Offers a wide variety of individualized programs and services designed to promote self-advocacy, increase independence, and enhance the lives of individuals living with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Some services include transportation, housing, job training, art, in-home support and more.
540 Industrial Mile Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps; and career exploration, homeschooler and free teen tech studio workshops. They offer a special “Family Access Membership” that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers employment and job training programs, social and education programs for people with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also offer in art, health and wellness programs, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness. At their Goodwill Stores are thrift clothing, furniture, vehicles, art and more. Visit the website or call for center and store locations in Central Ohio.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 294-5181 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
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
Provides residential and recreational services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They also provide half-day, year-round childcare for children ages 1-5 living in the North Linden (43224) area. During the school year, they offer physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as early intervention services, early childhood education and social work services.
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.
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 youth. Campers can receive funding through Ohio Medicaid waivers and other sources.
12701 Waterville-Swanton Road, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571
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.
Provides a free weekend getaway for Ohio children who have cancer 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.
Offer services and classes for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, including interpreting, case management, sign language classes, deaf equipment modifications, early intervention, employment, youth clubs, summer camps and mentoring. 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 or (614) 515-6065 VP
Offers horse-assisted learning experiences and education to help youth practice executive functioning skills, sensory integration, improve coordination, communication skills and self-esteem. Some of their programming include: therapeutic riding lessons, vocational training, military connections, custom design programs and more.
1416 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Blacklick, Ohio 43004
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
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, camp experiences and more.
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.
PO Box 133, Powell, Ohio 43065
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, high rope experience and more.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
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.
Through its programs and services, the JCC provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts, featuring festivals and fairs centered around books, films, and fine art; teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Shares information and provide resources on a variety of topics related to children and young people under 21 years of age who are deaf or hard of hearing. 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 Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
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.
MDA Columbus Office: 500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
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.
Offers swimming and outdoor recreation for children with special needs ages 6 to 12. Programs are held at Barrington Elementary School. Registration priority is given to Upper Arlington residents, but others can apply. Call for more information.
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
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 and summer camps they offer.
5220 North High Street, Columbus Ohio, 43214
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. Visit the website to find more RallyCap Sports programs in other Ohio cities.
337 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
OSU Chapter: www.rcsosu.org
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
Provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities by building on the foundation of physical activity and life skills (PALS). They offer adult day services, residential services, life skill classes, activities and vocational training programs.
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
Provides continuing adult education and wellness to adult individuals with developmental disabilities. The Upreach program offers services encouraging independence, self-determination and empowerment. The Learning Never Ends program provides life-long learning and wellness opportunities. Visit the website for more information at upreachgroup(.)com.
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
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 respite for parents and siblings, social and sports opportunities for children and teens with special needs.
6220 East Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
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
Outlines the ADA guidelines for play areas and recreational facilities.
1331 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
(800) 872-2253 Voice or (800) 993-2822 TTY
CCYHA partners with the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) and USA Hockey to provide children and young adults ages 4-21 who have developmental disabilities with the opportunity to play ice hockey in an environment adapted to each athlete’s level of physical and mental ability. The program is open to any player age five or older, male or female, and participants do not need prior ice skating skills.
Offers recreational activities, after school programs and clubs that are modified to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities over age 6.
1755 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
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
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 1499, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Central Ohio Chapter: fhnbcentralohio.org
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.
PO Box 541, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
As a soccer league for children with special needs, they give girls and boys ages 4 through 19 the opportunity to play soccer in a safe, fun, fair and secure environment. The registration fee is minimal.
PO Box 1, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Offers soccer development programs and summer day camps for children of all ages and abilities, including programs catered to kids with special needs.
Field Address: 300 West Case Avenue, Powell, Ohio 43065
Mailing Address: PO Box 1303, Dublin, Ohio 43017
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
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
Provides an individualized treatment experience for children, adolescents and young adults with physical disabilities for injury evaluation and athletic training.
Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
5680 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
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.
2140 Atlas Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
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. The child needs to be qualified to receive prescription goggles.
3401 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Offers several community sports and recreation programs and summer camps for youth year round. They also offer adapted recreational sports programs to serve children with disabilities year round.
337 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
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
Adaptive Dance is for children ages 5-10 with special needs. This class is for children with developmental or physical disabilities and is led by a licensed pediatric physical therapist and dance instructor.
501 McCorkle Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43082
Offers individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in adventure activities such as kayaking, camping, fishing, alpine skiing, water skiing, ice skating, sailing, and cycling. TAASC is also known as Adaptive Sports Connection.
6000 Harriott Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065
Offers personal training, group training and fitness classes for people with special neurological, developmental or physical needs. These opportunities are offered in a special fitness center designed to meet their needs to encourage optimal levels of health and fitness for life.
6631 Commerce Parkway, Dublin, Ohio 43017