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
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 create an atmosphere of acceptance and support as participants develop self-awareness, social insight, and vocational success strategies. Contact them about cost information.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Serving 14 central Ohio counties, they provide information, referrals, support groups, educational programs and fun family events. They also maintain a list of local support groups.
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.
Offers individual and group instruction to children with developmental disabilities ages 3 and higher. They provide educational programming for students pre-K through high school, 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 Program, Jon Peterson Scholarship, Title XX (20), Medicaid, Level One, I. O. and Self Waiver and some insurances as well.
2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
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)
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
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
A non-profit that provides employment services, job training and sustained employment supports to individuals with autism. Their program EveryBody Works is a transition program that blends post-secondary education with paid work experiences. They employ individuals with autism in their gluten-free bakery, working with job coaches to develop skills.
4185 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
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, ABA therapy services, tutoring programs, after-school programs and counseling as well.
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, respite programs and more. Services can be provided at home, in their clinic or at the child’s school.
2540 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
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.
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Article on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Autism Speaks
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
A residential treatment program for individuals ages 8 to 21 with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Youth 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
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
To sign up for a class: (614) 355-0662
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:
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
Occupational Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/occupational-therapy
Speech Pathology: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/speech-pathology
Physical Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/physical-therapy
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Program: Provide services, in and out of the school setting, created to meet the individualized needs of children with autism across the spectrum. Services include: Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, music therapy, 1:1-Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavioral health, support groups, summer camps and educational services
Eligibility: ages 2 ½ through 22
Cost: Varies depending on duration of therapy/ABA services, CareSource, and most insurance accepted. Educational services are $27,000 annually; Jon Peterson, Autism Scholarship and District Placements are accepted.
Referral: individuals may refer themselves, be referred by parents, physicians or an organization
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, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
YMCA Locations: ymcacolumbus.org/locations