Surveys of Ohio Families of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities account for approximately 15% of the students being educated in Ohio schools.  Special education encompasses the academic, physical, cognitive and social-emotional instruction provided to students with one or more disabilities:  autism, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury and visual impairment including blindness.  Projections suggest that the need for specialized services for students with disabilities is likely to increase in coming years. 

The Indicator 8 survey is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. The purpose of the survey is to determine the number of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitate parental involvement as a means of improving critical educational outcomes.  Parents of children with disabilities are given the opportunity to complete an online survey designed to assist the Ohio Department of Education and their child’s school district in understanding parents’ or guardians’ perceptions related to involvement in their children’s educations.  All public and community schools in Ohio are surveyed on a 6-year cycle.  Our Associates administer the survey and analyze and report survey findings to key constituencies in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children.

Funded by Ohio Department of Education Office for Exceptional Children

Program Lead Dr. Barbara Boone