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4 Paws for Ability

Provides training and places task-trained service dogs with veterans, children with disabilities, or public facilities. Task-trained dogs include hearing ear dogs, medical alert dogs, and more. Veterans are exempt from program costs, but other clients should ask about fundraising options.
253 Dayton Avenue, Xenia, Ohio 45385
(937) 374-0385

A Special Wish (ASW) Foundation

Non-profit granting wishes to qualifying children under age 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. Call for program details.

  • Central Ohio: 620 Taylor Station Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 258-3186
  • Northeast Ohio: 23 Public Square, Brecksville, Ohio 44141
    (877) 770-9474
  • Southeast Ohio: 103 Plaza Drive, Saint Clairsville, Ohio 43950
    (740) 449-2063
  • Southwest Ohio: 741 Valley Street, Dayton, Ohio 45404

Aaron W. Perlman Center (Assistive Technology)

In partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Cincinnati, they meet the needs of children with physical disabilities and chronic physical conditions. They provide assistive technology evaluations for children and adults. They have a helpful program where kids can try out wheelchairs and other equipment for free before making a purchase.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
(513) 636-4601
3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229

Ability Matters

Serves: Students ages 3-21, individuals, and families. 
Agency providing services for individuals with autism and other neurological disabilities. Services include intervention training and support, customized and individualized learning options through the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program, and independent supportive living. The Beyond Ability Matters program provides housing, educational experiences like preparing for a job interview, and community outings. Services are offered by trained and experienced care providers.
425 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 956-1229
Beyond Ability Matters:

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS)

Serves Deaf and DeafBlind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and harassment. They provide services in Washington state and staff the 24/7 National Deaf Hotline, which provides confidential education, safety planning, and referrals. The Deaf Hotline website has great information and training modules in ASL on topics like deaf culture and domestic violence, healthy relationships, consent, how to support loved ones, and more.

  • ADWAS Office: 8623 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, Washington 98115
    (206) 922-7088
  • 24/7 Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline: (855) 812-1001 VP

ADA (American with Disabilities Act) National Network

Provides information, guidance and training on issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Anyone can call to speak to an ADA specialist. ADA specialists address complex questions on topics such as reasonable accommodations at work, building codes for new construction projects, accessible housing, and transitioning from school to work.
(800) 949-4232

Adaptive Sports Connection

Non-profit serving children, veterans, and adults with disabilities through outdoor and therapeutic recreation and education across Ohio. They support participants at all skill levels with adaptive equipment and instructors for downhill skiing, kayaking, cycling, paddling, sailing, amputee soccer, water skiing, and more. Their Bikes to Go program helps children and adults obtain an adaptive bike. Veterans attend for free, program fees for others are minimal and no one is turned away for inability to pay. Scholarships are also available.
6000 Harriott Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 389-3921

Adriel School

Provides faith-based respite care, on-site counseling and treatment for foster youth 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.
105 Commerce Park Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43082
(614) 761-0010 or call (614) 584-1520 for after-hours referrals

Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

Offers several summer programs for kids and adults with any disability. The children’s overnight camp is geared towards children with disabilities aged 6-17. Several day camps are offered for campers ages 6-21. Adults can participate in Adult Summer Camp and weekend retreats throughout the year. They also offer respite care for days off school.
4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319
(330) 644-4512

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

Alpha Group

Provides vocational training for individuals with a variety of disabilities. Services include soft skills development, assistance with all stages of the job application process, and direct skills training on the worksite. They offer an Integrated Adult Day program, Supportive Living Services, and Transportation Services. Services vary by location.

  • Delaware: 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • Westerville: 200 Hoff Road, Suite F, Westerville, Ohio 43082
  • Dublin: 4333 Tuller Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
  • Mansfield: P.O. Box 3831, Mansfield, Ohio 44907

Main Office: (740) 368-5810
Transportation: (740) 564-2502

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The country’s largest cross-disability membership organization advocating for political and economic power for those with disabilities. They offer several scholarships, mentorship programs, paid internships, and a leadership program for young Black disabled individuals. Their website has helpful information on policies affecting people with disabilities, and current political news.
1030 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 521-4316 or (800) 840-8844

American Council of the Blind Ohio (ACBO)

Non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired through education and advocacy. They host monthly meetings and fun community events and retreats. The Matching Grants program provides funds to any blind or visually impaired resident of Ohio to pay half the cost of a purchase up to $1000 for new adaptive equipment. Find program details and contact information for other chapters on their website.
3805 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 470-2226 or (614) 261-3561

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Provides free information and resources to support greater independence for those who are blind or low-vision. Their website has a lot of information for families and professionals. They also host family support groups and educational webinars. Call or use the searchable directory on their home page to find agencies and resources near you.

Program highlights:

  • Career Connect: This page houses informational articles and videos on searching for jobs, preparing for interviews, and more. They also have free, self-paced courses/activity guides for transition-age youth to consider and plan for college and/or the workforce.
  • Family Connect: Houses important information for families on topics like understanding your child’s diagnosis, education and IEPs, and developmentally appropriate play activities.
  • Parent Connect Support Group: Monthly virtual support group for parents and families of children who are blind or visually impaired. Call or register online.

Call with questions, for help finding resources, or to sign up for Family Connect: (800) 232-5463

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)

Non-profit providing support and information to families raising children who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Their mission is to ensure every Deaf child can learn sign language because deafness is not a disability, but language deprivation is. They offer online ASL classes, resources for IEP and mental health support, community events, educational resources for professionals, and more.
(800) 942-2732
Deaf Crisis Line: Video Phone (321) 800-3323
ASL en Español:

ARC Industries

Provides vocational training and employment services for adults who have developmental disabilities. They offer one-on-one career planning services, vocational habilitation, group employment, and adult day services.
2780 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 479-2500

ARCH National Respite Network & Resource Center

Promotes the development of quality respite care programs in the United States and helps families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities. Their website has great information on types of respite care, planning for respite, how to get paid as a family caregiver, and more. Use the National Respite Locator to find a qualified provider near you.

Art Possible Ohio

Inclusive art organization combatting ableism in the art world. They host accessible art shows, showcase and help sell works, provide professional development, and help artists with disabilities apply for grants.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(380) 799-6253

Aspirations Ohio

Serves: Adolescents and adults 13-30 years with autism spectrum disorder and their families
A group-based social skills and support program for teens and young adults with autism. The facilitated group engages in discussion and activities focused on building social and vocational skills. They provide additional support groups including Men’s and Women’s Aspirations, financial empowerment, DBT therapy skills, EmployAbility, and self-advocacy. Find program schedules and registration details online.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 366-3276

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”.

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 blind and legally blind individuals. Applicants must be legally blind, a resident of the United States, and meet income requirements to qualify for this program. Find application details online.
PO Box 246, Holbrook, Massachusetts 02343
(781) 961-1023

Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

Designed for those who support, instruct, work with, or live with someone with autism, the Autism Internet Modules (AIM) guide users through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, discussion questions, activities, and more. Professionals can receive graduate credit for completing modules. Modules include recognizing autism, medications, augmentative and alternative communication, cognitive behavioral intervention, and more. To get started, create a free account on their website.
(614) 410-0321

Baby sign language is a way for all parents to improve early infant communication and communicate with children before they can speak. This website has free resources including videos, downloadable flash cards, and tutorials.

Bair Foundation

Faith-based foster care agency offering foster care, foster parent training, adoption, and kinship care services. They also provide respite care and clinical behavioral health/mental health services. They have multiple locations in Ohio and across the U.S.
665 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 846-6265 or (888) 705-3577

Best Buddies Ohio

Their One-to-One Friendship program creates social inclusion and friendships for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities at middle and high schools, colleges, and online across Ohio. The Leadership Development program empowers people with and without IDD to become leaders, public speakers and advocates.
PO Box 45353, Westlake, Ohio 44145
(614) 928-3383


Customizable ebook library for people with dyslexia, learning disabilities, visual impairments, physical disabilities, and other reading barriers. They operate under exception to US copyright law, allowing a huge collection of copyrighted titles to be made available for readers using a tablet, computer, assistive device, or smartphone. Schools and students can access for free, individuals/adults pay a yearly fee. Individuals must register as members and provide proof of qualifying disability. Find program details and register on their website.
(650) 352-0198


Serves: Children, teens, individuals, and families with ID/DD and/or behavioral health challenges.
Provides person-centered care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. They offer primary care, dental, psychiatry, outpatient behavioral health, community-based ABA, care coordination, long-term and temporary residential support, in-home and out-of-home respite services, day programs, and afterschool programs. Family Support Services are provided by the State of Ohio for families who need help keeping their loved one at home. Services vary by location, find details and request an appointment on their website.

  • Worthington Campus and Administrative Office:
    445 East Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 844-3800
  • Newark:
    22 North First Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 334-4056
  • West Carrollton:
    700 Liberty Lane, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449
    (937) 247-2400
    Center-Based ABA: (937) 672-1587
  • Mahoning Valley Campus of Care:
    1960 East County Line Road, Mineral Ridge, Ohio 44440
    (330) 596-1042
  • Medina:
    1065 Medina Road, Medina, Ohio 44256
    (330) 596-1042
  • Perrysburg:
    28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
    (567) 312-4722

(800) 409-2729

Braille Reading Pals Club (Early Literacy Program)

Free literacy program for blind and low-vision children 0-8 years old. Families receive free Braille books, activities, birthday cards, and more. Fill out an application and learn about other resources from National Federation of the Blind online.
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9314

Bridgeway Academy and Therapy Center

Serves: Children birth to age 21, parents, and families.
Nonprofit education center serving children with autism and developmental disabilities. Bridgeway Academy utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide private school-day education from preschool through high school, life skills training, vocational training, and transition to adulthood support. Bridgeway Therapy Center serves Bridgeway Academy students and outpatient clients for music therapy, speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health, and family partnership services. Clinical staff work with families and professionals to assess, diagnose and develop individualized treatment plans in client-centered therapy sessions. 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.
1350 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 262-7520

Buddy Up For Life for Youth with Down Syndrome

Serves individuals with Down Syndrome by providing engaging activities that help athletic, social, and emotional development. Athletes are partnered with volunteer Buddies to provide support, develop friendships, and reinforce the coaches’ instructions. Coaches are trained to implement the curriculum specifically created for athletes with Down Syndrome. Programs include tennis, pickleball, fitness, Zumba, and summer camp. The Columbus location offers a Life Skills program for students ages 14+ to learn skills like cooking, finance, and professional communication.
8000 Walton Parkway, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 579-8808

Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI)

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) provides personalized services to assist people who are Blind or have low vision in gaining and maintaining meaningful work and personal independence. Services are available for individuals over the age of 14. Services include individualized case planning, job training, job search and placement assistance, and work retraining for those in the process of losing their vision.
Columbus Vocational Rehabilitation Office: 4300 East Broad Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 466-4575 or (800) 282-4536
Find an OOD Office Near You:

Camp Nuhop

Hosts a variety of programs for individuals ages 6-29, with a focus on those living with ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, mood disorders, and other neurodiversities. Programs include summer camps, weekend respite programs for ages 8-18, Life Skills camp for ages 18-29 to grow independent living skills, and outdoor experiential learning courses.
1077 Township Road 2916, Perrysville, Ohio 44864
(419) 938-7151

Canine Companions for Independence

Provides service dogs to adults, children, and veterans with disabilities and facility dogs to professionals working in healthcare, criminal justice and educational settings. Service dogs and all follow-up services are provided free of charge to the recipient. Go online to start the application process.
Columbus: (614) 699-5900
National Headquarters: (866) 224-3647

Career & Technical Schools in Central Ohio

Columbus City Schools Career-Technical Education: Serves high school juniors and seniors with pathways for arts, communication, construction, health sciences, transportation, human services, law / public safety and more. The Adult & Community Education office offers programs for health occupations, skilled trades, computer applications, high school equivalency, and free ESL/ESOL classes.

