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Ability Matters

Serves: Students ages 3-21, individuals, and families. 
Agency providing services for individuals with autism and other neurological disabilities. Services include intervention training and support, customized and individualized learning options through the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program, and independent supportive living. The Beyond Ability Matters program provides housing, educational experiences like preparing for a job interview, and community outings. Services are offered by trained and experienced care providers.
425 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 956-1229
abilitymattersohio.com
Beyond Ability Matters: beyondabilitymatters.com

Action for Children

Provides free information on childcare and early development for parents and caregivers; and professional support for childcare providers. They offer year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio, information about choosing quality childcare, family-focused kindergarten-readiness program, and resources for co-parenting.

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 in English & Spanish or (855) 302-4453
actionforchildren.org
afclearning.org

Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

Offers several summer programs for kids and adults with any disability. The children’s overnight camp is geared towards children with disabilities aged 6-17. Several day camps are offered for campers ages 6-21. Adults can participate in Adult Summer Camp and weekend retreats throughout the year. They also offer respite care for days off school.
4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319
(330) 644-4512
gotcamp.org/akron-rotary-camp

Alpha Group

Provides vocational training for individuals with a variety of disabilities. Services include soft skills development, assistance with all stages of the job application process, and direct skills training on the worksite. They offer an Integrated Adult Day program, Supportive Living Services, and Transportation Services. Services vary by location.

  • Delaware: 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • Westerville: 200 Hoff Road, Suite F, Westerville, Ohio 43082
  • Dublin: 4333 Tuller Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
  • Mansfield: P.O. Box 3831, Mansfield, Ohio 44907

Main Office: (740) 368-5810
Transportation: (740) 564-2502
alphagroup.net

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Their website has definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, resources, and expert videos related to a wide range of mental health diagnoses (autism, ADHD, depression, and more).
aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Home

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

The website has information on a wide range of health topics, including safety, fitness, school issues, dating, substance abuse; emotional wellness, including helping children handle stress, psychiatric medications, grief. It also provides information about healthy living, family life, immunizations, developmental stages and more.
healthychildren.org

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Providers

Applied-Behavior-Analysis (ABA), or behavior-based intervention, is the type of intervention with the most comprehensive research support in long term improvements in learning/communication, behavior, and social skills. This teaching method breaks down complex skills into smaller pieces, then teaches these pieces using specific prompts and frequent repetition. ABA therapists work with families to set and work through goals across different domains (e.g., academics, behavior, adaptive, social). Traditionally, ABA is implemented at home or at a center under the direction of a behavioral consultant (a qualified licensed psychologist or a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst – BCBA) and delivered by therapists who are trained by this consultant. While CAP4Kids cannot endorse any specific provider, below is a list of verified ABA providers in Ohio. Contact their office directly to get started.
Learn More:
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)? from Autism Speaks
More Development & Autism Resources from CAP4Kids

Advanced Behavioral Therapy (Columbus and Beachwood/Cleveland)
Services
: Home-based, Community-based, and School-based ABA
Eligibility: Under Age 21 with an Autism diagnosis
Cost: Accepts most major insurances, Medicaid, and Autism Scholarship
Columbus: (380) 799-8555
Beachwood: (216) 508-0222
advancedabatherapy.com

All Behavior is Communication/ABC (Columbus)
Services
: 1:1 Home-based ABA
Eligibility: Ages 15 months to 22 years old
Cost: Accepts most major insurances, Medicaid, and Autism Scholarship
3296 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 214-3793
abcallbehavioriscommunication.com

Autism Learning Partners (Westerville and Cleveland)
Services: ABA therapy, Early Intervention, Social Skills, Speech, OT, PT
Eligibility
:
Ages 2-18 years old
Cost: Accepts most major private insurances, self-pay, Medicaid, provides insurance consultation
(888) 805-0759 or (855) 295-3276
autismlearningpartners.com/locations/columbus

Bierman Autism Centers (Multiple Columbus locations)
Services
: Diagnostic Testing, Center-based ABA, Speech, OT
Eligibility: Ages 18 months to 9 years old
Cost: Accepts Aetna, Cigna, Compsych, United Healthcare. Call for an insurance consultation.
(614) 962-8330 or (800) 931-8113
biermanautism.com/locations/#ohio

Boland & Associates (Hilliard)
Services: Assessment/Evaluation, ABA therapy and intervention, Social Skills Groups
Eligibility: Children under the age of 18 years old
Cost: No insurance, accepts private pay and Autism Scholarship funds
3780 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 219-1510
amybolandphd.com

Boundless (Multiple Ohio locations, click the link to view all)
Services: Community-based ABA in addition to many other services, including primary care, behavioral health care, education, and respite services.
Eligibility: Children, teens, and adults with ID/DD or behavioral health challenges; requirements vary by program
Cost: Accepts most major insurances, Medicaid, Autism Scholarship, and self-pay
445 East Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(800) 409-2729
cap4kids.org/columbus/boundless

Bridgeway Therapy Center (Columbus)
Services
: Clinic-based ABA, OT, PT, Mental Health counseling, and Bridgeway Academy
Eligibility: Ages 18 months to 5 years for Clinic-based ABA
Cost: Accepts most major insurances, Medicaid, and Autism Scholarship
1350 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 262-7520
cap4kids.org/columbus/bridgeway

Empower Behavioral Health & Intervention (Columbus)
Services
: Autism diagnosis, testing and full-day autism therapies like occupational therapy, speech, ABA, IEP services, and transition services, home and community based therapies. Eligibility: Diagnostic testing for children up to Age 4, Individuals Ages 2-21 with an Autism diagnosis
Cost: Accepts Autism Scholarship, Medicaid, and Private insurance
2540 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 470-2018 or (614) 407-7508
cap4kids.org/columbus/empower-behavioral-health-and-intervention

Gem City Behavioral Solutions (Dayton)
Services: Assessment/Evaluation, ABA therapy, Academic Services/School Readiness
Eligibility
: Ages 2-16 years old
Cost: Accepts many insurance plans and self-pay
4134 Linden Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45432
Call or Text: (937) 365-7455
gemcitybehavioral.com

Hopebridge (Multiple locations across Ohio)
Services: Autism Testing & Diagnosis, ABA therapy, Speech, Feeding & Swallowing Therapy, OT, Family Training
Eligibility: Ages 15 months-10 years old
Cost: Accepts Medicaid and private insurance
Dublin: (614) 482-4300
Westerville: (614) 401-3366
Maumee: (419) 830-0078
Akron: (330) 777-3284
Cleveland: (330) 967-0325 or (855) 324-0885
Miamisburg: (937) 388-5110
Cincinnati: (513) 402-1711 or (513) 831-2578
hopebridge.com/autism-services/applied-behavior-analysis

