Ask Abbey: Developing Literacy Skills for Learners Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Learn easy-to-use strategies to increase auditory skills, visual language skills, and reading and writing print for learners who are deaf or hard of hearing.
#HereToHelp Resources for Families and Caregivers
From tips and ideas, to specific resources and strategies, and inspiring quotes and funny stories, our team is excited to share these resources with you.
#HereToHelp Resources for Professionals
From tips and ideas, to specific resources and strategies, and inspiring quotes and funny stories, our team is excited to share these resources with you.
#HeretoHelp Social Narratives
Use new social narratives at home during the COVID-19 crisis to teach social practices that can also help regulate behavior. There are a variety of subjects available to download.
#HereToHelp Video Gallery
View our video series of tips for families and professionals during COVID-19. Be sure to check out Routines, Taking a Break, Children’s Stories in ASL, and Home Base to support summer activities at home.
10 Min with Barb and Ron
Join experts Barb Gentille Green and Ron Rogers for casual chats infused with a perspective on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). These videos are geared toward parents, educators, college students, administrators.
2021 Transformation Series: Moving Forward Together
Check out this collection of resources and online events that assist providers, county boards, families, individuals, and others to think about and move from facility to community-minded supports.
A Guide for Assessment
A hub of assessment resources for families and professionals as a guide through the assessment process.
Lead by Melissa Bacon and Teresa Kobelt, the Office of Policy has a depth and breadth of knowledge in health and human services, public and private policy, and systems change…not to mention personal passion.
Accessibility Features in Zoom
Learn more about the accessibility features built-in to Zoom. Utilizing these features will make your presentations accessible to a wider audience.— Posted on April 24
ADA 30th Anniversary Podcast Episode
We interview 3 different people from 3 different generations about their thoughts on the ADA and how it has impacted their lives. #30ADA
Advice from Families, Caregivers, Self-Advocates
People with disabilities and their families have a lot of questions about healthcare right now—here are some resources to help answer those.— Posted on April 20
Learn about accessible educational materials (AEM) and what parents, educators, and administrators need to know to support students with print disabilities.
ASD and Assistive Technology Video Collection
Explore a collection of videos related to ASD and assistive technology.
ASD and Assistive Technology: Literacy
Gain an understanding of common literacy barriers for individuals with ASD and the feature matching process to select supporting assistive technologies.
ASD and Assistive Technology: Organization
Help students with ASD who struggle organizing self, time, materials and information through the use of assistive technologies selected through a feature matching process.
ASD and Assistive Technology: Social
Learn about common social barriers for individuals with ASD and the feature matching process used for the selection of assistive technology tools.
ASD and Assistive Technology: Writing
Assist students with ASD who struggle with writing by using a feature matching process to select appropriate assistive technology supports.
ASD Strategies in Action: Behavior Assessment and Planning with Evidence-Based Interventions
New! In-depth functional behavior assessment and positive behavioral intervention planning course to decrease interfering behaviors and teach new skills.
ASD Strategies in Action: Made for Families
An online video-based learning solution that provides everyone in your family with practical information, real-life examples, and skills they can use to care for and support loved ones with autism spectrum disorder.
ASD Training and Professional Development
Explore professional development resources addressing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other complex disabilities.
Assessment and ASD
Whether you are beginning your assessment journey or fine-tuning the assessment process, explore a wealth of information related to assessment and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Assessment Guidelines for Families
Review resources for family members as they navigate the assessment process.
Assessment Guidelines for Identification
Information for school evaluation teams determining eligibility for services as a student with ASD.
Information for families and professionals, whether they are beginning their assessment journey or fine-tuning the assessment process.
AT Academy with Mike Marotta
Coming March 2021! The AT Academy© is a multi-session training program designed to build foundational competencies to deliver Assistive Technology (AT) services.
ATP Certification Scholarship
Want to advance your (AT) knowledge? Qualified employees of CBDDs in OH have the opportunity to receive $1,400 in scholarships to build their capacity for AT service delivery and earn AT Professional (ATP) Certification.
Autism Diagnosis Education Project
Learn about the Autism Diagnosis Education Project on educating families, health care professionals, educators, and others interested in screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Co-Occurring Conditions
Discover a collection of resources that provides information about autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring conditions.
Back to School and Learning at Home During Covid-19
Prepare for back to school with our video resource gallery, which includes Remote Learning Access for Students with Complex Needs, Setting Up Google Classroom, and Learning at Home.
Blind / Visual Impairment Basics
Discover resources that provide an overview of causes, evaluation procedures, and services for children who are blind/vision impaired.
Book Study Resources for Autism Focused Professional Learning Communities
Consider professional learning communities and online book studies for collaborative learning.
Bullying and Individuals with Special Needs
Learn about supports for the more than 60 percent of individuals with disabilities impacted by bullying. These supports are for their families, their peers, and those who educate them.
Bullying and Individuals with Special Needs - Upstander Video
Learn to be an upstander and stand up for those who are victims of bullying behavior.
C to B Training Opportunity
Find out how your agency can participate in training to improve transitions for children and families between IDEA Part C (Early Intervention) and IDEA Part B (School-Aged Services).
Captions for Online Learning Environment
Providing captions for students in an online learning environment is crucial. Google and Microsoft offer easy and accurate ways to provide live captioning within several applications.— Posted on April 28
Career Exploration Through Career Interviewing and Online
Conduct an informational interview with trusted adults and free online resources. Start planning for work at any age!— Posted on May 6
Center For The Young Child
Promoting a Strong Start and Charting a Positive Course for Young Children with Disabilities
Challenges and Successes in Implementing Customized Employment Strategies
Challenges and Successes in Implementing Customized Employment Strategies
Learn about service and treatment information for challenging behavior, including, causes, agency supports and practical tips for dealing with crisis behavior.
Challenging Behavior Training for Teachers
Professional development to help teams understand how to examine challenging behaviors and create a proactive plan.
Children's Stories in American Sign Language
Discover free, online resources that offer children’s stories in American Sign Language that can be accessed anywhere.— Posted on May 14
Collaborative Networks for Student Support and Family Engagement are Predictors for Success
Establish strong support networks for all transition age youth to reach their desired adult outcomes. Cultivate networks of support for youth by fostering family and community involvement.
Join other professionals to share expertise and resources for standards based planning designed to support the full range of diverse learners in any classroom.
Communications and Media
Communicate about disability thoughtfully and respectfully with our writing style guide. Represent OCALI and its Centers properly using our visual identity guide and brand assets.
Community of Learning
In everything we do, we are building a community of people who are impacted, inspired, and supported by OCALI —our OCALI community.
Computer Assisted Instruction and Community Based Instruction - Evidence Based Practices
Realize how community-based instruction and computer assisted instruction extend transition learning opportunities.
Creating a Plan for Teaching Skills Using Evidence Based Practices
Engage in a comprehensive planning process with EBP that leads to more successful outcomes for youth.
Customized Employment Guide
Discover the strategies used in Customized Employment and links to more information for those who are just beginning.
Develop the details and the flow of the daily schedule through daily planning. Outline each staff member's responsibilities and student specific schedules with this third layer of planning.
Deaf / Hard of Hearing Basics
Discover resources that provide an overview of causes, evaluation procedures, and services for children who are deaf/hard of hearing.
Described and Captioned Media Program
Access thousands of videos that provide closed captioning and/or audio description. Accounts are free for children or students with a disability.— Posted on April 30
Developing SGMs and SLOs for Students With Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Explore suggested guidelines and models for designing both SLOs and SGMs for students with complex learning and access needs who take the Alternate Assessment.
Discover Design and Deliver 2016 UDL Summer Institute
A two-day intensive designed to help educators build and support a learning environment where all students can succeed.
District Autism Training
Intended for district teams, the two-day institute focuses on a district-wide approach for improving outcomes for students with ASD.
Early Childhood Featured Tip of the Month
Find resources that support healthy development. Healthy Children, Healthy Families, Healthy Futures
Early Literacy Braille Library
Explore OCALI’s early literacy braille book collection, including recognizable books like 'Goodnight Moon' and 'Clifford, the Big Red Dog'. This collection includes both uncontracted and contracted braille.
EI Seminar 01 - Infant and Toddler Growth and Development
Increase knowledge about developmental milestones, growth and developmental domains, and integrating skills across domains, from birth to age 2.
EI Seminar 02 - Disabilities and Risk Factors from Birth
Learn in-depth information and resources related to physical, medical, developmental, sensory, and mental health conditions and risk factors in young children.
ELSA - Employability/Life Skills Assessment
Learn more about employability life skills that employers want. Use this fillable form from the LTC to identify personal-social behaviors, self-determination skills, and daily living habits for adult life.