    • Columbus Downtown High School: 364 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
      (380) 997-4213
    • Fort Hayes Career Center: 546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
      (380) 997-6126
    • Adult & Community Education: 2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
      (614) 365-6000
  • Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools: Offers tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors in Franklin, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties with programs like automotive, cosmetology, graphic design, pre-nursing and more. Programs for adults include GED, ESOL, STNA, welding, HVAC, and help finding a job. They offer a free summer camp for students grades 6-8 to explore career options. The Employability Prep program for students ages 16-21 with learning differences offers hands-on job experience and soft skills training.
    • Eastland: 4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-5725
    • Fairfield: 3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
      (740) 756-9243
    • Adult Workforce Development: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-4541
    • District Office: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-4530
  • Delaware Area Career Center (DACC): Offers career readiness for school-aged kids, summer camps, and unique electives for high school students such as welding, computer programming, cosmetology and more. They offer a GED program and classes for adults, such as Microsoft 365, ESOL, and firefighting. They also offer Disabilities Support for individuals under 22 years old.
    4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 548-0708
  • South-Western City Schools Career Tech: Junior and senior students can take classes toward graduation that include academic knowledge and technical skills. They also offer GED, ESL and other adult education programs.
    4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 801-3400
  • Tolles Career & Technical Center: Serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson school districts. Offers free adult and continuing education opportunities for ESL, GED, STNA and EMT and more professional training programs.
    7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
    (614) 873-4666
  • Ohio Department of High Education List of Ohio Career Technical Centers:

Caregiver Action Network

Non-profit providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge. Their website has helpful resources for those who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or old age. Contact their Caregiver Help Desk to get help finding information on navigating complex caregiving challenges.
Caregiver Help Desk: (855) 227-3640
Office Phone: (202) 454-3970

Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

Provides technical assistance to prevent and resolve special education and early intervention disputes, and improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. Families can find helpful guides on state agencies, educational advocates, IEPs, and more.
576 Olive Street, Eugene, Oregon 97401
(541) 359-4210

Center for Courageous Kids (CCK)

Offers free summer camps and family retreat experiences for seriously ill children, in a safe, medically supervised environment. 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

Center for Parent Information & Resources (CPIR)

Provides a “Parent Center Hub” with information to help parents in caring for their child with a disability, which includes fact sheets, training materials, explanations of early intervention and special education; IFSP, IEP, and transition planning; webinars on priority topics (such as early learning, assessments; and self-advocacy skill building); and much more. They also have virtual parent support communities.
(973) 642-8100

Central Ohio Spina Bifida Alliance (COSBA)

Nonprofit started by parents caring for children with Spina Bifida, COSBA offers support to new families, organized social gatherings, and helps with related financial needs. Visit the website for contact information.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) Parent Columbus

Family resource group bringing people and families living with CP together to share information, resources, personal experience, advice, and support.
(614) 868-0146

Cerebral Palsy Foundation

Access tons of helpful information about Cerebral Palsy resources, accessibility, inclusion, and research through the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. They have a video library, fact sheets, a free app for families, and a resource website.
Cerebral Palsy Resource Website:
The Free CP Channel App:
Cerebral Palsy Foundation Website:

Chapel Hill House

Provides a place for families affected by pediatric cancer to enjoy a private weekend of family time, for free. The ADA-compliant house is available to families with children in treatment for cancer or who have been in treatment within the past two years. Families can enjoy the Treehouse, Schoolhouse/Art Cabin, games, and golf course to explore the grounds. Reservations can be made online.
Mailing Address: PO Box 499, Prospect, Ohio 43342
(740) 360-4273

Childhood League Center

Serves: Families with children under the age of 6, children with autism or developmental delays
Early childhood educational services for children including early childhood intervention, toddler classes, and home visits. Their preschool program serves a 50:50 ratio of children both with and without developmental delays, a research-based approach aimed at creating inclusive communities. The PLAY Project is an evidence-based, parent-implemented autism intervention for young children. The center also has educational resources for families, training opportunities for professionals, and community events. Find program and enrollment details online.
674 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 253-6933

Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH)

Links families of children with special health care needs to CMH-providers and helps families pay for the services the child’s needs up to age 21 years old. Visit the website to see what conditions are eligible for CMH and locate CMH providers by county.
(614) 466-1700 or (800) 755-4769 Toll-free (for parents only)
CMH Providers & Locations:

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

Search through their online directory to find information and condition-specific resources, arranged in alphabetical order by condition/diagnosis.

Columbus Cake Celebrations

Every child deserves a birthday cake. This group of volunteers bakes / buys and delivers cakes and cupcakes free of charge to Columbus children on their birthday. Parents and guardians can submit a request for their children on the website. The group provides, on average, 100 birthday cakes per month to Columbus area kids.

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

Provides children and young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn to skate and play ice hockey in an environment adapted to each athlete’s ability level. Anyone regardless of age, sex, developmental disability, or skill level, who is physically able to play, may join. Practices are held at the Ohio Health Chiller Ice Rinks including Dublin, North, and Easton.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3243 Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 284-6104

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Parent Mentor Program

Parent Mentors are parents of children with special needs staffed by the Special Education Department of Columbus City Schools. Parent Mentors can connect families to appropriate programs, explain the IEP process and attend meetings with families, and provide education and support to fellow parents.
(380) 997-4927 or (614) 365-5000

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Special Education

Columbus City Schools Office of Special Education is dedicated to providing academic and behavioral support to students with disabilities. Their website has information on IEP program, career transition services, parent mentor program, and more.
737 East Hudson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 365-5206

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 or social-emotional development. Find program and enrollment details online.
430 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-5204 or (614) 365-5205

Columbus Hearing Impaired Program (CHIP)

Free program through Columbus City Schools to support Deaf or Hard of Hearing students PreK-12. Works with central Ohio school districts to provide services such as access to extracurriculars and transportation to suit individual needs. Find enrollment details online.
(614) 365-5977

Columbus Learning Center for Dyslexia

Serves: Children with dyslexia in grades 1-12. 
Their accredited learning centers use evidence-based, therapeutic teaching techniques to help students with dyslexia improve reading skills and build confidence. Children participate in the program after school and receive one-on-one instruction. They have locations across Ohio and in neighboring states.
290 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 799-1261
Main Website:

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

CML is an award-winning library and amazing resource in the community. With 23 locations throughout Franklin County, they provide a lot more than just books, including lots of free online resources, specialized programs, and community events.

  • School Help: K-12 students can get after-school homework help, K-3 students can get extra reading practice with Reading Buddies in person or online, HelpNow offers 24/7 online homework help and test prep, and some locations host After School Snacktimes.
  • Kindergarten Readiness: Find Storytimes, Play to Learn, and Kindergarten readiness classes for ages 0-5. They also have Skill Builder videos with activities you can do together at home.
  • Teen Programs: YouMedia Discord for ages 13-17 to work on music, podcasts, videos, and more with skilled mentors; homework and test prep help, and monthly Teen Spotlight videos.
  • Adult Education: They offer ESOL and GED referrals; free technology business, and coding classes; history and genealogy experts, Digital Navigator staff can help you access hardware and software, and Excel Adult High School allows adults to get their high-school degree in an online, self-paced program.
  • Adaptive Services: Request accommodations, adaptive audio and visual equipment, and large print reading materials.
  • Business & Nonprofit Resource Center: Visit Main Library for access to co-working space, specialized professional help, access to community partners, tools, and resources.

(614) 645-2275

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Resource Lists

These neighborhood resource lists are extremely helpful in finding resources near you. They provide detailed listings of free and low cost health care, vision care, dental care, prescription help, food pantries, transportation, job help, transportation, pregnancy resources and much more. They are updated frequently and reviewed by the Columbus Public Health social work team. Please note that CPH does not provide direct monetary assistance, but these lists are helpful in finding community agencies that do provide this assistance.

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807

Columbus Recreation & Parks Therapeutic Recreation

Sponsors recreational activities that are modified to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Families can fill out an Inclusion Support Request online and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will work with them on accommodations necessary to join classes at one of their many Community Centers. They also offer inclusive summer camps, adaptive sports club, and more.
1755 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-5648
Inclusion Support Request:

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Program: Nonprofit providing occupational individual and group therapy, audiology and hearing aid services, speech-language therapy sessions and evaluations, community outreach programs, American Sign Language classes for adults and youth ages 16 and older, and a Support Service Provider program.
Eligibility: Varies by program, serves young children (under the age of 6 years old) up to seniors (65 years old and older)
Cost: Varies by program; self pay and accept many insurances, including Caresource, Molina and Medicaid
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization

  • Dublin Location: 5155 Bradenton Avenue, Dublin, Ohio 43017
  • Clintonville Location: 510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
  • Westerville Location: 470 Olde Worthington Road, Westerville, Ohio 43082

(614) 263-5151

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. Their website has resources such as recorded trainings and a national listing of job and internship openings.
820 First Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 567-3516

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Science center offering hands-on STEAM education for all, through interactive exhibits and programs. Families can purchase tickets or memberships to enjoy their live shows, special events, opportunities to volunteer, resources for educators, and more. They offer a special Family Access Membership that is available for families who get WIC, EBT, or Ohio Medicaid. They also offer Sensory Bags and a Sensory Environment Map to help individuals with sensory needs enjoy their visit. The COSI Connects website has lots of STEAM information, videos, and activities for families and educators.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2674

Deaf Services Center (DSC)

Non-profit serving the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind community. Services include ASL classes, C-Print, interpreting, case management, early intervention for ages 0-3, employment services, adaptive equipment programs, youth mentoring programs and summer camps.

