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MedEd Connections Resource Guides: Blind and Visually Impaired

Rights and Laws


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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.

State Support Teams-Ohio Department of Education

Please note, not all school districts join an ESC.

Ohio ESC Association

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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