Special Education Department Update

April 2020

Summer Programs

We can't believe it is almost SUMMER! Between now and the end of the school year we will be providing you with information regarding a variety of summer programs.

Recommendations from our Parent Committee:



Day Camps:




Art and Therapeutic Programs:




Social and Recreational Programs:





If you are looking for a specific program and would like assistance, please contact Rebecca Lemons Rebecca.Lemons@aeaohio.org

Life After High School Virtual Workshop Presented by Bryant & Stratton College

Students in grades 10th through 12th got to participate in a virtual workshop presented by Bryant and Stratton College called Life After High School. Our speaker from Bryant and Stratton College, Ms. Cory, taught the students all about setting and achieving SMART goals. What makes a goal SMART? SMART is an acronym that individuals can use as a guide for setting their goals. SMART stands for: specific (simple, sensible, significant), measurable (meaningful, motivating), achievable (agreed, attainable), relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based), time (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive). When students set goals, and write them down, they are more likely to achieve them. Ms. Cory shared with students how to formulate these goals and apply them to their education, career, or any other future plans. Students were even able to create their own SMART goals as part of the workshop.

If you would like to have the recording of this virtual workshop please reach out to Mrs. Costanzo (kristen.costanzo@aeaohio.org).
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Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities’ Ohio Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

Are You a High School Junior or Senior with a Disability and Interested in Self-Advocacy & Leadership Development?

Today, young people with disabilities have more options and opportunities than at any other time in our nation’s history.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities’ Ohio Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a four-day career leadership training program for 11th and 12th grade high school students with disabilities.

Participation in YLF can prepare you to become one of Ohio’s future leaders by improving your leadership, citizenship and social skills.

At YLF you will:

  • Learn about choosing a career

  • Learn about available resources and assistive technology

  • Identify barriers to personal and professional success and develop plans to overcome those barriers

  • Interact w/ professionals w/ disabilities who serve as mentors and role models

  • Develop a personal leadership plan, which includes action steps after the event

  • Gain the power to reach your goals in education, employment and leadership

  • Spend four days with your peers developing a social network

LEAP (Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential) is excited to be hosting our Regional Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) virtually between June 1 - 4, 2021.

All participants must:

  • Be High school Junior or Senior with a Disability

  • Be eligible for OOD services

  • Be available June 1-4 to participate!

For additional information or to register, please refer to their website: https://www.leapinfo.org/events/2021/06/01/ood-youth-leadership-forum-2021

Applications are due by April 23rd!

Cuyahoga County Community College's Full Tuition Assistance Program

Have you or your family experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Cuyahoga Community College’s Full Tuition Assistance program can help.

The College will cover Cuyahoga County residents’ tuition costs for one year of a Tri-C credit program or for the duration of a noncredit program. You can start or continue your education ― or gain the skills you need to rejoin the workforce quickly ― without incurring tuition expenses.

The Full Tuition Assistance program can help:

  • Unemployed individuals who lost employment and/or income due to COVID-19, seeking a short-term credential, advanced training or a degree to increase their employability.
  • Graduating high school students who planned to attend a four-year college or university this fall but have to reconsider due to financial hardship.
  • Current college students who are or were enrolled at a four-year college and can’t afford to return, but want to continue their education.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Reside in Cuyahoga County
  • Provide evidence of financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Enroll as a new or continuing Tri-C student for the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester
  • Additional program requirements are found in the Full Tuition Assistance FAQ document.

You must also complete the following:

Have questions?

Senior Social

For the second semester of the school year, Mrs. Costanzo has been providing Senior Social for our class of 2021. Senior Social allows seniors to hop on Zoom to socialize, play different games and activities, as well as additional time to work on skills needed for life after high school. There is only one more Senior Social for the remainder of the school year until graduation day! The last Senior Social will take place on May 12th. We are all so proud of each and everyone of our seniors!

A Note From Miss Beitel's Classroom

Hello! I am Lauren Beitel and I am the 8th-9th grade intervention specialist at the North Olmsted campus. This is my second year at AEA; previously I was at the Strongsville campus. I have my bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Special Education K-12: Moderate to Intensive Needs and I also hold an associate's degree. I grew up in North Ridgeville and currently live in North Royalton with one of my best friends and my new puppy, Reese. In my free time I love to spend my time with my family, friends, and my dog. I also enjoy being crafty, going on hikes, shopping, and cooking/baking.

I love getting to come to work and help my students learn and grow! We have currently been working on improving our math and reading skills. This year we have worked on our social skills and transitional goals for their future after school as well! The students love to come and work in my classroom for one-on-one or small group support (sometimes it’s hard to get them to leave and go back to class because they want to stay all day with me....haha). My students have made significant improvements and progress on literary elements and basic math fundamentals such as multiplication/division and fractions.

I am so thankful to work at AEA and make an impact on each and every student here! I can’t wait for next year and hopefully all the students will be back in person!!! :)

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