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Bittersweet at Betty's Farm is a non-profit organization for maximizing community-based opportunities for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ages 10 and up. Services are available on a fee-for-service basis.

Address:
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the educational interests of children with disabilities.

Read more: Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities

Families, Parents or teachers from any school are welcome to attend the ADHD support group held at St. Charles Elementary.

The Group Meets:

Ohio PIRC (Parent Information and Resource Center) provides parents, families, students, educators, and communities with information, resources, and training as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act.

Allen County Autism Support Group

The Group Meets:
  • The 2nd Tuesday of Each Month
  • Market Street Presbyterian Church
  • 1100 W. Market Street, Lima 45805
  • Contact Becky Pescosolido at (419) 999-6477, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Contact Diane Frommer, 419-227-7540, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Web Site: http://www.ocecd.org/ocecd/h_docs/0601_ASAOhio.pdf

A support group for individuals that have suffered a traumatic brain injury meets at the Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.

Contact information:
  • Contact Jennie Horner at (419) 999-0251

Ohio Family and Children First is a partnership of government agencies and community organizations committed to improving the well-being of children and families.

Read more: Ohio Family and Children First

The Brain Injury Support Group meets at the St. Rita's Regional Cancer Center meeting room.

Contact information:
  • Contact Kasey McKenna at (419) 226-9770

A support group for people that have had a stroke or sustained a traumatic brain injury meets at the Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys.

Contact information:
  • Contact Sara Busacca at (419) 394-3335

This parent outreach group supports parents of children who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. The group will meet at Lima Memorial Hospital.

  • Contact:Jennie Horner
  • Address:Brain Injury Association of Ohio
  • CSN – Coordinator, Area 5
  • c/o Allen County Job and Family Services
  • 1501 S. Dixie Hwy., P.O. Box 4506
  • Lima, OH 45802
  • Phone:(419)999-0251
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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