Shawna Benson and the Center for Teaching Diverse Learners Supporting People with Complex Needs Across the Lifespan

by Shawna Benson, Teaching Diverse Learners Center at OCALI

“Over the years, I have seen a transition in people’s understanding of what teaching and supporting students with disabilities means. While OCALI’s early work focused on supporting the needs of students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, we’ve really evolved into supporting people with complex needs across the lifespan – from birth to adulthood, including important transition points in their lives.”

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The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness: Building Relationships and Connecting People Across Ohio

Launched in 2016, the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI works to increase access and equity for students and families who are impacted by blindness or deafness. The Outreach Center helps to connect resources, training, supports, and relationships so that communities can empower and equip students with what they need, when they need it, to grow, learn, and live their best lives. Continue reading “The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness: Building Relationships and Connecting People Across Ohio”

My Passion for Inspiring Kids with Disabilities

By Michelle Motil, Family Support Liaison, Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help kids. It’s tough being a kid, particularly a kid with a disability. If there’s anything I can do to help make kids’ lives easier and their futures better, I want to do it. Continue reading “My Passion for Inspiring Kids with Disabilities”

Julie Short and the Autism Center at OCALI: Connecting Her Personal and Professional Lives to Serve Others

“As the mother of a daughter with autism and someone who works for an organization that supports individuals with autism and other disabilities, I have been able to connect my personal life with my professional life. Because of this, I have a beautiful lens from which to view life with my daughter and with the individuals and families I support through my job.” Continue reading “Julie Short and the Autism Center at OCALI: Connecting Her Personal and Professional Lives to Serve Others”

Ron Rogers and The Universal Design for Learning Center at OCALI – Where the Heart Leads the Head

 

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Ron Rogers, Program Director of the Universal Design for Learning Center at OCALI

By Angela Krile and Ron Rogers, OCALI

“For me, in my heart, what I do – it’s not about me. We are servants of servants – our job is to build relationships and speak and lead from the heart.”

When asked about the work he does leading the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Center at OCALI, Ron Rogers is all about the relationship – and how what he does impacts those relationships between students and those who work with them every day. Continue reading “Ron Rogers and The Universal Design for Learning Center at OCALI – Where the Heart Leads the Head”

Walking the Halls of Wilmington

By Angela Krile and Carly McVey, OCALI

How one high school program has come full circle through OCALICON

Tim* would just walk the halls alone…he wasn’t causing trouble, so people just let him walk.

Sydney was looking for a way to make a difference in her school….but she didn’t know exactly what she was looking for. Until she found it.

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