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Assistive Technology & Equipment

Aaron W. Perlman Center (Assistive Technology)

In partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Cincinnati, they meet the needs of children with physical disabilities and chronic physical conditions. They provide assistive technology evaluations for children and adults. They have a helpful program where kids can try out wheelchairs and other equipment for free before making a purchase.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
cincinnatichildrens.org/service/a/aaron-perlman-center

Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT&AEM)

Provides accessible educational materials, access to assistive technologies and highly specialized technical assistance and professional development support.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 410-0380
ataem.org

Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio)

Provides an adaptive toy lending program that gives children access to adaptive toys. Parents can checkout toys at participating local libraries. They also provide a device lending library to search for and borrow equipment that is specifically designed to assist a particular special need (like speech communication devices, walkers, wheelchairs and computer access aids).
1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-2390 or (800) 784-3425
Computer Refurbishing Program: (614) 688-3222 or (866) 801-7306 Toll-free
atohio.engineering.osu.edu

Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access (CATEA) Assistive Tech

A comprehensive searchable database of assistive technology resources where families can find costs and vendors for products they need. They also list local equipment exchange and reuse centers where people can find affordable technology.
512 Means Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30332
(404) 894-4960 Voice/TTY
assistivetech.net

Center on Technology & Disability (CTD)

List assistive technology resources to families of children with disabilities. The website offers access to monthly newsletters, online discussions moderated by nationally recognized experts, a resource review database with hundreds of reviews of assistive technology resources and more.
ctdinstitute.org

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Program: Provides speech-language and occupational individual and group therapy, screenings, and evaluations. They also offers audiology and hearing aid services, career exploration and job training, as well as American Sign Language (ASL) classes for adults and youth ages 16 and older
Eligibility: varies by program, serves young children (under the age of 6 years old) up to seniors (65 years old and older)
Cost: varies by program; self pay and accept many insurances, including Caresource, Molina and Medicaid
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-5151 or (614) 429-1382 VP
columbusspeech.org

Deaf Services Center (DSC)

Offer services and classes for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, including interpreting, case management, sign language (ASL) classes, deaf equipment modifications, early intervention, employment, youth clubs, summer camps and mentoring. Their deaf equipment modification program provides funding to help people buy equipment that makes their home more accessible.
Columbus Office: 5830 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 841-1991 Voice or (614) 515-6065 VP
dsc.org

Different Needz

Allows the special needs community to buy and sell gently used and new medical equipment, therapy devices, adaptive toys and more online. The foundation also awards some grants to people in need.
2077 East Fourth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(888) 343-3639
differentneedz.com

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, Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181 (Toll-free in Ohio only)
disabilityrightsohio.org

First Hand Foundation

Provides funding for children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Applications must be submitted online, and they cover expenses such as wheelchairs, assistive technology, vehicle modifications and clinical procedures.
2800 Rockcreek Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64117
(816) 201-1569
firsthandfoundation.org/case-grants

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) Assistive Technology Services

Offers assistive communication devices to anyone in need, like wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, crutches and more free of charge.
660 South Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
(877) 363-3303 Toll-free or (937) 226-0356 TTY or (937) 641-8136 VRS
gesmv.org/community-programs/specialty-programs

Great Schools

This website lists school ratings and reviews, as well as provide practical advice and information on raising successful, college-ready kids. Their E-ssential Guide to Assistive Technology provides an overview of current technologies to help parents select the right tools for their children.
greatschools.org

Infinitec

Provides information about assistive technology and lists resources for youth with disabilities, focused on 4 categories (living, playing, learning and working).
myinfinitec.org

International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)

Offers a lot of information about selecting a wheelchair, finding funding and assistive technology devices and services.
wheelchairnet.org

May We Help

A non-profit, volunteer organization that creates adaptive devices for individuals with disabilities whose needs cannot be met by a device in the marketplace. Visit the website for more information.
(513) 340-8102
maywehelp.org

Medical and Special Needs Equipment Lending

The following agencies offer assistance with medical and special needs equipment and should be contacted directly for further details.  Please remember to research consumer information about any piece of furniture to ensure the item has not been placed on any product recall list.

