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.
App-y Happy Workshop: Free & Inexpensive Apps that Get the Job Done @ Bittersweet Farms
Sep 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Thanks to a grant from The Autism Provider Network of NW Ohio (formerly know as TRAN) we are happy to provide a six month series of app sharing workshops for parents, caregivers and professionals interested in learning about the benefits of assistive technology in the special needs community.

The App-y Happy Workshop Series is designed to shortcut the time-consuming process of finding apps for individuals with autism and other specific needs. We have found that providing app selection expertise has enabled families and teams to support individual’s progress towards reaching their goals. Whether they have a school-aged child with an Individual Education Program (IEP) or an adult needing help learning to improve specific skills, iTaalk’s education team can assist by showcasing apps for a wide range of particular needs.

These expert-led presentations will include one and a half hour sessions along with hands-on labs that describe and/or demonstrate successful applications of assistive technology for individuals with special healthcare needs. Our hope is for attendees to learn how to use mobile devices to effectively target skill development.

Date Session & Tentative Topics

  • September 8, 2018 | Free & Inexpensive Apps that Get the Job Done
  • October 13, 2018 | Behavioral Intervention & Scheduling
  • November 10, 2018 | Apps for Gaining Independence
  • December 8, 2018 | Fine Motor & Visual/Perceptual Skills
  • January 12, 2019 | Speech, Language & Communication
  • February 9, 2019 | Literacy & Communication

Credit Options

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be provided by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities for no additional fee (A 60-minute session = 0.1 CEUs). Registration is required to receive CEUs, free app codes, and giveaways that may take place!


The Fox Family Ride for Autism was a success this year and will be providing iPads to children (birth through 22). Interested individuals can apply online; attendance at at least APP-y Happy Workshop is required. Details and application can be found online.

Patriot Day
Sep 11 all-day

Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11. Patriot Day remembers those who lost their lives during the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.

On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House, and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (EST). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials.

Learn more from Time and Date online.

New Special Education Administrators Meetings (Year 1)
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PAC: Parent Advisory Council @ State Support Team Region 1
Sep 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is a network of agency personnel, parent mentors, and others who work with parents and families of children with disabilities to improve access and services. This network enables members to gain updated information on school improvement initiatives to enable members to better serve Region 1 students with disabilities and those at risk of school failure. The meetings also serve to assist the State Support Team Region 1 in planning workshops and educational programs for parents.

PAC members are notified by email; registration is not open to outside attendance.

Child Outcomes Summary Training, Part 1 & 2 @ Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Presented by Heather Gaskins, M.F.C.S., this training focuses on the Childhood Outcomes Summary Form (COSF), a seven-point scale for summarizing information related to a child’s progress on three child outcome areas required by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This training is for NEW preschool special education supervisors and teachers, service providers, program administrators, and Help Me Grow staff who are working with children with special needs.

Part I COSF training will take place  in the morning. Part II will take place in the afternoon. Registration is through the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA). In OCCRRA, participants must enter ST number 10071998 for the Part I training and 10072161 for Part II). This training provides six [6] hours of credit.

Year 2: New Special Education Administrators Networking Group @ State Support Team Region 1 (ESCLEW)
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Toledo TOPSoccer
Sep 16 @ 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.

Constitution Day
Sep 17 all-day
Early Learning Assessment (Two-Day Training)
Sep 17 @ 8:30 am – Sep 18 @ 3:30 pm

This event is for a predetermined audience. Registration is closed to outside attendance.

The NEW IEP Forms (ASNO Practical Solutions Series) @ UT College of Engineering Seminar Room, Nitschke Hall Room 1027
Sep 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:15 pm

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio (ASNO) is offering “Learning about the new Individual Education Plan forms and answering IEP questions,” with Michelle Self, Ph.D., part of their popular Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges in Autism series.

Dr. Self is an adjunct professor of special education at Bowling Green State University. She teaches courses ranging from early childhood assessment to transitioning out of high school. Michelle is a national speaker on many different topics affecting students and families with special needs and is an education consultant/advocate through her organization, Partners for Educational Success LLC.

The Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges in Autism flier is embedded in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) below. A direct link to the PDF file follows the embedded document. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.


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