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In an effort to serve young people with disabilities, school districts in Ohio are in the process of locating and evaluating children from birth through 21 years of age. Disabilities may include developmental delays, health impairments, autism, and traumatic brain injury. Individuals may contact the local school district about children who may have a disability and may be eligible for special education services. Question should be addressed to the Special Education Department at 419-945-2188.

What is an Individual Education Program (IEP)?

Special Education Services are identified through an education process.  An evaluation must be requested and approved to go forth with creating the Individualized Education Plan. Students who qualify for an IEP must meet the criteria covered by the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The IEP is designed to meet the individual student's needs and make progress toward the general education curriculum. The IEP team is made up of the following: parents/guardians, teachers, and related service staff that work together to develop an education plan. The Individualized Education Plan addresses the following: goals, objectives, accommodations/modifications, and services to meet the student's needs. Services are provided through a continuum of the least restrictive environment (LRE).  Individualized Education Plans are monitored and progress is reported along with the report card.  Progress reports are sent out at the end of the nine weeks with report cards. 

Eye Exam Guidelines for Students with an Initial IEP

Eye Exam Guidelines for Students with an Initial IEP
House Bill 95 requires all students to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor within 90 days after the initial identification of a disability. If the student has had an eye exam from an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) within the last 9 months, the requirements are waived. The financial requirement for service lies with parental responsibility. Legislation currently requires schools to report this day of service. If a student is eligible for services, services will not be withheld based on eye exam standing. A brochure is available with additional information. Please contact the Special Education Department to report the day of service.  

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