DRO submits additional testimony on bill to train school resource officers

Disability Rights Ohio has submitted additional testimony on Ohio House Bill 318, which would create training requirements for school resources officers (SRO) and set aside $10 million in funding to help schools pay for the training. DRO is concerned that the training portion of the legislation is vague and does... Read more...

June 6, 2018Read More

DRO submits testimony on bill to require and fund training for school resource officers

Disability Rights Ohio has submitted interested party testimony on Ohio House Bill 318, which would create training requirements for school resources officers and set aside $10 million in funding to help schools pay for the training. DRO hopes the legislature will also consider increasing funding to provide other related and... Read more...

April 10, 2018Read More

Parents have options as ECOT closes

Recent news coverage has reported the potential closing of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) due to the loss of a sponsor. ECOT is the largest online school in Ohio and its closure would affect roughly 12,000 students. If your child has a disability and an Individualized Education Program (IEP)... Read more...

January 18, 2018Read More

DOE nominee DeVos set for vote Tuesday, Jan. 31

President Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education. In her hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on January 17, she testified that enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a federal law, “is a matter best left to... Read more...

January 30, 2017Read More

Disability Rights Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality team up to protect rights of students and their families to access educational programs and activities

Due to legal action by DRO and ABLE, ODE must develop a language assistance plan so that all parents and students receive information about available educational programs Read more...

November 15, 2016Read More

DRO to hold education rights training June 23 for Youngstown parents of students with disabilities

Disability Rights Ohio, in collaboration with the NAACP Youngstown Branch, will hold a training session for parents of students with disabilities in the Youngstown City Schools from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the NAACP Youngstown Branch office, 1350, Fifth Ave., Suite 202, Rose Room. Read more...

June 14, 2016Read More

DRO to provide education rights training, advocacy support for Youngstown parents of students with disabilities

Disability Rights Ohio, in collaboration with the NAACP Youngstown Branch, will hold a training session for parents of students with disabilities who attend East High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave, Youngstown, OH 44503. Read more...

April 6, 2016Read More

Special Education: Release of Student Records in Doe v. State of Ohio in Toledo, Cincinnati and Cleveland School Districts

Doe v. State of Ohio is a class action lawsuit that was filed in federal court in 1993 as part of another lawsuit about funding and providing education in the State of Ohio. Read more...

May 22, 2015Read More

Cincinnati, Toledo and Cleveland public school teachers: DRO needs your help

Disability Rights Ohio is looking for volunteers to participate in an interview as part of Doe v. State of Ohio, a class action lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Ohio on behalf of all preschool and school-age students with disabilities in the state. Read more...

April 21, 2015Read More

Cleveland-area parents invited to share their special education experiences April 29

The Arc of Greater Cleveland and Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) invite you to a family forum to discuss your child’s experiences with special education services. Read more...

April 2, 2015Read More

Toledo-area parents invited to share their special education experiences Feb. 13

Family Voices of Ohio, The Arc of Northwest Ohio and Disability Rights Ohio will host two open forums on Friday, February 13, at Toledo Children's Hospital, in the Croxton Auditorium of the Legacy Building. Parents of students with disabilities are invited to discuss their child's experiences with special education services,... Read more...

January 28, 2015Read More

DRO, ABLE file complaint with Department of Justice on behalf of Spanish-speaking parents, students

Today, Disability Rights Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of Spanish-speaking students with and without disabilities and their families. Read more...

January 27, 2015Read More

Cincinnati-area parents invited to discuss special education experiences Friday, Dec. 5

Disability Rights Ohio and the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD) will host two open forums on Friday, December 5, at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Medical Office Building, 3430 Burnet Ave., in rooms 602 and 601 on the fifth floor. Read more...

December 1, 2014Read More

Doe v. State of Ohio seeks funding, good outcomes for special ed students

In 1993, Ohio Legal Rights Service, now Disability Rights Ohio, joined Doe v. State of Ohio, alleging that funding for special education in Ohio was denying children their federally mandated right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Read more...

October 29, 2014Read More

Frequently Asked Questions about ODE's release of student data to DRO

Disability Rights Ohio, on behalf of students with disabilities, filed a class action lawsuit (Doe v. State of Ohio) that claims the State of Ohio does not provide enough resources to school districts to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities, as required by federal... Read more...

September 3, 2014Read More

Get your education questions answered by attorneys, advocates at Dayton-area Brief Advice Clinic

Disability Rights Ohio is partnering with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio to provide information and advice to parents of students with disabilities on education issues, including punishment, suspension and expulsion; delay in evaluation for special education eligibility; and lack of needed services. Read more...

August 28, 2014Read More

State of Ohio notifies parents, guardians of its planned release of student data to DRO

Disability Rights Ohio is representing students with disabilities in a class action against the state of Ohio challenging the adequacy of special education funding. As part of this work, DRO needs data that the state keeps about all students. Read more...

August 19, 2014Read More

Law firm Steptoe & Johnson, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law join Doe v. State of Ohio case as co-counsel

Disability Rights Ohio announces that law firm Steptoe & Johnson and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, both based in Washington, D.C., have joined its Doe v. State of Ohio lawsuit as co-counsel. Their addition will help Disability Rights Ohio bring this 20-year-old case to a successful resolution for... Read more...

December 16, 2013Read More

Board member Ruth Colker to speak Tuesday at Columbus Urban League

Disability Rights Ohio Board member Ruth Colker, professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, at the Columbus Urban League, 788 Mount Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43203. Read more...

August 12, 2013Read More

Disability Rights Ohio continues to monitor state school funding proposal, its impact on Doe case

Yesterday, Gov. John Kasich's administration described a new “student-focused” system of school funding. The administration claims that no school district will see a funding decrease over the next two years and that state spending on K-12 programs will increase by 6.7% and 4.1% in respective years of the upcoming biennium... Read more...

February 1, 2013Read More

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