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Special Needs / Autism

Patient AirLift Services (PALS)

Arranges no-cost air transportation within the Northeastern United States for patients seeking medical care. Volunteer pilots fly individuals for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care as well as many other compassionate or humanitarian purposes.  They also arrange special air transportation for military members and their families.
120 Adams Boulevard, Farmingdale, New York 11735
(631) 694-7257

4 Paws for Ability

Enriches the lives of children with disabilities by providing companionship and promoting independent living. They specialize in helping people nationwide who are turned away by other agencies, and they have no eligibility requirements beyond a physician’s statement that the person requesting a service dog has a disability. They train a lot of different types of dogs, including hearing ear dogs, autism assistance dogs, mobility assistance dogs, seizure assistance dogs and more.
253 Dayton Avenue, Xenia, Ohio 45385
(937) 374-0385

ADA Accessibility Guidelines (United States Access Board)

Outlines the ADA guidelines for play areas and recreational facilities.
1331 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
(800) 872-2253 or (800) 993-2822 (TTY)

ADA Ohio

A statewide organization that provides information, technical assistance and training about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to individuals, businesses, state and local government agencies. Individuals with questions about ADA are encouraged to call their office.
700 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 844-5410

Able Data

Provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment. They provide product lists by intended function and lists of manufacturers and distributors of assistive technology in Ohio.
103 West Broad Street, Falls Church, Maryland 22046
(800) 227-0216 or (301) 608-8912 TTY

Adriel School

Provides 24-hour respite services (up to 30 days) for foster youth and youth with special needs throughout Ohio ages 0 to 21. Referrals to the program may be made by agencies or legal guardians. They also provide on-site counseling and treatment for foster youth.
5940 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-0010

Air Care Alliance

Over 60 groups have volunteer pilots, trained to transport those in need of free air transportation for patients, family members or various staff members.  They primarily assist with medical transport, but do a variety of other missions as well.
2060 State Highway 595, Lindrith, New Mexico 87029
(888) 260-9707

Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

Provides summer overnight camps, day camps and respite weekends for children and adults with special needs.
4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319
(330) 644-4512

Allied Therapy East

Offers a wide range of summer programs for children older than age 3 with disabilities, including programs for children with visual motor difficulties, language delays, motor delays, difficulties in sensory processing and more. Children work with trained therapists.
170 Mill Street, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 414-KIDS or (614) 414-5437

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The country’s largest cross-disability membership organization that organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change. They do not provide direct services, but can refer people to someone who may be able to help.
2013 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 457-0046 Voice and TTY

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)

Offers a toll-free parent information hotline and provides support, encouragement, and information to families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
800 Florida Avenue, Washington, DC 20002
(800) 942-2732 Voice and TTY

American Special Hockey Association Columbus Blue Jackets

Gives children and young adults with developmental disabilities the chance to play ice hockey in an environment which is adapted to the level of ability of the athletes. The program is open to any player age five or older, male or female, who is physically able to play, but would be unable to participate in any other organized program due to his or her developmental disability. Participants do not need prior ice skating skills.
200 West Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 216-1508

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Promotes the use of listening and spoken language for infants, young children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing (rather than signed or visual languages). Their website provides a lot of resources for parents, including financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
3417 Volta Place, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-5220 or (202) 337-5221 TTY

American Council of the Blind Ohio (ACBO)

Dedicated to improving the quality and equality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired. Click to find a local chapter in your area and find local resources.
3805 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(800) 835-2226 or (614) 221-6688

Arc Industries

Provides vocational training and employment services for adults who have mental retardation or other developmental disabilities. These services are provided to individuals to increase their independence, self-sufficiency and productivity. Individuals also receive help in securing and maintaining independent jobs in the community.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-7007 or (800) 734-7007

Arc of Ohio

Advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities through legislative action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus Ohio 43215
(800) 875-2723 or (614) 487-4720

Arc of Ohio Family Resource Guide

Their web site contains very helpful information about benefits, insurance information, social security disability insurance, tax credits, funding and other financial resources for children with special needs.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus Ohio 43215
(800) 875-2723 or (614) 487-4720

Arch National Respite Network & Resource Center

Respite, a break for caregivers and families, is a service in which temporary care is provided to a child or adult with disabilities, or chronic or terminal illnesses, and to persons at risk of abuse and neglect. Go online to access their respite locator, which helps parents and caregivers find local respite resources in their area.
800 Eastowne Drive, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
(919) 490-5577


Aspirations Ohio

Meets the needs of young adults with autism spectrum disorders ages 17 to 30. This is a social and vocational skills support group that meets weekly at the Nisonger Center at OSU for eight weeks and costs $250.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-4185

Assistive Technology (AT) of Ohio

Provides an adaptive toy lending program that gives children access to adaptive toys. Parents can checkout toys at participating local libraries.  They also provide a device lending library to search for and borrow equipment that is specifically designed to assist a particular special need (i.e., speech communication devices, walkers, wheelchairs, computer access aids).  Located on the OSU West Campus.  Call for more information or to make an appointment.
1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(800) 784-3425

Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD)

Provides training and job opportunities for people with disabilities age 18 and older.
350 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio  43085
(614) 486-4361

Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) Dahlberg-Gibson Learning Center

Provides full day, year-round childcare for children ages 1 through 5 years of age. During the school year, they offer physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as early intervention services, early childhood education and social work services.
3675 Walford Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 447-0606

Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) Buckeye Connections Summer Camp

Offers a day camp for high school students with various disabilities. The camp runs from mid-June to mid-August and has activites and classes in creative arts, recreation, sports and education.  Check your local county board for funding.  Private pay and waiver options are also available. 
810 West Third Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 291-9411

Association of Blind Citizens

Their assistive technology fund provides funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software to help legally blind residents of the U.S.
PO Box 246, Holbrook, Massachusetts 02343
(781) 961-1023 or (781) 654-2000

Association on Higher Education & Disability (AHEAD)

Committed to the full involvement of people with disabilities in higher education, this site includes links to programs and resources for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to college or the workplace.
107 Commerce Center Drive, Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
(704) 947-7779

Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

Teaches families and professionals how to support individuals with autism. These free internet programs provide information for those working and living with individuals with autism.
2080 City Gate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 410-0338

Autism Speaks

As the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, they have helpful information about autism diagnosis and treatment, as well as resources.
1 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016
(212) 252-8584

Autism Society of Ohio (ASO) Central Ohio Chapter

Serving 14 central Ohio counties, they provide information and referral, support groups, educational programs and fun family events. Click for their helpful parent guide on what to do if you are having problems with your child’s school. They also maintain a list of local support groups.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 487-4726


A national website that gathers information from all organizations and puts it in one place. They provide the opportunity to talk to other local parents, find recommended reading and general autism information and search a database of state resources, which can all be accessed for free.
900 John Street, New York, New York  21000
(412) 364-1886

Blaze Sports America

Advances the lives of children and adults nationwide with physical disabilities, through sports and healthy lifestyles. They have programs in Ohio, and their website has helpful information for parents and athletes.
1670 Oakbrook Drive, Norcross, Georgia 30030
(404) 270-2000


Has the world’s largest online digital library of accessible books for individuals with print disabilities. They operate under an exception to U.S. copyright law, allowing copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities. Individuals must register as members and provide proof of disability. Members can download books, textbooks and newspapers and then read the material using adaptive technology. This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education.
480 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94306
(650) 352-0198

Braille Reading Pals Club Early Literacy Program

Encourages and rewards parents for reading daily with their blind or low vision children ages 0 to 7 who are not yet reading. This free two-month program takes place twice a year.
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9314

Brighter Tomorrows

Supports families with accurate information about Down syndrome in English and Spanish.
126 Mineral Industries Building, Lexington, Kentucky 40506
(859) 257-1714 Voice and TTY

Bureau for Children with Mental Handicaps (BCMH)

Pays for the care of children with medical handicaps under age 21. Families may receive full BCMH coverage or be eligible for the BCMH cost-share program, depending on the circumstance. You must apply for and use other health insurance first (such as Healthy Start or private insurance). Contact your county health department for more information.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(800) 755-4769 or (614) 466-1700

Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI)

BSVI is the state agency that helps people with disabilities get and keep jobs. They help young people throughout Ohio with disabilities ages 14 to 22 transition from the classroom to a workplace or college. They work with families and schools to help youth become independent. Their website has information about pursuing education beyond high school and also how to obtain a job. Referral may be initiated by the local school district, the student, a family member or other community resource. Services may include counseling and guidance, vocational skills training, job placement assistance and help affording assistive technology.
150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(800) 282-4536 or (614) 995-1161 TTY

Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) & Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC)

RSC is the state agency that helps people with disabilities get and keep jobs. Depending upon the individual’s disability, services are provided through either the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) or the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR). They help young people throughout Ohio with disabilities ages 14 to 22 transition from the classroom to a workplace or college. They work with families and schools to help youth become independent. Their website has information about pursuing education beyond high school and also how to obtain a job. Referral may be initiated by the local school district, the student, a family member or other community resource.
150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(800) 282-4536 or (614) 446-9846 TTY

Camp Courageous

Provides developmentally appropriate activities for all ability levels in an outdoor adventure setting in northern Ohio. They offer overnight camps, day camps and respite camps throughout the summer and fall for children ages 7 and above. Campers can receive funding through Ohio Medicaid waivers and other sources.
12701 Waterville-Swanton Road, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571
(419) 875-6828

