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Special Needs / Autism

Respect Ability

A non-profit organization that educates and advocates to fight stigmas and advance opportunities for people with disabilities. They list a lot of resources for families and professionals.
11333 Woodglen Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20852
(202) 517-6272
respectability.org

4 Paws for Ability

Provides training and place task-trained service dogs with children with disabilities to promote independent living. Any child with a disability is eligible to apply for a survive dog. They train a lot of different types of dogs, including hearing ear dogs, autism assistance dogs, mobility assistance dogs, seizure assistance dogs, diabetic alert dogs and more.
253 Dayton Avenue, Xenia, Ohio 45385
(937) 374-0385
4pawsforability.org

A Special Wish (ASW) Foundation

A non-profit charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes to qualifying children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder.
620 Taylor Station Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 258-3186
spwish.org

Aaron W. Perlman Center

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
(513) 636-4601
cincinnatichildrens.org/service/a/aaron-perlman-center

Ability Matters

An I/O, Level One waiver, and Autism Scholarship Program provider agency emphasizing community inclusion. They offer services to youth ages 16 and up and adults. Each program is developed to meet the needs of the wide variety of social and behavioral needs of individuals. Their focus is on personal daily living, health and wellness, employment, social, financial, family and spiritual health. Services are offered by trained and experienced care providers.
425 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 956-1229
abilitymattersohio.com

Able Data

Provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment. They provide product lists by function, the product makers and product sellers of assistive technology.
103 West Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia 22046
(800) 227-0216 or (703) 992-8313 TTY
abledata.acl.gov

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS)

Serves Deaf and Deaf Blind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment. They provide advocacy on systems and policy issues, offer summer camps for kids, and provide information to individuals and families on their website.
8623 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, Washington 98115
National Hotline: (855) 812-1001 Voice/VP
adwas.org

ADA (American with Disabilities Act) National Network

Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”
(800) 949-4232
adata.org

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

Adriel School

Provides respite care, on-site counseling and treatment for foster youth and youth with special needs throughout Ohio, as well as family preservation programming. Referrals may be made to their foster care program by agencies, parents or legal guardians. They also assist families in the adoption process.
Dublin Office: 5940 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-0010 or call (614) 584-1520 for After-Hours Referrals
adriel.org

Air Care Alliance (ACA)

Over 60 groups of volunteer pilots are trained to transport those in need of free air transportation for patients, family members or various staff members. They primarily assist with medical transport, but do a variety of other missions as well.
2060 State Highway 595, Lindrith, New Mexico 87029
(888) 260-9707 Toll-free
aircarealliance.org

Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

Provides summer overnight camps, day camps and respite weekends for children and adults with special needs.
4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319
(330) 644-4512
akronymca.org/rotarycamp

Alexander Graham Bell (AG Bell) Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Promotes the use of listening and spoken language for infants, young children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing (rather than signed or visual languages). Their website provides a lot of resources for parents, including financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
3417 Volta Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-5220 or (202) 337-5221 TTY
agbell.org

Alpha Group

Provides vocational training, job development and employment skills to those with a variety of disabilities. Assists individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment obtain and maintain positions to lead to successful employment.

  • Delaware: 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • Lewis Center: 6580 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
  • Westerville: 5991 Chandler Court, Westerville, Ohio 43082

(740) 368-5820
alphagroup.net

Alvis

Offers supportive services to men, women, young adults and families through their reentry, behavior health and developmental disabilities programs.

  • Community Reentry Program: Helps people who are transitioning from the corrections system back into the community. Services include: cognitive-behavioral treatment at their residential reentry center, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, workforce development, case management, mentoring, housing assistance and links to community services and support.
  • Community Recovery Program: Amethyst offers a range of services to women and their families. Recovery Choices is a substance abuse treatment program.
  • Developmental Disabilities Program: Services include: residential care, behavioral intervention, vocational/job readiness skills training and supported living.

2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-8402
alvis180.org

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The country’s largest cross-disability membership organization that organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change. They do not provide direct services, but can refer people to someone who may be able to help. They also offer internships and fellowships for college and graduate students with all types of disabilities.
2013 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(800) 840-8844 or (202) 521-4316
aapd.com

American Council of the Blind Ohio (ACBO)

Dedicated to improving the quality and equality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired. They provide a resource list and a list of local chapters and their contact information.
3805 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(800) 835-2226 or (614) 261-3561
acbohio.org

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)

Offers a toll-free parent information hotline and provides support, encouragement, and information to families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
(800) 942-2732
deafchildren.org

ARC Industries

Provides vocational training and employment services for adults who have mental retardation or other developmental disabilities. These services are provided to individuals to increase their independence, self-sufficiency and productivity.

  • ARC North: 6633 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
  • ARC East: 909 Taylor Station Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
  • ARC West: 250 West Dodridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
  • Bixby Center: 4200 Bixby Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
  • Northeast Center: 500 North Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
  • Document Scanning Facility: 2201 Advance Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207

2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-7007
arcind.com
Adult Services: as.fcbdd.org

ARCH National Respite Network & Resource Center

Respite, a break for caregivers and families, is a service in which temporary care is provided to a child or adult with disabilities, or chronic or terminal illnesses, and to persons at risk of abuse and neglect. Go online to view their respite locator, which helps parents and caregivers find local respite resources in their area.
archrespite.org/respitelocator

Aspirations Ohio

A social and vocational skills support group for high functioning teens and young adults on the autism spectrum in a small group setting. Two experienced group leaders create an atmosphere of acceptance and support as participants develop self-awareness, social insight, and vocational success strategies. Contact them about cost information.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3188
aspirationsohio.org

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. Their website offers BrowseAloud, which reads website content out loud, highlighting each word as it is spoken in a high quality, human-sounding voice.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 410-1042
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

Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) & Hattie Larlham Central Ohio Services

Provides residential and recreational services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They also provide half-day, year-round childcare for children ages 1-5 living in the North Linden (43224) area. During the school year, they offer physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as early intervention services, early childhood education and social work services.

  • Administrative Office
    769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 486-4361
  • Addventures
    769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 291-9411, ext. 0202
    Transportation line: (614) 783-4132
  • Preschool at Dahlberg-Gibson Learning Center
    3675 Walford Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 447-0606
  • Community Connections
    250 West Dodridge Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202
    (614) 342-5137
  • Columbus Residential Services
    769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 607-7780
  • Franklin County Recreation
    769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 486-4361, ext. 751

hattielarlham.org

Association of Blind Citizens

Their assistive technology fund provides funds to cover a percentage of the retail price of adaptive devices or software to help legally blind residents of the U.S.
PO Box 246, Holbrook, Massachusetts 02343
(781) 654-2000
blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm

Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

Teaches families and professionals how to support individuals with autism. These free internet programs provide information for those working and living with individuals with autism.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 410-0321
autisminternetmodules.org

Autism Society of Ohio (ASO) Central Ohio Chapter

Serving 14 central Ohio counties, they provide information, referrals, support groups, educational programs and fun family events. They also maintain a list of local support groups.

  • Autism Society of Central Ohio
    PO Box 272, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 284-6323
  • Autism Society of Ohio
    PO Box 545, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 619-5508

autismohio.org

Autism Speaks

The nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, that provides helpful information and resources about autism diagnosis and treatment.
1 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016
(888) 288-4762 or (888) 772-9050 in Spanish only
autismspeaks.org

Bair Foundation

Offers several services, including foster care, foster-to-adoption and kinship care services. They also provide respite care and other supportive services for their foster families.
Local Office
665 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 846-6265
bair.org

Bikes for All People (B4AP)

Provides access to bicycles and cycling-related resources to those who rely on bikes as their sole means of transportation. They also accept donations and offer new and pre-owned bikes, parts, tools and cycling gear, group rides, free maintenance classes and an open repair shop.
Physical Address: 934 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6063, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 670-8685
bikes4allpeople.com

Bookshare

The world’s largest online digital library of accessible books for individuals with print disabilities. They operate under an exception to U.S. copyright law, allowing copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities. Individuals must register as members and provide proof of disability. Members can download books, textbooks and newspapers and then read the material using adaptive technology. This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education.
480 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94306
(650) 352-0198
bookshare.org

Boundless

A not for profit agency that works with people with disabilities and their families. They provide assistance to individuals who rent or own their home, both in-home and out-of-home respite services, outpatient behavior health services, summer programs, offer live-in caregivers and more. Their Family Support Services are provided by the State of Ohio for families who have chosen to keep their family member with developmental disabilities at home.