Employment and the Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Understand the issues surrounding successful employment for someone with ASD and to highlight the supports and resources that assist in maintaining employment.
Evidence Based Practices and the Instructional Process
Discover how task analysis and data collection are used in the instructional process when using evidence based practices.
Evidence Based Practices and Evidence Based Predictors for Adult Success
Use these research-based tools to improve youth success in community employment and participation.
Evidence Based Predictors of Post School Success
Explore the activities, services and programs during school years that contribute to improved outcomes after school.
Executive Function: Self Regulation
Incorporating basic self-regulation techniques throughout the day can support your child with managing stress, control impulses, and coping with strong feelings and emotions.— Posted on April 22
Family and Community Outreach Center Resource Gallery
Discover the OCALI tools and resources families use most.
Family-Centered Services Seminar
Learn from the newest Early Care and Education Seminar about family-centered services and supports to enhance the well-being of families, establish strong relationships with families, and build the capacity of families.
FASD Classroom Prevention Education
It is important to reinforce a strong no alcohol message for all students.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Learn about FASD, an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.
FM System Loan Procedure
Examine and trial FM systems with students who are hard of hearing or have other auditory processing disorders. An educational audiologist must make the request and dispense/monitor the system during the trial period.
Focus on Chaining and Prompting- Evidence Based Transition Practices
Understand why chaining and prompting are critical for instruction and how to use these practices effectively.
Format for Families - ELSA - the Employability/Life Skills Assessment
ELSA is newly updated! ELSA is an informal assessment that family members can use to gather information about their son/daughter’s abilities with employability and life skills.
Format for Transition Team Professionals - ELSA - the Employability/Life Skills Assessment
ELSA is newly updated! ELSA is an informal assessment to gather information about a student or youth’s current abilities with 24 employability and life skills.
From My Perspective Podcast
Hear from people with disabilities, their families, friends, coworkers and neighbors. You’ll hear about everyday life, passions, interests, opinions.
General Overview for Families
Get started with general information on autism and other Low Incidence Disabilities and where to learn more.
Getting Through The Day With First-Then
Using First-Then strategy to move a family through the day.— Posted on May 8
Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum Podcast Segments
Facilitated by Dr. Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman, a panel of autistic women discuss their diagnosis, personal and professional relationships, and careers. Tune in to learn more from their unique perspectives.
Girls on the Autism Spectrum AIM
Learn about how autism presents in girls and women with our new AIM modules, and how to provide strategies based on their specific needs.
Got time? Activities to keep you busy and have FUN!
Discover inexpensive and simple ways to fill those gaps of time while staying safe at home.— Posted on April 27
Guidelines for Alternate Assessment
This section includes suggested factors to consider when assessing students with disabilities using alternate assessments.
Guidelines for Transition Assessment
This section includes information to support individuals, parents and professionals as they work together to create transition plans through the use of age-appropriate transition assessment.
Home Base / Calming Spot
Home Base or Calming Spot is any location in the home, school, or community where an individual who is having a difficult time managing their emotions can feel safe and comfortable.— Tune in May 11
Important Changes to AIM and ATIM
AIM & ATIM sites are getting an upgrade! New features to support learners and a new system to purchase certificates. Starting Aug. 1, tokens will no longer be available for purchase and all must be used by Sept. 1st.
Improving Your Interactions With Small Children
Four ways families and caregivers can increase the interactions with young children in their daily lives. Tips that promote adult-child exchanges and help build relationships.— Posted on May 15
In Memory of Representative Jon Peterson
It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that OCALI announces the passing of Representative Jon Peterson.
Initiatives and Collaboration
See a sampling of the national, state, and local projects we’re involved in and the work we do.
InspirED Center for the Young Child
Check out Center for the Young Child's Zoomcasts from the OCALI InspirED series!
InspirED Family and Community Outreach
Check out Family and Community Outreach Center's Zoomcasts from the OCALI InspirED series!
InspirED Lifespan Transition Center
Check out Lifespan Transition Center's Zoomcasts from the OCALI InspirED series!
InspirED Teaching Diverse Learners
Check out Teaching Diverse Learners Center's Zoomcasts from the OCALI InspirED series!
InspirED Universal Design for Learning
Check out Universal Design for Learning Center's Zoomcasts from the OCALI InspirED series!
InspirED Video Gallery
If you missed a session or want to go back re-watch or check out other sessions, check out the InspirED Video Gallery. Did we mention that this is a FREE way to get professional development hours?
InspirED Virtual Learning Series
Join us each week for a 30 minute Zoomcast series about engaging diverse learners in a remote environment.
Inspiring Change Podcast
View our first vodcast featuring the team of ASL interpreters for Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Learn more about the governor’s COVID-19 press conferences, and listen in to a thoughtful discussion about access for D/HH.
Introduction to ASD
Discover a collection of resources that provides parents and professionals with foundational information for understanding autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Introduction to the Evidence Based Transition Practices
Become aware of eleven evidence based practices that promote successful community outcomes for transition youth.
Know More Do More: Early Childhood
This week, we are featuring resources from our Lending Library on early childhood and supporting the whole child.
Know More Do More: Social-Emotional Wellbeing
We are featuring resources from our Lending Library on the social-emotional wellbeing of people with disabilities and those who live with, love, and care for them.
Know More Do More: Supporting Family Interactions
This week, we are featuring resources from our Lending Library that support family interactions.
Know More Do More: Supporting Independence
This week, we are featuring resources from our Lending Library on supporting the independence of people with disabilities from adolescence to adulthood.
Learn About UDL
UDL is an approach to designing educational environments and products so they can be used by the widest range of students without adaptation.
Learning at Home: Support Ideas for Educators, Families and Students
Support for teams educating learners with the most complex needs in the home environment.— Posted on May 7
Learning Media Assessment (LMA): An Introduction
Join this introductory, one-hour webinar to understand LMA, why it is used, how it helps, who uses it, where it fits on an IEP, and more.
OCALI's Learning Pathway matches OCALI resources to professional development needs in the areas of assessment, learning standards, behavior, and least restrictive environment (LRE).
Live Webinars to Support Online Learning During Covid-19 Crisis
The Assistive Technology Industry Association is hosting a series of free, live webinars that are pertinent to the assistive technology community.— Posted on April 14
LTC is Now Hiring a FT Transition to Adulthood Consultant
Join the team! The Lifespan Transitions Center is seeking a full-time, experienced Transition to Adulthood Consultant.
Matching your Career with your PINS!
Using your Preferences, Interests, Needs, and Strengths (PINS) to guide future planning.— Posted May 19
Mnemonics and Simulation - Evidence Based Transition Practices
Explore examples of mnemonics and simulation and discover new resources.
Mobile Technology- Evidence Based Transition Practice
Learn how mobile technology apps can support workers to become more independent with the completion of work tasks.
Mobile Devices for Postsecondary Goals Part 1: Using Mobile Devices
Learn about a feature-matching process that can match an individuals’ needs and abilities to an appropriate device and improve postsecondary outcomes.
Mobile Devices for Postsecondary Goals Part 2: Selecting Apps
Browse different apps for mobile devices that can help support access and independence in community living, employment, and continued learning for all individuals.
Multi Agency Collaboration to Support Positive Outcomes for Transition Age Youth
Discover new strategies for local collaboration from Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities
National Deaf Awareness Month
September is Deaf Awareness Month, and the Outreach Center is proud to share free resources like the MedEd Connections Resource Guide for Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to help families build their understanding.
Navigating Agency Support
Explore information about agencies, tips for multi-agency collaboration and resources to navigate agency processes.
New ATIM module on AAC Assessment: Adults with DD
Expand your knowledge of AAC Assessment to determine and recommend augmentative and alternative communication devices, aids, and strategies for adults with a developmental disability.
Newly launched course AIM: Motor Differences
Learn about the main body systems that impact motor control, identify aspects of typical development, and understand motor differences that can impact people with autism throughout the lifespan.
OCALI Autism Resources for Transition Age Youth
Updated resources on the OCALI Autism Center webpage can help any youth prepare for adulthood.
Stay informed with our monthly newsletter – featuring stories and strategies that help support the care, work, and activities of parents, families, professionals, and individuals.
OCALI's statement denouncing hate, bigotry, racism, and discrimination
We have the power to make our voices heard and come together to demand access, equity, and accountability.
OCALICON Rewind Podcast Series
Trauma is an incredibly personal and individual experience. But, what about people on the autism spectrum—what's different about how they experience, deal with, and live with trauma?
Registration is now open for the nation’s premier autism and disabilities conference. Nov. 11-13, 2020.
