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Parent Mentor

The Parent Mentor of Centerville/Oakwood is a parent of a child with a disability. The mentor is employed by a district to provide training, support and information to families of students with disabilities. By providing these skills, we hope to enhance communication between families and the schools. Dawn Millhouse is the Parent Mentor and can be contacted by email: dawn.millhouse@centerville.k12.oh.us or phone: (937) 433-8841, Ext. 2037. Please feel free to contact her with any questions you have about your child.

Note: The notices on this website are provided for informational purposes only and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Centerville or Oakwood City Schools.

Information from the Parent Mentor


MultiTiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework that includes Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) frameworks.

MTSS Fact Sheet

Essential Components of RTI

Article - Modern Menu of Public Education Services (RTI, 504, IEP)

Websites for more information:

RTI Action Network

National Center on Response to Intervention


ETR & IEP Information

Ohio Department of Education has published new Parent Guides to Student Success that reflect the new curriculum: Ohio Family Guides.  The National PTA has published the updated guides. Follow this link to find the new guides for kindergarten through high school: National PTA Parent Guides

Parents may also want to read the Model Curricula for the grade level the IEP is written for. These standards are available for each grade from kindergarten through 12th grade at the following link: Learning In Ohio - Ohio Learning Standards. This information will help parents understand why certain goals are being set in the IEP.

The Office for Exceptional Children has revised the Evaluation Team Report (ETR PR-06) and Individualized Education Program (IEP PR-07) forms. They are required for the 2018-2019 school year.

Ohio Required and Optional Forms

Note:  To view the (dynamic) versions, you may have to use a web-browser with the Adobe PDF Reader plug-in disabled, download them to your computer, and then open the PDF directly from your hard drive.

ETR Process Flowchart - Time-lines included

What is an Evaluation?

What is Specially Designed Instruction?

Seven-Step Process to Creating Standards-based IEPs

OCECD - What is an IEP?


The It’s YOUR Life Regional Transition Fair. This FREE event is sponsored each year by State Support Team 10 in collaboration with its Regional Transition Council and Parent Advisory Council, plus other Regional and State Agencies.  There are many Transition related resources available on the SST 10 website under Post-Secondary Transition.  This link will also provide updated information on the It’s YOUR Life Regional Transition Fair.

In October 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, "Youth with Autism: Roundtable Views of Services Needed During the Transition into Adulthood." This report is the first in a series to determine the supports needed the help youth with ASD successfully transition after high school. More information can be found at the GAO website.

Mongomery County Board of Development Disabilities (MCBDD) list of Day Service, Employment, and Transportation Providers

My Next Move is a career exploration website. This site provides an interactive tool for exploring over 900 different careers

Every new school year is a "transition" for students with a disability. One of the members of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) developed this checklist to help parents communicate their child's needs to the teaching staff: Steps to a Successful Transition

The Regional Transition Council has published a Secondary Transition Planning brochure for families of students with disabilities. This brochure contains a list of agencies in Montgomery County that assist with Transition: Secondary Transition Planning

The Charting the Life Course Framework was created BY FAMILIES to help individuals with disabilities develop a vision for a good life, plan what they need to know and do, identify needed supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live: Charting Your Life Course Online Tools

The Centerville High School staff has developed a website dedicated to transition. Room C230 has been designated as the Academic Transition Center (ATC). It is available for use by all students on an IEP. The ATC offers assistive technology and support for students. Follow the link to the CHS Transition website. Thanks, Mrs. Rankey!

College Resources

Free SAT practice through a partnership with Khan Academy: SAT Practice

Top 100 Vocab Words on SAT/ACT

SAT and ACT Information

Questions regarding accommodations for Centerville High School student on the upcoming ACT or SAT college entrance exams should be directed to Rachel Bunger (rachel.bunger@centerville.k12.oh.us). Official approval can take several months to obtain.

Any Oakwood High School student requesting accommodations for the ACT or SAT College entrance exams should contact Cara Leedy (leedy.cara@oakwoodschools.org) to obtain official permission. Accommodation requests should be brought to her attention as soon as possible, since official approval may take several months to obtain.