  • Administrative Office
    1021 Checkrein Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 844-3800
  • Worthington Office
    445 East Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 436-7837
  • Heath Office
    1227 Liberty Drive, Heath, Ohio 43056
    (740) 334-4056
  • West Carrollton Office
    700 Liberty Lane, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449
    (937) 247-4200

iamboundless.org

Braille Reading Pals Club Early Literacy Program

Fosters positive attitudes about Braille for children and their families and promotes a love of reading by encouraging parents to read daily with their blind or low vision child. Visit the website to find out more and to apply.
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
nfb.org/nfb-early-childhood-initiative-program

Bridgeway Academy

Offers individual and group instruction to children with developmental disabilities ages 3 and higher. They provide educational programming for students pre-K through high school, speech, music and occupational therapy, psychological services, social skills groups, summer programs and parent support groups. 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 as well.
2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 262-7520
bridgewayohio.org

Bureau for Children with Mental Handicaps (BCMH)

Pays for the care of children with handicaps and special health care needs under age 21. Families may receive full BCMH coverage or be eligible for the BCMH cost-share program, depending on the circumstance. You must apply for and use other health insurance first. Visit the website to locate BCMH providers by county.
Physical Address: 246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43216
Mailing Address: PO Box 1603, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(800) 755-4769 (Parents only) or (614) 466-1700
odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/children-with-medical-handicaps/resources/CMHBanner2

Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI)

Provides people with low vision and blindness services and supports necessary to help them attain and keep jobs. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services include: evaluation and treatment of an individual’s disability; information and referral services; vocational counseling and training; job assistance; educational guidance; transportation services; occupational tools and equipment; and personal attendant services (reader, interpreter, etc.). Visit the website to find the BSVI Office services available in your area.
4300 East Broad Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 466-4575 or (800) 430-6940 Toll-free
ood.ohio.gov/BVR-BSVI/BSVI
BSVI Regional Offices: ood.ohio.gov/Core-Services/BSVI/Regional-Offices

Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR)

Provides youth with disabilities ages 14-22 services and supports necessary to help them attain and maintain employment. Disabilities may include physical, intellectual, mental health, or sensory disabilities. They work with families and schools to help youth become independent. Their website has information about pursuing education beyond high school and also how to obtain a job. Referral may be initiated by the local school district, the student, a family member or other community resource. Visit the website to find the BVR office that serves your area.
4300 East Broad Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 466-4575 or (800) 430-6940 Toll-free
ood.ohio.gov/BVR-BSVI/BVR
BVR Regional Offices: ood.ohio.gov/Core-Services/BVR/Regional-Offices

Camp Nuhop

Provides overnight summer camp opportunities for children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and behavior disorders age 6 and older in Ohio. They also have weekend respite programs throughout the year.

  • Office: 404 Hillcrest Drive, Ashland, Ohio 44805
    (419) 289-2227
  • Camp: 1077 Township Road 2916, Perrysville, Ohio 44864
    (419) 938-7151

nuhop.org/camp-nuhop

Canine Companions for Independence

Provides highly trained assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities in 14 states, including Ohio.
4989 State Route 37 East, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(800) 572-2275 Toll-free or (740) 833-3700 Voice
cci.org/locations/north-central

CareSource Insurance Transportation

Children and adults in central Ohio who have Medicaid or Medicare through CareSource or if the health appointment is over 30 miles away can call Member Services to schedule a free ride to health appointments (including WIC appointments).
3455 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Member Services:

  • (855) 475-3163 or (800) 750-0750 TTY or 711
  • 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line: (866) 206-7861 or (800) 750-0750 TTY or 711
  • 24-Hour Behavioral Health Crisis Line: (866) 206-7861 or (800) 750-0750 TTY or 711

caresource.com/oh/members/contact-us/mycare

Catholic Social Services

A faith-based organization that provides family support services to help families thrive. Their services and programs include counseling, post adoption services, transitional housing for individuals and families fleeing from abusive homes; case management, food and emergency assistance and more. Their community center, Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, provides support to the Hispanic community in Central Ohio through food and emergency assistance, nutrition and English classes, and health, employment and legal referrals.

  • Columbus
    197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 221-5891
  • West Columbus
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
    409 Industry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 340-7061 or HandsOn Central Ohio: (614) 341-2282
  • Newark
    1031 Brice Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 345-2565
  • Zanesville
    Physical Address: 422 Main Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    Mailing Address: PO Box 3446, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    (740) 452-5057
  • Portsmouth
    St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
    2311 Stockham Lane, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    (740) 353-3185

colscss.org

Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

Helps to effectively resolve special education disputes by offering parents tips on how to communicate with their child’s school and how to prepare for an IEP meeting.
576 Olive Street, Eugene, Oregon 97401
(541) 359-4210
cadreworks.org

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 for Courageous Kids (CCK)

Offers summer camps and family retreat weekends for seriously ill children. Medical care is provided by volunteer physicians and nurses coordinated by a full-time medical director. They provide camps for kids with asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, blood disorders, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell, spina bifida and more.
1501 Burnley Road Scottsville, Kentucky 42164
(270) 618-2900
Camper Admission’s office: (270) 618-2912
courageouskids.org

Center for Parent Information & Resources (CPIR)

Provides information to help parents in caring for their child with a disability. They have information about pertinent laws, how to find needed services, sibling issues, resources in Ohio and more. CPIR is a port of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN).
35 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 642-8100
parentcenterhub.org

Center on Technology & Disability (CTD)

Has extensive assistive technology resources of interest 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. Their websites Learning Center, Online Cafe’ and Resource Library provides information about assistive technology, financial help and tips for parents.
ctdinstitute.org

Central Ohio Spina Bifida Alliance (COSBA)

Started in 2001 by parents caring for children with spina bifida, COSBA offers support to new families, organized social gatherings and helps with related financial needs.
(614) 332-3036
centralohiospinabifidaalliance.com

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Mainstream

Offers a shared-ride service for people with disabilities, and rides must be scheduled in advance. This handicapped and wheelchair accessible van can provide door-to-door service for eligible customers. Customers must complete the online application and have it signed by a physician to get the COTA ADA card. They also have special student passes.

  • COTA Pass Sales Office
    33 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 272-3033 or (614) 272-3030 TTY
  • COTA Mobility Services Facility
    1330 Fields Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 275-5828

Mobility Services: cota.com/accessibility-for-riders-with-disabilities/mobility
Student Passes: cota.com/students

Chapel Hill House

Provides a free weekend getaway for Ohio children who have cancer and their families. Together they enjoy relaxation, games and family time in a log cabin and explore 70 acres of land on a golf cart.

  • Office: 6733 Hughes Road, Prospect, Ohio 43342
  • Mailing: PO Box 499, Prospect, Ohio 43342
  • Chapel Hill House: 3892 Morral-Kirkpatrick Road West, Morral, Ohio 43337

(740) 360-4273
chapelhillhouse.org

Child Development Council (CDC) of Franklin County

Provides developmental and educational services to income-eligible children and their families in Franklin County. Infants and children up to 5 years old may attend classes that focus on child development, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services. They offer services for parents of children enrolled in their Head Start program.
300 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-1709
cdcheadstart.org

Childhood League Center

Offers early childhood services for children with delays in development, home visitation programs and classes for young children with special needs. Most programs are free or for a small fee.
674 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 253-6933
childhoodleague.org

Cincinnati Children’s Alphabetical Listing of Condition-Specific Web Resources

Search through their online directory to find information and resources on specific disabilities, arranged in alphabetical order.
3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
(513) 636-7606
cincinnatichildrens.org/patients/child/special-needs/medical/disabilities

Columbus Center for Human Services (CCHS)

Offers a wide variety of individualized programs and services designed to promote self-advocacy, increase independence, and enhance the lives of individuals living with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Some services include transportation, housing, job training, art, in-home support and more.
540 Industrial Mile Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 641-2900
cchsohio.org

Columbus Chill Youth Hockey Association (CCYHA) Special Hockey Columbus Blue Jackets

Provide children and young adults ages 4-21 who have developmental disabilities with the opportunity to play ice hockey in an environment adapted to each athlete’s level of physical and mental ability. The program is open to any player age five or older, male or female, and participants do not need prior ice skating skills.