Camp Nuhop

Provides overnight summer camp opportunities for children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and behavior disorders age 6 and older in Ohio. They also have weekend respite programs throughout the year.
1077 Hanover Township Road 2916, Perrysville, Ohio 44864
(419) 938-7151 or (419) 289-2227

Camps & Programs

Canine Companions for Independence

Provides highly trained assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities in 14 states, including Ohio.
4989 State Route 37 East, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(800) 572-2275 or (740) 548-4447 TTY

Coaching for College Success

This program is offered by Syntero Counseling to provide high school students with an IEP or 504 Plan with  preparation  and support as they transition to college.  The goal of this program is to provide an early warning system for students and parents to address issues before they become a crisis; while also developing the necessary functioning skills for those with ADHD/ADD, Autism, mental health concerns or physical disabilities as they transition on to college.
299 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio  43016
(844) 578-2237

Caresource Insurance Transportation

Children and adults in central Ohio who have Caresource insurance can call the number below to schedule a free ride to medical appointments (including WIC appointments). Patients can request up to 15 free rides (30 one-way trips) in 12 months.
65 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 488-0134

CATEA Assistive Tech

As the national public website on assistive technology, they offer a comprehensive searchable database of assistive technology resources where families can find costs and vendors for products they need. They also list local equipment exchange and reuse centers where people can find affordable technology.
490 Tenth Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30332
(404) 894-4960

Catholic Social Services Home-Based Maternal Counseling

Counseling and education are provided for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy to explore options, including adoption. They can also help women experiencing life stressors related to pregnancy or early years of parenting. Their Maternal Counseling Program provides home-based services for all clients with Medicaid who need counseling, but have difficulties leaving the home.  Services are offered in Newark and Zanesville as well.  Contact directly for details.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-5891

Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA)

Offers free employment services to teens and adults with mental illnesses and other disabilities in Franklin, Delaware and Morrow Counties. They also offer help with completing applications for benefits (disability, Medicare, etc.) throughout Ohio. Their job resource center helps with writing resumes, finding jobs and checking email.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117

Central Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

Provides the names of tutors who are knowledgeable in using multisensory techniques and other service providers in the area of dyslexia. The student’s parents and the tutor decide on the location, the number of sessions and financial arrangements.
2948 Scioto Place, Columbus, Ohio 43221
Helpline: (614) 899-5711

Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA) Camp Hamwi

Offers day and overnight summer camp opportunities for youth with diabetes ages 7 to 17. Camps are open to youth with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Medical staff are available 24/7, and campers learn diabetes self-management skills in addition to enjoying traditional camp activities.
1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 884-4400

Central Ohio Spina Bifida Alliance (COSBA)

Started in 2001 by parents caring for children with spina bifida, COSBA offers support to new families, organized social gatherings and helps with related financial needs.
7239 Upper Cambridge Way, Westerville, Ohio 43082

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Mainstream

COTA offers a shared-ride service for people with disabilities, and rides must be scheduled in advance. This handicapped and wheelchair accessible van can provide door-to-door service for eligible customers. Customers must complete the online application and have it signed by a physician to get the COTA ADA card. Children under age 6 can ride for free.
33 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 278-1776 or (614) 228-1832 TTY

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC) Lead the Way Career Academy

Provides transition services for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities (physical, sensory or learning) at the J. Ashburn Center in the Hilltop area. Students develop career goals, learn about assistive technology, visit colleges and have paid summer employment opportunities. Participants are paid to participate.
111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052

Cerebral Palsy

Center on Technology & Disability

Has extensive assistive technology resources of interest to families of children with disabilities. The website offers access to monthly newsletters, online discussions moderated by nationally recognized experts, a resource review database with hundreds of reviews of assistive technology resources and more. Their website Learning Center, Online Cafe’ and  Resource Library provides information about assistive technology, financial help and tips for parents.
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 884-8588

Chapel Hill House

Provides a free weekend getaway for Ohio children who have cancer (ages 0-18) and their families. Together they enjoy relaxation, games and family time in a log cabin and explore 70 acres of land on a golf cart. Contact directly for more details.
3892 Morral-Kirkpatrick Road West, Morral, Ohio 43337
(740) 360-4273

Child Development Council (CDC) of Franklin County

Provides developmental and educational services to income-eligible children and their families in Franklin County living north of I-70. Children ages 3 to 5 years may attend preschool classes that focus on developing school readiness skills, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services. Services may also be provided in the home.
300 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-1709

Childhood League Center

Offers early childhood services for children with delays in development, home visitation programs and classes for young children with special needs. Most programs are free or for a small fee.
670 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-6933

Columbus Center for Human Services

Has a variety of different programs including in-home support for individuals with disabilities, assisted living locations and even provides reliable transportation services.    The Career and Activities Center offers clubs and allows people to improve their skills.  Supported Community Living works with the family to find the best fit for the individual and Employment Services provides various training and career guidance.
540 Industrial Mile Road, Columbus, Ohio  43228

Cincinnati Children’s Alphabetical Listing of Disabilities

Search through their online directory to find information and resources on specific disabilities, arranged in alphabetical order.
3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
(513) 636-3000

Columbus City Schools Parent Mentor Program

The Student Support Services office of Columbus City Schools offers this program for parents of special needs students.  Their Parent Mentors are also parents of special needs children and they have experience in obtaining special educational services for students and their families.  Parents can expect the support of their Parent Mentor before, during and after the IEP process, as well as direct them to community agencies for other assistance and resources.  Call for details.
2571 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 365-5219 or 365-8642

Columbus City Schools Special Needs Preschools

This site has information about Columbus City School’s special needs preschool and kindergarten programs, the hearing impaired program (CHIP), the orthopaedically impaired program and the visually impaired program. Special needs preschools serve children with identified delays and are offered at several sites. They also have information about what to do if parents suspect their child has a learning disability and student enrollment. Click for the parent information brochure. Parents can also call the office during the school year to speak with other parents of children with special needs.
2571 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 365-5206

Columbus Hearing Impaired Program (CHIP)

CHIP provides free educational services to students ages 0 to 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing in Columbus and thirty-five central Ohio school districts. The program includes parent support groups, preschool (Alexander Graham Bell School) programs, academic programs, vocational and career training, transportation and extracurricular activities. All programs and services are available at no cost.
1545 Huy Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 365-5977 Voice and TTY

Columbus Learning Center for Dyslexia

Helps keep students in regular educational programs and often allows them to avoid being qualified as learning disabled. They provide year-round tutoring to students with dyslexia.
290 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 799-1261

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

They provide CDs, books on tape, and DVDs (including descriptive and closed caption) for circulation.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-2275

Columbus Metropolitan TOPSoccer

As a soccer league for children with special needs, they give girls and boys ages 4 through 25 the opportunity to play soccer in a safe, fun, fair and secure environment. The registration fee is minimal.
PO Box 1, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 664-9250

Columbus Recreation & Parks Therapeutic Recreation

Offers recreational activities that are modified to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities over age 6.
1755 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(800) 642-6410 or (866) 273-3323 (TYY)

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Helps adults who have disabilities, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, become competitively employed. Supports include developing a resume, performing a job search, setting up interviews and making sure the job site is accessible.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-5151 or (614) 263-2299 TTY or (614) 429-1382 VP

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Offers information and recommendations about hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive listening devices.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-5151 or (614) 263-2299 TTY

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Provides comprehensive programs for children and adults, including speech and occupational therapy, career and job training, sign language classes, hearing evaluations, hearing aid services and more. They accept many insurances, including Caresource, Molina and Medicaid.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-5151 or (614) 263-2299 TTY

Columbus Urban League Head Start Program

Offers free preschool for income-eligible children ages 3 to 5 living south of I-70 in Franklin County. They also offer services for children who exhibit disabilities and mental health concerns.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300

Community Services for the Deaf (CSD)

Offers several services for the deaf and hard of hearing population. Most of their programs are offered through the Dayton office, including emotional support and counseling, monthly activities for kids, summer camps and their free infant hearing program. They also provide alcohol and drug treatment services for the deaf and hard of hearing and advocate for the deaf community. Click here to see their brochure.
2211 Arbor Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45439
(937) 222-9481 PH/TTY

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

A coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the independence and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
1825 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2229

CP Parent Columbus & Reaching for the Stars

The central Ohio chapter, CP Parent Columbus, brings individuals and families living with cerebral palsy together to share information and resources, personal experiences, advice and support. They meet on the second Monday of the month at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to discuss a variety of topics. Find out about local events and community resources. Call the toll-free national hotline to get information and answers.
3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta, Georgia 30022
Local:(614) 868-0146
National: (877) 561-7387

DBTAC Disability Law Lowdown

Presents videos in American Sign Language explaining disability laws and rights. Call the DBTAC (Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center) toll-free information line to get informal guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology. Specialists can answer most questions immediately and will research and return calls on complex questions, if necessary. They may also be able to provide expert referrals for disability issues, which are not addressed by the ADA.
1640 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60608
(800) 949-4232 Voice and TTY

Deaf Services Center

Their deaf equipment modification program provides funding to help people buy equipment that makes their homes more accessible.
5830 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 841-1991 Voice and TTY

Deaf Services Center (DSC)