Office of Policy
The Office of Policy works to connect research, real life, and policy so people with disabilities can live their best lives for their whole lives.
Ohio Supports for Individuals with Significant Cognitive Delays and other Low Incidence Disabilities
Explore the wide range of supports and services available across the state.
Ohio's Statewide FASD Initiative
Ohio's FASD Statewide Steering Committee has partnered to fight the tragic effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Ohio's System of Support for People with Disabilities and Their Families
Connect to State agencies that may help you or your family member.
Let the best and brightest minds (and hearts) in disability support your efforts through our network of staff and subject matter experts.
Parent and Family Workshops
Learn more about resources to support your loved one(s) and the next steps to get started.
Part 1: The Foundation of Self-Care
Activate your daily routine with a few simple foundational self-care tips!
Part 1: Trauma Informed Care (TIC)
Join Heather Leffler, Regional Liaison for Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, as she explores the basics of TIC and how it relates to Transition age youth.
Part 2: Strategies and Resources for Self-Care
Equip yourself and youth with resources from OCALI and the community, to support the path to a healthy self.
Part 2: Trauma Informed Care (TIC), Building Resiliency
Expand knowledge of TIC and review resources to assist youth to lead their life!
Plain Language Resources
Accessible, plain-language information related to coronavirus.— Posted on April 29
Planning to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners
Improve your planning skills with planning templates and guidance documents designed to increase your capacity to meet the needs of the most complex learners.
PLAY Project: A Strategy to Enhance Relationships for Young Children with ASD
Learn about the PLAY Project, a play-based approach that nurtures critical parent/child relationships.
Policy Center Resources
Find the latest research and policy briefs, as well as information on the legislation and policy matters we’re following.
Power Cards are visual supports, including a special interest, that are designed to teach and/or reinforce academic, social, behavioral, and organizational skills.— Posted on May 1
Preschool Autism Training Series
Intended for preschool personnel working with students with ASD the three-day institute focuses on understanding the diverse needs of young children with ASD.
As a recognized leader in innovation, research, and evidence based practices, OCALI is often called upon to provide testimony to the state legislature on legislative initiatives that impact individuals with disabilities.
Professional Development on Challenging Behavior for Teachers
Learn a functional behavior assessment (FBA) process to support individuals with complex needs.
Remote Learning Access for Students with Complex Needs
Explore remote learning opportunities geared toward students with complex needs.— Posted on April 21
Remote Learning Resources for Students Who Are B/VI
Explore remote learning resources and opportunities geared toward students who are blind or visually impaired.— Posted on May 4
Request Help from the Autism Center at OCALI
Learn how the Autism Center at OCALI provides high quality professional development and consultation services to school districts and other educational organizations.
Resource Gallery of Interventions
Explore interventions to support learners with ASD and other complex needs.
School Based Partnerships to Support Transition Services
Learn how Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities and school partners have created valuable transition services in the county.
Self Advocacy Part 1
Meet advocates of different ages, abilities, and from different walks of life. Learn about their unique perspective on what the terms self-advocacy and advocate mean to them.
Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination - Evidence Based Practices
Consider the many skills involved in self-determination and self-advocacy and discover how to add these EBP into the daily curriculum.
Self-Advocacy: Part 2, Speak up! It's Your Life!
Eight advocates voice their needs! Youth and individuals with disabilities can learn from advocates to use their voice to build the life they want.
Self-Advocacy: Part 3, Resources to Plan Your Life!
Capitalize on resources the advocates have used to create the life they want as part of their local community.
Self-Care for Individuals, Families, and Professionals
Explore some simple ideas, find what might work for you, and take the first step to starting a new habit toward self-care.
Self-Monitoring and Self-Management- Evidence Based Transition Practices
Discover the key components of an effective self-management plan and use a case study to create a plan.
Setting Up Google Classrooms
A collection of short videos about setting up a google classroom developed by Eric Curts. Join us as we explore these and a few other resources from Control-Alt-Achieve.— Posted on April 16
Explore SIFTS (Student Inventory for Technology Supports), an OCALI tool to support teams through the AT feature matching process.
Social narratives are visually represented stories that provide a learner with socially appropriate responses and encourage individuals to regulate their behaviors in a variety of social situations.— Posted on April 17
Social Narratives - Spanish Version
Use the Autism Center’s social narratives -- now available in Spanish -- to teach safe practices and socially appropriate behavior during the COVID-19 crisis.
Special interests are the most powerful form of reinforcement for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Check out these tips on how to incorporate special interests into a child’s day.— Posted on April 15
Standards Based Instruction and Assessment
Learn why assessments should be aligned to, and measure student knowledge of, grade level standards, functional skill standards and IEP goals and objectives.
Stay Safe, Strong, and Supported: COVID-19 Resources
During this unprecedented time, we all are finding innovative ways to work, learn, socialize, and approach our daily lives.
Students Need To Be Engaged to Learn
Engaging students is a critical factor for learning and success, and the most important principle of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Explore easy-to-use engagement strategies in this segment.— Posted on May 13
Suite of Resources: Responding to Trauma and Supporting Resilience
Early Childhood Professionals will learn to recognize signs of trauma and identify practical strategies to build resilience, along with connecting and engaging families with resources and supports.
Learn about essential topics for transition and adulthood and engage in new ideas through Take 5 webcasts
Taking a Break
Taking breaks is essential during these trying times. Scheduled breaks offer families the opportunity to refresh their minds and provide time away from school assignments and work responsibilities.— Posted on May 12
Teaching Diverse Learners Overview
Review the specific supports and services that should be included throughout the planning practices to ensure access and inclusive opportunity for ALL learners.
Telepsychology Webinar Series
Building Capacity to Serve All Learners: Effectively Assessing Learners via Telepsychology, the webinar series created to help school psychologists and district and building leaders confidently assess all learners.
That's a Wrap: 4 minutes at 4:00 p.m. Series Finale
Learn more about the #HereToHelp resources, ideas, and simple tips shared during the spring 2020 virtual campaign.— Posted May 20
The Best Version of YOU; Everyday Tips to Promote Self Care
These days, maintaining a balanced life may seem out-of-reach. To be the best version of yourself, it is important to take care of yourself. Explore four simple tips to support a healthy self every day.— Posted May 18
The Journey Webinar Gallery Now Available
The webinar gallery is now available so you can catch up on past episodes, share, and learn more about easing the transition process to adulthood with a variety of tools and resources to prepare for the future.
The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness: Professional Development Opportunities
Explore professional development trainings related to deafness or blindness.
The Start-To-Finish Library
Discover a resouce for those struggling to read or getting reluctant readers to start reading. This special collection offers over 100 books that each come with an interactive CD-Rom.
Tidbits for Toddlers
Listen and learn, these quick 'on the go' videos are for families and those who work with young children. Come back often and find out how you can support our youngest learners.
Learn to plan so that each learner has what they need to actively participate in daily instruction and assessments within a unit of study. The Tiered Plan contains the details for each lesson.
Top 10 List for Families
The top 10 most popular books requested by families in the free Lending Library.
Transition Planning and the IEP
Use the elements of IEP transition planning to create a result-driven program focused on adult outcomes.
Transition to Adulthood Guidelines
View online guidebooks on topics including Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment and IEP Transition Components.
Transition Youth and Employment
Learn about the core principles to consider when planning for competitive integrated employment for youth with disabilities, including ASD.
Join the UDL Twitter chat using #UDLChat the first and third Wednesday each month at 9pm EST. Learn the latest news and tips from other professionals in the UDL community.
UDL Collaborative Directory
Discover how Ohio supports the statewide implementation of UDL by building the capacity of regional facilitators.
UDL In the News
Explore breaking news, research, strategies, and templates on Universal Design for Learning.
Learn how developing units of study can bring together standards across subject areas into meaningful clusters that merge academic learning and real life applications.
Universal Design for Learning Professional Development
Learn the about the instructional framework that increases student educational participation and academic achievement in your classroom.
unlearning: Virtual Book Chat
Learn from experts and colleagues about unlearning: Virtual Book Chat, hosted by Ohio's UDL Collaborative. Mark your calendars for each hour-long Zoom session.
Using Descriptive Language to Increase Accessibility - Alt Text and Audio Description
Discover how to use descriptive language and text descriptions in your content to improve accessibility and increase comprehension of the content being taught.— Posted on April 23
Video Modeling- Evidence Based Transition Practice
Uncover the benefits of video modeling and engage in hands on experience with creating and editing videos.
Visual Supports - An Evidence Based Practice
Demonstrate how visual supports can be used to support organization, communication, task completion and independence.
What are Evidence Based Predictors?
