Ohio Autism Resources

Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities. For current information concerning this state, please contact the office listed under STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special Education Services.

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STATE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION: SpecialEducation Services.
STATE VOCATIONAL Rehabilitation Agency. DEVELOPMENTALDISABILITIES
Planning Council.
DISABILITY 
Organizations
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
ages 3 through 5.
STATE VOCATIONAL
Special Needs Programs
DISABILITIES
Advocacy  Program
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED
Programs
EARLY
Intervention System.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
HEALTH
for children and youth.
CLIENT ASSISTANCE
Program.
TECHNOLOGY RELATED
Assistance.
PARENTSTraining and
Information Project.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
HEALTH/Retardation
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
with Special Health Care Needs.
PARENT-TEACHER
Association (PTA)

 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
SPECIAL EDUCATION

John Herner, Director
Div. of Special Education, OH Department of Education 
933 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085-4017 
            (614) 466-2650      

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES:
AGES 3 THROUGH 5

Jane Wiechel, Director 
Division of Early Childhood Education, OH Department of Education 
65 South Front Street, Room 309
Columbus, OH 43215-4183 
            (614) 466-0224      

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES:
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2

Cindy Oser, Chief, Bur. of Early Intervention Services
Ohio Department of Health
P.O. Box 118, 246 North High Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43266-0118
            (614) 644-8389       

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENCY

Robert Rabe, Administrator 
Rehabilitation Services Commission 
400 East Campus View Blvd. 
Columbus, OH 43235-4604
            (614) 438-1210       (V/TTY)

OFFICE OF STATE COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Lawrence Dennis
Division of Special Education
OH Department of Education 
933 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
            (614) 466-2650      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY

Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D., Director 
OH Department of Mental Health 
30 East Broad Street, Room 1180 
Columbus, OH 43215 
(614) 466-2337/4217

STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Paul Lilley, Chief 
Office of Children’s Services
Department of Mental Health 
30 East Broad Street, 8th Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215 
            (614) 466-1984      

STATE MENTAL RETARDATION PROGRAM

Jerome C. Manuel, Director 
OH Department of MR/DD 
30 East Broad Street, Room 1280 
Columbus, OH 43224 
            (614) 466-5214      

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

David Zwyer, Executive Director
Ohio DD Planning Council
8 East Long Street 
Atlas Bldg., 12th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215 
            (614) 466-5205      
E-mail: MR_DDC_Zwyer@ohio.gov 

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Carolyn Knight, Executive Director 
Ohio Legal Rights Service 
8 East Long Street, 5th Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215 
            (614) 466-7264      ;             (614) 728-2553       (TTY)
            (800) 282-9181       (in OH) 

CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Arthur Schlesinger, Administrative Director 
Ohio Client Assistance Program 
Governor’s Office of Advocacy for People with Disabilities 
35 E. Chesnut Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-2541
            (614) 466-9956       (V/TTY);             (800) 228-5405       

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

James Bryant, M.D., Chief 
Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps
Ohio Department of Health 
P.O. Box 1603 
Columbus, OH 43216-1603 
            (614) 466-1700      

STATE EDUCATION AGENCY RURAL REPRESENTATIVE

Steve Ramsey 
Division of Special Education, OH Department of Education 
933 High Street 
Worthington, OH 43085 
            (614) 466-2650       

DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either:Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33317
            (954) 587-3700      
            (800) 233-4050       (Voice mail to request information packet)
URL: http://www.chadd.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 972
Mentor, OH 44061
            (216) 350-9595      
            (800) 487-2282       (Voice mail to request information packet)
E-mail: NATLADDA@aol.com
URL: http://www.add.org

Brain Injury
Suzanne Minnich, Executive Director
Ohio Brain Injury Association
1335 Dublin Road, Suite 50-A
Columbus, OH 43215-1000
            (614) 481-7100      ;             (800) 686-9563       (In OH)
E-mail: ohiobia@infinet.com

Cerebral Palsy 
Beverly Johnson, Executive Director
United Cerebral Palsy of Ohio 
1335 Dublin Rd., Suite 205C
Columbus, OH 43215
            (800) 796-8498      ;             (614) 481-8118      

Epilepsy 
Christine Loehrke, Executive Director 
Epilepsy Foundation of N.E. Ohio 
2800 Euclid Avenue, Room 450
Cleveland, OH 44115 
            (216) 579-1330      

Learning Disabilities 
Elliott Resnick, President Learning Disabilities Association of OH
1148 Euclid Avenue, Suite 300
Cleveland, OH 44115 
            (216) 975-4311      ;             (800) 543-7532       (in OH)

Mental Health 
Lisa Hunt, Education & Advocacy Coordinator
OH Alliance for the Mentally Ill 
979 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43206
            (614) 444-2646      ;             (800) 686-2646      

Mental Retardation 
Gary Tonks, Executive Director 
The Arc of Ohio
1335 Dublin Rd., Suite 205-C 
Columbus, OH 43215 
            (614) 487-4720      ;             (800) 875-2723      
E-mail: arcoh@coil.com

Speech and Hearing 
Ginger O’Conner, President 
Ohio Speech and Hearing Association
124 Keyser Street
Marietta, OH 45750 
            (614) 373-3781       

Spina Bifida 
Spina Bifida Coalition 
425 Ford St., N.W.
Massillon, OH 44647
            (330) 832-7047      ;             (800) 722-4435      

OTHER DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Sheila M. Dunn, President
Easter Seal Society of Northeast Ohio
1929 A East Royalton Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147
            (216) 838-0990       (V/TTY)
E-mail: eseals@interax.com

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM

Sonya Goppenheimer, Interim Director
University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders
Pavilion Building
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
            (513) 636-4688      Steven Reiss, Director
The Nisonger Center
Ohio State University
1581 Dodd Drive
Columbus, OH 43210-1296
            (614) 292-8365      

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

Doug Huntt, Director
Ohio Train
Ohio Super Computer Center
1224 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212
            (614) 292-2426       (V/TTY);             (800) 784-3425       (V/TTY, in OH)
            (614) 292-3162       (TTY)

PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION PROJECTS

Margaret Burley, Executive Director 
OH Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities 
Bank One Building
165 West Center Street, Suite 302
Marion, OH 43302-3741
            (614) 382-5452      
            (800) 374-2806       (V/TTY)
E-mail: ocecd@edu.gte.netCathy Heizman, Executive Director 
Child Advocacy Center 
1821 Summit Rd., #303 
Cincinnati, OH 45237 
            (513) 821-2400       (V/TTY)
E-mail: CADCenter@aol.com

Dena Hook, Parent Assistance
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
165 W. Center Street, Suite 302
Bank One Building
Marion, OH 43302-3741
            (800) 374-2806      
E-mail: ocecd@edu.gte.net

PARENT-TO-PARENT

Dena Hook, Parent Assistance
OH Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
165 W. Center Street, Suite 302
Bank One Building
Marion, OH 43302-3741 
            (800) 374-2806      

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

Patricia Whitten, President
Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers
40 Northwoods Boulevard, Suite A
Columbus, OH 43235
            (440) 781-6344      


Ohio Web

Civil Liberties and Human Rights  
ACLU - Ohio Community  
Ohio State and Local Government 
Wood County Free-Net 
Citizen’s League of Greater Cleveland 
Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce 
People and Information Exchange 
American Red Cross – Greater Cleveland Chapter 
American Red Cross of Greater Columbus 
American Red Cross – Toledo 
Dayton Area Red Cross 
Cincinnati Artists’ Group Effort 

Consumer Protection  
Cleveland Clinic Foundation 
 
 

Disability Information  
Access Center for Independent Living Dayton 
Arc - Ohio 
Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center 
Cleveland Sight Center 
Clovernook Center 
Deaf Education Information – Kent State 
Goodwill Industries of the Miami Valley 
Hattie Larlham FoundationLEAP Center for Independent Living 
Ohio Train 
Richland Newhope Center 
Sky Ranch Family and Parenting  
Family Recovery Counseling Center 
Northern Ohio Parents for Equality 
RESOLVE of Ohio 
 
Education  
Cleveland Council On World Affairs 
Ohio Literacy Resource Center 
Ohio Odyssey of the Mind 
Ohio School-To-Work 
Ohio Space Grant Consortium 
Speak Easy Toastmaster’s Club 
Super Saturday Program Computers and Technology  
Stockyard Area Development Association 
Urban Enrichment Program 

Health  
Southwestern Ohio Branch Office 
Cleveland Clinic Foundation 
Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center 
Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland 
Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast Ohio 
Hospice of the Western Reserve 
Huntington’s Disease Society of America Northeast Ohio Chapter 
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. Columbus Ohio - Marcy Zitron Chapter 
Mental Health Net
National Hemophilia Foundation – Northern Ohio 
Ohio Valley Center for Head Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation 
Positive Actions 
Southern Ohio Health Services Network 
Xchange Point 
 
 

Job Training and Workplace  
Cincinatti SCORE 
Columbus MCBAP 
Columbus Area Labor-Management Committee 
Service Corps of Retired Executives Children and Youth  
Black Diamond Girl Scout Council 
Boys Village 
Buckeye Trails Girl Scout Council 
Girls Scouts – Black Diamond Council 
Girl Scouts of Lake Erie Council 
Ohio CASA 
Ohio Future Farmers of America 
Starr Commonwealth Home 
Urban Enrichment Program 
YMCA of Central Ohio 
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati 

Community Service (Volunteering) 
Bowling Green Jaycees 
Voluntary Action Center 
Volunteers of America 

Safety  
Genoa Township Volunteer Fire Department 
Pemberville Freedom Township Volunteer FireDepartment 
 

Homelessness, Housing and Poverty  
Christmas in April Northcoast 
Cincinnati Habitat For Humanity 
Cleveland Tenants Organization 
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity 
Habitat for Humanity – Case Western Reserve 
Kidsacks 
Wood County Habitat for Humanity 
Project Open Hand Columbus 
Recovery, Addiction, and Abuse  
908 DARE 
Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties 
Charlie’s 3/4 House, Inc. 
Family Recovery Counseling Center 
First Call For Help 
Missing Link, Inc. 
Narcotics Anonymous 

 

Visit these sites for more information
Early Origins of AutismAsk an Expert on AutismHealth FinderTalk to Autism ExpertNational Institutes of Mental HealthCombined Health Information DatabaseAbstracts on Autism

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