Illuminate ABA Therapy (Cleveland and Cincinnati)
Services: ABA therapy, Care coordination
Eligibility: Ages 2-21 years old with a confirmed diagnosis of Autism. Use their online referral form to refer a child.
Cost: Accepts Medicaid and private insurance.
Cleveland: 7379 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights Ohio 44120
Cincinnati: 3801 Sharon Park Lane, Cincinnati Ohio 54241
866-897-5063
illumtherapy.com

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (Columbus)
Services: Diagnostic assessment, behavioral intervention, outpatient psychotherapy, complex behavior program and ABA team services
Eligibility: Children ages 2-22, or 16-30 months for diagnostic screening
Cost: Accepts Medicaid and most insurances, self-pay, Autism Scholarship funds
187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
For an Autism Diagnostic Screening: (614) 355-8080
For all other Autism resources: (614) 355-7570
cap4kids.org/columbus/nch-casd

New Story Schools (Multiple Ohio locations, click the link to view all)
Services: Educational services, ABA Therapy, Counseling, Speech, OT, Social-emotional Learning
Eligibility: Ages 5-21 years old
Cost: Services available through the Autism Scholarship Program and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship
7690 New Market Center Way, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 602-6473
cap4kids.org/columbus/new-story-schools

On Target ABA (Multiple locations in Cleveland and Columbus)
Services: Early intervention, ABA therapy, Potty Training
Eligibility: Children with an Autism diagnosis under the age of 18 years old
Cost: Accepts Medicaid and most insurances
Cleveland: (216) 343-1198
Columbus: (614) 681-1030
ontargetaba.com

Positive Behavior Consulting (Gahanna)
Services: ABA Therapy and Intervention
Eligibility: Ages 18 months to 12 years old
Cost: Accepts United Behavioral Health Optum plans
Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 704-1151
positivebehaviorconsulting.org

The Learning Spectrum (Multiple locations in Central Ohio)
Services: ABA Therapy, Speech Therapy, Music Therapy, OT, Mental Health Counseling
Eligibility: Ages 2-22 years old with an Autism diagnosis
Cost: Accepts Medicaid, private insurance, Franklin and Delaware County Board funds, Autism Scholarship, and Jon Peterson Scholarship
Worthington: (614) 844-5433
Canal Winchester: (614) 834-1114
Johnstown: (740) 759-7099
cap4kids.org/columbus/the-learning-spectrum-tls

Total Education Solutions (Columbus and Fairlawn, Ohio)
Services
: ABA Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, OT, PT, Speech Therapy, Feeding Therapy
Eligibility: Children with an Autism diagnosis under the age of 21 years old
Cost: Accepts Medicaid, Autism scholarships, most insurances, and private pay
Columbus: (614) 695-3747
Fairlawn: (330) 668-4041
tesidea.com/our-locations/columbus-oh

Trumpet Behavioral Health (Multiple locations across Ohio)
Services: ABA Therapy, Highly Specialized Severe Behavior Program
Eligibility: Ages 18 months through 18 years old
Cost: Accepts most insurance plans and Medicaid, offers insurance consultation
Columbus: (614) 344-0419
Cincinnati: (513) 322-5779
Fairborn: (937) 878-8444
Springfield: (937) 533-4904
tbh.com

ARCH National Respite Network & Resource Center

Promotes the development of quality respite care programs in the United States and helps families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities. Their website has great information on types of respite care, planning for respite, how to get paid as a family caregiver, and more. Use the National Respite Locator to find a qualified provider near you.
archrespite.org/respitelocator

Aspirations Ohio

Serves: Adolescents and adults 13-30 years with autism spectrum disorder and their families
A group-based social skills and support program for teens and young adults with autism. The facilitated group engages in discussion and activities focused on building social and vocational skills. They provide additional support groups including Men’s and Women’s Aspirations, financial empowerment, DBT therapy skills, EmployAbility, and self-advocacy. Find program schedules and registration details online.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 366-3276
nisonger.osu.edu/adolescent/adolescent-clinics-services/aspirations-ohio-2

Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

Designed for those who support, instruct, work with, or live with someone with autism, the Autism Internet Modules (AIM) guide users through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, discussion questions, activities, and more. Professionals can receive graduate credit for completing modules. Modules include recognizing autism, medications, augmentative and alternative communication, cognitive behavioral intervention, and more. To get started, create a free account on their website.
(614) 410-0321
autisminternetmodules.org

Autism Safety Resources

General Safety
Water Safety
Car Safety
Identification
  • If I Need Help: ifineedhelp.org
    Become a member and create a profile for free. The profile can emailed to you and forwarded to searchers if your child goes missing. Wear or carry the ID cards, patches, pins, clips, shoe tags, or other products. When lost, the QR code can be scanned or the number associated with the code can be entered manually into the If I Need Help website to contact the family.
    (661) 524-6732
  • Autism ID Card: autismidcard.com
    Purchase a card to keep in your wallet or pocket to alert first responders in case of emergency.
    (412) 605-0113
  • Road ID: roadid.com
    Purchase wearable IDs for emergency identification. They offer durable, adventure-ready bracelets, shoe IDs, apple watch tags, dog tags, and more.
    (800) 345-6336
  • Medical Alert: medicalert.org/autism
    Purchase medical ID cards, bracelets, or seatbelt tags. You can also purchase an annual Protection Plan for access to 24/7 live response team and additional emergency services.
    (800) 432-5378
  • Safety Tat: new.safetytat.com
    Purchase customizable temporary tattoos for children to wear while traveling with their emergency contact information.
    (866) 468-5766
  • Ohio BMV ID R Kids: cap4kids.org/columbus/ohio-bmv-id-r-kids
    Apply for an Ohio ID Card for your child at any deputy BMV location. The fee is waived for children under age 17 with a disability.
    (844) 644-6268
Wandering & Elopement
GPS Monitoring
  • About Tracking Technology: awaare.nationalautismassociation.org/tracking-technology
  • Rest Assured: restassured.com
    Company offering remote home monitoring services to ensure safety, avoid elopement, and assist with daily activities. Contact the company for a quote.
    (877)338-9193
  • Wynn-Reeth: wynn-reeth.com
    Ohio-based company offering Remote Support Services in addition to adult day and other services.
    (419)639-2094
  • Project Lifesaver: projectlifesaver.org/about-us
    Search & Rescue (SAR) program specifically designed for “At Risk” individuals prone to wandering. Provides families with a GPS tracking watch and safety education. Membership fees vary based on location, go to the Find An Agency page to search for your local office by zip code.
    (877) 580-5433
  • Angel Sense: angelsense.com
    Purchase an annual subscription and receive a GPS watch or wearable button with assistive speakerphone, live monitoring and proactive alerting services.
    (646) 770-2950
  • Care Trak Transmitters: caretrak.com
    Offers wearable tracker and a home Perimeter System using radio technology rather than GPS.
    (618) 687-3505
  • Amber Alert GPS: amberalertgps.com
    Offers a GPS tracking device that pairs with a Mobile app to track your child from your phone.
    (888) 334-3958
  • EyezOn: eyezon.com/index.html
    Offers home security systems, wearable GPS devices, smoke sensors, wireless sensors, and other technologies.
    (647) 503-3400
Medical Equipment
  • How to Order Diapers through Insurance:
    1. Call your insurance company and ask for approved suppliers. This may be a home delivery company, medical supply pharmacy, or what is called a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) company.
    2. Call the supplier and set up an account. Give them the doctor’s name, clinic fax, and phone number for the person writing the prescriptions.
    3. Call the prescribing clinic and give them the supplier company information, as well as product details and quantity. The clinic will then complete the prescription and paperwork.
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  • CAP4Kids Assistive Technology & Equipment Resources
Behavior Support