Analyze researched based activities, services, and supports for transition youth to have positive adult outcomes in the area of employment, community living, and continued education training.
What Works for Work: Evidence Based Transition Practices and Predictors
Enhance skill development by using evidence based practices (EBP) to teach critical skills for adult life.
What's New on Ohio's DB101 Website?
Receive trusted information about the youth’s financial planning. Set up a free account today and plan for the future, no matter how many times your plans change!
Young Children, Families, and OCALI
View the many informational materials and resources that OCALI has available to support a positive beginning for young children and their families.
ASQ Developmental Milestones Screening
An online developmental assessment tool for families to use in their homes to identify potential concerns.
Autism Awareness Month 2014
April is recognized as National Autism Awareness Month and provides an opportunity to educate the public about autism spectrum disorders.
Daily Tips to Address the Hidden Curriculum
Utilize daily Hidden Curriculum tips to address the social competence needs of individuals with ASD.
Family and Community Outreach Center Updates
Find updates from the Family Center on topics that matter to people with disabilities and their families.
Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum
Discover a collection of resources that provides parents and professionals with information on girls and women on the autism spectrum.
OCALI's Response to the Newtown Tragedy
OCALI responds to the events of December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut.
Ohio to Expand Availability of Services for Children with Autism
Autism services will be included as part of the essential health benefit package that federal law requires in every state beginning in 2014.
Ohio's Academic Content Standards Extended (OACS-E)
Now available online: OACS-E for the 2012-2013 school year
Sondra Williams Receives Courage Award from Governor Kasich
OCALI Board Member Honored During the State of the State Address
We Connect Now
Developed in an effort to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues.
Accessing Educational Services
Review information about special education, including assessment, qualifying for special education services, parent rights, and the components of the IEP.
Advocacy and Disability Awareness
Gain knowledge about advocacy and the importance of seeking support.
ASD Facts Sheet
Learn and share basic facts about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with this downloadable fact sheet.
ASD Self-Check Checklist
Characteristics and Qualities of an Effective Support Person for Individuals with ASD
ASD: A Basic Introduction for Families
Start here if you or someone you know has just gotten a diagnosis of autism, this guide will provide some basic information, tips, and possible next steps.
Definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Find the definition of autism spectrum disorder according to the DSM V.
Discover ideas about transitioning to adulthood and future planning, including guardianship, estate planning, and trust funds.
Letter to Request a Multi-Factored Evaluation
View an example of the letter parents can write to request a Multi-Factored Evaluation to support a comprehensive review of your child's educational program.
Living with ASD
Obtain information on living with autism with a focus on the family unit and how to address common family issues, including difficult moments.
Navigating the Rough Waters
Learn about what you can do when you disagree with the school district's decisions regarding your child's educational program.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Explore an overview of the world of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) developed by Ohio parents. Discover a broad range of resources, supports, interventions and services.
Parent Packaged Materials
Teach and learn with materials developed for use in meetings and trainings by parents and parent groups across the state of Ohio.
Process for Determining Eligibility for Special Education Services
Review a chart illustrating the process for determining eligibility for special education services.
Quality Residential and Other Services for Adults with Autism Guide
Use this framework to navigate the six critical categories in quality care and find the best fit for you and your family.
Screening and Diagnosis
Gain information on the screening, evaluation and diagnostic assessment process. Also, learn about conditions that may co-exist with ASD.
Social Service Programs
Learn about Ohio's social service programs that provide services and supports to eligible individuals with ASD and their families.
Tips for Supporting Individuals with ASD
Learn about tips for enhancing social interactions with individuals with ASD through this downloadable tip sheet.
Find helpful forms, along with a newsletter devoted to the topic of Home-School Communication. Forms can be printed for personal use.
What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Understand autism spectrum disorder and its underlying characteristics associated with it.
What to Do When Your Child Exhibits Dangerous Behavior
Get the support you need when your child exhibits dangerous behavior.
Advice from Parents - Challenges Can Be Overcome
Hear families share daily challenges faced by their family member with autism and words of wisdom to help overcome the hurdles.
Advice from Parents - Family to Family: Advice From the Heart
Find out what advice these family members have to share regarding their journey with autism spectrum disorder.
Advice from Parents - New Diagnosis. Now What?
Hear from families the emotions they experienced and what they did to cope with learning about their child's autism diagnosis.
Advice from Parents - Transitions Can Be Tricky: What Helps?
Listen to these family members talk about what strategies they have used to support transitions.
Advice from Parents Video Series
Listen and learn from parents and siblings as they share their thoughts and perspectives on living with and caring for a family member with autism.
Age Appropriate Transition Assessment (AATA): What Is It?
Learn about the process of AATA, how to identify the information needed for transition services and use the data to inform postsecondary goals.
Age Appropriate Transition Assessment: A Process of Asking and Answering Questions
Learn about a simple, effective, process to identify the focus of the needed AATA through a process of asking and answering questions.
View webcasts that share information about bullying and how to support those with special needs who are being bullied.
Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale (ASDS)
Dr. Brenda Smith Myles introduces the Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale, also known as the ASDS. The ASDS is a rating scale that can help to determine whether an individual has Asperger Syndrome.
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
The ADOS is a semi-structured standardized observational assessment tool designed to assess autism spectrum disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.
Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ)
Renee Lake introduces the Autism Spectrum Quotient or AQ. The AQ is a screening tool designed to detect autistic characteristics in children between the ages of 4-11 years old.
Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ)
The ASSQ is a rating scale designed to detect social impairment and screen for symptoms related to autism and other high-functioning disorders.
Community Support Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities
This web cast reviews community support programs for young adults with disabilities.
Creating Expert Learners Through Universal Design for Learning Yields Successful Adult Outcomes
Discover how the UDL Expert Learner model supports successful lifelong learning, connects to transition planning and improves adult outcomes.
Current Employment Picture for Individuals with Autism
A discussion of the current employment picture for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the possibilities that exist for future employment.
Customized Employment and Job Development
View an introduction to Customized Employment, which uses a flexible approach to match the skills of the applicant to the needs of the employer.
Designing for the Least Restrictive Environment in General Education
Engage like never before with Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) as you discover the WHERE and HOW to ensure LRE.
Disability Services for College Bound Students
Reviews the role and function of the Disability Services Office with a focus on the types of supports that may be helpful for a student with an autism spectrum disorder.
Early Intervention PSA
Gain knowledge on the research that shows African American and Hispanic children are diagnosed later and Ohio's Act Early team has worked to improve this situation.
Educational Assessment of Autism: A Team Approach
The Miami Valley Regional Center Autism Assessment Team provides information on an effective way to conduct autism assessment in order to gain reliable information to determine eligibility.
Employing Individuals with Autism
Comments on the benefits of employing individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and also offers advice to individuals with ASD who are seeking employment.
FASD - Miss Sally's Stimulating Environment
In this webcast, a story involving a newly hired kindergarten teacher faced with challenging classroom behaviors will be shared.
FASD - Sarah's Story
In this webcast, you will listen to Sarah, a young woman with an alcohol related birth defect share her life story.
In this webcast, information related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) will be provided.
Learn how Gabby and her multi-agency transition planning team worked together to support Gabby on her journey to her adult life goals.
Google Assistant to support Postsecondary Goals
Broaden any team member’s resources when working with either teenagers or adults. Using Google Assistant along with backwards planning is an aid to increase positive post school outcomes.
Google Calendar to support Postsecondary Goals
Google Calendar can optimize your daily, weekly, and monthly priorities and goals. Google Calendar assists students with goal making and task preparedness as they use backwards planning for positive post-school outcomes.
Google Hangout to support Postsecondary Goals
Break down barriers that interfere with independent completion of task using Google Hangout to support work tasks throughout the day.
Google Keep to support Postsecondary Goals
Improve productivity in all settings by using visual, audio, and checklist that can be shared with others as well as connecting through backwards planning.
Google Maps to support Postsecondary Goals
Broaden one’s horizons within the community using Google Maps.
This webcast reviews issues that parents and others will need to consider related to guardianship of young adults with disabilities.
How to Assemble an Interdisciplinary Autism Evaluation Team
Dr. Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman share information regarding the process of forming an interdisciplinary autism evaluation team.
Introducing Your Child to Others
Listen as two parents share their strategies for helping others understand their child's unique characteristics.
Job/Career Development and Preparing the Workplace to Support an Employee with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
A discussion the importance of preparing the workplace.
Key Considerations for Interdisciplinary Autism Evaluation Teams
Dr. Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman discuss factors to consider when working as an interdisciplinary autism evaluation team.
Least Restrictive Environment Video
Watch a video that helps you understand the term Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
Medicaid Buy In
Watch this video to see how Medicaid Buy In can be a viable incentive for workers with disabilities.
Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness: Take 5 Introduction
Discover the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness and the resources available to support students with deafness and blindness and their families.
Psychoeducational Profile 3rd Edition (PEP-3)
Dr. Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman introduce the Psychoeducational Profile, 3rd Edition (PEP-3). The PEP-3 is an assessment tool used for interdisciplinary evaluation of autism spectrum disorders.
Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT)
Watch and learn as Sarah Hoffmeier briefly discusses The Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children designed to indicate a child's risk for an autism diagnosis.
Dr. Jane Case-Smith introduces the Sensory Profile. The Sensory Profile is a caregiver questionnaire designed to determine how well children process sensory information.
Social Competence Strategies for Families 1
Discover evidence-based strategies and promising practices to teach friendship skills.
Social Competence Strategies for Families 2
Explore evidence-based strategies to build success when participating in community activities.
Social Competence Strategies for Families 3
Learn evidence-based strategies to lessen anxiety related to social situations for family members with ASD.
Social Competence Strategies for Families 4
Learn evidence-based strategies to help the individual navigate new situations, or help families when things go wrong.
Social Competence Strategies for Families Video Series
Learn strategies to teach social skills to your family member with ASD. Help them develop social competence through this four-part video series.
Social Security Work Incentives
Learn more about other work incentives and reducing dependence on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) cash benefits.
Solutions and Strategies for Educational Identification of Students with ASD
Information on educational identification of ASD. Topics covered include: legal foundations, when to evaluate for ASD, diagnosis vs. eligibility, and the team process.
Strategies for Educators
In this FASD webcast, educators will learn the types of behaviors that often are associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and be provided with environmental strategies.
Testing the Limits
Learn the concept of testing the limits and how to use this clinical procedure to gain additional information about an individual's abilities, ability to learn, and types of assistance required.
The Art of Job Coaching
Dr. Peter Gerhardt, discusses the art of job coaching and the qualities one should possess to be an effective job coach for an employee with an autism spectrum disorder.
The Aspirations Program
Highlights of the Aspirations Program for young adults with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism at the Nisonger Center of The Ohio State University.
The Employee with Autism Spectrum Disorder
A video and toolkit about employees with autism spectrum disorders.
The Importance of Internships
Tykiah Wright, of WrightChoice Intern Program, explains the importance of experiences such as internships for successful career development and employment.
The Leader's Role in Supporting UDL
Learn about how leaders can use and support the use of the UDL framework to ensure learning for all.
Third Thursday - Alternate Assessment and Standards Based Instruction
Learn about standards based education for learners taking the Alternate Assessment.
Third Thursday - ASD Strategies in Action: A FREE Video-Based Training Resource
Parents will learn about OCALI's new Autism Certification Center (ACC), which has just launched ASD Strategies in Action an exciting, video-based training resource.
Third Thursday - Autism and Girls: What's the Difference?
An exploration of gender differences in autism spectrum disorder.
Third Thursday - Employment First and the 8 Predictors of Transition Planning Success
Identify and discuss the evidence-based practices that promote a transition outcome of integrated community employment.
Third Thursday - Grandparents: How They Can Help Parents with ASD
Learn from author Jennifer Krumins about what Grandparents can do to support their adult children dealing with the challenges of ASD
Third Thursday - Healthy Relationships: The Foundation for Helping Your Child with a Disability
Listen to the story of a family with a middle schooler with ASD and the way they've worked their community to support each other and their son.
Third Thursday - Learn Strategies for Addressing Puberty and Sexuality
Learn some basic information to help parents prepare for the teaching that must be done to prepare their child for the changes of puberty.
Third Thursday - Out and About: Thinking About Summer Activities for Your Child
This session will discuss choosing and preparing for summer activities that will teach basic life skills.
Third Thursday - Preparing Your Child for a Good School Year
Learn how to be proactive in helping your and child - and you - get set up for a positive start to the new school year.
Third Thursday - Priming: A Strategy to Help Your Child Prepare for Anything
Priming is an effective strategy parents can use to help their children with disabilities navigate a wide variety of new situations.
Third Thursday - Sensory Issues: What Parents Need to Know
Learn the basics about our sensory systems and what behavior a child with sensory challenges may exhibit.
Third Thursday - Services Across the Life Span for Individuals with Disabilities
Learn about the County Boards of DD and the supports they offer throughout your child's life.
Third Thursday - Special Interests: Using Special Interests to Support Success at Home and School
Learn instructional strategies incorporating your child's special interest to support learning.
Third Thursday - The IEP Process: An Opportunity for Partnership
Learn about the IEP Framework and how it provides a foundation for information exchange between parents and educators.
Third Thursday - Transition Planning Tools
Discover helpful tools for future planning - from the time your child enters school to when he's ready to move on to adulthood.
Third Thursday - Understanding Assistive Technology
Learn about Assistive Technology including identifying and funding the right device
Top 10 Tips for Working With and Evaluating Students with ASD
Dr. Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman discuss their Top 10 List of tips for working with and evaluating students with autism spectrum disorders.
Transition Team Member Highlights
Parents and stakeholders in transition youth life consider their strengths, preferences, interests and needs of the young person when looking work experiences in their local community.
Transition to Adulthood: Focus on Community Living Issues
Information that one should consider for youth with autism spectrum disorders during the transition to adulthood, with an emphasis on community and residential issues.
Transition to College
Ann Palmer, author and parent of an individual with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), reviews strategies for the student with ASD who plans to attend college after high school graduation.
Using UDL to Leverage Co-Planning
Learn how you can use the UDL Framework to identify and remove barriers in their co-planning teams.
100 Day Kit
Acquire information from Autism Speaks 100 Day Toolkit that was created specifically for newly diagnosed families.
A Family-Centered Approach to Assistive Technology in Early Childhood
Explore the strategies that teams can use to promote family participation and engagement in the AT selection and implementation process.
Agency Assistance and Support
An overview of agencies serving persons with disabilities including who is eligible, what services these agencies can provide, and additional agency resources.
AIR - Ohio's Alternate Assessment Portal
Use this site to access test administration systems, sample tasks, and informational resources.
Antecedent-based interventions (ABI) comprise an evidence-based practice derived from applied behavior analysis (ABA) and are used to address both interfering and on-task behaviors.
ASD Strategies in Action: Many Faces of Autism
A free course introduces you to characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and dispel common misconceptions through the experiences and perspectives of individuals on the autism spectrum.
ASD Strategies in Action: School Age
This course presents real-world video examples of evidence-based strategies that further develop skills and can be used at home, at school, and in the community.
ASD Strategies in Action: Toddler and Preschool Age
This course features real-world video examples of evidence-based strategies that can be used across natural environments during many typical routines and activities of toddlers and preschoolers.
ASD Strategies in Action: Transition Age
This course presents real-world video examples of evidence-based strategies that focus on young adults as they prepare for transition into adulthood - at home, school, work, and in the community.
ASD-4-EI: What Early Interventionists Should Know
Identify initial concerns and red flags through the diagnostic process. Understand what evidence-based early intervention could and should look like.
Assessment for Identification
This module provides foundational information for understanding diagnosis, assessment for identification, and eligibility for special education services under the label of
Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM)
Learn about assistive technology through online learning modules on a broad range of topics for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others.
AT and AEM Center
The AT and AEM Center is a centralized, responsive resource center that empowers individuals with disabilities by providing AEM, access to AT and highly specialized technical assistance and PD support
AT for Administrators
School administrators must have a working knowledge of these laws and the implications of AT to facilitate good leadership among educators and families of students with disabilities.
The content of this module focuses on transition planning for students who use assistive technology (AT) as they move to new placements or settings.
Discover the Autism Treatment Network (ATN), providing resources to support families from the First 100 Day Kit to information on specific topics of concern.
Autism and Biopsychosocial Model
This module will define the biopsychosocial model as it has developed in psychiatry and other fields.
Autism Internet Modules (AIM)
Investigate free online modules on characteristics, evidence-based practices, and promising practices in ASD. Credit is available for a fee.
Autism Internet Modules (AIM)
3 New Modules in the AIM Collection: Behavior Intervention Plan, Using Special Interesting in the Classroom, and Emotional Vulnerability. Check them out today!
The Autism Scholarship allows ODE to pay a scholarship to the parents of a child identified with autism.
Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) / Speech-to-Text
This module will define ASR, discuss why it is used, who can benefit and list many resources for ASR products.
BGSU ASD Graduate Certificate
The certificate is interdisciplinary and will provide skills and understanding identifying and programming for individuals with ASD.
