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Education for Special Needs

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.

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
frnohio.org

Career & Technical Schools in Central Ohio

  • Columbus City Schools Career-Technical Education: Serves high school juniors and seniors with pathways for Arts & Communications, 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
      ccsoh.us/Page/11802
  • 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
      eastlandfairfield.com
  • Delaware Area Career Center (DACC): Offers career readiness for school-aged kids, summer camp, 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
    delawareareacc.org
  • 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
    swcsdcareertech.com
  • Tolles Career & Technical Center: Serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson Local 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
    tollestech.com
  • Ohio Department of High Education List of Ohio Career Technical Centers: highered.ohio.gov/students/adult-learners/career-technical-education-ohio-technical-centers

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: facebook.com/OhioPTA
National PTA: pta.org/home/family-resources

Ability Matters

Serves: Students ages 3-21, individuals, and families. 
Agency providing services for individuals with autism and other neurological disabilities. Services include ABA, 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
abilitymattersohio.com
Beyond Ability Matters: beyondabilitymatters.com

Bookshare

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
bookshare.org

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
bridgewayohio.org

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
cadreworks.org

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
childhoodleague.org

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
ccsoh.us/Page/1222

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
ccsoh.us/Page/1207

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Special Needs Preschool

Provides early intervention opportunities for children ages 3 to 5 who have special needs in one of the following developmental areas based on the state and federal guidelines: language, cognition, motor skills, adaptive behavior or social-emotional development. Find program and enrollment details online.
430 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-5204 or (614) 365-5205
ccsoh.us/Page/1224

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: childrensdyslexiacenters.org
Locations: childrensdyslexiacenters.org/our-centers

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: disabilityrightsohio.org/riseup
Intake Form: disabilityrightsohio.org/intake-form
disabilityrightsohio.org

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
washington.edu/doit

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

dublinschools.net/Page/1491

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
    (740)773-1273
  • 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

easterseals.com/centralohio

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
www.escco.org/Default.aspx

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
www.sst11.org/

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
lresc.org/FlyingColorsPreschool.aspx

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.
clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/national-resources/info/
East Regional Center: (978) 556-3701 or Video Phone (978) 241-7417
necc.mass.edu/workforce/gallaudet

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
mac-ohio.org

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
marburnacademy.org

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.
Parent & Family Portal: medicalhomeportal.org/living-with-child
Physicians & Professionals Portal: medicalhomeportal.org/clinical-practice

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
dcmp.org

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

newstoryschools.com

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: nisonger.osu.edu/adolescent/adolescent-clinics-services/next-chapter-book-club
National Website: nextchapterbookclub.org

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
nisonger.osu.edu

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
ccde.org

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: ocali.org/project/learn_about_OCALI/page/contact_OCALI
ocali.org

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): filecabinet5.eschoolview.com/7132D93C-113A-42DB-AD9B-3D42946C44E5/effd8e8a-ebbd-4eb0-8dea-6fee64aba5a4.pdf
Main Website: ocecd.org

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: dodd.ohio.gov
    30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (800) 617-6733
  • Delaware County: dcbdd.org
    7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
    (800) 474-9787 or (740) 201-3600
  • Franklin County: fcbdd.org
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 475-6440
    24-hour Emergency: (614) 464-2743
    FCBDD Location Directory: fcbdd.org/about-us/directory
  • Ohio Association of County Board of Developmental Disabilities: oacbdd.org/index.php
    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: dodd.ohio.gov/your-family/all-family-resources/4-find-your-county-board

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: education.ohio.gov/Media/Sign-up-for-Text-Alerts/Subscribe-to-Ohio-Education-Options-Text-Alerts
education.ohio.gov/Scholarships

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
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education

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
ohiof2f.org/ohiop2p

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.
ohsai.org

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
osd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/osd

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
lawyers4students.com/legalclinic

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
ossb.ohio.gov

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.
614-809-1513
ohiosilc.org/youth-leadership-forum

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.ohio.gov/information-for-individuals/services/student-services/ohio-college-2-careers
OOD Works: oodworks.com

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

palschrysalishealth.com

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
parentmentor.osu.edu

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
passpsychology.com

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

socil.org/

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

thelearningspectrum.com

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
nisonger.osu.edu/adult/adult-clinics-services/tops

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.
osepideasthatwork.org

Understood

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
understood.org

Wrightslaw

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.
wrightslaw.com

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: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
YMCA Columbus Website: ymcacolumbus.org


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