  • Dublin: 7001 Dublin Park Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43016
  • Easton: 3600 Chiller Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43219
  • North: 8144 Highfield Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

(614) 284-6104
columbusspecialhockey.com
ccyha.org

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

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Special Education

Provides academic and behavioral support to students with disabilities to help them achieve academic excellence, learn independent life skills, and be prepared for work or post-secondary education as they transition to adult life.
737 East Hudson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 365-5211
ccsoh.us/Page/1207

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Special Needs Preschool

Provides early intervention opportunities for children ages 3 to 5, who have special needs in one of the following developmental areas based on the state and federal guidelines: language, cognition, motor skills, adaptive behavior and social-emotional development.
2571 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 365-5205
ccsoh.us/Page/1224

Columbus Hearing Impaired Program (CHIP)

Provides free educational services to students ages who are deaf or hard of hearing in Columbus and thirty-five central Ohio school districts. The program includes parent support groups, preschool (Alexander Graham Bell School) programs, academic and life skills programs, vocational and career training, transportation and extracurricular activities. Visit their website to find their contact information.
1545 Huy Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
ccsoh.us

Columbus Learning Center for Dyslexia

Helps keep students in regular educational programs and often allows them to avoid being qualified as learning disabled. They provide year-round tutoring to students with dyslexia.
290 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 799-1261
Local: helpusread.org
National (Children’s Dyslexia Centers): childrensdyslexiacenters.org

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) Adaptive Services

Offer adaptive equipment services and collections are available for individuals with disabilities. The Columbus Metropolitan Library has 23 branch locations throughout Columbus, Ohio.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-2275
columbuslibrary.org/adaptive-services

Columbus Recreation & Parks Therapeutic Recreation

Offers recreational activities, after school programs and clubs that are modified to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities over age 6.
1755 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-5648
columbus.gov/theraputicrecreation

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Provides programs for children and adults, including speech and occupational therapy, career and job training, sign language classes, hearing evaluations, hearing aid services, assistive devices and more. They offer screening, evaluation and treatment of children with speech and language delays and autism. They accept many insurances, including Caresource, Molina and Medicaid.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-5151 or (614) 429-1382 VP
columbusspeech.org

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

Community Services for the Deaf (CSD)

Offers several services for the deaf and hard of hearing population. Most of their programs are offered through the Dayton office, including emotional support and counseling, summer camps and sign language classes, speech-to-print captioning services, sign language interpreting, parenting education and more. They also provide alcohol and drug treatment services for the deaf and hard of hearing and advocate for the deaf community.
2211 Arbor Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45439
(937) 222-9481 PH/TTY or (937) 641-8186 VP
fsadayton.org/services-for-the-deaf

Comprehensive Adolescent / Adult Transitional Care Home (CATCH) Program

Program provides personalized medical care and social support services to teens and young adults, ages 17 or older, with chronic conditions transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare. The members of the transition team are transition primary care doctors board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine, specialist doctors, transition coordinators, nurses, social workers and pharmacists. Visit the website for information on how a doctor can make a referral to their clinic.

  • Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Grandview
    895 Yard Street, Columbus, Ohio 43212
  • Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Hilliard
    3691 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

(614) 293-7980 or (614) 293-5123
wexnermedical.osu.edu/primary-care/catch

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)

A coalition of national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the independence and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
820 First Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 567-3516
c-c-d.org

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps, and career exploration, workshops for homeschoolers. They offer a special “Family Access Membership” that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org

CP Parent Columbus & Reaching for the Stars (RFTS)

The central Ohio chapter, CP Parent Columbus, brings individuals and families living with cerebral palsy together to share information and community resources, personal experiences, advice and support.
National: (877) 561-7387
reachingforthestars.org
CP Parent Columbus: facebook.com/cpparentcolumbus

DBTAC (Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center) Disability Law Lowdown

Presents videos in American Sign Language explaining disability laws and rights. Call the DBTAC toll-free information line to get informal guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology.
1640 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60608
(800) 949-4232 Voice/TTY
youtube.com/disabilitylawlowdown

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

Delaware Area Career Center (DACC)

Offers programs for both high school students and adults to improve skills so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce and advance within the workforce, by offering college credits, industry credentials and hands-on experiences.

  • North Campus: 1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 363-1993
  • South Campus: 4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 548-0708

delawareareacc.org

Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The board provides support services for early intervention, family support, transitions supports and adult supports. Eligible children and adults are assigned a support administrator to assist them through these stages. Services include speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respite care, vocational skills, and more.
7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

  • (800) 474-9787 or (740) 201-3600
  • Helpline of Delaware & Marrow Counties (for after-hours emergencies): (740) 369-3316
  • To report an Major Unusual Incidents (MUI), please call: (740) 201-3608

dcbdd.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 Benefits & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

People with long-term disabling conditions may apply for SSI. Children can qualify if they have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activities, and if their family has a limited income. Generally, a child may receive benefits as well if they are the child of a SSI beneficiary who is disabled or deceased. There is no minimum age. The benefits pay for many services, including doctor and hospital visits. The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) helps you find out if you qualify and how to apply.
200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
National: (800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 TTY
Local: (866) 964-1723 or (614) 325-0778 TTY
ssa.gov/disabilityssi

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

A national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities whose goal is to advance the rights of people with disabilities. Their website has information about access to healthcare, legal issues, special education, transportation, ethics and more.
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California 94703
(510) 644-2555 and (510) 841-8645 TTY
dredf.org

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

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology)

Contains information about scholarship and financial aid programs for students with disabilities.
PO Box 354842, Seattle, Washington 98195
(888) 972-3648 Voice/TTY
washington.edu/doit

Down Syndrome Achieves (DSA)

Focuses on research and funding, political advocacy and education. They also offer resources for parents who have a child with Down Syndrome. Visit the website or their Facebook page to receive DSA updates and news.
PO Box 1596, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 362-3441
dsachieves.org
facebook.com/DSachieves

Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO)

Offers resources, information, programs and services for families in central Ohio. They also have a helpline and numerous support groups for parents.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-6020
dsaco.net

Dreams on Horseback

Offers horse-assisted learning experiences and education to help youth practice executive functioning skills, sensory integration, improve coordination, communication skills and self-esteem. Some of their programming include: therapeutic riding lessons, vocational training, military connections, custom design programs and more.
1416 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Blacklick, Ohio 43004
(614) 864-9500
dreamsonhorseback.org

Dublin Schools Transition Services

Assists families and students in developing a transition plan that will move students toward their post-secondary education, employment and independent living/community integration goals.

  • Coffman and Jerome High Schools
    6780 Coffman Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (614) 718-8110
  • Scioto and Jerome High Schools
    4000 Hard Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
    (614) 718-8339

dublinschools.net/TransitionServices.aspx

Dungarvin Ohio

A licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services including foster care, in-home services, respite care and developmental services. They support children and adults living in Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, Union and Montgomery County
6555 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 436-7440 or (800) 646-4612 Toll-free
dungarvin.com

Easterseals Central & Southeast Ohio

Provides autism, disabilities and special needs services, including early childhood education, pediatric occupation, physical and speech therapies; adult day and in-home services, respite care for families who need a break from caring for their child with autism, and social skills groups. They also offer afterschool programs, summer day camps, vocational services, transportation and more.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 228-5523
easterseals.com/centralohio

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) Campus-Based Transition

Students focus on individualized transition plans to achieve future adult living and career aspirations. The ESC offers three unique programs on the campuses of Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University, which serve students who have completed or met all graduation requirements, and have elected to defer their high school diploma.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 542-4119
escco.org/campus-based-transition

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) State Support Team Region 11 Family Resources

Provides information and assistance to parents in central Ohio about special education issues. Topics that are covered include parent mentor, reading, special education compliance, early learning and more. They also publish a list of helpful events, summer programs and resource directory.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 753-4690
sst11.org/family-engagement/family-resources

Epilepsy Alliance Ohio

Serving 12 counties in central Ohio, they provide services to people living with epilepsy and seizures, as well as their families and caregivers. They help newly diagnosed children who have questions about the disorder and its treatment, parents in need of support, and youth in need of social opportunities. They have a free lending library, free referral to community resources, applications for medication assistance programs, scholarship opportunities, camp experiences and more.

