmental disabilities and/or complex medical needs.

    - Developing a Vision & Planning Your Life Tools to Use in IEPs and ISPs Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenter: Barbara Sapharas, Independent Consultant, Nisonger Center, The Ohio State University Mentor Trainer-The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLC-PCP) Register online: https://tinyurl.com/y7w4f4j2

    - Writing Quality IEP Transition Goals for Students age 14 years+ Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenter: Kerry Agins, Esq., Agins and Gilman, LLC Register online: https://tinyurl.com/ybj4zwq5

    - Achieving Quality Employment – For All Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenters:  School Age & Post-Secondary Education – Earnestine Hargett, Disability Rights Ohio  Employment & Community Life – Britta Hough, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities  Community Employment – Alissa Otani-Cole, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Register online: https://tinyurl.com/y7wae3xh                                                                                                                                                                               

    Have questions or need accommodations? Contact Jeanne, parentmentor@kentschools.net, 330-676-7661

    2018 Cleveland Transition Booster Sessions Continue into the Fall. Free for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals who work with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities and/or complex medical needs. Location: Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital 20000 Harvard Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 

    Session 6: Achieving Quality Employment Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Panel Presentations: 1. School Age/Post-Secondary Prep - Earnestine Hargett & Melissa Day, Disability Rights Ohio 2. Employment & Community Life - Britta Hough, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities 3. Community Employment - Julie A Hance, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Register online: https://tinyurl.com/yagav5vc

    Session 7: Medicaid – Navigating the Application & Determination Process Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenter: Margaret Schade, Medicaid Liaison, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Register online: https://tinyurl.com/yce8rjle

    Session 8: Waivers: What is a Waiver? How Do I Get One? Waiting Lists, Needs Assessments, New Rules, and an Overview of the Changes Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenter: Gary Tonks, Executive Director, The Arc of Ohio Register online: https://tinyurl.com/yc4ovbbm Note: Adult Healthcare Transition will be rescheduled at a later date. 

    Have questions or need accommodations? Contact Amy, amy.clawson@cchmc.org or 513-814-0674

    Sept. PAC Meeting (Parent Access Collaborative) September 26, 2018, 9:30- 1:30. PAC offers free workshops for families of students with disabilities and Parent Mentors. Topic's for September's workshop: County DD Boards will provide an overview of their services and how to access them. Then SST8 staff will share the latest on ODE, including Preschool and the New Forms. There will also be “10 Keys to a Productive Parent- Teacher Partnership – Supports for Parent Mentors”.
    Please register on SST8. From there go to News & Events then Event Calendar then Select Meeting Date. All meetings (except the Field Trip) are held at the Summit Educational Service Center: 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Lunch is provided for all registered participants (except Field Trip).

    Topics for remaining 4 meetings this year are Autism Answers, Field Trip to UDS, Emotional IQ and Soft Skills, Visit from the ARC of Ohio. click here for future meeting details: PAC Meetings for 2018-2019  

    Questions about PAC? Please contact Marianne Lesko, PAC Consultant, at 330-945-6634 x513927 or email at PAC@sst8.org. Other questions? Contact Alice Doyle at AliceD@sst8.org

    2018 Transition Bootcamp for Families of Transition-age Youth. These free sessions will provide information on the transition from high school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend. Times are 6:30-8:30 pm and the location is at the Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH. (with the Sunday June 3rd location and date being the exception.)  Dates and Topics: Thursday, March 8 Self Determination, Thursday, April 12 Able/Stable Accounts, Sunday, June 3, 2:00-4:00pm Recreation, Leisure & Community Integration Activities location at the Friendship Circle, 27900 Gates Mills Blvd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124, Thursday, June 21 Social Security Income (SSI & SSDI), Thursday, July 12 Adult Healthcare Transition, Thursday, September 13 Achieving Quality Employment, Thursday, October 11 Medicaid, Thursday, November 8 Waivers & Home Care Services. Questions? Contact Amy Clawson, amy.clawson@cchmc.org, 513-814-0674. Register for the sessions here: Transition Bootcamp Registration  Flyer: Transition Cleveland Bootcamp Flyer .

    April PAC (Parent Access Collaborative) Meeting will be the last PAC Meeting for this school year. Mr. Gary Tonks, Exec. Director of the Arc of Ohio will present in an open forum. You will learn about legislative issues, waivers, changes and updates in DD and Medicaid services along with any questions you may have. The meeting is from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, April 18, 2018 at Summit ESC. 420 Washington Ave, Cuyahoga Falls. RSVP if you plan on attending to Alice Doyle at: aliced@sst8.org or 330 929-6634 ext. 511232 by April 13, 2018. Any questions? Contact Marianne Lesko, contact SST8’s PAC Consultant Marianne Lesko PAC@sst8.org or 330 929-6634, extension 513927.

