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 (paid and unpaid), social, financial, family and spiritual health. Services are offered by trained and experienced care providers.
425 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio 43017
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
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
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.
769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
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
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
Has a variety of different programs including in-home support for individuals with disabilities, assisted living locations and even provides reliable transportation services.
540 Industrial Mile Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
Columbus City Schools provides individualized transition and planning for students with disabilities.
737 East Hudson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43211
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 TTY (614) 263-2299 or VP (614) 429-1382
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.
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)
TTY (614) 728-2553 or (800) 858-3542 (Toll-free in Ohio only)
Contains information about scholarship and financial aid programs for students with disabilities.
PO Box 354842, Seattle, Washington 98195
(888) 972-3648 Voice and TTY
Assists families and students in developing a transition plan that will move students toward their post-secondary education, employment and independent living/community integration goals.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
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
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
24-hour Emergency: (614) 464-2743
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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