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TOPS (Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings for Students with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities) Program

The TOPS Program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center offers individuals ages 18 and older an opportunity to engage in Ohio State academic coursework and work experiences while developing independent living skills and participating in campus and community organizations, social activities, and events.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3185
nisonger.osu.edu/adult/adult-clinics-services/tops

Alpha Group

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.
Delaware: 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Lewis Center: 6580 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Westerville: 5991 Chandler Court, Westerville, Ohio 43082
(740) 368-5820
alphagroup.net

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. There are regional offices located in Columbus, Ohio.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-7007 or (800) 734-7007
arcind.com

Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) and Hattie Larlham Central Ohio Services

ADD is a Hattie Larlham agency in Central Ohio. The nonprofit organization provides residential and recreational services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Dahlberg-Gibson Learning Center provides half day, year-round childcare for children ages 1 through 5 years of age 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.
769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 486-4361
hattielarlham.org/v/services-add.asp

Association on Higher Education & Disability (AHEAD) Transition Resources

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
ahead.org/students-parents/transitions

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
(614) 438-1200
ood.ohio.gov/Core-Services/BVR

Southeast, Inc. Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA)

Professionals work with teens and young adults with mental, emotional and social barriers to transition to work and achieve independent living. They offer free job readiness, pre-employment, and transitional services.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117 or Toll-free: (877) 521-2682
cova.org

OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County (formerly Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC))

Free extensive one-stop employment services for young and old, working and unemployed. Services include walk-in access to a career resource room, job fairs and job postings. They also offer free support in preparing career planning, academic and skill testing, hands-on computer classes, GED preparation, creating resumés and cover letters, preparing for interviews and more.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052
ohiomeansjobs.com/franklin

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 CAC (Career, Activity, Community): Provides a multi-faceted environment where individuals are given the opportunity to develop and acquire new skills
    • Supported Community Living (SCL) is an experienced provider of comprehensive in-home supports serving individuals with disabilities
    • Employment Services: Provides vocational training and career development for individuals seeking employment in the community
    • Transportation Services: Provides safe and reliable transportation for individuals with disabilities between home, work, adult day programs, and events throughout Franklin, Union, Delaware, and Pickaway counties
    • Park West Court Apartments (PWCA) is an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

540 Industrial Mile Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 641-2900
cchsohio.org

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, assistive devices and more. Offers screening, evaluation and treatment of children with speech and language delays and autism. They accept many insurances, including Caresource, Molina and Medicaid.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-5151 or (614) 263-2299 TTY or (614) 429-1382 VP
columbusspeech.org

Delaware Area Career Center (DACC)

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, by offering college credits, industry credentials and hands-on experiences.

  • North Campus: 1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 363-1993
  • South Campus: 4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 548-0708

delawareareacc.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

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
washington.edu/doit

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

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

Services are provided for children from birth to age 21 who have developmental delays and disabilities. They provide these services in collaboration with all of the Franklin County school districts. Services include early childhood education and home-based services, developmental evaluations, early intervention services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and more.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-6440
fcbdd.org

Goodwill Columbus

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.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 294-5181 or TTY (614) 583-0293
Employment & Job training: (614) 583-0365
Clothing & Supplies: (614) 294-5181
goodwillcolumbus.org

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 Northwest, Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-1000
heath.gwu.edu

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
mobileonline.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 Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Office of Workforce Development

Offers tips, information and resources for job seekers with disabilities. The website provides a guide titled “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
jfs.ohio.gov/owd/WorkforceProf/Disabilities-Job-Seekers.stm

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
columbusdiversity.com

Respite Connections, Inc (RCI)

Provides planned and emergency respite care for youth and adults with special needs and their families. They also offer adult day services, supportive living services, a therapeutic summer day camp to special needs youth, counseling services with a license social worker who is fluent in sign language; and assists with the sourcing, hiring, training and coaching qualified individuals with developmental disabilities for community employment.
5250 Strawberry Farms, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 890-4357 Voice/Text
respiteconnections.org

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
strengthofus.org

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

The 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, vocational rehabilitation resources and information about other disability assistance for children.
200 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20210
(866) 633-7365 Voice/TTY
dol.gov/odep/topics/disability.htm