Book Study: A Land We Can Share
This book moves beyond functional literacy skills and shows K-12 educators how to bring high-quality, meaningful literacy instruction to students with autism.
Book Study: Building Social Relationships
This book addresses the need for social programming for children and adolescents with ASD by providing a comprehensive five-step model.
Book Study: Hidden Curriculum
Practical suggestions and advice for how to teach and learn those subtle messages most students pick up automatically but that have to be taught to those with social deficits.
Book Study: Late, Lost and Unprepared
A book full of practical strategies to support students with weak executive function skills including organization, impulse control and self-monitoring.
Book Study: The Ziggurat Model
This book study allows participants to learn about and practice a framework for designing interventions for those with autism spectrum disorders.
Book Study: There's A Boy In Here
A book written by a man with ASD and his mother, including reflections of his life and the affects of his challenges on him as well as his family.
Braille Format for Ohio's State Practice Tests
Search the lending library for braille versions of Ohio’s State Practice Tests. Practice tests are available for grades 3-8 as well as end of course exams for high school content areas.
Brain Injury Association of Ohio
BIAOH is a statewide advocacy and education organization established in 1982 to improve services and supports to Ohioans with brain injury and their families, and to promote prevention.
Charter Schools and Children with Disabilities
Do you have questions about Charter Schools and their responsibility for serving students with disabilities? See this new resource from the NICHCY.
This module will describe cognitive differences that occures with most individuals with ASD and discuss their impact on behavior and learning.
Collaborative Planning Wikispace
Join an Ohio based community of practice (CoP) where you can ask questions, browse and download resources and share planning examples.
Comprehensive Program Planning for Individuals With ASD
An overview of the CPP process and some tools that can be used as teams work to complete the development of a comprehensive plan for a student with ASD.
CPIR: Sibling Resources
Learn from siblings in their own words. This resource addresses sibling issues.
Differential reinforcement of other behaviors (DRO) means that reinforcement is provided for desired behaviors, while inappropriate behaviors are ignored.
Discrete Trial Training
This module will provide information on the evidence-based intervention, DTT.
DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet
Review the changes in ASD in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Early Care and Education Seminars
Expand your knowledge through in depth courses about prenatal, infant and toddler development, disabilities and risk factors from birth and providing family-centered services and supports.
Every Moment Counts
Every Moment Counts is a mental health promotion initiative developed to help all children and youth become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home and in the community.
Extinction is a procedure based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in which reinforcement of a previously reinforced behavior is discontinued.
Formative Instructional Practices
FIP helps educators develop a thorough understanding of the standards for their students, and they need to know how to teach those skills.
Functional Behavior Assessment
In this module, we will help the reader understand the relationship between the environment and challenging behavior, describe the steps for engaging, the tools available for gathering information.
Functional Communication Training
Functional communication training (FCT) is a practice that emerged from the research on functional behavioral assessment (FBA).
This module will define Home Base, a strategy that may prove helpful. Specific examples for use across settings and age groups will be provided.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
IDEA guarantees a free and appropriate public education for every child with a disability.
Language and Communication
This module will address two aspects of ASD: language and communication characteristics.
Large Print, Braille Books and Learning Aids
Interested in obtaining a long term loan of braille, large print books and learning aids for students who are blind or low vision? Visit the online searchable clearinghouse collection of braille and large print books.
OCALI’s Lending Library connects people with disabilities and those who support them with accessible materials, resources, and technology to promote lifelong learning.
Lending Library AT Devices
Explore AT features with an AT device loan from the lending library. Short term loans are available for AT device evaluations.
For subjects where traditional assessments are not an option (i.e., art or music) districts or schools should establish a process to create different strategies to measure student progress.
Milestone Back-to-School Tool Kit
Learn strategies for ensuring that your child has a successful start to the new school year.
Milestones Autism Resources
Explore a wide variety of resources including trainings, support groups, camps, and toolkits.
Naturalistic intervention is a collection of practices including environmental arrangement, interaction techniques, and strategies based on applied behavior analysis principles.
Navigating Accessible Instructional Materials
Explore basic foundational issues related to AIM and present the AIM Navigator - a tool that can be used to facilitate the selection and implementation of accessible instructional materials.
Through these modules, you will be able to identify the purpose and structure of the Ohio Academic Content Standards-Extended (OACS-E).
OCALI Lending Library Assessments
Need an assessment tool? Check the OCALI lending library for general assessment tools or for more specifically focused tools for behavior, sensory, communication, etc.
Take an audio journey into compelling conversations and captivating stories from families, policy makers, educators, self advocates, and leaders.
Office for Exceptional Children
The Office for Exceptional Children is a branch of ODE focusing supports and services for Ohio's youth with identified exceptionalities including disability, giftedness, and English language learners.
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)
Discover how Ohio's County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (CBDD) support families. Each county has a CBDD. They offer information, referral, and services based on eligibility.
Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
Learn about education in Ohio. Their parent page will give you information and resources about schools, scholarships, special education and more.
Ohio Department of Health (ODH)
Get information on Ohio's Home Visiting program for pregnant moms and new parents. There are also lots of other parenting and health resources on their site.
Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM)
See how Ohio decides if you or your family member would be eligible for Medicaid and how to apply. Medicaid is insurance coverage that helps some families pay for some services.
Ohio Early Intervention
Learn about Ohio's Early Intervention System. Early Intervention is for infants and toddlers age 0 to 2.
Ohio Family and Children First Council (FCFC)
Find your local FCFC here. If your family member is involved with many systems (school, county board, children's services), FCFC may be able to help coordinate all those services so you don't have to.
Ohio's Academic Content Standards Extended (OACS-E) Training
Through these modules, you will be able to identify the purpose and structure of the Ohio Academic Content Standards-Extended (OACS-E).
Ohio's Learning Standards
Explore the more rigorous standards, geared to college and career readiness, will drive learning in Ohio classrooms by 2014-2015.
Ohio's Learning Standards - Extended (OLS - E)
Navigate the standards that help to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities are provided with multiple ways to learn and demonstrate knowledge.
OLS - E Modules
Modules that identify the purpose and structure of the Ohio Academic Content Standards-Extended and provide training to participants wanting to meet the educational needs of their students.
Open Court Resource Guide: A Video Series
The purpose of this video series prepared by the The Ohio State Bar Foundation is to help parents and youth with special needs understand the court process.
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)
Find out how OOD helps people with disabilities get and keep jobs. They also decide if you are eligible for Social Security disability.
Overview of Social Skills Functioning
This module provides information on social skills in individuals with ASD and provides evidence-based strategies for acquiring social competence.
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
This module will define PECS, outline the steps to effectively implement this evidence-based practice, and provide specific examples for its use across settings and age groups.
Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
This module will describe the fundamental principles of PRT, its conceptual framework, and how it can be implemented in a variety of settings with learners who display a range of abilities and needs.
Promoting Access for People Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, or Visually Impaired
Individuals and groups can use this self-paced module to learn about accessibility and creating inclusive learning environments and earn credit from ASHA, OCCRRA, ACVREP, and more.
Learn about the RedTreehouse, Ohio's online resource for promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children and young adults, prenatal-25.
In this module, three reinforcement procedures will be discussed: (a) positive reinforcement, (b) negative reinforcement, and (c) token economy programs.
Response interruption/redirection (RIR) is used to decrease interfering behaviors, predominantly those that are repetitive, stereotypical, and/or self-injurious.
Restrictive Patterns of Behavior
This module will define this core deficit area; describe and explain intense interests, routines and rituals, and repetitive motor behaviors.
Sample Student Learning Objectives (SLO's)
Explore sample SLO's that include learners with low incidence disabilities across the grade range. See samples that demonstrate the use of extended standards and learning progression.
Screening Across the Lifespan for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Strengthen your knowledge about the screening processes and tools for individuals at risk for ASD and those who experience global developmental delays.
Self-management interventions help individuals learn to independently regulate their behaviors and act appropriately in a variety of home-, school-, and community-based situations.
This module focuses on the senses and sensory differences that may be present in persons with ASD and how they may impact their day-to-day performance.
Learn about Sibshops an opportunity for siblings to meet with others who have similar needs.
SIFTS - Physical Access
Check out Physical Access to ACC Devices - a NEW domain added to SIFTS (Student Inventory for Technology Supports) to enhance the AT feature matching process for teams.
visually represented stories that describe social situations and socially appropriate responses or behaviors to help individuals with ASD acquire and use appropriate social skills.
Social Skills Groups
Social skills groups (SSG) are used to teach individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) ways to appropriately interact with typically developing peers.
Social Supports for Transition Age Individuals Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
This module will explore social program models designed to address the specific needs of transition-aged individuals with ASD and their families.
