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Intensive Awareness Campaign Announced

September 18, 2013

The Ohio Department of Education is conducting an Intensive Awareness Campaign in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Ohio Revised Code, and the State Board of Education’s Rules for the Education of Handicapped Children. Each public school district and the Ohio Department of Education are trying to identify children with disabilities, birth through 21, who may be in need of special education services.


For children birth to three, a disability means an established condition known to result in delay or a documented development delay. For children ages three through five, a disability means that a child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following developmental areas: communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social emotional/behavioral functioning, self-help skills, and/or cognitive skills. For school-age students, a disability means that a student has been identified as having one or more of the following conditions: autism, deaf-blindness, hearing impairment including deafness, mental retardation (CD), multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance (ED), specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury and/or visual impairment including blindness. The Scioto County Local Schools and Portsmouth City Schools offer:


• Evaluation for all children with suspected disabilities, birth through age 21


• Education for all children with disabilities ages three through 21 years


Once the school district is notified about a child who is suspected of having a disability:


• The child’s parent(s) are contacted and informed of their rights, as required by the


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Ohio Revised Code, and the


State Board of Education’s Rules for the Education of Handicapped Children


• Arrangements are made to evaluate the child in cooperation with the parent(s)


If you know a child who is suspected of having a disability, contact your local school district listed below for assistance:


Green LocalAmanda Sherman 354-9150


Northwest Local Melissa Shannon 259-2250


Washington-Nile Local Wilma Erwin 858-3951


New Boston Local Jennifer Scherer 456-4375


Clay Local Steve Williams 354-6644


Bloom-Vernon Local Cathy McCoy 778-2320


Valley Local Lisa Hartley 259-6609


Wheelersburg Local Aimee Hall 574-8130


Minford Local Carrie Kyne 820-2287


Portsmouth City Charles Kemp 354-1849


Southern Ohio Academy Patricia Ciraso 259-6843