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NATIONAL RESOURCES

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APH offers information on blindness, educational resources books, and accessibility solutions. The APH ConnectCenter offers free advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind and visually impaired, and associated professionals.

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FamilyConnect, a service offered by the American Printing House for the Blind, gives parents and family members of visually impaired children and professionals a place for sharing and resources on raising their children from birth to adulthood.

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Guide Dogs of America breeds, raises, and trains guide dogs for individuals who are blind/visually impaired and service dogs for veterans and children with autism.

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Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to improve the quality of life for children and their families, improve educational outcomes for children through deaf education reform, and improve educational advocacy efforts through parent/professional training regardless of communication philosophy.

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iCanConnect provides people with significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training.

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The John Tracy Center is a private provider of audiology diagnostics, education, resources, and support for families who have infants and young children with hearing loss. Services include: comprehensive pediatric audiological evaluations, a parent infant program, auditory-verbal therapy services, family and parent support program, counseling services, parent education as well as professional development.

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The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center supports professionals and families through dissemination of resources, training and evidence-based information in the areas of professional development, family-school partnerships and national collaborations to meet the linguistic, education and social-emotional needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children birth though high school.

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Lighthouse Guild is dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss through coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation, and behavioral health as well as related services directed at prevention, early detection, and intervention of vision disorders.

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The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials serves as a resource for stakeholders, including educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning about accessible educational materials. The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence houses the state AEM center in the Ohio.

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The National Center on Deaf-Blindness is responsible for national technical assistance, and works with state deaf-blind projects and other partners to improve educational results and quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families.

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The National Intervener & Advocate Association website provides information on the role of an intervener in supporting children with deafblindness in gathering information, learning concepts, and developing communication skills and intervention; in addition to training, and credential requirements to become and intervener.

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The National Organization for Rare Disorders is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them through the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services.

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The National Rehabilitation Information Center is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research that collects, catalogs, and disseminates articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by the National Institute on Disabilities, independent living, and rehabilitative research.

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The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition is a Technical Assistance and Dissemination project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and the Rehabilitation Services Administration that assists State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

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The Office of Civil Rights enforces federal civil rights laws, conscience and religious freedom laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, and the Patient Safety Act and Rule, which together protect the fundamental rights of nondiscrimination, conscience, religious freedom, and health information privacy.     

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The Office of Special Education Programs, part of the US Department of Education, is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

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The PACER Center provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.

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Perkins School for the Blind provides educational services to children and young adults with blindness, deafblindness, and multiple disabilities. Services include early intervention for birth-3 years, day and residential school services 3-22 years, assistive technology products and consultation to individuals, E-learning, resources, educational support, professional development to individuals in the field of blind education, the Perkins Library with books and materials in Braille, audio, electronic, and large print formats.

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Prevent Blindness produces informational brochures on vision testing, blindness, and visual impairments through support to education and research that promotes eye health care and early detection.

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Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, a national registry of interpreters, advocates for best practices in interpreting, professional development for new and professional interpreters, and high standards in the provision of interpreting services to diverse users of languages that are signed or spoken.

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SSI is a federal income supplement program for aged, blind, or disabled people (including children). Eligibility for the program includes consideration of total family income, family size, and other factors. Inquiries may also be directed to the local social security office.

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The United States Department of Education establishes policy for administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education, collects data on U.S. schools, and enforces federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights.

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United Cerebral Palsy promotes the independence, productivity and full citizenship of with cerebral palsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and other conditions, through an affiliate network.

STATE RESOURCES

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Bold Beginning! provides access to resources, tips, and services to anyone with a young child birth through three.

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The Deaf Community Resource Center aims to serve the needs of the deaf community through all phases of life, birth through end of life, by providing advocacy, day-to-day support, and education for both the deaf and hard of hearing individuals and those who interact with them.

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The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities oversees a statewide system of supportive services that focus on ensuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for individual’s with developmental disabilities.

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Disability Rights Ohio is a non-profit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.

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Help Me Grow is a program that works to support families and promote healthy growth and development for babies and young children birth through 3 years. Home visitors provide caring support and information to empower parents with skills, tools, and confidence.

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The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education provides services in Ohio for individuals birth through 21 years with deafblindness including free collaborative technical assistance to families, education personnel, and agency providers through training and information dissemination.

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The Center for Autism and Low-Incidence informs public policy and develops and deploys best practices – linking research to real life – so that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives for their whole lives.

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Ohio Relay is a service that enables people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafblind or those with a Speech Disability to place and receive phone calls.

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The State Library of Ohio provides access to reading materials to individuals with disabilities through several programs. The State Library, along with the Cleveland Public Library and the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled provide audio, braille and downloadable books to eligible residents. In addition the State Library and the Ohio School for the Deaf partner to provide the Deafness Outreach Collection maintained at the State Library.

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Pilot Dogs provides guide dogs, handler training, orientation & mobility training, on-campus housing, room and board, and more, all completely free for students.

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Ohio’s State Support Teams collaborate with schools, families, regional partners and the Department of Education through a continuous improvement process to ensure each child in Ohio has access to a high-quality education as a part of the Statewide System of Support.