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The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) offers training sessions and workshops on a variety of topics of interest to parents of children with disabilities and to the professionals who serve them. OCECD training sessions provide parents with the information they need to become informed members of their child's Individual Education Planning Team (IEP). OCECD trainings promote parent-professional collaboration and ongoing partnership to support educational and service planning. In addition, OCECD offers training to support parents facing the challenges of disability in their day-to-day lives.

To see a calendar of training events, event locations, and to register, go to the OCECD's Web page and click on the "Trainings" tab in the menu at the top of the page. Call (800) 374-2806 ext. 20 if you need assistance.

The OCECD's Web site can be found at http://www.ocecd.org.

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