  • Central: 5830 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 841-1991 or (614) 515-6065 VP
  • Northwest: 1002 Garden Lake Parkway, Toledo, Ohio 43614
    (419) 720-3935 or (419) 386-2627 VP
  • Southern: Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 357-7713 or (740) 370-1254 VP

Disability Benefits & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs provide assistance to people who meet requirements for disability. Children can qualify if they have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activities, and if their family has a limited income. A child may receive benefits if they are the child of a SSI beneficiary who is disabled or deceased. The benefits pay for many services, including doctor and hospital visits.
(800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 TTY

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

National civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. They provide specialized legal services for cases that have the potential to affect large groups of people with disabilities and achieve law reform. Their website has helpful information on topics like healthcare access, special education, foster/kinship care, and transportation. They also post job and internship opportunities.
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California 94703
(510) 644-2555 or (510) 841-8645 TTY

Disability Rights Ohio

Advocates for people with disabilities in Ohio. Their website has helpful resources on abuse, neglect and exploitation, employment, benefits counseling, education, voting, and more. Rise Up is an interactive youth advocacy guide with resources for transitioning into adulthood. Most of their resources are available in multiple languages, including Spanish and Somali. Complete the online intake form for legal help.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181
Rise Up guides:
Intake Form:

Discovery Riders

Serves: Children 4 and up with special needs. Find specific physical requirements on their website. 
Therapeutic riding center providing low-cost summer camps and equine therapeutic riding to children and individuals with a disability. Horses provide a special format for individuals to connect and socialize with the animal and each other.
(937) 935-6545
1797 State Route 47, East Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311

Do It For the Love Music Wish Grants

Supports music therapy, research, and provides live music experiences for wounded veterans and children or adults with life-threatening illnesses. Nominate yourself of someone you know  with the gift of attending a live music concert for free. Go online for eligibility details and contact information.

Do More Foundation

Offers financial assistance for families who need financial help due to their child’s medical needs. Includes help with utility/rent bills, meal expenses while at the hospital, gas expenses for travel to and from hospital or doctor visits, non-covered medical expenses, non-covered supplies that would aid the child in their treatment and funeral expenses related to the death of a child. Go online for additional contact information and to apply for assistance.
PO Box 1981, Pompano Beach, Florida 33061
(954) 857-9059

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

Hosts programs and projects for precollege and college students with disabilities, and advocates for universal design in the workplace. Families and professionals can find a wealth of information on their website on career readiness, mentorship programs, accessible classrooms, and technology. DO-IT Pals is a virtual community for high school students with disabilities that want to go to college. They also have a list of Scholarships for students with disabilities.
Voice/TTY: (206) 685-3648 or (888) 972-3648

Down Syndrome Achieves (DSA)

Focuses on research and funding, political advocacy and education to reduce health complications for people living with Down Syndrome. 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

Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO)

Offers resources, information, programs and services for families with Down Syndrome in Central Ohio. They have several support groups for parents, counseling services, and a financial assistance program. They have regular events for all ages, such as play groups, arts and recreation, and virtual cooking classes for people with Down Syndrome. You can also request a hospital care package or new parent package for a family through their website.
510 East North Broadway Suite 401, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-6020

Drawn from Valor

Creative stories and educational materials that bring families and kids together to learn about their health conditions. These free stories are science-backed self-care resources about Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, PTSD, Social-Emotional Health, and Type 1 Diabetes. Resources include video shorts, printable activity sheets,
Main Website:
For Children with Diabetes: Kara & The Not So Dire Beastie
For Children Experiencing Depression or Anxiety: Empowernauts

Dream Factory of Southeast Ohio

Healthcare providers can refer their patients, from ages 3-18 who have a chronic illness or disorder, to this national program which offers to help make a child’s dream/wish come true.
PO Box 1674, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601
(740) 542-1254

Dreams on Horseback

Center offering equine-therapy and horse-assisted learning experiences to enrich lives. Programs include therapeutic riding for children and adults with special needs, Military Connections for military personnel and veterans, youth social-emotional learning, vocational training for young adults with special needs, and more.
1416 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Blacklick, Ohio 43004
(614) 864-9500

Dublin Schools Transition Services

Assists families and students age 14+ in developing a transition plan to support students as they move to post-school activities. Services include job training and internship opportunities, career and technical education exploration, and postsecondary education exploration. Call a Transition Coordinator at your school to get started.

  • Dublin Jerome High School: (614) 718-8418
  • Dublin Coffman and Dublin Scioto High Schools: (614) 718-8339

Dungarvin Ohio

Serves: Children, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Private service provider offering in-home services, foster care for youth or adults with complex needs, day services, shared living services, and residential care. They serve the following counties in Ohio: Butler, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Lucas, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Portage, and Summit.
294 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 880-6000 or (800) 646-4612

DWAVE (Deaf World Against Violence Everywhere)

Serves Ohio’s Deaf, Deaf Blind, Deaf Disabled, and Hard of Hearing communities by offering culturally affirmative services in response to relationship and sexual violence. Call to speak to a trained advocate for individualized safety planning and case management. Referrals can be placed for material help, legal help, social services, and mental health counseling. They offer 24-hour advocacy for survivors of sexual assault at local hospital emergency rooms. They also hold trainings for volunteer advocates, professionals/providers working with Deaf clients, and Deaf Culture 101.
PO Box 1286, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Videophone: (614) 678-5476
Voice/Text: (614) 887-7233
National Deaf Hotline VP: (855) 812-1001
National 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline Voice: (800) 799-7233

Easterseals Central & Southeast Ohio

Serves: children and adults with developmental disabilities
Provides comprehensive health services for children and adults living with disabilities. Services include early childhood education, adult day services, in-home care, referral services, and outpatient therapies. They also offer afterschool programs and summer day camps for children.

  • Central and Southeast Ohio: 3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 228-5523
  • Cuyahoga Falls: 1212 Portage Trail Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
    (234) 417-0250
  • Chillicothe: 1855 Western Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
  • Lawrence County: 97 Private Road Eighty South Point, Ohio 45680
    (740) 894-7560
  • Medina: 5041 Victor Drive, Medina, Ohio 44256
    (330) 722-8558
  • Portsmouth: 3858 US Highway 23, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    (740) 716-7295

ECHO Residential Support

Private agency providing in-home support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Services include help with daily living activities and transportation. Clients require a waiver from the county Board of Developmental Disabilities to receive services.
6500 Busch Boulevard, Suite 215, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 210-0944

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO)

Serves: Preschoolers and Students ages 18-22 with special needs who have deferred their high school diploma.
The ESC offers multiple programs on the campuses at Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University to create individualized transition plans for students and help them meet their career and lifestyle goals. Each program includes help with activities of daily living, hands-on experience at multiple work sites, on-campus, and in the community. They also host an Early Learning Peer Model Program with small group instruction for preschool-aged children. Find program details and application instructions online.

  • Campus-Based Transition: (614) 445-3750
  • Peer Model Program: (614) 542-4106

2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219

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

Ohio Department of Education SST Region 11 provides professional development, coaching, and technical assistance to school districts, educational service centers, community schools, early childhood programs and families in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, Union and Chillicothe City Schools located in Ross County. Find helpful information on early learning, resources for families and special education professionals, and educational events.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 753-4694

Empower Behavioral Health & Intervention (formerly Haugland Therapy Services)

Serves: Autism diagnosis and testing for children up to age 4, Children and  young adults with an autism diagnosis 2 to 21 years old.
A multidisciplinary outpatient clinic offering services for those with autism and developmental delays. The Autism Intervention Center provides autism diagnosis, testing and full-day autism therapies like occupational therapy, speech, ABA, IEP services, and transition services. Home and community based therapies include case management, mental health treatment, and transportation help.
2540 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 470-2018 or (614) 407-7508

Epilepsy Alliance Ohio

Serve those living with epilepsy and seizures, as well as their families and caregivers. They offer counseling services, art therapy, scholarships, summer camps, residential group homes, virtual and in-person support groups, referrals to community resources, community education, and more. Their website also has helpful information about understanding epilepsy and joining clinical trials.

  • Cincinnati: 895 Central Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    (877) 804-2241
  • Columbus: 3857 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
    (614) 725-1015
    Art Therapy: (614) 725-1031

Epilepsy Foundation

Provides in-depth information and resources for people living with epilepsy. The Epilepsy & Seizure Hotline is also offered 24-hours for information and referrals to support. They have free, online courses for individuals and professionals on topics like Seizure Safety and Navigating the Workplace with Epilepsy. You can also find information on help paying for prescriptions, clinical trials and research, camps and family programming, support groups, and more.
3540 Crain Highway, Bowie, Maryland 20716
Technical Support: (800) 332-1000
24/7 Epilepsy & Seizures Helpline: (800) 332-1000 or (866) 748-8008 for Español

Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund

Legal Defense Fund through the Epilepsy Foundation, to help end epilepsy-related discrimination. Their Attorney Network is made of experience attorneys who have agreed to provide some level of free legal services. They can help with cases related to employment, education, public accommodations, police and first responder services, housing, healthcare, and criminal justice. Go online to complete an Application for Assistance.
(800) 332-1000
Application for Assistance:

Experience Columbus Live for Inclusion List

Provides a list of accessible dining, transportation, activities, hotels and other resources in and around Columbus that have been reviewed by disability inclusion experts. For specific questions about accessibility at a particular location, contact the location (or source of transportation) for the most up-to-date details.
(614) 221-6623

Family Resource Network of Ohio (FRNO)

Provides resources, tools, and trainings to help individuals and families of individuals with developmental disabilities. Their website has database of programs and organizations across Ohio for helpful products, therapy, schools, legal help, clinical trials, and more. They use Charting the LifeCourse principals to help individuals and families of all abilities and ages develop a vision for a good life, and regular LifeCourse trainings are available for families and professionals.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Family Resource Coordinator: (614) 293-2134
Family Support Coordinator: (513) 636-4723

Family Services/Community Services for the Deaf

Nonprofit providing counseling and community based social services in Southwestern Ohio. Their community services for the Deaf include ASL classes, interpreting, case management, and youth programs. They offer specialized counseling services for sexual abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, and trauma recovery. They also host groups for justice-involved individuals, perpetrators of domestic violence, alcohol and drug recovery.
2211 Arbor Boulevard, Moraine, Ohio 45439
(937) 222-9481
Video Phone: (937) 641-8187

Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB)

Non-profit providing recreational fishing opportunities for all regardless of their age, race, gender, or disability. Their annual fishing event is an opportunity for people with disabilities to connect in community and participate fully in the world of fishing.
PO Box 1499, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 383-8851

Flying Colors Public Preschool

Provides developmental evaluations, early intervention, and special education services for children living in Granville, Heath, Licking Valley, North Fork and Johnstown School Districts. They also offer  a  social-behavioral program for students, ages 2 ½ – 6, with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or significant communication and social emotional deficits.
119 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-1629

Flying Horse Farms (FHF) Camps for Kids With Serious Illnesses

Provides a free outdoor adventure camp experience for children with serious illnesses ages 7-21, and their families. They provide a medically safe environment with a staff of volunteer healthcare professionals, and camp activities like crafts, campfires, archery, swimming, and more. Family Camp is open to families of children with a wide variety of diagnoses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, developmental differences, and more. They also have virtual camp experiences, camps for Mental Health diagnoses, and Siblings. Professionals can find volunteer and Child Life Practicum opportunities.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 751-7077

Food for Good Thought

Serves: High-schoolers and young adults with autism in Central Ohio.
Non-profit that provides employment services, job training, career exploration, and sustained employment support to individuals with autism. The EveryBody Works program is a transition program that blends post-secondary education with paid work experiences. The summer program hosts students in high school with disabilities for five weeks and includes soft skills, interviewing skills, resumes, and a paid work placement. Call for application information.
4185 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 447-0424

Fore Hope

Uses golf to improve quality of life for people with disabilities and neurological conditions. Their program is for people of all ages, disabilities and economic backgrounds. Participants meet with a recreational and physical therapist and are provided adaptive equipment if needed.
(614) 566-4242

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about food assistance (Ohio Direction Card / EBT), cash assistance, medical assistance (like Medicaid), job training, emergency assistance (PRC), help with paying for child care and more. 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 should apply for services as well.

