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Negotiation Skills For Parents
The following are recommended resources for further information about special education and negotiation.
Child Advocacy Center (CAC)
The CAC provides information and assistance to parents of children with disabilities regarding special education.
Child Advocacy Center
Cathy Heizman, Executive Director
1821 Summit Road, Suite 110
Cincinnati, Ohio 45237
Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
CADRE is a national center on dispute resolution which encourages the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve special education disputes.
Council for Exceptional Children
Information and resources about the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act (IDEA), including a linked listing of the final regulations from the Federal Register.
Legal Rights Service (LRS)
LRS is an independent state agency and the federally designated Protection and Advocacy (P & A) agency and Client Assistance Program (CAP) for Ohio. The mission of this agency is to protect and advocate the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities.
Legal Rights Service
50 West Broad Street, Suite 1400
Columbus, Ohio 43215-5923
Phone: 1-800-282-9181 or 614-466-7264
TTY: 1-800-858-3542 or 614-728-2553
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
OCR is a division of the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination because of disability in public schools and in other programs that receive federal funding.
Office for Civil Rights
600 Superior Avenue, East
Bank One Center, Room 750
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-2611
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)
OCECD is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the educational interests of children with disabilities.
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
Margaret Burley, Executive Director
165 West Center Street, Suite 302
Marion, OH 43302-3741
Phone: 740-382-5452 or 1-800-374-2806
Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Office of Exceptional Children
ODE is the state agency responsible for ensuring that school districts provide a free and appropriate education to children with disabilities. ODE is responsible for overseeing the mediation process for special education disputes throughout Ohio.
Ohio Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children
25 South Front Street, Mail Stop #202
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Parent Training and Information Centers (PTICs)
PTICs provide training and information to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with their families. This assistance helps parents work more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children with disabilities. The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) and Child Advocacy Center (CAC) are the PTICs for Ohio. The contact information for these organizations is provided on this page.
The DRM Regional Resources Directory
A guide to disability resources in Ohio.