DSC is considered a central source of information on deafness in Ohio. They refer people to appropriate providers throughout central Ohio. They also offer programs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, including interpreting, case management, sign language classes, deaf equipment modifications, youth programs, summer camps and tutoring. Their deaf equipment modification program provides funding to help people buy equipment that makes their home more accessible.
5830 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 841-1991 Voice and TTY

Deaf Services Center (DSC) Deaf Adventure Camp

Their deaf kids and teens club is designed to assist deaf and hard of hearing children ages 8 to 18 develop self-confidence and leadership skills. Deaf Adventure Camp is an inexpensive week-long summer camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 8 to 15 living in Ohio.
5830 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 841-1991 Voice and TTY

Delaware Area Career Center

Offers programs for both high school students and adults to improve skills so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce and advance within the workforce.  Works with the community to increase critical thinking, create leaders and learners.
North Campus:
4565 Columbus Pike,  Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 548-0708

South Campus:
1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-1993

Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The board provides support services for early intervention, family support, transitions supports and adult supports.  Eligible children and adults are assigned a support administrator to assist them through these stages.  Services include speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respite care, vocational skills, etc.
7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Delaware Creative Housing

Ensures that all people with disabilities, medical needs as well as the elderly have appropriate and accessible housing to meet their needs.  Works alongside section 8 vouchers and other housing authorities to provide individuals with homes.
437 Dunlap Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 368-5803

Different Needz

Allows the special needs community to buy and sell gently used and new medical equipment, therapy devices, adaptive toys and more online. The foundation also awards some grants to people in need.
2077 East Fourth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(888) 343-3639

Disabled Dealer

One of the nation’s largest websites for buying and selling used accessible vans, scooters, wheelchairs, mobility equipment and more.
23941 Nomar Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 884-3479

Disability Benefits (SSI)

People with long-term disabling conditions may apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Children can qualify if they have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activities, and if their family has a limited income. There is no minimum age. The benefits pay for many services, including doctor and hospital visits. The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) below helps you find out if you qualify and how to apply. Once the online or paper forms are completed, people applying for disability must schedule an appointment with their local social security office to finish the application process. Call the toll-free national hotline or click below for more information.

200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
National: (800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 TTY
Local: (866) 964-1723 or (614) 228-0226 TTY

Disability Benefits (SSDI & Social Security)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits for children and adults. Generally, a child can receive SSDI benefits (even though they have never worked) before age 18 if they are a child of an insured worker (SSDI beneficiary) who is either disabled, retired or deceased. After age 18, they can receive benefits if they are disabled before age 22 and the child of an insured worker (SSDI beneficiary) who is disabled, retired or deceased.
200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
National: (800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 TTY
Local: (866) 964-1723 or (614) 228-0226 TTY

Their website has information and handouts about disability assistance for children.
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210
(866) 487-2365 or (877) 889-5627 TTY

Disability Network of Ohio – Solidarity (DNOS)

Supports people with all types of disabilities by increasing awareness of issues, policies, and concerns impacting Ohioans with disabilities and their families. Solidarity is a conference planned by, and for, people with disabilities. It is held every other year and is attended by approximately 600 to 800 individuals. Participants gain new knowledge and skills from workshops and exhibits.
118 West Sunrise Avenue, Trotwood, Ohio 45426
(800) 863-0344 or (937) 439-2818

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services-OLRS)

Helps people throughout Ohio who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental impairments. The intake department can be contacted toll-free for confidential services. They can assist with cases of abuse, neglect, discrimination, public assistance denials and other services. Their Client Assistance Program (CAP) helps people applying for or receiving services from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation or the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired. Their website has a lot of information about the following issues and local agencies that can help.

  • Getting School Special Education Services
  • Getting School Therapies and Transportation
  • Early Intervention Developmental Evaluations
  • Assistive Technology
  • Service Animals
  • Jobs & Colleges
  • Disability Laws & Future Planning
  • Special Transportation Resources
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Blind & Low Vision
  • Kinship Care
  • Respite Care
  • Tax Preparation
  • Bedbugs

50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or (800) 858-3542 TTY

Disabled Sports USA

Provides national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. Visit their website to find summer and winter program opportunities, as well as equipment resources.
451 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850
(301) 217-0960

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

A national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities whose goal is to advance the rights of people with disabilities. Their website has information about access to healthcare, legal issues, special education, transportation, ethics and more.
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California 94703
(510) 644-2555 and (510) 841-8645 TTY


Started by a physician who is a quadriplegic, this website provides people with disabilities the answers, solutions and connections they need. There is information on a wide range of topics, including disability scholarships, accessible travel, adaptive sports, parenting, disability arts, assistive technology, disability rights and more.
(303) 435-6116

Discover Camp

This website prepares parents of children with disabilities who are selecting a camp for their child for the first time.
4000 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, Alabama  35209
(800) 900-8086

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology)

Contains information about scholarship and financial aid programs for students with disabilities.
PO Box 354842, Seattle, Washington 98195
(888) 972-3648 Voice and TTY

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology)

This website helps students with disabilities prepare for college and find financial aid programs.
PO Box 354842, Seattle, Washington 98195
(888) 972-3648 Voice and TTY

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Achieves

Focuses on research and funding, political advocacy and education. They also offer a strong network of support for parents who have a child with Down Syndrome.
PO Box 1596, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(866) 568-8949

Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO)

Offers resources, information, programs and services for families in central Ohio. They also have a helpline and numerous support groups for parents.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-6020

Dreams on Horseback

Offers programs to students who are at-risk of not graduating to learn employment skills and earn science and work study credits while caring for horses.  They also provide Equestrine Assisted Learning (EAL), which uses horses to help youth practice executive functioning skills, sensory integration, improve coordination, communication skills and self-esteem.
1416 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Blacklick, Ohio 43004
(614) 864-9500


Early Intervention Services

Are you trying to find educational resources and programs for your child who is less than age 3? Check out the early intervention section of CAP4Kids.

Easter Seals Central & Southeast Ohio

Provides summer recreational day camp and overnight experiences for children with and without special needs ages 18 months to 18 years of age.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 228-5523 or (800) 860-5523

Easter Seals Central & Southeast Ohio

Provides autism services, including early childhood education, pediatric therapies (occupation, physical and speech therapies), in-home services, respite care for families who need a break from caring for their child with autism, and social skills groups. They provide services throughout central and southern Ohio.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 228-5523 or (800) 860-5523

Easter Seals Out and About Program

This program gets children ages 8-18 out and having fun in the Columbus community.  Children get to meet new friends as they enjoy visiting area attractions on selected Saturdays.  Transportation is provided to and from the child’s home.  Contact Easter Seals for more information.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio  43026
(614) 228-5523

Easter Seals Project Action

Click below for answers to frequently asked questions about service animals.
1425 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
(800) 659-6428 or (202) 347-7385 TTY

Easter Seals Weekend Respite

Provides families and caregivers a needed break from the challenges of caring for a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Services are provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Click for the respite brochure.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 228-5523 or (800) 860-5523

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO)

Works to improve education for all students, particularly those with special needs in Franklin, Delaware and Union counties. Their website has information for parents about disabilities and special education programs available.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 445-3750

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) ACT Program

This program is for students with autism who have completed their high school graduation requirements. Students develop long-term goals for college and career development at Columbus State Community College. Local school districts make referrals to the program.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 445-3750

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) Hearing Impaired Program

Works with school districts so that students with hearing impairments can participate in general education classes, with specialized support from licensed teachers of the hearing impaired. The student’s school district should refer the student to ESCCO for the program. Click for a brochure.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 445-3750

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) Transition Programs

Gives central Ohio students with disabilities campus-based transition programs at the Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College for students ages 18 to 22 that otherwise would not be able to have such experiences. To qualify, students must have completed graduation requirements but not yet exited from high school.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 445-3750

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) Visually Impaired Program

Provides services for students in Delaware, Franklin and Union counties who are visually impaired. They instruct students and teachers about Braille, the use of specialized equipment and adaptations, activities of daily living and reader services. They also help with IEP consultations and assess student skills. Click for a program brochure.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 445-3750

Elijah Glen Center

Offers a short term residential option or “step-down” care program for youth ages 12-18 who have autism, a developmental disability, or intellectual disability, who would otherwise receive psychiatric  treatment in an acute facility.  Patients are given support, intensive services, stabilization and transition preparation so they can go home.  Call or visit their website for details on admission, services and costs.
445 East Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio  43085
(614) 436-7837

Ergon Employment Solutions

Provides vocational training, job development and employment skills to those with a variety of disabilities.  Assists individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment obtain and maintain positions to lead to successful employment.
1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 368-5820 or (800) 474-9789


Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati & Columbus

Serving 12 counties in central Ohio, they provide services to people living with epilepsy and seizures, as well as their families and caregivers. They help newly diagnosed children who have questions about the disorder and its treatment, parents in need of support, and youth in need of social opportunities. They have a free lending library, free referral to community resources, applications for medication assistance programs, scholarship opportunities and camp experiences.
895 Central Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(877) 804-2241

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati & Columbus Camp Flamecatcher

This week-long, overnight camp for youth ages 7 to 16 with epilepsy is held at Recreation Unlimited in Ashley, Ohio. In addition to enjoying regular camp activities, campers improve their knowledge of seizures. Camp for Champs is a 3-hour day camp held on four consecutive Mondays during the summer for children ages 7 to 16 with epilepsy. Some scholarships are available.  Contact them directly for details.
895 Central Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(877) 804-2241

Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund

Works to end epilepsy-related discrimination through education and increased access to legal services for individuals with epilepsy. They refer discrimination cases to attorneys who have agreed to provide some level of free legal services.
895 Central Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(877) 804-2241

Epilepsy Foundation

This website provides in-depth information and resources for people living with epilepsy. Their focus is on helping those newly diagnosed with epilepsy or those struggling with epilepsy that has resisted treatment. The Epilepsy & Seizure Hotline is also offered 24-hours for information and referrals to support.
8301 Professional Place East, Landover, MD 20785
(800) 332-1000

Equine Assisted Therapy at Willow Farm

Improves the quality of life for people who have disabilities by offering activities centered around horses. They offer a variety of programs children ages 5 to 21 with a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, and behavioral disorders.
7908 Myers Road, Centerburg, Ohio 43011
(877) 815-4042

Equitas Health (formerly ARC Ohio)

Provides low-income housing, rental subsidies and financial assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS.  In addition, they offer free anonymous HIV/AIDS testing and free testing for other STDs (syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia) through various community programs. To find out walk-in days and times or appointment scheduling, call (614) 340-6777.
4400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 299-2437

First Hand Foundation

Provides funding for children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Applications must be submitted online, and they cover expenses such as wheelchairs, assistive technology, vehicle modifications and clinical procedures.
2800 Rockcreek Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64117
(816) 201-1569

First Signs

Educates parents and professionals about the early warning signs of autism and developmental disorders. They also have screening questionnaires for autism online.
PO Box 358, Merrimac, Massachusetts 01860
(978) 346-4380

Fishing Has No Boundaries

Allows individuals with disabilities to participate fully in the world of fishing. Visit their website to find local events held by the Central Ohio chapter.
PO Box 15364, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 383-8851

Fluttering Families

Provides advocacy, support, education and outreach services to families that have children with special needs.  These “Special Kids” are also invited to participate in fun activities throughout the year which benefits them as part of their community.  Visit their website for details.
P.O. Box 133, Powell, Ohio 43065

Food for Good Thought

Specialized in helping individuals with Autism, Food for Good Thought assists people with obtaining employment or supported employment, including within their very own bakery.  They allow people to practice interviews and applications as well as build resumes and work on their overall job skills.  A Summer Work Experience program is offered to individuals with autism that are still in high school as well.
4185 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 447-0424

Fore Hope

Uses golf to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and other life challenges. Their program is for people of all ages, disabilities and economic backgrounds.
1169 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 784-1111

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

Helps families who have a child with a developmental disability. They offer a parenting class for parents with developmental disabilities (Parent Plus Program) who have a child under age six. This is a 12-week course that takes place for two hours a week and is offered three times per year. Adults must have participated in special education as a child to be eligible.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 342-5830

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

Services are provided for students who have multiple handicaps, ranging in age from 5 through 21. They provide these services in collaboration with all of the Franklin County school districts. They also provide early childhood education and home-based services.  Supervised community employment options are provided at work sites throughout Franklin County. Youth and adults with disabilities receive training and employment.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 342-5830

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities Residential Services

Respite services are provided for families in their home or at an approved respite facility. Franklin County Residential Services operates a 24-hour out-of-home respite program at two locations for children and one location for adults. These homes provide temporary housing for eligible individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities. Services are provided for a minimum of four hours to a maximum of two weeks, on a planned or emergency basis.
1021 Checkrein Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 844-5847

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Children and adults with Medicaid may contact the hotline below to schedule free non-emergency transportation to and from medical appointments. Patients need to obtain the paperwork by calling the number below, and then have it completed by their physician. Once the paperwork is submitted, it takes about 10 days to be processed. Families may use the transportation services multiple times once they are approved. To be eligible they must have no car in the household. People living outside of Franklin County can contact their local county Department of Job and Family Services for more information.
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Transportation Hotline: (614) 233-2000

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about health insurance coverage. People can apply for Medicaid at their local Opportunity Center, based on where they live. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county department of job and family services. Medicaid also funds equipment and devices. Wheelchair applications must be completed through the vendor in conjunction with the student’s physical therapist.

  • 345 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 233-2000
  • 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2851
  • 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

Franklin County Family & Children First Council

Plans and coordinates services for children, and directs Help Me Grow, which serves children with delays and children at-risk for becoming delayed. They provide leadership to organizations throughout the county that serve children. Click for county Family and Children First councils throughout Ohio.
855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 275-2511

Free & Low Cost Eye Exams

Find out more about local free and low-cost eye exams and glasses in the low-cost health care section of CAP4Kids.

Friendship Circle

Creates a network of friends for children and teens with special needs. Children can participate in activities like trips to the zoo, visits to arcades, horse ranches, concerts and other events. The Friendship Circle is a Jewish organization but welcomes families of all backgrounds and children of all ages and abilities. They also offer respite for parents and siblings.
6220 East Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 939-0765

Friendship Circle

Parents of children with special needs often find it difficult to join a community or commit time to programs because of their busy schedules. The Friendship Circle offers much needed respite for parents and siblings. They provide social and sports opportunities for children and teens with special needs.
6220 East Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 939-0765

Friends & Mentors

Flying Horse Farms

Provides a free camp experience for children with serious medical illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, sickle cell disease, asthma and arthritis. 24-hour care is provided by specialized doctors and nurses, and the camp is free. Campers step outside of their sickness to experience activities such as canoeing, swimming, horseback-riding and more. The camp is a member of the Serious Fun Network.
5260 State Route 95, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 751-7077

Going to College

This website was designed for teens in high school with disabilities and contains information about living college life with a disability. It includes several activities that help students learn what to expect from college and how to plan for college.
1314 West Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23284
(804) 828-1851 or (804) 828-2494 TTY

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley Assistive Technology Services

Offers assistive communication devices, computer software, toys and books from their extensive free lending library in Dayton, where you can “try it before you buy it.”
1133 South Edwin Moses Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45417
(937) 461-3305

Goodwill Columbus

Provides skills training and job placement assistance for those with disabilities or other barriers to employment. Most people are referred by other programs, but services are available without referrals as well.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 583-0293

Got Transition?

The National Health Care Transition Center works with youth who have special needs and their families along with their health care providers to provide support while transitioning into adulthood.  They offer guidance as many of the youth are seeking out health care or learning to manage their own health care independently.
1615 ‘M’ Street, Northwest, Washington, DC  20036
(202) 223-1500

Great Schools

Parents turn to this website to find the right schools for their children. This is the most comprehensive independent source of school performance ratings, and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. There is a lot of information on special education programs.
160 Spear Street, San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 977-0700

Great Schools

Provides a helpful parent’s guide to assistive technology.
160 Spear Street, San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 977-0700

Haugland Learning Center

Educates youth with autism and Asperger syndrome at several locations throughout Ohio in classroom and home-based settings from preschool through twelfth grade. All educational costs are covered by the autism scholarship or by school districts. They have summer camp programs as well.
7690 New Market Way, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 602-6473

Haugland Learning Center Summer Program

Their Summer Acceleration Camp, an academic camp geared for students from K-12th grades, focuses on improving skills in reading, math, and Language Arts. Another class on study skills will be offered to middle school students, while high school students will have the chance to take a class to help prepare for their ACT/SATs.  Their Summer Activities Camp focuses on developing social and life skills while engaging in fun and diverse activities on the Haugland campus and in the community. Contact for camp dates and further details.
7690 New Market Center Way, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 602-6473

Heath Resource Center

This website has information about scholarships, financial aid, career planning, policies and procedures for students with disabilities who are transitioning to college.
2134 G Street, Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-1000

Bridgeway Academy

Offers individual and group instruction to children with developmental disabilities ages 3 and higher. They provide speech, music and occupational therapy, psychological services, social skills groups, summer programs and parent support groups. They are a provider of Ohio’s autism scholarship as well.
2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 262-7500

Healthy Hearing

This online resource offers information about hearing aids, services and providers.  There is information on hearing assistance products and manufacturers as well as educational information on hearing loss, tinnitis, consumer guides and reports. 
P.O. Box 515381-42919
Los Angeles, California 90051
(800) 567-1692

iCan Shine Recreational Activities

This program helps children with disabilities learn how to ride a bike.  Using an adaptive bike, 80% of children who participate ride a 2-wheel bike on their own by the end of the 5-day program.  This program exists nationwide and is sponsored by various local community partners.  Go to their website to find out more information.


Provides free eye exams for infants between 6 and 12 months of age regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. Call to find a local participating optometrist.
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Toll-free: (888) 396-3937


Provides information about assistive technology and lists resources for youth with disabilities, focused on 4 categories.

