Family & Parent Engagement

Family Support & Parent Engagement

State Support Teams provide assistance to parents and guardians navigating state and federal special education initiatives, laws and regulations. This includes referrals and guidance for resources and services for children through age 21. State Support Teams also provide assistance to parents and districts involved in potentially contentious special education issues.

State Support Teams answer questions about special education, including identification and evaluation, individualized education programs (IEPs), discipline, placement and related services.

State Support teams provide technical assistance and learning opportunities to parents that enhance parent participation in their child's education, and provide information about district and community resources and services for children through age 21.

State Support Teams support and provide resources to parents with the timely dissemination of information through networks, meetings, parent councils, the Web site and other means.

Region 4 team member who can provide information to parents and families is:

Anthony Pizzuti, Family Contact, apizzuti@sst4.org or call 440-350-2563, press 0 to speak to the receptionist.

Family Supports

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Special Education Dispute Resolution
Situations may arise where parents or other family members believe a school has violated federal or state law. ODE encourages parents, family members and schools to work together to resolve differences. If those attempts are unsuccessful, the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, provides free facilitation and mediation to assist the parties in resolving their differences.
Several new resources have been developed to assist families and districts in understanding the dispute resolution processes available to them through the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children.
 
Facilitation Information Sheet
Facilitation takes place in a team meeting such as an individualized education program (IEP) team meeting, evaluation planning meeting or an evaluation team meeting. The facilitator is a neutral, third party who is not a member of the team and does not make any decision for the team. Having a facilitator assists the team in being productive and keeping the focus on the student. Facilitators are professional mediators who have been trained by the Office for Exceptional Children in special education processes.
 
Mediation is a voluntary process for resolving disputes between two parties. For mediation to occur, both sides must agree to mediate. The mediation process is facilitated by a trained impartial third party, the mediator, who helps the parties communicate with each other about their concerns in an effort to reach a mutually acceptable solution.
 
Ohio’s Dispute Resolution Processes Information Chart
Outlines all the available dispute resolution processes available from the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children.

Region 4 team member who can provide additional information to parents and families is:
Anthony Pizzuti, Parent & Community Engagement Consultant, apizzuti@sst4.org or call 440-350-2563, press 0 to speak to the receptionist.

Parent Resources

State Support Teams provide assistance to parents and guardians navigating state and federal special education initiatives, laws and regulations. This includes referrals and guidance for resources and services for children through age 21. State Support Teams also provide assistance to parents and districts involved in potentially contentious special education issues.

State Support Teams answer questions about special education, including identification and evaluation, individualized education programs (IEPs), discipline, placement and related services.

State Support teams provide technical assistance and learning opportunities to parents that enhance parent participation in their child's education, and provide information about district and community resources and services for children through age 21.

State Support Teams support and provide resources to parents with the timely dissemination of information through networks, meetings, parent councils, the Web site and other means.

Region 4 team member who can provide information to parents and families is:

Anthony Pizzuti, Family Contact, apizzuti@lakeesc.org or call 440-350-2563 ext. 796, press 0 to speak to the receptionist.

Contact Information

Anthony Pizzuti
Consultant
apizzuti@sst4.org
Cell: 440-251-1243
 
Laura Marino
Administrative Assistant
440-350-2563 ext. 741
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