OTTAWA-GLANDORF SPECIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Our department team members are committed to serving the students and families within our district. We work collaboratively with each building team to support the unique needs of our students in various settings. We offer intervention services as well as other related services such as speech and language, occupational, and physical therapies to support students that have identified disabilities.
Yours in education,
Director of Curriculum and
What if I suspect a child may have a disability?
Child Find is the process of identifying, locating, and evaluating children suspected of having a disability and who may be in need of special education and related services. The school district provides special education services to any child who qualifies as having a disability according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.
According to IDEA and the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities, a child may be identified under the following disabilities:
- Cognitive Disability
- Developmental Delay
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment/Deafness
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
Ottawa-Glandorf Local Schools is responsible for locating all children from birth through 21 years of age with a suspected disability who reside within the Ottawa-Glandorf Local School district. Parents, guardians, or anyone who knows of a child ages 5 through 21 with a disability currently not receiving services are asked to notify Jennifer Croy , Ottawa-Glandorf Director of Special Services. Ottawa-Glandorf collaborates with several county agencies to identify and locate children with suspected disabilities.
- Putnam County Board of DD - https://putnamcountydd.com/services-for-children/
- Putnam County Help Me Grow - https://www.putnamcountyesc.org/Content2/help-me-grow
- Putnam County Family and Child First Council
- Putnam County Health Department - https://putnamhealth.com/
- Putnam County Educational Service Center - https://www.putnamcountyesc.org/
Referral and Identification Process
After receiving a referral for a suspected disability from a parent, agency, or school personnel, a team of qualified professionals reviews all available information, including input from the parents and interventions implemented, to determine if a child who is having academic, behavioral, communication, or health problems is suspected of having a disability. In CCS this process usually occurs at a meeting called a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) meeting or an Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) meeting. If the child is determined to have a suspected disability, the school district will evaluate him or her at no cost to the parent within 60 days.
Children who are identified as having a disability are eligible to receive special education and/or related services. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed by a team of individuals, including the parent(s), a general education teacher, a special education teacher, a school district representative, other individuals who have knowledge of the child, and the child, as appropriate. The IEP will identify what type of special education services the child will receive and where those services will be provided. Please see the infographic below that outlines the process as well.
If you suspect your child may have a disability, please contact:
- The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
- The State of Ohio Office of Exceptional Children (614) 466-2650
A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education – Ohio Department of Education