A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability employed by local education agencies and Educational Service Centers to help families and school districts by providing support, information and training services.

All parent mentor services are free of charge to families. The Ohio Department of Education provides the funds for Ohio Parent Mentor projects.



"I'm a parent, and our youngest son has disabilities.  We contacted the parent mentoring program because we felt like we weren't getting the help we needed.  Being a parent, when you're sitting in a meeting with five people, all the things that you want to say or are trying to form thoughts to get help for your son, just go out the window, because it is emotional.  Where it did feel in the beginning like we were on one side, the school was on another; with our mentor there, it didn't feel that way at all.  It felt like there was a bridge.  And I will say it ended in an amazing way.  We got the help that we needed."  -Cara King

Parent Mentor: What are they and how can they help me?

Parent Mentor Project

What's New!

Stop here often to see what's new to our website, updated trainings, and what the Parent Mentors of Ohio have been up to!

Last updated: January 27, 2021

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Guide to Parent's Rights in Special Education

This guide can help you understand your rights and your child’s rights according to IDEA and the Ohio Operating Standards. It also gives you information and resources to help you understand your child’s special education supports and services

Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

The Ohio Department of Education is the administrative department of the Ohio state government responsible for primary and secondary public education in the state.

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

OCECD is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, educators and agencies who provide services to them.

State Support Teams

State support teams are local and regional Ohio educators with a history in school improvement, preschool and special education. The Ohio Department of Education coordinates 16 regional teams that cover Ohio and can respond to your call today. There is no cost to use their services.

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