3 to 14 Years Old
The following services are available for children aged 3 to 14 who qualify:
The local school districts in Butler County are responsible for providing education to children at no cost.
3 to 6 years old
When a child turns 3 years old, they can have what is called an Individual Education Plan. The IEP spells out exactly what services the child is to receive. The IEP includes annual goals, including academic and functional goals and benchmarks or short term objectives that will meet each of the child’s other educational needs that result from the child’s disability. It also addresses making progress in the general education curriculum and participating in extracurricular activities.
6 to 10 years old
When a child turns 6 years old, Board staff can assist in verifying eligibility for services. Eligibility is determined from a two-step process: diagnosis verification and administration of the Children's Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI). The COEDI assesses a child's mobility, self-care, self-direction, capacity for independent living, learning, and receptive and expressive language. If a person has a qualifying diagnosis and at least three areas of substantial limitations according to the COEDI, then that person is eligible for services through the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
10 to 14 years old
When a child turns 10 years old, Board staff can assist in verifying eligibility for services. Eligibility for children aged 10 and older is determined through a Level of Care (LOC) assessment. The LOC assesses a child's mobility, self care, self direction, capacity for independent living, learning, receptive and expressive language, and economic self-sufficiency (for children 16 and older.) If a person has a qualifying diagnosis and at least three areas of substantial limitations according to the LOC, then that person is eligible for services through the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Becky Kremer is the Parent Mentor for Ross, Hamilton, Monroe and New Miami Schools. The Parent Mentor Program is offered by school districts – mentors provide information and support to families about special education issues and they make sure the district receives perspective and input from families. Contact info: email and (513) 795-8430. Like their Facebook page.