    Click this link for the SST8 April 2018 Newsletter

    Milestones Autism Conf. June 14-15 at the Cleveland IX Center: Since its inception in 2003, Milestones’ Annual Autism Conference has strived to be a forum that would best serve the needs of professionals, families, and individuals with ASD, serving the autism community. Over the years, the conference has grown from 400 to 1,000+ attendees, with more than 90 workshops and 50 exhibitors! See Flyer for Conference  and Register at http://milestones.org/  

    The FREE series, Parent Transition Academy has 1 remaining session to help you and your teen navigate the path to graduation and adulthood. The training is for parents and guardians of middle and high school students with special needs. Sessions are held at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Rd., Copley, OH from 5:30-8:30 pm. RSVP to Brenda Palinkas with Summit ESC at 330-945-5600 ext. 511234 or register online at the Summit ESC event page. 

    • April 19, 2018
      – Transition Panel with Parents and Professionals
      – Building Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Skills

    Building A Frame For Behavior At Home, A Free Parent Workshop, March 8th, 9am-2pm: Does your child struggle with downtime at home? Are you concerned with the unstructured time your child will have during spring and summer break? Could you use behavior strategies to manage challenging behaviors? If so, this parent workshop is for you. Flyer for workshop: Building a Frame for Better Behavior.  Note, this flyer is just in and is requesting you register today, March 2nd for the program.  Register Online https://tinyurl.com/parentspring or contact Alice Doyle at aliced@sst8.org or 330-929-6634 X511232. Address for the training is at the State Support Team Region 8, 420 Washington Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH  44221.

    The PAC (Parent Access Collaborative) Meeting is on February 14, 2018 from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. The subject is Recreational Opportunities: Come hear from a variety of providers who offer recreational programming for persons with special needs and disabilities. Speakers will be represented from: All Star Training Club, Buddy Up Tennis, Camp Huddle, Empower Sports, Solon Blue Ribbon Programming and Special Olympics of Ohio.

    If you would like to attend this PAC Meeting, please contact Alice Doyle at 330 929-6634 extension 511232 or email her at: aliced@sst8.org. Please RSVP by February 9, 2018. Any questions, please contact Marianne Lesko, PAC Consultant at PAC@sst8.org or call 330 929-6634 extension 513927. Location of the meeting is at the State Support Team 8 Bldg. 420 Washington Avenue Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

    State Support Team 8 Family Newsletter, February 2018

    First in a series of parent tranisiton meetings is coming up.  January 23, 2018 come out to learn about Transiton Law-Legislation for Life after High School and Evidence-based Predictors and Practices for Transition. The remaining 3 meetings are on 2/15, 3/6 and 4/19 all held at Copley High School 3807 Ridgewood Rd., Copley, OH.  See attached for the Parent Transition Academy topic information Parent Transition Academy

    State Support Team 8 Family Newsletter, January 2018

    Hearts For Music http://www.heartsformusic.org a non-profit created to provide special needs children and teens with a safe, non-judgmental and friendly place in which to practice and perform music as part of a team or ensemble. The program begins in January for ages 7 and up with two locations, Mantua and Brecksville, OH. Please see the following flyer for additional information and registration: Hearts for Music, The World's First Special Needs Orchestra

    HCER offers "Activities for All This Winter!' 
    The Adapted Mindful Creativity program features art and yoga (Grades 3-5). The second program Move and Groove Adapted Music features music and movement (Ages 12-21).  Programs start in January and registration is done through the HCER. Please see the following flyer for more information and a link to the HCER registration: Activities for All This Winter!                       

