Bridges to Transition — Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Bridges to Transition is a partnership between OOD and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities/local county boards of developmental disabilities. This specialized partnership provides transition-age youth who are eligible for county board of DD services with an assigned Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) and a Transition Specialist (TS).

See the website for a list of participating counties in Ohio.

Re-Education Services

ACCESS: All Children with autism Can Experience School Success
A structured setting, direct instruction and positive reinforcement along with communication/socialization tools and strategies.

ASPIRE: Alternative Student Programming Inspired by Re-Education
Serves students from PreK – Grade 12
The ASPIRE program theory is based on the idea that students will excel in an environment where the teacher is viewed as not only an educator but a counselor as well.

Serves adults ages 18-22
The transition program offers varied and different levels of vocational training, in-house and community based. Students are met at their individual levels with continued growth in all areas.

The KidsLink School

The KidsLink School provides individualized and intensive programming for students with autism and other behavioral developmental disabilities that are between 3 and 18 years old. They provide year-round school programming with licensed and certified staff. Instruction is based on intake assessments and highly individualized to meet the behavioral, educational and therapeutic needs of the student. All interventions are methodology- and research-based, including the foundation of Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Early Childhood Program — Cleveland Clinic Children’s

A full-day, center-based, intensive behavioral program serving children from age of earliest diagnosis through age five. The program focuses on teaching communication, play, socialization, and developmentally appropriate skills. We offer parents a variety of opportunities for coaching, including a lecture series and guided classroom and home visits.

The Center for Autism also offers an integrated part-time preschool program for children with high functioning autism three full days per week. The classroom allows for up to 10 children with autism and 5 neuro-typical children. The program will focus on building communication, play, social interaction, and Kindergarten readiness skills.

The UDS Steel Academy — United Disability Services of Akron

A free public community school for students in grades 6 through 12 who learn differently. Some are gifted. Others have learning disabilities caused by dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s or other disorders on the Autism spectrum. All struggle to learn in mainstream educational systems. They use unique teaching methods that encourage lifelong learning.

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