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Educational Services

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South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, in New Boston, provides a variety of services for families and children with disabilities. Special Education Classrooms: The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center works collaboratively with area school districts to offer Special Education Services to students with special needs. Teams of professionals work alongside students and families to develop individualized education plans that will lead to student-centered learning and independence.


Preschool Special Education:

The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (SCOESC) preschool intervention program provides comprehensive preschool services for 3-5 year olds to ten local school districts. These services range from integrated center-based classrooms that address the individual needs of each child to services delivered to children with disabilities in the child’s natural environment. These services are provided by a staff of certified early childhood intervention specialists, licensed speech/language pathologists, and physical and occupational therapists.


Related Services:

Direct services are provided to students in the areas of audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, speech/language pathology and vision. School psychologists and speech/language pathologists work in local school districts in Scioto County. Audiologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and teachers of the Visually Impaired provide services in cooperating school districts in Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Jackson counties. These services include assessment, participation in the development of IEPs, and the provision of direct and consultative interventions.

Hearing Impaired Classrooms:

The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center operates two cooperative classrooms for Hearing Impaired (HI) students. The HI Classroom supports students from Scioto and Lawrence counties and is located in the Green Local School District in eastern Scioto County. The goal of the K-12 unit is to provide high-quality educational services that are academically challenging as well as assist students with meeting the needs of their disability.


Help Me Grow:

Help Me Grow is Ohio’s evidenced-based parent support program that encourages early prenatal and well-baby care, as well as parenting education to promote the comprehensive health and development of children. Help Me Grow System includes Central Intake, Help Me Grow Home Visiting and Help me Grow Early Intervention.


Aspire Program:

The Ohio Department of Higher Education's Aspire program, formerly the Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program, helps adults build the skills they need to become employed or pursue higher education or training. Aspire serves Ohioans who have less than a 12th-grade education or the equivalent and who are beyond age 18. The Scioto County ASPIRE (formerly ABLE) program has served Scioto County for almost 30 years. The ASPIRE program provides corrections education, distance education as well as Adult Basic Education and Adult Secondary Education. The ASPIRE program has locations at the SCOESC Academic Building, The STAR Justice Center, the Scioto County Career & Technical Center, as well as Shawnee State University. The ASPIRE program has partnered with Scioto County Career & Technical Center, Shawnee State University, Department of Jobs and Family Services, Ohio Means Jobs of Scioto County and the Workforce Investment Board.


Family and Children First Council:

Work with multiple social service agencies to coordinate services for children and families Track outcomes across social services systems to improve students’ ability to succeed. Work to prevent out of home placements when it is safe for all utilizing family centered support services funding. Work to reduce duplication of services to children and families across service systems making public dollars go farther serving more families. Center for Alternative and Progressive Education: CAPE – Students receive an alternative

Education consisting but not limited to: ~ High School Curriculum ~ Credit Recovery Options ~ Drug Counseling (Prevention & Intervention) ~ Mental Health Counseling ~ Community Services

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Capabilities connects the dots between the person and their future. We started in 1997 by Bill and Karen Blumhorst, a former special education teacher. Today, Capabilities and a staff of over 160 employees proudly serve people in over three-fourths of Ohio. Capabilities is sought after for its comprehensive services, focus on supported community employment, flexible personalized service, optimistic corporate culture, and one-on-one customer service. The services we provide are broken down into six categories, as follows:


Community Employment:
Our Community Employment services connect the dots between people and their career choices. This can include analyzing working pay in relation to existing benefits, getting ready for employment, helping people find job opportunities, figuring out transportation to the job, helping them learn their job, and/or assisting them in keeping their job. Examples of these services include benefits education and analysis, work incentives planning, job development, job coaching, on-the-job supports, job-seeking skills training, and individual employment supports.


Professional Training:

Our Professional Training services connect the dots between people and education resources to work with people with differing abilities. Capabilities offers professional training and programs to people who are looking to serve people with disabilities. Capabilities representatives give accredited presentations to individuals and companies who can benefit from learning more about working with people with disabilities. Examples of these services include First Aid/CPR/AED training, consultation to move providers towards community based services, and consultation in best practices in community employment.

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Scioto County Developmental Disabilities is the product of years of grassroots labor by parents of children and adults with developmental disabilities and concerned community leaders. Currently, SCDD helps individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities live the best life possible.


These services and programs may include: Pre-Employment Services, help with finding employment, Job Coaching and follow-along services once employed, Adult Day Services, Residential and Homemaker Personal Care Services, Specialized School Services, Non- Medical Transportation, assistance with Public Benefits Programs, along with many other services that meet the needs of the individuals we serve.


Please contact our Intake office at (740) 353-8448 to discuss eligibility for these programs and to discuss any questions you have regarding services offered or authorized by the Scioto County Board of DD.

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Our Mission is to prevent disease, promote optimal health and safety, bridge the gap of unmet health care needs, and respond to public health emergencies for the citizens of Portsmouth, Ohio.



-Primary Care

-Family Planning


-Client Navigation

-Substance Abuse Counseling


-Car Seat Program

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Your state support team expands your leadership team to add specially trained educator experts to work on your efforts to improve climate and learning outcomes for all students. The state support team uses research-based practices to help you build custom solutions for your central office staff, building administrators and teachers and partners with your team to design concrete measures. These solutions boost organizational efficiency. Specifically, your state support team provides coordination and support for common barriers in school improvement and services for low-performing students.

Age of students we serve:  Birth to school age (0-kindergarten), School Age (Kindergarten- 14 years), Transition Age (14-21)
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Adult Career Tech Programming Consultative training for businesses Adult Diploma Program for students ages 22+ Programs include:

A Man Welding

CNC Machinist (600 hours) Robotics Technology (600 hours)

Information Technology Professional (900 hours)

Dental Assisting (900 hours) Medical Assisting (900 hours)

Pharmacy Technician (600 hours)

Practical Nursing (1350 hours)

Surgical Technology (1200 hours)

Southern Ohio Police Academy (747 hours)

Industrial/Constructional Electricity (1200 hours)

Industrial Maintenance (1200 hours)

Power Line Mechanic (900 hours)

Welding (600 hours)

Nurse Aide (76 hours)

Phlebotomy (176 hours)

Volunteer Firefighter (36 hours)

Firefighter 1 Transitions (124 hours)

Firefighter 1 (160 hours)

Firefighter 2 Transitions (84 hours)

Fire Safety Inspector (80 hours)

Fire (Public Safety)

Instructor (80 hours)

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Dental Hygiene Clinic

Shawnee State University's Dental Hygiene Program provides dental hygiene care to all interested individuals and groups. In an educational setting, students perform all dental hygiene services allowed by Ohio law.

These services include: scaling and polishing of teeth, administration of appropriate pain control, dental x-rays (full-mouth surveys, individual periapicals, bitewing-surveys, panographs), application of fluoride, application of pit and fissure sealants, patient education, nutritional counseling, and study models.

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We provide clinic and home-based autism-specific services through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals in the field of early intensive ABA, OT, PT, and Speech therapy. Parent, caregiver education and educator training is an important part of our approach to treatment. Our early intense ABA therapy is a comprehensive approach to treatment of autism with up to 40 hours of treatment per week for children under 5. The focus of ABA therapy is skill acquisition, behavior reduction, and parent education.


Our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) often works with local school districts and parents to reduce unwanted behaviors at home and school while working with the individual child to teach new skills or replacement behaviors by completing functional behavior assessments, designing function-based interventions, and guiding teams in the development of behavior intervention plans at home, school, or community settings. We currently serve children up to 12 years old.

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