    Journey to Kindergarten: Local organizations are partnering to host an evening event for parents focusing on how best to prepare preschoolers for a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond. Featured speakers, Sarah Jackson, early learning consultant from Summit ESC, will share techniques that can help you get your children off to a healthy start, build relationships with them throughout their lives, equip them with the necessary structure for healthy brain development and assist them in increasing their academic achievement. Instructional strategies that parents can use to address the visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic modalities of their children will also be addressed.  The event will end with a Q&A session with Hudson City Schools and Seton administrators and elementary teachers. January 30, 6:00-7:00 pm, Hudson Library. Sign up on Hudson Preschool Parent's Website or at: https://form.jotform.com/73324844621152  Link to flyer about the evening: Journey to Kindergarten

    State Support Team 8 Family Newsletter, December 2017 SST8 December Newsletter
    State Support Team 8 Family Newsletter, November 2017 SST8 Newsletter Link
    Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) shares information and provides speakers on various disability related topics with parents, school districts and agencies throughout Summit, Portage and Medina counties served by SST8. PAC 2017-2018 meetings  located at the Summit ESC 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 
    The next PAC meeting is the November 15th Field Trip at Weaver Industries. The mission of Weaver Industries is to maximize the independence and personal fulfillment of individuals with disabilities through vocational training and employment opportunities. Speaker will be Denise Balko from Weaver Industries. The Field Trip will include two locations starting at 10:15 in the parking lot of Weaver ProPak, 129 Marc Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 then continuing to Weaver SecurShred, 2337 Romig Road, Akron, OH 44320. If you would like to attend this field trip, please contact Alice Doyle at 330 929-6634 extension 511232 or email her at aliced@sst8.org. Any questions? Contact Marianne Lesko at 330 929-6634 extension 513927 or email her at PAC@sst8.org. 
    The Summit County Transition Committee is presenting a Transition Expo for teens who receive IEP or 504 services and families looking to transition from school to adult life. This free event is necessary for anyone looking for information about services in Summit County for youth with disabilities and their families. You will walk away with resources and tools to assist you with navigating the opportunities that Summit County has to offer you or your loved one. The expo will focus on the transition areas of the IEP (Individual Education Plan) which include education (post-secondary), employment, and independent living options. Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Ohio Means Jobs (1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron). There will be over 35 vendors and service providers in attendance with additional handout information available. See Summitcountytransitionexpo.com for more information. 
    The Autism Society of Greater Akron is sponsoring this upcoming summit. Keynote speakers will focus on using best practices and principles to advocate on behalf of yourself, loved ones, and those who need your voice; and affecting change legislatively by becoming a state, federal and local advocate. On Oct. 12, Celebrity Ed Asner and his son Matt will talk about life, autism, and advocacy at the Akron Civic Theatre 5:30 pm VIP Reception, 7:00 pm Program. Click the above link to register for the summit and purchase tickets for the Ed and Matt Asner event.   
    Financial Strategies:Families with Special Needs by Skylight Financail (a for profit financial firm) is offering a night to learn about Letters of Intent, Special Need Trusts/ABLE Act, Protecting Assets, IEP’s, Government Benefits and Life Care Planning on September 28th, 6 pm at Re Education Services 370 Center Rd. Bedford, OH. RSVP required by 9/21 to katiereed@financialguide.com
    Zane's Foundation September Community Meeting: What is “normal” and when should you seek Mental Health Treatment for your Child.
    Speaker:  Dr. Andrea Burland, Clinical Psychologist, KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center, Strongsville, OH
    Time & Place:  September 12, 2017 — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. —  Church in Silver Lake, 2951 Kent Road, Silver Lake, Fellowship Hall 
    As an adult, addressing our mental health is complicated.  Mental health issues become even more difficult to navigate when it comes to our children.  What mental health issues face children today?  How do we know when to seek out help from a mental health provider?  Is my child’s behavior “normal?”  In this educational meeting, Dr. Burland will answer some of these questions by discussing several child mental health issues including anxiety, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She will also address what parents should for, when parents should seek help from a mental health professional and some of the available treatments for different disorders.   There will be plenty of time for Q & A. No Childcare available.  
    WWW.ZANESFOUNDATION.ORG*(330)677 -9263* P.O. BOX 1642 STOW, OH 44224
    All About Reading Mentoring – Participants will gain a better understanding and knowledge of the foundation of literacy skills and be trained to use evidence-based materials to mentor their child or student. 30 minute mentoring session through role play and learning to use materials from M4RA.org and Readinga-z.com websites. Amy Freemen & Debby Ambroza, OCECD, will be presenting the above training which is co-sponsored by State Support Team 8. Rsvp to  Alice Doyle at (330) 929-6634 x511232 or by emailing aliced@sst8..org by Sept. 19th. Date:September 26th, 5:30 - 8:00 PM ,Streetsboro Elementary School, 8955 Kirby Lane, Streetsboro, OH 44241. For more information click this link: All About Reading Mentoring Flyer
    OCALI- Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence: 
    Visit “Hudson Parent Mentor” on Facebook for articles of interest.