Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

The ODDC is a planning and advocacy body committed to community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

ODDD is responsible for overseeing a statewide system of supports and services for people with disabilities and their families.

Ohio Self Determination Association

OSDA believes that individuals with disabilities should have the freedom to plan their own lives and to pursue the things that are important to them with the support of independent planning and support coordination.

Ohio Legal Rights Service

The mission of the OLRS is to protect and advocate, in partnership with people with disabilities, for their human, civil and legal rights.

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

The mission of SABE is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chance to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends; and to learn from their mistakes.

Center for Self Determination

Discussions on how the principles of self-determination can help all persons create the lives they want, connected to and with their communities.

Advocating Change Together (ACT)

We have 30 years of experience on how to build leaders by working on issues. We have 30 years of knowledge on how groups of ordinary people with developmental disabilities–and their allies–can make change happen.

The Arc of Ohio

The mission of The Arc of Ohio is to advocate for human rights, personal dignity and community participation of individuals with  developmental disabilities, through legislative and social action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement.

The Arc of US

Contains position papers, background information, and links to other sites including the U.S. Department of Education.

Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Information on programs and services offered in Lucas County.

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio (ASNO)

Advocacy, Support and Education that promotes optimal life experiences as freely defined by individuals with autism and their families

State Support Team Region 1

Provide resources, coaching, professional development, and technical assistance to public and community school educators as they strive to ensure each child in Ohio has access to a high-quality education.


OCALI’s goal is to inspire change and promote access to opportunities for people with disabilities. Practically, they inform public policy and develop and deploy practices grounded in linking research to real life.

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, educators and agencies who provide services to them. OCECD works through the coalition efforts of over 40 parent and professional disability organizations and over 70 individual members which comprise the Coalition. OCECD has also been funded since 1984 to serve as the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for the state of Ohio from the federal government, U.S. Dept of Education, Office for Special Education Programs.

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association

Ohio Provider Resource Association

Advocating on behalf of providers supporting individuals with developmental disabilities striving to achieve a life of increasing independence, productivity and integration.

Unruly Arts

Art is a vital way to express yourself – a true outlet – and here you’re unfettered from the confinements and rules often associated with programs that serve vulnerable populations. Unruly Arts is passionate about providing a nurturing, inclusive and joyful environment that supports the artistic visions and needs of people with disabilities. In that environment, authentic artistic expression can come forward while disability fades to the background.

Toledo Area Metro Parks

Nature’s Nursery

Cerebral Palsy Help

Adaptive Technology For Cars

Grants for Families of Special Needs Kids

Accessible Home Checklist

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

“Nothing about us without us.”

Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network


Disabled individuals on Medicaid can receive free transportation (including non, medical transportation, for example to work) through TARTA. Microtransit options are available from main bus hubs to more specific locations. This service is wheelchair accessible.

Lucas County Resource Page

The Ability Center

Comprehensive disability community resources.

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo

Offers programs across the lifespan.

Bittersweet Farms

A farmstead based living community for adults with autism– the first of its kind in the US.


A behavioral and mental health and substance abuse provider.

Rallycap Sports

Recreational sports activities for adults and children with disabilities.

Sara’s Garden

Sara’s Garden is a non-profit organization that specializes in Autism Intervention, Conductive Education, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration and Speech-Language Pathology services. These specialized, comprehensive client services, provide life-changing results.

Avenues For Autism

Clearing pathways to support services, information, and financial assistance for autistic individuals–as well as their families and caregivers. In the process, Avenues For Autism is providing a roadmap for the avenues that lead to lives without limits.


A self-advocacy group similar to People First but run through the Lucas County board.

Medicare Plans

A Medicare patient resource center designed to help you get the most out of Medicare, whether you are 65 or older or a disabled individual of any age.

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