Autism Society of Ohio (ASO) Central Ohio Chapter

Serves: teens, adults, families, and individuals.
Provides advocacy, education, information and referrals, and support groups in central Ohio for those in the autism community. The Central Ohio chapter hosts support groups for teens, adults, caregivers, Spanish-speaking community members, and regular community events. Find details online.

  • Autism Society of Central Ohio: PO Box 272, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 284-6323
    autismcentralohio.org

Autism Speaks

The nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization provides evidence-based information and resources about autism diagnosis, treatment, and awareness. Their website has helpful information for parents, teen and adult toolkits, resource guides, and more. The Autism Response Team can help connect individuals and families to resources in their community. They also help families cover costs on a case-by-case basis (between $250-$1,000). Funding may be used for bills, GPS devices, safety fences, funeral expenses, or other critical purchases related to the well-being of the family member with autism. Professionals can also find helpful information, research opportunities, and ways to engage.
(888) 288-4762
Autism Response Team:autismspeaks.org/autism-response-team-art
autismspeaks.org
Español: (888) 772-9050
autismspeaks.org/que-es-el-autismo-espanol

Bridges: For Young Adults Transitioning out of Foster Care

A voluntary program for young adults who left foster care in Ohio at age 18-21 and who are in school, working, participating in an employment program, or have a medical condition that prevents them from going to school or working. Participants are matched with a Bridges Liaison who can help with setting goals and accessing services, such as help with housing, education, employment, and well-being. Liaisons work with participants to meet their unique, individual needs as they transition to adulthood. Fill out the online application or call your region’s office.

  • Central Region: (614) 568-9428
    Counties:  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross, Union, Vinton
  • Northeast Region: (614) 490-4357
    Counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne
  • Northwest Region: (614) 655-8259
    Counties: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, Wyandot
  • Southeast Region: (614) 869-3889
    Counties:  Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Washington
  • Southwest Region: (614) 568-6596
    Counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Scioto, Shelby, Warren

Apply online here: oca.socialsolutionsportal.com/apricot-intake/0d5dba79-b9fa-4ae6-9477-943ed3540ed0
Main/Informational Website: jfs.ohio.gov/child-and-adult-protection-foster-and-adoption/services-for-families-and-children/bridges/overview

Bridgeway Academy and Therapy Center

Serves: Children birth to age 21, parents, and families.
Nonprofit education center serving children with autism and developmental disabilities. Bridgeway Academy utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide private school-day education from preschool through high school, life skills training, vocational training, and transition to adulthood support. Bridgeway Therapy Center serves Bridgeway Academy students and outpatient clients for music therapy, speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health, and family partnership services. Clinical staff work with families and professionals to assess, diagnose and develop individualized treatment plans in client-centered therapy sessions. They are a provider of Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Program, Jon Peterson Scholarship, Title XX (20), Medicaid, Level One, I. O. and Self Waiver and some insurances.
1350 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 262-7520
bridgewayohio.org

Camp Nuhop

Hosts a variety of programs for individuals ages 6-29, with a focus on those living with ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, mood disorders, and other neurodiversities. Programs include summer camps, weekend respite programs for ages 8-18, Life Skills camp for ages 18-29 to grow independent living skills, and outdoor experiential learning courses.
1077 Township Road 2916, Perrysville, Ohio 44864
(419) 938-7151
nuhop.org/camp-nuhop

Career & Technical Schools in Central Ohio

Columbus City Schools Career-Technical Education: Serves high school juniors and seniors with pathways for arts, communication, construction, health sciences, transportation, human services, law / public safety and more. The Adult & Community Education office offers programs for health occupations, skilled trades, computer applications, high school equivalency, and free ESL/ESOL classes.

    • Columbus Downtown High School: 364 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
      (380) 997-4213
    • Fort Hayes Career Center: 546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
      (380) 997-6126
    • Adult & Community Education: 2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
      (614) 365-6000
      ccsoh.us/Page/11802
  • Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools: Offers tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors in Franklin, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties with programs like automotive, cosmetology, graphic design, pre-nursing and more. Programs for adults include GED, ESOL, STNA, welding, HVAC, and help finding a job. They offer a free summer camp for students grades 6-8 to explore career options. The Employability Prep program for students ages 16-21 with learning differences offers hands-on job experience and soft skills training.
    • Eastland: 4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-5725
    • Fairfield: 3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
      (740) 756-9243
    • Adult Workforce Development: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-4541
    • District Office: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-4530
      eastlandfairfield.com
  • Delaware Area Career Center (DACC): Offers career readiness for school-aged kids, summer camps, and unique electives for high school students such as welding, computer programming, cosmetology and more. They offer a GED program and classes for adults, such as Microsoft 365, ESOL, and firefighting. They also offer Disabilities Support for individuals under 22 years old.
    4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 548-0708
    delawareareacc.org
  • South-Western City Schools Career Tech: Junior and senior students can take classes toward graduation that include academic knowledge and technical skills. They also offer GED, ESL and other adult education programs.
    4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 801-3400
    swcsdcareertech.com
  • Tolles Career & Technical Center: Serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson school districts. Offers free adult and continuing education opportunities for ESL, GED, STNA and EMT and more professional training programs.
    7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
    (614) 873-4666
    tollestech.com
  • Ohio Department of High Education List of Ohio Career Technical Centers: highered.ohio.gov/students/adult-learners/career-technical-education-ohio-technical-centers

Child Mind Institute

Provides practical tips, useful information and insights on mental health and learning disorders. They offer a Symptom Checker that analyzes your answers to give you a list of psychiatric or learning disorders that are associated with those symptoms. Note that this tool cannot diagnose your child, but it can help you inform yourself about possible diagnoses and will offer information to help you learn about them and facilitate a conversation with a professional. This website is also available in Spanish.
childmind.org

