State Support Team Region 9 Serving Schools in Holmes, Stark, and Wayne Counties

Stark State Advanced Technology Center ~ 6057 Strip Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720  
Telephone: 330-492-8136  ~  Toll Free: 1-800-733-7732


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Covid-19 Resources | Information and Flyers | Event Calendar | Of Special Interest

Family & Community Information and Event Calendar

Information and Flyers

  1. Resources from Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
  2. Autism Society of Greater Akron
  3. Resources from Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE)
  4. State Support Team 9, Stark County Educational Service Center and Tri-County Educational Service Center COVID-19 Resources
  5. Remote Learning Resources
  6. OCALICON 2021
  7. Emergency Broadband Benefit
  8. Cape Youth
  9. Stark Smart FAFSA Conversation Video
  10. Grandunderstanding - OSU Family Engagement Center and Grandfamilies Resource Hub
  11. 2021 Transformation Series
  12. Child Mind Institute
  13. Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide
  14. Triple P Positive Parenting Program Options with Catholic Charities
  15. Parent & Community Event Calendar
  16. Of Special Interest

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Resources from Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI):

  1. Social Narratives in Response to COVID-19  To help people with disabilities and those that support them, the OCALI Autism Center has created some social narratives to use at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Social narratives teach the individual appropriate social practices that can also help regulate behavior. Several examples have been provided to help families during the pandemic.  
    https://www.ocali.org/project/resource_gallery_of_interventions/page/to-support-families-during-the-COVID-19-crisis

  2. OCALI  FaceBook Live: 4 minutes at 4:00pm  Look for daily posts on Facebook on a variety of topics across the various OCALI centers.  Topics will include accessibility, special interests, self-regulation, activities to keep busy and have fun, and many, many more.   Live chat will occur if participants have questions during the broadcast.

  3. HereToHelp page
     https://www.ocali.org/project/stay-safe-strong-and-supported

  4. Social Narratives for Families
    https://www.ocali.org/project/resource_gallery_of_interventions/page/to-support-families-during-the-COVID-19-crisis

  5. Another newer resource are OCALI’s podcasts
    https://www.ocali.org/project/ocali-communication-standards/page/podcasts

  6. Episode 5 - It’s Different for Girls (https://www.ocali.org/project/inspiring-change-podcast)
     

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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The Autism Society is proud to introduce our new brand!

For too long, individuals living on the Autism spectrum have been categorized, labeled and placed into diagnostic boxes. But life experiences are far more complex and the Autism Society – along with the Autism Society of Greater Akron and its fellow affiliates – are ready for a brand that embraces the infinite ways people live their lives.

We are proud and excited to reveal today a new mission, vision, and Manifesto that empowers everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully. Our vision is to create a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it.

 

You will continue to see the outstanding programs and services we currently deliver, but with a new brand that reflects new energy, fostering connections within the Autism community. Connections to resources, information, services, opportunities, and of course, to each other. Whether you are a parent looking for a support group to build social connections for your child, or a self-advocate looking for ways to impact policy in your community, the Autism Society knows that The Connection is You™.


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This information is not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE)

Sensing Connections - Peer-to-Peer Grief Support for Families of Children with Deafblindness
If you have lost a child with deafblindness or know someone who has, the National Center on 
Deaf-Blindness is offering web-based, peer-to-peer meetings allowing parents who have lost a child 
an opportunity to process their grief and learn coping strategies that have helped others. The 
meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 PT/6:30 MT/7:30 CT/8:30 ET for 90 minutes 
beginning on September 1, 2021. See the attached flyer for additional information.
Website
Download PDF for sessions 9/1/2021 - 1/19/2022

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

Ohio Hands & Voices Educational Advocacy Training - 10/30/2021 - 11/20/2021

Ohio Hands & Voices is pleased to offer an educational advocacy training as a four part series on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 10: 30 am beginning on October 30th. This is our ASTra Level 1 training (Advocacy, Support, and Training) that is open to families, professionals, or anyone who wants to advocate for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The training is free for Ohio Hands & Voices members, and non-members can simply purchase a membership to register. 

Our ASTra training is unique in that it specifically focuses on the needs of deaf students. We review IDEA, ADA and 504 and how all three laws support students with a diagnosis hearing loss. A keystone of the training is “Special Considerations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.” This training supports and educates on the diverse needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, this includes all degrees of hearing loss and all language and communication mode users. 

