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The LCBDD operates the Murray Ridge School in Elyria –
a positive, caring and nurturing environment that enables students to acquire and practice functional skills in a manner that fosters self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.

Murray Ridge School is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and ability to achieve to their potential by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Please see our Wellness Policy. 

The School-Age Program is for children ages six through 21. Students are referred by their local school districts. Placement requires:

·        Approval of the local school superintendent/designee

·        Consent of the child’s parent/guardian

·        Agreement of LCBDD that placement is appropriate

 

Programs and services are provided to enrolled students at no cost to the family*.

Transportation                             Physical therapy

Occupational therapy                  Communication therapy

Nursing                                         Assistive technology

* In accordance with the child’s IEP, during school hours or when school is in session.

School programs are chartered by the Ohio Department of Education.  The law requires that an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) which outlines goals, objectives and services, be developed for each student.  It is prepared cooperatively with:

·        Home school district staff

·        LCBDD staff

·        Parents or guardians

 

Placement is based on the IEP, which is reviewed when needed, but not less than once a year.

Children are taught at the Primary, Intermediate, and Senior levels by transdisciplinary teams.  Team members work together to address each student’s needs, as reflected by the IEP. 

 

Instructional Goals

To prepare students for:

·        Communicating

·        Managing one’s body

·        Accepting home and work responsibilities

·        Understanding self and others

·        Involvement in the community

·        Developing leisure skills and functional academics

 

At Murray Ridge School, student learning is functional and individualized.   Instruction often takes place outside the school to help students transfer skills taught in the classroom.

·        Restaurants

·        Shopping malls

·        Recreation facilities

·        Libraries

·        Community sites where students can be included

 

Many parents and volunteers assist students and staff on community outings.

 

Students can participate in a variety of activities at school.

·        Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America (meetings held weekly during non-instructional times)

·        Special Olympics

·        Field Days

·        Monthly social events

·        Seniors’ annual prom

 

As students near the end of their school career, Individualized Transition Plans assist each student and family in preparing for life choices, integration into the world of work and community, and decisions about where to live.

 

 

Contact Information

 

Lorain County Board of  Developmental Disabilities

Murray Ridge School

Dann Swift, Director of Education

Linda Lapp, Classroom Supervisor

Stacie Starr, Classroom Supervisor

9750 Murray Ridge Road

Elyria, OH 44035-4805

Telephone: 440-329-3760

Fax: 440-322-5849

dswift@murrayridgecenter.org  

llapp@murrayridgecenter.org

sstarr@murrayridgecenter.org

 

 

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Murray Ridge Center
Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities Offices
1091 Infirmary Road
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 329-3734
(440) 322-2683 fax