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 live their best lives.
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.
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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.Literacy and Deaf / Hard of Hearing Literacy and Vision Loss
Family involvement is crucial for student learning. It is especially important for students who are experiencing the unique challenges of learning with a sensory disability. We understand it is difficult to know what to do, who to contact, how to navigate the systems; and how to procure tools, services, and qualified professionals needed to overcome these challenges. We want to ensure that families and learners get the information, supports, and connections they need to achieve their full potential. Successful family engagement is built upon clear communication, flexible planning, collaboration and the creation of trusting professional relationships. Working together as a team will enable families to learn, grow, and live their best lives.Family Engagement and Vision Loss Family Engagement and Deaf / Hard of Hearing
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.