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OADDP has changed its name to OASNP.  We are expanding 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/

Please be patient as we complete our name change on all platforms.

Download:

OASNP Newsline – Winter 2019

Download the Winter 2019 Newsline – Conference Edition.

Note corrected room rates: The OASNP group rate is $103, plus tax, for an ADA queen or lodge double room, $115.00 for a view queen room.

In this issue:

  • Message from Christina West, OASNP Chairperson.
  • Annual 2019 Special Education Conference Registration
  • Keynote Topic – Advocacy for All
  • Do you work with individuals with special needs?  OASNP is here to represent your concerns to OEA Leadership and follow up on any recommendations from the OEA Special Education Work Group.  Download, fill-out, and return the membership form to add just $9 to your OEA dues.  Download OASNP Continuing Membership form now!
  • OASNP Local Grants of up to $500 available to local associations.
  • Meeting and Conference dates.

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.

OASNP Conference Scholarship Application 2019

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, March 1-2, 2019. NEOEA will make available five scholarships for NEOEA members to attend the conference.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must apply to NEOEA by Friday, February 1, 2019. Download the NEOEA – OASNP Scholarship Application 2019. 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 2019 Annual Conference page.

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.

NEOEA Special Education Work Group

UPDATE
OEA Special Education Work Group
New Business Item – PASSED Overwhelmingly at OEA RA

==>> If you are interested in serving on the new OEA Special Education Work Group, please contact OEA President Becky Higgins directly with your qualifications. She will appoint members and set up the first meeting.

==>> Continue to check this page and watch for emails for news about the new OEA Special Education Work Group.

Motion to: 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.

One time action: 10 – 12 members, 3 – 6 meetings over 1 – 2 years

Rationale: OEA members in all settings, especially the roughly 15% that identify as working in special education, report they face critical challenges obtaining and providing the 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, classroom, and 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. Contract language needs to be looked at.  Furthermore, the OEA Resolutions and Legislative Policies should be reviewed to assure that they adequately address the needs of members involved with special education.

==>> When the OEA Special Education Work Group completes its work, there will be a need for an OEA organization to continue advocacy for Pre-K-12 Special Educators within OEA.  OADDP is ready to fill that void.  At its March 2-3, 2018, Spring Conference, OADDP will consider changing its name to Ohio Association of Special Needs Professionals (OASNP) and re-brand the previously County Board of Developmental Disabilities focused organization to one more focused on Pre-K-12 educators in our local schools.  Please consider attending the conference.  The theme is Turning Challenging Behaviors into Opportunities presented by Daria DeNoia, OEA Education Policy and Practice Consultant.  For more information visit the OADDP 2018 Annual Conference Page for more information.  Registration will begin in mid-January.

Portage Co SSAs Settled November 22nd

Portage County EADD Unit B Settled November 22nd!

*Call to Action on Behalf of Striking Portage County SSAs*

  • PCEADD Unit B, the OEA local union comprised of 19 Service and Support Administrators for Portage County’s Board of the Developmentally Disabled, has been on strike since October 4.
  • Despite many challenges and the Board’s refusal so far to consider moving off of their September 11 “last, best, and final” offer, Portage SSAs have stayed strong and unified and have refused to cave.
  • Portage SSAs need a large show of unity and support as their bargaining team, mediator, and the Board’s bargaining team reconvene for the first time in over two months. Details are as follow:

When: 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22

Where: In front of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services Independence office – 6161 Oak Tree Boulevard in Independence, OH

Why: To provide a visual demonstration of union and community support for striking sisters and brothers and their bargaining team / To pressure the Board to stay until they have reached a fair resolution with Portage SSAs

Dress warm, bring help, and be prepared to help Portage SSAs get the settlement they deserve!

Flyer — Nov. 22 Call to Action on Behalf of Striking Portage County SSAs

Who We Are: We are a 20 member unit of Service and Support Administrators (SSA’s) for the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities. We provide coordination and authorization of services that ensure the health and welfare of citizens with developmental disabilities in the county. We serve nearly 700 citizens, and many of their families, county-wide.

Why We’re Taking a Stand: The SSA’s have not had a cost of living increase in pay for 10 years. We have attempted to work with the DD Board for over a year to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract to no avail. Instead, the Board demands that we accept another 3 years with no increases, despite steeply rising employee health care costs and increasing workloads. The Board is currently operating with over a $20 million budget surplus, and the Board has told us, “We have plenty of money, just not for you.”

Where You Can Find Us: Visit and Like “Support Our Portage SSAs” on Facebook. Visit Portage County Educators Association for the Developmentally Disabled – Unit B’s homepage at http://pceadd-b.ohea.us/.

Where We’re Taking a Stand: We are picketing the Administrative Center of the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 2606 Brady Lake Rd. in Ravenna, and Happy Day School, 2500 Brady Lake Rd. in Ravenna, every day Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Parking is available across Brady Lake Road from the two picket sites, directly in between the Happy Day School and the Administrative Center. You’ll see two large tanks, one that is green, as you pull onto the property.

What Else You Can Do to Help: Send donations and letters of support to:

PCEADD – Unit B Strike Headquarters
P.O. Box 7
Kent, OH 44240

Please make checks payable to “PCEADD”

Contact the Portage Co Board of DD and demand that they bargain in Good Faith so we can get the Fair Contract we deserve.

Download the Portage SSA Flyers with Board emails and phone numbers.

Follow on Facebook  – search for “Support our Portage SSAs”

View the video: http://pceadd-b.ohea.us/

Together We Can Do It!  Union Strong!