| Ridgewood Special Services
Brian Rentsch, District Special Education Coordinator
225 West Union Avenue
West Lafayette, OH 43845
Each year school districts throughout Ohio participate in an effort to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities, birth through 21. A disability means there are conditions such as a multi-handicap, hearing, visual, orthopedic, and/or other health handicap, severe behavior disorder and/or speech/language handicap. Many times children with disabilities are not visible because they do not function in the mainstream of a community. Parents are not always aware that there are programs and services available for these children. If you know of a child within the Ridgewood Local School System who may have one or more of the above suspected disabilities, including pre-school age children, please contact Brian Rentsch, Special Education Coordinator for Ridgewood Local Schools at 740-545-5312.
- Guidelines for Conducting Alternate Assessment Implementation Year 2000
- This Ohio Department of Education manual is intended to guide school district staff in conducting an alternate assessment for any student who has a disability and who, becuase of this disability, is unable to participate in the Ohio Proficiency Test (OPT).
- Individualized Education Program
- This Ohio Department of Education School Options page contains IEP links to forms, the IFP Inter-rater Agreement Tool, Ohio's Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities and more.
- An Introduction to Grading
- Grading is a complex topic that involves philosophical, pedagogical, and pragmatic issues for all students, and especially for those with disabilities. This site includes Teacher Tools, Research, Case Studies and more.
- OCALI: Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence
- Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries.
- SERI: Special Education Resources on the Internet
- Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education.
- Tool Kit on Teaching and Accessing Students with Disabilities
- The U.S. Department of Education has developed a Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities which offers a compilation of current information that will move states forward in improving results for all students with disabilities.
- Whose IDEA Is This?
- A Parent's Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (effective July 1, 2008; corrected Aug. 29, 2008) You need to scroll down the page and click on the link Whose IDEA Is This?. This is a PDF File and requires Adobe Reader.