A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability employed by local education agencies to help school districts and families by providing training, support and information services. The basis of the Parent Mentor Program is the expectation that students with disabilities will be ensured appropriate and meaningful education if parents and educators communicate effectively and optimize their partnership in planning as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. Districts choose to implement the Parent Mentor Program to promote this necessary and effective communication by providing information and support to families about special education issues and by providing a mechanism to convey the family perspective back to the system. Ohio Parent Mentor projects are funded through grants from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). All Parent Mentor services are provided to families free of charge. Becky Kremer serves as the Parent Mentor for Ross Local Schools and can be contacted by calling (513) 795-8430 or by email at email@example.com.