We work to increase access and equity for students, families, and communities through connections, resources, and supports. Building relationships, sharing resources, and reaching the community is instrumental as we strive to support students where they are, with what they need, when they need it - to learn, grow, and experience the good life.
Ohio has a rich history of providing services to learners with deafness and blindness, and providing assistive technology and accessible materials to those who need them. We have an exciting opportunity to build and expand the services and access for a broader range of learners through the new Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness and the Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center.
Language Development & Literacy
Improving student outcomes through early literacy is a top priority for educators, families, and communities. The data shows that early literacy is predictive of academic success, school completion, and college and career readiness. The Outreach Center believes that supporting learners with disabilities’ access to literacy will lead them to a good quality of life. The Center’s Outreach Specialists’ literacy context expertise of the learners’ needs will enhance the educators’ teaching tools by providing resources such as literacy toolkits.Learn More
The Outreach Center connects research to real life. Research and evidence show a school’s success in Family Engagement as one of several key ingredients that raise student academic achievement. As Ohio’s voice for those with vision and hearing loss, we can support and grow Family Engagement as a whole, with a particular sensitivity to its specific impacts. With an eye towards national trends, networking with Ohio leaders, we’ll work to ensure families and school districts have what they need to work together.Learn More
As a society, school is a promise we make to our children. As part of that promise, students need to be provided with an education that will prepare them to live, work, and contribute to their communities upon adulthood. For this promise to be fulfilled it is essential that all students have the opportunity to be educated in their schools, with their friends, in their communities.