  • Administrative Office
    895 Central Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    (877) 804-2241
  • Columbus Office
    3857 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
    (614) 725-1015

epilepsy-ohio.org

Epilepsy Foundation

Provides in-depth information and resources for people living with epilepsy. Their focus is on helping those newly diagnosed with epilepsy or those struggling with epilepsy that has resisted treatment. The Epilepsy & Seizure Hotline is also offered 24-hours for information and referrals to support.
8301 Professional Place East, Landover, Maryland 20785
24/7 Epilepsy & Seizures Helpline: (800) 332-1000 or (866) 748-8008 Spanish speaker only
epilepsy.com

Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund

Works to end epilepsy-related discrimination through education and increased access to legal services for individuals with epilepsy. They refer discrimination cases to attorneys who have agreed to provide some level of free legal services.
Columbus office: 3857 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(800) 332-100, press 2 or (614) 725-1015
epilepsy.com/living-epilepsy/legal-help
Application for Assistance: epilepsy.com/node/2013161

Family Resource Network of Ohio (FRNO)

Provides a database of programs, organizations and products for families of individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Ohio State University, Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-5464 or (513) 636-4723
frnohio.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

Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB)

Allows individuals with disabilities to participate fully in the world of fishing. Visit their website to find local events held by the Central Ohio chapter.
PO Box 1499, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 383-8851
National: fhnbinc.org
Central Ohio Chapter: fhnbcentralohio.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

Flying Horse Farms

Provides a free camp experience for children with serious medical illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, sickle cell disease, asthma and arthritis. 24-hour care is provided by specialized doctors and nurses, and the camp is free. Campers step outside of their sickness to experience activities such as canoeing, swimming, high rope experience and more.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 751-7077
flyinghorsefarms.org

Food for Good Thought

A non-profit that provides employment services, job training and sustained employment supports to individuals with autism. Their program EveryBody Works is a transition program that blends post-secondary education with paid work experiences. They employ individuals with autism in their gluten-free bakery, working with job coaches to develop skills.
4185 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 447-0424
foodforgoodthought.com

Fore Hope

Uses golf to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and neurological conditions. Their program is for people of all ages, disabilities and economic backgrounds.
1169 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 566-4242
ohiohealth.com/forehope

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

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, emergency assistance and much more. Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps). Individuals can apply for Medicaid at their local Opportunity Center, based on where they live. 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 can apply for services as well.

  • East Opportunity Center
    1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • Northland Opportunity Center
    1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2417
  • West Opportunity Center
    314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

(614) 233-2000
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS) Transportation Services

Transportation services are provided for non-emergency medical appointments for children and adults with Medicaid. Families may use the transportation services multiple times once they are approved.
314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Transportation Unit: (614) 233-2381
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/medical-support-services

Franklin County Family & Children First Council (FCFC)

Helps children and families in need or involved with multiple systems (like mental health, developmental disabilities, Franklin County Children Services, court, school) through service coordination. Their family-focused approach identifies and coordinates resources to better the lives of Franklin County youth, at no cost.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 407-9040
helpmykid.org
facebook.com/FranklinCountyFCFC

Friendship Circle

Offers social and sports opportunities for children and teens with special needs, respite for parents and siblings; as well as home visits, which provide opportunities for youth to bond with their volunteer in the comfort of their own home.
6220 East Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 939-0765
friendscolumbus.com

Goodwill Columbus

Offers employment and job training programs, social and education programs for people with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also offer in art, health and wellness programs, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness. At their Goodwill Stores are thrift clothing, furniture, vehicles, art and more. Visit the website or call for center and store locations in Central Ohio.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 294-5181 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
goodwillcolumbus.org

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) Assistive Technology Services

Offers assistive communication devices.
660 South Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402

  • (937) 528-6323
  • (877) 363-3303 Toll-free
  • (937) 226-0356 TTY
  • (937) 641-8136 VRS

gesmv.org/community-programs/specialty-programs

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.
1615 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-1500
gottransition.org

Great Schools

This website provides practical advice and information on raising successful, college-ready kids and special education programs. E-ssential Guide to Assistive Technology provides an overview of current technologies to help parents select the right tools for their children.
1999 Harrison Street, San Francisco, California 94612
greatschools.org

Haugland Learning Center (HLC)

Educates youth with autism and Asperger syndrome in classroom and home-based settings from preschool through grade 12. All educational costs are covered by the autism scholarship or by school districts. They have academic and activity-based summer camp programs, autism testing, ABA therapy services, tutoring programs, after-school programs and counseling as well.

  • Administrative Building: 2540 Billingsley Road, Columbus Ohio 43235
  • Columbus Campus: 7690 New Market Center Way, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • Lancaster Campus: 625 Garfield Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
  • Athens Campus: 5196 Washington Road, Albany, Ohio 45710
  • Autism Intervention Center
    6608 Dublin Center Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (614) 407-7508

(614) 602-6473
hauglandlearningcenter.com

Haugland Therapy Services (HTS)

A multi-service, multi-specialty, outpatient clinic offering services for those with psychiatric disorders, autism and developmental delays. They offer counseling, psychological testing, behavioral consultation, speech, occupational therapy, respite programs and more. Services can be provided at home, in their clinic or at the child’s school.
2540 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 470-2018
hauglandtherapyservices.com

Healthy Hearing

This online resource offers information about hearing aids, services and local providers. There is information on hearing assistance products and manufacturers as well as educational information on hearing loss, tinnitis, consumer guides and reports.
(800) 567-1692
healthyhearing.com

Hilliard Ohio Soccer Association (HOSA) TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) Program

As a soccer league for children with special needs, they give girls and boys ages 4 through 19 the opportunity to play soccer in a safe, fun, fair and secure environment. The registration fee is minimal.
PO Box 1, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 664-9250
hosa-soccer.org/programs/tops-soccer-for-special-needs-players

iCan Shine

This program helps children with disabilities learn how to ride a bike. Using an adaptive bike, 80% of children who participate ride a 2-wheel bike on their own by the end of the 5-day program.  This program exists nationwide and is sponsored by various local community partners.
PO Box 541, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
icanshine.org/find-a-program

InfantSEE

The American Optometric Association provides free eye exams for infants between 6 and 12 months of age regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. Call to find a local participating optometrist.
(888) 396-3937 Toll-free
infantsee.org

Infinitec

Provides information about assistive technology and lists resources for youth with disabilities, focused on 4 categories (living, playing, learning and working). It is the assistive program of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago (UCP Chicago).
7550 West 183rd Street, Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
General number: (708) 444-8460, ext. 228
myinfinitec.org

Integrity Gymnastics & Cheerleading

Offers special needs classes that are designed to offer a competitive rhythmic gymnastics program for athletes with special needs.
8185 Business Way, Plain City, Ohio 43064
(614) 733-0818
integritygym.com/classes/special-needs-classes

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
(800) 617-6733
iwg-autism.org

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Central Ohio

Promotes and shares information about effective teaching methods for youth with dyslexia to help them read.
PO Box 1601, Westerville, Ohio 43086
(614) 899-5711
coh.dyslexiaida.org
National: dyslexiaida.org

International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)

Offers a lot of information about selecting a wheelchair, finding funding and assistive technology devices and services.
6425 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
wheelchairnet.org

JAN (Job Accommodation Network)

Offers free advice on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
(800) 526-7234 Voice or (877) 781-9403 TTY
askjan.org

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus

Provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts, featuring festivals and fairs centered around books, films, and fine art; teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-2731
columbusjcc.org

Keepsake Theme Quilts (KTQ) Deaf Initiatives

Creates job opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing youth as a path to personal success, financial independence and self-fulfilled lives. Their Work Experience Model (WEM) offers hands-on experiences where they can develop work skills, and cultivate positive work habits and values necessary for successful careers.
563 South Dawson Avenue, Bexley, Ohio 43209
(614) 238-3323 or (614) 388-9630 VP or (800) 985-3323 Toll-Free
tshirtquilts.com/about/wem

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center: Info to Go

Shares information and provide resources on a variety of topics related to children and young people under 21 years of age who are deaf or hard of hearing. They also maintain a list of camps, family learning vacations, and remedial clinics for deaf and hard of hearing children arranged by location throughout the U.S.
800 Florida Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 651-5000
www3.gallaudet.edu/clerc-center/info-to-go.html

Learning Ally

Offers free access to the nation’s largest audiobook library of textbooks and literature titles through funding from the U.S. Department of Education. They have human-narrated audiobooks with descriptions of images, tables and graphs, a helpful online catalog and 24/7 phone support.
20 Roszel Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
(800) 221-4792
learningally.org

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) & Ohio Legal Aid

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio (residents of Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties). Legal Aid attorneys may be able to assist you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.