Special Needs Adoption: What Does It Mean?
Learn about adopting a child or youth with special needs. Discover resources that provide detailed answers.
Special Needs Resource Directory: Foster Care
Learn about the Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital which offers resources to foster parents of children with special healthcare needs.
Speech Generating Devices (SGD)
(AAC) is a set of procedures and processes that can maximize communication.
State Support Teams (SST)
Ohio's state support system includes State Support Teams who use a connected set of tools to improve instructional practice and student performance on a continuing basis.
State Support Teams (SST)
Locate your SST. Every area of the state has an SST, and every SST has a Family Engagement Coordinator. They offer training and information for families.
Statewide Directory of Providers
Find an educational service provider in your area who serves learners who are D/HH and B/VI.
Visually based approach to creating highly structured environments that support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in a variety of educational, community, and home/living settings.
Structured Work Systems and Activity Organization
This module defines the evidence-based practice of structured work systems and provides specific examples for use.
Student Growth Measures
Student growth measures are a method for determining how much academic progress students are making by measuring growth between two points in time.
Suite of Resources for Early Childhood Professionals
Gain information about a variety of topics for early childhood professionals to support children's growth and development within everyday routines.
Supporting Successful Homework Completion
Some strategies and tools to address unique challenges of learners with ASD in the areas of organization, sensory needs, and academic differences are provided.
Task analysis is the process of breaking a skill into smaller, more manageable steps in order to teach the skill.
The Autism Society of Ohio's Neighbor to Neighbor program
The Autism Society of Ohio's Neighbor to Neighbor program
The Incredible 5-point scale
This module explains The Incredible 5-Point Scale, a visual representation of a social behavior, an emotion, or an abstract idea and how it can support persons with autism.
The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness
The Outreach Center seeks to increase access and equity for students with blindness, visual impairment, deafness, and hearing impairment and their families.
Top 10 Most Requested Book In OCALI Lending Library
The lending library is a free and easy-to-access resource for families. You can search for items you're interested in or check out our 'Top 10' list for families.
Video modeling is a growing evidence-based practice for teaching a wide range of behaviors, including social/emotional skills, adaptive behavior, life skills, academics, and play skills.
This module will define visual supports, discuss how they might be used across settings, and provide specific examples that can be used to accommodate individuals with ASD.
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To gauge our effectiveness and obtain feedback about our OCALI Now newsletter, we ask that you complete a brief survey. Your input is important and will help us improve. Please submit by Friday, July 9.
Whose IDEA is this?
Learn Ohio's rules and rights for special education services with this family friendly guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
2019 Transformation Series
Provider agencies across the state support Ohio's continued efforts to ensure people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have access to services that prioritize their individual goals and emphasize community
A Closer Look at District Special Education Profiles: Reflecting on the Data to Drive District Decisions
Learn how to access and investigate state-compiled special education profile data to find patterns and how to initiate discussions around indicators where...
Access in a Virtual Environment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners
Learn proactive planning strategies from professionals, families, and learners on how to plan ahead for successful learning experiences for learners who are deaf/hard of hearing.
Accessible Solutions for Online Learning: Considerations for Learners who are B/VI
Understand why accessibility is important for learners who are blind/visually impaired and discover tips and tricks for considering a student’s accessibility needs.
AEM an All Access Pass to Success: Reset
Learn how accessible educational materials (AEM) can be used to improve outcomes for students. Hear from experts who discusses the challenges, benefits, and AEM resources available to support learning.
Apoyando a nuestra comunidad global
Únase a un panel para aprender cómo servir a familias de diferentes orígenes étnicos para encontrar recursos para apoyar las necesidades culturales y educativas de las familias con niños y jóvenes con discapacidades.
Assistive Technology Family Conference
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - A conference for parents, students who are blind or visually impaired, and the professionals who serve them.
Building Capacity to Serve All Learners
Part III is designed to focus on the practical demonstration of specific aspects of telepsychological assessments, including how to administer a standard test battery to learners who are D/HH or B/VI.
Caring for Yourself so You Can Care for Others
Explore how stress and trauma in early childhood may impact early care and education professionals, and how to build resilience with self-care strategies.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success
This webinar series based on positive behavior intervention supports for challenging behaviors explores how to conduct a functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention plan.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Introduction
This webinar series based on positive behavior intervention supports for challenging behaviors explores how to conduct a functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention plan.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 1
Learn what behavior is and when a behavior is considered a problem. This segment discusses the importance of a team approach and provides an overview of positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS).
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 10
Determine antecedent procedures for the behavior intervention plan.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 11
Learn how to build procedures in response to the target behavior and procedures to build the replacement behavior.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 12
Learn how to build more of the behavior intervention plan, including the areas of safety concerns, implementation of the plan, and data procedures.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 13
Learn about the Strategy, Assessment, and Revision Tool (SART), which matches interventions with the strengths and characteristics of the individual with complex needs.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 14
Check out this tool that helps your team consider the impact adults and peers can have on an individual’s behavior.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 2
Discover underlying issues that may be having an impact on the target behavior.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 3
Learn how to identify antecedents and consequences of a specifically defined interfering behavior.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 4
Discover the importance of data analysis when making decisions to address challenging behaviors.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 5
Explore missing skills that have an impact on why the individual is engaging in the identified target behavior.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 6
Discover the individual’s strengths, interests, and preferences and how they can be used to address challenging behavior.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 8
Identify a replacement behavior for the interfering behavior.
Challenging Behavior: Expect Success Part 9
Learn how to create a behavior intervention plan starting with behavioral objectives and data.
Charting the LifeCourse Workshop
8:00 am - 12:45 pm - Friday, November 17. Three groundbreaking sessions will introduce the framework developed BY FAMILIES to help individuals and families of all abilities.
Deaf History Month offers opportunities to address access and equity
Celebrate Deaf History Month by exploring the contributions and rich identities of groups who make up our nation, and learn what can be done to increase access and equity in our schools and communities.
Designing Flexible Assessment and Learning Kits for Home and School
Discover how one team has prepared for the transition from face-to-face to online learning by designing personalized kits for learners that can be used at school or home.
Educational Identification of Students with ASD Training Series
OCALI hosts a four-day Educational Identification Series designed for school-based evaluation teams.
Educational Identification of Students with ASD Virtual Training Series
This introductory training series with 10 two-hour sessions is designed for school-based evaluation teams that want to learn more about the process for educational identification of students with ASD.
Establishing Meaningful Interactions to Build Communication in Young Children
All behavior is a form of communication. Explore three strategies to build stronger interactions, relationships, and communication with young children…
Federal Quota Registration
Annually, the AT&AEM Center conducts the Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students in Ohio to identify eligible infants, students, and adults who qualify for free textbooks and other hands-on learning materials.
Flexible Co-Planning: Integrating Specially Designed Instruction (SDI)
Explore flexible collaborative planning, which are essential to ensuring that all students receive instruction that meets their needs, while flexing between face-to-face, hybrid, and virtual environments.
Get the FACTS to Accessible Instructional Videos
Discover five quick tips and tool for increasing access to multimedia curriculum and classroom-based materials with the FACTS: flashing images, audio description, captioning, timing, and sound quality.
Happy 30th Anniversary, ADA!
On July 26, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will celebrate its 30th anniversary. This landmark civil rights legislation works to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in aspects of community life.
Honoring Families Through the Lens of UDL
How do we move from engaging to empowering families? It starts by including them as partners in education. Discover how Universal Design for Learning can boost engagement to meet families’ varying needs.
Individualizing and Coordinating Transition Services to Help Students Reach Post-School Goals
Hear from experts as they discuss transition services to help students achieve their goals.
Know More Do More
Check out featured OCALI Lending Library resources, including social-emotional wellbeing, supporting family interactions, supporting independence in adolescence and adulthood, and more.
Maximizing Accessibility and Learning with Slide Presentations
Students with disabilities may encounter barriers within slide presentations that limit their access to information. Learn about the importance of accessibility and how to build an accessible presentation.
More Transition Mythbusting! Transition Planning Myths, Realities and Resources
Explore the importance of planning for the transition to adult life and dispelling myths. Discover how multi-agency teams can work together with youth and families to…
Mythbusting Transition Assessment!
Discover strategies and resources to understand what is (and what is not) the intent of age-appropriate transition assessment, as well as the implementation of transition assessment by a multi-agency team.
OCALI Award Nominations Due September 30
Do you know someone who has done extraordinary work to support people with autism and/or low-incidence disabilities? Submit your OCALI Award nomination by September 30.
OCALI RFP for Video Production Services
OCALI is accepting innovative proposals for multimedia partners on a ground-breaking educational video project.