Free ACT/SAT/GRE test prep: https://www.number2.com/

OhioMeansJobs Practice tests

SST-11 has posted its 2018 Colleges/University Resource Directory. It is an excellent tool for finding information about disability services at these post-secondary institutions.

Website for college-bound students who have a learning disability: College Web LD

The Ultimate SAT Prep Resources Guide will help students find the best SAT help: https://universityhq.org/resources/college-planning-guide/sat-prep/



Wright State University

WSU information for students with disabilities in grades 9-12 who are planning for education after high school. You can visit their website using this WSU High School link for more information. WSU also offers the RASE Program for students on the Autism Spectrum.



Interactive Websites for College Planning


FAFSA Help Ohio

FAFSA on Facebook

U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Finder




Transition to College




Websites for College Opportunities

For students with Intellectual disabilities: http://www.thinkcollege.net/

OSU - TOPS Program

Kent State - Community Studies Program

UC - TAP Program

NKU - SHEP Program

Shepards College in Union Grove, Wisconsin - 3 year program for students with Intellectual Disabilities.

Find other Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID)


SST-10 Recreation Directory

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati offers “sensory-friendly” performances. If you are interested in ordering tickets, don’t delay. To purchase tickets, please call Krista Katona Pille at (513) 569-8080, Ext. 15 or email krista.katonapille@tctcincinnati.com.


Special Olympics of Greater Dayton

For more information or questions about Special Olympics of Greater Dayton, please contact the Kettering office (937) 293-9550.

Miracle League of Greater Dayton provides baseball programs for children and adults with special needs. www.miracleleaguedayton.org/

Scene 75 is offering a Special Needs Program for anyone with a disability. See the Scene75 flyer for complete details.

"Cheers" is a co-op club for young people, at least 16 years old, with a Developmental Disability. Supervised recreational, educational, and leisure activities are offered for members: Cheers flyer

Adapted Sports Connection - Miami Valley

The OTA Fun Night Program at Sinclair Community College is an opportunity for current Sinclair Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program students (under supervision of a licensed and certified Occupational Assistant) to plan activities and work with clients age 16 and up with developmental disabilities. These Fun Night activities take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. in the OTA lab located in Building 14 on Sinclair’s Dayton campus, following Sinclair’s school calendar. Clients sign-up to attend OTA Fun Night Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings and plan to attend the same evening each week throughout the semester or year. Three special outings are planned for each semester (for example, shopping trips, bowling, etc.) and these outings are a combination of all three client groups. Plenty of notice is given regarding these special events. OTA Fun Night is FREE for clients, and most importantly, it is FUN!!! Contact Katie Tetrault Walker, MOT OTR/L, for complete details: (937) 512-3565 or katie.tetrault@sinclair.edu

Homework Aids

Is you child struggling to understand a newly introduced concept? Khan Academy offers a completely free online video library that includes information on a wide variety of subjects/topics that may help your child learn. Visit the Khan Academy website: www.khanacademy.org

Here are some free Graphic Organizers available for use.

Online Visual Dictionary

Check out INFOhio at www.infohio.org/. This site provides many electronic resources to help your child with homework, projects and other activities. It is free to everyone in Ohio because it is grant funded. Please email me for the username and password. Due to the license agreement, I cannot publish them. The parent document can be found in the INFOhio Toolkit download under the Resources tab on this page.

