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What are your rights if you choose to place your child with a disability in a private or charter school? Your child will be covered for limited services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) if attending a private school but will be covered completely in a charter school. Your child may also qualify for accommodations and modifications in the classroom under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act if the school receives federal funding.
The Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs at Cincinnati Children's provides information and resources to help families find information on private and charter schools.
Specialized scholarships are available for children with special needs through the Ohio Department of Education:
If you choose to have your child attend a private or nonpublic school, you still have certain rights guaranteed under the IDEA:
If the nonpublic school receives federal financial assistance, your child may receive services under Section 504 if there is a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
SchwabLearning has important questions to ask before placing your child with a disability in a private school.
Center for Possibilities, located in Hobart, Indiana. provides educational programming including:
The Children’s Home of Cincinnati is opening a new high school program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in August 2011. The Children’s Home offers a private school alternative learning program for students, in grades nine through twelve, who struggle with a more traditional school setting. The program is a partnership between The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Linden Grove School. They are an Ohio Autism Scholarship Provider.
Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati provides an intensive, multidisciplinary approach to education, training and development for individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other motor challenges. They accept children ages 6 months to 12 years:
Stepping Stones in Cincinnati operates the Autism Alternative Education Step Up program and works with schools to provide an alternative education for elementary, middle school and high school students on the autism spectrum who are not succeeding in a traditional school setting. Students who have been removed from school because of extreme or violent behaviors have options in this year-round program.
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