For Families

For Families

Explore intentionally curated resources to aid your understanding of the special education process and related services available to support you and your child.

This short animated video will help explain what happens once you have given consent for an educational evaluation and completed a planning form for your child. Video by Ashley Thoreen. [2 minutes]


These resources include fact sheets and helpful documents that you can download or print straight to your device.

OCALI Autism Center

The Autism Center works to build the capacity of school districts and other education agencies to improve their instruction and support for individuals with autism.

OCALI : Tidbits for Toddlers

OCALI produced three short videos that provide the basic overview and information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, a brief definition and examples of accommodations and/or modifications used in early childhood settings, and an overview of evidence based practices (EBP) and the process for determining interventions to help you support the toddler in your life.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that empowers Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence.

Ohio Imagination Library

The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library—inspired by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, created in 1995 by renowned entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton—endeavors to send a new book every month to Ohio children from birth to age five.

Red Tree House

Supporting the well-being of families and children with challenges, disabilities, and health care needs. Find tools, organizations, and events in your community to meet your needs.


CAP4Kids will help you find many community agencies that exist to improve the lives of children and families.

Talking is Teaching

“Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions – like describing things while walking outside, or singing songs together during bath time. Using books, parent videos, text messaging, social media, and information from expert partners, Talking is Teaching empowers parents and caregivers with fun and easy ways to improve their babies’ learning.

Nisonger Center Child Clincs and Services

Nisonger Center offers a wide range of clinics and services designed to meet the unique needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


These resources include fact sheets and helpful documents that you can download or print straight to your device.

Facts about Developmental Disabilities

Milestones matter! How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about his or her development.

504/IEP Table

This table describes all of the laws and eligbility requirements for a Section 504 and an Individualized Education Program.