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Parenting & Special Needs

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

Additional Bullying Resources

Bullying in Schools
cops.usdoj.gov

Bullying.org
bullying.org

The Bully Project:  Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit
specialneeds.thebullyproject.com

Kids Health
kidshealth.org

National Bullying Prevention Center
pacer.org

Safer Schools Ohio: Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources
saferschools.ohio.gov

Violence Prevention Works: Bullying
violencepreventionworks.org

Wrightslaw: Harrassment
wrightslaw.com

Ohio Juvenile Civil Protection Orders
supremecourtofohio.gov

United States Secret Service Safe School Initiative
ed.gov

Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying
onlineschools.org/student-bullying-guide

Columbus City Schools Parent Mentor Program

The Student Support Services office of Columbus City Schools offers this program for parents of special needs students. Their Parent Mentors are also parents of special needs children and they have experience in obtaining special educational services for students and their families. Parents can expect the support of their Parent Mentor before, during and after the IEP process, as well as direct them to community agencies for other assistance and resources.
2571 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 365-5219 or 365-8642
ccsoh.us/ParentMentorProgram1.aspx

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

Fluttering Families

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
flutteringfamilies.org

National Center for Prenatal & Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources

Supports new and expecting parents with accurate information about Down syndrome.

    • Brighter Tomorrows – Includes the most current research about Down syndrome, links to resources, and life glimpses.
    • Lettercase.org – Online booklet that includes basic information about Down syndrome and about families who have a child with Down syndrome; potential medical complications; resources about Down syndrome; and reproductive options.
    • Down Syndrome Pregnancy – Offers a website with a blog for women who are pregnant and expecting a baby with Down syndrome.

126 Mineral Industries Building, Lexington, Kentucky 40506
(859) 257-1714 Voice and TTY
downsyndromediagnosis.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Classes

Offers a range of free and low cost classes for children, teens, adults and parents of kids of all ages and abilities.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/education-classes

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

Serves families of infants, toddlers and youth with disabilities in Ohio to ensure that every Ohio child with special needs reaches their highest potential. Parents can call to get one-to-one assistance. Also, offers resources for parents of children with disabilities, including parenting classes.
165 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
(740) 382-5452
ocecd.org

St. Vincent Family Center Community & Family Services

    • Outpatient Family Services is a family-centered counseling service for children, ages 2-18 and their families. They also offer psychiatric services to children. Families and caregivers are encouraged to be actively involved in the treatment of the children.
    • Early Childhood Mental Health programs are Early Childhood Mental Health- Consultation, Early Childhood Mental Health- Treatment, Helping the Noncompliant Child, and Incredible Years Parenting Program provide individual, family and group mental health consultation services and outpatient therapy to children and their families.
    • Community Support Services Program has two components: Community Psychiatric Support Treatment (CPST) and Intensive Home Based Treatment (IHBT), both provide mental health and case management services to families with children 2-18 years of age (age 21 if considered to have a disability) who are having difficulty in school or at home, have poor coping skills and have mental, emotional and /or behavioral disturbances.

1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 824-5437, ask for Intake
svfc.org/services/english

St. Vincent Family Center Therapeutic Programs

All these programs work with children who have behavior, emotional and/or social challenges. Their staff works closely with parents/caregivers to identify child and family strengths.

    • Therapeutic Preschool Program: Work with children ages 3 to 6.
    • Therapeutic School Age Program: The goal of the program is for children, once returned to a regular school setting, to successfully maintain their behavior and academic performance.
    • Therapeutic Afterschool Program: Services youth from 5-1/2 to 12 year of age. It is group-based; designed to prevent out-of-home placement or to aid in the transition from a more to less restrictive setting.

1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 824-5437, ask for Intake
svfc.org