Random Acts of Kindness

This school year, the Happy Day School elementary aged students in Room 14 have been doing random acts of kindness.  Prior to COVID19, Room 14 had partnered with one of Ravenna Public School’s elementary classroom.  Our students would visit Ravenna’s school monthly to socialize and experience what a public-school classroom was like through reading, music and art.  One of the random acts of kindness activity we did with our Ravenna friends was making heart shaped bird food feeders to hang outside at our homes and schools.  Since COVID19 has closed the schools, our classes have not been able to socialize, but the students in Room 14 through a ZOOM meeting, created thank-you cards to send to nurses and doctors.  Our next random act of kindness, again through a ZOOM meeting, will be making dog biscuits for our own dogs and our neighbors’ dogs, since the dogs have been sharing their daytime space with us.  Room 14 students and staff are planning to continue our random acts of kindness even when we cannot physically be together.  Their teacher’s motto is to do a random act of kindness daily.

Portage DD Update

From John Avouris, OEA LRC:

Here is what’s happening at the Portage DD in terms of what our PCEADD-Unit A members are doing:

Here are the things that the Community Provider Relations Department is doing;

  • Calling providers to see if they need assistance and providing PPE and cleaning supplies to providers and DSP’s (Direct Service Providers).
  • Highlighting athletes on our facebook page.
  • Holding zoom meetings with providers.
  • Holding advocacy zoom meetings.
  • Providing COVID19 information to providers.
  • Weekly virtual exercise and fitness tips for clients.
  • DSP of the month, we have an application on our website for anyone to nominate a DSP of the month. They are recognized during the monthly Board Meeting.

In the early intervention department, we have provided a seamless transition for our families from home based to virtual services. Though some families have chooses to put services on hold, most of our families are continuing services with technology. Using the zoom platform, we are providing coaching to parents to help them improve their child’s development and interactions, as well as provide new play activities with their child within their home. We continue to receive new referrals, complete evaluations, and Individual Family Service Plans. We also continue to help families access needed community services related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our school age program will have 3 graduates this year. PCEADD Unit A is sending a graduation sign for the family to display, and union member are planning a drive parade to honor the graduates. Though we miss being in person with our children and families, we continue to provide quality service. We feel our union membership is the key factor in helping us to continue service in this pandemic.

OASNP Constitution & Bylaws Amendments


  • The OASNP Annual Meeting is open to all OASNP members and was 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 were considered to change the composition of the OASNP Executive Committee to six (6) At-Large Representatives to the OASNP Executive Committee.  The portion of the original proposal to apportion the six seats between local school district membership (2 reps) and CBDD membership (4 reps); was rejected.  The full text of the current Constitution and Bylaws as amended is here:
  • Constitution & Bylaws (2020-02-29) – OASNP Constitution and Bylaws (2020-02-29)
  • C & B Amendments (2020-02-29) – C & B Amendments
  • OASNP Proposed Bylaws Amendment – Committees  – under development
  • Members Only Area – Previous OASNP Constitution and Bylaws

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.


  • 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.

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.

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


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/.