Parent Mentor Program

     The Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability who is available to help families and school districts by providing information, support and training. 
The Goal of the Parent Mentor:
  • Guide families through the special education process and explain parents’ rights and responsibilities.
  • Listen and provide support to families and educators on an individual basis.
  • Provide information and support to families including education laws, district programs and services and community resources.
  • Attend Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings and other meetings at the request of parent or staff.
  • Build collaborative partnerships between families, schools and agencies to benefit students with disabilities.
Some Common Reasons Why Parents Call the Parent Mentor:
  • I'm concerned about my child changing schools or moving from preschool to kindergarten.
  • I feel alone - no one listens to my concerns about my child.
  • I want to be more involved in planning my child's education.
  • I would like improved communication with my child's school about his progress.
  • I feel uncertain at IEP and other meetings and would really like some support.
     The Allen County Parent Mentor Program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education. Parent Mentor Services are provided free of charge to families in Allen County, Lima City Schools and the West Central Learning Academy.

Helpful Links

Disability-specific Resources 

ADHD Resources and Support

CHADD - National Resource Center on ADHD
Autism References
Ohio Center for Autism Low Incidence

Down Syndrome Resources and Support

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo

Early Intervention Overview
Center for Parent Information and Resources



Helpful Links

Agency and Special Education Law Resources

Special Education Acronyms

Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities

IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Center for Parent Information and Resources

Legal Contacts and Resources

Legal and court system hours, locations and contact information

Ohio Department of Education - Special Education
Office of Exceptional Children

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Special Education Resources for Families
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities

504 Plans
Center for Parent Information and Resources