  • East Opportunity Center
    1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
  • Northland Opportunity Center
    1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
  • West Opportunity Center
    314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Call (844) 640-6446 to apply for SNAP/OWF cash assistance/Medicaid benefits
Medical Transportation: (614) 233-2381
Workforce Development: (614) 212-1800
Find Your Local ODJFS Office:
Self-Service Ohio Benefits Portal:

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

Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)

Find lots of educational resources and city services on their website. FCPH offers many services and resources, including:

280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160
Weekend, Holiday and After Hours Emergency Hotline: (614) 525-3965
Telecommunications for the Deaf: 711 or (800) 750-0750

Friendship Circle Columbus

Teenage and young-adult volunteers are paired with children with special needs and their families, and together they participate in one-on-one and group activities. Parents and families get much needed respite as well as the opportunity to socialize with other families. Learn more and sign up on their website.
6220 East Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 570-4014

Goodwill Columbus

Goodwill Stores sell thrift clothing, furniture, art, and more to support their job training programs. Programs include Roads2Work commercial driver training, STNA and medical coding, technology classes, AMP for young adults 18-24 years old, CompTIA IT program, and 1:1 career coaching. They also provide person-centered, employment-focused services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) including Adult Day and Residential services, mental health support, and a Columbus art studio.
671 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Office: (614) 294-5181
Career Coaching: (614) 966-9283

Grove City Buddy Ball

Buddy Ball is a baseball league that provides opportunities for all persons to play baseball regardless of ability, specifically providing opportunities for children and adults with developmental or physical disabilities. The season runs from May through June, and each player has a Buddy to assist them with whatever help they need to play the game. Fees are minimal, and financial scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
3400 Ventura Boulevard, Grove City, Ohio 43123

Hattie Larlham Central Ohio Services

Serves: Children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Provides care and support services in Central and Northeast Ohio. They offer several levels of care including recreation programs, day support programs, intermediate care homes, supported living, and residential care.
769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 486-4361

Healthy Hearing

This online resource offers great information about hearing and hearing loss, and a national clinic directory to help you find a provider near you. They also have an online hearing test and lots of information on topics like hearing loss in children, various hearing diagnoses, assistive listening devices, and navigating insurance and financial help.
(800) 567-1692

Heart of Unlimited Boundaries (HUB)

Provides therapeutic, recreational, and employment programs for children and adults with disabilities or critical illnesses. They are known for their adapted Go-Karting program (therapeutic karting), which enables severely disabled individuals to drive a vehicle on an outdoor course. They also offer 3-D printing classes and an adaptive equipment lab for development of inclusive technology.
308 Reynolds Street, West Liberty, Ohio 43357
(614) 800-3310

iCan Shine

Provides quality learning opportunities in recreational activities for individuals with disabilities ages 3 and up. They collaborate with local non-profits to host iCan Bike, Swim, and Dance camps in the spring and summer. Use the website to contact the organization or to find a program near you.
PO Box 541, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301

Imaginary Friend Society

A free kid-friendly short film series covering a wide range of cancer-related topics, including topics like defining cancer itself to chemotherapy, shots, surgery, and MRIs. The videos are offered in English and Spanish.


IMPACT Safety is a personal safety and violence prevention program through LifeCare Alliance. The program includes safety awareness, emotional skills, boundary setting, and physical self-defense skills. They offer specialized programs for kids, teens, adults, seniors people with disabilities, women of color, businesses, and personalized options. Trainings require a fee, but need-based scholarships are available. Community programs are offered for free several times per year throughout Columbus.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 437-2884


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. Use the Find a Doctor tool on their website to find a participating provider near you.
(314) 983-4160
Find a Doctor:

Integrity Athletics

Athletic recreation center in Central Ohio offering a variety of classes, training opportunities, and competitions for youth, preschool and up. Classes include gymnastics, tumbling, martial arts, and HUGS gymnastics for special needs youth. They also host a preschool open gym, special events, and summer camp. They partner with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine to provide specialized athletic training.
8185 Business Way, Plain City, Ohio 43064
(614) 733-0818

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Central Ohio

Advocacy organization supporting individuals and families with dyslexia. They have a Dyslexia Digital Library with tons of educational information, a directory to find providers near you, resources for providers, and more.
PO Box 1601, Westerville, Ohio 43086
(614) 899-5711
Central Ohio:

JAN (Job Accommodation Network)

Offers free guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, ADA and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Their website also has helpful information on a wide range of medical conditions with related resources and accommodations.
Voice: (800) 526-7234
TTY: (877) 781-9403
Text: (304) 216-8189

Keepsake T-Shirt Quilts & Blankets

This non-profit provides meaningful employment for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. They hire and train individuals who are deaf to handcraft T-shirt quilts, blankets, and pillows in an ASL-immersive work environment. They also use leftover materials to craft blankets for people without homes. Anyone can purchase their beautifully crafted items online.
563 South Dawson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 238-3323 or (614) 388-9630 VP

Kiwanis Northwest Columbus

Volunteer organization serving kids in Northwest Columbus. They host several youth soccer programs, including Kiwanis Soccer Buddies for children K-6 with special needs. They also volunteer for habitat restoration at Upper Arlington parks, host Aktion Club for adults with disabilities, and award college scholarships to high school students with or without a documented disability. Find program details and contact information online.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University

Federally-funded program through Gallaudet University advocating for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Their website has lots of helpful guides and training videos for parents and professionals on topics like language development, reading to Deaf children, and early intervention. Call the Gallaudet University East Regional Center for help finding professional development and educational opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
East Regional Center: (978) 556-3701 or Video Phone (978) 241-7417

Learning Never Ends

Serves: Adults with developmental disabilities.
Adult day service provider at multiple Columbus locations. They provide supported living services, nursing, education, recreation, and more.

  • Upreach: 4488 Mobile Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43220
    (614) 442-7702
  • Central: 5909 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43231
    (614) 899-8100
  • South: 200 Hill Road, South Pickerington, Ohio 43147
    (614) 582-1182
  • West: 5047 Transamerica Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 850-7472
  • Fairfield: 230 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 785-5876

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio. Legal Aid attorneys may be able to help you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax law, veterans, and education. Their website also has a page of Resources with easy to read information on these topics.

  • Columbus Office: serves Franklin and Madison county
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374
  • Marion Office: serves Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union county
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411

Lighthouse Guild’s Vision Loss Tele-Support Network

Non-profit healthcare organization for visually impaired persons. Provides free tele-support groups, including groups for high school students with vision loss and for parents of those with vision loss. Groups meet weekly by phone to share experiences and discuss related topics. Lighthouse also has a Vision & Health Blog and podcast with helpful information, scholarships, and more.
(212) 769-6318

Little Baby Face Foundation

Provides reconstructive surgery for children under the age of 21 born with facial deformities that reduce their quality of life, regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay. Surgeries are performed by highly skilled medical staff in New York City. Families fill out an application online, and if selected, a surgical coordinator works with families to coordinate travel and other arrangements. The organization covers all costs of accommodations, surgery, and travel.
135 East 74th Street, New York, New York 10021
(212) 333-5233

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio is the official Ohio State Long-Term Care Ombudsman sponsoring agency, for Region 6 and Region 8 Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs. The program advocates for excellence in long-term services and supports wherever consumers live. Ombudsmen do not regulate nursing homes and home health agencies, but do work with providers, residents, their families, and other representatives to resolve problems and concerns.

  • Region 6: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Union, and Pickaway counties
    (614) 345-9198 or (800) 536-5891
  • Region 8: Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington counties
    (740) 345-9198

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) 211 Central Ohio

Faith-based organization providing a wide range of services across Ohio. Services include Faith Mission homeless shelter, food, health care, affordable senior living and domestic violence help. Visit the website for detailed program information and to find an office near you. The United Way/LSS 211 Information and Referral network can connect you to other social services across Franklin County.

  • LSS 211
    Call 211 or (614) 221-2255
  • Central Ohio Main Office
    1105 Schrock Rd, Columbus, OH 43229
    (614) 228-5200
  • Food Pantries
    (614) 341-2282 or text ‘Food’ to (614) 702-7772
    Pantry Locations:
  • LSS Health Center: Offers primary care, dental, vision, HIV/STD testing, pharmacy, and behavioral health care.
    245 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-0747
  • New to the US Resources
    Anyone can call 211 for help in English or 180 other languages.
  • Faith Mission Homeless Shelter
    Must call Homeless Hotline in advance to be assigned a bed: (614) 274-7000
    General: (614) 224-6617
    217 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Men’s Shelter: 599 East Eighth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
  • CHOICES Domestic Violence Services: Offers temporary housing, counseling, legal services, and peer support.
    24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Line: (614) 224-4663
    General: (614) 224-7200
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF): Serves veterans in need of housing stability.
    (614) 224-6617

Makarios Autism Center (MAC)

Provides year-round K-6 schooling for children with autism. 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, and financial counselors are available.
11573 Lithopolis Road Northwest, Lithopolis, Ohio 43136
(614) 425-0107 or (614) 697-2858

Make A Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

Grants the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. Children must be between 2-18 years old and have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization. Children, parents, family members, and professionals can refer a child by completing the form on their local chapter website.
2545 Farmers Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 923-0555 or (877) 206-9474
Chapter website:
National website:

Marburn Academy

Serves: Students Grades 1-12 with learning differences. 
Independent day school for students who learn differently due to executive function difficulties, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia. They also offer free educational seminars for parents and professionals, free early reading screenings for K-2 students, private tutoring and summer school. Scholarships, financial aid, and tuition payment plans are available.
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 433-0822

McLindon Family Foundation (MFF)

Provides adaptive bikes to children with special needs so they can build critical core strength, boost confidence, and nurture friendships. Families must apply online and complete their application process to receive a free bike.
8305 Tom Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815
(225) 456-3505 or (225) 928-5569

Medical Home Portal

This website is for professionals and families who care for youth with special healthcare needs. It has lots of valuable knowledge for families and professionals about all aspects of care from understanding diagnoses, to accessing legal, education, and healthcare services, and best practices for clinicians. The portal also has a National Services directory to help find services near you.

Mental Health America of Franklin County (MHAFC)

Offers advocacy, pregnancy and postpartum mental health services, support groups for people struggling with various mental health challenges, workplace and community educational programs, professional training and an online resource directory.