ASTra training is designed to empower families, promote self-advocacy of students and build collaboration between families and schools. 

This training series is a perfect support for families who have a student transitioning from early intervention to pre-school, post-secondary transition, want to become more engaged in their child’s education, who are building a collaborative educational team. 

Past participants report: 


If you’d like to learn more about the ASTra training and program, please watch this 2 minute video, https://vimeo.com/344606162
The training is presented by trained lay advocates and we will not be offering legal advice, as we are not attorneys.

Please share this email and flyer with any families or colleges who may be intested in attending. We do offer a financial need scholarship to families. Please email advocate@ohiohandsandvoices.org for scholarship information. Click here to register online. Registration closes on October 28th. 

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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State Support Team 9, Stark County Educational Service Center and Tri-County Educational Service Center COVID-19 Resources

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Remote Learning Resources

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center: Remote Learning and Pandemic Resources for SCHOOLS

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center- Remote Learning and Pandemic Resources for FAMILIES

ODE Resource Guide for Families and Caregivers  (many other resources to share with families are embedded in this)
Family Guide to At-Home Learning from CEEDAR Center at University of Florida 

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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Ocalicon 2021

Registration

November 16-19

OCALICON is the premier autism and disabilities conference where thousands of people from around the world come together to learn, network, and share research, best practices, and resources to support the life-long needs of individuals with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and sensory and low-incidence disabilities. This year will mark our 15th anniversary, and we can't wait for you to join us as we celebrate over a decade of transforming inspiration into action.

Event is held exclusively online, and registration includes full access to both live and on-demand content.

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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Emergency Broadband Benefit

What is it?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary
FCC program to help households struggling to afford
internet service during the pandemic. The benefit
provides:

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband
    services;
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on
    qualifying Tribal lands; and
    A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop,
    desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a
    participating provider.

A household is eligible if one member of the household:

Has an income that is at or below 135% of the
Federal Poverty Guide lines or participates in certain
government assistance programs;
Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price
school lunch or breakfast program;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current
award year;
Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job
loss or furlough since February 29, 2020; or
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating
provider’s existing

INFORMATION PDF

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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CAPE-Youth is currently looking for youth with disabilities between 16 and 24 to participate in a working group with 25 state leaders. The youth involved in the working group will discuss issues that youth with disabilities face during their transition to adulthood. The selected youth will have the opportunity to engage state leaders to improve the transition outcomes of youth with disabilities from high school settings to employment or post-secondary settings. 

More information about the opportunity can be found on CAPE-Youth’s Website.  

This event is not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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Stark Smart FAFSA & Financial Aid Video

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Grandunderstandings Resource Hub

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center’s GrandUnderstandings project is designed to provide resources to assist grandfamilies and the educators who support them. Click below to find grandfamily specific tools and resources.

Grandfamilies Resources

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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Ohio Employment First

2021 Transformation Series – #MovingForwardTogether

Website: https://ohioemploymentfirst.org/view.php?nav_id=521

Transformation Series Resources - https://padlet.com/kellyschuck/Bookmarks

The 2021 Transformation Series provides an opportunity for stakeholders to gather and share ideas, strategies, and practices that will assist them as they move through the systems change process and help improve person-centered planning, community membership, and employment opportunities for individuals across Ohio.

The 2021 series features two great offerings to help support your continued transformation journey:

1. Transformation Talks https://ohioemploymentfirst.org/view.php?nav_id=522

Six (6) pre-recorded 1-hour on-demand video recordings featuring subject matter experts in transformation. From setting the groundwork to engaging families and caregivers to utilizing technology for administrative efficiency, Transformation Talks feature key topics and information you can view at your own pace and schedule.

2. Transformation Tuesdays https://ohioemploymentfirst.org/view.php?nav_id=523

Subscribe to the 2021 Transformation Series Mailing List! Click HERE

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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Sharing Books Building Brains

4 min. 17 sec. video from Cincinnati Children's Hospital titled "Sharing Books Building Brains"

This even is not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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For many children, parents and teachers, uncertainty feels like the only constant as the start of the new school year approaches. Even as we try to enjoy this last stretch of summer, it’s hard not to worry about how kids will fare in the fall, especially those with mental health or learning disorders.

This week on childmind.org, we’ve rounded up our experts’ top advice on heading back to school. Partnering with teachers is more important now than ever, so we’ve got tips on how to open the lines of communication and work together to support kids. Plus, with so many competing demands on the table, we offer guidance for setting clear priorities this school year — what to emphasize, and what to let go.

