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The Area 5 Community Support Network Office serves Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, Logan, Putnam, Shelby, Union and Van Wert counties by providing advocacy, resources, information, and linkages to local support groups. The Area 5 office publishes a monthly newsletter

Address:
  • Brain Injury Association of Ohio C/O Allen County Dept. of Job and Family Services
  • 1501 S. Dixie Highway
  • Lima, OH 45804
  • Web Site: http://biaoh.org/newsCSNarea5.htm
Family Community Resource Guides were created to assist families in our seven county region to find organizations in their local community to support their family’s needs. Each guide is organized into categories based on type of organization, which include: agency, counseling, early childhood, employment, family support, home health care agency, hospital/medical facility, recreation & leisure, support group, transportation and statewide resources. Feel free to print and share the resource or link directly to this web site. Guides will be updated yearly. If you have resources that you would like to add to the guide, please contact Kim Moritz at .

What Is a Parent Mentor?

What is a Parent Mentor? A Parent Mentor is a parent of a child with a disability and is a support network to school districts and parents of children with disabilities. A Parent Mentor can provide information and resources to families including education laws, district programs and services, and community resources. Reasons you might call a Parent Mentor:

  • I am worried about my child moving from one school to the next.
  • I feel alone and wish I could talk to another parent who understands my concerns
  • I have many questions about my child’s education but forgot to ask about them at the school meetings.
  • I am worried about my child’s progress and don’t know what to do.
  • I feel like nobody is listing to my concerns about my child.
  • I would like to have someone attend and support me at IEP and/or other meetings at school

Margaret Burley, Executive Director Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
Address:165 W. Center St., Suite 302, Marion, OH 43302
Phone:1-800-374-2806, Ext. 10
Web Site:http://www.ocecd.org/

Allen County

Jennifer Slechter, Parent Mentor

Allen County Educational Service Center,
1920 Slabtown Road, Lima, Ohio 45801

(419) 222-1836 x 114

School Districts Served:

  • Bath Local
  • Bluffton Exempted Village
  • Delphos City
  • Elida Local
  • Lima City
  • Perry Local
  • Shawnee Local
  • Spencerville Local
  • Apollo Joint Vocational School District
  • Allen County Board of MRDD
  • Marimor School
  • Allen East Local

Champaign County

Jacqueline Howley, Parent Mentor

Madison-Champaign County ESC,
2200 S. US Hwy 68, Urbana, OH 43078

(937) 772-4071 and ask for the Parent Mentor

School Districts Served:

  • Graham Local
  • West liberty-Salem
  • Triad Local
  • Mechanicsburg Exempted
  • Urbana City
  • Madison-Champaign ESC

Mercer County

Heidi Thees, Parent Mentor

Mercer County Educational Service Center,
441 East Market Street
Celina, OH  45822

419-586-6628 ext. 250

School Districts Served:

  • Celina City
  • Coldwater Exempted Village
  • Fort Recovery Local
  • Marion Local
  • Parkway Local
  • St. Henry Consolidated Local