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Autism Resources

Local Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Providers

Article on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Autism Speaks

  • Hopebridge
    Serves youth up to age 18. Takes Medicaid and private insurance.
    6085 Emerald, Dublin, Ohio 43016
    (614) 482-4300
    773 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 401-3366
    hopebridge.com
  • Positive Behavior Consulting
    Serves children ages 18 months through 12 years old. Takes private insurance.
    Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 704-1151
    positivebehaviorconsulting.org
  • Trumpet Behavioral Health
    Serves children ages 18 months through 18 years old. Takes Medicaid and private insurance.
    545 Metro Place South, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (855) 824-5669
    tbh.com

Ability Matters

Ability Matters is an I/O, Level One waiver, and Autism Scholarship Program provider agency emphasizing community inclusion. They offer services to youth ages 16 and up and adults. Each program is developed to meet the needs of the wide variety of social and behavioral needs of individuals. Their focus is on personal daily living, health and wellness, employment, social, financial, family and spiritual health. Services are offered by trained and experienced care providers.
425 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 956-1229
abilitymattersohio.com

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, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3188 or (614) 685-8723
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.

  • Autism Society of Central Ohio
    PO Box 272, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 284-6323
  • Autism Society of Ohio
    PO Box 545, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 619-5508

autismohio.org

Autism Speaks

The nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, that provides helpful information and resources about autism diagnosis and treatment.
1 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016
(888) 288-4762 or (888) 772-9050 in Spanish only
autismspeaks.org

Boundless

A not for profit agency that works with people with disabilities and their families. They provide assistance to individuals who rent or own their home, both in-home and out-of-home respite services, outpatient behavior health services, summer programs, offer live-in caregivers and more. Their Family Support Services are provided by the State of Ohio for families who have chosen to keep their family member with developmental disabilities at home.

  • Administrative Office
    1021 Checkrein Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 844-3800
  • Worthington Office
    445 East Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 436-7837
  • Heath Office
    1227 Liberty Drive, Heath, Ohio 43056
    (740) 334-4056
  • West Carrollton Office
    700 Liberty Lane, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449
    (937) 247-4200

iamboundless.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

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181 (Toll-free in Ohio only)
(614) 728-2553 TTY or (800) 858-3542 TTY (Toll-free in Ohio only)
disabilityrightsohio.org

Easterseals Central & Southeast Ohio

Provides autism, disabilities and special needs services, including early childhood education, pediatric 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
easterseals.com/centralohio

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) 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.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 542-4119
escco.org/campus-based-transition

Family Resource Network of Ohio (FRNO)

Provides a database of programs, organizations and products for families of individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Ohio State University, Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(740) 215-0005 or (513) 636-4723
frnohio.org

Food for Good Thought

Specialized in helping individuals with Autism, they assists people with obtaining employment or supported employment, including within their very own gluten-free bakery. They allow people to practice interviews and applications as well as build resumes and work on their overall job skills.
4185 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 447-0424
foodforgoodthought.com

Haugland Learning Center (HLC)

Educates youth with autism and Asperger syndrome in classroom and home-based settings from preschool through grade 12. 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.

  • Adminstrative Building: 2540 Billingsley Road, Columbus Ohio 43235
  • Columbus Campus: 7690 New Market Center Way, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • Lancaster Campus: 1522 Sheridan Dr, Lancaster Ohio 43130
  • Athens Campus: 5196 Washington Road, Albany Ohio 45710

(614) 602-6473
hauglandlearningcenter.com

Haugland Therapy Services (HTS)

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

Makarios Autism Center (MAC)

This faith-based, nonprofit learning center services children on the Autism Spectrum in grades K-12. Most of the cost is paid with the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program, and the remaining cost is the responsibility of the student’s family. No student is turned away due to financial need.
11573 Lithopolis Road Northwest, Lithopolis, Ohio 43136
(614) 425-0107
makarios-mac.com

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 (CASD)

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:

  • Autism Academy – topic specific programs for parents and educators
  • Autism Teaching Strategies – for teachers
  • Parenting Your Child With Autism – for parents
  • Sibshops – for brothers and sisters of children with autism

187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 355-7500
To sign up for a class: (614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/center-for-autism-spectrum-disorders

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Classes

Offers a range of free and low cost classes for children, teens, adults and parents of infants and kids of all ages and abilities. Find courses on everything from babysitting and parenting to CPR training, autism and diabetes. Example classes include:

  • Active Parenting
  • ADHD Academy – for parents or caregivers of children with ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Academy – topic specific programs for parents and educators
  • Autism Teaching Strategies – for teachers
  • Basic Babysitter Training Class
  • Community Education for Diabetes
  • Parenting Your Child With Autism – for parents
  • Sibshops – for brothers and sisters of children with autism

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/education-classes

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Occupational, Speech & Physical Therapy Programs

Developmental occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physical therapy services are provided at the main hospital, as well as many locations throughout the community, for children from birth to age 21. Visit the website for a list of all their clinic locations.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2200
Occupational Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/occupational-therapy
Speech Pathology: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/speech-pathology
Physical Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/physical-therapy

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Offers complete 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, early intervention programs, psychiatric services and more. They also have a toy and technology library. Their website has an extensive list of resources for families as well.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210

  • Administration: (614) 685-3192 or (855) 983-9955 Toll-free
  • Adult Behavior Support Services: (614) 685-6705
  • Child Behavior Support Services: (614) 685-6704
  • Dental Program: (614) 685-3197
  • Developmental / Autism Clinics: (614) 685-6701
  • Early Childhood Education Preschool: (614) 685-3191
  • National Core Indicators: (888) 685-0984
  • Neurodevelopmental Dual Diagnosis Clinic: (614) 685-6701
  • Ohio Health and Disability Program: (614) 688-2928
  • Research Unit: (614) 688-4656
  • Special Education / Transition Services: (614) 685-3185

nisonger.osu.edu

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

Serves families 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
  • Preschool
    2655 Oakstone Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43231
    (614) 890-7854
  • Elementary School
    941 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 918-4050
  • Middle School/High School
    939 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 865-0400
  • Vocational Building
    5747 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43231
    (614) 865-9643

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
(614) 410-0321 or (866) 886-2254 Toll-free
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. Their year-round weekend respite care camps have on-site nursing and provide an environment for indoor and outdoor fun.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006
recreationunlimited.org

Red Treehouse

This online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal to age 25. The 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.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 229-5757, ext. 1126
redtreehouse.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

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY) of Ohio

Provides therapeutic foster care, in-home and community-based behavioral health, adoption services; family preservation and reunification programs, and older youth services to preserve families and strengthen youth. Anyone can make a referral. Their services help youth from infant to age 18 and older throughout Ohio. They also offer free classes to support parents and guardians of youth participating in SAFY programs. Visit the website for other Ohio offices.
Columbus Office: 4615 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
Intake: (888) 590-7239 or (614) 729-2024
safy.org/ohio

YMCA of Central Ohio

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 covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.

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
  • Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA
    7215 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
    (614) 224-1142
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770

Outdoor/Multipurpose Facilities

  • Community Park YMCA
    402 North Hamilton Road, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 224-1142
  • Delaware Recreation Services
    500 East Lincoln Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • 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
  • Van Buren Shelter
    595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 715-2030
  • 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