Rights and Laws
A wealth of resources are available to help families understand their legal rights and navigate the legal and educational systems on behalf of their child.
Your school team wants your child to be well educated and successful. If you need assistance locating supplemental aids and service personnel within the larger educational system, families and the school team may contact their district’s state support team (SST) or their educational service center (ESC) for assistance.
Please note, not all school districts join an ESC.
Phone: (614) 846-3855
Families and schools may also contact Ohio’s Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) or Ohio’s Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD). (Refer to the Family Support Section for their contact information via website). You may invite a neutral third-party negotiator from OEC to meet with you and the school team to assist in reaching an agreement. Finally, if problems persist, you can instigate a due process hearing.
Note: If you need further information, please refer to “dispute resolution” on the Ohio Department for Education’s (ODE) website
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