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Some concerning changes might happen  to ADA-  Click to read and update  Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act      
A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education  Effective August 1, 2017  a new special education procedural safeguards -- A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education, is now available for district and parent use.  This publication replaces the earlier procedural safeguards notice, Whose IDEA Is This?  As of August 1, 2017, districts must no longer use that publication. click below to see the publication NEW SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS ...

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Time is running out!   NOMINATE a Champions! -HURRY! Champions can be 3 year old -100+ years old! Nominate TODAY!!!!! Winners will receive an Award/ Prize and more.  Nominations are due by August 21.  Visit the link for more information.  Celebration of Champions Form  
Nominate your CHAMPION today by submitting this application and the reason why this person is a CHAMPION. “How My Nominee is Living Like a CHAMPION with a Disability”OR “How my Nominee Makes a Difference for CHAMPIONS Living with a Disability” Please nominate individuals in these categories: BIRTH – AGE 10 * AGE 11 – 17 * AGE 18 – 25 * AGE 25 & OVER * CAREGIVER | EDUCATOR | ADVOCATE *Parent or caregiver may assi...

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NEW special education procedural safeguards - check it out- its called - A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education,   This publication replaces the earlier procedural safeguards notice, Whose IDEA Is This?  As of August 1, 2017, districts must no longer use that publication. See below- A GUIDE TO PARENT RIGHTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION      
Title I, spec. ed. boosted; battles ahead for 2018 Read the article to find out the detials- 2017 Budget Deal Defers Fierce Fights Over K-12 Funding
Good News OHIO! Read  more- Ohio Law Requiring Insurers To Cover Autism Treatment Goes Into Effect
Booster Sessions 2017! Housing Expo Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017  Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm Location: Friendship Circle of Cleveland, 27900 Gates Mills Blvd.,                 Pepper Pike, OH 44124 (just a few minutes off of 271) Learn from a variety of housing organizations and talk with exhibitors about their living options and features for individuals with disabilities. Register online: https://tinyurl.com/k7w5dx2  B...

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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision affirming a high standard for the IDEA mandate that children with disabilities be FAPE is likely to have significant implications for years to come. Read more US Supreme Court's Decision on IDEA Mandate of FAPE
Supreme Court's unanimous Endrew F. v. Douglas County decision on March 22..  Read more on this victory below!!!  The promise and burden of the Supreme Court ruling on disabilities
Warning-- things might change--  Please READ- Disability Advocates Warn Against Overturning Education Rules
             
An update from Washington on increasing public school requirements for disability services.;   SCTUS May Increase Public School Requirements for Disability Services
Here is an update on where things are with the Autism Wandering Bill Last-Minute Changes Sink Autism Wandering Bill
Here is an article that shares some College Scholarships for Students with Learning Disabilities. 9 College Scholarships for Students With Learning Disabilities
Here are 2 easy to understand article helping to understand the changes- https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/12/16/new-access-special-needs-trusts/23140/   http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20161213/the-good-and-bad-of-21st-century-cures-act  
  From the State:-  "The Ohio Department of Education is announcing that students with disabilities who take the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD), instead of the general Ohio State Tests, are exempt from the requirement that all 11th grade students participate in the ACT/SAT. This does not, however, prohibit a student with a significant cognitive disability from taking the ACT o...

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NEWS--- The House passed the Senate approved House Bill 463, that included the Autism Insurance Mandate. Once signed by the Governor, Ohio will be the 45th state with an Autism Insurance Mandate.   
Hot Off The PRESS From The Ohio Department of Education---- "The Ohio Department of Education is announcing that students with disabilities who take the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD), instead of the general Ohio State Tests, are exempt from the requirement that all 11th grade students participate in the ACT/SAT. This does not, however, prohibit a student with a significant cognitive disability from taking the ACT or S...