  • Columbus Office:
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001 or (888) 246-4420 Toll-free
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374 Toll-free
  • Marion Office:
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411 Toll-free
  • Ohio Legal Aid
    10 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (866) 529-6446

columbuslegalaid.org
Ohio Legal Aid: ohiolegalaid.org

Lighthouse Guild’s Vision Loss Tele-Support Network

Offers a free support network is for high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12 who have vision loss and their parents. Every week the group meets by phone to share experiences and ask questions. Enroll online.
250 West 64th Street, New York, New York 10023
Teen Tele-Support Group: lighthouseguild.org/patients-families/support-services/support-for-teens/teen-tele-support
Parent Tele-Support Group: lighthouseguild.org/patients-families/support-services/support-for-parents/parent-tele-support-group-enrollment
List of Scholarships: lighthouseguild.org/patients-families/scholarships

Little Baby Face Foundation

Transforms the lives of children born with facial deformities through corrective surgery. Travel to and from New York City for children to undergo needed procedures at no cost to them or their families. Surgery by highly skilled medical staff who treat children from all over the world.
135 East 74th Street, New York, New York 10021
(212) 333-5233
littlebabyface.org

Local Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Providers

Article on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Autism Speaks

  • Haugland Learning Center
    (614) 602-6473
  • Hopebridge
    Serves youth up to age 18. Takes Medicaid and private insurance.
    6085 Emerald, Dublin, Ohio 43016
    (614) 482-4300
    773 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 401-3366
    hopebridge.com
  • Positive Behavior Consulting
    Serves children ages 18 months through 12 years old. Takes private insurance.
    Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 704-1151
    positivebehaviorconsulting.org
  • The Learning Spectrum
    (614) 844-5433
  • Trumpet Behavioral Health
    Serves children ages 18 months through 18 years old. Takes Medicaid and private insurance.
    545 Metro Place South, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (855) 824-5669
    tbh.com

Locker Soccer Academy

Offers soccer development programs and summer day camps for children of all ages and abilities, including programs catered to kids with special needs.
Field Address: 300 West Case Avenue, Powell, Ohio 43065
Mailing Address: PO Box 1303, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 760-5522
lockersoccer.com/programs/special-needs

Long-Term Care Homes

Northeast Ohio

Northwest Ohio

  • Sunshine Children’s Home
    7223 Maumee Western Road, Maumee, Ohio 43537
    (419) 865-0251
    sunshine.org
  • Filling Home
    N160 State Route 108, Napoleon, Ohio 43545
    (419) 592-6451
    fillinghome.org

Central Ohio

  • Heinzerling Community
    1800 Heinzerling Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 272-8888
    heinzerling.org
  • Progeny Family Training Center
    6471 Lithopolis Winchester Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 833-3996
    progenyfamilytrainingcenter.org

Southwest Ohio

  • Saint Joseph Home of Cincinnati
    10722 Wyscarver Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
    (513) 563-2520
    stjosephhome.org

Makarios Autism Center (MAC)

This faith-based, nonprofit learning center services children on the Autism Spectrum in grades K-12. 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.
11573 Lithopolis Road Northwest, Lithopolis, Ohio 43136
(614) 425-0107
makarios-mac.com

Make A Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

Grants the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. The eligibility consideration process is started when a wish referral form is submitted to the local chapter. Visit the website to learn about who is eligible for a wish, who can refer a child and how the referral process works.
2545 Farmers Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 923-0555 or (877) 206-9474 Toll-free
oki.wish.org/refer-a-child
National website: wish.org

Marburn Academy

Provides schooling for students in grades 1-12 with learning difficulties, such as ADHD and dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. They also offer free parent seminars, free early reading screenings, assessment, private tutoring and summer school. Financial aid and tuition loan programs are available.
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 433-0822
marburnacademy.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.
Head Office: 7501 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
(513) 834-6443
maywehelp.org/locations/columbus-ohio

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.

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

Provides several services, including independent living skills training where young adults develop the skills necessary to live as independent as possible in the community.
690 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 443-5936
mobileonline.org

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Columbus Metro Bike Map

Offers information and local resources about local biking events and trails, bicycle safety, promotes bicycling in central Ohio.
111 Liberty Street Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
morpc.org/transportation/bicycle-pedestrian

Midwest Genetics Network (MGN)

Provides information and resources to help families learn more about rare disorders diagnosed through newborn screening. Families can find support and learn more about these rare conditions.
midwestgenetics.org

Miracle League of Central Ohio

Allows all children with disabilities ages 3 to 21 to play baseball on a specially designed field that is fully accessible and custom-designed to make baseball fun for any child with a disability. Visit the website for contact information.
Darree Fields Park: 6259 Cosgray Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
Mailing Address: PO Box 1303, Dublin, Ohio 43017
ohiomiracleleague.org

Molina Transportation Services

For Molina members they can call the number below to schedule a free ride. Molina offers emergency medical transportation, non-emergency medical transport and non-emergency non-medical transportation. Patients who are in wheelchairs may have unlimited transportation to and from medical appointments each year.
3000 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43231

  • Call to arrange transportation or if you have questions: (866) 642-9279 or (800) 750-0750 TTY/Ohio Relay or 711
  • Member Services: (800) 642-4168 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 TTY/Ohio Relay or 711

molinahealthcare.com/members/oh/en-US/mem/medicaid/overvw/coverd/services/Pages/transport.aspx

Monarch Boarding Academy (MBA)

A residential treatment program for individuals ages 8 to 21 with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Youth live at Monarch and receive 24-hour structured care and treatment specifically designed to enhance social, behavioral and academic growth.
22001 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44118
(800) 879-2522 or (216) 320-8945
monarchcenterforautism.org/residential

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Summer Camp

Offers a week-long overnight summer camp for youth ages 6 to 18 who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Youth can attend camp at no cost to their families.
MDA Columbus Office: 500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 841-1014
mda.org/summer-camp
mda.org/office/columbus

My Child Without Limits

This website helps parents understand a wide range of special needs, including muscular dystrophy, prematurity, cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delay and more. Parents can use the resource locator to find supports and services in their area. They can also find answers to a wide range of questions. The content is reviewed by both parents and physicians.
United Cerebral Palsy
1825 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(800) 872-5827
mychildwithoutlimits.org

My Summer Camps

Provides a comprehensive online directory of summer camps for kids, teens and youth. They list summer camps for kids with a wide range of abilities and special needs, such as cerebral palsy, ADHD, diabetes, physical disabilities, muscular dystrophy and more.
(877) 777-7738
mysummercamps.com/camps/Special_Needs_Camps

National Arts & Disability Center (NADC)

Features and promotes artists with disabilities. Their resource page helps artists with disabilities find assistive technology, search for employment and find legal help.
760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095
(310) 825-5054
www.semel.ucla.edu/nadc

National Association for Rare Disorders (NORD)

Represents people with rare disorders. They have programs to help uninsured individuals in getting needed medications, provide a list of support groups for people with rare disorders and information about rare diseases.
National Headquarters: 55 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury, Connecticut 06810
NORD’s Patient Services: (800) 999-6673 or (844) 259-7178 in Spanish
rarediseases.org

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Provides information about advocacy issues and resources, youth leadership programs and more. Junior NAD offers deaf and hard of hearing students in 7th through 12th grade many opportunities to develop leadership skills, learn and demonstrate citizenship, and meet and interact with students from other schools and states.
8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(301) 587-1788 Voice/VP or (301) 587-1789 TTY
nad.org

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

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

A large collection of information related to deaf-blindness worldwide. NCDB is funded by the U.S Department of Education.
345 North Monmouth Avenue, Monmouth, Oregon 97361
(503) 838-8754
nationaldb.org

National Center on Health Physical Activity & Disability (NCHPAD)

Lists accessible parks by location and offers free information on topics related to physical activity, fitness, recreation, sports, and disability and chronic conditions. Their information specialists can help answer questions and requests for free.
4000 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35209
(800) 900-8086
nchpad.org/Directories/Parks

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

Represents the largest provider of legally based advocacy services for people with disabilities. They guard against abuse and advocate for basic rights. Their website has an extensive list of national disability organizations.
820 First Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-9514 or (202) 408-9521 TTY
ndrn.org

National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)

Offers information for new parents and professionals, speech and language resources, health care information, education, behavior tips and more.
30 Mansell Court, Roswell, Georgia 30076
(800) 232-6372
ndsccenter.org

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

Their website provides a lot of resources and information about Down syndrome and a free helpline to answer questions about Down syndrome.
Headquarters: 8 East Forty-first Street, New York, New York 10017
National Advocacy & Public Policy Center: 1100 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
National Helpline: (800) 221-4602
ndss.org

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)

A non-profit organization of families of individuals who are deaf-blind, they focus on issues surrounding deaf-blindness and offer support to families.
141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, New York 11050
(800) 255-0411
nfadb.org

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

This is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give support, encouragement, resources and information.
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9314
For free audio newspaper service (NFB-NEWSLINE): (866) 504-7300
nfb.org
NFB-NEWSLINE: nfb.org/nfbnewsline

National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

A free library program for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable. Their Kids Catalog has fun books and magazines for kids.
1291 Taylor Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20542
(888) 657-7323
loc.gov/nls

National Park Service

Their free Access Pass is for residents of the U.S., regardless of age, who have a permanent disability. This pass allows park entrance fees to be free and provides a discount at many camp facilities and services.
1849 C Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20240
(202) 208-3818
nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

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) Adaptive Sports Medicine Program

Provides an individualized treatment experience for children, adolescents and young adults with physical disabilities for injury evaluation and athletic training.
Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
5680 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 355-6000
nationwidechildrens.org/adaptive-sports-medicine-program

