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Locations, dates announced for training sessions required under new Ohio guardianship rules 

Under rule changes from the Ohio Supreme Court that took effect June 1, any individual or entity that has been designated as a guardian to an adult in Ohio must attend a six-hour training course on the fundamentals of guardianship.


These courses are being offered free of charge by the Supreme Court of Ohio's Judicial College starting in late June. All guardians appointed prior to June 1 have one year to complete the introductory training. Guardians appointed after June 1 have six months to complete their training.


Click Here for more information about the trainings, including course contents, session dates and locations, and registration forms.

From Pediatrics to Adult Health Care Making the Transition with a Child who Has Special Health Care Needs Article written by Diane Frazee

On October 22, the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued new guidance explaining that the bullying of a student with a disability on any basis (disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) can result in a denial of a free, appropriate public education under Section 504 that must be remedied by schools, and also reiterates schools' obligations to address conduct that may constitute disability-based harassment violations and explains that schools must also remedy the denial of FAPE resulting from disability-based harassment.  Read the guidance at


Children’s Specialized Hospital is the first children’s hospital in the country to create a tool to help parents of children with special needs choose the best possible health insurance product for their family. 

As the nation’s largest provider of pediatric specialty care services and pioneer in the treatment of children with complex medical needs, providing families with the resources necessary to make informed decisions when choosing an insurance plan is the logical next step to providing the highest quality of family centered care. This innovative website ( educates parents and arms them with the tools they need to navigate insurance exchanges and select the best insurance product for their family.

“We recognize this is likely a nerve-wracking and complex process for parents – especially parents of children with special health care needs,” said Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital.  “When parents know what to look for, they can select an insurance plan that will help them maximize their child’s access to care so he or she can reach their fullest potential.” With the emergence of health insurance exchanges (both public and private), there is an unprecedented amount of responsibility on parents to navigate the ins and outs of 10, 20, 30+ different types of insurance plans. 

Senator Joseph Vitale, chairman of the New Jersey Senate Health Committee commended Children’s Specialized Hospital for partnering with families to create this important tool.
“Everyone needs to understand what is and isn’t covered by their health insurance,” said Senator Vitale. “It was incredibly insightful for Children’s Specialized Hospital to work directly with the families it serves.  This resource was built with expert knowledge from key thought leaders, heath care providers as well as parents that have had learned hard lessons about choosing the right health insurance for their family’s unique medical needs.” 
Parents, particularly parents of children with long-term health needs, need to make sure they’re asking the right questions about a health plan’s coverage when selecting an insurance product.  This resource provides parents with the right questions to ask and an easy-to-use tool to capture information about the unique medical needs of their entire family.

“The new insurance education website created by Children’s Specialized is an invaluable, one-of-a-kind resource for families of children with special needs and the advocates who serve them,” said Diana Autin, executive co-director for health and family support, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN). “Our staff is excited to use this new resource as they help families navigate the complicated and confusing maze of health coverage in New Jersey.” 
Providing parents with a glossary of terms commonly used in the health insurance industry, along with explanations of those terms in easy-to-understand language will also help them become more informed healthcare consumers.


Children’s Specialized Hospital, the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the country, treats children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses at twelve sites throughout New Jersey.  Services include outpatient therapies, physician specialty services, acute rehabilitation, medical day care and long-term care through its sites in Bayonne, Clifton, Egg Harbor Township, Mountainside, Toms River, Fanwood, Hamilton, New Brunswick, Newark and Roselle Park as well as outreach programs in many communities.  Children's Specialized Hospital is an affiliate member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System and a proud member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation supports the programs and services of the hospital.  The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the country. To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit; Facebook:; Twitter:; YouTube:;'s-specialized-hospital

The Arc of Ohio's Newest Service!      

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities issued  Guidance for considering electronic equipment purchases with waiver funds on June 7, 2011.  DODD recognized then that technology had advanced significantly and was now capable in the assisting in activities of daily living, communication; and, most importantly, providing the means to remain in the community; AND remain cost effective.
The challenge has been that Adaptive Equipment has typically been provided by Medical Supplies or other Providers of Service who do not typically sell electronic equipment such as iPads, Tablets, specialized keyboards, touch screens and software, just to name a few.
The Arc of Ohio therefore explored how it could best support individuals and their families; and, has become a certified provider of Adaptive Equipment through the Individual Options (IO), Level 1 and Transitions Developmental Disabilities (TDD) Wavers, specializing in the provision of Electronic Equipment.
The Ohio Knights of Columbus Foundation has made a generous donation to The Arc as seed money so that we may actively provide this equipment at very competitive prices.
These products are available for purchase through the various Waivers, given the following guidelines, but we have also been able to provide this equipment in our trial run at the discretion of local County Boards of DD, Providers and Families.
  1. The equipment addresses one or more of the following needs> directly related to enabling the individual:
a.) to perform activities of daily living,
b.) to remain in the community, or
c.) to perceive, control, or communicate with the environment in which they live.

In addition, documents (e.g. professional assessments) are available to support the need and its effectiveness.
2. The need for, use, and projected outcomes of the specified equipment are stated in the Individual Service Plan.
3. The equipment is not to be used by individuals who do not have a developmental> disability.
4. The equipment, when weighed against other specialized devices, is the most efficient and effective option available.
5. The equipment is not able to be used for recreational or entertainment purposes.
6. If the item can be purchased through the Medicaid State Plan, it cannot be purchased through DODD-operated waivers. (The Medicaid State Plan does not currently allow for the purchase of equipment such as iPads so a denial   

For more information or to place and order,
Contact David Lewis at
The Arc of Ohio OR (800) 875-2723, Ext. 111

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