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Here is link showing the scholorships avialiable in the state of Ohio for children -- Check out the options   http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/School-Options-Postcard.pdf.aspx
How does it work when-Students with Disabilities Placed Out of District or Parentally Placed in Chartered and Nonchartered- Read to find out http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/Federal-and-State-Requirements/Students-with-Disabilities-Placed-Out-of-District
This website will tell you ALL you need to know about the NEW Stable Accounts http://stableaccount.com/
Livespecial.com and Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine is proud to present another  Nessa Knows Speaker Series:  Its FREE and Open to the public  but PLEASE register at http://NessaKnows.Eventbrite.com   Hope you can Join us-- Please share this!!!
·         STABLE Accounts give people with special needs more independence and financial security- see the link for more info http://stableaccount.com/ ww.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2016/07/ohios_stable_program_to_help_p.html#incart_river_index
Recent winner of the Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Award. Check out the website http://cutsncurls.net/    
This is a MUST read Magazine that has articles for people of all ages! Please check out the digital link below. http://issuu.com/northeastohioparent/docs/livespecial2016/ Don't forget to reasrch the livepsecial.com website of all your needs. 
New research! Check it out-- http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/News/Report-Confirms-Investment-in-Early-Childhood-is-I
Feb 18, 2016  Washington, D.C. – The president today signed into law the bipartisan Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (READ Act) (H.R. 3033). Read more about it- http://lamarsmith.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/president-signs-smith-dyslexia-bill-into-law
Thursday 12/10/2015  President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law.  It will; replacing the No Child Left Behind Act . To learn more click on the link-- http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/12/10/every-student-succeeds-act-vs-no-child-left-behind-whats-changed/77088780/
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services Issues Dyslexia Guidance Letter http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/News/US-Department-of-Education-Office-of-Special-Educa The letter reminds all that the use of terms such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia are appropriate when supported by a child’s comprehensive evaluation.    It's time to start using the appropriate language!!!!!!
USDOE Guidance: Access to a free appropriate public education includes IEPs aligned to grade level academic content standards Checkout what the Ohio Department of education has update-  http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/News/USDOE-Guidance-Access-to-a-free-appropriate-public On November 17th, the US Department of Education issued guidance on access to a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities It clarifies that students with disabilities sho...

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USDOE Guidance: Access to a free appropriate public education includes IEPs aligned to grade level academic content standards Checkout what the Ohio Department of education has update-  http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/News/USDOE-Guidance-Access-to-a-free-appropriate-public On November 17th, the US Department of Education issued guidance on access to a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities It clarifies that students with disabilities sho...

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Ohio’s Accessibility Manual is a comprehensive policy document providing information about the accessibility features of Ohio’s State Tests for grades 3-8 and high school in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The manual helps to define the specific accessibility features available for all students, students with disabilities, students who are English language learners and students who are English language learners with disabilities. Ohio&rs...

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Alana started school and took the Yellow Bus with her friends!!  This was a special day!  Livespecial.com was created beacuse of Alanas parents and many other special people who who pushed to make this project happen! Check out this article- http://baloneymacaroni.com/blog/dont-let-the-bus-leave-without-me?fb_action_ids=10207366871911946&fb_action_types=og.likes Thank you!!
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Please check out the LiveSpecial.com Resource Guide!! Great read! http://issuu.com/northeastohioparent/docs/livespecial__1_
directly and immediately impacts the lives of people with disabilities and chronic conditions by building a system where their health care needs can be met. From the ending of pre-existing condition exclusions from coverage to allowing children up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ policies, the delicate balance of the this law provides a critical path to appropriate and high quality health care services which is essential for people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in t...

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BIG steps forward  Governor John Kasich signed the state budget bill into law. It included several provisions that will greatly impact Ohio’s scholarship programs, including: Increasing the EdChoice Scholarship amount for grades K-8 to $4,650 per year Increasing the EdChoice Scholarship amount for grades 9-12 to $5,900 for the 2015-16 school year and to $6,000 for the 2016-17 school year Increasing the Income-Based Scholarship amount to $4,650 per year Increasing the funding ...

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http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/06/ohio_dumps_the_parcc_common_core_tests_after_woeful_first_year.html
Monica Potter Home Store Opens and Offers Products to Help You!
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May 2015 look for the LiveSpecial Resource Guide
   Coming Soon!!! We are so excited to be publishing a -  LiveSpecial.com  Resource Guide           Coming May 2015 May 2015 look for the
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http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/News/Clarification-on-accessibility-and-accommodations
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http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/27653467/congress-passes-able-act-helping-those-with-disabilities  
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http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Special-Education/Mediation-Complaints-and-Due-Process/ODE-OEC-State-Complaint-Procedures-C-5-Final-2014-12-12.pdf.aspx  
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http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Special-Testing-Accomodations/Accommodations-on-State-Assessments          
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Why hire people with disabilities?  Check out this link that explains.

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Check out the attached link to read new important documents.

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  The revised Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities  became effective on July 1, 2014. http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Special-Education/News/2014-Ohio-Operating-Standards-for-the-Education-of/2014-Ohio-Operating-Standards-for-the-Education-of-Children-with-Disabilities.pdf.aspx  The Office for Exceptional Children has provided a brief Summary of Changes to the Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Chi...

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