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) 203-2372
  • School-Based Asthma: (614) 355-5495 or contact your school nurse
  • Wheelchair Clinic: (614) 722-5810
  • General Questions: (614) 722-6053

nationwidechildrens.org/care-connection

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

Provides evaluations for children with suspected developmental disabilities and autism; and comprehensive care focusing on evidence based treatment, education, research and advocacy for children with the diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s syndrome or other disorders on the autism spectrum. They also offer classes for parents and siblings of children with autism, Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders, covering a wide range of topics:

  • Autism Academy – topic specific programs for parents and educators
  • Autism Teaching Strategies – for teachers
  • Parenting Your Child With Autism – for parents
  • Sibshops – for brothers and sisters of children with autism

187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 355-7500
To sign up for a class: (614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/center-for-autism-spectrum-disorders

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Cerebral Palsy Program

Devoted to children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Families can see a variety of specialists in one clinic visit. Testing, such as x-rays or lab work, is available as needed. Families are linked with medical, educational, social and financial resources in the community as needed. The website also provides resource listings.
479 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Referral: (614) 722-5136
nationwidechildrens.org/cerebral-palsy-program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Down Syndrome Clinic

Provides diagnostic and treatment services to children and adolescents with Down syndrome and their families. Families are linked with medical, educational, social and financial supports in their communities as indicated and resources identified to assist them in meeting the unique needs of their child.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4050
nationwidechildrens.org/down-syndrome

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

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Epilepsy Center

Provides diagnostic studies and evaluations for children and adolescents with epilepsy. You can connect with their Epilespy team on Facebook as well.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Epilepsy Center/Neurology: (614) 722-4625
nationwidechildrens.org/epilepsy-center
facebook.com/EpilepsyCenter

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Hearing Clinic

Provides comprehensive services for children with hearing loss, including diagnostic assessments, treatment and early intervention. A multidisciplinary team of pediatric communication professionals work together to assess the child’s medical needs. The team will assist parents to determine appropriate treatment. They also offer educational information and supportive services, including hearing loss support group.

  • 555 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • 5665 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017

Referral: (614) 722-6200
Support Services: (614) 722-2441
nationwidechildrens.org/hearing

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

Developmental occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physical therapy services are provided at the main hospital, as well as many locations throughout the community, for children from birth to age 21. Visit the website for a list of all their clinic locations.
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) Ophthalmology/Eye Clinic

Offers routine and advanced care for children with visual impairments. They accept all major insurances (including Medicaid, Caresource and Molina) and provide financial assistance for patients without insurance who qualify.

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Outpatient Care Center
    555 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 722-4075
  • Westerville Close to Home Center
    433 North Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 224-6222
  • Dublin Close to Home Center
    5665 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (614) 224-6222

nationwidechildrens.org/ophthalmology-eye-clinic

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R)

Specializes in the diagnosis and management of children with physically disabling conditions. They provide a wide variety of services, including wheelchair and seating evaluations, prosthetic evaluations, rehabilitation services, electrodiagnostics and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5050
nationwidechildrens.org/physical-medicine-rehabilitation

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

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Spina Bifida Program

Provides complete, long-term treatment services to children with spinal abnormalities. Children with spinal abnormalities are seen by a variety of specialties, which may include: Developmental Pediatrics, Genetics, Neuropsychology, Neurosurgery, Occupational Therapy, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine, Physical Therapy, Social Work, and Urology.
555 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5725
nationwidechildrens.org/myelomeningocele-spina-bifida-clinic

Nemours Pediatric Transition of Care

The website provides information to help prepare for a teens’ transition to adult health care.
nemours.org/service/medical/transitionofcare

Newsreel

A monthly audio magazine, available on audiocassette tape, audio CD and in digital format, is produced by and for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Newsreel contains news, supportive articles, information and entertainment.
5 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-0700 or (888) 723-8737
newsreelmag.org

Next Chapter Book Club

This free program provides teens and adults of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a wide range of reading skills meet with trained volunteers to read aloud and discuss a book each week. The goal of the reading groups is to improve literacy and promote friendships among people with disabilities and within a community-based setting.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 293-6945 or (614) 685-6718
nisonger.osu.edu/next-chapter-book-club
National Website: nextchapterbookclub.org

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 and more. 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
  • Adult Behavior Support Services: (614) 685-6705
  • Child Behavior Support Services: (614) 685-6704
  • Dental Program: (614) 685-3197
  • Developmental / Autism Clinics: (614) 685-6701
  • Early Childhood Education Preschool: (614) 685-3191
  • National Core Indicators: (888) 685-0984
  • Neurodevelopmental Dual Diagnosis Clinic: (614) 685-6701
  • Ohio Health and Disability Program: (614) 688-2928
  • Research Unit: (614) 688-4656
  • Special Education / Transition Services: (614) 685-3185

nisonger.osu.edu

Northwest Kiwanis Special Needs Activity Camp for Kids (SNACK)

Offers swimming and outdoor recreation for children with special needs ages 6 to 12. Programs are held at Barrington Elementary School. Registration priority is given to Upper Arlington residents, but others can apply. Contact for more information.
northwestkiwanis.com

Northwest Special Olympics

Provides training and competition in a wide range of sports for children and adults with special needs in the Dublin and Hilliard school districts. Participation is free, and Northwest Special Olympics covers the cost of uniforms and equipment.
2140 Atlas Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 664-7847
northwestspecialolympics.shutterfly.com

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

Serves families by supporting and educating families about autism. Their services include early intervention services, speech and occupational therapy, home-based programs and psychological services for kids of all ages. Oakstone’s summer social skills program is for children (and their siblings) with autism who attend Oakstone Academy. They also offer a transition to work program for teens with autism.

  • Administration Office
    900 Club Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 899-2838
  • Preschool
    2655 Oakstone Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43231
    (614) 890-7854
  • Elementary School
    941 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 918-4050
  • Middle School/High School
    939 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 865-0400
  • Vocational Building
    5747 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43231
    (614) 865-9643

ccde.org

Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACBDD)

Represents the 88 county boards of developmental disabilities throughout Ohio and monitors legislation at the state and national level.
73 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 431-0616
oacbdd.org

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Disability Plates / Placards

Provides information and the application for disability placards and plates in Ohio.
Ohio Department of Public Safety
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 752-7800 or (800) 589-8247
bmv.ohio.gov/vr-sp-disability.aspx

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 Center for Deaf-Blind Education (OCDBE)

Provides free services for people from birth to age 21 with combined vision and hearing loss. Families may request services such as referrals to other agencies, consultations in the home and school, home and classroom adaptations and resources to develop a learning curriculum.
3246 Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 897-0020 or (800) 229-0844
ohiodeafblind.org

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

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)

Oversees a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Each county in Ohio has its own Board of Developmental Disabilities, which is responsible for providing early intervention services in that county.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Statewide: (800) 617-6733 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Franklin County: (614) 475-6440
dodd.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Dispute Resolution

Situations may arise where parents or other family members believe a school has violated federal or state law. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) and Office of Early Learning & School Readiness (EL&SR) encourage parents, family members and schools to work together to resolve differences for free. The website provides information about mediation services and more.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-2650 or (877) 644-6338 Toll-free
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/Dispute-Resolution

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Scholarship Programs

Includes information about the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, the U.S. Senate Youth Program and the Autism Scholarship Program. The Ohio Educational Choice (EdChoice) Scholarship Program provides scholarships or vouchers for students from under-performing schools to attend private schools.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338 or text “OHED EC” to 468311
education.ohio.gov/Scholarships

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Special Education

Provides helpful information about activities that ensure that students with disabilities receive the specialized instruction and support needed for success in school and in life. They provide information about accommodations available for state assessments and resources for parents of children with disabilities, including a helpful list of Ohio resources.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-2650 or (877) 644-6338
For callers using TTY, call Ohio Replay Service at (800) 750-0750
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Office of Workforce Development

Offers tips, information and resources for job seekers with disabilities. The website provides a guide titled “Passport for Job Seekers with Disabilities”, which lists resources and programs for workers with disabilities in Ohio.
PO Box 1618, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(888) 296-7541
jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/ODEI/Index.aspx

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
Medicaid Consumer Hotline: (800) 324-8680
medicaid.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Offers special facilities for park visitors of all abilities. Visit their website for a list of accessible opportunities throughout Ohio.
2045 Morse Road, Columbus Ohio 43229
(614) 265-6565
parks.ohiodnr.gov/accessiblefacilities

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council)

Promotes community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.
899 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 466-5205 or (800) 766-7426
ddc.ohio.gov

Ohio Digital Library eBook Project

Allows library members to go online and download a wide variety of popular book titles in eBook format, digital audiobooks, digital magazines and video for free to Ohio citizens. Visit the website to see if your library participates.
State Library of Ohio
274 East First Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 644-7061
ohdbks.overdrive.com
List of libraries: ohdbks.overdrive.com/support/card

Ohio Disability Resource Guide

Online resource that lists statewide disability organizations and resources.
abclawcenters.com/ohio-cerebral-palsy-guide

Ohio Diversity Local Job Network

Works with area organizations to help employers attract minorities, people with disabilities and other diverse job applicants with the goal of creating an inclusive, progressive work environment. Go online to search for local jobs.
(800) 984-3775
columbusdiversity.com

Ohio Guidestone

Provides counseling and treatment services for children and adults, pregnancy and parenting support, respite care, domestic violence shelter, and foster care services; job training and placement, GED assistance, as well as substance abuse and addiction recovery that include peer support and housing, and more.