2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Mental Health America: (614) 221-1441
Ombudsman Program: (800) 536-5891

Mercy Medical Angels

A non-profit providing non-emergency, long-distance ground transportation for patients traveling for treatment. Patients must be ambulatory and meet income guidelines. Patients may receive gas cards, bus, train, or airline tickets. Trips within a local area or community is typically not handled, but exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit the website for contact information.
101 West Main Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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

Helps veterans and people with disabilities find information, support, and referrals for disability-related services. They also provide adaptive equipment loans, peer support groups, living skills classes and transition services.
1829 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 443-5936

Miracle League of Central Ohio

The Miracle League Field is a fully accessible field for athletes who are disabled. The custom-designed venue eliminates barriers for children who are visually impaired, wheelchair- or walker-restricted, or who use any type of mobile device. The Saturday League allows children with disabilities ages 3-18 to play baseball alongside a volunteer Buddy. The Night League is for teenagers and young adults over the age of 16 to play adaptive baseball without a Buddy. Find directions and registration details online.
Miracle League Field: 6259 Cosgray Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
Mailing Address: PO Box 1303, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 526-6500

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Health organization serving people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. The website has great information on various diseases and treatments, a searchable directory to find care providers across the country, resources on research and joining a clinical study, and community education materials. They host an annual summer camp for kids and young adults with neuromuscular disease at no cost to families, with in-person and virtual options. Families can call the Resource Center for one-to-one support and help finding resources.
1016 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60607
Corporate Office: (800) 572 1717
Resource Center: (833) 275-6321

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Franklin County

Provides support, advocacy and education to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness. Use their website to find support groups, educational opportunities, and resource lists. The NAMI Franklin County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a police-based pre-arrest jail diversion program. Franklin County residents may call 9-1-1 and request a CIT officer who has received specialized training in mental health and substance abuse issues.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 501-6264
Information and Referral HelpLine: (800) 950-6264
NAMI Ohio:

National Arts & Disability Center (NADC)

The NADC is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community, promoting inclusion and professional development for artists with disabilities. Their website has many resources for designing accessible performances, exhibits, and marketing materials. They also have a directory of resources searchable by state for artists with disabilities to find adaptive equipment, legal help, and more.
760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095

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
Español: (844) 259-7178

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Civil rights organization by and for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. Their website has great resources including a national ASL directory, advocacy letter tips and templates, filing a complaint, employment and fair housing information, and regular webinars.
8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(301) 587-1788 Voice/VP or (301) 587-1789 TTY

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

Families and school personnel who have at least one student with a disability can sign up for free membership to access the media center, which has tons of great described and captioned videos with ASL pop-up tools for an accessible media experience. Topics include Deaf life, literature, art classes, science documentaries, and more. Their website also has great educational tools for parents and educators.
(864) 585-1778 or (800) 237-6213

National Center on DeafBlindness (NCDB)

A network of projects for children and youth under 21 with Deafblindness. Find tons of information for families and professionals on assessment, education and learning, life skills, transition planning, and more. They also host Family to Family support groups, webinars, and nationwide events.
(516) 366-0047

National Center on Health Physical Activity & Disability (NCHPAD)

A resource for information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability, serving persons with physical, sensory and cognitive disability across the lifespan. Their website has helpful information on disability and aging, adaptive physical activity, and inclusive guidance for community health organizations. They also have a state-by-state directory of accessible parks, adaptive equipment suppliers, and physical activity programs for people with disabilities.
3810 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35209
(866) 866-8896

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

Represents the largest provider of legally based advocacy services for people with disabilities. They work with organizations across the country to advocate for the enactment and enforcement of laws protecting people with disabilities. Their website has information on registering to vote and voter assistance, and other topics related to disability rights.
(202) 408-9514

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

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

Their website provides lots of great resources and information about Down syndrome throughout the lifespan. They offer regular webinars and family programs, multiple scholarships, and more.
1155 Fifteenth Street Northwest, Washington D.C. 20005
(800) 221-4602

National Family Association for DeafBlind (NFADB)

Non-profit and advocacy organization serving families of individuals who are DeafBlind. Find information on legislation, resources for families, family Facebook group, and events online.
(800) 255-0411

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Membership and advocacy organization of blind people, with chapters in each state. Their website has many resources for blind people, parents, and educators. Programs include the following, find specific application forms and requirements on their website:

  • Free White Cane Program: Any blind individual in the US can request a free cane as frequently as every 6 months. Children 0-8 qualify for the Early Explorers Program to receive a free cane and additional educational materials for kids.
  • Free Slate and Stylus Program: Any blind individual in the US can request a free slate and stylus, the only Braille-writing device that has the same portability, flexibility, and affordability as a pen and pencil.
  • NFB-Newsline: A free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, deafblind, or otherwise print-disabled offering access to books, magazines, newspapers, emergency weather alerts, job listings, and more. They also have a youth version with kid and teen-friendly content. You must apply and register online for access.
    Columbus Newsline: (614) 448-1673
  • NFB Ohio Scholarship Program: Offers scholarships to outstanding blind students who currently live in, or are attending college in the state of Ohio each academic year.
  • Braille Reading Pals Literacy Club: Sign up for free Braille books, activities, birthday cards, and more for blind children 0-8 years old.

PO Box 20544, Dayton, OH 45420
Ohio: (937) 829-3368
National: (410) 659-9314

National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind & Print Disabled

A free library program for people with low vision, blindness, or are otherwise print disabled. NLS circulates free books and magazines in Braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or the Braille Audio Reading Download (BARD) app. Their Kids Catalog has fun books and magazines for kids. Fill out the Information Request form to get started.
(888) 657-7323

National Park Service Interagency Pass

Each pass covers entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers. Free Interagency Passes are available for 4th graders, senior citizens, US military families, and individuals with permanent disabilities. Find program details and park locations on their website.
(202) 208-6843

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Adaptive Sports Medicine Program

Provides individualized treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults with physical disabilities. Services include injury evaluation, rehabilitation, and adaptive athletic training.
Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
5680 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 355-6000

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Big Lots Behavioral Health Services & Community Resource Directory

Offers medical, psychiatry and counseling services and year-round programming for children and teens, including help with substance abuse, anger issues, behavior problems, ADHD, exposure to violence, depression, anxiety and self-harm behaviors for children up to age 21, at several locations throughout Columbus. Visit their online Community Behavioral Health Resource Directory to find behavioral health services throughout the state of Ohio.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-8080

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

Serves: Children 16-30 months for diagnostic screening, Children ages 2-22, Parents, and Families. 
Provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care focusing on evidence-based treatment, education, research and advocacy for children with the diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Services include diagnostic assessment, behavioral intervention, outpatient psychotherapy, and ABA team services. Find details about services and eligibility online. They also host the following programs:

  • Project SEARCH: 9-month workplace internship for Central Ohio students in their last year of high school who have Autism and/or Intellectual Disability with Complex Social and Communication Needs.
  • Triple P Stepping StonesIndividual or group classes for parents with children under 12 years old struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges of ASD.
  • Sibshops: Siblings of children with autism and other developmental delays (ages 6 to 12) participate in fun activities to explore feelings and better understand their sibling.
  • Adolescent Transition ProgramsIncludes Camp RISE summer program, CARE coping and relaxation group, iWork summer job skills program, and Social Skills Group.
  • Complex Behavior Program: Teaches effective strategies for parents to help reduce dangerous or problematic behavior patterns, and build coping skills.

187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
For an Autism Diagnostic Screening: (614) 355-8080
For all other Autism resources: (614) 355-7570

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

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Connecting Families

A hospital-wide family-to-family (peer-to-peer) mentor program. Connecting Families reaches patients of all diagnoses to link them with a family who has been through a similar treatment paths or life situations.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6747

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 to help meet the unique needs of their child.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4050

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. Classes include:

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Epilepsy Center

Level-4 Epilepsy Program providing comprehensive pediatric epilepsy care. Provides neurodiagnostic evaluations and monitoring, and extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment for children and adolescents with epilepsy.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4625 or (614) 722-6200

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Family Resource Center

Offers several services for families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during their visit, including informational sessions, lounge, kitchen, laundry room, shower, breastfeeding room with breast pump, infant massage, massage therapy for adults, haircuts and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2252

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Hearing Clinic

Provides comprehensive services for children with hearing loss, including diagnostic assessment, early intervention, audiology, and specialized speech services. A multidisciplinary team of pediatric professionals works with families to assess the child’s needs and determine appropriate treatment. Additional Support Services are available for children under 3 years old with sensorineural hearing loss. They also offer regular Hearing Team Education, a series of educational presentations, and Hearing Loss Support Groups for parents, caregivers, and teens.
555 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Main Office and Referral: (614) 722-6200
Support Services: (614) 722-2441
Support Groups: (614) 722-3049

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Homecare

Provide a full range of homecare services to central Ohio children of all ages, from newborns through young adults. Homecare offers the following areas of service:

  • Infusion Pharmacy
  • Pediatric Home Medical Equipment (like breast pumps and supplies, blood pressure kids, aids to daily living)
  • Intermittent (Short-Term) Nursing and Private Duty (Long-Term) Nursing
  • Skilled Therapy Services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy)
  • Hospice and Home-Based Palliative Care services for children with life-limiting illnesses

255 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 355-1100 or (800) 466-2727 Toll-free

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

Provides developmental occupational therapy (OT), speech and language therapy, and physical therapy (PT) services. Services are provided at the main hospital and at many clinic locations throughout the community, for children from birth to age 21.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2200
Occupational Therapy:
Speech Pathology:
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 Outpatient Care Center
555 S. 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4075

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, electrodiagnosis and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6200

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

Provides additional access to healthcare at your child’s school. The services provided are not meant to replace your pediatrician or family doctor. Care Connection programs include: Primary Care for ages 0-21, vaccination clinics, School-Based Asthma Therapy (SBAT), Wheelchair Clinic, Vision, Dental, Diabetes and School Health (DASH), Mental Health counseling. Visit the website for a list of participating school locations and additional contact information.
(614) 355-2590

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Spina Bifida Program

Provides comprehensive, long-term treatment services to children with spinal abnormalities. Children may be served by a variety of specialists, including Developmental Pediatrics, Neuropsychology, Genetics, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and more.
555 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5725

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Support Groups

Support groups at NCH can connect you with other families and resources in your time of need. Call for more information about program specifics. Not all programs are listed online, call Case Management Team if you are interested in finding a group that suits your family’s needs.

  • Adolescent & Adult Congenital Heart Disease Online Community
    (614) 722-5622
  • Bariatric Surgery Patient Support Group
    (614) 722-5949
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Support Group
    (614) 962-6366
  • Celiac’s Gluten Free Gang
    (614) 722-3093
  • Endocrinology Patient and Parent Focus Group
    (614) 722-6325

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Case Management Team: (614) 722-6300

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Transitional Care

Teenagers face many confusing life transitions, including transitioning from pediatric care to adult healthcare. This transition is especially important for individuals with chronic health conditions. NCH has several programs to help educate and support families with transitional care:

Nellie’s Champions for Kids (NC4K)

Helps make life a little easier for pediatric cancer families by providing them financial support and assistance, hospital support, family fun events, and more.
374 Morrison Road, Suite C, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 300-3995

Nemours Teens Health

This website has a lot of information for teens that covers various health topics such as depression, relationships, staying safe, sexual health, smoking, coping with cliques, binge drinking, dealing with an alcoholic parent, marijuana use, body image and much more. There is also information for parents and educators.

