Enacted 2003 • Launched 2004 • Voucher
Ohio students on the autism spectrum may receive vouchers for education services from a
private provider, including tuition at a private school. After participating students receive
education services, they apply to the state for reimbursement of expenses.
Latest Stats (2012-13)
- Students participating: 2,241
- Service providers participating: 245
- Average voucher value: $16,537 (2011-12)
Average voucher value as a percentage of
Ohio’s total per-student spending ($11,224)
Educational services chosen by parents will be reimbursed by the state for up to $20,000 per
Students must be ages three to 21, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and registered
in the public school special education system. Students may use the voucher whether or not
they were enrolled previously in public schools, though students not previously enrolled in
public schools must formally transfer into the public system (they do not need to actually
leave their private schools).
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
Rules & Regulations
- Income Limit: None
- Geographic Limit: Statewide
- Enrollment Cap: None
- Voucher Cap: $20,000
- Testing Mandates: None
Ohio Revised Code, Section 3310.41.
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