  • living: wheelchair selection, home modification, safety, animals, parenting, citizenship, cooking, driving, telephones, shopping, health
  • playing: outdoor recreation, gardening, travel, entertainment, adaptive sports
  • learning: schools, adaptive art, funding
  • working: adaptive technology in the workplace, job searches, careers, taxes

7550 West 183rd Street, Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
(708) 444-8460

Info to Go

Info to Go shares information related to deaf and hard of hearing children from birth through age 21. They also answer questions from families. Their top priority is the education of deaf and hard of hearing children. Visit their website to learn about all aspects of a deaf child’s development. They also maintain a list of camps, family learning vacations, and remedial clinics for deaf and hard of hearing children arranged by location throughout the U.S.
800 Florida Avenue, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 651-5000

Info to Go Summer Camps

Info to Go shares answers questions from families and provides information related to deaf and hard of hearing children. Their website contains a list of camps, family learning vacations, and remedial clinics for deaf and hard of hearing children arranged by location throughout the U.S.
800 Florida Avenue, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 651-5051

Information Technology Accessibility & Workforce Division (ITAW)

ITAW is the federal agency that monitors information technology to make it accessible for people with disabilities. Their website displays new state-of-the-art assistive technology as well.
1800 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20417
(202) 501-4906 or (202) 501-2010 TTY

Inspiration Through Art

Professional photographers and other volunteers provide free photo sessions to infants, children and youth up to age 21 who are dealing with any type of serious illness or disability. Photo sessions are also for families who have lost children due to a serious accident or illness. Go online to fill out an application and learn more.

Integrity Gymnastics & Cheerleading

Their “Shooting Stars” program is for anyone with special needs who is interested in cheerleading. Visit their website for more information or to sign up.
8185 Business Way, Plain City, Ohio 43064
(614) 733-0818

Interagency Work Group on Autism (IWGA)

Under the leadership of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, IWGA coordinates state efforts to help kids with autism. Their website has education and development resources for babies and toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 617-6733

Jewish Community Center (JCC) Camp Arye

Provides a summer camp experience for youth ages 5 to 22 with special needs, including physical, cognitive, emotional, developmental and learning disabilities.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 559-6279

Kidnetic Energy

Provides dance and gymnastics classes for children up to age 18 with special needs in Columbus and central Ohio on Sunday afternoons at several locations. Classes are supervised by physical therapists.
10630 Sawmill Road, Powell, Ohio  43065
(614) 793-0230

Kya’s Krusade

Kya’s Krusade is a comprehensive resource center, serving children and families affected by physical disabilities, specializing in Arthrogryposis and other less publicized physical disabilities. They provide art therapy, education and assistance for children from diagnosis through 18 years of age with a mission to form a diverse community network and provide opportunities to enable equal access to all available informational, emotional, medical and financial sources of support.
947 East Johnstown Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 750-2198

Learning Ally

Offers free access to the nation’s largest audiobook library of textbooks and literature titles through funding from the U.S. Department of Education. They have human-narrated audiobooks with descriptions of images, tables and graphs, a helpful online catalog and 24/7 phone support.
20 Roszel Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
(800) 221-4792

Learning Never Ends Summer Camp

Offers a community respite summer camp for high school students ages 15-18 with developmental disabilities. The campers participate in adapted sports, creative arts, music therapy, day trips, educational activities and skill development as well as volunteer activities and vocational training. Also provides a day habilitation program and vocational habilitation program to ages 18 and older with developmental disabilities. Services available Monday through Friday with non-medical transportation provided. Contact directly for costs and times.
5909 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43231
(614) 899-8100

Legal Aid Society of Columbus Child & Youth Law Program

Helps children (from families with a low income) with health, education, mental health and school discipline needs. They can help with Medicaid denials, IEP meetings with school officials, school disciplinary meetings, termination of disability benefits and children in foster care. They may also be able to help in situations of home safety issues, bullying, evictions, family safety and other issues.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 224-8374

Let’s Play Projects

Helps families find ways to play through the use of assistive technology. Their website has information about how to select toys, important toy features and a list of toys designed specifically for young children with special needs.
322 Kimball Tower, Buffalo, New York 14214
(716) 829-3141

Little Baby Face Foundation

Transforms the lives of children born with facial deformities through corrective surgery.  Travel to and from New York City for children to undergo needed procedures at no cost to them or their families.  Surgery by highly skilled medical staff who treat children from all over the world.  Contact directly for details.
135 East 74th Street, New York, New York  10021
(212) 333-5233

Locker Soccer Academy

Offers soccer development programs and summer day camps for children of all ages and abilities, including kids with special needs, at 2 locations (Gahanna and Powell).
300 West Case Street, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 760-5522

Marburn Academy

Provides non-traditional K through 12 schooling for bright students with learning difficulties such as ADHD and dyslexia in central Ohio. They also offer free parent seminars, free early reading screenings, assessment, private tutoring and summer school. They have financial aid and tuition loan programs as well.
1860 Walden Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 433-0822

Medicaid Waivers

Waivers are programs that help Ohio Medicaid customers with special needs remain at home instead of being in a nursing home, hospital or facility. They provide financial assistance to families, and there is typically a waiting list. Services may include personal care, transportation, respite services, supported employment, nutrition services, assistive devices, home modifications and interpreter services. See further information about Ohio waiver programs below.

2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 464-2743

Medical and Special Needs Equipment Lending

The following agencies offer assistance with medical and special needs equipment and should be contacted directly for further details.  Please remember to research consumer information about any piece of furniture to ensure the item has not been placed on any product recall list.

Newark Christian Church
587 Mount Vernon Road, Newark, Ohio  43055
(740) 366-7438

Peace United Methodist Church
235 Diley Road, Pickerington, Ohio  43147
(614) 837-3732

Easter Seals of Central & Southeast Ohio
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 228-5523

Andrews Center
151 Woodgate Drive-Rear, Johnstown, OH 43031
(740) 967-3809

Miracle League of Central Ohio

Allows all children with disabilities ages 3 to 21 to play baseball on a specially designed field that is fully accessible and custom-designed to make baseball fun for any child with a disability.
6259 Cosgray Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 777-2222

Mid Ohio Board for an Independent Living Environment (MOBILE)

Provides several services, including independent living skills training where young adults develop the skills necessary to live as independent as possible in the community.
690 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 443-5936 or (614) 443-5957 TTY

Molina Transportation Services

Patients can call the number below to schedule a free ride to their health care appointments. They must call 48 hours in advance of an appointment, and they may have up to 15 round trips (or 30 one-way trips) within a year. Patients who are in wheelchairs may have unlimited transportation to and from medical appointments each year.
PO Box 349020, Columbus, Ohio 43234
(888) 475-5423 or (866) 288-3133 TTY

Monarch Boarding Academy

Kids with autism spectrum disorders ages 8 to 21 whose needs cannot be met in the home can live at Monarch and receive 24-hour structured care and treatment specifically designed to enhance social, behavioral and academic growth.
22001 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44118
(800) 879-2522 or (216) 320-8945

More Health Insurance Resources

Are you looking for free and low cost health care, prescriptions or insurance benefits? Go to the health care section of CAP4Kids by clicking below.
Go to CAP4Kids Health Care Section

More Legal Resources

Are you trying to find more legal resources? Find more programs and resources in the legal services section of CAP4Kids by clicking below.
Go to CAP4Kids Legal Services Page

More Scholarship Resources

Are you trying to find more scholarship and financial aid resources? Click below to go to the education section of CAP4Kids.
Go to CAP4Kids Education Page

Mothers United for Moral Support (MUMS)

MUMS is a great resource for parents and caregivers of a child with any disability, rare or not so rare disorder or health condition. They provide support nationwide to parents in the form of a networking system that matches them with other parents whose children have the same or similar condition.
150 Custer Court, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Summer Camp

Offers a week-long overnight summer camp for youth ages 6 to 18 who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Youth can attend camp at no cost to their families.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 841-1014

My Baby’s Hearing

Did your baby fail the newborn hearing screening test or have you been told that your newborn or infant has a hearing loss? This website offers a lot of helpful advice and information for parents, and is sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
31 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 496-7243 or (301) 402-0252 TTY

My Child Without Limits

This website helps parents understand a wide range of special needs, including muscular dystrophy, prematurity, cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delay and more. Parents can use the resource locator to find supports and services in their area. They can also find answers to a wide range of questions. The content is reviewed by both parents and physicians.
1660 L Street, Washington, DC 20036
(800) 452-6295

My Summer Camps

Provides a comprehensive online directory of summer camps for kids, teens and youth. They list summer camps for kids with a wide range of abilities and special needs, such as cerebral palsy, ADHD, diabetes, physical disabilities, muscular dystrophy and more.
(877) 777-7738

National Arts & Disability Center (NADC)

Features and promotes artists with disabilities. Their resource page helps artists with disabilities find assistive technology, search for employment and find legal help.
760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095
(310) 825-5054

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)

Represents a national support network of parents committed to providing support to parents of children who have visual impairments. They have local chapters as well. Visit their website for useful resources and to find support from local parents.
Ohio State School for the Blind
5220 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(800) 310-3317
National Office: (800) 562-6265

National Association for Rare Disorders (NORD)

Represents people with rare disorders. They have programs to help uninsured individuals in getting needed medications, and they also provide a list of support groups for people with rare disorders.
55 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury, Connecticut 06813
(203) 744-0100 or (800) 999-6673

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Their website has information about advocacy issues and resources, youth leadership summer camps and more. Junior NAD offers deaf and hard of hearing students in 7th through 12th grade many opportunities to develop leadership skills, learn and demonstrate citizenship, and meet and interact with students from other schools and states.
8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(301) 587-1788 or (301) 587-1789 TTY

