New Center Announcement
We are excited today to officially launch two new centers in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children (OEC); The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness (The Outreach Center), and the Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT&AEM).
Ohio lawmakers were visionaries when they created OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence; ORC 3323.31) as a central source for high quality information, professional development, and technical assistance. The Office for Exceptional Children was at the forefront of partnering and investing in the high tech infrastructure, seeking a long-term strategy to build state and local capacity to meet students’ diverse learning needs. Over the last 10 years, this investment has proven fruitful. OCALI has assembled a core of competent and passionate professionals to research, develop, and deploy world-class knowledge. Parents and students in all 88 counties have been positively impacted by the existing capacity of technology, extensive collaboration, and content expertise leveraged in the service of each and every student.
The Outreach Center and the AT&AEM Center, powered by OCALI’s technology infrastructure – an integrated systems team – have the continued ability to get the right knowledge, to the right people, at the right time. Combined with the regional supports it will ensure that knowledge and resources are available to local education agencies (LEAs) as well as families and communities.
Today’s launch signifies a long term effort by the Office for Exceptional Children to integrate services and provide a unified approach to supporting the full continuum of learners, and specifically those with vision and hearing loss, and to ensure access to high quality instruction for all.
Shawn A. Henry
OCALI Executive Director
The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness (The Outreach Center)
The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness increases access and equity for students and their families who are impacted by blindness, deafness, hearing impairments and/or visual impairments.
We do this by connecting resources, training, supports and relationships so that communities can empower and equip students with what they need when they need it to grow, learn and live their best life.
The Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT&AEM)
The AT & AEM Center is a centralized, responsive resource center that empowers individuals with disabilities by providing accessible educational materials (AEM), access to assistive technologies and highly specialized technical assistance and professional development support.
The AT & AEM Center is a one-stop shop for individuals in need of accessible educational materials and tools – combining the services and resources available through expansion of the former Center for Instructional Supports and Accessible Materials (CISAM) and OCALI AT Center.