Quizlet learning tools: https://quizlet.com/

Digital Public Library of America: dp.la/

Everyday Math Website: http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/ (includes helpful links for parents)


The following links can provide fun and interesting ways to reinforce what your children are learning in school:











Make, Take & Teach Blog: blog.maketaketeach.com/

NCTM's Figure This: www.figurethis.org/index.html

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html

Math Dictionary: www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

Free Math Games K-8: www.elementarymathgames.net/

More Free Math Games: www.ixl.com/

Dr. Mike's Math Games: www.dr-mikes-math-games-for-kids.com/

Math Fun Brain Games: www.funbrain.com/


The following links are for free reading games and other resources:

PBS Kids: pbskids.org/games/reading.html

Star Fall: www.starfall.com/

Word Games: www.wordgames.com/

Kids Read: www.kidsread.com

Guys Read: www.guysread.com/books/

Reading Rockets: www.readingrockets.org/

Start with a Book: www.startwithabook.org/

Scholastic Parent Resources

Scholastic Teacher Resources

Read Brightly

Storyline Online

ABCYA Online

Oxford Owl

Into the Book - Reading Comprehension Strategies


Sesame Street

Summer Camps

Region 10 - State Support Team Camp List: 2019 Summer Camp Directory

The Kettering Rec Complex will be offering Camp Discovery (ages 7-21 years) this summer starting June 2019. Applications are available now at the complex or contact Addie Weaver at (937) 296-2587 for more information.

CAMP NUHOP, located midway between Columbus and Cleveland in Perrysville, Ohio, has released their Summer camp schedule. This is a residential camp, ages 6-18, for children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and behavior disorders. Follow the link for more information: http://nuhop.org

Registration is now open for Camp Hamwi, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association's Camp program. Call 1-614-437-2914 or visit Camp Hamwi to register.

COSI in Columbus Ohio offers a special "Family Access" membership for families eligible for a Medicaid waiver. The membership is only $49 for one year and includes 2 adults and children 18 and under. Passes can not be purchased online. Call (614) 228-2674 for details. You must provide a copy of a photo ID and the Ohio Medicaid Card. Follow this link for more details: www.cosi.org/membership

Marmon Valley Ministries in Zanesfield, Ohio, is offering the Insight Horse Camp for the blind and visually impaired children ages 7-17. For more information, visit the Camp Insight website, under Summer Camps - Choose a Camp.

The Cincinnati Center for Autism has begun registration for the Camp Ability Summer Day Camp. Please visit www.cincinnaticenterforautism.com under Summer Services, if you have any questions.

Registration for Camp Ho Mita Koda, a subsidiary of the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland has begun. Please visit www.CampHoMitaKoda.org if you are interested.

Camp Kern YMCA camps, 5291 State Rt. 350, Oregonia, Ohio: www.campkern.org

Traveling with Special Needs

Autism on the Seas offers travelers supports for family members with autism and other developmental disabilities. Check out their offerings: www.autismontheseas.com/

Disability Travel provides information on accessibility of travel destinations. Website: www.disabilitytravel.com/accessible-travel-tips.htm

Autistic Globetrotting is a travel blog with great information and trip planning lists for traveling with individuals with autism. Website: www.autisticglobetrotting.com/

Special Needs at Sea provides special needs equipment rentals for cruises and on land travelers. Visit this site: www.specialneedsatsea.com/

Planning Trips for Children with Autism provides valuable ideas on how to plan ahead for sensory needs. www.online.simmons.edu/blog/preparing-trips-children-with-autism.com




Useful Websites

Online Care Notebook - Use this resource to create an online binder for school and medical information. Many Health Summary forms can be downloaded as well.

OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) is offering a webstream session on the third Thursday of each month for families of children with disabilities. All sessions will be archived for your convenience. Go to the OCALI Family Center website for complete details and to view archived sessions. See the "OCALI Third Thursday" flyer for more information.

Raising a family can be tough! Check out the new statewide RedTreeHouse website. This website has parent information, resource material from hundreds of organization, a list of agencies and organizations throughout the state, and a statewide calendar of workshops, webinars and conferences. As an added feature, the website will send you updates about new website information (on topics you select), the first of every month.

Need assistance and do not know where to turn to find help? Montgomery County Human Services has issued a "No Wrong Door" reference guide. Click here for more information and to view the reference guide online.

The Resiliency Ohio website promotes mental wellness for all youth and their families. The website was created by Resiliency Leadership Ohio, with support from the Center for Innovative Practices, the Ohio Federation for Children's Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities


Special Ed Connection - Request free e-News

Find What Works! - The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programsproductspractices, and policies in education.

