Learn more about what Ohio is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

Additional Considerations for Special Education

Summary: This web page gives specific guidelines for schools conducting virtual IEP meetings, including requirements of familial engagement and technological assistance. It further provides guidelines for individually addressing IEP needs resulting from COVID-19, including potential IEP curriculum changes, adjustments to IEP education either in-person or remotely and altering expectations for students on an IEP based on reduced learning opportunities in the previous school year. Finally, it provides guidelines for schools either assisting special education students with transitioning to the workforce or participating in continued education programs. 

Operated by: Ohio Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP, Transition

Considerations for Students with Disabilities During Ohio’s Ordered School-Building Closure

Summary: This resource includes guidance on providing education to students with disabilities during the COVID19 pandemic. This document includes a discussion of IEP adjustments in response to COVID-19, necessary adjustments to instruction when moving special education online, and requirements for schools when providing assistance to students with disabilities. 

Operated by: Ohio Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Coronavirus Information

Summary: This web page lists resources for children, parents, and families dealing with COVID-19-related trauma. These resources include mental health information related to the pandemic, tips for managing day-to-day COVID-19-related mental health concerns and hotlines for mental health crises.

Operated by: Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Topic: Mental Health

COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for Ohio K-12 Schools

Summary: This document emphasizes the need for schools to utilize clear face shields when communicating with disabled students. Specifically, it notes that face shields are more effective than masks when speaking to students with communicative disabilities or hearing impairments.

Operated by: Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology

Family Engagement: Reset and Restart

Summary: This web page provides guidelines for school districts seeking to engage families in Ohio’s process of returning to in-person learning. It emphasizes consistent communication over multiple mediums, and it lists resources for parents adjusting to distance learning. The document also provides sample family engagement plans for multiple Ohio school districts.

Operated by: Ohio Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement

Planning Guide for Ohio School Districts

Summary: This info doc gives best practices for utilizing technology and internet tools for distance learning regarding students with disabilities. It emphasizes the necessity of providing training and technology for teachers educating students with disabilities online, and it notes that teachers should not use purely visual teaching methods when instructing students with visual impairments. It also emphasizes expanding mental health services, including setting up Ohio’s “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support” system for tele counseling services and allocating additional funds for school mental health counselors.

Operated by: Ohio Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Mental Health

Reset and Restart for Career-Technical Education

Summary: This web page provides information and resources regarding the operation of Ohio’s primary transition education service, Career-Technical Education, during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides information sheets for each of the 16 programs offered in this area regarding COVID-19 operations, safety requirements for work-based learning programs, and requirements for professional development adjustments.

Operated by: Ohio Department of Education

Topic: Transition

Reset and Restart of the 2020-2021 School Year: Meeting the Needs of Students Who Receive Special Education Services in K-12

Summary: This web page gives specific disability education guidelines for schools returning to in-person instruction. It provides specific guidelines for school districts conducting remote IEP meetings and lists guidelines for school districts considering whether to give IEP students compensatory or extended school year educational services. It also lists questions for school districts to answer when considering distance learning methodology for students with disabilities.

Operated by: Ohio Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Returning to School: Supporting the Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health of Students and Staff

Summary: This web page demonstrates the various negative impacts of COVID-19 with regard to students’ mental health. It provides mental health resources and coping strategies for teachers, parents, and students, emphasizing the need to respond to COVID-19-related trauma among students as they return to in-person instruction. 

Operated by: Ohio Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Telehealth Guidelines for Service Providers

Summary: This web page emphasizes Ohio Schools’ requirement of implementing telehealth services. This page informs both educators and parents of related Ohio and Federal telehealth privacy law, and it gives broad guidelines under which students with disabilities should participate in telehealth services.

Operated by: Ohio Department of Education

Topic: Telehealth

WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker (DW) Frequently Asked Questions

Summary: This document answers questions regarding WIOA supports during the COVID19 pandemic, including paid internships and trainings. The document emphasizes the movement of WIOA to virtual or telephonic mediums. Nevertheless, the document notes that all WIOA services remain open to students with disabilities.

Operated by: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Topic: Transition