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OADDP has changed its name to OASNP.  We have expanded our scope to advocate for the needs of Pre-K-12 Special Educators and Support Staff as they provide services for students with special needs in our local schools.

OEA members in all settings, especially the roughly 15% that identify as working in special education, report they face critical challenges obtaining and providing additional supports and accommodations for students with special needs to be successful.

The overwhelming concern is for more professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff—especially in the areas of appropriate IEPs and classroom/behavior management.

Critically important are the issues of staffing, case load, and planning time. Members state that they are stretched too thinly to adequately meet the needs of their students. Local contract language needs to be reviewed. Sample contract language is needed.

Furthermore, the OEA Resolutions and Legislative Policies should be reviewed to assure that they adequately address the needs of members involved with special education.

The Mission of the OASNP is to advance the growth of the education and habilitation of individuals with special needs and to provide a collective voice for the professional, paraprofessional, and support staff working with persons with special needs.  OASNP Strategic Goals promote high standards for staff, provider organizations, and services provided while assuring the viability of County Boards of DD as a service option.  The OASNP has received an OEA Organizing Grant  that will allow OASNP to reach out to OEA Special Educators and Support Staff in Pre-K-12 Locals who serve students with special needs.

As a department of the Ohio Education Association, OASNP provides the following services to members:

  • Advocacy for OEA members serving individuals with special needs.
  • OASNP appoints members to each of the OEA Standing Committees to assure that the voice of special needs educators are heard.
  • Annual Conference with current topics, professional, and legal updates.
  • A Public Relations Grant program of up to $500 for locals
  • Delegate Luncheon at the OEA Representative Assemblies
  • A quarterly newsletter – The OASNP Newsline.
  • Monitoring of legislation that affects OASNP members.
  • Executive committee meetings six times per year
  • A comprehensive committee structure
  • Facebook group for OASNP members
    facebook.com/groups/OASNP/

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OASNP Proposed Constitution & Bylaws Amendments

  • The OASNP Annual Meeting is open to all OASNP members and will be held Saturday February 29, 2020 at 2:30 PM at the conclusion of the 2020 OASNP Conference at Mohican State Park Resort and Conference Center, 4700 Goon Road, Perrysville, OH 4486.
  • Constitution and Bylaws Amendments will be considered: to change the composition of the OASNP Executive Committee to: six (6) At-Large Representatives to the OASNP Executive Committee, apportioned between local school district membership (2 reps) and CBDD membership (4 reps); and elected at the OASNP Annual Meeting.  The full text of the current Constitution and Bylaws and proposed Amendments is here:

2020 OASNP Annual Conference

OASNP 2020 Annual Special Education Conference
and General Membership Meeting

This year’s theme: “Leaping Into the Future”

The Ohio Association of Special Needs Professionals Annual Special Education Conference will be Friday and Saturday, February 28-29, 2020, at the

Mohican State Park Resort and Conference Center,
4700 Goon Road, Perrysville, OH 44864.
Directions: http://www.mohicanstateparklodge.com/.

For more information visit our OADDP 2020 Annual Conference page.

The content of the conference will appeal to Special Education staff in Pre-K-12 Districts as well as County Boards of DD.

 

OASNP – OEA RA Delegate Luncheon

OASNP – OEA RA Delegate Luncheon

All OASNP members are invited.

Agenda:

  • Update on Spring Conference
  • Discussion of OEA Special Education Work Group report
  • Possible OASNP C&B amendments:
    • Executive Committee
    • Committees

December 6, 2019, during the lunch break

  • Ohio Expo, Kasich Hall (formerly Cardinal Hall)
  • 717 E. 17th Ave.
  • Columbus, OH 43211

OASNP Conference Scholarship Application 2020

Are you a DD employee? Are you a Pre-K-12 educator from NEOEA working with special education students? Then you are eligible to apply for our …

OASNP State Conference Scholarship
offered by the
North Eastern Ohio Education Association

This year’s State Conference of the Ohio Association of Special Needs Professionals will take place at the Mohican State Park Lodge on Friday and Saturday, February 28-29, 2020. NEOEA will make available five scholarships (registration fee and hotel up to $150) for NEOEA members to attend the conference.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must apply to NEOEA by Friday, January 24, 2020. Download the NEOEA – OASNP Scholarship Application 2020. Recipients will be asked to share a written report on their conference experiences.

Winners are responsible for making their own registration and travel arrangements. Look for more information about the OASNP State Conference on our 2020 Annual Conference page.

OASNP Newsline – Fall 2019

Download the Fall 2019 Newsline.

