December, 2020
Zane's News
City of Independence and Autism Society of Cleveland-Drive Thru Holiday Event
Interacting with difficult people & transportation tips & tools
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Meeting ID 811 6363 9145     Password: 3gDQiE
Learning Aid Ohio
During this week's Coronavirus press briefing, Governor DeWine announced a Learning Aid Ohio program grant to support children with disabilities. This program offers families who qualify up to $1,500 per family for in-person learning assistance or tutoring during distance learning.
Families can browse a list of learning providers to find the assistance they need for their family for free. These learning providers have completed background checks, and are willing and able to offer supplemental support during this unprecedented time.
Families must fill out an application and be approved by DSACO to begin services.
To qualify for the grant:
  • Must be an Ohio resident
  • Student must be on an IEP during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Student must be learning full-time remotely
  • Experiencing a financial hardship
Please visit to learn more or apply.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Study
Shining Light Parent support group - via Zoom
Tuesday, December 8th – 9:00 a.m.
Speaker Ryan Wolfe of Ability Ministries
Ryan will be speaking on The Effects of Our Isolation.

The Shining Light is an interactive environment for individuals of all ages with special needs. This class exists to support the needs of these individuals. The Shining Light environment provides a safe place for our special friends to be loved and cared for.
ASPIES Christmas Meet and Greet
Supporting Our Global Community: Multicultural Program for Families of Children and Youth with Disabilities
December 3, 2020 | 4:00pm
During this pandemic, professionals and families are learning, connecting, and lending support in new ways. For families from different ethnic backgrounds, finding the resources and services to support their children with disabilities may be challenging. This session introduces families and professionals to a panel of specialists supporting the needs and strengths of our global community through the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)'s Multicultural/Multilingual Program. Learn more about resources, information, and tools to support the cultural and educational needs of families with children with disabilities.
Presented by: Jen Bavry, Program Director, Family and Community Outreach Center at OCALI; Marbella Caceres, Statewide Multicultural Director, Multicultural Program at OCECD; Iliana Martinez, Multicultural Program Mid-Ohio Office at OCECD; Ivette Sarkar, Multicultural Program, Northern Ohio Latino Office at OCECD; Najma Mohamoud, Mid-Ohio Somali Office at OCECD
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