First Community of Practice Meeting for 2023-2024!

Please join us for our first meeting of OSSPEAC’s Community of Practice 2023-2024! Please see attached flyer for more information and a link to the zoom session.

In the works!

OSSPEAC is working on a free professional development opportunity to address government affairs as it relates to our field. Be on the lookout for more details in the future!

HB 33

HB 33, the state’s omnibus budget bill, removes most of the authority of the State Board of Education, giving it to a new state education department under the governor, the renamed and reformed Department of Education and Workforce (DEW). The State Board of Education will largely function as a licensing board and the Governor will appoint a director for the newly created DEW.

House Bill 198

House Bill 198, known as Madeline’s Law, would require health insurers to cover the cost of hearing aids for Ohioans ages 21 and under. By an overwhelming majority, the bill passed the House and moved to the Senate for reconciliation. When lawmakers return in August, OSHGAC will be monitoring and potentially recommending organizations to act.

Important Update for Children Eligible Under Developmental Delay in Preschool Special Education

The Ohio General Assembly recently passed HB 554 which resulted in the expanded definition of “child with a disability” as it pertains to the developmental delay disability category found in Ohio Revised Code Section 3323.01 Education of children with disabilities definitions.

Children in preschool identified as having a developmental delay disability in special education no longer need to be re-evaluated in advance of turning age six or moving to kindergarten.

Any child with a disability in preschool during this academic year who has or will turn six years old on or before June 30, 2023, is permitted to remain in preschool and shall continue to be identified as having a developmental delay. While a child with a disability can be re-evaluated at any time, a child may now enter kindergarten with the developmental delay disability category without needing to be re-evaluated for continuing special education eligibility, unless the three-year timeframe requires it.

As of the bill’s effective date, April 6, 2023:

the definition of a “child with a disability” may include a child who is at least three years of age and less than ten years of age, who is experiencing developmental delays, as defined by standards adopted by the state board of education and as measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments and procedures in one or more of the following areas: physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development, or adaptive development; and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services.

Both Ohio Revised Code 3323.01 and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51 will be updated to reflect the expanded language by July 1, 2023.

This means that as of April 6, 2023, any child who is not yet ten years old may be evaluated for eligibility in special education under the Developmental Delay disability category.

The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness and the Office for Exceptional Children will soon have guidance materials to support school districts in implementing this change. The resources will be posted on the following department webpage: Preschool Special Education | Ohio Department of Education

For questions regarding preschool special education, please email the Preschool Special Education team at

For questions about school-age special education, please email the Office for Exceptional Children at

Making an Impact: Inservice Ideas for Educators and Families

Please join us for another great OSSPEAC Virtual Session. The topic will be on inservice ideas for educators and families. You will learn about resources and be ready to plan your next inservice!

Did you attend OSSPEAC Conference 2022? Great News! You can attend this virtual PD for FREE!!!! Sign up now! Please click the link below for more information.

2 hr. Ethics Training

Please join us for a professional development session on November 30th, 2022 from 4 to 6 PM. Have you fulfilled your PD requirements related to Ethics this cycle? Click the link below for more information!

Call to Action!

Dear OSSPEAC Members,

We hope you had the opportunity to vote last Tuesday. Now that the elections are finished, a lame duck session will begin in which bills are reviewed and voted on before the new term begins in January.

We need your voice now! Please write a letter (or a second letter if you sent one in the past) to your legislatures in support of passing SB 356 to extend the eligibility for Developmental Delay through age 9 in Ohio. This will bring Ohio state guidelines in line with the current federal guidelines. Our goal is to have letters to legislatures NOW so as the session starts, your letter is on their desks, this bill is fresh in their minds, and they know their constituents (us) are in support of it passing. Your word as a communication professional is especially meaningful.

Attached is a sample letter that you can tweak to personalize. Below are links for you to find your legislatures’ contacts. SAMPLE LETTER

House committee:

Senate committee:

Thanks so much for your help with this! Please forward this email to others who can help too. Hopefully we’ll be celebrating the passing of SB 356 soon.


OSSPEAC Government Affairs Coalition

Exciting Opportunity at Conference!


OSSPEAC is collaborating with Ashland University to offer one (1) graduate credit hour for $225.00. Attendance is required for 12.5 contact hours. Hours may be acquired by attending conference sessions in person or virtually. A short project will be due by October 17, 2022.

The project requirements are as follows:

List 3 conference sessions you attended and complete 2 additional readings related to your conference sessions. These could include journal articles, references from the presenter’s presentation, academic material, or websites. You will need to write a one page summary for each session that addresses the following:

  1. The main points of the session, including what was new to you.
  2. How what you learned in this session impacts your professional practice. Include any new information you learned and specific examples of how you can use what you learned
    in the session.
  3. Reference to the additional readings that you have chosen and how it relates to what you learned at OSSPEAC. Provide a full citation to the additional readings. Email your paper to Chrissie Eshenbaugh at by Friday, October 21, 2022. You will receive
    an email acknowledgment of receipt once your attachment is opened. Grades will be pass/fail (S/U) .
  4. Registration/Payment for Ashland graduate credit can be made:
  5. Register/Pay online at: Registration should be completed prior to 10/11/2022 if they do not register at the Conference.
  6. Onsite at the conference – A representative from Ashland University will be present at the OSSPEAC conference registration area on Monday, October 10th between the hours
    of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Check or credit cards are accepted. A 2.7% surcharge will be
    assessed on credit card transactions. Any questions about payment or transcripts should be directed to the Professional Development Office at 877.557.9497.