They assist people of all ages with significant disabilities who want to live more independently by providing information and referral resources on housing, schooling, transportation, housing modifications, assistive technology, and benefits. They also offer Advocacy/Peer Support to allow people with a disability to explore options, Independent Living Skills training to learn and/or improve life skills and help locate community-based services.
418 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
1369 East Front Street, Logan, Ohio 43138
Helps children with disabilities by providing assistance in getting wheelchairs, vehicle modifications, home modifications, and therapeutic and assistive equipment. All services are offered at no cost to families that qualify.
1200 S. Pinellas Ave, Suite 3, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Assists and supports professionals and families in working together to care and advocate for all youth with special health care needs. The portal provides reliable and useful information about specific conditions and caring for them and knowledge of valuable local and national services and resources. Visit the website for contact information.
Provides medical grants to help families access and pay for health care services that are not covered by their family’s commercial medical insurance plan. The medical insurance plan does not have to be through UnitedHealthcare. Learn more and apply directly on their website.
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 or (844) 259-7178 in Spanish
Search through their online directory to find information and resources on specific disabilities, arranged in alphabetical order.
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
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
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.
An I/O, Level One waiver, and Autism Scholarship Program provider agency emphasizing community inclusion. They offer services to youth ages 16 and up and adults. Each program is developed to meet the needs of the wide variety of social and behavioral needs of individuals. Their focus is on personal daily living, health and wellness, employment, social, financial, family and spiritual health. Services are offered by trained and experienced care providers.
425 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Free Cerebral Palsy App for families. Includes information on Intervention & Therapy, Communication, Family Dynamics, Building Independence, School & Work, and more!
Providers information for young adults with chronic conditions transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare.
OSU Wexner Center: wexnermedical.osu.edu/primary-care/transitional-care
Center for Autism Services and Transition (CAST): wexnermedical.osu.edu/primary-care/adult-autism-center
Young Adult Diabetes Transition Program: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/young-adult-diabetes-transition-program
Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart Disease (COACH) Program: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/adolescent-and-adult-congenital-heart-disease-achd-program
The board provides support services for early intervention, family support, transitions supports and adult supports. Eligible children and adults are assigned a support administrator to assist them through these stages. Services include speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respite care, vocational skills, and more.
7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181
A licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services including foster care, in-home services, residential services, respite care and developmental services. They support children and adults living in Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, Union and Montgomery County.
294 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 880-6000 or (800) 646-4612 Toll-free
Provides support to individuals so that they may live where they want and with whomever they choose. ECHO helps in a variety of ways including housekeeping, money management, finding housing, transportation, and serves as a friendly face to support and encourage people with developmental disabilities to make their own decisions.
6500 Busch Boulevard, Suite 215, Columbus, Ohio 43229
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
Offers employment and job training programs, social and education programs for people with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also offer supportive living, art, health and wellness programs, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness. At their Goodwill Stores are thrift clothing, furniture, vehicles, art and more. Visit the website or call for center and store locations in Central Ohio.
671 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 294-5181 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
Assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or behavioral health challenges and their families with primary care, dental and behavioral health services. They offer long-term and temporary residential support, in-home and out-of-home respite services, applied behavior analysis (ABA) and outpatient behavior health services, vocational habilitation, summer programs for youth with autism, telehealth services, psychiatry and more. Their Family Support Services are provided by the State of Ohio for families who have chosen to keep their family member with developmental disabilities at home.
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.
Provide support, evidence-based methods and coaching for families and professionals to help individuals with autism reach their unique potential. They have a resource center on their website that provides tool kits, recommended reading lists, blogs, and a list of organizations that support youth and adults with autism.
4853 Galaxy Parkway, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
Provides an individualized treatment experience for children, adolescents and young adults with physical disabilities for injury evaluation and athletic training.
Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
5680 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Developmental occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physical therapy services are provided at the main hospital, as well as many locations throughout the community, for children from birth to age 21. Visit the website for a list of all their clinic locations.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Occupational Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/occupational-therapy
Speech Pathology: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/speech-pathology
Physical Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/physical-therapy
Offers complete services for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, including an autism clinic, behavior support services, dental care for children with developmental disabilities, early intervention programs, psychiatric services, special education/transition services. Their website has an extensive list of resources for families as well.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Administration: (614) 685-3192 or (855) 983-9955 Toll-free
Additional Contact Information: nisonger.osu.edu/contact-us
Provides information and the application for disability placards and plates in Ohio.
Ohio Department of Public Safety
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Serves families and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments and traumatic brain injuries. Their website has an extensive services and supports database (Nexus) of helpful community resources, as well as a free lending library of books, DVDs and assistive technology. They publish a parent guide that discusses topics such as screening and diagnosis, accessing educational services, future planning and more.
470 Glenmount Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 410-0321 or (866) 886-2254 Toll-free
OCALI Contact Directory: ocali.org/project/learn_about_OCALI/page/contact_OCALI
Oversees a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Each county in Ohio has its own Board of Developmental Disabilities, which is responsible for providing early intervention services in that county. Visit the website for more contact information.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Statewide: (800) 617-6733
Main Website: dodd.ohio.gov
List of County Boards: dodd.ohio.gov/county-boards
Provides services to parents of eligible children under the age of 3 with developmental delays or disabilities. Parents and caregivers with concerns regarding their child’s development can have their child evaluated at no cost to the family. Children are evaluated for delays in the areas of language, feeding, walking, handling of toys, seeing or hearing. A service coordinator and service provider will work with families in the home or other places to develop a coordinated plan called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Referral Line: (800) 755-4769
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 1:1 support virtually and in-person, and hold training events for families and professionals.
This online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal to age 25. The website helps families find resources, organizations and events to meet their specific needs and challenges. Users can customize profiles by location (counties within Ohio), age ranges and topics of interest.
Improves the quality of life for people who have disabilities by offering activities centered around horses. They offer a variety of programs children ages 5 to 21 with a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, and behavioral disorders.
7908 Myers Road, Centerburg, Ohio 43011
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.
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
CDE is a community based, non-residential Center for Independent Living that is driven by the choice and direction of people with disabilities. They offer information and referrals to help navigate the system, provide support with independent living skills training, community connections, and partial funding to hire a Personal Care Attendant; as well as transition services for high school youth.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Provides Social Security disability beneficiaries (i.e., individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability) the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter the workforce and maintain employment with the goal of becoming economically independent over time.
PO Box 1433, Alexandria, Virginia 22313
(866) 968-7842 or (866) 833-2967 TTY/TDD
Provides information, resources and tools focusing on helping the government implement the requirements of Section 508. The public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508 as they apply to the development, procurement, maintenance, or use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services.
1800 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20405
(800) 872-2253 or (800) 993-2822 TTY
An online resource with toolkits, parent coaching and resources to support parents with a child who has learning and attention issues. Parents can also find information on IEP and 504 Plan processes, as well as ideas on how to ask for special learning accommodations in the child’s classroom. Other programs developed with The National Center for Learning Disabilities are Friends of Quinn, Get Ready to Read, LD Navigator and RTI Action Network.
145 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10013
Provides continuing adult education and wellness to adult individuals with developmental disabilities. The Upreach program offers services encouraging independence (including supported living services), self-determination and empowerment. The Learning Never Ends program provides life-long learning and wellness opportunities.
Provides an official guide to government information and services at the federal level. Examples of topics include financial help, disability services, how to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies, housing, jobs and unemployment, as well as taxes, immigration, how to research common U.S. laws, and file a complaint against the government and more.