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Autism Resources

Aspirations Ohio

Aspirations is a social and vocational skills support group for high functioning teens and young adults on the autism spectrum in a small group setting. Two experienced group leaders facilitate an atmosphere of acceptance and support as participants develop self-awareness, social insight, and vocational success strategies. The program was established by the Department of Neurology and The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 685-3188
aspirationsohio.org

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.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43214
(614) 410-0321
autisminternetmodules.org

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. They also maintain a list of local support groups.
P.O. Box 272, Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 284-6323
autismohio.org

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
(888) 288-4762 or Spanish: (888) 772-9050
autismspeaks.org

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) 262-7520
bridgewayohio.org

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or TTY (800) 858-3542
disabilityrightsohio.org

Easter Seals Central & Southeast Ohio

Provides autism, disabilities and special needs services, including early childhood education, pediatric therapies (occupation, physical and speech therapies), adult day and in-home services, respite care for families who need a break from caring for their child with autism, and social skills groups. They also offer afterschool programs, summer day camps, vocational services, transportation and more.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 228-5523 or (800) 860-5523
easterseals.com/centralohio

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) Transition Programs

  • Campus-Based Transition: Students focus on individualized transition plans to achieve future adult living and career aspirations. The ESC offers three unique programs on the campuses of Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University, which serve students who have completed or met all graduation requirements, and have elected to defer their high school diploma.
  • Transition Resources to Access College and Careers (TRACC): Helps students with disabilities transition to college and prepare to achieve their goals for the future. The ESC of Central Ohio and Columbus State Community College will collaborate to provide students served under IDEA or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act the tools and access to college support systems to achieve success in their chosen areas of study.

2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 445-3750
escco.org/programs-services/special-education

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
foodforgoodthought.com

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 academic and activity-based summer camp programs, autism testing, therapy services, tutoring programs, after-school programs and counseling as well.
7690 New Market Center Way, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 602-6473
hauglandlearningcenter.com

Haugland Therapy Services

A multi-service, multi-specialty, outpatient clinic offering services for those with psychiatric disorders, autism and developmental delays. They offer counseling, psychological testing, behavioral consultation, speech, occupational therapy and more. Services can be provided at home, in their clinic or at the child’s school.
2540 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 470- 2018 or (614) 218-8769
hauglandtherapyservices.com

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
iwg-autism.org

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
monarchcenterforautism.org/programs/boarding-academy-dp1

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Provides evaluations for children with suspected developmental disabilities and autism; and 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 classes for parents and siblings of children with autism, Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders, covering a wide range of topics.
187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 355-8315
nationwidechildrens.org/autism

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Offers comprehensive services for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, including an autism clinic, behavior support services, dental care for children with developmental disabilities, psychiatric services and more. They also have a Toy and Technology Library and early intervention programs. Their website has an extensive list of resources for families as well.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3192
nisonger.osu.edu

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

Serves families throughout greater Columbus by supporting and educating families about autism. Their services include early intervention services, 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) with autism who attend Oakstone Academy. They also offer a transition to work program for teens with autism.
Administration Office: 900 Club Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 899-2838
ccde.org

Ohio Center for Autism & 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 services and supports database (Nexus) 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
ocali.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Scholarship Programs

Includes information about the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, the U.S. Senate Youth Program and the Autism Scholarship Program. The Ohio Educational Choice (EdChoice) Scholarship Program provides scholarships or vouchers for students from under-performing schools to attend private schools.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338 or text “OHED EC” to 468311
education.ohio.gov/Scholarships

Recreation Unlimited

Offers summer day, overnight and weekend camps throughout the year for youth with disabilities. They have specialized camps for children with autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, epilepsy and other disabilities. They also offer year-round weekend (Friday through Sunday) respite care camps for families who have children, teens or young adults with special needs. Respite weekend camps have on-site nursing and also provide a great environment for indoor and outdoor fun.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006
recreationunlimited.org

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

1900 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
(212) 595-3456
sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

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
stepbystepacademy.org

YMCA of Central Ohio

YMCA provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.

  • Youth Development: child care, academic enrichment, leadership development, mentoring, youth civic engagement, sports and recreation, swim, fitness, and camps (day, overnight and for special needs)
  • Healthy Living: family time, group fitness classes, personal/group training, water activities, diabetes prevention, and healthy lifestyle classes
  • Social Responsibility: juvenile justice program (like Positive Alternative Learning for Students/PALS), residential and employment services, welcome center for immigrants and refugees, military outreach, support children with special needs (like Early Childhood Resource Network+/ECRN+)

Full Facility Branches

  • Delaware Community Center YMCA
    1121 South Houk Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA
    300 Sloan Boulevard, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (937) 592-9622
  • Downtown YMCA
    40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-1131
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
    130 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-3166
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
    555 YMCA Place, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 416-9622
  • Grove City YMCA
    3600 Discovery Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 871-9622
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
    4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 334-9622
  • Hilltop YMCA
    2879 Valleyview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 276-8224
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
    6767 Refugee Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-9622
  • Liberty Township/Powell YMCA
    7798 North Liberty Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (614) 839-9622
  • North YMCA
    1640 Sandalwood Place, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 885-4252
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
    440 Nicholas Drive, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (740) 477-1661
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770

Outdoor/Multipurpose Facilities

  • Hilltop-Cherry Creek YMCA
    600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 878-7260
  • Hoover YMCA Park
    1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137
    (614) 491-0980
  • YMCA Camp Willson
    2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (800) 423-0427

Educare Centers

  • Hilltop Educare Center
    1952 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 752-8877
  • YMCA Early Learning Center
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 342-5836

Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)

  • Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
    1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43219
    (614) 389-9800

YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org