In this issue:
• Can we save some postage and get an email for you?
• New Beginnings – Christina West, OASNP Chairperson
• Local Focus – Nicole Nadasky, SSA, Portage County Board of DD
• State of the Profession – Serena McCoy, Teacher, Fredericktown EA
• Call for Help at District RAs – Help staff an information table
• OEA Special Education Work Group – Crystal Boyd, OT, Hudson EA
• OASNP Meeting Schedule – 2019-1020
• Annual Conference: Another Success Story – Jené Wilson, OASNP Past President,         Cuyahoga County
• Free Money for your Local!

2019 OASNP Annual Conference

OASNP 2019 Annual Special Education Conference
and General Membership Meeting

Keynote Presentation: “Advocacy for All”
People First Ohio,  https://www.peoplefirstohio.org/

Friday – Saturday, March 1-2, 2019

Mohican State Park Resort and Conference Center
4700 Goon Road, Perrysville, OH 44864.
http://www.mohicanstateparklodge.com/.

For more information visit our OADDP 2019 Annual Conference page.

The content of the conference will appeal to Special Education staff in Pre-K-12 Districts as well as County Boards of DD.

OEA Special Education Work Group

Update!

Congratulations to the following OEA Members who have been selected to serve on the OEA Special Education Work Group:

✦ Kathy Abrahamson, Newton Falls ACE, NEOEA
✦ Traci Arway, Columbus EA, Capital
✦ Jane Barnes, Springfield EA – Lucas, NWOEA
✦ Crystal Boyd, Hudson EA, NEOEA
✦ Amber Clark, South Western EA, Central
✦ Megan Flowers, Columbus EA, Capital
✦ Stacy Gibbs, Preble-Shawnee Local EA, WOEA
✦ Theresa Grubaugh-Alai, Brecksville-Broadview Heights EA, NEOEA
✦ Jessica James, Mayfield EA, NEOEA
✦ Jennifer Krause, Fairfield CTA-Butler, SWOEA
✦ Wendy Shubrowsky, Medina City TA, NEOEA

If you have comments or questions, please contact OEA President, Becky Higgins, or Education Policy and Practice Consultant, Daria DeNoia.

During the December 2017 OEA Representative Assembly, members passed the following New Business Item (NBI):

Create an OEA Special Education Work Group to develop recommendations for professional development programs, sample contract language, OEA Resolutions, and OEA Legislative Policies that would address the needs of OEA members involved in or supporting education programs for students with special needs.

OEA needs our members working as special education educators and service providers to share their expertise, experiences, knowledge and insight. Applications for this Special Education Work Group are being accepted through April 27, 2018. Your completed application will include:

Please note that participation on the OEA Special Education Work Group will require face-to-face meetings in Columbus that will occur during school hours, and virtual meetings that will occur after school hours. Please consider your availability to participate in those meetings prior to applying.

Please contact Daria DeNoia at denoiad@ohea.org if you have questions or concerns.

Links also available on the OEA homepage at https://ohea.org/.

Conference 2018 OASNP Newsline

Download the Conference 2018 Newsline and check out past issues on our Newsline  page.

In this issue:

OADDP Annual Membership Conference Report – Handouts from Conference are posted on the OADDP 2018 Annual Conference page.

Annual Meeting, OADDP approved a Constitution and Bylaws amendment to change the name to Ohio Association of Special Needs Professionals (OASNP) to expand the focus to advocate for all OEA members serving students with special needs in local Pre-K-12 school districts as well as those working at County Boards of DD.

Local School District Representatives elected.  Congratulations to: Crystal Boyd, Hudson EA;  Paige Rizzotte, Beaver Creek EA;  and Serena McCoy, Fredericktown EA who will be joining the OASNP Executive Board.

Reports from locals represented at the Conference.

OEA Special Education Work Group – Apply now – Due April 27 – link on the NEOEA Special Education Work Group page – or the header of the OEA webpage https://ohea.org/.

OASNP 2018-20 Officers Elected at Annual Conference

The election of officers for OASNP was held at the Annual Meeting during the Annual Conference on March 3rd at Mohican State Park Lodge.

Congratulations to Chairperson, Christina West, PCEMR-SSA (Portage CBDD);  Vice-Chair, Nikki Nadasky, PCEMR-SSA (Portage CBDD);  Treasurer, Sandy Smith Fischer, Streetsboro EA;  and  Secretary, Kathy Abrahamson, Newton Falls ACE  who were re-elected by acclimation.  Three At-Large Representatives from the School District Locals were elected to the OASNP Executive Committee.  Congratulations to:  Crystal Boyd, Hudson EA;  Paige Rizzotte, Beaver Creek EA;  and  Serena McCoy, Fredericktown EA.