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). Section 3310.41 of the Revised Code establishes the ASP and requires the Ohio Department of Education to adopt rules prescribing procedures to implement the program.
The Autism Scholarship Program year for 2013-2014 begins July 1, 2013, and continues through June 30, 2014.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 program year. Instruction on how to apply and a link to search for registered providers in your area are available on this web page.
Providers participating in the Autism Scholarship program are periodically audited by the Office for Exceptional Children. Attached is a sample of the checklist used for the audit with references for each attribute.
Please note that individuals/entities approved as registered private providers for the purpose of the ASP may not provide all services required by a child’s IEP. Parents should ensure that all services included on their child’s IEP will be/are being provided by a registered private provider(s) approved to provide services under the ASP.
The rules ensure parents of children with autism are informed about the requirements and process to obtain a scholarship, inform prospective providers of the requirements to become a program provider, inform providers of their responsibilities and inform school districts of their responsibilities for children residing in the district who participate in the program.
Autism Scholarship Program Rules Effective July 1, 2009
Parental Notification S.B. 316
For more information on the ASP
contact: Lisa Huckins
Office of Nonpublic Educational Options
Toll-free: (877) 644-6338