Netcare Access

Provides specialized behavioral health treatment for adults in Franklin County, including specialized services for adults age 18+ with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and and/or developmental disabilities. The Community Mobile Team provides free, on-the-scene care for individuals in a mental health or substance use crisis, and Community Crisis Response (CCR) provides on-the-scene response to traumatic situations that occur within the community. They also offer non-crisis assessments, stabilization and residential services, probate and forensic services to county court systems, counseling, medication management, and case management. No one is turned away due to lack of funds. They use the Franklin County ADAMH Sliding Fee Schedule for those without insurance, in addition to accepting Medicaid and Medicare.
199 South Central Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
24/7 Crisis Care Line: (614) 276-2273
Homeless Hotline: (614) 274-7000
Administrative Offices: (614) 274-9500

New Story Schools

Serves: Students ages 5-21 experiencing social, emotional, educational, and behavioral challenges, Students with autism. 
Provides an academic learning environment with integrated behavior support services. Serves students with the goal of providing each student with the knowledge, skills, and tools for a successful return back to their sending district. Students can be referred by their home district or families can self-refer through the scholarship program. New Story provides small class sizes at schools that maintain Ohio Department of Education (ODE) charters, and offers Ohio high school diplomas. Students receive daily instruction in academics, adaptive behavior, communication, self-care, advocacy, life skills, social skills and more. They also have programs for in-home intervention or behavior consultation, ABA therapy, and a transition program for students over the age of 14. Find locations, program details, and enrollment information online.

  • Columbus: 7690 New Market Center Way, Columbus, Ohio 43235
    (614) 602-6473
  • Athens: 5196 Washington Rd, Albany, Ohio 45710
    (740) 249-1887
  • Sandusky: 514 Jackson Street, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
    (614) 602-6473
  • Independence: 600 West Resource Drive, Independence Ohio 44131
    (216) 264-7240
  • Lancaster: 625 Garfield Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (614) 602-6473


Produced by and for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, Newsreel Magazine is a two-way audio publication that contains news, supportive articles, information, and entertainment. Magazine subscribers submit various articles and self recorded audio clips that are featured in the monthly three hour audio magazine. Membership is $20 per year and provides access to the publication as mp3 files.
5 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-0700 or (888) 723-8737

Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC)

Community-based book club program for adolescents and adults with Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. A small group meets with trained facilitators at bookstores, cafés, and public libraries throughout Franklin County. Anyone can participate, whatever their reading or ability level. Members experience an inclusive community focused on reading to learn together and build friendships, rather than learning to read.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-6718
Franklin County:
National Website:

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Serves: Infants, school-aged children, teens, and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 
The Nisonger Center has a variety of programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. Services include clinical support services, specialized dental programs, inclusive childcare and early childhood education, social programs for teens, TOPS post-secondary education and transitional skills program for adult students at OSU, psychiatric services, and more. Contact the center for program details and eligibility.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Administration: (614) 685-3192 or (855) 983-9955

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

Serves: Students preschool to grade 12, with or without an autism diagnosis
Oakstone is a private school offering a full inclusion environment for children on the autism spectrum and a fully-integrated learning environment for peers with and without disabilities. Educational programs include the Toddler Enrichment program, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, and postsecondary/college credit options. Classrooms are small and usually consist of 14 to 20 students with two teachers in all elementary classrooms. The school emphasizes inclusion, leadership, arts, athletics, and character-building for each student to reach their unique potential.
900 Club Drive Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 899-2838

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

Find requirements, application details, and forms for disability placards and license plates in Ohio. Disability license plates and placards permit vehicles to park in parking spaces marked with the international symbol of access for persons with disabilities. The Communication Disability Law allows drivers with disabilities to voluntarily enroll in a database to alert law enforcement of communication barriers to reduce misunderstandings with police.
(614) 438-1200 or (800) 282-4536
Disability Plates and Placards:
Communication Disability Law:

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence (OCALI)

Connects individuals with disabilities to community resources, advocates for inclusive public policy, and provides training opportunities for professionals. They publish an Autism parent guide that includes topics such as screening and diagnosis, accessing educational services, and future planning. Their website has many helpful resources, including the Autism Center, Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness, Lifespan Transitions, Assistive Technology, Teaching Diverse Learners, Family and Community Outreach, and Young Child Center.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 410-0321
OCALI Contact Directory:

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

Statewide nonprofit organization serving educators, agencies, and families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio. Programs include 1:1 reading mentoring, It’s My Turn free online self-advocacy course for middle and high schoolers, Family-to-Family meetings for parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, and parent mentoring. Families and professionals can find helpful trainings, videos, and tipsheets on their website. Call your county’s Information Specialist for help getting connected to resources in your area.
125 Executive Drive, Marion, Ohio 43302
(844) 382-5452
Information Specialist Directory (Click on your County):
Main Website:

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Special Education

Find state-sponsored information and programs for parents and professionals about supporting students with special needs or disabilities. Provides information on accessing accommodations and behavioral supports, filing a complaint or requesting mediation, scholarships, and more. Their website also has helpful print-outs available in many languages.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-2650 or (877) 644-6338
TTY: Call Ohio Relay Service at (800) 750-0750

Ohio Department of Education (ODEW) 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
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODEW) Scholarship Programs

Ohio provides scholarships to private schools for students attending low-performing public schools, scholarships for families considered low income, and students with learning disabilities to schools or programs to meet students’ needs. Go online for information about the EdChoice Program, Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and additional educational resources.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 728-2743 or (877) 644-6338
Subscribe for Text Alerts for each scholarship program:

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

Find tips, information and resources for job seekers with disabilities from Ohio Means Jobs. You can also use the website to find job training services near you, log on to the portal to access other State of Ohio services, and find job postings.
PO Box 1618, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(888) 296-7541

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
Consumer Hotline: (800) 324-8680

Ohio Departments and County Boards of Developmental Disabilities

The Department of Developmental Disabilities is a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities, and their families. Each county in Ohio has its own Board of Developmental Disabilities, which is the place to start for determining eligibility, assessing your needs, and coordinating which services can best support you. Their offices can help you with early intervention programs, healthcare services, waivers and scholarships, job training and employment, unusual incident reporting, and more.

  • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities:
    30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (800) 617-6733
  • Delaware County:
    7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
    (800) 474-9787 or (740) 201-3600
  • Franklin County:
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 475-6440
    24-hour Emergency: (614) 464-2743
    FCBDD Location Directory:
  • Ohio Association of County Board of Developmental Disabilities:
    Represents the county boards throughout Ohio, monitors legislation at the state and national level. Their website lists helpful advocacy information for individuals, families, and professionals.
    73 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 431-0616
  • Find Your County Board of DD:

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council)

Council operating under the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Ohio DD Council members, staff and stakeholders work together to improve services for Ohioans with disabilities. Their website has information for potential members, grants and awards, and a resource library for families.
1810 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 466-5205 or (800) 766-7426

Ohio Digital Library eBook Project

Allows library members to go online and download a wide variety of popular book titles in eBook and audio format. They have curated collections such as Deaf Culture and ASL, New Adult Readers, Teens, and more. Visit the website to see if your library participates, and sign in using your library card or Student ID.
State Library of Ohio
274 East First Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 644-7061

Ohio Early Intervention (EI) / Help Me Grow

Statewide system that provides coordinated services to parents of children under age 3 with disabilities or developmental delays in Ohio. Parents and caregivers with concerns regarding their child’s development can have their child evaluated for free. A service coordinator works with families to develop a coordinated Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to support their child’s development. Contact them through the website.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Ohio Family 2 Family (Ohio F2F)

Ohio F2F staff are parents of children with special healthcare needs helping other parents. Family members of someone with a disability are matched to an experienced, trained support parent. They offer one to one support virtually and in-person, and hold training events for families and professionals.
(513) 803-5557

Ohio Guidestone

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Provides a variety of behavioral health services for adults and families throughout Northern and Central Ohio. Services include psychiatry, respite care, job training, care coordination, foster parent training and support, substance abuse and addiction recovery and more.
General Information: (844) 622-5564
Cuyahoga County Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595

Ohio Head Start Association

Head Start is the largest national school readiness program. The Ohio Head Start Association focuses on leadership and advocacy. Use their Directory to find Head Start providers and services in each county in Ohio. They also have information on becoming a Head Start ambassador and contacting your congressional representatives.

Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA)

Statewide association of service providers advocating for Ohioans with developmental disabilities. Their website has helpful resources for families and professionals such as a glossary of disability acronyms, trainings, a job bank, and public policy information.
1152 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 224-6772

Ohio PTA

Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) are networks of families and educators supporting children’s learning. The Ohio PTA offers annual $500 scholarships for high school seniors pursuing higher education at a college or university, a technical certification, or Special Education degree. Students must attend a school in a district with official PTA status to apply. The National PTA offer additional awards and programs. Their website has tons of helpful information for parents and educators on topics like special education, state assessments, college readiness, summer learning, safety, and more.
40 Northwoods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 781-6344
Ohio PTA:
National PTA:

Ohio Relay

Provides free services that enable people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or those with a Speech Disability to place and receive phone calls. Calls can be made to anyone, anywhere in the world, 24/7. Communication assistants are specially trained to facilitate the calls, and all calls are completely confidential. Find Voice/telephone numbers below, and specific numbers depending on the assistive device at the link.
Voice Call: 711 or (800) 750-0750
Customer Service: 800-676-3777 (TTY/Voice)
Español: (888) 269-0678

Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD)

Provides support and education to Ohio’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing students PreK-12. Students with an IEP are eligible at no cost. Students are educated at OSD as the district of service, but remain a student of their home district. The home district must request placement for a student to attend. OSD offers year-round after school programs, summer programs, 4Plus transition/career readiness program, family events, and more.
500 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 728-4030

Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA)

Non-profit organization empowering people with disabilities and their families through teaching self-determination principals and  legal advocacy. They provide training and self-advocates with disabilities, connect members to resources for vocational support, and organize advocacy opportunities in Ohio.
6155 Huntley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 563-0788

Ohio Sled Hockey

Program for youth and adults who have a physical disability limiting their ability to play ice hockey in a standing position. Players can propel themselves on the sled like a manual wheelchair, or are assigned an experienced “pusher” to help them navigate on the ice. They have teams in Columbus and Bowling Green Ohio. Contact the organization through their website for details.
(740) 587-3659

Ohio Special Education Legal Clinic (Lawyers4Students)

Offers a free Special Education Legal Clinic for parents of students with disabilities (ages 3-26). Parents and guardians meet with a special education advocate or attorney to ask questions and discuss challenges related to special education services. The Clinic includes a group workshop followed by a Q&A panel from special education professionals. Free, 30-minute guidance sessions with attorneys are also available.
262 South 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Columbus: (614) 745-2001
Cleveland: (216) 714-1515
Cincinnati: (513) 496-1635

Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB)

The first public school for the blind in the U.S., dedicated to the education of students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities. They offer K-12 education, extracurriculars and athletics, residential programs, and a transitional postsecondary program for young adults to receive social and vocational training after high school (EDGE). Contact them for enrollment information.
5220 North High Street, Columbus Ohio, 43214
(800) 310-3317

Ohio Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

This week-long summer career leadership training program is for 11th and 12th grade high school students with disabilities. Participants learn about choosing a career, available resources and assistive technology, develop a personalized leadership plan, and connect with peers. Forums are held in Athens, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo Ohio.

