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The ARC:  
Advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by improving systems of supports and services; connecting families; inspiring communities and influencing public policy. The site provides Family Resource Guides specific to each state.

Center for Disability Empowerment (Delaware and Franklin Counties)  
with housing, employment, transportation, etc.

Center for Parent Information and Resources 
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities 

Empower YOUth Ohio 

Provides resources, training and community support to youths 17-24 who reside in Delaware or Franklin Counties.

Office of Child Care 

memorandum provides guidance for child care that promotes social-emotional and behavioral health of young children in partnership with families.

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

provides block grants to states, territories, and tribes to support low-income working families through child care assistance for children age birth through 13 and to promote children’s learning by improving the quality of child care and education and afterschool care programs.

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Service): 

Provides information, training and consultation to families and consumers regarding the requirements of disability laws, including IDEA. In some instances, the agency will represent parents and consumers in negotiating with service agencies, including schools, and represent them in court if necessary. Read more about eligibility for Disability Rights Ohio services.  

Discover Business 
Resource for high school students who are interest in pursuing a college degree in business website includes 2017 List of Best Value Business Degrees

G4G is a newly created nonprofit organization who seeks and solicits gifts, goods, merchandise and services and when received will be made available for distribution to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations only.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio  

Serves families in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties--links to search 211, mental health, substance abuse, veterans, special needs, seniors, homelessness, food, victims' assistance, health, housing 

International Dyslexia Association:   

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.


Supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and located at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, the IRIS Center develops and disseminates free, engaging online resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to support the education of all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities. These resources, designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap, are intended for use in college teacher preparation programs, in professional development (PD) activities for practicing professionals, and by independent learners. The array of IRIS resources includes modules, case studies, information briefs, course/PD activities, a high-leverage practices alignment tool, and an online glossary of disability-related terms as well as supporting products to enhance their use in coursework and PD activities.

New Assistive Technology Internet Module:  

From the latest trends to the basic foundations of assistive technology practice, the Assistive Technology Internet Modules provide educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others a convenient platform to gain the assistive technology information they need. The modules cover a wide range of topics, are conveniently available anytime and are in an easy to understand format. Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to showcase how assistive technology can dramatically improve the education and quality of life for people with disabilities.


NisongerNews is a semi-annual publication for the Nisonger Center community. Each issue features articles about several Nisonger programs, clinics and services. Regular segments announce new hires, departing staff and other staff news as well as reminders of coming events.

Office for Civil Rights  

Ohio office:  Telephone: 216-522-4970       

FAX: 216-522-2573; TDD: 800-877-8339
 Email: [email protected]

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI): 

OCALI is charged with providing information, technical assistance, training and support to Ohio educators and to parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and traumatic brain injury. They have an assistive technology lending library.


Third Thursday, a new monthly 1-hour webstream series designed for families of individuals with disabilities. Each month, you’ll learn from experts in the field as they address hot topics and key concerns - and provide research-based and tested practices, ideas, and strategies to help address your most pressing needs. The webstream is scheduled from 6:30 - 7:30pm the third Thursday of every month. Can’t attend the live stream? No worries. All sessions will be archived on the Family Center website.

OCALI Family Center 

The Family Center at OCALI connects families to the information they need regarding services, supports, training and resources, including the free OCALI Lending Library. It offers training and products to help families and to support agencies serving them. 

Ohio Department of Education:  

The Office for Exceptional Children can provide information to families on the law as it relates to school district implementation.

Ohio Department of Mental Health   

Listing of Ohio Department of Mental Health Events.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

formerly Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission: Promotes employment for all persons with disabilities. Counselors work in conjunction with consumers with disabilities to identify training and resources, including assistive technology, to promote their employment.

Online Education  
Welcome to Accredited Schools Online, the most comprehensive resource for learning about school accreditation and for finding accredited traditional and online programs that best meet your needs.  


was created to provide a welcoming and vibrant online community for families and professionals to explore resources to help children and young adults, prenatal through age 25.


Equity, Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion: Formerly the Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities. TASH's focus is equal opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities.


Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.

United Cerebral Palsy 

United Cerebral Palsy is a private, non-profit agency whose mission is to provide an environment where people with disabilities and aging conditions receive individualized programs and support services.

Ideas that work, Office of special education programs, U.S. department of education.