If your child has a disability, and you do not know where to find help, check out this list of essential resources available in your state. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Education - Special Education - Ages 3 - 21
States' departments of education oversee disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.
Special Education Office for Exceptional Children
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 466-2650
Website: Special Education
Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities
Services to children with disabilities include instruction, speech, physical, and occupational therapies.
Birth - 2:
Bureau of Early Intervention Services
Ohio Department of Health
246 N. High Street, 5th Floor
Columbus OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 644-8453
Website: Early Childhood Services
3 - 5
Office of Early Learning and School Readiness
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 305
Columbus OH 43215-4183
Telephone: (614) 466-0224
Toll Free: (877) 644-6338 Website: Special Education
State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Vocational rehabilitation helps people with disabilities live independently. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence.
Rehabilitation Services Commission
400 E. Campus View Boulevard, SW3
1237 W. Divide Avenue, Suite 1B
Columbus OH 43235-4604
Telephone: (614) 438-1210 (Voice and TTY)
Website: Vocational Rehabilitation
Mental Health Services Agency
State mental health agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.
Ohio Department of Mental Health
Developmental Disabilities Division Disabilities Determination Services
30 E. Broad Street, 8th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-3430
Telephone: (614) 466-2596
Website: Mental Health Services
Disability Advocacy Services
Protection and advocacy offices offer information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.
Ohio Legal Rights Service
50 W. Broad Street, Suite 1400
Columbus OH 43215-5923
Telephone: (614) 466-7264
TTY: (614) 728-2553 Toll Free Voice: (800) 282-9181 (Inside Ohio Only)
Toll Free TTY: (800) 858-3542 (Inside Ohio Only)