Childhood League Center

Serves: Families with children under the age of 6, children with autism or developmental delays
Early childhood educational services for children including early childhood intervention, toddler classes, and home visits. Their preschool program serves a 50:50 ratio of children both with and without developmental delays, a research-based approach aimed at creating inclusive communities. The PLAY Project is an evidence-based, parent-implemented autism intervention for young children. The center also has educational resources for families, training opportunities for professionals, and community events. Find program and enrollment details online.
674 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 253-6933
childhoodleague.org

Columbus Area Speech Therapy

Provides mobile pediatric Speech Therapy services, including Myofunctional Therapy, for kids of all ages in Ohio. In-person services can be offered at your home, school, or daycare in Franklin, Union, Madison, or Delaware Counties. Online sessions are available to anyone in Ohio at a discount. Sessions can be at no cost to families through the The Jon Ptereson or The Autism Scholarship, and families can use Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for to pay for services.
3693 Hilliard Station Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 657-5673
columbusareaspeechtherapy.com

Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC)

Provides childcare for children ages 6 weeks-5 years at their five Early Learning Centers in the Near East and Linden neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Their centers use a play-based curriculum and positive discipline. The Alum Creek Early Learning Center is a PreK-12 school for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, and the Myrtle Avenue Early Learning Center is for ages 4-5. The ParentChild+ Program provides free home-visits, books, toys, and referrals to community services for families with a child 1-2years old. The Healthy Families America program provides free, in-home child development assistance for expectant parents or parents of newborns to learn about creating a safe home environment, soothing crying babies, and promoting healthy development.

  • 1350 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
    (614) 253-5525
  • 240 North Champion Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 253 – 5525 ext. 4
  • 1150 East Main St., Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253 – 5525 ext. 6
  • 760 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253 – 5525 ext. 5
  • 1400 Mrytle Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43211
    (614) 365 – 7962

columbusearlylearning.org

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Resource Lists

These neighborhood resource lists are extremely helpful in finding resources near you. They provide detailed listings of free and low cost health care, vision care, dental care, prescription help, food pantries, transportation, job help, transportation, pregnancy resources and much more. They are updated frequently and reviewed by the Columbus Public Health social work team. Please note that CPH does not provide direct monetary assistance, but these lists are helpful in finding community agencies that do provide this assistance.

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
https://new.columbus.gov/Services/Public-Health

Disability Benefits & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs provide assistance to people who meet requirements for disability. Children can qualify if they have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activities, and if their family has a limited income. A child may receive benefits if they are the child of a SSI beneficiary who is disabled or deceased. The benefits pay for many services, including doctor and hospital visits.
(800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 TTY
ssa.gov/benefits/disability

Disability Rights Ohio

Advocates for people with disabilities in Ohio. Their website has helpful resources on abuse, neglect and exploitation, employment, benefits counseling, education, voting, and more. Rise Up is an interactive youth advocacy guide with resources for transitioning into adulthood. Most of their resources are available in multiple languages, including Spanish and Somali. Complete the online intake form for legal help.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181
Rise Up guides: disabilityrightsohio.org/riseup
Intake Form: disabilityrightsohio.org/intake-form
disabilityrightsohio.org

Discovery Riders

Serves: Children 4 and up with special needs. Find specific physical requirements on their website. 
Therapeutic riding center providing low-cost summer camps and equine therapeutic riding to children and individuals with a disability. Horses provide a special format for individuals to connect and socialize with the animal and each other.
(937) 935-6545
1797 State Route 47, East Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
discoveryriders.org

Easterseals Central & Southeast Ohio

Serves: children and adults with developmental disabilities
Provides comprehensive health services for children and adults living with disabilities. Services include early childhood education, adult day services, in-home care, referral services, and outpatient therapies. They also offer afterschool programs and summer day camps for children.

  • Central and Southeast Ohio: 3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 228-5523
  • Cuyahoga Falls: 1212 Portage Trail Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
    (234) 417-0250
  • Chillicothe: 1855 Western Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740)773-1273
  • Lawrence County: 97 Private Road Eighty South Point, Ohio 45680
    (740) 894-7560
  • Medina: 5041 Victor Drive, Medina, Ohio 44256
    (330) 722-8558
  • Portsmouth: 3858 US Highway 23, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    (740) 716-7295

easterseals.com/centralohio

ECHO Residential Support

Private agency providing in-home support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Services include help with daily living activities and transportation. Clients require a waiver from the county Board of Developmental Disabilities to receive services.
6500 Busch Boulevard, Suite 215, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 210-0944

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO)

Serves: Preschoolers and Students ages 18-22 with special needs who have deferred their high school diploma.
The ESC offers multiple programs on the campuses at Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University to create individualized transition plans for students and help them meet their career and lifestyle goals. Each program includes help with activities of daily living, hands-on experience at multiple work sites, on-campus, and in the community. They also host an Early Learning Peer Model Program with small group instruction for preschool-aged children. Find program details and application instructions online.

  • Campus-Based Transition: (614) 445-3750
  • Peer Model Program: (614) 542-4106

2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
www.escco.org/Default.aspx

Empower Behavioral Health & Intervention (formerly Haugland Therapy Services)

Serves: Autism diagnosis and testing for children up to age 4, Children and  young adults with an autism diagnosis 2 to 21 years old.
A multidisciplinary outpatient clinic offering services for those with autism and developmental delays. The Autism Intervention Center provides autism diagnosis, testing and full-day autism therapies like occupational therapy, speech, ABA, IEP services, and transition services. Home and community based therapies include case management, mental health treatment, and transportation help.
2540 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 470-2018 or (614) 407-7508
empowercenters.com

Family Resource Network of Ohio (FRNO)

Provides resources, tools, and trainings to help individuals and families of individuals with developmental disabilities. Their website has database of programs and organizations across Ohio for helpful products, therapy, schools, legal help, clinical trials, and more. They use Charting the LifeCourse principals to help individuals and families of all abilities and ages develop a vision for a good life, and regular LifeCourse trainings are available for families and professionals.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Family Resource Coordinator: (614) 293-2134
Family Support Coordinator: (513) 636-4723
frnohio.org

Finding an Adult Doctor in Columbus

Most pediatricians, including Nationwide Children’s Primary Care, see patients from birth to age 21. That means, once you turn 21, it will be time to graduate to seeing a doctor who sees adults. Below are Primary Care offices for each of the adult hospitals in the Columbus area. Their websites have tools for you to browse providers accepting new patients, find locations near you, and request an appointment online. You can also call a clinic location or central scheduling line for help.

