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Parenting & Special Needs

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Parent Mentor Program

Parent Mentors are parents of special needs children and they have experience in obtaining special educational services for students and their families. Parents of children with special needs 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
ccsoh.us

Disability Rights Ohio

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)
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
(614) 859-0191
flutteringfamilies.org

Flying Colors Public Preschool

Offers various early childhood centers for children with special needs living in the Licking County school districts. they also perform evaluations on children ages 3 to 6 in the county to determine special educational needs.
119 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-1629
lcesc.org/FlyingColorsPreschool.aspx

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

Services are provided for children from birth to age 21 who have developmental delays and disabilities. Services include early childhood education and home-based services, developmental evaluations, early intervention services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and more. A Major Unusual Incident (MUI) is defined as any alleged, suspected, or actual occurrence of an incident that adversely affects the health and welfare of an individual receiving services from the County Board. The FCBDD MUI Unit investigates all MUIs and ensures that immediate actions are taken to protect individuals from harm.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-6440
24-hour Emergency Major Unusual Incidents (MUI) Reporting: (614) 464-2743
fcbdd.org
FCDBB Location Directory: fcbdd.org/about-us/directory

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Program: offers an array of therapeutic and family foster care services, community-based behavioral health services and home based services, respite care, case management, adoption, emergency shelter care, substance abuse counseling, services for sexually reactive children and youth and for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and parent services
Eligibility: males and females, ages 5 to 21
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral:individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else

  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444 or (866) 438-6508 Toll-free
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-6927 or (800) 256-5001 Toll-free
  • 15 North Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511 or (800) 553-9701 Toll-free
  • 431 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9420

(877) 692-7226 Toll-free
nyap.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Education Classes

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:

  • Active Parenting
  • Adoption Academy – collaboration with Family & Youth Law Center to provide in-depth classes on foreign and domestic adoptions
  • ADHD Academy – for parents or caregivers of children with ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Academy – topic specific programs for parents and educators
  • Autism Teaching Strategies – for teachers
  • Basic Babysitter Training Class
  • Community Education for Diabetes
  • Parenting Your Child With Autism – for parents
  • Sibshops – for brothers and sisters of children with autism

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/education-classes
Family and Youth Law Center (Adoption Academy): familyyouthlaw.org/academy.php

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

Provides information and resources for parents of children with disabilities; parents can call to get one-on-one assistance. They offers resources for parents of children with disabilities and parents can call to get one-to-one assistance.
165 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
(844) 382-5452, ext. 20 Toll-free or (740) 382-5452
ocecd.org

Prenatal & Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources

Provides information about Down syndrome and other prenatally-diagnosed conditions for expectant parents and new parents through three different resources.

Red Treehouse

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
redtreehouse.org

Sesame Street in the Communities

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.

1900 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
(212) 595-3456
sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Provides mental health intervention and treatment services to youth ages 3-18 and their families who have emotional and behavioral challenges. Their specialized behavioral health treatment services include: outpatient and inpatient services (home-based and school-based), therapeutic preschools and after school programs, support for foster families and more. They provide the same services to Hispanic / Latino children. Therapies can be billed to Medicaid and a variety of insurances.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437, ask for Intake
svfc.org

The Mother Ship

Provides social, emotional, and community supports to mothers of children with special needs in the Central Ohio area. They do not provide counseling or other health care services, nor do they provide referral services, but they do provide a caregiver respite (rest) fund that people may apply for.
themothershipinc.com

Additional Bullying Resources

National Bullying Prevention Center
pacer.org/bullying/resources/info-facts.asp

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

Bullying.org (Be Strong App)
bullying.org

Kids Health
kidshealth.org

Wrightslaw: Harrassment
wrightslaw.com/info/harassment.index.htm

Take Action Against Bullying Guide
samhsa.gov

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

Bullying in Schools
cops.usdoj.gov

United States Secret Service Safe School Initiative
ed.gov

Ohio Juvenile Civil Protection Orders
supremecourtofohio.gov