How to Set Priorities This School Year

How to Set Priorities This School Year

What to do when you can’t do it all.

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Back-to-School Tips for Kids Who Are Struggling

Back-to-School Tips for Kids Who Are Struggling

New strategies and planning ahead can make a difference.

READ MORE ▸

Anxiety in the Classroom

Anxiety in the Classroom

What it looks like, and why it might be misunderstood.

READ MORE ▸

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

The U.S. Department of Education released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience.

The Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide includes guidance and best practices for caregivers around topics including:

1. How to leverage flexibilities and innovations technology and digital tools provide, such as accessibility options, to meet the unique needs of every learner — including students with disabilities and English language learners.

2. Simple steps parents can take to keep their children safe online and foster safe online behavior, such as accessing security features on a child's device, keeping track of log-in information, and keeping children safe while videoconferencing. The guide also discusses the importance of digital citizenship and offers parents resources to help their child navigate online bullying or encounters with troubling content.

3. How a competency-based learning approach, which measures a student's knowledge of a subject rather than time spent on the subject, can harness technology for the benefit of students. Digital resources like online assessments, periodic check-ins, and more can update parents on their child's learning progress, and they can provide instructional flexibility in the event of a school disruption.

4. Easy-to-understand primers on major federal laws governing student privacy and safety, such as FERPA, IDEA, and COPPA.

The Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide was informed by the feedback and contributions of digital learning experts representing researchers, parents, educators, and school leaders, as well as Digital Promise and Learning Heroes. This publication is the first in a series that will ultimately provide digital learning knowledge and resources to educators and school leaders in addition to parents and students.

The guide can be viewed here.

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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Triple P
Positive Parenting Program Options
with Catholic Charities
(Download PDF)

Option #1: Triple P Discussion Groups
Parenting topics of relevance to those with children aged 0-12 are covered, using short video clips as a springboard for discussion. Practical and doable strategies are suggested which address common behavior concerns, encourage cooperation and respectful communications, and build strong relationships.
Choose any one of the following topics:

The one 2-hr. session is FREE and offered virtually via Zoom while COVID-19 precautions are in place. Morning, afternoon, or evening sessions are possible. A gift card incentive is available for participants who complete all program requirements. Contact Barbara at 419.512.9104 or bxkudravi@ccdocle.org for more information or to register for a small group or individual session.


Option #2: Primary Care Triple P

This is a very brief and private way for parents to get Triple P support for addressing a very specific behavior concern in a child aged 0-12. There are usually about four sessions. These are FREE virtual sessions or phone sessions while COVID-19 precautions are in place. Nicole Mann, an early childhood mental health consultant and licensed therapist with Catholic Charities, provides this service. Professional referrals required. Contact Barbara at 419.512.9104 or bxkudravi@ccdocle.org for more information about this option.


Option #3: Triple P Online

This is a FREE broad-based parenting intervention delivered online for parents of children up to 12 years. The program involves eight (1-hour) online modules that parents complete independently in their own time--from a computer, tablet or smartphone. Triple P Online introduces users to Triple P’s simple strategies to encourage positive behavior and to prevent and manage misbehavior. Parents who are comfortable using technology and prefer the flexibility of online learning may be well-suited to this option. Participants must commit to completing all eight modules and receiving a minimum of one hour of support by a qualified professional with Catholic Charities. Professional referrals required. Contact Barbara at 419.512.9104 or bxkudravi@ccdocle.org for more information about this option.


Option #4: Triple P Teen Seminar Series
Are you a Wayne County parent/caregiver of a teen between ages 13-16? Do you have a few concerns about your teen? Are you interested in information to promote your teen’s progress? Join Catholic Charities in partnership with Wayne County Juvenile Court for any or all three FREE seminars: 1) Raising Responsible Teenagers, 2) Raising Competent Teenagers, and 3) Getting Teenagers Connected. Contact Hannah Gee CDCA, LSW at 330.317.8138 or email her at hlgee@ccdocle.org.
Wayne County

These events are not sponsored by State Suppport Team 9, but are provided for your information.

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If an event is canceled, the cancellation notice
will be listed on the date of the event.

 

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Of Special Interest

Meet Cameron Broom

 

Meet Nick Doyle - Seen on the Kelly Clarkson Show

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