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council has published a  Handbook for Guardianship & Estate Planning.

The Disability Foundation has information about setting up Trusts for children with Special Needs.

Your Money, Your Goals is a set of financial empowerment materials for organizations that help people meet their financial goals by increasing their knowledge, skills, and resources. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provides these materials FREE of charge either via downloads from the website or by ordering printed copies from the CFPB.

Book Share provides accessible electronic books and materials to individuals with legally qualifying disabilities. Free student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Follow this link for membership information: www.bookshare.org/

LearningAlly, formally RFB&D(Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) offers free recorded books for students with a certified Print Disability. Follow this link for free individual membership information: www.learningally.org/

Dyslexia Help at the University of Michigan: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity 

Dr. Rick Lavoie: www.ricklavoie.com/

Dr. Russell Barkley (ADHD): russellbarkley.org

ADHD Online Lectures: http://adhdlectures.com/

Dr. Thomas E. Brown (ADHD): www.drthomasebrown.com/

Dr. Philip DeMio (Autism): www.drdemio.com/

4C For Children: www.4cforchildren.org/

Family Voices: www.familyvoicesohio.org/Home_Page.html

Miami Valley Regional Center: sst10.org/

One Place for Special Needs: www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/

Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association: http://www.mvdsa.org/

Guide to Living with Sensory Overload: https://householdquotes.co.uk/sensory-overload/

Sensory Activities for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, written by Purdue Global's professor in early childhood, Dr. Lisa Wright. https://www.purdueglobal.edu/blog/psychology/sensory-activities-children-autism/

Special Education Law

Ohio Dept. of Education Operating Standards & Guidance

Ohio Operating Standards 2014

Lawriter - Chapter 3301-51 Education of Students w/Special Needs



Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI): http://www.ocali.org/

Ohio's Interagency Work Group on Autism (IWGA): www.iwg-autism.org/

Autism Speaks: www.autismspeaks.org/

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: www.asatonline.org/

National Autism Center (NAC) Resources for Families: http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/resources/for-...

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents: http://autism.sesamestreet.org/

CDC Autism Links: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/links.html

Accommodation Resources for Students with ASD: http://www.washington.edu/doit/accommodation-resou...

Teaching Tips from Temple Grandin: https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=601

Operation Autism for Military Families: http://operationautism.org/

Estate Planning for Parents of a Child with ASD: https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/estate-planning-f...

Tips for Shopping with Loved Ones with Sensory Issues: https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/sensory-overload-...

Spectrum Careers - Job Seekers with Autism: https://www.thespectrumcareers.com/

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) have released the IACC Strategic Plan for ASD Research.

Mental Health

NAMI Montgomery County

Vision Impairments

Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Vision Impaired - CA.BVI

Hadley Institute for the Blind & Vision Impaired

Teaching Students With Vision Impairments


Peggy Martin, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Family Advocate, provided this link to the SELF Waiver Handbook.

Updated SELF Waiver Handbook - April 2018

Check out the list of FREE webinars available at INFOhio.


Here, you’ll find quick connections to materials and resources you can use with youth with disabilities and their families to build their abilities to advocate for themselves.

Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.

Self-Determination is “Acting as the primary causal agent in one’s life and making choices and decisions regarding one’s quality of life free from undue external influence or interference.”- Wehmeyer, 1996

Estate Planning/Trusts/Guardianship/Supported Decision Making

Supported Decision Making http://supporteddecisionmaking.org/node/482

Disability Foundation (Trusts) http://www.disability-foundation.org/

Guardianship Frequently Asked Questions from Disability Rights https://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/guardianship-frequently-asked-questions

Estate Planning for Children with ASD https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/estate-planning-for-parents-of-children-with-autism

STABLE Account Explanation https://www.fpacentralohio.org/aws/FPA/asset_manager/get_file/171534?ver=6

Wills and Trusts: What parents of Special Needs Children Need to Know: https://www.care.com/c/stories/6650/what-special-needs-parents-need-to-know-about/


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