Parent & Family Resources

Local Resources

Autism Society of Ohio, Mahoning Valley Office

25 East Boardman Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Phone: (330) 743-9184
Email: mahoningvalley@autismohio.org
Website: www.autismohio.org

The Autism Society of Ohio is dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by autism in Ohio through information and referral, family support, advocacy, professional development, raising awareness and resource development. The Autism Society of Ohio is the voice for autism in Ohio, advocating for individuals with autism, their families and those who work with them in Ohio by working with all of the different state agencies and the General Assembly to improve and increase services.

The Arc of Ohio, Northeast Branch

3040 Center Road
Poland, Ohio 44514
Jennifer Bionci, Executive Director
Phone: (330) 707-1134
Email: arcohne@att.net

The Arc of Ohio is a statewide membership association made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens and professionals in the disability field. The Arc of Ohio, Northeast Branch is a member of the Arc of Ohio and its mission is to advocate for human rights, personal dignity and community participation for individual with developmental disabilities through information, education, family involvement and legislative and social action.

State Resources

OCALI – Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

470 Glenmont Ave
Columbus Ohio 43214
Toll Free: (866) 886-2254
Phone: (614) 410-0321
Web: www.ocali.org

OCALI is a statewide federally funded project under the direction of the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. OCALI is a clearinghouse for information on autism spectrum disorders. OCALI has an online lending library of books, DVDs, and other media resources for loan at no cost to parents and professionals, as well as loans of assistive technology devices. OCALI also offers topical professional development, trainings, and workshops and provides technical assistance for parents and school districts. Their intent is to help families find the services and supports they need as close to home as possible.

Ohio Department of Education

25 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (877) 644-6338
Website: www.ode.state.oh.us

Office of Early Learning and School Readiness, Ohio Department of Education

25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 305
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tool Free: (877) 644-6338
Phone: (614) 466-0224
Tool Free: (877) 644-6338
Website: education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Early-Childhood-Education

Office for Exceptional Children

25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 409
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Toll free: (877) 644-6338
Phone: (614) 466-2650
Website:
Website: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/Office-of-Exceptional-Children-Contact-Information

The Office for Exceptional Children provides leadership, assistance and oversight to school districts and other entities that provide differentiated instruction for students with disabilities and gifted students.

Ohio Autism Scholarship Program

Fifth Third Center
21 East State Street, Suite 900
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 223-1555

The Autism Scholarship Program is operated by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to provides funds of up to $20,000 to parents of a qualified child with ASD. The parent of each qualified special education child, who wishes to have his/her child participate in the Autism Scholarship Program, must complete and submit an application to the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children (ODE/OEC). The program offers the parent(s) of eligible children with autism the opportunity to choose a different implementer of the child’s individualized education program (IEP) other than the child’s school district of residence. The scholarship shall be used only to pay for services outlined on the child’s IEP. Please note that children approved for the Autism Scholarship program must be originally enrolled in their home school district and once on the scholarship they will no longer receive services from their school. Parents can choose a special education program provided by an ODE-approved autism scholarship provider to receive the services outlined in the child’s IEP. A list of approved providers is located on the ODE website.

Help Me Grow

Phone: (800) 755-4769
Website: www.ohiohelpmegrow.org

This is Ohio’s statewide system for funding and coordinating early intervention services for children 0-3 years of age. To seek services in your area, please call your local Help Me Grow Office.

National Resources

Autism Speaks

Website: www.autismspeaks.org

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

National Autism Association

Website: nationalautismassociation.org

The National Autism Association is a parent-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Founded in 2003, NAA is a parent-run advocacy organization and the leading voice on urgent issues related to severe autism, regressive autism, autism safety, autism abuse, and crisis prevention.

Autism Society of America

Website: www.autism-society.org

The Autism Society is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact.