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General Help & Resources

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”.

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.
cincinnatichildrens.org/patients/child/special-needs/medical-health/conditions

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
https://new.columbus.gov/Services/Public-Health

Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities

County agency supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Provides support through two core areas: early Intervention for children under 3, and Service and Support Administration, which can include assistance with daily living, therapeutic needs, connection to resources and social groups in your community, and help to find and maintain a job. Use the website to find important information on Medicaid waiver services, forms, and to find a provider near you.
7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
(800) 474-9787 or (740) 201-3600
dcbdd.org

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

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
experiencecolumbus.com/plan-your-visit/accessibility

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

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

Serves: Families and individuals 0-21 years old with developmental disabilities in Franklin County. 
County agency supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Provides vital educational, employment, and support services including: home-based services, developmental evaluations, occupational, physical, and speech therapies, transportation, and more. Families can find helpful information on programs, eligibility, and Major Unusual Incident (MUI) reporting online.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-6440
24-hour Emergency: (614) 464-2743
fcbdd.org
FCBDD Location Directory: fcbdd.org/about-us/directory

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
www.franklinfamilyfirst.org

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
myfcph.org

I Am Boundless

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, applied behavior analysis (ABA) and outpatient behavior health services, 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
iamboundless.org

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
askjan.org

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

columbuslegalaid.org

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.

lssnetworkofhope.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

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
mobileonline.org

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
semel.ucla.edu/nadc

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
rarediseases.org

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
nad.org

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
nationaldb.org
Español: nationaldb.org/for-families/learning-resources/recursos-para-familias

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
nationwidechildrens.org/adaptive-sports-medicine-program

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: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/occupational-therapy
Speech Pathology: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/speech-pathology
Physical Therapy: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/physical-therapy

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

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

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: ohio.gov/residents/resources/disability-placards
Communication Disability Law: ood.ohio.gov/laws-rules-and-policies/forms/verification-form

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 Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)

Oversees a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Each county in Ohio has its own Board of Developmental Disabilities, which is the place to start for determining eligibility, assessing your needs, and coordinating which services can best support you. Use the website to find your county board, forms, and program information.
(800) 617-6733
Main Website: dodd.ohio.gov
Find your County Board: dodd.ohio.gov/your-family/all-family-resources/4-find-your-county-board

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

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
oraclehealthfoundation.org/pediatric-grants

Red Treehouse

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.
redtreehouse.org

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 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
disabilityempowerment.net

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
section508.gov

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

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
access-board.gov

USAGov

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
usa.gov

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
wheelchairs4kids.org

WonderBaby.org

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.
wonderbaby.org


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