National Association of the Deaf Described & Captioned Media Program

Provides free loans of media to students who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing, visually impaired or deaf-blind. They also have information and internet resources related to accessibility.
1447 East Main Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307
(800) 237-6213 or (800) 237-6819 TTY

National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

Tries to effectively resolve special education disputes by offering parents tips on how to communicate with their child’s school and how to prepare for an IEP meeting.
3411 Willamette Street, Eugene, Oregon 97405
(541) 686-5060

National Center on Physical Activity & Disability

Lists accessible parks by location and offers free information on topics related to physical activity, fitness, recreation, sports, and disability and chronic conditions. Their information specialists can help answer questions and requests for free.
4000 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35209
(800) 900-8086 Voice and TTY

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Funded by the U.S Department of Education, they have the largest collection of information related to deaf-blindness worldwide.
345 North Monmouth Avenue, Monmouth, Oregon 97361
(800) 438-9376 or (800) 854-7013 TTY

National Consortium on Leadership & Disability for Youth

Serves as a national youth-led information, training, and resource center. Their website has information about youth development, the disability movement and helpful resources. They support and promote youth and emerging leaders in the disability community.
4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
(877) 871-0744 or (877) 871-0665 TTY

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

Represents the largest provider of legally based advocacy services for people with disabilities. They guard against abuse and advocate for basic rights. Their website has an extensive list of national disability organizations.
801  First Street, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-9514 or (202) 408-9521 TTY

Center for Parent Information & Resources

Provides information to help parents in caring for their child with a disability. They have information about pertinent laws, how to find needed services, sibling issues, resources in Ohio and more.
35 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102
(202) 884-8355

National Down Syndrome Congress

Their website offers information for new parents, speech and language resources, health care information, education and behavior tips.
30 Mansell Court, Roswell, Georgia 30076
(800) 232-6372

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

Their website provides a lot of information about Down syndrome and a free helpline to answer questions about Down syndrome.
666 Broadway, New York, New York 10012
Toll-free National Helpline: (800) 221-4602

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)

As the largest nonprofit national organization of families of individuals who are deaf-blind, they focus on issues surrounding deaf-blindness and offer support to families.
141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, New York 11050
(800) 255-0411

National Library Service (NLS)

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. Their Kids Zone has fun books and magazines for kids.
1291 Taylor Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 707-5100 or (202) 707-0744 TTY

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

This is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement and information.
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Local Contact: (614) 570-2083

National Park Service

Their Accessible to Everyone website showcases trails, activities, and other features that are accessible to all. Their free Access Pass is for residents of the U.S., regardless of age, who have a permanent disability. This pass allows park entrance fees to be free and provides a discount at many camp facilities and services.
1849 C Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20240
(202) 208-3818

Nationwide Children’s Hospital: A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Hearing Loss

A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Hearing Loss helps parents learn about their child’s hearing loss. Published by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, this helpful guide takes parents through the step-by-step process of getting services for their child. Parents will learn about hearing tests, medical diagnosis and treatment options, early intervention, including choosing communication options and educational services to help your child reach their full potential in hearing and speech and language development. Click below to download this excellent resource, and find out more about community resources for children with hearing loss.

  • 555 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • 5665 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017

(614) 722-6200 or (614) 722-2441

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Autism Academy

Provides classes for parents of children with autism, Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders. Classes are only $10 and cover a wide range of topics such as funding sources, social skills, feeding problems, community resources and more.
187 West Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43081
(614) 355-0662

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Provides evaluations for children with suspected developmental disabilities and autism. They provide comprehensive care focusing on evidence based treatment, education, research and advocacy for children with the diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s syndrome or other disorders on the autism spectrum. They also offer a free resource center for any family that needs help finding resources in the community for their child. Call or email the autism resource coordinator below for more information and help.
187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 355-8315

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Cerebral Palsy Program

Devoted to children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Families can see a variety of specialists in one clinic visit. Testing, such as x-rays or lab work, is available as needed. Families are linked with medical, educational, social and financial resources in the community as needed.
555 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5136

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Cochlear Implant Program

Involves a team of professionals who evaluate a child’s medical condition, family support system and educational settings to determine whether a cochlear implant would be the most appropriate hearing intervention. Additionally, recommendations are made to ensure that proper speech therapy and educational settings are available after implantation. The team is comprised of a pediatric ENT doctor, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, a psychologist, an occupational therapist, nurses, a social worker and a program coordinator.

  • 555 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • 5665 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017

(614) 722-6200 or (614) 722-2441

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Down Syndrome Clinic

Provides diagnostic and treatment services to children and adolescents with Down syndrome and their families. Services are covered by most insurance companies.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Epilepsy Center

Provides diagnostic studies and evaluations for children and adolescents with epilepsy.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4625

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hearing Clinic

The Hearing Clinic provides comprehensive services for children with hearing loss, including diagnostic assessments, treatment and early intervention. A multidisciplinary team of pediatric communication professionals work together to assess the child’s medical needs. The team will assist parents to determine appropriate treatment, including hearing aids or other amplification devices, or surgical procedures, as well as speech and language therapy and family support and service coordination.

  • 555 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • 5665 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017

(614) 722-6200 or (614) 722-2441

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology Clinic

Offers routine and advanced care for children with visual impairments. Visit their website for clinic locations throughout Columbus, helpful resources and to schedule an appointment.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4075

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Parenting Classes

Offers a range of free and inexpensive classes on raising and parenting children with hearing impairments, ADHD, autism, special needs and developmental disabilities. Their parenting class for children with special medical needs is offered twice a year in partnership with the Buckeye Ranch and is only $10.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-8315

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM & R)

Specializes in the diagnosis and management of children with physically disabling conditions. They provide a wide variety of services, including wheelchair and seating evaluations, prosthetic evaluations, rehabilitation services, electrodiagnostics and more.
555 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5050

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Seating Clinic

Helps parents and children evaluate assistive technology and equipment.
555 South 18th Street, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-5050

Netcare Miles House for Adults

A respite option for adults age 18 and older who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Miles House offers a less restrictive environment than psychiatric hospitalization, with a maximum length of stay of 16 days. Referrals are accepted from area hospitals, community professionals and mental health centers.
199 South Central Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223
24-hour crisis hotline: (614) 276-2273


This monthly audio magazine, available on both audiocassette tape and in digital format, is produced by and for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Newsreel contains news, supportive articles, information and entertainment.
5 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 723-8737

Next Chapter Book Club

People with intellectual disabilities and a wide range of reading skills meet with trained volunteers to read aloud and discuss a book each week. The program was started by The Ohio State University Nisonger Center and now exists throughout Ohio and the United States. The reading groups are open to adolescents and adults of all ages, and the goal is to improve literacy and promote friendships among people with disabilities.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 404-6060

Nisonger Center at OSU

Offers comprehensive services for children with autism spectrum disorders, including an autism clinic, behavior support services, dental care for children with developmental disabilities, psychiatric services and more. Their website has an extensive list of resources for families as well.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-6701

Nisonger Center Toy & Technology Library

Provides free support and resources for central Ohio children with special needs. Parents can try out their computer technology, interactive play and adapted toys. This service is available to all families with children with special needs and referrals are not required. The toy lending library service is also accessible through the Family Resource Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-3431

Northeast Ohio

Northwest Ohio

Central Ohio

  • Heinzerling Memorial Foundation
    1800 Heinzerling Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 272-8888
  • Progeny
    6471 Lithopolis Winchester Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 833-3996

Southwest Ohio

  • Saint Joseph Home of Cincinnati
    10722 Wyscarver Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
    (513) 563-2520

Northwest Kiwanis Special Needs Activity Camp for Kids (SNACK)

Offers swimming and outdoor recreation for children with special needs ages 6 to 12. Programs are week-long at Barrington Elementary School. Registration priority is given to Upper Arlington residents, but others can apply.
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
(614) 583-5300

Northwest Superstars

Provides training and competition in a wide range of sports for children and adults with special needs in the Dublin and Hilliard school districts. Participation is free, and Northwest Special Olympics covers the cost of uniforms and equipment.
5323 Cemetery Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 777-2222, ext. 0460

Oakstone Academy & Children’s Center for Developmental Enrichment (CCDE)

Serves more than 400 families throughout greater Columbus by supporting and educating families about autism. Their services include early intervention services for children from birth to age 3, speech and occupational therapy, home-based programs and psychological services for kids of all ages. Oakstone’s summer social skills program is for children (and their siblings) in grades 4 to 12 with autism who attend Oakstone Academy. They also offer a transition to work program for teens with autism.
939 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 865-0400

Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB)

Represents the 88 county boards of developmental disabilities throughout Ohio and monitors legislation at the state and national level.
73 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 431-0616

Ohio Boards of Developmental Disabilities

Each county in Ohio has its own Board of Developmental Disabilities. Click below to find information about the board in your county.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3434
(800) 617-6733

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)

Provides information about disability placards and plates in Ohio. Click for the application for disability placards.
PO Box 182081, Columbus, Ohio 43218
(614) 752-7800 or (800) 589-8247

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence (OCALI)

Through the services and supports database, families can search for early intervention (ages 0 to 3), special needs (ages 3 to 21) and post-school (ages 21 plus) resources in their area.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(866) 886-2254 or (614) 262-5989 TTY

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence (OCALI)

They have information about assistive technology and a helpful resource guide. This guide lists local sources of funding and financial help as well.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(866) 886-2254 or (614) 262-5989 TTY

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)

Serves families and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments and traumatic brain injuries. Their website has an extensive online database of helpful community resources, as well as a free lending library of books, DVDs and assistive technology. They publish a parent guide that discusses topics such as screening and diagnosis, accessing educational services, future planning and more.
470 Glenmount Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(866) 886-2254 or (614) 262-5989 TTY

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence (OCALI) Transition Resources

Provides transition guidelines and resources for children with autism spectrum disorders. The information is applicable to youth with a wide range of special needs.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(866) 886-2254 or (614) 262-5989 TTY

Ohio Center for Deaf-Blind Education

Provides free services for people ages 0 through 21 with combined vision and hearing loss. Families may request services such as referrals to other agencies, consultations in the home and school, home and classroom adaptations and resources to develop a learning curriculum.
5747 Perimeter Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 785-1163 or (614) 269-1218 TTY

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

Offers resources for parents of children with disabilities, including parenting classes.
165 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
(844) 382-5452

Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

The Students with Disabilities page has helpful information about activities that ensure that students with disabilities receive the specialized instruction and support needed for success in school and in life. They provide information about accommodations available for state assessments and resources for parents of children with disabilities, including a helpful list of Ohio resources.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Autism Scholarship Program

Scholarships are awarded to the parents of a child identified with autism. Through the scholarship, parents have the option of sending their child to a special education program, other than the one operated by their child’s school district, to receive the services outlined in the child’s individualized education program (IEP).
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Mediation Services

Click below for more information about mediation services. Disputes between parents and schools about special education issues are resolved for free.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-2650 or (877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development

Offers tips, information and resources for job seekers with disabilities. Click for the 30-page Passport for Job Seekers with Disabilities, which lists resources and programs for workers with disabilities in Ohio.
PO Box 1618, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(888) 296-7541, press 3

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Offers special facilities for park visitors of all abilities. Visit their website for a list of accessible opportunities throughout Ohio.
2045 Morse Road, Columbus Ohio 43229
(614) 265-6561

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Promotes community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Click below to see local projects they are currently involved in.
899 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(800) 766-7426 or (614) 466-5205

Ohio Diversity Local Job Network

Works with area organizations to help employers attract minorities, people with disabilities and other diverse job applicants with the goal of creating an inclusive, progressive work environment. Go online to search for local jobs.
(800) 984-3775

Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities

Lists information about scholarships, internships and funding opportunities for people with disabilities.
400 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(800) 282-4536, ext. 1391 Voice and TTY

Ohio Head Start Assocation

Click on their county map to find Head Start providers and services in each county in Ohio.
144 Westpark Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459
(937) 435-1113

Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS) Free Sports Goggles Program

Protect your child from getting injured when they play sports by getting a free pair of prescription sports goggles. Regular eyeglasses and contacts will not protect a child’s eyes from injury and may even increase the damage. To qualify for this free program, children must wear glasses or contacts and live in a family whose income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level (view poverty guidelines).
3401 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 527-6799

Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA)

Represents a statewide association of service providers for Ohioans with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Their online service provider directory offers vital information for individuals with developmental disabilities, caregivers, and support professionals. It is an extensive database of services arranged by category such as transportation, nursing care, childcare and more. They also have a helpful page of definitions and how services are funded.
1152 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 224-6772

Ohio School for the Deaf

Provides education to Ohio’s deaf and hard of hearing students, helping them achieve their maximum potential and become successful citizens. Visit their website to learn about the admissions process, their community services, family events and more. Their website provides an extensive list of local and national resources for parents.
500 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 728-4030 or (614) 995-1566

Ohio School for the Deaf Alice Cogswell Center

Provides resources and support to deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The Alice Cogswell Center serves deaf and hard of hearing children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, siblings of deaf children and children who have deaf parents. Deaf and hard of hearing children with an IEP are eligible for the preschool program at no cost. They also offer year-round after school programs and summer programs.
500 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 728-6900 Voice and TTY

Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA)

Promotes self-determination and independence for people with disabilities and their families throughout Ohio.
6155 Lakeview Plaza Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 562-1375

Ohio Sled Hockey

Provides a competitive hockey team for any child in Ohio with physical disabilities.  The costs vary, however, the program works to run as free or as low-cost as possible.  Contact directly for information about the sport of sled hockey and program details.
4464 Wrens Nest Drive, New Albany, Ohio  43054
(614) 206-8831

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)

Their website has helpful information about how the government defines a disability and how to get help.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(866) LAW-OHIO or (866) 529-6446

Ohio State School for the Blind

As the first public school for the blind in the U.S., they are dedicated to the education of students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities. Visit their resources page to find useful information about the blind community and visual impairments.
5220 North High Street, Columbus Ohio, 43214
(800) 310-3317

Ohio State University (OSU) Recreational Sports Camp Recky

The adapted recreational sports program serves people with disabilities year round. Camp Recky is a week-long summer day camp opportunity for children with disabilities age 5 and older.
337 West Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-8787

Ohio State University (OSU) Adapted Recreational Sports

Offers programs such as swimming and gymnastics throughout the year for individuals ages 6 months and above with disabilities.
337 West Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-8787

Open Door Art Studio

A creative space dedicated to providing art education and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.  Allows individuals to create and share their own work.  Contact for specific program dates and times.
1050 Goodale Boulevard, Grandview Heights, Ohio 43212
(614) 486-4919

Other Special Needs

Parent Mentors

Parent mentors are parents of children with special needs who work in the schools throughout Ohio to provide families information and support. They help families work together with school personnel and help parents find the help they need. Call or go online to find out if there is a parent mentor at your school.
165 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
(844) 382-5452

Parks & Travel

PATH International

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) promotes equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. Visit their website for locations in Ohio.
PO Box 33150 Denver, Colorado 80233
(800) 369-7433

People First of Ohio

Has local chapters in many counties throughout Ohio, including Franklin County. These groups work on local issues. The statewide organization works with state legislators and builds relationships with other advocacy groups and state agencies.
PO Box 988, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
(740) 397-6100

Perlman Center

In partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Cincinnati, they meet the needs of children with physical disabilities and chronic physical conditions. They provide assistive technology evaluations for children and adults. They have a helpful program where kids can try out wheelchairs and other equipment for free before making a purchase.
3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 636-4601 or (800) 344-2462

Personal Ponies

Connects children with disabilities with a small pony to love and care for. Contact Personal Ponies to learn about the program in your area and find out if having a pony will enrich the life of your child.
17401 Conoy Road, Barnesville, Maryland 20838
(301) 349-2161

Pilot Dogs

Provides service dogs for people who are visually impaired.
625 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6367

Prevent Blindness Ohio

Provides free professional eye exams, follow-up care, education and eyewear to medically needy children, youth, families and uninsured adults.
1500 West Third Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(800) 301-2020 or (614) 464-2020

Private Companies That Transport Children with Wheelchairs & Special Needs

Note: CAP4Kids does not recommend or endorse any specific company. We encourage families to carefully review and evaluate all services.

RallyCap Sports

RallyCap Sports is a club whose goal is to create positive sports environments fostering social integration, healthy living, and greater self-confidence for children and young adults with special needs. Children and young adults with special needs play sports with volunteers at Ohio State University. There are also RallyCap Sports programs in other cities.
1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(513) 490-8616 or (614) 292-4041

Recreation Unlimited

Offers summer day and overnight camps for youth ages 5 to 22 with physical or developmental disabilities. Financial aid is available. They have specialized camps for children with autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, epilepsy and other disabilities. The also offer year-round weekend respite care camps.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006

Recreation Unlimited Autism Weekend Camps

Offers weekend camps throughout the year for youth with autism ages 8 to 22. Fees are variable and may be paid by Ohio Medicaid waiver programs or other sources of funding.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006

Recreation Unlimited Respite Weekend Camps

Offers year-round weekend (Friday through Sunday) respite care camps for families who have children with special needs ages 8-22 . Respite weekend camps have on-site nursing and also provide a great environment for indoor and outdoor fun. There is an annual registration fee and weekend camp fee, but many campers can receive funding through their service plan (such as Ohio home care waivers).  Contact directly for details.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006

Read This To Me

Allows people who are blind or low vision to have printed documents read to them over the phone by volunteers for free. All a person needs is a phone line and a fax machine (no computer is required).
PO Box 19483, Portland, Oregon 97280
Toll-free Fax: (877) 333-8848

Red Treehouse

Red Treehouse is Ohio’s online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal to age 25. The free website helps families find resources, organizations and events to meet their specific needs and challenges. Users can customize profiles by location (counties within Ohio), age ranges and topics of interest. is a collaborative effort of Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and Ohio Family and Children First.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 229-5757, ext. 1126

Region 4 Genetics Collaborative

Provides information and resources to help families learn more about rare disorders diagnosed through newborn screening. Families can find support and learn more about these rare conditions.
2364 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, Michigan 48864
(517) 381-8247

Relay Ohio

Relay Ohio is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled. It allows hearing callers to communicate with text telephone (TTY) users and vice versa. Calls can be made to anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no restrictions. Anyone wishing to use the service simply dials 711, and they will dial the requested number and relay the conversation between the two callers.
5830 North High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 841-1991 Voice and TTY

Respite Connections

Provides planned and emergency respite care up to 2 weeks for youth and adults with special needs and their families, throughout central Ohio.
5250 Strawberry Farms, Westerville, Ohio 43230
(614) 890-4357