  • Central Ohio Office
    195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (888) 522-9174
  • Lancaster Office
    111 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (888) 522-9174
  • Central Administration
    434 Eastland Road, Berea, Ohio 44017
    General Information: (440) 234-2006
    Service Inquires: (440) 260-8300
    Client Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595

(800) 639-4974 Toll-free
ohioguidestone.org

Ohio Head Start Association

Use their county directory map to find Head Start providers and services in each county in Ohio.
7810 McEwen Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459
(937) 435-1113
ohsai.org/directory

Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS) Free Sports Goggles Program

Protect your child from getting injured when they play sports by getting a free pair of prescription sports goggles. Regular eyeglasses and contacts will not protect a child’s eyes from injury and may even increase the damage. The child needs to be qualified to receive prescription goggles.
3401 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 527-6799
playhardgear.com

Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA)

Represents a statewide association of service providers for Ohioans with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Their online service provider directory offers vital information for individuals with developmental disabilities, caregivers, and support professionals. It is an extensive database of services arranged by category such as transportation, nursing care, childcare and more.
1152 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 224-6772
opra.org

Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD)

Provides education to Ohio’s deaf and hard of hearing students. At the Alice Cogswell Center they serve deaf and hard of hearing children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, siblings of deaf children and children who have deaf parents. Deaf and hard of hearing children with an IEP are eligible for the preschool program at no cost. They also offer year-round after school programs, summer programs, family events and more. Their website provides an in depth list of local and national resources for parents.
500 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
OSD Main Switch Board: (614) 728-4030
School Office: (614) 728-1424
ohioschoolforthedeaf.org

Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA)

Promotes self-determination and independence for people with disabilities and their families throughout Ohio.
6155 Huntley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 562-1375
osdaohio.org

Ohio Sled Hockey

Provides a competitive hockey team for any child in Ohio with physical disabilities. The costs vary, however, the program works to run as free or as low-cost as possible.
ohiosledhockey.org

Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB)

As the first public school for the blind in the U.S., they are dedicated to the education of students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities. Visit their resources page to find useful information about the blind community and visual impairments and summer camps they offer.
5220 North High Street, Columbus Ohio, 43214
(800) 310-3317
ossb.oh.gov

Ohio State University (OSU) Recreational Sports

Offers several community sports and recreation programs and summer camps for youth year round. They also offer adapted recreational sports (ARS) programs to serve children with disabilities year round.
337 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-8787
recsports.osu.edu/community-programs

Ohio Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

This free 5-day leadership training program is for 11th and 12th grade high school students with disabilities. Participants will learn about choosing a career, the history of disability as a culture, available resources and assistive technology. They will be empowered to reach goals in education, employment and their community.
150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 438-1394 or (800) 282-4536, ext. 1394 or (614) 362-5606 VP
ohioylf.com
ood.ohio.gov/Transition-br-Students/Youth-Leadership-Forum

OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County

Free extensive one-stop employment services for young and old, working and unemployed. Services include walk-in access to a career resource room, job fairs and job postings. They also offer free support in preparing career planning, academic and skill testing, hands-on computer classes, GED preparation, creating resumés and cover letters, preparing for interviews and more.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052
jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/ExploreIt/Events.aspx
Ohio-Based Employment Programs: jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/Channels/EOMJMY/FindIt/OWT.aspx

Open Door Art Studio

A creative space dedicated to providing art education and services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Allows individuals to create and share their own work.
1050 Goodale Boulevard, Grandview Heights, Ohio 43212
(614) 641-2828
opendoorartstudio.org

Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness

They work to increase access and equity for students that are visually or hearing impaired through connections, resources, and supports.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43214
(614) 401-2969
deafandblindoutreach.org

PALS A Chrysalis Health Company

Provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities by building on the foundation of physical activity and life skills (PALS). They offer adult day services, residential services, life skill classes, activities and vocational training programs.

  • Columbus
    5250 Strawberry Farms Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43230
    (614) 454-3726
  • Heath
    585 Industrial Parkway, Heath, Ohio 43056
    (740) 249-1686
  • Gallipolis
    6042 East Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
    (740) 446-3775
  • Art Outside the Lines
    485 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 423-6488

palschrysalishealth.com

Parent Mentor of Ohio

Parent mentors are parents of children with special needs who work in the schools throughout Ohio to provide families information and support. They help families, free of charge, work together with school personnel and help parents find the help they need. Call or go online to find out if there is a parent mentor at your school.
165 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
(844) 382-5452
ocecd.org/ParentMentorsofOhio.aspx

Patient AirLift Services (PALS)

Arranges no-cost air transportation within the Northeastern United States for patients seeking medical care. Volunteer pilots fly individuals for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care as well as many other compassionate or humanitarian purposes. They also arrange special air transportation for military members and their families.
7110 Republic Airport, Farmingdale, New York 11735
(888) 818-1231 or (631) 694-7257
palservices.org

People First of Ohio

Helps people with disabilities who are self-advocates to talk about their needs and rights with people in their communities. People First of Ohio is a statewide organization that works with state legislators and builds relationships with other advocacy groups and state agencies.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 487-4720, ext. 116
peoplefirstohio.org

Personal Ponies

Connects children with disabilities with a small pony to love and care for. Contact Personal Ponies to learn about the program in your area and find out if having a pony will enrich the life of your child.
(614) 579-0867
personalponies.org
Ohio: sites.google.com/site/sweettreatstation

Pilot Dogs

Provides service dogs for people who are visually impaired.
625 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6367
pilotdogs.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.

Prevent Blindness Ohio

Provides free professional eye exams, follow-up care, education and eyewear to medically needy children, youth, families and uninsured adults, and more.
The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness
1500 West Third Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 464-2020 or (800) 331-2020
ohio.preventblindness.org

Private Companies that Transport Children with Wheelchairs & Special Needs

Note: CAP4Kids does not recommend or endorse any specific company. We encourage families to carefully review and evaluate all services.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International

Promotes equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. Visit their website for locations in Ohio.
PO Box 33150 Denver, Colorado 80233
(800) 369-7433
pathintl.org/path-intl-centers/find-center

RallyCap Sports

A club whose goal is to create positive sports environments fostering social integration, healthy living, and greater self-confidence for children and young adults with special needs. Children and young adults with special needs play sports with volunteers at Ohio State University. Visit the website to find more RallyCap Sports programs in other Ohio cities.
(732) 391-2282
rallycapsports.org
OSU Chapter: rcsosu.org

Recreation Unlimited

Offers summer day, overnight and weekend camps throughout the year for youth with disabilities. They have specialized camps for children with autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, epilepsy and other disabilities. Their year-round weekend respite care camps have on-site nursing and provide an environment for indoor and outdoor fun.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006
recreationunlimited.org

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

Relay Ohio

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. Calls can be made to anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no restrictions.
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

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio

Provides a home-away-from-home for families who have hospitalized children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A small donation is requested, but no family is ever turned away because of their inability to pay.
711 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 227-3700
rmhc-centralohio.org

Safe Families for Children

A foster care alternative for children and parents. Local families volunteer to host children in their home for a few days or a few weeks, while the parent can recover from difficult circumstances or emergencies. The families complete an approval process that includes training, background checks, references and a home assessment. Hosted children are monitored by one of their Family Coaches and the child’s parents.
Central Ohio Referral: (614) 210-3267
National: safe-families.org
Local:

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

Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship

Improves the quality of life for people who have disabilities by offering activities centered around horses. They offer a variety of programs children ages 5 to 21 with a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, and behavioral disorders.
7908 Myers Road, Centerburg, Ohio 43011
(740) 625-9324
shanecenter.org

Southeast, Inc. Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA)

Professionals work with teens and young adults with mental, emotional and social barriers to transition to work and achieve independent living. They offer free job readiness, pre-employment, and transitional services.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117 or (877) 521-2682 Toll-free
cova.org

Special Education Evaluation Letters

Do you need sample letters to request school services such as an evaluation (IEP)? Click the links for sample special education evaluation letters.

