Autism Society of Ohio, Mahoning Valley Office


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 the different state agencies and the General Assembly to improve and increase services.

Operation Search and Help (Funded by the Hine Memorial Fund)

Contact:  Shari Buchmann, LSW, Case Worker            Phone:  330-781-5417

Email:       Website:

Operation Search and Help is a grant which is restricted for the medical needs of children with special needs in Mahoning County and includes Liberty, Girard and Hubbard in Trumbull County.  The main purpose of the program is to assist families of special needs children with medication, medical equipment, medical supplies, specialized formulas and transportation assistance to out of town medical appointments.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Birth through twenty-one years of age
  • Must reside in Mahoning County or in Liberty, Girard or Hubbard
  • Must have a special needs diagnosis
  • Request must not be eligible for funding from health insurance or any other federal, state or local program.

Referrals are accepted from any community organization, facility or individual.  A home visit is made with the child’s family to investigate all other possible sources of assistance.  Stringent guidelines for income eligibility have not been established since each case is determined on an individual basis.

The Arc of Ohio, Northeast Branch

3040 Center Road
Poland, Ohio 44514
Jennifer Bionci, Executive Director
Phone: (330) 707-1134

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.


OCALI – Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

470 Glenmont Ave
Columbus Ohio 43214
Toll Free: (866) 886-2254
Phone: (614) 410-0321

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

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

Office for Exceptional Children

25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 409
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Toll free: (877) 644-6338
Phone: (614) 466-2650

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 apply 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

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.


Autism Speaks


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


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


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.