Parent Resources


Parent Resources

Welcome to the parents page for families of students with disabilities!
We hope you find this link to be a valuable resource.  
 Jennifer Norman
Executive Director Pupil Services
440.356.6006 ext 6006
 Tara Zbin
Pupil Services Supervisor
440.356.6006 ext 6006
If your child has special considerations such as, but not limited to, medical needs, allergies, social emotional needs, cultural needs, accessibility needs, language needs, etc. please contact the building principal who will ensure these needs are accommodated for during PTA sponsored and school related events.  

The Life Skills Manual: Strategies for Maintaining Residential Stability.

The Life Skills Manual is an evidence-based curriculum that provides the content and resources needed to teach life skills to individuals who need assistance in this area. The curriculum is designed to be implemented in 6 group sessions, with an individual workbook to help consumers individualize the group content at their own pace. Modules focus on: food and nutrition management; home and self-care; money management; and safe community participation. Electronic copies of the manual are free. Simply complete an order form, provide your email address, and you'll be emailed the manual. Also available in Spanish.

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth.

For transition-age youth with disabilities, issues surrounding managing Personal Assistance Services (PAS) can be intensified by normal developmental concerns such as striking out on your own and navigating the road into adulthood. There's also a companion video featuring youth with disabilities who use PAS and several additional tipsheets to successfully manage their own PAS: effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships.

 Resources To Share with Families 

This section of the Buzz identifies useful resources you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins. 

Transition to Adult Health Care: Tips for Families.

From Parent to Parent of Georgia comes this handy 2-page brief for families on ways to support their youth's moving from pediatric health care to adult health care. A companion brief called Embedding Health Goals into the IEP is especially helpful when the young person has special health care needs.

What Parents Need to Know About Puberty and Sexuality.

This 38-minute video from the Utah Parent Center addresses one of the more sensitive issues in the journey to adulthood. It's also available in Spanish.

Resources Just for Parent Centers: Working with Youth in Transition

Check out the Transition Coalition's "Presentations" Resource Library on Transition.

You'll find that the Transition Coalition's library includes PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, Word docs, and Webinars with such on-point topics as:

  • Transition Multi-Tiered Systems and College and Career Readiness 
  • Working with Families during Transition Planning 
  • Working with Culturally Diverse Families during Transition 
  • Transition Assessment: The Big Picture 

You'll need to create an account (which is free) in order to access any and all of these modules.

Heard of YO!? 

In the context of our issue's theme, YO! stands for Youth Organizing Disabled and Proud. In YO!'s own words, "YO! connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities! YO! gives youth leadership opportunities, social networks, resources, and more. YO! is for youth with disabilities to be PROUD of who we are and what we can achieve!" Check it out! 

TRIPLE P (Positive Parenting Program)

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) provides "primary care" for families with children 0-12. Focus is on specific goals surrounding routines, behaviors, etc and how to help parents use a variety of strategies to make improvements. This is a free service to those residing in Cuyahoga County. Questions? Click the link in bold above or call (216) 698-7500.  

Special Education Forms in Other Languages

Family Resource Center

Cool Resources

Check out the following options or talk to your local librarian about audio books that may be available at no charge. from Amazon available on iTunes, free public domain books narrated by volunteers

*Links and downloads are meant to serve as resources and are not specifically endorsed by the RRCSD.

Sensory-Friendly Concert at The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra is partnering with Cuyahoga DD to host its first Sensory-Friendly Concert at Severance Music Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 4.

?This relaxed musical experience for families will support a welcoming and inclusive experience for people of any age with autism or who have sensory sensitivities, as well as anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed concert environment.

The relaxed house rules will allow for talking, clapping, and moving, and calming spaces will be available. Pre-concert activities, including an instrument petting zoo, will begin one hour before the performance. Modifications such as dim lighting, quiet areas, headphones, and fidgets will be provided.

Staff from Cuyahoga DD will be onsite to provide additional support and guidance.

Ticket information:

  • Click here to purchase a $15 adult ticket. Each adult ticket qualifies for an under-18 free ticket.
  • Select the number of tickets wanted, and at check out, select option "Show Under 18s Free Option."

Sensory-Friendly Performance of A Christmas Carol

Cuyahoga DD is once again partnering with Great Lakes Theater to present a sensory-friendly performance of the holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol," on Wednesday, November 29th at 11 a.m.

For this special performance, accommodations will be made, including a supportive audience environment, designated quiet areas, adjustments to light and sound, and online resource materials to help guests prepare for the show.

Ticket information:

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