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General Help & Resources

The Center for Diasbility Empowerment (CDE)

CDE is a community based, non-residential Center for Independent Living that is driven by the choice and direction of people with disabilities. They offer information and referrals to help navigate the system, provide support with independent living skills training, community connections, and partial funding to hire a Personal Care Attendant; as well as transition services for high school youth.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 575-8055
disabilityempowerment.net

Transition Resources, Websites & Checklists

Nemours Pediatric Transition of Care

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

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

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

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

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

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

Ohio Early Intervention (EI)

Provides services to parents of eligible children under the age of 3 with developmental delays or disabilities. Parents and caregivers with concerns regarding their child’s development can have their child evaluated at no cost to the family. Children are evaluated for delays in the areas of language, feeding, walking, handling of toys, seeing or hearing. A service coordinator and service provider will work with families in the home or other places to develop a coordinated plan called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Referral Line: (800) 755-4769
ohioearlyintervention.org

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

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

ADA (American with Disabilities Act) National Network

Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and supports 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

I Am Boundless

A not for profit agency that assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or behavioral health challenges and their families. They offer long-term and temporary residential support, in-home and out-of-home respite services, applied behavior analysis and outpatient behavior health services, vocational habilitation, summer programs for youth with autism, 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.

  • Worthington Campus/Administrative Office
    445 East Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 844-3800
  • Newark Campus
    140 West Church Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 334-4056
  • West Carrollton Campus
    700 Liberty Lane, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449
    (937) 247-2400
  • Medina Campus
    1065 Medina Road, Medina, Ohio 44256
    (330) 596-1042

iamboundless.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

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

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)
disabilityrightsohio.org

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

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

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

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

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

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. Visit the website for more contact information.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Statewide: (800) 617-6733
dodd.ohio.gov
Contact Map: dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/home/resources/4-find-your-county-board

Ohio Disability Resource Guide

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

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

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
redtreehouse.org

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

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

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Provides behavioral health intervention and treatment services to youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Program: outpatient and inpatient services (home-based and school-based), therapeutic preschools and after school programs, residential care, and support for foster families. They provide specialized services to Hispanic / Latino children.
Eligibility: youth ages 3-18 years old
Cost: therapies can be billed to Medicaid and a variety of insurances
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437, ask for Intake
svfc.org

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

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