Special education services are available for children over the age of three through age 21 who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) provides the legal grounds for children with disabilities to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). These services are administered by the school district where the child lives.
Communicating with Your Child's School Through Letter Writing
Frequently Asked Questions about Special Education
Negotiation Skills For Parents: How To Get The Special Education Your Child With Disabilities Needs
Transition Services Planning
Restraint and Seclusion
Restraint and Seclusion in Ohio Schools: Gaps in Enforcement (February 2016)
Doe v. State of Ohio
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.
Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Service) became involved in the
lawsuit on behalf of students with disabilities. Disability Rights Ohio’s claims on behalf
of students with disabilities are still in court.
Flier (English): Special Education Parents: Disability Rights Ohio needs your help with a class action lawsuit
Flier (Spanish): Padres de Estudiantes con Discapacidades: Disability Rights Ohio necesita su ayuda con una demanda colectiva
FAQ (English) - Special Education: Doe v. State of Ohio Class Action Lawsuit
FAQ (Spanish) - Educación Especial: Doe vs. Estado de Ohio Demanda Colectiva