Need a Parent Mentor to guide you through the Special Education process?

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Click the Learn More button below to contact a Parent Mentor in your Region.

A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability employed by local education agencies and Educational Service Centers to help families and school districts by providing support, information and training services.

A Parent Mentor guides families through the Special Education process by:

  • Helping families understand their rights and responsibilities
  • Attending the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Meetings and other meetings at the request of families or staff.
  • Listening to and supporting both family and educators on an individual basis
  • Providing information and resources to families and schools
  • Hosting information sessions, support/networking groups or training programs for families and educators
  • Engaging community service agencies and other resources to support families and schools
  • Connecting families, schools and community partners to benefit students with special needs
  • and so much more!

A Parent Mentor is a guide and mentor to help the parent navigate the special education process and to develop their skills as an advocate, the best advocate for their child. Content on this page is from

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We are now recruiting Ohio parents and caregivers of Ohio children from birth to grade 12 to be members of our advisory council beginning in January 2021!

Click here to download the English version of the application and share with families in your community.

Click here to download the Spanish version of the application and share with families in your community.

Applications are due by November 26, 2020, and can be emailed as an attachment to

To read more about the work of the council, visit our state advisory council web page.

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