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May 2019

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Professional Development

OCALI’s Guide to Summer Professional Learning

The sun is shining. Trees and flowers are in full bloom and the school year is winding down.

Yes, summer is just around the corner. And for many educators and other professionals, we share the giddy excitement of most school kids at this time of year.

While you may be planning your next vacation or just ready to enjoy a more relaxed schedule, summer is a great time to invest in yourself and your professional growth. Whether you’re an educator, administrator, community leader, etc., professional learning provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and learn new skills that will improve your job performance and that of your team.

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Policy & Research Update

OCALI Office of Policy Update

The Office of Policy has been busy this last month sharing their work with policy leaders in Ohio and beyond. They have shared Ohio's success with other states at the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Peer-to-Peer Exchange in Madison, Wisconsin. They have also shared an overview of Ohio's Developmental Disability System with the newly created Ohio Developmental Disabilities Caucus.


Registration Now Open

Don't miss your chance to attend the nation's premier autism and disabilities conference! Mark your calendar for OCALICON 2019, November 20-22, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Connect with a passionate and energized audience of 3,000 leaders, professionals, parents, self-advocates, and more from across the nation and around the world.

Spring special discounted rate available through May 31, 2019. Group discounts also available.

Register for OCALICON 2019

Keep the conversation going until the 2019 conference! Join the OCALICON Facebook group. Share an idea, ask a question, post a photo or video from last year, and get other info and updates. 
Deaf speaker Nyle DiMarco


Making Education Accessible to Deaf Children

Millions of deaf children around the world lack proper education, which affects the quality of life as adults. Growing up deaf, Nyle Dimarco now shares his vision of improving the lives of deaf children around the world.
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Adapting To Puberty And Relationships For Adults with Disabilities

It can be a daunting task for parents and teens to manage the challenges of puberty. For families with a child with autism or an intellectual disability, that phase may come with unique obstacles.
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Why No One Talks About The High Unemployment Rate Among Women With Disabilities 

Women with disabilities are too often left out of discussions about feminism and equal wage.

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When Our Disability Attitudes Fail Us as Parents

As parents of kids with disabilities, we want our children to be treated with dignity and respect. But what if we as parents don’t model that?
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