Open Door Columbus/Columbus Center for Human Services

Serves: Adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Offers a variety of individualized programs and services for individuals living with developmental and intellectual disabilities. They offer adult day, residential, respite, and intermediate care. Services include transportation, an art studio, and more.
540 Industrial Mile Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 641-2900

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

State agency connecting Ohioans with disabilities to resources and opportunities to find and retain employment. Use the website to learn about their vocational rehabilitation services and complete the online application for services. OOD also supports those applying for disability insurance or supplemental income by helping to determine whether they qualify for federal disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA).
For general questions regarding Vocational Rehabilitation or OOD: (800) 282-4536
Find an Office Near You:

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) College2Careers (C2C) Program

OOD partners with Ohio colleges and universities to ensure students with disabilities have the support they need to complete degrees, attain credentials and earn higher wages. C2C counselors are located in the disability services or career services office at each partnership school to help students with exploring careers, writing a resume, finding employment and prepping for interviews. This program is specifically for individuals with physical, intellectual, sensory, and mental health disabilities. Go online to find a list of participating colleges and universities. Financial support for tuition or educational expenses is available as well. Visit the OODWorks website and log-on to the portal to take a short self-assessment and start the application process.
150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43235
(800) 282-4536
College2Careers Program:
OOD Works:

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Vocational Apprentice Program

Provides individuals with   disabilities ages 18+ the chance to gain work exposure and experience through paid apprenticeships with state agencies. The goal of the program is for  apprentices to secure permanent employment in state government after the completion of the apprenticeship program.
150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 306-1744

Oracle Health Foundation

Provides grants to help cover clinical, equipment, displacement, and vehicle modification costs related to children’s healthcare needs. They also provide Care Kits with age-appropriate personal care and comfort items for children going through life challenges such as foster care. Requests can be made through their website.
(816) 201-1569

Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness

This resource through OCALI works to increase access and equity for students, families, and communities impacted by deafness or blindness. Families can find helpful information on medical conditions, adaptive sports and recreation, parent mentoring programs, and more. Professionals can find educational resources, learn from those with lived experience, and find CEU trainings.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43214
(614) 410-0380

PALS A Chrysalis Health Company

Serves: Children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities
Serves individuals with developmental disabilities by building on the foundation of physical activity and life skills (PALS). They offer adult day services, residential services, educational and vocational services, Art Outside the Lines art studio, and psychiatry and mental health services. Age and eligibility requirements vary depending on the service and location. Call for details.

  • Bellaire: 428 Thirty-fourth Street, Bellaire, Ohio 43906
  • Cadiz: 82460 Cadiz-Jewett Road, Cadiz, Ohio 43907
    (740) 942-2150
  • Columbus and Art Outside the Lines: 5250 Strawberry Farms Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43230
    (614) 454-3726
  • Heath: 585 Industrial Parkway, Heath, Ohio 43056
    (740) 249-1686
  • Gallipolis: 614 Silver Bridge Plaza, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
    (740) 446-3775
  • Steubenville: 220 Murdock Avenue, Mingo Junction, Ohio 43938
    (740) 266-6167
  • South Point: 413 Solida Road, South Point, Ohio 43680
    (740) 442-7077

Parent Mentor of Ohio

Parent Mentors are parents of children with special needs staffed by the Ohio Department of Education. Parent Mentors can connect families to appropriate programs, explain the IEP process and attend meetings with families, and provide education and support to fellow parents. Use the website to find a Parent Mentor near you. The website also has great resources for parents on IEPs, legal rights, transition, and more.
1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-9982

PASS Psychological Assessment Support Services

Services: Provides comprehensive psychological evaluations, specializing in Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, and Giftedness assessments. Provides actionable recommendations for home, school, and other relevant settings. Education consultation services are also available.
Eligibility: Ages 3-21.
Cost: Private pay, does not accept insurance but can provide a Super Bill for reimbursement. Initial fee of $250, followed by $150 per hour. Evaluations typically take 10-15 hours.
Referral: Self-referral.
2700 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209
(440) 796-0932

Patches of Light

Non-profit assisting families with critically and terminally ill children so they can remain together during their hospitalizations and treatments. They award funding to pay for past due mortgages, rent, and utilities. Applications for assistance must be completed through the child’s medical team. Social Workers may also apply for HUG Bags care packages for children at home or in the hospital. Visit their website for eligibility requirements and program details.
Office: 3972 Brown Park Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 42026
Mailing Address: PO Box 153, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 946-7544

Paths to Literacy

Resource hub for parents, families, and professionals focused on fostering literacy skills in blind and visually impaired children. Browse their website to find helpful information, fun family activities to try, curriculum ideas, helpful apps, and more.

People First of Ohio

Statewide advocacy organization that works with state legislators and builds relationships with other advocacy groups and state agencies, to help people with developmental disabilities. They have chapters across Ohio, go online to find one nearest you.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Pilot Dogs

Provides free expertly-trained service dogs and handling training for Blind individuals ages 16 and up. They offer an Orientation & Mobility program for Blind individuals looking to improve white cane and  traveling skills. They also have many opportunities for volunteers, including Co-Pilots who volunteer to raise puppies until they are ready for advanced training. Find program details and apply for a Pilot Dog online.
625 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6367

Prenatal & Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources

Find information about Down Syndrome and other prenatally-diagnosed conditions for expectant parents and new parents:

  • Down Syndrome Pregnancy: Access free, downloadable books from the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute with compassionate, practical, medically-reviewed information.
  • National clearinghouse and comprehensive training center for accurate, balanced, and up-to-date information about genetic conditions. Find helpful information, resources, and professional trainings.
    (770) 310-3885

Prevent Blindness Ohio

Provides outreach and education designed to connect those in need to critical sight-saving resources. They partner with care providers to offer free vision screenings, and glasses for children or adults that meet income eligibility requirements. Call for help finding a free vision screening near you. Their website also has great educational information on many eye conditions, how to properly wear and care for glasses and contacts, developing babies’ eyesight, and more.
Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness
1500 West Third Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 464-2020 or (800) 301-2020

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International

Professional organization promoting equine-assisted services. Their website is a great source of information about equine therapy and standards, and they provide credentialing for professionals. Families can use the website to find programs across the country based on location or medical condition. They also offer scholarships to cover the cost of equine programs. Their programs serve at risk youth, military veterans, individuals with developmental disabilities, and more.
PO Box 33150 Denver, Colorado 80233
(800) 369-7433

Puberty Resources for Developmental Disabilities

Children with autism or other developmental disabilities may require extra time to learn and prepare for the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty. Being proactive in these discussions can decrease the likelihood of inappropriate sexual expression, increase safety, and help children foster a healthy relationship with their bodies. Use the free, downloadable toolkits below to get started.

RallyCap Sports

A club providing recreational sports specifically designed for children and young adults with special needs. RallyPlayers register for a 4-8 week season focused on one sport. RallyPlayers are matched with a RallyPal, and they participate in practices and scrimmages together. Programs are based at several Ohio colleges and universities. Find program details and register online.
(732) 391-2282

Recreation Unlimited Camp

Serves: Children, Teens, Adults, and Families with developmental disabilities and health concerns, Ages 5-23 depending on the program. 
Provides a camping experience for individuals with developmental disabilities and health concerns. They offer year-round weekend respite camps, summer and winter residential camps, and summer day camps for children and adults. They also offer specialized camps for individuals with autism, Prader-Willi syndrome, military families and more. Contact the organization directly for pricing information, scholarships are available.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006
2024 Camp Dates:

Red Treehouse

Online resource supporting families and children with challenges, disabilities, and healthcare needs from 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.

Respect Ability

Disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. They offer a National Leadership Program for undergraduate and graduate students, scholarships, and a webinar resource library for individuals and professionals on a wide range of topics related to disability justice and inclusion.
(202) 517-6272

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

Sesame Street in the Communities

Provides information and videos to help children thrive and deal with issues that affect children’s lives. Resource topics include health and wellness, social-emotional skills, trauma, diversity and inclusion, and school readiness. They offer videos, games, and worksheets for children to explore, and free webinars for parents and educators.

Sesame for Families:

Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship

Serves individuals ages 5+ cognitive and physical disabilities such as autism, PTSD, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and others, through therapeutic horse riding. Programs include adaptive/therapeutic riding, independent riding, and Shane’s Calvary for veterans and their families.
7908 Myers Road, Centerburg, Ohio 43011
(740) 625-9324

Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living (SOCIL)

Non-profit, non-residential organization assisting people of all ages with all types of disabilities to live more independently. The majority of their board and staff are people with disabilities, assisting others with disabilities. They provide information and referrals for housing, education, transportation, assistive technology, and benefits. They also offer Advocacy/Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training, and help locating other community-based services.

  • Fairfield County: 418 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 689-1494
  • Hocking County: 96 West Hunter Street, Logan, Ohio 43138
    (740) 380-1475

Special Olympics Ohio

Organization advancing inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities through sports, health education, and leadership programs throughout Ohio. They have a Young Athletes program for children 2-7 years old, year-round sports for children and adults with disabilities, free health screenings, and leadership training courses in addition to their Olympic-style sporting events. Contact the organization for program details and locations.
921 Eastwind Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Northwest Ohio: (567) 208-9119
Northeast, South Central, and Southwest Ohio: (614) 239-7050

Special Skills Sports Camps

Free sports fantasy camps designed and adapted for special needs kids ages 8 and up. Camps take place at collegiate or professional athletic training facilities and are taught by collegiate athletes, along with current and former professional athletes. Camps include soccer, football, golf, baseball/softball, tennis, and basketball.
(614) 432-6627

Specialized Educational Services, Inc. (SESI)

Education provider for K-12 students (ages 5-21) with intensive emotional needs due to Autism, intellectual disability, TBI, learning disability, or emotional disturbance. They use positive behavioral intervention, functional communication, and strengths-based models. Programs include Early Intervention Elementary for students with disruptive behavior, Accelerated Instruction for students making up coursework or working towards graduation, and Transitional Programs to help students re-acclimate to the traditional classroom. Students may be enrolled through their school district, the Autism Scholarship Program, or Jon Peterson Scholarship program. Their High Road Schools are located in Bucyrus, Cincinnati, Lima, and Marion County, Ohio. Contact the organization directly for enrollment information.
(567) 525-4487

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Behavioral health intervention and treatment services for 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, support for foster families, and specialized services for Hispanic/Latino children. Children with an autism diagnosis are eligible for outpatient mental health and play therapies.
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

State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program

Provides free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment to eligible blind, visually impaired, print or reading disabled Ohio residents. Find program details and apply for TalkingBook services online.
(800) 686-1531 or (614) 644-6895

Superspecs (Free Sports Goggles)

