Disability Rights Ohio welcomes new special education fellow

August 23, 2019 / education

COLUMBUS, OH - Disability Rights Ohio is pleased to announce the arrival our new special education fellow, Aileen Brock, recent graduate of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She joins DRO thanks to generous funding from The Columbus Foundation's Henry E. Coyle Targeted Fund and the Ingram-White Castle Foundation that allows for the continuation of the fellowship program for special education. This is the fourth year for the program at DRO and the second year under this funding.

The fellowship grants support DRO as we help parents and students with disabilities in Central Ohio develop their plans for a child's education. Aileen is available to provide specialized assistance and attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings with families in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties. Last year our special education fellow provided 141 students and families with direct technical assistance and attended 85 IEP meetings on behalf of 50 students and families.

"There are so many families who need help getting special education services," says Michael Kirkman, Executive Director at Disability Rights Ohio. "These generous grants from The Columbus Foundation and the Ingram-White Castle Foundation allow us to provide more intensive support to families who are struggling to connect their children to the services they need to succeed at school."

Families who are interested in requesting help can contact Disability Rights Ohio at 800-282-9181 and select option 2 for intake. You can also download our flier.


Disability Rights Ohio is designated by the Governor under federal law as the protection and advocacy system and client assistance program for people with disabilities in Ohio. The mission of Disability Rights Ohio is to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. Disability Rights Ohio provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. Find more information at disabilityrightsohio.org.

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