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General Help & Resources

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

Assistive Technology & Equipment

For a list of organizations and resources that provide assistive technology and equipment visit the “Assistive Technology & Equipment” subcategory under “Medical Equipment / Conditions”.

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

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
wexnermedical.osu.edu/primary-care/transitional-care

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

Dungarvin Ohio

A licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services including foster care, in-home services, residential services, respite care and developmental services. They support children and adults living in Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, Union and Montgomery County.
294 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 880-6000 or (800) 646-4612 Toll-free
dungarvin.com/locations/ohio

ECHO Residential Support

Provides support to individuals so that they may live where they want and with whomever they choose. ECHO helps in a variety of ways including housekeeping, money management, finding housing, transportation, and serves as a friendly face to support and encourage people with developmental disabilities to make their own decisions.
6500 Busch Boulevard, Suite 215, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 210-0944
echoresidential.webs.com

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) 293-2134
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
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 supportive living, 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

I Am Boundless

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 (ABA) and outpatient behavior health services, vocational habilitation, summer programs for youth with autism, telehealth services, psychiatry 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

(800) 409-2729
iamboundless.org

Milestones Autism Resources

Provide support, evidence-based methods and coaching for families and professionals to help individuals with autism reach their unique potential. They have a resource center on their website that provides tool kits, recommended reading lists, blogs, and a list of organizations that support youth and adults with autism.
4853 Galaxy Parkway, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
(216) 464-7600
milestones.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) 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

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 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
(844) 644-6268
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
OCALI Contact Directory: ocali.org/project/learn_about_OCALI/page/contact_OCALI

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 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

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

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), telehealth, 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

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

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

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

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.
145 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10013
understood.org

Upreach

Provides continuing adult education and wellness to adult individuals with developmental disabilities. The Upreach program offers services encouraging independence (including supported living services), self-determination and empowerment. The Learning Never Ends program provides life-long learning and wellness opportunities.

  • 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
    200 Hill Road, South Pickerington, Ohio 43147
    (614) 582-1182
  • Learning Never Ends – West
    5047 Transamerica Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 850-7472
  • Learning Never Ends – Fairfield
    230 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 785-5876

upreachgroup.com

USAGov

Provides an official guide to government information and services at the federal level. Examples of topics include financial help, disability services, how to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies, housing, jobs and unemployment, as well as taxes, immigration, how to research common U.S. laws, and file a complaint against the government and more.
(844) 872-4681
usa.gov