Advocating Strategies and Communication guide — OCECD

A handy guide on advocating for your loved one with disabilities. It was developed through the Parent Training and Information Center Grant funded through the U.S. Dept of Education, Office for Special Education Programs.

Click here for the guide.

If you have any questions regarding this or any topic related to educating children and youth with disabilities, please call the office of the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) at 740-382-5452 or email

KidsFirst Research Registry — International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICARE) at Case Western Reserve University

KidsFirst is recruiting parents of children (all ages) diagnosed with autism to enroll in a research registry aimed at identifying similarities across children and establishing behavioral classification to better understand autism. At enrollment, they ask parents to answer a ten-minute survey which will guide future requests for information, such as more targeted follow up questions and possible genetic sampling.

The information you provide will help them translate findings into targeted approaches for therapy, care, and intervention. All information gathered will be strictly confidential, anonymized, and encrypted in our HIPAA-compliant repository.

There is no cost to participate and all correspondence is through the registry, email, and telephone. There are no in-person appointments. The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICARE) at Case Western Reserve University is partnered with the Hartwell Foundation and Stanford University to establish Northeast Ohio as a site in the KidsFirst Research Registry.

Boxing Buddies — Solon Adapted Recreation Program

Veteran Blue Ribbon coach and advocate Sandy Ellis teaches the basics of boxing and some self defense skills. It is non-contact, but students will learn how to throw a punch, a jab, a right hand, uppercuts and hooks using special coaching mitts as targets. Boxing is great for self-confidence and is a great physical opportunity for those not comfortable with team sports. For teens and adults ages 15 and up.

Kelly Autism Program — Western Kentucky University

The Kelly Autism Program offers educational support through Individual Education Plan assistance, classroom adaptations and tutoring, community involvement through active participation in community activities, social and leisure activities, job coaching, and parent support. They support clients ages 6 to adult.

KAP offers programs for Elementary, Middle and High School students. They also offer a college support program through WKU.

This is a private pay service, with some financial assistance available.

Drive Team

Drive Team offers driving lessons for teens aged 16-18 with a performance-based Driver Education program licensed by the state of Ohio. Students advance through each level of the 46-hour program at their own pace. They are required to demonstrate proficiency at each level before progressing to the next.

Adult students are evaluated on a case by case basis before enrollment.

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