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Ohio - Where to Find State Disability Assistance in Ohio

State Disability Resources for Ohio


Updated May 12, 2013

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: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

Disability Advocacy Services and Mediation

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)

State Mediation System
Office for Exceptional Children
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus   OH   43215
(614) 752-1679

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

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

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

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

Developmental Disabilities Services

Ohio Dept. of MR & Developmental Disabilities
30 E. Broad St., 12th Floor
Columbus  OH  43215
(614) 466-5214

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
8 E. Long St., Atlas Building, 12th Fl.
Columbus  OH  43215
(614) 466-5205

Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Med. Ctr.
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati  OH  45229-3939
(513) 636-8383

The Ohio State University
Center for Developmental Disabilities
357 McCampbell Hall
1581 Dodd Drive
Columbus  OH  43210
(614) 292-2390

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps
Ohio Department of Health
246 N. High Street
P.O. Box 118
Columbus   OH   43215
(614) 466-1549
(800) 755-4769 (parents only)

State CHIP Program
Healthy Start Healthy Families
(800) 324-8680
(800) 292-3572 (TTY) Consumer Hotline

Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Services

Rehabilitation Services Commission
400 E. Campus View Boulevard
Columbus   OH   43235-4604
(614) 438-1200
(800) 282-4536 (in OH)

Telecommunications Relay Services for Individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or with Speech Impairments
(800) 750-0750 (V)
(216) 476-6001 (V/TTY); 711 (TTY)
(877) 750-9097 (Speech to Speech)

Regional Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assistance Center

DBTAC - Great Lakes ADA Center
University of Illinois/Chicago
Department on Disability & Human Development
1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 405
Chicago   IL   60608
(312) 413-1407 (V/TTY)
(800) 949-4232 (V/TTY)

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology of Ohio
445 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Building L
Worthington   OH   43085
(614) 293-9134
(800) 784-3425 (V/TTY, in OH)

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