Program offers remote learning help to Ohio’s special needs children

(Ohio) – The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on everyone, but those facing additional challenges for special needs children.

There is official help from the state that many are not currently utilizing. The newly-developed program is called Learning Aid Ohio.

According to the program website:

Learning Aid Ohio aims to provide in-person, supplemental learning support for students with IEPs during this unique school year.

Let us connect you with learning providers to help you and your student navigate the world of online learning, specific to their individual needs, based on the curriculum their traditional teacher sets.

The program helps qualifying parents get teachers or tutors to come to their front door so they can work with your child regularly in their daily learning schedule at home. The qualifications include:

You must be an Ohio resident. Your child must be learning on a hybrid or fully remote model. Your child must be on an IEP during the 2020-2021 school year. You must be experiencing financial hardship.

How it works for families.

Families can browse the program’s list of learning providers to find the assistance needed for the family for free. Officials indicate the program’s learning providers have completed background checks, and are willing and able to offer supplemental support during this unprecedented time.

Those interested must fill out an application and be approved by DSACO to begin services. Families with more than one student with an IEP, are asked to apply for each student on a separate application.

How it works for learning providers.

Learning providers are able to apply through DSACO and if approved with a supplied background check. Learning providers set their own rates of pay, typically commensurate with their education and experience. Please note: Learning Aid Ohio prohibits excessive rates that do not adhere to the intention of the program,  Providers must be willing to work in-person. Those who have experience in, educational credentials, and/or are good at working with students with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

Interested learning providers must fill out an application and be approved by DSACO to begin offering services.

The program is expected to expire in May when the typical school year ends.

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