The nation's premier conference in: Autism, Assistive Technology and Low-Incidence Disabilities. November 11-13, 2020
OCALICON 2020 Registration
Don’t miss the nation’s premier autism and disabilities conference. Nov. 11-13 in Columbus, OH. Registration is now open.
OCALICON 2020 Save The Date
The nation's premier autism and disabilities conference. November 11-13, 2020.
OCALICONLINE 2021 Registration
Join us in celebrating 15 years of inspiration into action! Register now for OCALICONLINE 2021, November 16-19.
Ohio State Fair Sensory-Friendly Morning
Explore the Ohio State Fair during a Sensory-Friendly Morning with the lights lowered and the sound turned down.
Online Instruction Based on Communication Mode
Ensuring all learners have access to curriculum starts with identifying their preferred communication mode. Discover how to identify learners’ preferred communication mode and what that means for access.
Ready, Set, Action! Simple Strategies to Support Learning, Build Connections, and Offer Balance in an Ever-Changing World
Join two parents of young adults with autism as they share their personal experiences using the free video resource, ASD...
Rev Up the Vote July 13-27: National Disability Voter Registration Week
Get ready to vote! National Disability Voter Registration Week is a concerted effort to get people with disabilities registered to vote, educated about this year’s election, and cast a ballot in November.
Strategies to Support Early Learning and Well-Being in Changing Times
Early childhood settings have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19. Support for children to be resilient in times of stress and change is essential. Explore strategies to build resilience in young children.
Supporting Our Global Community: Multicultural Program for Families of Children and Youth with Disabilities
Join a panel of experts to learn how to serve families from different ethnic backgrounds to find resources to support the cultural and educational...
Supporting Positive Behaviors at School and at Home, Part 1
Explore antecedent-based interventions, which are evidence-based interventions that focus on identifying the conditions in the environment that may be contributing to interfering behavior.
Supporting Positive Behaviors at School and at Home, Part 2
Explores antecedent-based interventions for enriching the environment with sensory stimuli and activities to support emotional regulation for youth.
Surviving the Pandemic with PBIS
PBIS can be implemented in a virtual format. Hear from two educators who have incorporated creative ways to implementing PBIS while educating students online.
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Telepsychology: Tips and Tools for Online Assessments
Discover strategies for assessing learners who are deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) or blind/visually (B/VI) impaired in online or hybrid environments, including the basics of telepsychology, and more.
Thank you for attending OCALICON
Continue your journey of learning and discovery with our on-demand sessions. On-demand sessions are now open.
The Untapped Riches of Universal Design for Learning and Explicit Instruction: Capitalize on this Gold Mine
Explore ideas for how to use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and explicit instruction frameworks to ensure that all students learn…
Third Thursday: Family Online Learning Series
Introducing Third Thursday, a new monthly 1-hour webstream series designed for families of individuals with disabilities.
Top Ten Tips to Develop a Growth Mindset in a Virtual World
Discover 10 tips on how to develop a growth mindset in a virtual environment that will give educators, parents, and students the social-emotional confidence to move past their comfort zones.
Transformation Summit 2020
Join the virtual provider Transformation Summit in partnership with Ohio DODD. Learn from recent experiences, including how staying safe during COVID-19 might increase possibilities and capacities.
UDL - Recorded Webinars
Join us for 30-minute webinars brought to you by the Universal Design for Learning Center, which helps remove barriers to learning through purposeful planning that leads to meaningful instruction for all students.
Unlocking the English Code
From the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness: Explore and connect phonological awareness, phonics, writing, fluency, vocabulary, communication, language, and comprehension for learners who are D/HH or B/VI.
Virtual Assistive Technology (AT) Vendor Fair: September 29
Join us for a one-day event where 20+ vendors will share a variety of virtual sessions showcasing assistive technology and remote learning options.
Virtual Community Night on Autism
A virtual event sharing information, experiences, and resources, including ASD Strategies in Action, with families and professionals supporting a person on the autism spectrum.
Welcome to Homeroom! Tips for Creating A Learning Environment at Home
Explore how to create school-like environments at home that help students connect their perception of school and learning in their home.
Why Checklists, Especially Now When the World is Up-Side Down
Checklists help keep us organized. As we are multi-tasking in our professional and personal lives during this pandemic, checklists can take the edge off of thinking…
Access to the Curriculum
Learn about students with complex needs and the challenges that accompany the education of students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Access to the Curriculum - Part 1
Learn to build dispositions to addresses the challenges that accompany the education of students with intensive disabilities.
Access to the Curriculum - Part 2
Develop appropriate lesson plans, design environments, and learn about curriculum access for students with intensive disabilities.
Access to the Curriculum - Part 3
Explore assistive technology and other instructional tools to help students with intensive disabilities get the most out of instruction.
Access to the Curriculum - Part 4
Learn great program features that impact learning and life for students with intense disabilities.
Age Appropriate Transition Assessment and Discovery
'Discover' this person centered planning approach that looks beyond the demonstrated skills in a typical work setting.
ASD Strategies in Action Virtual Town Hall - Co-Hosted by DODD
View clips of evidence-based strategies in action, hear from parents who have benefited from the training, and listen in as our state's leaders and creators answer questions about the project!
EMPOWER Future Ready Learners Through the Lens of UDL
Explore the WHY, WHAT and HOW of Empowering Future Ready Learners. You will leave with high powered tools.
Empowering Expert Learners yields Successful Post-secondary Outcomes
Discuss how empowering expert learners yield successful post secondary outcomes which builds successful lifelong learning and improves the likelihood of on-time graduation.
Executive Function Webcast Series
Learn about executive function skills that enable people to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, juggle multiple tasks successfully, regulate behavior and delay immediate demands in favor of long-term goals.
How can Universal Design for Learning Revive Our Family Engagement?
Discover how to lower barriers for your family engagement using the Universal Design for Learning Framework in this robust 30 minute webinar.
Inclusive Practices That Support Learners With Complex Needs
Discover how we can use the UDL framework to harness the true goal of IDEA using the IEP, including specially designed instruction, every day within the classroom to empower our learners.
Rethinking the Design and Implementation of Individualized Education Programs Through a UDL Lens
Discover how we can use the UDL framework to harness the true goal of IDEA using the IEP, including specially designed instruction, every day within the classroom.
Rubrics in UDL to Support Learners
Explore the why, what, and how of Rubrics within the UDL Framework. You will leave with tools and knowledge to get you started using rubrics in your classroom.
Learn strategies to teach social skills to individuals with ASD. Help them develop social competence through this five-part series.
Social Competence - Part 1: Overview
Learn the definition of social competence and how the characteristics of ASD affect an individual's ability to acquire it.
Social Competence - Part 2: Assessment
Gain knowledge about the importance of assessment as it relates to social competence.
Social Competence - Part 3: Play and Friendship
Explore how ASD affects play and the formation of friendships. Learn strategies for play skill acquisition.
Social Competence - Part 4: Strategies for Social Competence
Discover strategies to help build social competence and strategies to use after a situation goes wrong.
Social Competence - Part 5: Embedding Social Competence Into Everyday Instruction
Learn to specific strategies embed social competence lessons into every day instruction.
Social Emotional Engagement in Learning
Explore the WHY, WHAT, and HOW social connections fuel our brains to grow while Universal Design for Learning assures access for all learners.
The Marriage of UDL and PBIS: A Framework to Support the Whole Child
Learn why Positive Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) they complement each other so well as a framework supporting the whole child.
The Power of Questions in a UDL Environment
Discover how well-crafted questions can invigorate, excite, engage, and move the thinking of individuals beyond stuck while reigniting the spark and passion of learning more.
UDL and Culturally Responsive Practice
Discover how Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning can be used to improve student learning, relationships while being incorporated into the instructional planning and lessons (How).
Explore a collection of webinars created in partnership with Ohio's State Support Teams, Ohio State University, and others to support Universal Design for Learning.
Universal Design for Learning 101
Discover a framework known as Universal Design for Learning and how it lowers barriers to learning, offers choices and uses research informed practices to support learning.
Universal Design for Learning and the Importance of Learning Standards
Explore the importance of collaboration and student involvement within the UDL Framework when it comes to standards.
Upcoming UDL Webinars
These webinars will provide participants with information about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that can help provide access to the general curriculum for all students.
Using Practice Profiles to Monitor Universal Design for Learning Implementation
Learn how leadership teams determine if they are effectively implementing UDL. These questions can be answered with the use of Practice Profiles.
Weaving the UDL Framework with Specially Designed Instruction: A Beautiful Tapestry
Learn how Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) fit together to create a beautiful tapestry.