A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability employed by school districts to help families and schools by providing support, information and training services. Princeton City Schools is proud to be one of the districts in Ohio that provides this resource to families.
Janet Maine, Princeton's parent mentor provides families with information on special education processes, laws, support groups, and resources to help families understand the special education process and become effective partners in their child’s education and development.
Services the Parent Mentor provides include:
- Helps to educate families to become effective partners in the special education process
- Information on special education services including assessment, evaluation, the IEP process, transition planning, future planning, parent rights, and special education laws and policies
- Confidential support for family concerns and questions
- Attendance at IEP meetings when requested by a parent or team
- Collaboration with families to understand community and agency programs, services, and supports
- Assists in connecting parents to resources available including agencies, programs, services, articles, videos, books, etc.
- Provides an event calendar to inform parents and families of helpful events and workshops in the Cincinnati area
Contact Janet Maine:
Phone: (513) 864-1112 Email: email@example.com
Communication Disabilities Database Makes Law Enforcement Aware During Traffic Stops
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), released an awareness video today explaining how individuals with a diagnosed communication disability can voluntarily enroll in a database to inform law enforcement of their communication disability.
Any individual with a medically diagnosed communication disability who drives or regularly has someone with a medically diagnosed communication disability in their vehicle, can voluntarily enroll in a database that connects to the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS). The law enforcement officer is then aware that the driver or a person in the vehicle may have difficulty communicating and can approach the vehicle with awareness to help avoid a situation that could become harmful to either the individual with a communication disability or to the officer.
“Since taking office last year, I’ve made clear my commitment to establishing Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This is a way to better include individuals with communication disabilities.”
Individuals interested can take a verification form to a physician, psychiatrist or psychologist to validate a communication disability. Completed forms should be submitted to the BMV.
“We want everyone to know about this Ohio law and how it supports the safety of people in our community who have challenges communicating,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “This is a great way to boost understanding, but we need participation to make it happen.”
"This has been a game changer for individuals with communication disabilities,” said Kevin Miller, Director of OOD. “By opting in, a communication disability is flagged for law enforcement, but exact disabilities (e.g., deaf, hard of hearing, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder) remain private.”
“Being able to obtain information about an individual with a communication disability is an invaluable resource for Ohio law enforcement,” said Tom Stickrath, Director of ODPS. “This allows for improved communication which in turn creates trust, community stability, and officer safety.”
The video, additional information about the Communication Disability Law, and additional quotes of support are available at https://ood.ohio.gov/
OODOODis the state agency responsible for empowering Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence.
Social Security Benefits Will be Paid On Time and
Other Updates Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain Social Security benefit payments or receive economic impact payments from the Department of the Treasury.
“Social Security will pay monthly benefits on time and these payments will not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Commissioner Saul said. “I want our beneficiaries to be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping or somehow changing your Social Security payments, but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.”
The Department of the Treasury will soon provide information about economic impact payments under the recently enacted law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. Treasury, not Social Security, will be making direct payments to eligible people. Please do not call Social Security about these payments as the agency does not have information to share.
The agency continues to direct the public to its online self-service options whenever possible. Local offices are closed to the public but are available by phone. People can find their local field office phone number by accessing the Field Office Locator.
To allow available agents to provide better phone coverage, the agency is temporarily changing the National 800 Number hours starting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The hours will change from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time to 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. local time. The agency is experiencing longer than normal wait times on the 800 Number and asks the public to remain patient, use its online services at www.socialsecurity.gov, or call their local office.
Please visit the agency’s COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ for important information and updates.
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Upcoming April Webinars
Moving Beyond the Packet: Creating More Culturally Responsive Distance Learning Experiences
Friday, April 3, 2020 01:00 pm – 2:15 pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern (USA)
Parents as First Teachers: Supporting Reading Development at Home in Culturally Responsive Ways
Monday, April 6, 2020 01:00 pm Pacific Time / 4pm Eastern (USA)
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COVID-19 Public Health Webinar Series
Webinar Series Description:
Join us for this 4-part webinar series, as we review what we currently know on disability inclusion as it relates to this emerging issue. Each session will be 75-minutes.
- Session 1: Advice from Medical Providers
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Hear from experts on steps to prevent COVID-19 for people across the lifespan who have a disability. Discussion will include staying safe and receiving community-based services and supports, as well as tips for wellness and what to do in case someone with a disability becomes ill. Register today!
- Session 2: Advice from Family Members and Caregivers
on Dealing with COVID-19
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Learn tips and strategies from caregivers and family members on how to organize daily life of caring for someone who has ID/DD and planning what to do if you get sick. Hear thoughts on balancing needs of taking care of children/adults with disability with caregiver's needs. Ideas on how to help address/relieve anxiety, stay calm and carry on will be shared. Register today!
- Session 3: Advice from People who have a Disability on Dealing with COVID-19
Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Hear from self-advocates and allies on how to deal with COVID-19 as they share tips and strategies on hand washing, mental health, nutrition, and exercise. Steps on how to work with personal care attendants and direct support providers will be reviewed. Be safe in your relationships - what does social distancing mean in your friendships and relationships. Register today!
- Session 4: Advice on Your Questions
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Join this webinar for an Open Question and Answer Session, with a panel of representatives from the medical field, self-advocates, caregivers and federal partners. Register today!
Never Lose Focus
"We need to participate, not merely be involved. It is, after all, the parent who knew the child first, and who knows the child best. Our relationship with our sons and daughters is personal and spans a lifetime" ~Cory Moore
NAMI Family Support Group
A support group for parents and caregivers with mental health conditions and welcoming to those with developmental disabilities.
- Suitable for adults 18 years and older
- Offered at no cost to participants
- Second Saturday of every month from 10am-11am
- Cincinnati Children’s Hosptial College Hill
o 5642 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224