Calendar of Events

COVID-19 & Inclement Weather Policies Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most State Support Team 1 professional learning opportunities are offered online. When in-person training is necessary, proper sanitation, social distancing, and face covering protocols are utilized. We are carefully monitoring State Support Team health and will notify registrants of any event cancellations or location changes.   When we return to in-person training opportunities, please be mindful of weather conditions. If  hazardous driving conditions exist, call 800-346-8495 after 6:30 a.m. to learn if your workshop is delayed or cancelled. Should you feel conditions are too unsafe to travel, please leave a message to let us know you won’t be attending.
Writing Math Expressions and Graphing Equations with BrailleNote Touch
Sep 27 all-day
Special Education Administrator Meeting (Toledo)
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Connect 12 and Matt Connect
Sep 28 all-day
Moving Forward Together for Ohio’s Families, Northwest Regional Forum on FASD
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Double ARC Center for FASD, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction, and the Ohio Department of Heath are sponsoring this forum with expert, Sister Suzette Fisher. The forum is to raise awareness about the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure. Register at

* Please register no later than Friday, September 21st *

Special Education Administrator Meeting (Ottawa)
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Toledo TOPSoccer
Sep 30 @ 12:45 pm – 1:50 pm

Toledo TOPSoccer is a dynamic program for any athlete facing special cognitive, physical and/or emotional challenges, allowing them to experience the game of soccer along with other players in their peer group. Participants of TOPSoccer may include but are not limited to children/adults who are blind, amputees, confined to a wheelchair, emotionally/mentally challenged, children/adults with autism, as well as children/adults with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or other conditions that impair mobility, strength, and/or comprehension.

TOPSoccer integrates its participants by using current TFA and non-TFA players, friends and family as “Teammates” to help the participants both on and off the field as needed during TOPSoccer events.

TOPSoccer participants are placed in groups, organized by size, agility, mobility, the ability to follow directions, and lastly by age. The unique benefit to TOPSoccer is no upper age limit and participants may register as young as 5 years old.

Parents who may have thought they would never see their children with different abilities playing a sport or enjoying the social opportunities created through sports, get exactly that with TOPSoccer. Parents are able to relax and enjoy watching their children/adults having fun like their siblings or other children involved in TFA and the game of soccer.

We are incredibly fortunate to have key licensed professionals in the fields of Special Education, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy to work alongside our TFA Coaches and Teammates to make this program a win-win for all involved.

2018/2019 Dates:

  • September 16 & 30, 2018
  • October 21, 2018
  • November 4 & 18, 2018
  • December 2 & 16, 2018
  • January 6 & 20, 2019
  • February 3 & 17, 2019
  • March 3 & 17, 2019
  • April 7, 2019

Although the program is free, participants must contact Elaine Stead, Club Registrar, at 419-392-4005 to register.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM
Oct 1 all-day
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2018. National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign held in October that raises awareness about employment issues for disabled people, and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

These videos from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth can be a good accompaniment to NDEAM celebrations. In addition to a video about the National Youth Action Council on Transition, there are others featuring young people tackling important issues about living with a disability. These include “411 on Disability Disclosure” and “Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services.” Both are accompanied by publications that can be downloaded from the website.

2018 AT Vendor Fair @ The NEW Center at NEOMED
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The AT Vendor Fair is a full-day event with break-out sessions about specific assistive technology (AT) products. Participants will learn how to use AT to eliminate barriers, attend hands-on product demonstrations, see how AT enhances learning opportunities for individuals and classrooms, and learn about communication and literacy supports for students.

Questions regarding the AT Vendor Fair should be directed to Heather Bridgman at 614-410-0343 or Jennifer Heim at 440-324-5777, extension 1148.


Special Education Administrator Meeting (Bowling Green)
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Synergy Ohio 2018 Conference @ Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
Oct 3 – Oct 5 all-day

The annual Synergy Conference is a joint event of Professionals, Advocates, Resources (PAR) Ohio and the Ohio Self-Determination Association (OSDA). This three-day event will feature sessions on self-advocacy, disability policy updates, and more. People with developmental disabilities, their family members, and DD support professionals are welcome to attend.

Registration for this conference is available online.