Find additional transition resources on our website here:

Flying Colors Public Preschool

Provides developmental evaluations, early intervention, and special education services for children living in Granville, Heath, Licking Valley, North Fork and Johnstown School Districts. They also offer  a  social-behavioral program for students, ages 2 ½ – 6, with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or significant communication and social emotional deficits.
119 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-1629
lresc.org/FlyingColorsPreschool.aspx

Food for Good Thought

Serves: High-schoolers and young adults with autism in Central Ohio.
Non-profit that provides employment services, job training, career exploration, and sustained employment support to individuals with autism. The EveryBody Works program is a transition program that blends post-secondary education with paid work experiences. The summer program hosts students in high school with disabilities for five weeks and includes soft skills, interviewing skills, resumes, and a paid work placement. Call for application information.
4185 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 447-0424
foodforgoodthought.com

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about food assistance (Ohio Direction Card / EBT), cash assistance, medical assistance (like Medicaid), job training, emergency assistance (PRC), help with paying for child care and more. Each center serves certain zip codes. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants should apply for services as well.

  • East Opportunity Center
    1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
  • Northland Opportunity Center
    1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
  • West Opportunity Center
    314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Call (844) 640-6446 to apply for SNAP/OWF cash assistance/Medicaid benefits
Medical Transportation: (614) 233-2381
Workforce Development: (614) 212-1800
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov
Find Your Local ODJFS Office: jfs.ohio.gov/about/local-agencies-directory
Self-Service Ohio Benefits Portal: benefits.ohio.gov

Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)

Find lots of educational resources and city services on their website. FCPH offers many services and resources, including:

280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160
Weekend, Holiday and After Hours Emergency Hotline: (614) 525-3965
Telecommunications for the Deaf: 711 or (800) 750-0750
myfcph.org

Friendship Circle Columbus

Teenage and young-adult volunteers are paired with children with special needs and their families, and together they participate in one-on-one and group activities. Parents and families get much needed respite as well as the opportunity to socialize with other families. Learn more and sign up on their website.
6220 East Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 570-4014
friendscolumbus.com

Goodwill Columbus

Goodwill Stores sell thrift clothing, furniture, art, and more to support their job training programs. Programs include Roads2Work commercial driver training, STNA and medical coding, technology classes, AMP for young adults 18-24 years old, CompTIA IT program, and 1:1 career coaching. They also provide person-centered, employment-focused services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) including Adult Day and Residential services, mental health support, and a Columbus art studio.
671 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Office: (614) 294-5181
Career Coaching: (614) 966-9283
goodwillcolumbus.org

Got Transition? / Center for Health Care Transition Improvement

Works with youth who have special needs and their families along with their health care providers to provide support while transitioning into adulthood. They offer guidance as many of the youth are seeking out health care or learning to manage their own health care independently.
gottransition.org

Hattie Larlham Central Ohio Services

Serves: Children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Provides care and support services in Central and Northeast Ohio. They offer several levels of care including recreation programs, day support programs, intermediate care homes, supported living, and residential care.
769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 486-4361
hattielarlham.org

Boundless

Serves: Children, teens, individuals, and families with ID/DD and/or behavioral health challenges.
Provides person-centered care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. They offer primary care, dental, psychiatry, outpatient behavioral health, community-based ABA, care coordination, long-term and temporary residential support, in-home and out-of-home respite services, day programs, and afterschool programs. Family Support Services are provided by the State of Ohio for families who need help keeping their loved one at home. Services vary by location, find details and request an appointment on their website.

  • Worthington Campus and Administrative Office:
    445 East Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 844-3800
  • Newark:
    22 North First Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 334-4056
  • West Carrollton:
    700 Liberty Lane, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449
    (937) 247-2400
    Center-Based ABA: (937) 672-1587
  • Mahoning Valley Campus of Care:
    1960 East County Line Road, Mineral Ridge, Ohio 44440
    (330) 596-1042
  • Medina:
    1065 Medina Road, Medina, Ohio 44256
    (330) 596-1042
  • Perrysburg:
    28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
    (567) 312-4722

(800) 409-2729
iamboundless.org

I am Newly Diagnosed. Now What?

New Diagnosis Check List For Parents

□ Concerned About Your Child’s Development? Learn More Here:

 

□ Get a Developmental Evaluation for Your Child:  

 

Learn About Your Child’s Autism Diagnosis:

 

Get A Service Coordinator through Your Local Board of Developmental Disabilities to Access Autism Scholarships and Other Services:

County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Steps to Obtain a Home Health Aide:

  • Identify eligibility/funding for Home Health Aide OR Homemaker Personal Care Support:
    Check with your insurance plan to determine if this service is covered.
    Check to see if your child has Waiver Funding through your local County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
  • Search for Local agencies or independent providers through your insurance plan or Waiver:
    Department of Developmental Disabilities Provider Search Tool: dodd.ohio.gov/your-family/all-family-resources/provider-search
  • Have the identified agency send request of 485 form to your physician’s office for signature.

Tools

 

□ Get Educational Supports:

Autism Scholarship

  • Provided by the Ohio Department of Education. If a child has an IEP under the Autism Classification and/or a medical diagnosis of autism, they may qualify for this scholarship, which can be used to help pay for Autism-specific services through a registered private provider, rather than the child’s resident school district. Information on the Autism Scholarship, and locations where the scholarship is accepted, can be found at: education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/Autism-Scholarship-Program

IEPs

Resources & Tools

 

Get Autism-Specific Therapies and Coordinate with Your Child’s Healthcare Team:

ABA Therapy

  • Applied-Behavior-Analysis (ABA), or behavior-based intervention is most recommended at this time. It is the type of intervention with the most comprehensive research support in long term improvements in learning/communication, behavior, and social skills. This teaching method breaks down complex skills into smaller pieces and then teaches these pieces using specific prompts and frequent repetition. Then, as the child learns the individual steps, they are taught how to put them together and then generalize them. ABA therapists work with the family to set and work through goals across different domains (e.g., academics, behavior, adaptive, and social).