National Association of the Deaf Described & Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

Provides free loans of media to students who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing, visually impaired or deaf-blind. They also have information and internet resources related to accessibility.
1447 East Main Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307
(800) 237-6213 Voice or (800) 237-6819 TTY
dcmp.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Care Connection (School-Based Health Services)

Provide additional access to health care at your child’s school. The services provided are not meant to replace your pediatrician or family doctor. Care Connection programs include: Pediatric Services, Mental Health Counseling Services, Mobile Care Center, School-Based Asthma Therapy (SBAT) and Wheelchair Clinic. Visit the website for the list of participating schools and additional contact information.

  • Pediatric Services: (614) 355-2590 or contact your school nurse
  • Mental Health Counseling Services: Contact Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Intake Department at (614) 355-8080 or contact your school counselor or school social worker to schedule an appointment
  • Mobile Care Center: (614) 722-6208
  • School-Based Asthma: (614) 355-5495 or contact your school nurse
  • Wheelchair Clinic: (614) 722-5810

nationwidechildrens.org/care-connection

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Seating Clinic

Helps parents and children evaluate assistive technology and equipment.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5050
nationwidechildrens.org/physical-medicine-rehabilitation-clinics

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Offers complete services for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, including an autism clinic, behavior support services, dental care for children with developmental disabilities, early intervention programs, psychiatric services, special education/transition services. They also have a toy and technology library. Their website has an extensive list of resources for families as well.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Administration: (614) 685-3192 or (855) 983-9955 Toll-free
nisonger.osu.edu
Additional Contact Information: nisonger.osu.edu/contact-us

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence (OCALI)

Serves families and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments and traumatic brain injuries. Their website has an extensive services and supports database (Nexus) of helpful community resources, as well as a free lending library of books, DVDs and assistive technology. They publish a parent guide that discusses topics such as screening and diagnosis, accessing educational services, future planning and more.
470 Glenmount Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 410-0321 or (866) 886-2254 Toll-free
ocali.org

Ohio Relay

A free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled. Anyone wishing to use the service simply dials 711, and they will dial the requested number and relay the conversation between the two callers. It allows hearing callers to communicate with text telephone users and vice versa.
711 or (800) 750-0750 Voice/TTY or (877) 750-9097 Speech-to-Speech or (888) 269-0678 for Spanish
ohiorelay.com
List of Ohio Relay Toll-free Phone Numbers: ohiorelay.com/phone-numbers

Sprint Relay

Offers several relay and captioning service options. Their website has helpful information about making 911 emergency calls and relay services in Ohio.

  • Sprint IP Relay uses an Internet connection, a computer or mobile device and a relay operator.
    (800) 676-3777 Voice/TTY or (877) 787-1989 Speech-to-Speech or (800) 676-4290 for Spanish
  • The Federal Relay service is for Federal employees who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, blind and low vision, or have speech disabilities.
  • Sprint National Relay Services allows those with speech and/or hearing disabilities to access telecommunications services.
    (800) 877-8973 Voice/TTY or (877) 787-2660 Speech-to-Speech or (800) 435-8590 for Spanish

sprintrelay.com

State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program

Provides free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment to approximately 15,000 eligible blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, and reading disabled Ohio residents.
(800) 686-1531 or (614) 644-6895
library.ohio.gov/using-the-library/services-for-the-blind

U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) Section 508 Accessibility Program

Provides information, resources and tools focusing on helping the government implement the requirements of Section 508. The public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508 as they apply to the development, procurement, maintenance, or use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services.
1800 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20405
(800) 872-2253 or (800) 993-2822 TTY
section508.gov

United Cerebral Palsy (USP)

Their website has helpful basic information about what assistive technology is, who can qualify and how to obtain funding. Visit the website for contact information.
1825 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
ucp.org

Vivint Gives Back

Provides discounted and specialized technology to children with intellectual disabilities. Visit the website for contact information.
vivint.com/company/gives-back

VOICEcorps Reading Service

A 24 hours a day, 365 days a year radio station that serves people who cannot read the printed word. VOICEcorps features newspapers, magazines, various periodicals/journals and books. Some of their most popular offerings include grocery/retail ads, obituaries and live programs. Broadcasts may be heard within Columbus, central and southern Ohio.
2955 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 274-7650
voicecorps.org