The state of Ohio offers choices for families when their home school (public or private) is not able to meet the needs of their children with disabilities.
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.
New Horizons Academy is a registered Autism Scholarship provider and provides IEP-based services in accordance with the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Education Autism Scholarship Program.
The Autism Scholarship Program year for 2013-2014 begins July 1, 2013, and continues through June 30, 2014. All Autism Scholarships expire each year on June 30th and must be renewed if the child is to continue to receive services.
The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship (JPSN) allows the Ohio Department of Education to pay a scholarship to the parents of a qualified child with certain disabilities who are eligible to attend kindergarten through 12th grade and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their district of residence.
Like the Autism Scholarship, the JPSN gives parents a choice of sending their child to a special education program, other than the one operated by their child’s school district, to receive the services outlined in the child’s individualized education program (IEP). The JPSN provides different funding amounts based on the disability, and therefore may not cover the entire cost of tuition at New Horizons Academy.
There are two application periods annually. The first application period begins in February and ends on April 15th. Scholarships awarded to this group of applicants will be for the next full school year. The second application period begins in October and ends on November 15th. Scholarships awarded during this second application period will be awarded for second half of that school year (January 1 through June 30).
New Horizons Academy is a registered provider of the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship and provides IEP-based services in accordance with the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Education.
If you would like any additional information regarding either the Autism Scholarship or Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.