Traditionally, ABA is implemented at home or at a center under the direction of a behavioral consultant (preferable a qualified licensed psychologist or a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst – BCBA) and delivered by therapists who are trained by this consultant

Speech Therapy

Psychology & Psychiatry

 

□ Start Using Positive Behavioral Supports at Home:

 

□ Get Support for You and Your Family:

 

□ Prepare for Life Transitions:

Transition Toolkits: Day Programs, Employment, and More

Scholarships/Financial Help

Healthcare

Housing

JAN (Job Accommodation Network)

Offers free guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, ADA and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Their website also has helpful information on a wide range of medical conditions with related resources and accommodations.
Voice: (800) 526-7234
TTY: (877) 781-9403
Text: (304) 216-8189
askjan.org

Lettuce Work Nursery

Serves: High-schoolers/teens with autism.
Helps young adults with autism make a successful transition from high school to the workplace. Their commercial greenhouse and nursery provides a workplace for associates to develop independent work skills, workplace communication and social skills, and learn appropriate workplace behavior. Lettuce Work is an approved agency provider for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and is authorized to provide adult vocational rehabilitation, adult day habilitation, enclave and community employment. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of nursery products go toward supporting these services.
14985 Fancher Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(740) 913-0495
lettucework.org

Lurie Children’s Resources for Advancing Mental Health in Pediatrics (RAMP)

Provides resources on a wide range of mental health topics, including patient education handouts, descriptions of mental health conditions, how therapy works, descriptions of medications, how to take medications, videos on various behavioral health topics and more.
ramp.luriechildrens.org

Makarios Autism Center (MAC)

Provides year-round K-6 schooling for children with autism. Most of the cost is paid with the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program, and the remaining cost is the responsibility of the student’s family. No student is turned away due to financial need, and financial counselors are available.
11573 Lithopolis Road Northwest, Lithopolis, Ohio 43136
(614) 425-0107 or (614) 697-2858
mac-ohio.org

Medical Home Portal

This website is for professionals and families who care for youth with special healthcare needs. It has lots of valuable knowledge for families and professionals about all aspects of care from understanding diagnoses, to accessing legal, education, and healthcare services, and best practices for clinicians. The portal also has a National Services directory to help find services near you.
Parent & Family Portal: medicalhomeportal.org/living-with-child
Physicians & Professionals Portal: medicalhomeportal.org/clinical-practice

Mid-Ohio Board for an Independent Living Environment (MOBILE)

Helps veterans and people with disabilities find information, support, and referrals for disability-related services. They also provide adaptive equipment loans, peer support groups, living skills classes and transition services.
1829 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 443-5936
mobileonline.org

Milestones Autism Resources

Serves: Individuals 14 years old and older with autism, families, and professionals
Provides trusted resources to help individuals with autism reach their unique potential. The website Resource Center provides tool kits, recommended reading, and a list of organizations that support youth and adults with autism. The Helpdesk will do the searching for you and is staffed by masters’ level social workers who can connect you to therapies, support groups, funding help, and more. The Milestone Autism Planning (MAP) tool allows you to explore life skill guidelines based on your child’s age or developmental stage. They also provide consultation and training services for professionals. Find program details and fill out their intake forms online.
4853 Galaxy Parkway, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
(216) 464-7600
milestones.org

Monarch Center for Autism

Serves: Families, Students 3-21 years old with autism, Individuals 8-20 years old with autism for residential care.
Provides a comprehensive living and learning environment for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They offer Preschool for ages 3-6, Day School, High School, and Transitional Education for students ages 6-21, and Virtual Education for ages 5-21. The Monarch Boarding Academy is a residential treatment program providing 24-hour structured care and treatment to enhance social, behavioral and academic growth for residents ages 8-20.
22001 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44118
Schools & Virtual Program: (216) 320-8945
Boarding Academy: (800) 879-2522 or (216) 320-8502
monarchcenterforautism.org

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

The nation’s largest child protection organization with many programs and resources for exploited and vulnerable children and families:

  • Missing Children: Find resources on what to do if your child goes missing, and a searchable database of AMBER Alerts and missing child posters to help locate your child. NCMEC can assist with reunification, and families may qualify for transportation at low or no cost to them once their children are recovered. Call the 24/7 Tipline for help.
    (800) 843-5678
    What to Do If Your Child Is Missing: missingkids.org/gethelpnow/isyourchildmissing
    Search for Missing Children: missingkids.org/gethelpnow/search
  • CyberTipline: A centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. Anyone can call or go online 24/7 to report a missing child, child enticement, pornography, sexual abuse, trafficking, or misleading internet content.
    (800) 843-5678
    report.cybertip.org
  • Take It Down: A service that can help remove online nude or explicit photos from the internet that were taken before the age of 18.
    takeitdown.ncmec.org
  • Team HOPE: Matches individuals and families who have experienced sexual exploitation with trained, lived-experience peer volunteers to provide compassionate support.
    (866) 305-4673
    missingkids.org/gethelpnow/support/teamhope
  • Family Advocacy Outreach Network: Can help families find resources like specialized mental health therapists and attorneys.
    (877) 446-2632
  • Education: The website has important information and printable educational materials on topics like recovering from abuse, support for siblings and family members, Autism and wandering, family abduction, sextortion, and more. NCMEC provides professional safety trainings, such as Code ADAM. NetSmartz is a website for middle and high schoolers with fun resources, videos, and games on healthy relationships and internet safety.
    NetSmartz: missingkids.org/NetSmartz/home

Main Website: missingkids.org/home

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Big Lots Behavioral Health Services & Community Resource Directory

Offers medical, psychiatry and counseling services and year-round programming for children and teens, including help with substance abuse, anger issues, behavior problems, ADHD, exposure to violence, depression, anxiety and self-harm behaviors for children up to age 21, at several locations throughout Columbus. Visit their online Community Behavioral Health Resource Directory to find behavioral health services throughout the state of Ohio.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-8080
nationwidechildrens.org/behavioral-health

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD)

Serves: Children 16-30 months for diagnostic screening, Children ages 2-22, Parents, and Families. 
Provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care focusing on evidence-based treatment, education, research and advocacy for children with the diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Services include diagnostic assessment, behavioral intervention, outpatient psychotherapy, and ABA team services. Find details about services and eligibility online. They also host the following programs:

  • Project SEARCH: 9-month workplace internship for Central Ohio students in their last year of high school who have Autism and/or Intellectual Disability with Complex Social and Communication Needs.
  • Triple P Stepping StonesIndividual or group classes for parents with children under 12 years old struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges of ASD.
  • Sibshops: Siblings of children with autism and other developmental delays (ages 6 to 12) participate in fun activities to explore feelings and better understand their sibling.
  • Adolescent Transition ProgramsIncludes Camp RISE summer program, CARE coping and relaxation group, iWork summer job skills program, and Social Skills Group.
  • Complex Behavior Program: Teaches effective strategies for parents to help reduce dangerous or problematic behavior patterns, and build coping skills.

