Special Education


    The Columbus City Schools Office of Special Education is dedicated to providing academic and behavioral support to students with disabilities to enable them to achieve academic excellence, acquire independent life skills, and be prepared for work or post-secondary education as they transition to adult life. 

    Special Education Word Cloud

Columbus City Schools serves students with a wide range of special needs because every student has the right to a free and appropriate education that meets their unique needs:

  • Autism Spectrum
    Autism is a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication.

    Special Needs Preschool
    CCS provides early intervention opportunities for children age three through five who have special needs.

    Columbus Hearing Impaired Program C.H.I.P
    Since the 1950s, C.H.I.P. has met the individual learning needs of hearing impaired children ages 3 - 21 in Central Ohio.

    K-12 Home Instruction Program
    A short-term basis with students receiving one hour of home instruction per school day.

    Orthopedically Impaired Program
    A quality educational program for pre-school through grade-12 students.

    Transition Planning
    Provides services for the transition from school to adult life, including career education and exploration.

    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Services for students who have acquired injury to the brain caused by external physical force or other medical conditions.

    Special Olympics
    Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports.

    Special Needs Parent Mentoring Program & Resources
    CCS has parents of children with special needs on staff to answer questions.

    Visually Impaired Program
    Provides services for children age three through graduation, or age 22 (whichever comes first)


Student Support Services

  • 737 E. Hudson St.
    Columbus, Ohio 43211
    Ph. 614-365-5206
    Fax 614-365-6718

  • Notice of Parent/Guardian Rights

    Parental Consent to Share Health Information for the Ohio Medicaid School Program (Medicaid) - The attached annual notice is to inform parents/guardians of all their legal protections and rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

    Parent Consent Notice

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  • Special Education Consent Order

    "Notice to Ohio students with disabilities and their parents and guardians a partial settlement class action lawsuit John Doe, et al., v. State of Ohio, et al.,Case No. 2:91-cv-464 (US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division) www.education.ohio.gov