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Special Education

Special Education

Special Education encompasses a wide variety of topics from initial evaluation to alternate assessment to operating standards. We have provided a number of direct links and resources to help you more easily navigate the world of special education in order to better support all students on the learning continuum.
Region 12 SST is committed to helping the educational community increase their capacity for improving outcomes of all students, including students with disabilities. We offer a variety of special education-related professional learning and technical assistance services for educational staff. 

Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities

The Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities identify the state requirements and federal Part B Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requirements that apply to the implementation of special education and related services to students with disabilities by school districts, county boards of developmental disabilities and other educational agencies.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act (IDEIA) is a federal law that provides some funding to states to educate students receiving special education services. Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive intervention services under Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under Part B.

Walter Horn Award Nomination Forms

The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award is presented to one educator or team from each of Ohio’s sixteen State Support Team regions, who have made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities.

Named in honor of the late Dr. Franklin B. Walter, Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977 until 1991, a post held longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio’s history.  With over 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Walter’s leadership is evident in many of Ohio’s quality educational initiatives and programs.   Among these is the development of the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities. This is the 31st year that this award has been given.

The R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s sixteen State Support Team regions.   This award was established thirty-three years ago by the Ohio Department of Education.

Named in honor of the late Dr. Raymond A. Horn, Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction Emeritus, this prestigious award recognizes students’ remarkable performance.   Acknowledged as a national leader in the field of special education, Dr. Horn devoted more than 60 years of service to improving the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities.   Dr. Horn left behind a legacy and a challenge to all of us to ensure that every student with a disability be given the respect and the opportunities to which they are entitled.

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