AUTISM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Autism Scholarship Program (ASP) gives the parents of children with autism who qualify for a scholarship the choice to send the child to a special education program other than the one operated by the school district of residence to receive their education and the services outlined in the child's individualized education program (IEP).
Any student who has been identified by their district as a child with autism and for whom the district has created an individualized education plan (IEP) qualifies for the Autism Scholarship program.
The student must have a current IEP from the district of residence that is finalized and all parties, including the parent, must be in agreement with the IEP.
A child is eligible to apply to participate in the program when the child turns three.
RULES AND LAW
The rules ensure parents of children with autism are informed about the requirements and process to obtain a scholarship, inform prospective providers of the requirements to become a program provider, inform providers of their responsibilities and inform school districts of their responsibilities for children residing in the district who participate in the program.
Section 3310.41 of the Revised Code establishes the ASP and requires the Ohio Department of Education to adopt rules prescribing procedures to implement the program.
JON PETERSON SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Jon Peterson Special Needs (JPSN) Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who are eligible to attend kindergarten through 12th grade and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their district. The amount of each scholarship will be based on the primary disability condition identified on the student's Evaluation Team Report (ETR) and will not exceed $27,000. Students must be enrolled in the scholarship program for the entire program year to receive the full scholarship amount.
The passage of House Bill 49 eliminated student application deadlines for the JPSN Scholarship Program. Students will have the ability to apply for JPSN Scholarship year-round beginning September 29, 2017.
Information sourced from the Ohio Department of Education: www.education.ohio.gov