Year-Round Scholarships for Families With Special Needs

. December 1, 2017.

For parents of special needs children, it’s paramount to have options when it comes to education. The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship, administered by the Ohio Department of Education, provides just that.

“The program gives families the opportunity to receive specialized services for their child without the financial burden that sometimes comes with that,” said Sara Howe, co-director of the Center for Autism and Dyslexia in Findlay.

The scholarship program is available for students in grades K-12 who have a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP). These students can receive up to $27,000 per year for educational services and/or tuition at participating private schools or private school providers.

Many local families receive the scholarship

According to Howe, 17 of the 67 students who attend the Center for Autism and Dyslexia in Findlay receive the scholarship. “We provide students with individualized lessons in small groups and we offer specialized services including speech therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, as well as offering art therapy groups through our partnership with Awakening Minds Art. Parents appreciate the small class sizes and open communication.”

Students can now apply year-round

Recently, the Jon Peterson Scholarship program announced that eligible students can now apply year-round for the scholarship. In the past, because the program had two application windows annually, families who missed the deadline had to wait months until the next application window.

“Now there will be no waiting,” said Howe. “Families will be able to apply any time and know immediately if they will receive the financial help for their child.”

Other registered providers in Findlay that accept Jon Peterson Scholarship recipients are Ms. Donna’s Adaptive Learning Center and Sylvan Learning Center.

For more information about all of Ohio’s scholarship programs or the wide variety of education options available to Ohio students, visit