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Education for Special Needs

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

Flying Colors Public Preschool

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

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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.

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

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

The 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

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

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

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