Respite Connections Kid’s Kamp

Provides a day camp for youth with special needs, where kids are challenged to participate in all kinds of activities, including horseback riding and art therapy.
5250 Strawberry Farms Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 890-4357

Ronald McDonald House

Provides a home-away-from-home for families who have hospitalized children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A small donation is requested, but no family is ever turned away because of their inability to pay.
711 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 227-3700

Skate Zone 71

Offers skating, dancing, sensory and motor skills fun for children with Autism.  Their sensory-friendly skating sessions have no loud music or flashing lights.  Non-skating adults are admitted at no charge and skate partners pay a small fee.  Call for details on prices and dates.
4900 Evanswood Drive, Columbus, Ohio  43229
(614) 846-5647

Special Education Evaluation Letters

Do you need sample letters to request school services such as an evaluation (IEP)? These letters can be found in the resources section of CAP4Kids by clicking below.
Go to CAP4Kids Resources Section

Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH)

Raises awareness about the needs of all travelers with disabilities, removes physical and attitudinal barriers to free access, and expands travel opportunities in the United States and abroad.
347 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016
(212) 447-7284

Special Olympics Ohio

Provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children older than age 8 and teens with intellectual disabilities or learning delays. Visit their website to view their event schedule.
3303 Winchester Pike, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 239-7050

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY)

Provides planned short-term respite care for their foster parents. Also provides respite services for foster parents in the community who need time away from their foster youth. Typically, these services are provided by referral from outside agencies such as the Board of Developmental Disabilities or mental health organizations.
4615 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
Intake: (888) 590-7239

Sports & Fitness

Spina Bifida

Sprint Relay

Offers several relay and captioning service options. Their website has helpful information about making 911 emergency calls and relay services in Ohio.
PO Box 29230, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201
(800) 676-3777 Voice and TTY

St. Vincent Family Center Deaf Services

Offers counseling services for deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 3 to 18 who have emotional, social or behavioral challenges resulting from a psychiatric diagnosis. Youth who qualify for services often have a past history of treatment resistance, failed foster care placement or multiple acute inpatient stays.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 252-2069 TTY

St. Vincent Family Center Preschool Program

St. Vincent’s Prep Academy offers preschool day treatment for preschool-age children with behavior problems.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 252-2069 TTY

St. Vincent Family Center Residential and Respite Services

Serves youth ages 5 to 13 years old who have severe emotional or behavioral problems or failed treatment in the past. Referrals are typically made by social service agencies, community mental health agencies, caregivers and other providers in central Ohio and surrounding counties.
1490 East Main Street Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 252-0731

State Library of Ohio eBook Project

Westerville Library participates in Ohio’s eBook project, which allows library members to go online and download a wide variety of popular book titles in eAudiobook and eBook format for free.
126 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 882-7277

State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program

Provides free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment to approximately 15,000 eligible blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, and reading disabled Ohio residents.
17121 Lake Shore Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
(800) 362-1262 or (800) 686-1531

Straub Dance Center

Adaptive dance class for children with special needs and developmental disabilities ages 5 to 10.  A licensed pediatric physical therapist helps the children improve their flexibility, balance, mobility. Click here for registration and fee details.
501 McCorkle Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio  43082
(614) 891-5525

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESSCO) State Support Team Region 11 Family Resources

Provides information and assistance to parents in central Ohio about special education issues. Parent mentors are parents of children with special needs who work within school districts to provide families with information and support for effectively working with schools. Many parent mentors offer workshops on topics concerning families of children with special needs, write parent newsletters and serve as a resource that parents can call for help. They also publish a list of helpful summer programs and resources.

2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 753-4690

Step By Step Academy

Evaluates children for autism and provides treatment, parent advocacy, education and case management services. They are a provider of the Ohio autism scholarship program, and provide services for children with Medicaid as well.
445 East Dublin Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 436-7837

Strength of Us

Offers free online discussion groups and blogs just for teens and young adults who want to feel stronger and more in control of their lives. Teens can learn about making friends, living independently, mental health conditions and more. They can find hands-on resources, youth stories and discussion boards, and they can connect with other teens for support and advice.
3803 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203
(800) 950-6264

The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition (TAASC)

Offers individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in adventure activities such as kayaking, camping, fishing, alpine skiing, water skiing, ice skating, sailing, and cycling.
6000 Harriott Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 389-3921

The Caregiver Space

Offers online support to parents and other caregivers by providing an atmosphere of understanding, sharing and helping others who need support while facing the challenges of caring for an ill child, a special needs child or the needs of other dependants.  Join a community that encourages each other through caring, comfort, relief and tools to help a caregiver recognize self-care.
31 West Twenty-First Street, New York, New York 10010
(855) 522-5524

Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) of Ohio Adventure Weekend

Offers a fun weekend overnight adventure camp in Ohio for boys and girls who have been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. Full scholarships are available.
PO Box 40163, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240
(513) 260-3459


The National Center for Learning Disabilities offers this online resource with toolkits, parent coaching and resources to support parents with a child who has learning and attention issues.  Parents can also find information on IEP and 504 Plan processes, as well as ideas on how to ask for special learning accommodations in the child’s classroom.  Other programs developed with The National Center for Learning Disabilities are Friends of Quinn, Get Ready to Read, LD Navigator and RTI Action Network.
32 Laight Street, New York, New York 10013
(212) 545-7510

United Cerebral Palsy

Their website has helpful basic information about what assistive technology is, who can qualify and how to obtain funding.
1825 K Street, NW , Washington, DC 20006
(800) 872-5827

U.S. Department of Education IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Visit their website for information about infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth to age 2) and older children (ages 3 to 21) who need special education and related services.
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202
(800) 872-5327 or (800) 437-0833 TTY

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office on Disability

Started a nationwide program supporting physical fitness and wellness for youth with disabilities. Contact the Office on Disability and ask about the program to get connected with one of the 50 participating organizations that will provide a mentor to help youth begin a six-week period of physical activity and eating healthy food.
200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201
(202) 401-5844

U.S. Department of Justice

The Disability Rights Section implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Their website has a helpful Guide to Disability Rights Laws.
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530
(800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383 TTY

U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

The U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) website offers a lot of advice on scholarships, loans and grants available for students with disabilities who want to go to college. They have lists of disability friendly colleges, internship opportunities and vocational rehabilitation resources as well.
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210
(866) 633-7365 or (877) 889-5627 TTY

Voices for Ohio’s Children

Represents a non-partisan statewide network of families, professionals and organizations throughout Ohio that work on public policy to make sure children are well-educated, healthy and safe.
33 North Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 881-7860

Wheelchair Net

Offers a lot of information about selecting a wheelchair, finding funding and assistive technology devices and services.
2310 Jane Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
(412) 624-6279


Has internships and other programs that encourage high school students with disabilities to explore career choices in science, technology, engineering, and math. Project REACH allows students from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds and students with disabilities in central Ohio colleges and high schools to have internship opportunities in the MRDD field.
6320 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 802-2364


Started by an attorney who has a learning disability, Wrightslaw has become one of the most widely known websites to help families with special education problems and issues. Families can sign up to receive the free Special Ed Advocate, and their website also has helpful information about a variety of topics, such as tips to help your child get off to a good start when school begins and IEP frequently asked questions.
PO Box 1008, Deltaville, Virginia 23043

Voicecorps Reading Service

Hear TV listings and any section of the Columbus Dispatch anytime. Voicecorps broadcasts newspapers and magazines (like People magazine) daily to individuals with visual, physical or learning disabilities. They deliver special receivers to those who qualify, and they help those who cannot afford the service. Broadcasts may be heard within a 50-mile radius of Columbus.
2955 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 274-7650 or (614) 470-0075

VSA Ohio

Promotes arts, education and creative expression involving children and adults with disabilities.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-5325

Xcel Martial Arts

Xcel offers special needs martial art classes for children with cerebral palsy, amputations, hearing impairments, and muscular dystrophy.  Works within the students’ abilities to improve skills and build confidence.
6867 Flags Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 746-0938

YMCA Camp Can Do

Camp Can Do is a week-long summer day camp program for youth ages 6 to 21 with moderate to intensive special needs. The camp is offered at 5 local YMCA branches. Financial aid is available.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1142

YMCA Early Childhood Resource Network (ECRN)

Provides developmental screenings for children from six weeks of age through 5 years of age who have special needs (developmental delays, disabilities and special health care needs) as well as a free toy and equipment lending program for children.  ECRN staff perform on-site child observations at child care sites and preschools. They also provide ongoing service coordination.
6555 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio  43229
(614) 543-9000

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Offers services for at-risk children, including emergency, short-term crisis intervention services for youth who are unable to continue in their current living situation. Children referred for respite care services are living with their own birth families or relatives (kinship care). They are not children that are placed in foster care, group homes or residential treatment facilities. Instead, these are children whose parents, legal guardians or kinship caregivers need a temporary break for a short period of time. Children are referred through county agencies, such as Franklin County Children Services.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 258-9927

Additional Bullying Resources

Bullying in Schools

The Bully Project:  Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit

Kids Health

National Bullying Prevention Center

Ohio Department of Education

Violence Prevention Works


Ohio Juvenile Protection Orders

United States Secret Service Safe School Initiative

Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying