Upcoming Events in the Community

  • Parent to Parent Support Group     Going virtual for now

    This is a support group for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children or other loved ones with special needs in Medina County. We will gather together to share ideas, information and support. Everyone is welcome.

    To join us go to www.zoom.us   click on “join a meeting”, and fill in the meeting id and passcode.

    Beginning in January we will meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.

    March 18, 2021 meeting id: 781 3164 8677    passcode:  PCC8B1

    This group is being facilitated by the Parent Mentors of Brunswick City Schools and Medina County ESC.

    If you have questions, contact one of the following: Cheryl Mendel  cmendel@medinaesc.org , Sandie Cooper  scooper@bcsoh.org , Michele McGinnis  mmcginnis@bcsoh.org


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  • Virtual Family Storytime

    March 4th, April 1st, and May 6th at 6:30pm

    Join Medina County District Library staff for books, rhymes, songs and fingerplays! All children and their caregivers are welcome. 
    Register your household only once. After registering you will receive an email containing the Zoom details.  A staff member will monitor the Zoom event to ensure safety. 
    Registration link is found on the Library website: mcdl.info

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  • Individualizing & Coordinating Transition Services to Help Students Reach Post-School Goals

    March 4, 2021 | 4:00pm

    Coordinating and individualizing services for students is important as they transition from school to adult life. Join this roundtable discussion with a local educator, County Board of Developmental Disability Service and Support Administrator, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) supervisor as they discuss transition services from their agencies, how they share data from those services, and work toward being “outcome focused, agency neutral, and person-centered” to help students achieve post-school goals.

    Presented by: Alex Corwin, M.A., Secondary Transition and Workforce Manager at OCALI; Catie Riker, Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, Job Training Coordinator at Washington Local School District; Sarra Burnham, Master's in Special Education and Licensed Social Worker, Community Inclusion and Employment Manager at Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Jeannette Bostelman, Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

    Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__pY2a3o_SFSNNU8kTKOOyQ 


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  • Preparing for Emergency Situations - a planning workshop

    by Ohio Family to Family

    Mondays, Mar 8 & 15, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Don't face a crisis-within-a-crisis! Plan ahead so that if emergency situations come up, everyone's basic needs will still be met.

    When emergencies happen, families of children with special healthcare needs can find themselves dealing with a crisis-within-a-crisis. For example, if a parent is suddenly dealing with an emergency health issue, the question of who will care for the child is often an emergency situation, as well. With some planning, however, many crises can be handled in a better way.

    Join us for a two-part workshop in which you will receive information about planning for emergency situations and learn about resources to help you with the planning process. We will help you get started – the goal is that you will walk away with a plan in hand.

    Registration: https://www.ohiof2f.org/


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  • Housing: Starting the Journey, Presented by the PACER Center


    Housing: Starting the Journey : How is it paid for? (Step 2)

    Date: Monday, March 8, 2021 — 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Gain a “big picture” view of how housing is funded through federal, state, and county resources. Learn how your son or daughter can become eligible for and access funding. Topics include income supplements and budgets. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this Housing: Starting the Journey series (Monday 2/22, Monday 3/8, Monday 3/22).

    Housing: Starting the Journey : What are the options? (Step 3)

    Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 — 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    A more detailed explanation of individualized housing and service options will be provided by a panel of parents, young adults, and housing providers as they share their journeys through the process. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this Housing: Starting the Journey series (Monday 2/22, Monday 3/8, Monday 3/22).

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  • Preparing Students with Autism to Enter the Workforce 

    Dr. Temple Grandin

    March 9th at 7:00pm - 8:00pm     free

    Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, shares her perspective on what students with autism need to be doing while they are young to prepare themselves to enter the workforce after completing their education.

    Register at: https://www.varsitytutors.com/courses/star-temple-grandin-2/dp/0be7a591-fd08-4298-9265-7cb5e61a6640?direct_share=copy&v_id=68ff7017-902b-41c1-acc9-d63e26d26b0a


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  • Council For Exceptional Children LIVE 

    On March 8-13, CEC's Learning Interactive Virtual Event (L.I.V.E.) will transform the Annual Convention & Expo into an online experience, with 700+ ON-DEMAND sessions, 400 poster videos, 30 live mainstage presentations, 3 keynotes, 16 pre-conference workshops, and endless opportunities to learn, grow, and connect.

    Information and registration: https://exceptionalchildren.org/


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  • Toilet Training Class for Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities

    2-Day Virtual Class (class is for adults only)

    Tuesday, March 9 & Tuesday March 16, 2021 (attendees are expected to attend both classes)

    Both classes will occur from 9:00am-12:00pm

    The classes will be held via Zoom. Once registered, Zoom instructions will be mailed to you.

    One time registration fee of $15.00 per family. Includes 2 day training course and one training manual.

    The goal is to coach parents /caregivers through toilet training their child with a developmental disability. Individual and/or intensive follow-up services are available if needed after the class is completed.

    To register, please contact Jennifer Gastright at Jennifer.gastright@cchmc.org or call 513-636-2742 .


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  • Establishing Meaningful Interactions to Build Communication in Young Children

    March 11, 2021 | 4:00pm

    All behavior is a form of communication. So, how can adults improve their communication to strengthen interactions and behavior with young children? Explore three strategies to build stronger interactions, relationships, and communication with young children and learn how to apply them within daily routines and activities.

    Presented by: Meledy Dawson, M.S., Early Childhood Consultant and Training Facilitator, Center for the Young Child at OCALI; Denise Sawan Caruso, MA, CCC-SP, Regional Consultant, Autism Center at OCALI; Teresa Furniss, M.Ed., Consultant, State Support Team Region 5; Tina DeVito, M.S., Consultant, State Support Team Region 5.

    Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GO87boU4TaWRwyv_MC1y0Q 


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  • The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education's Virtual Learning Series

    Diagnosis      March 11, 2021

    Session Description: How do mental health diagnoses like autism help the child (do they)? It is not unusual for a child with deafblindness to acquire a number of different diagnoses including mental health diagnoses such as autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Tourette’s, and more. How do these diagnoses help, and how might they not help the child? Learning Objectives: 1. What is the stated purpose of psychiatric diagnosis? 2. How are these diagnoses made? 3. How do these diagnoses lead to intervention/treatment? 4. What alternatives are there to psychiatric diagnosis?

    Registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OCDBEsession3diagnosis


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