187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
For an Autism Diagnostic Screening: (614) 355-8080
For all other Autism resources: (614) 355-7570
nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/center-for-autism-spectrum-disorders

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Occupational, Speech & Physical Therapy Programs

Provides developmental occupational therapy (OT), speech and language therapy, and physical therapy (PT) services. Services are provided at the main hospital and at many clinic locations throughout the community, for children from birth to age 21.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2200
Occupational Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/occupational-therapy
Speech Pathology: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/speech-pathology
Physical Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/physical-therapy

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Transitional Care

Teenagers face many confusing life transitions, including transitioning from pediatric care to adult healthcare. This transition is especially important for individuals with chronic health conditions. NCH has several programs to help educate and support families with transitional care:

New Story Schools

Serves: Students ages 5-21 experiencing social, emotional, educational, and behavioral challenges, Students with autism. 
Provides an academic learning environment with integrated behavior support services. Serves students with the goal of providing each student with the knowledge, skills, and tools for a successful return back to their sending district. Students can be referred by their home district or families can self-refer through the scholarship program. New Story provides small class sizes at schools that maintain Ohio Department of Education (ODE) charters, and offers Ohio high school diplomas. Students receive daily instruction in academics, adaptive behavior, communication, self-care, advocacy, life skills, social skills and more. They also have programs for in-home intervention or behavior consultation, ABA therapy, and a transition program for students over the age of 14. Find locations, program details, and enrollment information online.

  • Columbus: 7690 New Market Center Way, Columbus, Ohio 43235
    (614) 602-6473
  • Athens: 5196 Washington Rd, Albany, Ohio 45710
    (740) 249-1887
  • Sandusky: 514 Jackson Street, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
    (614) 602-6473
  • Independence: 600 West Resource Drive, Independence Ohio 44131
    (216) 264-7240
  • Lancaster: 625 Garfield Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (614) 602-6473

newstoryschools.com

Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC)

Community-based book club program for adolescents and adults with Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. A small group meets with trained facilitators at bookstores, cafés, and public libraries throughout Franklin County. Anyone can participate, whatever their reading or ability level. Members experience an inclusive community focused on reading to learn together and build friendships, rather than learning to read.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-6718
Franklin County: nisonger.osu.edu/adolescent/adolescent-clinics-services/next-chapter-book-club
National Website: nextchapterbookclub.org

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Serves: Infants, school-aged children, teens, and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 
The Nisonger Center has a variety of programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. Services include clinical support services, specialized dental programs, inclusive childcare and early childhood education, social programs for teens, TOPS post-secondary education and transitional skills program for adult students at OSU, psychiatric services, and more. Contact the center for program details and eligibility.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Administration: (614) 685-3192 or (855) 983-9955
nisonger.osu.edu

Oakstone Academy & Children’s Center for Developmental Enrichment (CCDE)

Serves: Students preschool to grade 12, with or without an autism diagnosis
Oakstone is a private school offering a full inclusion environment for children on the autism spectrum and a fully-integrated learning environment for peers with and without disabilities. Educational programs include the Toddler Enrichment program, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, and postsecondary/college credit options. Classrooms are small and usually consist of 14 to 20 students with two teachers in all elementary classrooms. The school emphasizes inclusion, leadership, arts, athletics, and character-building for each student to reach their unique potential.
900 Club Drive Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 899-2838
ccde.org

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence (OCALI)

Connects individuals with disabilities to community resources, advocates for inclusive public policy, and provides training opportunities for professionals. They publish an Autism parent guide that includes topics such as screening and diagnosis, accessing educational services, and future planning. Their website has many helpful resources, including the Autism Center, Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness, Lifespan Transitions, Assistive Technology, Teaching Diverse Learners, Family and Community Outreach, and Young Child Center.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 410-0321
OCALI Contact Directory: ocali.org/project/learn_about_OCALI/page/contact_OCALI
ocali.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODEW) Scholarship Programs

Ohio provides scholarships to private schools for students attending low-performing public schools, scholarships for families considered low income, and students with learning disabilities to schools or programs to meet students’ needs. Go online for information about the EdChoice Program, Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and additional educational resources.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 728-2743 or (877) 644-6338
Subscribe for Text Alerts for each scholarship program: education.ohio.gov/Media/Sign-up-for-Text-Alerts/Subscribe-to-Ohio-Education-Options-Text-Alerts
education.ohio.gov/Scholarships

Ohio Department of Medicaid Waiver Services

Waivers are programs that help Ohio Medicaid customers with special needs remain at home instead of being in a nursing home, hospital, or facility. They provide financial assistance to families, and there is typically a waiting list. Services may include personal care, transportation, respite services, supported employment, nutrition services, assistive devices, home modifications and interpreter services. See further information about Ohio waiver programs below.

50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Consumer Hotline: (800) 324-8680
medicaid.ohio.gov

Ohio Departments and County Boards of Developmental Disabilities

The Department of Developmental Disabilities is a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities, and their families. Each county in Ohio has its own Board of Developmental Disabilities, which is the place to start for determining eligibility, assessing your needs, and coordinating which services can best support you. Their offices can help you with early intervention programs, healthcare services, waivers and scholarships, job training and employment, unusual incident reporting, and more.

  • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities: dodd.ohio.gov
    30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (800) 617-6733
  • Delaware County: dcbdd.org
    7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
    (800) 474-9787 or (740) 201-3600
  • Franklin County: fcbdd.org
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 475-6440
    24-hour Emergency: (614) 464-2743
    FCBDD Location Directory: fcbdd.org/about-us/directory
  • Ohio Association of County Board of Developmental Disabilities: oacbdd.org/index.php
    Represents the county boards throughout Ohio, monitors legislation at the state and national level. Their website lists helpful advocacy information for individuals, families, and professionals.
    73 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 431-0616
  • Find Your County Board of DD: dodd.ohio.gov/your-family/all-family-resources/4-find-your-county-board

Ohio Family 2 Family (Ohio F2F)

Ohio F2F staff are parents of children with special healthcare needs helping other parents. Family members of someone with a disability are matched to an experienced, trained support parent. They offer one to one support virtually and in-person, and hold training events for families and professionals.
(513) 803-5557
ohiof2f.org/ohiop2p

Ohio Guidestone

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Provides a variety of behavioral health services for adults and families throughout Northern and Central Ohio. Services include psychiatry, respite care, job training, care coordination, foster parent training and support, substance abuse and addiction recovery and more.
General Information: (844) 622-5564
Cuyahoga County Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595
Services: ohioguidestone.org/services
Locations: ohioguidestone.org/locations

Ohio Special Education Legal Clinic (Lawyers4Students)

Offers a free Special Education Legal Clinic for parents of students with disabilities (ages 3-26). Parents and guardians meet with a special education advocate or attorney to ask questions and discuss challenges related to special education services. The Clinic includes a group workshop followed by a Q&A panel from special education professionals. Free, 30-minute guidance sessions with attorneys are also available.
262 South 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Columbus: (614) 745-2001
Cleveland: (216) 714-1515
Cincinnati: (513) 496-1635
lawyers4students.com/legalclinic

Ohio’s Interagency Work Group on Autism (IWGA)

Coordinates state efforts to help kids with autism. Their website has education and development resources for babies and toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
iwg-autism.org

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Vocational Apprentice Program

Provides individuals with   disabilities ages 18+ the chance to gain work exposure and experience through paid apprenticeships with state agencies. The goal of the program is for  apprentices to secure permanent employment in state government after the completion of the apprenticeship program.
150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 306-1744
ood.ohio.gov/about-us/programs-and-partnerships/ohio-vocational-apprentice-program

PALS A Chrysalis Health Company

Serves: Children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities
Serves individuals with developmental disabilities by building on the foundation of physical activity and life skills (PALS). They offer adult day services, residential services, educational and vocational services, Art Outside the Lines art studio, and psychiatry and mental health services. Age and eligibility requirements vary depending on the service and location. Call for details.

  • Bellaire: 428 Thirty-fourth Street, Bellaire, Ohio 43906
  • Cadiz: 82460 Cadiz-Jewett Road, Cadiz, Ohio 43907
    (740) 942-2150
  • Columbus and Art Outside the Lines: 5250 Strawberry Farms Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43230
    (614) 454-3726
  • Heath: 585 Industrial Parkway, Heath, Ohio 43056
    (740) 249-1686
  • Gallipolis: 614 Silver Bridge Plaza, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
    (740) 446-3775
  • Steubenville: 220 Murdock Avenue, Mingo Junction, Ohio 43938
    (740) 266-6167
  • South Point: 413 Solida Road, South Point, Ohio 43680
    (740) 442-7077

palschrysalishealth.com

PASS Psychological Assessment Support Services

Services: Provides comprehensive psychological evaluations, specializing in Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, and Giftedness assessments. Provides actionable recommendations for home, school, and other relevant settings. Education consultation services are also available.
Eligibility: Ages 3-21.
Cost: Private pay, does not accept insurance but can provide a Super Bill for reimbursement. Initial fee of $250, followed by $150 per hour. Evaluations typically take 10-15 hours.
Referral: Self-referral.
2700 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209
(440) 796-0932
passpsychology.com

Puberty Resources for Developmental Disabilities

Children with autism or other developmental disabilities may require extra time to learn and prepare for the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty. Being proactive in these discussions can decrease the likelihood of inappropriate sexual expression, increase safety, and help children foster a healthy relationship with their bodies. Use the free, downloadable toolkits below to get started.

Recreation Unlimited Camp

Serves: Children, Teens, Adults, and Families with developmental disabilities and health concerns, Ages 5-23 depending on the program. 
Provides a camping experience for individuals with developmental disabilities and health concerns. They offer year-round weekend respite camps, summer and winter residential camps, and summer day camps for children and adults. They also offer specialized camps for individuals with autism, Prader-Willi syndrome, military families and more. Contact the organization directly for pricing information, scholarships are available.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006
recreationunlimited.org
2024 Camp Dates: recreationunlimited.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/2024-dates.pdf

Reframing Autism

Provides a lot of information on understanding autism throughout the lifespan, for individuals, parents, and professionals. Topics include understanding the spectrum, masking, how to respond to meltdowns, research resources, being an ally, and more. This organization is led by members with autism, and provides advocacy, education, and resources for those affected by autism. Parents or professionals can purchase continuing education modules for a small fee, and the “Autism Glossary” is a helpful guide for anyone trying to understand autism and related resources.
Autism Glossary: reframingautism.org.au/service/glossary-terms
I am Newly Diagnosed
reframingautism.org.au

Sesame Street in the Communities

Provides information and videos to help children thrive and deal with issues that affect children’s lives. Resource topics include health and wellness, social-emotional skills, trauma, diversity and inclusion, and school readiness. They offer videos, games, and worksheets for children to explore, and free webinars for parents and educators.

Sesame for Families: sesameworkshop.org/resources
sesamestreet.org/home

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Behavioral health intervention and treatment services for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Program: Outpatient and inpatient services (home-based and school-based), telehealth, therapeutic preschools and after school programs, residential care, support for foster families, and specialized services for Hispanic/Latino children. Children with an autism diagnosis are eligible for outpatient mental health and play therapies.
Eligibility: Youth ages 3-18 years old.
Cost: Therapies can be billed to Medicaid and a variety of insurances.
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437
svfc.org

The Learning Spectrum (TLS)

Private/charter school serving children with autism and related disorders in Central Ohio.
Program: Services for children with autism in and out of the school setting, including occupational therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavioral health, support groups, summer camps, transitional services and more.
Eligibility: Ages 2 ½ through 22
Cost: Caresource and most insurances are accepted, Jon Peterson, Autism Scholarship and District Placements accepted.
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by parents, physician or organization.

  • Worthington: 6660 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 844-5433
  • Johnstown: 3060 Johnstown Utica Road, Johnstown, Ohio 43031
    (740) 759-7099
  • Canal Winchester: 6355 Winchester Boulevard, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-1114

thelearningspectrum.com

The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Autism Services & Transition (CAST)

Serves: Transition-age-youth and Adults with autism ages 18-26.
Offers clinical services for patients with autism to access comprehensive care for complex health care needs. Services include: primary care with experienced physicians, medical assistants, nurses and social workers, clinical pharmacy consultation for medication questions and medication monitoring, in-office lab, procedural care, and help transitioning to adult services.
OSU Wexner Medical Center Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
3691 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 688-9220
wexnermedical.osu.edu/primary-care/adult-autism-center

Ticket to Work

Federally-funded career development program for Social Security disability beneficiaries ages 18 through 64 who want to work. Provides free employment services to help participants decide if working is right for them, prepare for work, find a job, or maintain success while working. Participants receive services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency.
(866) 968-7842 or (866) 833-2967 TTY
choosework.ssa.gov

YMCA of Central Ohio

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Hosts programs for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, childcare, summer camps, juvenile justice, housing, and more.

  • YMCA Stable Families Service coordination Program: Families with children (from Pre-K to 12th grade) who live in Franklin County have access to a service coordinator who can help with household income, maintaining safe and stable housing, and academic achievement of school-aged children.
    (614) 219-9895
  • Juvenile Justice: Provides a structured and supervised environment for 6th to 12th grade students as an alternative to being suspended from school. Students must be referred by their school district.
    (614) 578-7568
  • Early Childhood/Childcare: Provides free childcare while parents use Y facilities, summer programs, early learning centers, preschool, Head Start, and more.
    (614) 689-2096
  • Housing: Provides housing stability services for adults facing homelessness in Columbus, Ohio.
    (614) 705-9151
  • Early Childhood Resource Network Plus (ECRN+): Programming for infants and children with special needs, apply online for an adaptive equipment loan.
  • Y Cares: Infant mortality reduction program for families expecting or with a baby under the age of 1, provides free pregnancy testing, diapers, formula, home-visiting, parent support groups, and counseling.
    (614) 689-2080

Administrative Office: 1907 Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 389-4409
YMCA Locations & Contact Info: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
YMCA Columbus Website: ymcacolumbus.org


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