Supporting School-Aged Kids
Beyond the walls of Ida Sue, the Wayne County Board of DD has worked on collaborating with all of the local schools to be resource and to grow positive outcomes for all students on Individualized Education Programs. As the school provides the services to meet your needs until graduation, we have made ourselves available to work with families, the school’s staff, and partner agencies to help navigate and create a pathway into adulthood. This could be to discuss eligible resources, answer questions and advocate for what your child, and you, desire for your future.
The Wayne County Board of DD has put an emphasis on transition programming, Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) as well as navigation for local individuals. In collaboration with Opportunities with Ohioans with Disabilities and other providers, the board provides vocational training and supports to any student who is on an Individual Education Program. These supports are focused in five areas and can be explored more here. Beyond this collaboration the board assists with system navigation, eligibility and access to community resources. Staff members serve as ambassadors in the school districts to answer questions, provide supports and offer education. The programs reach all of Wayne County and into surrounding county schools who may have needs in these areas. Along with the school programs the County Board offers summer programming with a focus on work for those 14 through 22 that includes transportation. There has been many partnerships developed and individuals have been able to participate in real work experiences through local business partners gaining valuable work experience.