Special Olympics Ohio

Provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children older than age 8 and teens with intellectual disabilities or learning delays.
3303 Winchester Pike, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 239-7050
sooh.org

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY) of Ohio

Provides therapeutic foster care, in-home and community-based behavioral health, adoption services; family preservation and reunification programs, and older youth services to preserve families and strengthen youth. Anyone can make a referral. Their services help youth from infant to age 18 and older throughout Ohio. They also offer free classes to support parents and guardians of youth participating in SAFY programs. Visit the website for other Ohio offices.
Columbus Office: 4615 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
Intake: (888) 590-7239 or (614) 729-2024
safy.org/ohio

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 vison, 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

6391 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, Kansas 66251
sprintrelay.com

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

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.
17121 Lake Shore Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
(800) 686-1531 or (614) 644-6895
library.ohio.gov/using-the-library/services-for-the-blind

Straub Dance Center

Adaptive Dance is for children ages 5-10 with special needs. This class is for children with developmental or physical disabilities and is led by a licensed pediatric physical therapist and dance instructor.
501 McCorkle Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43082
(614) 891-5525
straubdancecenter.com/index.php/rates

Taking Charge

This website focuses on teens, and answers questions about relationships, parenthood, education, housing, legal rights, LGBT, foster care, immigration, money management and more. There is an online FAQ to help youth and young adults learn about their rights and responsibilities and other information they need to move with confidence through adulthood.
175 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 280-1984
takingchargeohio.org

The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition (TAASC)

Provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. TAASC is also known as Adaptive Sports Connection.
6000 Harriott Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 389-3921
adaptivesportsconnection.org
Disabled Sports USA: disabledsportsusa.org
National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD): nscd.org

The Arc of Ohio

Advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities through legislative action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement. Their website contains very helpful information about benefits, insurance information, social security disability insurance, tax credits, funding and other financial resources for children with special needs.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 487-4720 or (800) 875-2723
thearcofohio.org

The Caregiver Space

Offers online support to parents and other caregivers by providing an atmosphere of understanding, sharing and helping others who need support while facing the challenges of caring for an ill child, a special needs child or the needs of other dependents. Join a community that encourages each other through caring, comfort, relief and tools to help a caregiver recognize self-care.
31 West Twenty-First Street, New York, New York 10010
(855) 522-5524
thecaregiverspace.org

The Learning Spectrum (TLS)

Program: services for kids 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, educational services and more
Eligibility: ages 2 ½ through 22
Cost: caresource and most insurances are accepted; also, Jon Peterson, Autism Scholarship and District Placements accepted
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by parents, physicians or organizations

  • Central
    125 Dillmont Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • North East
    3060 Johnstown Utica Road, Johnstown, Ohio 43031
    (740) 759-7099
  • South
    122 Washington Street, Suite 401, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-1114
  • Behavioral Health
    1277 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43085

(614) 844-5433
thelearningspectrum.com

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

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

Offers clinical services for adult and transition-age-youth patients with autism. Available services include: primary care with physicians, medical assistants, a nurse and a social worker who have experience working with youth and adults with autism, clinical pharmacy consultation for medication questions and medication monitoring, and in-office lab and procedural care.
OSU Wexner Medical Center’s Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
3691 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 688-9220
wexnermedical.osu.edu/primary-care/adult-autism-center

 

Ticket to Work & Self Sufficiency Program

Provides Social Security disability beneficiaries (i.e., individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability) the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter the workforce and maintain employment with the goal of becoming economically independent over time.
PO Box 1433, Alexandria, Virginia 22313
(866) 968-7842 or (866) 833-2967 TTY/TDD
yourtickettowork.ssa.gov

TOPS (Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings for Students with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities) Program

Offers individuals ages 18 and older an opportunity to engage in Ohio State academic coursework and work experiences while developing independent living skills and participating in campus and community organizations, social activities, and events.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3185
nisonger.osu.edu/adult/adult-clinics-services/tops

Tourette Association of America

A volunteer led, nonprofit organization supporting the needs of individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders through public awareness and education, advocacy, resources and support.
42-40 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, New York 11361
(888) 486-8738
tourette.org

Transition Resources, Websites & Checklists

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) IDEA

A law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Visit their website for information about infants and toddlers with disabilities and older children and young adults who need special education and related services.
400 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20202
(800) 872-5327 or (800) 437-0833 TTY
osepideasthatwork.org

U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights Section

The Disability Rights Section implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Their website has a helpful guide to disability rights laws.
950 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20530
(800) 514-0301 Voice or (800) 514-0383 TTY
justice.gov/crt/disability-rights-section

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

U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

The website offers a lot of advice on scholarships, loans and grants available for students with disabilities who want to go to college. They have lists of disability friendly colleges, internship opportunities, vocational rehabilitation resources and information about other disability assistance for children.
200 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20210
(866) 633-7365 Voice/TTY
dol.gov/odep/topics/disability.htm

UFit (Unique Fitness & Independence Training)

Offers personal training, group training and fitness classes for people with special neurological, developmental or physical needs. These opportunities are offered in a special fitness center designed to meet their needs to encourage optimal levels of health and fitness for life.
6631 Commerce Parkway, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 389-0456
ufitdublin.com

Understood

An online resource with toolkits, parent coaching and resources to support parents with a child who has learning and attention issues. Parents can also find information on IEP and 504 Plan processes, as well as ideas on how to ask for special learning accommodations in the child’s classroom. Other programs developed with The National Center for Learning Disabilities are Friends of Quinn, Get Ready to Read, LD Navigator and RTI Action Network.
32 Laight Street, New York, New York 10013
(888) 575-7373
understood.org/en

United Cerebral Palsy (USP)

Their website has helpful basic information about what assistive technology is, who can qualify and how to obtain funding.
1825 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(800) 872-5827
ucp.org

United States Access Board Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines

Outlines the ADA guidelines for play areas and recreational facilities.
1331 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
(800) 872-2253 Voice or (800) 993-2822 TTY
access-board.gov

Upreach

Provides continuing adult education and wellness to adult individuals with developmental disabilities. The Upreach program offers services encouraging independence, self-determination and empowerment. The Learning Never Ends program provides life-long learning and wellness opportunities. Visit the website for more information at upreachgroup(.)com.

  • Upreach
    4488 Mobile Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43220
    (614) 442-7702
  • Learning Never Ends – Central/Putting Abilities to Work
    5909 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43231
    (614) 899-8100
  • Learning Never Ends – South
    6305 Waterloo Road Northwest, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 592-6492
  • Learning Never Ends – West
    5047 Transamerica Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 850-7472

Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
2720 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 227-9694
umadaopfc.com

Village Network

Program: juvenile sex offender program, residential treatment, crisis stabilization/intervention and assessment services, treatment foster care, respite care, outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse services, intensive home based treatment, school-based mental health and prevention services
Eligibility: males and females, ages 12 to 18
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance, self-pay with a sliding fee scale
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred through the court system or by an organization

  • 1751 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 253-8050
  • 2000 Integrity Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
    (614) 445-7447
  • 615 Sunbury Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 363-7234
  • 14 Sandalwood Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 788-8850
  • 2680 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 788-8850
  • 107 Howard Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 392-1450
  • 17606 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 397-7582

(800) 638-3232
thevillagenetwork.org

Vivint Gives Back

Provides discounted and specialized technology to children with intellectual disabilities.
4931 North 300 West, Provo, Utah 84604
(800) 216-5232
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

Voices for Ohio’s Children

Represents a non-partisan statewide network of families, professionals and organizations throughout Ohio that work on public policy to make sure children are well-educated, healthy and safe. They also offer internships for high school students.
33 North Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-5204
raiseyourvoiceforkids.org

VSA Ohio

Promotes arts, education and creative expression involving children and adults with disabilities.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-5325
vsao.org

Wrightslaw

Started by an attorney who has a learning disability, Wrightslaw has become one of the most widely known websites to help families with special education problems and issues. Their website has helpful information about a variety of topics, such as tips to help your child get off to a good start when school begins, Individualized Education Program (IEP) frequently asked questions, and more.
PO Box 1008, Deltaville, Virginia 23043
wrightslaw.com

YMCA of Central Ohio

Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Provides behavioral health, early childhood, traditional and therapeutic foster care, pre- and post-adoption support and community respite services for youth and families around the central Ohio region.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Foster Care Placement: (614) 313-2497
  • Behavioral Health Referral: (614) 610-4191
  • Client Satisfaction or Grievances: (614) 285-3761
  • Billing or Payment: (614) 285-3752
  • General Questions or Concerns: (614) 258-9927

yasohio.org