Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Program | Special Education Application


The Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Program Special Education Application is for students with a current IEP/504, planning to attend a two- or four-year academic, technical, or vocational state approved program.

Below is the link to a scholarship opportunity through the Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Program.


Please complete application in its entirety. One application per student.
Please direct any questions to scholarship@ohiopta.org.

For more information about Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Program, please visit: http://www.ohiopta.org/

Valemee Fitness: Pop-Up Classes

About Valemee

Our mission is to value and empower each individual, celebrate those with unique developmental, neurological and physical needs, and help overcome barriers to achieving optimal fitness fitness and independence for all.

We believe that everyone deserves to experience health and fitness that lead to greater independence, personal growth and lifelong health.

Valemee Around Town! Join Us!

For a 30-minute fitness class introducing the Valemee System. Come and experience what sets us apart in empowering individuals on their journey to lifelong fitness.



(Limit 6 per class so register soon!)


Sourcepoint, 9:00 am

800 Cheshire Rd. Deleware, OH

IPA Fitness, 11:00 am

6155 Huntley Rd. Worthington, OH

Fitness Loft, 12:30 pm

625 Parsons Ave. Columbus, OH

YMCA, 2:30 pm

Location TBD

Westerville Community Center 4:30 pm

350 N Cleveland Ave. Westerville, OH

Valemee 6:30 pm

6631 Commerce Parkway Unit L. Dublin, OH

Caregivers/ Guardians/ Family Members

All caregivers, guardians, and family members are encouraged to participate in this pop-up adaptive fitness class.

To register: contact peggy@valemee.com

OSU Nisonger TOPS Program Information Session

What is TOPS?

The Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center offers individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities a unique opportunity to engage in OSU academic coursework and work experiences. We offer a 2 & 4-year Workforce Development Certificate Program that focuses on: Academics, Career Development, Independent Living, & Self-Determination.

The session will feature in depth discussion on the following:

  • Academic classes
  • Work experiences
  • Independent living
  • Application and Financial Aid processes

Application Deadlines:

  • Early Action — November 1st
  • Regular Decision — February 1st

Session Date/Time:

  • January 13th, 2022
  • ** March 2nd, 2022   5:00pm-6:30pm**

**Please note that the March information session is after the application deadline**


Join Zoom Meeting

https://osu.zoom.us/j/97384520687?pw d=SVQ4aDFZcTBLcXBVS2VlaHNGRmg2UT09

Meeting ID: 973 8452 0687

Password: 891356



Call: 614-685-3185

Email: transitions@osumc.edu

Students Needed for Self-Guided Intervention Study

Do you need help managing stress? 

Researchers at Rutgers University are recruiting autistic students and their parents/guardians for a research study to evaluate a self-guided intervention designed to support the emotional well-being of autistic students enrolled in Postsecondary Education (PSE).

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Are accepted to or enrolled in PSE (undergraduate or graduate program)
  • Have a previous diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Have an iOS or Android compatible smartphone
  • Have a parent or guardian who is also willing to participate (fill out questionnaires) [optional]

If you are eligible, you will be asked to complete:

  • Questionnaires about you and your social & emotional functioning
  • Videoconferences visit to assess cognitive and academic skills
  • An Emotional Support Plan (ESP)
  • Daily check-ins via smartphone app up to 4 times per day for 6 weeks


  • You can receive up tp $253 for your participation
  • Your parent/guardian will receive up to $40

If interested, please complete the screening form at:



Email questions to:


University Closed: MLK Day

In observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the university will be closed Monday, January 17th, 2022.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington in 1963.


Research Study Opportunity

Drs. Andy Persch and Dennis Cleary (former Buckeyes) are conducting 2 research studies looking for students with intellectual disability. Learn more by watching the videos.

Emergency Readiness

On Sunday afternoon, The Center for Disability Empowerment and Endeavor Defense and Fitness in Hilliard, Ohio provide an Emergency Readiness Self defense training presentation for people with disabilities. Finn, Nick and Sheri from the TOPS program had a great day learning about how to keep themselves and those around them safe and how to observe the environment around us.  We learned how to find exit points, how to  barricade and evade, hide and to get away if need be .

Now, we hope we would never have to use these tools in our daily lives but knowing what to do and how to do it will help us prepared if we should ever face a situation.

Our instructor Aaron Jannetti and Brooke Hughes with host Marley Saade put on a great presentation which included our own emergency kits to take home with us!


3 masked people pose at the event                   items displayed on the floor from the survival kit

TOPS Staff Spotlight: Meet Patty

I am from Pittsburgh and moved to Ohio when I was in high school.  I had worked with Jessie Green in Westerville City Schools and she reached out to me about a position working with TOPS.  I am a Disability Career Specialist and I am responsible for helping students find paid and unpaid internships at OSU and the community.  I do career exploration assessments with them to help determine their individual career goals.  I really enjoy getting to know the TOPS students and their families.  I also really enjoy networking with community partners and worksites to try and find the right fit for both the worksites and our students.  I enjoy riding my bike and kickboxing in my spare time.