Accessing Early Intervention and School-Aged Services and Supports
Child Find and Early Intervention
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) covers children birth through age 21 who have special needs.
Babies: Early intervention services are available to families for children ages birth through 36 months. These services are guided by the development of an Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) that addresses needs related to case management, nutrition and support.
Preschool Children: As a child approaches their third birthday a plan for transition becomes part of the IFSP. This gives families an opportunity to prepare for the switch for early intervention services to working with the public school services.
The Help Me Grow website is currently under construction (11-1-16) Check back for a link to more information on Early Intervention Services in Ohio for children with vision loss.
School-Aged Special Education Services
Assessment and evaluation of progress among children who are have vision loss or blindness is a complex process. Challenges often go undetected by individuals unfamiliar with the hidden impact of a vision loss. The local educational agency (LEA) continues to be responsible for providing a team comprised of a) qualified professionals and b) the parents to collect multiple sources of information relevant to determining eligibility for specialized services and then developing an educational program that is not only individualized but leads to measurable increases in learning. For more information on special education and related services please visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website and the Office for Exceptional Children’s website.