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Ohio has public resources to help adolescents and adults find jobs and live independently in the community.

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Health, Mental Health, and Disability Benefits

Families can find several public resources to assist in getting access to and coverage for, health care, mental health services, and disability benefits.

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The Governor's Council on People with Disabilities

The Governor's Council on People with Disabilities exists to advise the Governor and General Assembly on statewide disability issues and promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities within Ohio. There are 21 members appointed by the Governor of the State of Ohio. Members of the council represent the geographical, racial, gender, disability types, and ethnicity of the State of Ohio. The Council educates and advocates for:

  • Partnerships at the local, state and national level.
  • Promotion of equality, access and independence.
  • Development of employment opportunities.

Who do I contact?

The Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities welcomes your questions, comments and suggestions. Contact the Council at:

Voice/TTD: 614-438-1391
Toll Free in Ohio (Voice/TTD): 1-800-282-4536 Ext. 1391
Email: reginald.smith@rsc.state.oh.us

People First of Ohio

People First of Ohio is an organization of people with disabilities who are self advocates. Local chapters can be found across the state. Chapters focus on work to improve the ability of individuals to represent themselves and to train others to be self-advocates. Self-advocates make sure that people with disabilities have the right to do what they want in their lives, are responsible for their own choices, and have the right to live and do things in the community like other citizens. Members are teens through adults and leaders of the group are themselves people with disabilities.

This statewide organization works with state legislators and builds relationships with other advocacy groups and state agencies. People First of Ohio believes that if policymakers begin to really know people with disabilities, they will be able to make positive changes for them. Visit their website at http://peoplefirstohio.org/index.html.

Who do I contact?

For more information or to get involved call (740) 397-6100 or e-mail info@peoplefirstohio.org.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)

OCALI serves families, educators, and professionals. It is a clearinghouse of information, as well as a resource to provide parents and professionals with the most current information and training on autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities.

Services include:

  • Face-to-face training opportunities for parents, teachers, and other professionals
  • Online training opportunities through webinars and the Autism Internet Training Modules (AIM)
  • A provider database to help families locate service providers in their area
  • Information, training and assistance with assistive technology
  • A lending library of books and materials
  • A master calendar of training and conference opportunities across the state
  • A Statewide Conference featuring state and national experts on autism and more

Who should I contact?

Visit the OCALI website for a list of all OCALI contacts at: http://www.ocali.org/project/learn_about_OCALI/page/contact_OCALI or call toll Free 866.886.2254 (866. 88 OCALI).

Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence has created guidelines for families and transition team members to assist with transition planning. These guidelines reference a number of strategies, intervention and programs that lead to successful adult outcomes.

View the Transition to Adulthood Guidelines

Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders

When your child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), what information do you need most? This guide was developed and written by parents of individuals with ASD. It is a roadmap to assist families in understanding autism, interventions, the service system, advocacy connections, planning for the future, and more.

The guide is free and available online from the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence at: http://www.ocali.org/project/ohio_parent_guide_to_ASD. It can be downloaded either in its entirety or by individual chapter. Need a print copy? Parents may call toll-free at 866-886-2254.

Service Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ohio's Service Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder through the Lifespan are now available in a downloadable format. This document revises and expands the scope of the 2001 Guidelines to encompass the lifespan. The work was completed in collaboration with the Autism Society of Ohio with funding from the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children. Learn more at http://www.ocali.org/project/asd_service_guidelines.

Services and Supports Database

Looking for specific services and supports? The Services and Supports Database created by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence can help you easily locate a variety of possible resources closest to your home. You can search for organizations and individuals that provide intervention, medical services, family support, respite and more.

Who should I contact?

You can connect to this online database by visiting: http://familyservices.ocali.org

Ohio Legal Rights Services (OLRS)

If you think that your legal rights have been violated because of a disability, OLRS may be able to help. OLRS is the state protection and advocacy system for Ohioans with disabilities. If you think you have been abused or neglected, discriminated against, denied services or been unable to access public facilities, you should contact the OLRS Intake Department.

Who's eligible?

OLRS serves people with disabilities who are subjected to rights violations because of their disabilities, and who are eligible for services under federal laws

Services can include:

OLRS provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities including:

  • assisting with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination
  • access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, and community integration
  • rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems

Who should I contact?

Visit the OLRS website


Call the OLRS Intake Department:
Voice: 614-466-7264 or 1-800-282-9181 (toll-free in Ohio only)
TTY: 614-728-2553 or 1-800-858-3542 (toll-free in Ohio only)

Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. (APSI)

APSI is a private, non-profit agency that contracts with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to provide guardianship and protective services to individuals age 18 or older. APSI advocates for outcomes that promote dignity, respect and enhanced quality of life for individual persons with developmental disabilities.

Who's eligible?

To be eligible for guardianship or protective services from APSI (according to the Ohio Revised Code section 5123.55-59) a person must:

  • Reside in Ohio
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a developmental disability and be eligible for county board of dd services
  • Have a "presenting" problem or situation requiring protective services.
  • Be found incompetent to make informed decisions

Services include: The agency is appointed guardian by the Probate Court throughout Ohio. APSI utilizes the "Best Interest" Standard in decision making for the individuals served. Program staff act on behalf of the agency to provide informed consent and to advocate for appropriate services and supports for the individuals they serve.

Who should I contact?

There are 10 regional offices throughout the state and a Central Office in Columbus.

For information about which office serves your county, contact the APSI Central Office at:

  • In Columbus - 614-262-3800
  • Outside of Columbus 1-800-282-9363

Ohio Benefit Bank

Here is an easy way to find out if you or your family is eligible for government assistance for supports like home energy assistance, health insurance, child care subsidies and food stamps. The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) is a web-based program that helps low and moderate-income Ohioans claim the work supports they need to make ends meet, to continue working and to improve their lives. The OBB also offers a new self-service web site for free federal and Ohio income tax preparation and electronic filing for Ohio households with incomes under $57,000 per year.

Click here to learn more about how the Ohio Benefits Bank can assist you! For additional information, call the toll-free OBB hotline number at (800) 648-1176.