Parent Mentor

Parent Mentor

Sheila Raia, Parent Mentor
P 330.908.6219
C 330.289.3233
F 330.468.0152

Please call or email any time you have any questions or concerns or just need to talk.

A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability employed to help school districts and families by providing training, support, and information services. The mission of the Ohio Parent Mentors is to provide the necessary support and resources to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. Ohio Parent Mentor projects are funded through grants from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

Some of the services provided by the Parent Mentor include:

  • Guiding parents through the special education process including rights and responsibilities
  • Listening and providing support to families and staff
  • Providing information and resources
  • Attending IEP meetings and other meetings when requested
  • Conducting information sessions and workshops  


The Parent Mentor project has established an extensive resource library for parents and staff.  There are many books for children, teens, books on parenting and specific disabilities including LD and ADHD.  Contact the parent mentor office to borrow books or videos. 

Learn more about the Ohio Parent Mentor Program.

Connect with us! Nordonia Parent Mentor on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming events, updates and more.


A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education 
Special Education Procedural Safeguards Notice
April 2017

Upcoming Events


PAC Workshop Series

SST-8 Parent Access Collaborative Workshop Series
9:30am - 1:30pm 
Held at the Summit County Educational Service Center
420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Questions? Call Marianne Lesko, PAC Consultant 
at 330.945.6634 x513927 or email PAC@sst8.org.

All meetings require REGISTRATION at
Go to News and Events, then Event Calendar and Select Meeting Date 
Lunch is provided for all registered participants (except field trips).

October 16, 2019 - Learn about post-secondary educational options with Kent State University's Career & Community Studies Program, Bowling Green State University's Clark Inclusive Scholars Program and Stark State College.  Also learn more about OCALI, its mission to inspire change and promote access, and the many resources and tools available for families and professionals to ensure they are equipped to care for, support, educate, employ or work with individuals with disabilities - including the latest OCALI resource Promoting Access. Register here. 
November 13, 2019 - Field trip to Portage County DD Demo Room to learn about remote supports and assistive technology.  Also learn more about remote monitoring from a vendor and a family who uses this technology. Register here.

Support Groups

Support Groups

Aspies: Akron Parent Support Group - Support Group assisting parents of children with Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD/NOS or other spectrum. Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Compass Christian Church, 1900 East Ave, Akron 44314.
Aspies: Akron Adult Support Group - for those 18 years and older diagnosed or undiagnosed on the high functioning end of Autism Spectrum. Meets 1st Thursday of each month from 7:00 - 9:00pm at Compass Christian Church, 1900 East Ave, Akron 44314
The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio: Provides support, education and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and communities.
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