Provides no-cost baseball and softball helmets with face masks, sports goggles for basketball and soccer, and prescription sports goggles for any activity. Items are available for kids ages 4-18. Parents can find eligibility details and apply online.
Ohio Ophthalmological Society
5115 Parkcenter Avenue, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 527-6799

T-Mobile Accessibility

Find phone plan features and services through T-Mobile for accessible communication. Services include ASL Video Customer Service, large print and braille billing statements, and a Directory Assistance Program.
Voice Call: (800) 676-3777
Español: (800) 676-4290
Speech-to-Speech: (877) 787-1989
TTY: (800) 676-3777


A free program for children with serious medical conditions and disabilities ages 5-16. Children are paired with sports teams at colleges and universities across the state of Ohio with the goal of creating meaningful, long-lasting relationships with student athletes. Kids experience positive social-emotional development and a sense of belonging through inclusion, support and team engagement. Go online to find a participating team near you and apply.
National Office: 500 Victory Road, Quincy, Massachusetts 02171
(317) 709-7658

The Arc of Ohio

Advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities through legislative action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement. Families can call for a Family Advocate to help navigate the disability system and answer questions on everything from waivers, to guardianship, transition services, county boards, the appeal process, and much more. They can help families get assistive equipment, and their website has lots of helpful information for individuals and families.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 487-4720

The Art of Music

Uses movement, music, and art to bring kids together and provide an enriching experience. They offer year-round 6-week sessions, small groups, and summer camp for ages 1-21, as well as adult groups. Each session is a blend of music and visual art experiences that actively involve children of all abilities. Find program details and sign up online.
129 Orangewick Drive North, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
(937) 645-7641

The Caregiver Space

A community of caregivers supporting other caregivers. They provide Facebook support groups for any and all people supporting the mental and/or physical health of another person. They offer topic-specific groups such as LGBTQIA+ caregivers, parents of children with disabilities or chronic illness, young caregivers, and more.

The Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE)

Community based, non-residential Center for Independent Living serving individuals of any age, with any disability, who are residents of Franklin, Delaware, Union, and Licking, counties. They help consumers develop individualized Independent Living Plans and support them in reaching their goals. Services include peer mentoring, transportation, help with housing, employment, and benefits. Empower Youth is a virtual support group for ages 14-24.
4400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 575-8055


The Cancer Option Collaborative (COC) serves cancer patients who are actively in treatment. They provide emotional support and financial assistance for men, women, and children battling cancer. Call or go online to contact the organization and request support.
1347 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43085
(614) 212-4131

The Learning Spectrum (TLS)

Private/charter school serving children with autism and related disorders in Central Ohio.
Program: Services for children 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, transitional services and more.
Eligibility: Ages 2 ½ through 22
Cost: Caresource and most insurances are accepted, Jon Peterson, Autism Scholarship and District Placements accepted.
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by parents, physician or organization.

  • Worthington: 6660 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 844-5433
  • Johnstown: 3060 Johnstown Utica Road, Johnstown, Ohio 43031
    (740) 759-7099
  • Canal Winchester: 6355 Winchester Boulevard, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-1114

The LENN Foundation

Provides grants for children with Cerebral Palsy to receive pediatric intensive therapies. Families may apply for financial assistance with the organization once per year, three times maximum per child. Children must be under the age of 18, have a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, and be under the care of a pediatrician to be considered. Go online to contact the family-owned non-profit organization and to complete the application for grant assistance.
102 West Main Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054

The Mother Ship

Serves: Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers of special-needs children.
Nonprofit operating in Central Ohio including Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison, and Union Counties, supporting the needs of caregivers. They host fun events and gatherings for caregivers and provide financial assistance through grants that can be used towards their own school, medical needs, self-care, housecleaning, and more. Contact them online.

Ticket to Work

Federally-funded career development program for Social Security disability beneficiaries ages 18 through 64 who want to work. Provides free employment services to help participants decide if working is right for them, prepare for work, find a job, or maintain success while working. Participants receive services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency.
(866) 968-7842 or (866) 833-2967 TTY

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

2- and 4-year Workforce Development Certificate program for students 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants engage in academic coursework at Ohio State and gain meaningful work experiences while developing independent living skills and participating in campus and community organizations, social and volunteer activities, and other events.
Transition Services
257 McCampbell Hall
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3185

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer)

Community-based training and team placement for young athletes with special needs. Children ages 4-19 play soccer in a safe, fun, environment focused on development, training, and meaningful participation rather than on competition. Registration for the Fall season is in July, while the Spring season registration is in February, and there is a small registration fee.
1503 Galloway Road, Galloway, Ohio 43119
(614) 664-9250

Tourette Association of America

Nonprofit working to raise awareness, advance research, and provide support to patients and families impacted by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. Find health information for kids, families, and professionals, toolkits on topics like bullying and transition to adult care, online events, and information on research and clinical trials. They also have online support groups for parents, teens, LGBTQ+, and Spanish-speaking community members.
42-40 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, New York 11361
(888) 486-8738

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 eligible individuals 0-21 years old with disabilities. Their website has national resource directories, toolkits, and legal and advocacy updates.

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.
Talk to an ADA Specialist: (800) 514-0301 Voice or (800) 514-0383 TTY

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

Provides information, resources and tools focused on helping the government implement the requirements of Section 508. The website has legal requirements and resources for designing accessible content like documents and presentations, buying accessible products and services, and training tools.
(202) 272-0080

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

Federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. The website offers information, legal standards, and resources on topics like accommodation requirements, accessing personal assistance services, colleges and apprenticeship programs, and more.
(866) 487-2365


Non-profit focused on helping everyone thrive, regardless of learning differences. Their website has a ton of great resources for families, teens and young adults, and educators. Parents can find helpful information, toolkits, and letter templates for advocating and navigating the IEP/504 Plan process. They also have regularly updated blogs and podcasts, printable worksheets and activities for families, workplace resources, and more.
(646) 757-3100

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

The Access Board is an independent federal agency that develops accessibility guidelines and standards. Their website has legal guidelines for building accessibility, prescription labels, transportation, filing an ABA complaint, and more. Call to speak to an Accessibility Specialist with questions about accessibility guidelines.
(202) 272-0080

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF)

Nonprofit providing medical grants for families to pay for healthcare services that are not covered by their family’s insurance plan. Children must be age 16 or younger, and covered by a commercial health plan to qualify for a grant. Applications must be submitted on a computer, not phone or tablet. Find additional requirements and application instructions on their website.
(855) 698-4223


An official guide to federal information and services. Use the website to find helpful, easy-to-read information on topics like how the government works, government benefits, disability services, immigration and citizenship, taxes, legal issues and more. The website can also be used to register to vote, print tax forms or check on a tax refund, file a complaint, and other government-related tasks.
(844) 872-4681

Valemee (Inclusive Gym & Fitness Training Center)

Adaptive fitness program for people with physical, neurological, and developmental challenges, and their caregivers, to achieve optimal health and fitness. They certify athletic trainers, gyms, and recreation centers in the program. They provide personal training and group fitness classes at their partner gyms in Central Ohio. Individuals can call or go online for an intake meeting where Valemee will get to know you and your goals, perform an assessment, and find a gym near you.
(614) 937-8309

Ventures Academy and Ventures II

An alternative education program providing a structured and safe learning environment to students in need of social, emotional and behavioral interventions. They work alongside each student’s family and home school district to set up transportation, manage IEP goals, create individualized behavior plans, and track student progress. Students must be referred by their local school district to be enrolled.

Village Network

Program: Juvenile court programs, 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: 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
  • 14 Sandalwood Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 788-8850
  • 17606 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 397-7582

(800) 638-3232

Voicecorps Reading Service

Service for people who have a medical condition that prevents them from reading print. Volunteers read aloud from current local and national newspapers, magazines, various periodicals/journals, grocery/retail ads, and more. They use broadcasting and internet streaming to deliver readings in a 24-hour schedule. Listen live any time using the internet, or contact Voicecorps for help accessing their services on a digital TV, Amazon smart speaker, or free SCA radio loan.
2955 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 274-7650

WAGS 4 Kids (Working Animals Giving Service 4 Kids)

Provides mobility, autism, and psychiatric service dogs for children throughout Ohio at a discounted rate. Children must be under the age of 18 with a verified disability to apply. Selected families are asked to make a minimum financial contribution. The organization then provides the dog, specialized training, and assists with fundraising. Go online for more information and to complete an application.
112 East Center Street, Berea, Ohio 44017
(216) 586-5853

Wheelchairs 4 Kids

Non-profit providing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications, and assistive equipment to families of children with physical disabilities. All services are offered at no cost to families that qualify.
(727) 946-0963

Resource center and blog dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments, and children with multiple disabilities. The website was started by a Mom looking for resources, and now hosts articles written by experts and parents on topics such as; fostering your child’s development, choosing appropriate toys and technologies, pregnancy and breastfeeding help, and more.


Started by an attorney who has a learning disability, Wrightslaw has become a widely used resource for families on special needs education and advocacy. Their website has an Advocacy and Law Library, bookstore, and helpful information for families on a variety of topics, such as IEPs, 504s, assistive equipment, and more.

YMCA of Central Ohio

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Hosts programs for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, childcare, summer camps, juvenile justice, housing, and more.

  • YMCA Stable Families Service coordination Program: Families with children (from Pre-K to 12th grade) who live in Franklin County have access to a service coordinator who can help with household income, maintaining safe and stable housing, and academic achievement of school-aged children.
    (614) 219-9895
  • Juvenile Justice: Provides a structured and supervised environment for 6th to 12th grade students as an alternative to being suspended from school. Students must be referred by their school district.
    (614) 578-7568
  • Early Childhood/Childcare: Provides free childcare while parents use Y facilities, summer programs, early learning centers, preschool, Head Start, and more.
    (614) 689-2096
  • Housing: Provides housing stability services for adults facing homelessness in Columbus, Ohio.
    (614) 705-9151
  • Early Childhood Resource Network Plus (ECRN+): Programming for infants and children with special needs, apply online for an adaptive equipment loan.
  • Y Cares: Infant mortality reduction program for families expecting or with a baby under the age of 1, provides free pregnancy testing, diapers, formula, home-visiting, parent support groups, and counseling.
    (614) 689-2080

Administrative Office: 1907 Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 389-4409
YMCA Locations & Contact Info:
YMCA Columbus Website:

Younglife (Faith-Based Mentoring Programs)

Offers faith-based mentoring for youth ages 14-21 to experience fellowship and mentorship at various middle schools, high schools, and colleges in Central Ohio. They offer several groups for youth with special needs. The YoungLives program serves teen moms who are pregnant or parenting through mentorship, community, and a life with Christ. Go online for additional contact information and to get registered.
1200 Chambers Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 547-3167
YoungLives: (614) 329-3994

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Program: 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.
Eligibility: Ages (4 and older) vary by service and intervention
Cost: Contact organization
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 258-9927

  • Foster Care Placement: (614) 313-2497
  • Behavioral Health Referral: (614) 285-3765
  • General Questions or Concerns: (614) 285-3754

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